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Dishonest John And Slimy Palin Shrug Off Economic Mess

7 October 2008
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC

What’s wrong with the media?  After watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night, I’d say someone is finally getting it right.

In an incredibly naked political move over the weekend, the McCain campaign admitted that they were not going to be able to win if the subject of the election was the economy.  So, in order to “turn the page,” as they put it, they drug out a low-road mudball attack against Barack Obama.  Pitbull Palin slithered her way out onto the stump and launched the attack tying Obama to a 60’s radical whose activities were going on when Obama was only eight years old and didn’t even live in the same town.  Oh, yeah, and then they had some burley skinhead sheriff from the Florida Panhandle invoke Obama’s middle name to the boos of the Pensacola crowd.  How shallow are the people of Pensacola, Florida, anyway?  Then McCain himself intimated that Obama was somehow linked to terrorists in his New Mexico speech yesterday.

Chris Matthews, Hardball

Chris Matthews, Hardball

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

The most chilling aspect of this charade was the crowd reaction that was invoked by the Republican standard bearers.  Both on Hardball with Chris Matthews and later on the Rachel Maddow Show, video from McCain’s rally showed a member of the audience clearly shouting that Obama was a terrorist in reply to McCain’s question, “Who is Barack Obama?”  McCain smiled his silly-old-man grin and let it slide.  Maybe he didn’t hear it, but he’s surely been told of it by today and hasn’t made one move to distance himself from the outrageous remark about a fellow Senator of the United States.  That was topped by a member of the audience at Palin’s rally who shouted out, “Kill him!” in reference to Barack Obama.  Governor Palin, like her lowlife buddy McCain, made no move to chastise the uncalled for shout.  And once again, if she didn’t hear it yesterday, although the TV soundtracks did, she has not denounced a terroristic threat by one of her own fervent supporters.

Straight-Talk Express???

Straight-Talk Express???

This win-at-any-price strategy that has now been launched by the shameful McCain and Palin is taking American politics to a new low.  While they promise change and reform, they have taken the Bush strategy of mudslinging nearly to the level of inciting their supporters to riot.  Can you imagine the reaction from the angry right or Republicans if a black man in the crowd at an Obama event shouted out that we should kill Senator McCain?  They would demand his arrest and then beat that drum all the way to election day.  Yet, McCain and Palin seem to think it’s perfectly all right for their supporters to advocate assassination of their opponent.  Now, I ask you, who hangs around with terrorists?  To take it one step further, who incites their supporters to terrorism?  It’s McCain and Palin.  Shame on them!

At least Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow didn’t let this go unnoticed.  But Jack’s Blue Ribbon of the Day goes to Keith Olbermann over at MSNBC.  It was obvious that he has had a bellyful of mudslinging politics in the middle of a major crisis that threatens every household in America.  He told the touching story of a 91-year-old woman who, when confronted with foreclosure on her home, opted instead for suicide.  Thankfully, she failed in her attempt, and Dennis Kucinich came to her rescue and got an emergency bill through Congress on her behalf to stop the foreclosure.  After that preamble demonstrating the frustrating state of the American people, Olbermann launched into an attack like nothing I have ever seen on MSNBC or any other network – although I’m told by those who go there that Bill O’Reilly over at FOX NOISE Network does this from time to time.  Olbermann even made the always angry Lou Dobbs over at CNN look like a pussycat as he slashed and burned his way through the outrageousness of Palin’s attacks and McCain’s reckless disregard for the problems that real people are facing out here in the country he claims to put first.

I sat in stunned silence as Olbermann went on and on, and yes, on some more.  While his anger was apparent, he kept it well contained as he delivered his indictment of Palin and her associations.  He noted that Palin said that it was time for the gloves to come off, and as a gagged member of the media, it appeared he had been waiting for the chance to go toe to toe.  He went after Palin’s recorded speech prepared for the Alaskan Secession Party – a group that

“finds America so imperfect” that it wishes to secede.  Palin’s own husband, the First Dude, is a former member of the party, so Olbermann pointed out that Sarah Pitchfork also hangs out with people who wish ill upon our nation.  Then he took on the witch-hunting pastor that “laid hands” on Palin when she was running for Governor of Alaska to keep her safe from witches.  Seems this guy managed to gain fame in his native Africa by running a woman he claimed to be a witch out of his hometown.  Olbermann rightly compared this to being a domestic terrorist.

The whole thing was breathtaking.  I asked Mrs. Jack if we could put a link to MSNBC and either show a transcript or a video of Olbermann’s  “Special Comment” last night.  She informs me that it will be up by 8:00 p.m. EDT.  So here’s the link to it.  Go and check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.  And then tell your friends about it.

[Ed. Note: The transcript has been posted early and is ready now.]

Olbermann transcript for 10/6/2008 OR Olbermann’s YouTube version

All of that off my chest, the polls still look good for our guy, Obama; but I don’t trust anything until I see a good call coming from the media on election night.  Keep fighting the good fight!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 7 October 2008 5:46 pm

    Jack, I discovered you within the last few weeks, thanks to Mudflats, and I’ve added you to my own blogroll.

    As much as I share your frustration with the lack of spine in the media today, I must take small issue with the idea that the McCain campaign’s shift to attack is as recent as last weekend. I recall that during or immediately after the RNC, they stated that they intended to wage a campaign of personalities, not issues. As the bloom on Sarah Palin’s rose began to wilt, and John McCain fumbled and floundered trying to find a voice on the economic melt-down, the next logical step was to go increasingly negative. But, even as cynical as I am about Rovian politics, I didn’t expect them to stand mute in the face of hate speech.

    Keep up the drumbeat.

  2. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    8 October 2008 7:06 am

    @More Light Than Heat

    You’re absolutely right. I was just referring to the fact that the McCain campaign has now sunk to the level of mudcats feeding on the bottom of the lake. To my view Sarah Barracuda is a dangerous force emerging in American politics. As a southerner, I am reminded of my region’s shameful past as represented by the tacit acceptance of the KKK among us. They may love her in Pensacola, but I think she is the real terrorist.

  3. morelightthanheat permalink
    8 October 2008 1:47 pm

    For two decades the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have stoked the flames of hatred, just managing to keep it from exploding into violence. Palin doesn’t need to connect the dots for her audience. All she needs to do is identify them. They do the rest. We are living the effect of Nixon’s Southern Strategy writ large.

    As McCain falls ever lower in the polls, the only option he has left is bottom-feeding to try to salvage his campaign. The only question left seems to be whether the actual vote will be recorded and counted correctly.

  4. 10 October 2008 4:44 pm

    I agree with More Light than Heat. They’ve had this as a plan Z option. They probably did not think they were going be behind in Gallup by 11 points. So, they had already planned this. It was just waiting to happen. Nonetheless, I think they were going to do it anyway.

    BTW, Jack I added you to my BlogRoll, its nice to see some liberal blogs here.

  5. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    10 October 2008 4:51 pm

    @Kevin Robles

    Thanks for the comment and welcome aboard.

  6. Cheryl permalink
    13 October 2008 9:10 pm

    I believe in responsible reporting and MSNBC is showing their lack of it. It has been a long time since the House and Senate have been occupied by Democrats. Both parties have played there part in our countries troubles and if you believe that Rachel Maddow and anyone else that reports for MSNBC is knowledgeable, you are sadly mistaken. She just likes to here herself talk, she may be somewhat entertaining but I plead with anyone who reads this to make a decision in the important race on facts, not her uneducated ramblings.

    McCain and Palin were nothing but respectful in reference to Obama in the rally I attended. These polls that state McCain is falling lower, were you a participant in that poll? Is there someone calling each household daily and asking how would you vote today? No there isn’t, think for yourselves, don’t let media dictate your opinion. Find your own facts from reliable sources and vote with your own thoughts and not what some shallow reporter wants you to think.

  7. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    14 October 2008 9:03 am


    I find myself in respectful disagreement with you. Obviously you are a McCain supporter or you wouldn’t be attending his rallies. Sarah Palin has been anything but respectful toward Barack Obama, and McCain has repeatedly failed to speak out against the antics of those at his rallies until recently when he saw his poll numbers dropping like a rock.

    As For Ms. Maddow, her partisan leanings are there for all to see, but at least MSNBC also has a show headlined by Republican Joe Scarborough every morning while more viewers are available to watch. But from your comments I suspect that you get your news from FOX, and they spew right-wing political propaganda non-stop all day every day.

    Sorry, Cheryl, go back to FOX PROPAGANDA NETWORK where you will feel more at home.

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