by Gary Fouse
Keith Olbermann of MSNBC outdid himself last night in his diatribe against Scott Brown. This is what passes for political analysis on MSNBC. Sensing that the Massachusetts election is going to go against his personal wishes, this so-called news analyst goes off on a tirade against the Republican candidate, Scott Brown, calling him everything but a genocidal axe-murderer.
How is it that Olbermann hangs the "racist" label on Brown? What is that based on? He says that Brown condones violence against women-specifically Martha Coakley when a supporter in a crowd makes a crude reference to doing to Coakley what was done to a rape victim that didn't get justice under the reigning Massachusetts attorney general. Brown was clearly caught off guard by the comment and said, "we can do this". Was it a reference to the comment from the crowd or a continuence of his thought that we can defeat Coakley? A fair-minded observer might have a hard time deciding. Not Keith. Olbermann chooses his own interpretation just as he chooses his own interpretation on Brown's comment about Obama's mother giving birth at a young age. In both cases, Olbermann has seized on sound bites in which Brown was not making his own point but responding to someone else's point, perhaps not in the most eloquent way.
My point is that for Olbermann to go off on a tirade and hang all these labels on Brown is clearly irresponsible journalism at its worst. This is no news analyst. This is a vicious propagandist pushing his own agenda.
Wasn't it interesting that last night, Olbermann made two short speeches under the heading "comment"? Olbermann's entire show, night after night after night is a comment-opinion as opposed to fact. Yes, Sean Hannity's show on Fox is opinion-based, but at least Hannity has on opposing voices and is willing to debate
issues. Olbermann's schtick is clearly not debating, just getting like-minded folks on his show and attacking, attacking, attacking.
Quite appropriately, Joe Scarborough, on his own MSNBC morning show, condemned Olbermann's remarks. In my view, Scarborough should leave MSNBC to the mad-hatters.
Speaking of which, what did the other mad-hatters have to say in the last 24 hours about this election?
David Shuster asks whether Massachusetts voters have lost their minds.
Chris Matthews asks whether the birthplace of American democracy will be the death bed of health care-not government health care-just health care.
Ed Schultz said that he would "cheat to keep those bastards out of office".
I will close here because it is poll-closing time, and I am going to watch the coverage on MSNBC. Olbermann, Maddow and Matthews are clearly down-cast and Olbermann has opened his show tonight by saying,
"It doesn't look good."
It doesn't look good for whom, Keith-you?
Whatever happened to those guys named Huntley and Brinkley?