Keith Olbermann: The Death of Journalistic Integrity

It’s rare that I would take the time to do something like this, but every now and then I feel compelled to call someone generally unimportant on their unfounded slander and there is NO better candidate for such an exercise than Keith Olbermann.  Olbermann’s comments just prior to the close of polls in Massachusetts were the most unfounded and despicable things I’ve ever heard in all of media history and I sometimes listen to Rush Limbaugh!  Here is the full clip from his show on MSNBC:

Let’s go over that list again.  According Olbermann, Brown is an “irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees” (and, on a later show, he apologized for forgetting “sexist”).  Um…wow…  I’ve never heard such an unbelievable attack in all my life and I follow politics!  Not only were these comments horrible but they were also based in lies, half-truths and out-of-context information.  In short, it’s all garbage.  Let’s break it down and look at these accusations one by one.

1)      Irresponsible:  Keith seems to be contesting that Brown doesn’t choose his words carefully enough when addressing his constituents (does anyone else smell irony?) with claims that the president might have been born out of wedlock.  Is it not our duty as citizens to question our leaders?  I’m still waiting to see Barack Obama’s birth certificate made public.  If the claims that he’s not a natural citizen are unfounded then why all the secrecy in presenting proof?  I’m not saying he’s not, but any lingering doubt should be cleaned up as soon as possible especially when doing so should be extremely easy.

2)      Homophobic: I’ll agree that the stance on supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage is wrong but not agreeing with homosexuality and homophobia are two VERY different things.  Those who don’t agree with homosexuality simply don’t do anything to condone it as is the case with Brown.  Homophobes turn hateful and violent, lashing out at homosexuals in the most cruel ways imaginable.  Jerry Falwell and the guys who killed Matthew Sheppard are/were homophobes, not Scott Brown.  He seems to be a man who can disagree civilly and I can, in turn, respect his religious beliefs.

3)      Racist/Tea-Bagging: I’m grouping these together because they both seem to be the same thing to Olbermann which is beyond despicable.  The audacity he has to boldly say that the ENTIRE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT was based on racism against the president is the most ignorant and hateful comment I’ve heard in years.  Olbermann is the very embodiment of agenda-media.  He is a man who cares nothing for fairly reporting the news and decides instead to doctor the truth as much as he possibly can to shield Americans from understanding what’s really going on in the world.  Let me be crystal clear on this.  The Tea Party Movement has nothing to do what-so-ever with the color of the president’s skin.  If he were a white man with the same policies, tactics and agendas we would be rallying just as hard and feverishly as we are now; end of story.

4)      Reactionary: I’m not really sure what Olbermann was trying to get at with this one since he gave no example of anything Brown did that would qualify him as a reactionary.  I’ll chalk this up to Olbermann just wanting to add another big word to his fancy rant.

5)      Ex-nude Model: Before I even dig into this, I just want to go on the record as saying I don’t CARE if he posed nude for photos.  There is nothing wrong with people being naked and everyone needs to stop gushing over anyone showing some skin.  It’s natural and you all need to just get over it.  Now, as for the accusation: Yes, Scott Brown posed nude in an issue of Cosmopolitan in 1982.  According to Cosmopolitan:

“Long before he was a politician, the Republican candidate vying for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat posed nude for the centerfold of Cosmo. Scott Brown won our “America’s Sexiest Man” contest and appeared in the June 1982 issue. In those days he was a 22-year-old law student at Boston College who was cramming for finals just days before stripping down for our photographer.”

He was in his early twenties and in college.  Why does this even matter?  Why are you drudging up something from twenty eight years ago when the man was still in college?  This is just further proof that Olbermann is grasping at straws, trying desperately to turn public opinion against Brown and make sure America stays on the path of the liberal agenda.  Nice journalistic integrity.

Also, it’s a rather hot picture, you should take a look.

6)      Supporter of violence against women/opponents: You know how a few posts ago I said that it shouldn’t matter if cooperations and unions can fund political advertisements because Americans are still free to do their own research and make their own decisions?  Well, this is a great example of what I’m talking about.  Olbermann’s rant was the first I’d heard of this accusation against Brown; where he allegedly responded to a supporter’s remark about putting a curling iron up Coakley’s rectum by saying “we can do this.”  Rather than take this “journalists” word for it I looked up the video on Youtube for myself.  Here it is.

At first, I had to watch the footage three times before I even HEARD the comment.  If a microphone in the crowd had that much trouble picking it up then how can I be sure that Brown even heard it?  Brown doesn’t seem to be responding directly to the commentor at all.  Seriously, how many ways could you take the phrase “we can do this” in a campaign speech?  This is another example of Olbermann taking things out of context and twisting events to fit his agenda.

It’s not often that I take this much time to debunk a single media individual but Keith Olbermann really deserved this.  It’s no wonder his ratings are so low.  Journalistic integrity has never been more disgraced than it is on MSNBC primetime.  I’m a firm believer that stepping into the spotlight as a candidate for public office means putting your life on the table for America to judge, but these accusations are far beyond unfounded and uncalled for.  I’m at least happy that, in spite of Olbermann’s obvious efforts to thwart this election and bend America to his will, Brown still emerged victorious.


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