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Keith Olbermann, the sportscaster-turned-pundit often lauded for his "progressive stance," openly calls for physical attack, if not murder, upon Senator Hillary Clinton.

For shame.

But of course

this is just another echo from the media, and even though he's late to the party this time, Olbermann -- despite a semi-credible record of calling out Bush -- is showing his true colors at last.
He's a white guy.
He's powerful and makes good money.
He works for a subsidiary of a war contractor.
He can't afford to let Hillary Clinton get elected.

I wish I thought it was just business.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

has been blacked out by the Blog Boiz.

Rachel Sklar, Joan Walsh, Talk Left and No Quarter have paid notice, but nothing at Crooks & Liars or Media Matters, who "specialize" in covering the media.

I don't visit WKJM or the Big Orange Cheeto anymore.

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Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

When I read about this, I thought it wasn't sexist. Stupid, but not sexist.

Then I listened to it...

"Somebody who can take her into a room and only HE comes out"

KO put a major emphasis on the word "he"... really disgusting.

Submitted by lambert on

Not.

I mean, if Keith had called for Obama to be strung up in the Village square, people would be going crazy, and rightly so. It wouldn't matter at all that it was just a metaphor, or whatever. Jeebus.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Suggesting violence against a Presidential candidate is wrong, no matter the gender, race or party affiliation of that candidate.

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Submitted by basement angel on

These were casual, unscripted comments that would have been well within boundaries for private conversation but are totally inappropriate for professional broadcasters to use on air.

After Tweety and Shuster apologized, I had the feeling that a lot of Olberman's diatribes were meant to provoke the Clinton campaign into accusing him of saying something inappropriate. But the diatribes were scripted. He knew how far to go when writing. I really do think he thought he could provoke a battle with Clinton that he could win. To me, that winds up revealing that he just didn't understand what transpired with Shuster.

Why Olberman and Shuster didn't deliver themselves a V8 bop on the forehead and simply apologize directly for casually saying something inappropriate for broadcast, during unscripted remarks, is beyond me. It's not like any of us thought that Olberman was literally thinking to himself that she needed to be killed. Nor that Shuster is of the opinion that Clinton runs a brothel when not running for president. We all know what they meant. But that doesn't mean it's acceptable rhetoric or that they shouldn't apologize for it.

What a weird sense of entitlement those two have. It must have really pissed Olberman off to have to interview Clinton but I actually liked the interview quite a lot. I just do not know how an apology for such a casual remark could be so grating to adults. I really don't.

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and to the wrong person. See http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/4/25/...

Olbermann's such a weenie. He didn't challenge Clinton at all when he had her on the show, didn't even ask follow ups, but then ripped her the moment she left. I think we know who would walk out of the room if those two went in together. And who would be left huddling in a corner with piss running down his leg.

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Submitted by elayneriggs on

The thing about Keith Olbermann, besides that he led many liberals into a kind of hero-worship (same as Obama!) with his still-sometimes-brilliant Special Comments, is that he's a sportscaster at heart. He loves this campaign because he gets to spout stats incessantly. Also remember, major-league level sports has no place for women.

I still DVR his show, but usually skip over at least the first segment if not the first three, whereas I used to love the first half hour of the program back before the Silly Season began.

I'm beginning to be concerned that Rachel Maddow is being co-opted in the same manner. We've already lost Randi Rhodes to an Imus-like "comedic" burst of unexpected sexism; I'd hate to see Maddow start down that same path.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

What a lame piece of turd. I hate using ad hominems, but what kind of so-called tough guy has to wait until someone is gone to talk trash? Classless and cowardly. Someone needs to make a picture of Olbermann's face on the cowardly lion's body.

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

How strange that W.O.R.M. easily morphs to What Olbermann Really Meant.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by jeqal on

Not to harp too much on grandma but the lack of media concern over a citizen's open censure by a black man of a white grandmother, should have set off some alarm bells.

Obama brushing Hillary off both of his shoulders, as well as twice doing the finger on his cheek while deliberately saying her name, then looking to make sure the audience got the message and laughing afterwards....I don't remember ever seeing a candidate ever in an election telling another candidate to f**k off or to act so gutter towards another candidate. Did we go through a time warp and are now in the 1820s?

Ober's comment showed the same type of gutter, that Obama has concerning the candidate. That Hillary is a woman was pointed out and the implication that she should be raped and taught her place (Bathroom intimidation) was not misunderstood by the women that I know. It was sexual intimidation. It was wrong, and it is indicative of the way that America has been going with gendism.

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Submitted by moondancer on

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Gotcha politics at its worst. To not understand KOs intent with the statement, is to be deliberate in one's stupidity. Clinton, desperately broke, will seize on anything to grab free press and sympathy. If the perpetrator was one who had a history of such statements, then I would storm the parapets seeking his head. But it is hard to believe this was a conscious poke at Clintons' gender, but appropriately her campaign strategy.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

If the perpetrator was one who had a history of such statements,

Keith Olbermann's sexism is on display nightly, from his unhealthy obsessions with the lives of celebrity starlets, to his recent attitude towards Hillary Clinton.

Clinton isn't broke, she raised $10 million after her win in PA, and her campaign isn't pushing this, it's her rightly outraged supporters.

To quote Lambert, Elevate your game!!

Bill Clinton for First Dude!!!

Submitted by lambert on

We just want KO's misogynist behavior to change. Jeqal, above, has the right of it.

I mean, all you have to do is transpose to see what an outrage this is: Suppose K.O. had said Obama ought to be hung from a tree? Same deal, exactly. But for women in general, and Hillary in particular, *** crickets ***.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.