Quick Question

How is this gossip and not news? A news anchor openly critical of the administration ends up with an envelope full of suspicious white powder delivered to his home and that’s not news?

What the fuck, America?

Also, how nice of the New York Post to treat the incident as if it were just obvious foolishness. That will be a comfort to the people who’ve died this very way, I’m sure. We can’t bring hair gel on an airplane even though no one has ever made a hair gel bomb and that’s reasonable, but someone mails Olbermann white powder and he insists on going to the emergency room and he’s a baby, even though five people died and seventeen others got sick from anthrax five years ago, and one of the letters even went to the New York Post.

If anyone might understand Olbermann’s jumpiness, you think it’d be them.

So, that’s why no one else reported it.

11 thoughts on “Quick Question

  1. I’m sorry. Because Rupert Murdoch owns the Post, he’s able to keep any other news outlet from reporting on this? How is that possible?

  2. True, but don’t you think that explains the tone and placement of the article?If O’Reilly got an envelope full of white powder, first he would split it with Rush and second it would be on the front page and top news item of every newscast that Al-Qaeda is out to get BillO. He is, after all, on their list.Notice that the note inside warned KO that the letter was payback for his criticism of the President.Yep, just another fine American violating Federal law and endangering public safety to prove what a patriot he is.

  3. Oh, okay. Yes. I completely agree. That’s why it got covered how it got covered in Murdoch’s paper, for sure."Yep, just another fine American violating Federal law and endangering public safety to prove what a patriot he is."Liz, hire this man to write a conservative column for your paper! Come on. This is both conservative and funny, which is difficult to pull off.(Notice how I talk to Liz Garrigan like she reads Tiny Cat Pants. She does not. But she should. After all I’m a political pundit.)

  4. One of the more influential political bloggers, according to some guy I’ve never heard of.Sadly, this might have happened too late for any of the papers to pick up, if it was last night after midnight. Plus, with the big transition from Heather Byrd to Beverly Keel, it probably fell through the cracks at the Tennessean.

  5. The guy’s a dick, but that’s way uncool, as is the treatment of the story you post. That said, O’Reilly’s a dick as well, but when he came forward with the fact that the FBI told him he had received death threats, a lot of folks pooh-poohed it, saying that he was a publicity hound.Which he is, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the FBI didn’t have a lead it needed to check up on, if nothing more than to dismiss it.Let’s not make sweeping generalities about those we disagree with by highlighting the idiots who like to physically threaten people.

  6. Lee, I’m not opposed to name-calling per se. However, I’ve seen more than a few moments of Keith Olbermann’s show, and I’m at a loss as to why you classify him as a "dick." Bill O’Reilly, being the patron saint of bullying blowhards and the central figure of Falafelgate, certainly tries hard to earn the title of "dick."At worst, I’d say K.O. is guilty of some cynical humor, and of trying to channel Edward R. Murrow. If he were trying to channel Charles Coughlin, like O’Reilly, I could see it. Shed a little light, why dontcha.

  7. I’ll copy and paste a comment I made elsewhere:"But really, Olbermann’s been on my shit list for a while, and not just for his politics, though to be honest if they did share mine I might cut the guy some more slack.While watching his show with my dad a few years back, he made a joke where there was a graphic of the Georgia Runaway Bride (remember her?) shooting lasers out of her eyes to fry a cat or something like that. This was a good couple of months after that whole brouhaha had died down, and dad just kinda said something to the effect, "Can’t they just leave that poor woman alone now." And I had to agree with dad on that. It was a cheap and mean shot on somebody who had definately more than paid the price for their crime. After that, I haven’t liked the guy, even though I loved him back when he was doing SportsCenter with Dan Patrick."Here’s the link:http://digitalniccotine.blogspot.com/2006/09/on-olbermann.html

  8. I didn’t see the segment to which you refer, Lee, so I can’t make my own judgment. However, I am marginally familiar with that story. As far as I can remember, it was about a woman who thrust herself into the 24-hour news cycle (and put a strain on public resources) rather than deal with her personal issues like a mature adult. She may as well get used to handling the cheap shots with humor and grace, because she’s earned them. That said, I’d like to know the context of Olbermann’s bon mot: was he savaging the perpetrator, or was he lampooning the excessive coverage she received? There’s a mountain of difference between the two.As to your problem with Olbermann’s lack of obvious dissent on his show, I find your mention of Edward R. Murrow quite appropriate. When Murrow was on the air, he didn’t stoop to the staged shouting matches that substitute for debate in our corporate TV realm. He said his piece, knowing full well that those public figures who disagreed with him would have no problem finding a forum to express their own views (often such opportunity was offered right on CBS).Personally, I’m quite impressed with Olbermann’s Murrow impression. He makes well-thought-out, impassioned points, and he doesn’t have to shout anyone down or "cut his mike" in order to make them. He does that part with dignity, the way it should be done.

  9. I’m with you on the staged shouting matches. But I’ve seen intelligent back and forths on TV before… even on 24 hour cable newsshows.

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