5.24.2007

keith olbermann, we love you.
please be careful.

16 comments:

Steve said...

Keith Rules! Only journalist with any balls.
Reading "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore. excellent reading.

L-girl said...

Yeah Steve, I so agree!

Sorry to be the party pooper, but I must register my complaint at the word "balls" to mean courage or guts. I have never known the one to necessarily be a indication of the other.

I'll stick with guts, since people of all genders have those. :)

James said...

I'll stick with guts, since people of all genders have those. :)

Then again, everyone has guts, so they don't really indicate courage either... :)

Ned Seagoon: Major Bloodnock, I admire your guts!
Bloodnock: Why? Are they showing?
Seagoon: Only when the light's behind you.


-- The Goon Show

L-girl said...

Well, figurative language is like that. :)

All men have testicles, but they certainly don't all have "balls".

And no wisecracks about eunuchs! :>)

M@ said...

I've been saying for years, where are the Edward R Murrows? Where are the journalists who stand up and denounce the power, who call it like it is, who reframe the argument to the advantage of the people?

Well, I don't know if Olbermann is it, but he's about the best hope we've got these days.

Jere said...

"Well, figurative language is like that. :) All men have testicles, but they certainly don't all have "balls"."

All the more reason to use "'nads."

Say what you said above the following way, and you're able to include everybody:

All people have either testes or ovaries (both of which are gonads), but not all people have "'nads."

Keith has 'nads! :)

L-girl said...

At first I didn't see who this comment was from (I thought it was James). I was about to say:

Our friend Jere uses 'nads for that very reason...

:)

I just hate that word 'nads. It just squicks me. So I'll stick with guts, or chutzpah, or just plain courage.

L-girl said...

Where are the journalists who stand up and denounce the power, who call it like it is, who reframe the argument to the advantage of the people?

They are writing for small magazines, like the Nation, the Progressive, Harper's (etc.).

And they're blogging.

Because those are the people not in the corporate employ.

With a few obvious exceptions, and apologies to Paul Krugman, Keith Olbermann and a very few others.

M@ said...

Yeah, that's the real difference, isn't it -- the people who are willing to pay them aren't the ones who are running things any more.

Krugman is another good example -- forgot about him. I saw a recent collection of his essays remaindered, and I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet but I read a few and he's gold. (For a while I kept mixing his name up with Paul Krauthammer -- no more though.)

L-girl said...

I heart Paul Krugman. My last year in the US, he was among the few who kept me sane.

It's hard for me to believe there ever were people like Walter Cronkite and Edward R Murrow in mainstream media. Look how things have changed.

Ooo, I thought of another one on our list w/ Olbermann and Krugman: Helen Thomas.

It's indeed a short list if it takes me all day to come up with another name!

M@ said...

Well if Helen Thomas is so great, why doesn't she ever ask any questions at the WH press briefings? She used to be the first one to ask anything, but now...

Okay, snark over. You're right, it's a very, very short list.

L-girl said...

She doesn't ask questions anymore??? I haven't watched a WH briefing in years, so I didn't know that! Did they make her be quiet in order to keep her seat?

She writes great op-eds and columns, I read them frequently on Common Dreams. But I didn't know she wasn't doing her job at the briefings. WHY?!

M@ said...

Sorry -- didn't mean to give the wrong impression. What I'm referring to is that traditionally, as the senior correspondent, she would be allowed to ask the first question at every WH press briefing. They don't call on her first any more, ever, and they don't call on her all that much as far as I know. And they tend to pick press secretaries who just wave their hand in dismissal of her question, from the videos I've seen.

That's what I loved about Colbert's little sketch at the WH dinner a couple of years ago: the idea that Helen Thomas' single question, "Why are we in Iraq?", was the thing that the White House most feared. And it's funny because it's true.

Btw, this essay is a really good piece on the state of US journalism, in case anyone missed it.

James said...

I'll stick with guts, or chutzpah, or just plain courage.

You can't go wrong with Yiddish.

redsock said...

If I recall, they also moved her seat further away from the podium for awhile, to get her out of Ari/Scotty/Tony's face, though I believe she has been moved back to her customary spot.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Olbermann had better be careful. A few more commentaries like that and he's going to find his ass in GTMO.