Keith Olbermann: The Worst Person in the World

OK, maybe he’s not the worst, but probably one of the most idiodic.

If you don’t watch MSNBC, and by the horrendous ratings not many do, you might not know that Keith Olbermann has a feature on his show called “The Worst Person in the World.” This segment highlights the three of the worst people in the world (hence the title) according to Mr. Olbermann. It varies by the day from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, etc., etc., you get the point. (I actually think that Keith has a secret crush on Glenn Beck by all the attention he pays his show – just pure speculation on my part.)

This particular day Rep. Wally Herger (R) from California served as Olbermann’s whipping boy. During one of Rep. Herger’s town hall meetings a gentleman came to the microphone and mentioned several things as well as admitting to being a  “Right-wing terrorist.” Now you can judge for yourself, but he was obviously speaking tounge-in-cheek or as we like to call it Keith, he was being sarcastic. Evidently Keith didn’t get the memo.

I’m not really that surprised that Mr. Olbermann took the statement from Mr. Stead the way he did – that’s the premise of his show and his paycheck.  The loony left that tunes into the MSNBC trifecta (Hardball, Olbermann and Maddow) would expect nothing less.

To the credit of Rep. Herger, he has not backed down from his original statement:

From a statement from the Congressman’s Office:

Congressman Herger stands by his statement in support of his constituent. Mr. Bert Stead is a taxpayer and veteran, who, like so many others, is rightfully fed up with being called “un-American”, or “extremist” or a “political terrorist” by liberals in Washington, for simply exercising his First Amendment rights. Mr. Stead served his country and therefore he is a great American. The Congressman doesn’t at all regret commending him for standing up, exercising his free speech rights, and expressing his strong concerns with the direction liberals in Washington are taking our country.

Nuff said.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

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10 Responses

  1. It is interesting the dilution of the term terrorist in modern America. We used to have a War on Terror and we used to take terrorists to Guantanamo.

    How would the right have responded, in the early part of this decade, say 2001, 2002, if someone stood up and called themselves a ‘left wing terrorist’?

    Might they have responded with long jail sentences with trial or representation?

    So few other words to ponder

    – if they are only protesting, why are they not called protesters?

    – what will the right do if one of these right-wing protesters straps a suicide belt and goes into a town hall, or a mall, or a bus stop?

    – at what point is the revolution called off – one death, hundreds?

    So far the right has given claim to a number of very odd and far-out ideas: birther, right wing terrorist, death panels.

    And you wonder why America doesn’t thrust the right to lead the country anymore.

    btw: if you have been watching Olbermann you would know that the serious conflict is between him and O’Reilly.

    • You know I put this post out there just to get you going. Looks like it worked.

      Might they have responded with long jail sentences with trial or representation?

      If they did they would be as far out at Olbermann.

      if they are only protesting, why are they not called protesters?

      Lost me on that one.

      what will the right do if one of these right-wing protesters straps a suicide belt and goes into a town hall, or a mall, or a bus stop?

      Actually, the only violence has been caused by democratic groups. So who is strapping on the belts….?

      at what point is the revolution called off – one death, hundreds?

      Now you’re just sounding like a left-wing kook.

      So far the right has given claim to a number of very odd and far-out ideas: birther, right wing terrorist, death panels.

      Now your just far out yourself.

      if you have been watching Olbermann you would know that the serious conflict is between him and O’Reilly.

      I don’t watch Olbermann on a regular basis, I can only take a couple of minutes. He actually has talent but should have stayed at ESPN instead of a dying network. Now Rachel Maddow is a whole different story – no real talent whatsoever. Olbermann is an equal opportunity hater when it comes to anyone on the right side of the aisle. I assume he’s jealous his ratings are in he toilet. Just a hunch.

  2. Your answers were superfluous and skirted the real issues.

    Why do these people call themselves terrorists? How are they different that protesters?

    When I asked what is the right going to do if one of the “terrorists” actually does a terrorist move, like blow themselves up, your response was – the other side is doing it.

    Should something violent occur, will the right take responsibility for its rhetoric?

    Probably not. They don’t care about America.

    • Your answers were superfluous and skirted the real issues.

      Wrong. Just because you didn’t like my answer doesn’t mean I didn’t answer.

      Did you even read the post or did you just jump into the fray and start typing? The whole idea of my opinion centered on that Olbermann is devoid of seeing through the tounge in cheek nature of the “terrorist” comment. Looks like you are in the same boat on this one.

      Should something violent occur, will the right take responsibility for its rhetoric?

      I have no idea and is way off base regarding this post. Will the left take responsibiility for its actions? Since they are the only ones that have proven they are violent, who is the bigger threat? I’ll answer that one for you – the left-wing wackos.

      They don’t care about America. (the right)

      OK, now you’re just being an idiot.

  3. The use of the word terrorist here comes out of the perpetuation of a lie, often told but never proven, that liberals are calling conservative patriots “political terrorists.” You can perpetrate the lie, or you can call it tongue-in-cheek, but you, Rep Herger, and others (see Glenn Beck), are perpetrating a lie.

    This places the entire conservative movement now behind yet another is a row of lies: birther, death panels, now terrorist.

    Olbermann was making the point that I often make: will the right take responsibility for its rhetoric? Will it stop when some nut case takes it to the next level and actually becomes a terrorist?

    That’s when the joke will end.

    Name a violent action that the left has taken. Weathermen? 1960’s How about the right bombing churches.

    • I hesitate to call you a moonbat, but you’re getting to that point with your views. You are more than welcome to banter around the “lie” garbage, but it is itself a stretch of the truth (or a lie if you prefer). I’m sure you don’t mean to stretch the truth (or lie), it’s just your opinion. You do a great job of perpetuating the left-wing talking points and terms.

      Name a violent action that the left has taken.

      Russ Carnahan meeting, St. Louis. DNC windows broken in Denver (no one hurt except the windows).

      Name some right wing violence at a town hall meeting – which is what we are talking about here in this post – not church bombings, Weathermen, etc. There are kooks on both sides on the extreme.
      Olbermann takes only what he is interested in, like many people, and takes it to the nth degree to suit his programming needs.

  4. I meant that Rep Herger is perpetuating a lie, as in knowing or should know the difference between the facts and what he is leading the participants in his town hall believe.

    I have watched McCain tell his audience when they are wrong. Herger doesn’t or can’t or won’t.

    I know about the Russ Carnahan issue. As you noted, there are kooks on both sides of the issue and there is is no place for violence.

    You can hang the Denver issue on everyone who you don’t like indiscriminately, the center left, the just to the left, all left, the far left. Just go for it.

    Since it is one incident, it is hardly a pattern. It is an incident that must be addressed, but hardly a pattern of the left.

    That incident doesn’t excuse the right to up the rhetoric. It is an unwise move because of the very reason you’ve stated: there are kooks on both sides.

    I wouldn’t call pointing out the obvious: Herger perpetuating a lie as taking it to the nth degree. I’d like to see your side own up to its responsibility.

    • I don’t think Rep Herger was wrong in his actions and glad he didn’t buckle to the pressure. I have no love for McCain and don’t think he has ever been a good representative of a conservative. He just sounds like a disgrutled old man when he treats his audience like that.

      We can agree there are kooks on both sides. We can disagree that this is a big deal – I don’t think it is. Evidently you call a lie not in my book. We’re not going to agree on that.

  5. A lie is knowing something to be true but allowing your audience to believe it is something else. There is nothing to agree or disagree with.

    I believe you believe in people with principles and backbone. You may not like McCain – it is your choice. But how much do you like representatives that don’t measure up to your standards?

    • A lie is knowing something to be true but allowing your audience to believe it is something else.

      Agreed, but I don’t think your assessment fits this situation. There is a difference, I think you would agree, in an outright lie and a difference of beliefs. You believe differently and that is your choice, but that alone does not make it a lie.

      I believe you believe in people with principles and backbone. You may not like McCain – it is your choice. But how much do you like representatives that don’t measure up to your standards?

      I do. I have fundamental problems with many politicians including McCain. I will accept flaws from politicians and will point out my differences. This will occur more with those on the left than the right. This is why this website was started – a forum for me to air my irritations. Nothing more, nothing less. We’ve covered this in numerous posts.

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