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MSNBC: Olbermann Likens Conservatism to "Manure"

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Posted on July 10 2009 2:31 pm
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MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, whose bilious hatred of conservatives and Republicans oozes from every proverbial pore of his spirit, had some interesting things to say yesterday about these objects of his daily derision. Specifically, he cited conservatives’ “pervasive immorality and holier-than-thou hypocrisy” as the wellspring of “the reeking pile of manure that is the right wing media and right wing commentary.”

“The right wing,” Olbermann added, “thinks that the only thing that might ever interest a voter about a woman is sex”—an assertion that led him to conclude, quite logically, that such primitive sexism “certainly would explain why the GOP nominated Sarah Palin for the vice presidency when she had not a single qualification for the job besides the ability to wink.”

And, for good measure, Olbermann characterized conservative columnist Ann Coulter as “putrid” and “evil.”

Such ugly ad hominem attacks are standard fare for Olbermann, who can scarcely conceive of the notion that any person of good will, decent character, or sound intellect could possibly disagree with his (Olbermann’s) presumably self-evident worldview. In Olbermann’s calculus, only malicious, immoral buffoons could even dream of embracing the tenets of conservatism or rejecting the leftist agendas of today’s Democratic Party.

But in this regard, Olbermann has plenty of company among his political comrades, who have turned intolerance and hatred—the very qualities which they unceasingly ascribe to conservatives—into the unmistakable hallmarks of the modern Left. Among the more grotesque illustrations of this are the aspersions that black leftists routinely cast upon black conservatives:

  • A former NAACP chairman referred to Ward Connerly, who led the fight to end affirmative action (i.e., race preferences) in California’s public sector, as both a “fraud” and a “con man.”
  • Jesse Jackson, who “sees” racism wherever he looks, called Connerly a “house slave” and a “puppet of the white man.”
  • Jackson also condemned Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s vote to place limits on affirmative action programs, and likened Thomas to a Klansman: “At night, the enemies of civil rights strike in white sheets, burning crosses…. By day, they strike in black robes.”
  • The late columnist Carl Rowan sarcastically suggested that “if you give Thomas a little flour on his face, you’d think you had [former Klansman] David Duke.”
  • Movie director Spike Lee, who believes that “racism is woven into the very fabric of America,” calls Thomas “a handkerchief-head, chicken-and-biscuit-eating Uncle Tom.”
  • Author June Jordan characterizes Thomas as a “virulent Oreo phenomenon,” a “punk-ass,” and an “Uncle Tom calamity.”
  • Columnist Julianne Malveaux once told a television audience, “I hope [Thomas’s] wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter, and he dies early, like many black men do, of heart disease…. He’s an absolutely reprehensible person.”
  • Missouri Democrat William Clay (a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus) labels Thomas and other black conservatives “Negro wanderers” whose goal is to “maim and kill other blacks for the gratification and entertainment of ultraconservative white racists.”
  • Similarly, Mr. Clay once described black conservative and former congressman Gary Franks as a “Negro Dr. Kevorkian, a pariah,” who exhibited a “foot-shuffling, head-scratching brand of Uncle Tomism.”
  • Former NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks denounces black conservatives as “a new breed of Uncle Tom [and] some of the biggest liars the world ever saw.”
  • The late Afrocentric historian John Henrik Clarke called them “frustrated slaves crawling back to the plantation.”
  • The late Khalid Abdul Muhammad put it still more bluntly: “When white folks can’t defeat you, they’ll always find some Negro, some boot-licking, butt-licking, bamboozled, half-baked, half-fried, sissified, punkified, pasteurized, homogenized Nigger that they can trot out in front of you.”

The foregoing statements, ugly as they are, comport quite neatly, both in letter and spirit, with Keith Olbermann’s consistently crude depictions of conservatives. Olbermann is, quite simply, the angry, glib, smug, imperious, and intolerant personification of leftism.

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