Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Special comment FOR Keith

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If you scroll down to my first post yesterday, you'll see the video from Keith Olbermann's appearance on The View from Friday. I posted it with a very short statement that said this doesn't need any comment. But actually, it does. It screams for a Special Comment in the best Keith Olbermann style.

Unfortunately, I'm not as eloquent as is Keith. And I came up with my best ammo for this comment as I was posting it, after finishing producing the show. And since I have a life and other things I need to accomplish today, it's going to have to wait until tomorrow or, perhaps, until next week when I fill in for Rachel Maddow and Ron Reagan on Air America, and have a larger audience.

Now, please don't misunderstand. I still love Keith Olbermann. I'd probably even join his fan club if I ever did such things. But I'm so disappointed. And as a parent who knows what those words can do to a child, I hope it stings.

So, today's RoN ends with a Special Comment aimed squarely at Keith's huge shoulders.

But that's not all we discussed today. I also spoke of the hypocrisy of Keith's bosses at MSNBC-- those same bosses who suspended David Shuster for using modern vernacular when he opined that the Clinton Camp was "pimping out" Chelsea, yet did nothing of the sort when Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe, let loose a giant FUCK while rambling on at 8:15 on Monday morning!

No suspension, no punishment. Just the addition of a 7-second delay, lest this professional broadcaster let yet another f-bomb fly on national television! Apparently this was his second indiscretion.

Good thing Joe's relelgated to the cable channel MSNBS rather than the "over the air" NBC, where he'd be subject to a minimum $325000 fine. Yes, that would be the fine if I uttered that dreaded word on a radio station with 1/10 the amount of listers....all thanks to Janet Jackson's nipple!

Seriously, the Supreme Court is hearing the case of "fleeting expletives". But in Scarborough's case, it was not fleeting. He said it, loud and clear.

Hear it for yourself, and watch the look on Mike Barnicle's face:

I also delved into the Demcrat's dilemma of what to do with Joe. Newsweek's Howard Fineman discussed it with Keith Olbermann last night on Countdown (the Joe talk comes in at around 4:15):

Jane Hamser of FireDogLake wrote a great piece on the subject for The Nation. The comments at the end are pretty insighful too!

And of course, Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films has produced a new video and launched a website at

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