5.15.2008

keith olbermann tells bush to shut the hell up

God I love this man. I love his anger.

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25 comments:

L-girl said...

I often wonder if KO is more in our camp than he can say, and if also wonders and doubts if there will be an actual election this year.

He may censor himself to stay on the air.

John said...

His dudgeon level was definitely set to high. Good for him!

Jere said...

I can't believe I forgot to email you last night after I watched this live. Especially since he went off on the "golf" thing you'd mentioned earlier. Glad you got to see it anyway. Hopefully a lot of people will see this one.

West End Bob said...

Loved KO's last line, and your post title line.

Excellent advice for george. Doubt he'll have the sense to take it . . . .

James said...

We were discussing political attitudes in the US on a (generally) non-political mailing list I'm on, and one person observed that she has some neighbours -- typical middle-class American types -- who are lifelong Republicans, still, and who routinely comment that they don't see why anyone should be upset about Bush's presidency.

magnolia_2000 said...

way to go KO. i knew i didnt have the words but someone would. he said it all.

and i was also reading last night that a mississippi congressional seat that bush won by 25 points in 2004 was won by a democrat tuesday in a special byelection. same thing happened in byelections in illinois and louisiana. i have renewed hope for the evil empire to our south.

Joe Grav said...

Powerful stuff.

magnolia_2000 said...

laura i know you hate it when i get off-topic but i am curious about your thoughts on the monarchy and canada's role in the commonwealth. i've heard immigrants say that they were somewhat surprised when they took their citizenship oath and had to bear allegiance to the queen and her heirs. personally i love the queen and our form of government and dont find it at odds with my progressive political views. would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. dont know if you've blogged on this before but if you have i couldnt find it.

magnolia_2000 said...

btw if you are a republican thats ok i'm not trying to start a debate. mainstream republicanism at this point is not a threat to the monarchy in canada so its not an active debate but i'm interested in how new immigrants view the issue.

Amy said...

I have to say that I am amazed the MSNBC lets him say these things on the air! Good for him, and good for them.

I assume this appeared before Bush's latest statement, accusing Obama (without naming him) of being an appeaser akin to those who appeased Hitler before WW 2 because he said he would be willing to talk to the leaders of Iran or Hamas. I wonder what KO would say about that.

L-girl said...

Magnolia, I don't hate it when anyone gets off-topic, but I'm not going to get into that now on this thread.

I have written about it a bit, but I don't even have time to look for the post right now.

Try looking through the "citizenship" category, I might have written about the monarchy in relation to the oath we will have to swear when we become citizens.

Sorry, just not what I want to write about right now.

L-girl said...

she has some neighbours -- typical middle-class American types -- who are lifelong Republicans, still, and who routinely comment that they don't see why anyone should be upset about Bush's presidency

On the other hand, many lifelong Republicans voted for Democrat for the 1st time in 2004.

L-girl said...

and i was also reading last night that a mississippi congressional seat that bush won by 25 points in 2004 was won by a democrat tuesday in a special byelection. same thing happened in byelections in illinois and louisiana. i have renewed hope for the evil empire to our south.

Since the US doesn't have byelections, what would this be? Just a regular Congressional seat? I'm not picking on you, I just don't know what you're referring to.

Don't get your renewed hopes up too high. The people are very willing to get rid of Bush. The people who rig the elections, however, have the final word.

deang said...

typical middle-class American types -- who are lifelong Republicans, still, and who routinely comment that they don't see why anyone should be upset about Bush's presidency.

Have many of those types in my own family, and this is Texas so they voted for him 4 times - twice for governor and twice for president. And he was just as bad as governor.

I honestly think that if the US didn't have term limits that a lot of Republicans who are now saying they don't like him would still be vocally supporting him and would vote for him again.

I keep thinking that the US media is allowing more criticism of him now because his time is almost up, and the increased criticism has resulted in people who formerly supported him now feeling self-conscious about it.

magnolia_2000 said...

i found your thoughts on the queen under the "citizenship" category. should have known you'd have it all covered. is there anything you haven't blogged on? ha.

from what i understand there was a special congressional election in louisiana last week and mississippi this week for some reason and democrats won both seats which have been republican since the 70s. the article i read said the republican leadership in washington is in a dither over losing two seats in the deep south. the thought is that if these two seats can be lost any seat in the country could be lost this fall. i'd link but i'm not sure how that works. how do you post a link yet title it something?

L-girl said...

I honestly think that if the US didn't have term limits that a lot of Republicans who are now saying they don't like him would still be vocally supporting him and would vote for him again.

Despite what I said earlier about lifelong Repubs voting Dem in 2004 (which did happen, and I think in substantial numbers), I would give Dean's comment a lot of weight. He sees an area of the country and an American mindset that I have little or no contact with.

I keep thinking that the US media is allowing more criticism of him now because his time is almost up, and the increased criticism has resulted in people who formerly supported him now feeling self-conscious about it.

I agree. Also, re Keith Olbermann, he's very popular, he keeps MSNBC on the radar screen for a segment of the population who would not ordinarily watch it, so that's reason enough for them to keep him on.

It's like when people ask why Fox airs the Simpsons or Family Guy, two shows with a progressive perspective. Answer: because people watch it. They may be idealogues, but they're capitalist idealogues after all.

L-girl said...

i found your thoughts on the queen under the "citizenship" category. should have known you'd have it all covered. is there anything you haven't blogged on? ha.

:>) I hope so! Glad you found it. I will definitely touch on it again as we move towards citizenship.

the thought is that if these two seats can be lost any seat in the country could be lost this fall. i'd link but i'm not sure how that works.

It might work if there were fair elections.

how do you post a link yet title it something?

Laura's Link Tutorial:

[a href="URL HERE"]name of link here[/a]

but replace [ ] with < > .

redsock said...

I love KO, but he is not a threat. And if/when he becomes a threat, he will be fired. He's more of a pressure safety value.

And Bush lovers can look at him and say "Keith is allowed to say these things, so we're still a free country."

AMneverperish said...

Hero. I'm genuinely amazed. In the 51st State we don'thave any news men like that. The two most tenacious interviewers (one TV, one radio) are generally thought of as sometimes overly so, and they never get a 'special comment'. In fact no-one does, as far as I know.

L-girl said...

He's the only one. He's utterly alone in the mainstream media. You can see most of his work at Crooks & Liars, but if you search this blog for "ko" or "keith olbermann", I've posted tons of his stuff, too.

Welcome to wmtc, btw! I'm going through all your comments now. Thanks for being here and sharing your thoughts.

L-girl said...

PS: in New York City, we sometimes called ourselves the 51st State. But we meant it in a good way.

AMneverperish said...

Well, when I was 14 I wrote what I now know to be 'satire' about Thatcher being in Reagan's pocket, but thought it was really just imitating 'Spitting Image' and the world wasn't actually as cynical as that.

Thatcher at least had some form of political ideology, whatever one's personal opinion of it. I have no idea what the last ten years were actually for, ideologically, beyond 'get elected and stay in power'.

Incidentally, have you ever seen or heard of a BBC drama series called 'Edge of Darkness'?

L-girl said...

I have no idea what the last ten years were actually for, ideologically, beyond 'get elected and stay in power'.

That certainly describes the US Democrats. But you can see how well that's worked for them.

Incidentally, have you ever seen or heard of a BBC drama series called 'Edge of Darkness'?

Heard of, but not seen. What's it about? Should I look for it on DVD?

AMneverperish said...

Oh, it's only the greatest piece of popular art ever on British TV (imho).

It is available on DVD. It was made in 1985, but it has this eerie quality of being very dated yet frighteningly relevant. 1985 was the height of Thatcherism, second term, massive majority, post miners-strike and in the midst of large-scale privatisation, just before the deregulation of the financial markets.

It is about a police officer whose daughter (a green activist) is shot dead, apparently by someone with a personal vengeance against the policeman. The policeman's independent investigation leads him into a very disturbing cover-up involving state secrets and privatised nuclear power. And lo and behold, big business.

It is awesomely acted and scripted, unforgettable. It would never get made today. Never. Critics called it 'paranoid' at the time, and I thought nothing like it could ever happen in the West. In spite of the date, there is barely a mention of Communism. There doesn't need to be.

But you should make up your own mind.

L-girl said...

Ah yes, now that you recap the plot outline, I remember why it was recommended to me. I haven't seen it yet but definitely will. Thanks.