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There are pundits and there are, well, you tell me …

I’m coming to believe there’s a perpetual “silly season” among many pundits and wannabe pundits. The punditry market is so saturated that even the barely marginal among them are landing gigs on cable TV.

I’ve been monitoring, as I’m sure most of you have, this preacher who wants to burn Korans on Saturday.  He has every right to do so, but as with the mosque builders in NYC, it is an insensitive and culturally inappropriate thing to do.

That said, to the point of my first sentence, the “silly season”.  One of the main contributors to that, of course, is Keith Olberman who I assume fancies himself as a serious pundit, or commenter (and other than the left, the only who considers him to be that).

Yet this was the extent of his original contribution to the Koran burning story:

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was one of the first to call attention to the Limbaugh/Jones nexus when he posted news of it on Twitter overnight: " ‘Rev.’ Terry Jones was classmate of none other than Rush Limbaugh (Cape Central class of ’69). Coincidence?"

What in the hell does that mean except to say “hey I’m dumb enough to believe correlation is causation”.

My first reaction to this “revelation” was “so”?  My second and continuing reaction to it is, “so”?  I mean of all the mindless nonsense to append to a story that’s been blown all out of proportion to begin with, this pretty much takes the cake. 

Guilt by association, correlation is causation, pick your fallacy, Olberman does and probably has committed them all.   Thankfully he’s not watched by many except brainiacs like this commenter:

While this is not surprising, it is amazing. Amazing that I didn’t see the similarity in opinions and call this ahead of time. But, if you have ever been to Cape Girardeau you would understand. This was and is part of the South, I think it is further south on a GPS than Lexington, KY.

*sigh*

The inmates are truly in charge of the asylum. Too bad Olberman doesn’t have a "stupidest person in the world" segment – he could be the first nominee.  The commenter could be #2.

~McQ

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22 Responses to There are pundits and there are, well, you tell me …

  • To give Olberman the title of “pundit” is to grossly besmirch all the pundits of the world.  This guy is in a class all by himself.  Even Erb would distance himself from the likes of Keith Olberman – and that is truly saying something!!!

  • Rahm Emanuel and Mark Kirk were classmates and went to the same high school as Ann-Margret, Ralph Bellamy, Bruce Dern, Rock Hudson, John Stossel, Charlton Heston and Donald Rumsfeld.

  • The media got exactly what they wanted out of Burn the Quaran day.  Hype.  And some otherwise nowhere headed clown in Florida is now some kind of (like Keith Olbermann) national figure.

    Gotta love the counter protests though – “you are thinking of burning our holy book!  We will riot for you saying you are thinking about it!   We are a religion of peace, and tolerance, and we will kill those who dare say we are not!”

  • But will … “He’s burning a Quran!!” become the new yelling “Fire” in a theater ?

  • So it matters with wbom Rush Limbaugh attended high schook, but not in wbom’s living room, Dim Won, a/k/a Barack Obama launched his political career?   Unlike Obama’s political mentor, Bill Ayers, Reverend Terry Jones never killed anybody. 

  • Gresham’s Law of Punditry.

  • How provincial (3a) an outlook that reveals in Olbermann. Sophisticated skin-deep.

  • Wow.  Magenta caterpillars should be Uberwoman’s worst problem….
    What would be be like to be THAT nuts, and THAT craven…???

  • Keith Odorboy was just fired from NBC NFL Sports and may be seeing the handwriting on the wall that the end of his Mess-NBC days is nigh.  My guess is that he’ll do a final freak-out on live TV to leave with an indelible visual that matches the pungent odor of his shit-for-brains commentaries.

  • Amazing that I didn’t see the similarity in opinions and call this ahead of time. But, if you have ever been to Cape Girardeau you would understand. This was and is part of the South, I think it is further south on a GPS than Lexington, KY.

    Wow.  A tolerant, inclusive, non-judgemental lefty who is bigotted against people based on their region of origin.  Knock me over with a feather.  Wonder how he feels about Teh JOOOOOOOOOSSSSSS.

    McQThe punditry market is so saturated that even the barely marginal among them are landing gigs on cable TV.

    Yes, but ALL of them have multiple layers of fact-checkers and editors, which makes them sooooo much better than (for example) bloggers, ESPECIALLY right-wingnut teabaggers.

    / sarc

    Seriously, though, it seems to me that “punditry” has been inundated with mediocrity for quite some time.  Olberguy, for example, is a loon who only has his gig because libs are perfectly happy with mediocrity so long as it is ideologically acceptable.  He hates conservatives in the way that a klansman hates… well… just about everybody, and so he’s fine in their book.

  • Keith Olberman is Ted Baxter with an attitude.

    Keith Olberman is living proof that TV journalists mated feces-throwing howler monkeys.

    The difference between a robot programmed to issue random, nonsensical diatribes against conservatives and Keith Olberman is that Olberman has to go to the bathroom occasionally.

    • “Keith Olberman is Ted Baxter with an attitude.”
      Heh.  I’ve often thought the same thing, but with Judge Smails instead of Baxter.  Either way, a frothing, arrogant,  indignant, self-righteous Ted Knight character fits the bill to a “t”.

  • Keith Olbermann appears on a network that airs stories about child molestors.

    COINCIDENCE????!

  • I was a classmate of Bernard Goetz and another guy who killed his family. Coincidence?

  • Remember how angry they got when we pointed out that Obama sat in Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years? I guess Limbaugh should’ve switched high schools 40 years ago…

  • Interesting that almost none of you can spell his name correctly.  You know who else is bad at spelling? Hitler.

    • Well at least you’re conversant with how the new lefty meme works Tom, but my guess is you probably had to take the workshop twice.

    • As best as I can tell, there is a vast swath of leftists who consistently misspell “George W. Bush”. One of the more common misspellings, for example, is “Chimpy McBushhitler”.

  • South of <i>Lexington</i>?
    Saints preserve us!

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