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Slime Dog Millionaire: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 4

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Posted on September 10 2009 4:05 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Hustler, Keith Olbermann, announced with a flourish that he would not follow the example of pornographer Larry Flynt and ask his tiny audience to go to work digging up dirt on Glenn Beck. Gee thanks.

Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s not still NBC’s slime dog millionaire. Olbermann was MSNBC’s anchor for the broadcast of President Obama‘s healthcare speech last night. (Imagine the screaming we would have heard from the whole mainstream media had Fox News used Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity in the anchor chair on for an Obama speech). Olbermann began the coverage immediately after the Republican response by Louisiana Congressman and heart surgeon, Charles Boustany:

OLBERMANN: Congressman Boustany, we should note, has been sued for malpractice three times. He is a “Birther” who believes there are questions about the President’s citizenship, and, as Rachel [Maddow] reported last night, he is a man recorded in court papers to have fallen for a scam in which he tried to buy the British royalty title of “Lord.” He gave the Republican answer tonight. Governor Jindal’s epic failure after the State of the Union should have reminded all: Never write the rebuttal before you read the speech.

What, no mention of Huey Long? He was from Louisiana too… oh, yeah, he was a Democrat.

Slime number 1: “[Boustany,] we should note, has been sued for malpractice three times….” Hmmm, I bet the next time Charley Rangel is on Countdown, “we” won’t “note” that he’s being investigated for major tax fraud

But I digress. Dr. Boustany has been a heart surgeon for 20 years. He has been sued “3 times!” Let’s look at those cases on which information is easily available with a simple Google search. In one, Boustany was part of a team that saved an obese diabetic woman’s life by performing angioplasty on her. She ended up having to have three toes amputated — Not her leg, three toes. For that, she was compensated better than an Olympic track star.

One of the other times Boustany was sued was a “blue baby” case. Generally about 2/3 of those patients die. Boustany’s patient lived, but he was sued because “complications” meant it took 2 surgeries to get the job done.

But of course, we don’t need malpractice reform in the health bill, that’s a useless distraction!

Slime Number 2: “He is a “Birther” who believes there are questions about the President’s citizenship…”

The “evidence” for this is the Huffington Post video below. Of course, we know it is edited fairly and completely…

HuffPo “guerrilla videographer” Mike Stark ambushed congressmen and was pretty obnoxious with his “investigation.” Mostly what he proved is that Republican congressmen are easily annoyed.

Here is the so-called “evidence” that Boustany “is a birther”

BOUSTANY: Well, it’s certainly being looked at.

STARK: What do you personally believe, I mean — do you think there’s a question here?

BOUSTANY: I think there are questions, we’ll have to see.

While it was pretty dumb for the caucus not to tell its members to just affirm Obama’s citizenship and move on, this is a brush off, not an answer. Boustany later formally affirmed that he believed President Obama was born in the United States, so Keith seems to have problem with his verb tenses…

But then he’s not the first Democrat to have a problem with the meaning of the word “is.”

Attempted Slime Number 3: Here’s a hoot: “as Rachel [Maddow] reported last night, he is a man recorded in court papers to have fallen for a scam in which he tried to buy the British royalty title of “Lord.”

This is the “who cares” of the night. What’s really funny is the phrase “Rachel reported.” Reported? Here is how Rachel summed up her “reporting” methods the night before:

MADDOW: A, I don‘t make deals with anybody about what I cover. And, B, my position on Van Jones is irrelevant because I have never covered him at all, because I never thought that he was of interest until he resigned under pressure from what I see as the unhinged right.

And by “reported” Keith means “repeated Democrat talking points.” That’s right, it’s far more impotant that “reporting” is done on how a member of Congress was defrauded before he was elected, than on the anti-American, racist, anti-Semetic and pro-Communist rantings of a current high-ranking Adminstration appointee.

This was how NBC Anchor Keith Olbermann summarized Obama’s rather prosaic, way-too-long speech:

“It was, to say the least, a broad and forward-thinking speech. On the rhetoric and the phrasing and the pacing and the design of the speech itself, there seems to have been a touch of greatness.”

Tim Russert, call your office.

Part 5: Presumed Innocent: Not for Southern White Males

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