Kathy Shaidle

"Legally stop the people like Glenn Beck": Olbermann

Posted on July 8 2009 7:34 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Former sportscaster turned low-rated MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann managed a two-fer last night.

First, without bothering to show clips of the original exchange, Olberman slammed FOX News host Glenn Beck and his June 30 guest, former CIA analyst Michael Scheuer.

Scheuer had told Beck that “the only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to detonate a major weapon in the United States.” It was clear from the context that Scheuer believes only another large-scale attack will shake what he sees as American complacency.

Olbermann mischaracterized Scheurer’s remark by saying that he had “called on the head of al Qaeda to attack America,” and had committed “treason”. Whatever the merits of Scheuer’s observation, Olbermann should have at least presented it more accurately.

No word on why Olbermann waited a whole week to condemn this supposedly explosive act of “treason.”

Olbermann also called upon the government to “legally stop people like Glenn Beck.”

Such remarks are especially troubling in light of the recent appointment of  leftist “media reformers” at the FCC.

Olbermann’s toxic hatred for high profile conservatives is nothing new, of course. Neither is his own tendency to make ambiguous statements concerning Osama bin Laden on-air (In January 2006, Olbermann interviewed author William Blum shortly after Osama bin Laden had praised Blum’s Rogue State as a “useful” book. Blum attributed bin Laden’s approval of his work to the al Qaeda leader’s conviction that “anti-American terrorism arises from the behavior of U.S. foreign policy.” Olbermann praised Blum for explaining the “logic behind the behavior behind Osama bin Laden.

However, it’s difficult not to wonder if some of Olbermann’s animus towards Glenn Beck stems from the latter’s far higher ratings, not to mention Beck’s current status as a #1 New York Times bestselling author.

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