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Keith Olberman: “V” Is For Vendetta

In the wake of the Van Jones resignation, Keith Olberman – MSNBC’s laughable miniature pit bull (he thinks he’s a big dog) – has apparently declared war on Glenn Beck. He does so, appropriately, on the Daily Kos:

I don’t know why I’ve got this phrasing in my head, but: Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes.

No, even now, I refuse to go all caps.

No, sending me links to the last two Countdowns with my own de-constructions of his biblical vision quality Communist/Fascist/Socialist/Zimbalist art at Rockefeller Center (where, curiously, he works, Comrade) doesn’t count. Nor does sending me links to specious inappropriate point-underscoring prove-you’re-innocent made-up rumors.

No, rocket boy wants new stuff – probably like the fake police report that was circulated earlier last week alleging Beck was a rapist and a murderer.

And, in case you’re wondering, carpet bomber Olberman isn’t satisfied with just Beck, he wants Beck’s producer and Roger Ailes as well.

Now really – is Keith Olberman clean enough that he wants to put himself in the position that the other side might decide to do the same with him? And to what end is such a campaign aimed?

Frankly, I’ve seen enough of Olberman that I don’t want to know any more about him – but there are those who will differ, and dig. Does he really want to reduce his already miniscule TV presence to this? Trying to dig up dirt on another personality who apparently buries him in the ratings. How’d that work out with Bill O’Reilly?

Tuesday we will expand this to the television audience and have a dedicated email address to accept leads, tips, contacts, on Beck, his radio producer Burguiere, and the chief of his tv enablers, Ailes (even though Ailes’ power was desperately undercut when he failed to pull off his phony “truce” push).

This becomes necessary after this in order to prove various cliches about goose and gander, and to remind everybody to walk softly and carry a big popsicle, and most particularly to save this nation from the Oligarhy of The Stupid.

I keep wondering if somewhere somebody named Ollie Garhey thinks he’s in charge now. Or, even more entertainingly and societally satisfying, if somebody named Ali Garhi does.

Despite the worn-out snark above, I am in earnest here.

Worn out snark and such clever word play – you just have to wonder how anyone resists this guy. Why aren’t his ratings through the roof? Why isn’t he blowing away those Fox freaks at whom he takes such frequent and obviously jealous aim?

Ah, yeah, perhaps it’s the sheer spectacle of someone who seemed to have talent – or at least seemed to have it until he went political – reducing himself to this chosen role?

And make no mistake about it – our favorite “earnest” muckraker is the one who has made himself exactly what he is recognized as being today – a left-wing toady who plays fast and loose with the facts, thinks he’s far more clever than he is and doesn’t yet realize that the few who watch him aren’t laughing with him, but instead at him – when they bother to watch at all. No serious person would ever turn to Keith Olberman for anything but his entertainment value – a living parody of the ego-in-overdrive “journalist” without a clue.

[And no, this isn’t a defense of Glenn Beck – I don’t watch or listen to Beck either]



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39 Responses to Keith Olberman: “V” Is For Vendetta

  • Hey! I have an idea! Maybe we can send Herr Olbermann a copy of the police report from athlete Rebecca Lobo which she filed accusing said Mr. Olbermann of stalking her, and how she later got a restraining order lodged against him.

    Poor Mr. Olbermann. He thinks he is a big man, but when you get 800,000 people a night watching your pathetic show vs. the 3 million that Glenn Beck gets, you better have a lot more than your anger and some fake police report to go into battle with.

    • Of course Glenn Beck would have more viewers. People are cutting back on entertainment and the circus is very expensive and a trip to the zoo is time consuming, but you get both by watching Glenn Beck, in his aluminium hat, making up fantastic stories with extravagant, hard to reproduce facial expresssions for free! He is good, very good. What other clown can you think of who makes that much money?

  • Hmm. Something about throwing stones and glass houses?

  • There is a somewhat nebulous list of the roughly 10 ways you can tell Conservatives from Liberals. The one which is relevant here:

    Conservatives are firmly convinced they should run things.
    Liberals are firmly convinced they are entitled to run things.

    When that entitlement is not properly respected, they become even further unhinged.


  • I was just thinking the loonie left would be wanting blood in retaliation for the Van Jones embarrassment. I guessed that it would be Beck.

    Eventually they’ll toss out up some republican politician or conservative pundit who’s been known to be a perv or dirty behind the scenes.

    You see, the left doesn’t live in the world of ideas. They live in emotion which requires people to either praise or punish ultimately to express that emotion. This Van Jones step down hits them at home.

    They can pretend cutting critiques of their bankrupt ideas don’t exist and avoid responding to them. But the minute the bearer of their ideas is held to account, it become inescapably real to them. And highly emotional.

  • “Ah, yeah, perhaps its the sheer spectacle of someone who seemed to have great talent – or at least seemed to have it until he went political”

    Bull puckey, he was a horrible sportscaster. I was gobsmacked when he was given a “real” news job.

    • Olberman still is a horrible sports reporter. He was on some during the Olympics and was even worse than he used to be.

  • Aww, little miss Olberman wants Beck’s head on a platter. Bless his little heart.

  • Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

    Kirk: Still, “old friend!” You’ve managed to kill everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target!

  • I don’t watch or listen to any of these opinion shows. The only value that I see in them is when they do something like this and I get to read about it. But I don’t think I could sit there and listen to Keith Olbermann explain to me why he needs to go after Glenn Beck in defense of Van Jones. It’s like watching two brain-addled men fighting over the local town tramp.

  • “I don’t know why I’ve got this phrasing in my head, but: Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes”

    Wonder if he will be looking himself or just waiting for something to fall in his lap.

  • Olberman is just a less intelligent real life version of Ron Burgundy.

  • I’ve taken to calling Olbermann “the unfinished X-Files script.”

  • And Glenn Beck, whatever his shortcomings, has positively laid the wood to the Obama administration the past couple of weeks. I was not a regular viewer, but passed through that program here and there. The last ten shows or so I have paid attention and he has done some very close work, really stuck his neck out. And he has done it with gusto. That’s why his ratings went through the roof.

  • Keith Uberdork is the light weight of all light weights. I learned this early on several years ago. I decided to give the Countdown a try, so I turned it on and momma’s boy was going on ranting and raving about O’Reilly.

    Now I thought it strange and a bit unseemly to be talking about your competition, so I turned the channel to O’Reilly and he was interviewing the secretary of state.

    That was all it took to tell me who the light weight was. I am just amazed that so much hatred and invective can exist in such a tiny brain.

  • I don’t watch Glenn Beck either, but I think I’ll start.

    The few bits I’ve caught of his have been okay. I don’t care for O’Reilly. I don’t like his politics. But when Beck gets in “trouble” for something, and I look, I tend to find myself agreeing with Beck.

    I mean… what do *you* call someone who makes a statement of innocence and guilt in an incident on the basis of race alone? And all Beck said was *might be* a racist.

    I’ve been “warned” against Beck… not to listen to him. As if I can’t listen and agree and disagree. As if I can’t be trusted.

    It’s annoying when it’s a friend warning you away, but when a boycott and attempt to close down a television personality who has been critical of the President is traced back to someone on the Presidents staff? This is not acceptable. It just is not.

    One television personality going after another?

    I’m willing to defend Beck. And I might start watching him, too.

  • He’s kind of like your crazy uncle…I am sure he reminds my family of, well, me.

  • I can understand the outrage of Keith Olberman, Van Jones with the most important member of the Obama Administration, after Obama himself, … NOT.

    You’d think with ObamaCare and the rest of the Obama agenda in their death throws that Keith Olberman would have “bigger fish to fry” … but he does have his priorities.

    • Boy, you must have the best healthcare ever! Where could the rest of us buy a policy like that. My very expensive one sucks!

      • My health care is great! My wife’s employer provides it for us. It is actually less expensive than the one we were paying for out of pocket and provides more benefits. What I can’t stand are my and my wife’s student loans. Law school and med school are expensive. Why doesn’t anyone offer to pay our student loans instead of asking us to pay for everyone’s health care?

        How you came up with a health care response to Neo’s post baffles me.

  • “[And no, this isn’t a defense of Glenn Beck – I don’t watch or listen to Beck either]”

    May God bless, Glenn Beck. If it wasn’t for him…then who? He stepped up. I’ll defend him.


    • To be clear, it wasn’t a repudiation of him either – I simply don’t watch much TV and have no idea when he’s on the radio.

      • Don’t blame you for not watching much TV; I started watching Beck after accidently catching his show on FOX. At first, I thought he was a loon that was a mistake; he’s extremely passionate and has the personal history to make me think he’s sincere. He’ll put it all on the line.

      • Haven’t watched him on TV, but several times I tuned him in on the radio, and he had some interesting discusion of the New Deal and the Constitution, and I actually learned some things. And I don’t tune into radio or TV expecting to learn things about either subject, usually I expect to get angry listening to ignorance . . .

        Mark Lavin also directs some anger at Beck, for taking Lavin’s arguments and using them without citation, or so I’m told . . . (I don’t think Lavin actually names names).

    • He stepped up all right-straight out of the nearest loonie bin. Surely, you can’t be serious?

  • McQ,

    Olberman played you this time – that post was a satire on a recent tweet by Glenn Beck:

    “Watch Dogs: FIND EVERYTHING YOU CAN ON CASS SUNSTEIN, MARK LLOYD AND CAROL BROWNER. Do not link before burning to disc.8:18 PM Sep 3rd from web”

    And btw, Beck is the best thing going on TV these days. He doesn’t get everything right, by a long shot, but he’s making the most honest effort.

  • Glenn Beck is the first member of what Glenn Reynolds describe as the Army of Davids to become a breakout success in television. (Drudge was the first to get a show, but it didn’t go anywhere.)

    Unlike all the other talk show hosts who would love to mobilize the Army of Davids, Beck clearly considers himself just another David.

    The AoD just stopped a commie street thug from getting his hands on $500,000,000 – for starters. That money was chump change in the grand scheme of the stimulus package, but Van Jones was just the guy to get maximum mileage out of it for Obama.

    Beck didn’t do it himself but he did a lot of the work and he is the most identifiable of the Davids. He knows he has a huge target painted on his back now.

  • As to Olberman’s ratings, they are of course dwarfed by Fox. But he has higher ratings than anyone else. He’s one of the most secure successes the left has on the news channels. He’s not worried about low ratings, his ratings are sky high where he needs them. And tangling with Fox probably only helps him.

  • Do any of you guys ever go to “Media Matters” or “Fact Check”? If you try to verify the wild ramblings of Glenn Beck you will find that it is almost impossible. In fact it is rather easy to debunk almost everything that he says. So why the audience? Do people just like to become worked into a murderous frenzy? I think I would have liked him a lot better as a happy drunk instead of one of the anointed-they always scare the hell out of me anyway. Kind of remind me of the pod people from that old movie.

    • Do you believe Obama knew Van Jones was a hardcore Marxist when he appointed him Green Czar with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to wield?

      I can agree with you on one thing, I too, would have liked Obama a lot better as a happy dope smoker instead of being thee, anointed one. People with a god complex are a little scary.

    • Hmm. I count six trolling attempts in one comment thread. Don’t you think it’s better to spread them around a bit? Just for efficiency. I think you could achieve a better ratio of “time invested” vs. “people you get lathered up”. You must be new at this.

  • We better be carefull the Olberman went to C-O-R-N-E-L-L, we don’t want to get his panties in a wad again!