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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Birth of the Resistance

I watched the bloated fascist's victory speech, I heard his pathetic plea for unity.Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together.It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.And I almost . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Birth of the Resistance

Politics and its Discontents: But Are His Pants On Fire?

That is a question only Bill O’Reilly can answer, but given his veracity-challenged career, I would not his response at face value.

The fun begins at about the 2:40 mark below as Keith Olbermann pierces some O’Reilly-concocted mythology:

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LeDaro: The Most Damaged Brands: Keith Olbermann makes top of the list

“Now, one of the most popular TV personalities will not be on the small screen for a very long time, if ever at all. His $50 million contract with Current TV could also be voided in court. Perhaps the greatest insult to Olbermann is that he was replaced on Current TV by Eliot Spitzer, . . . → Read More: LeDaro: The Most Damaged Brands: Keith Olbermann makes top of the list

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Olbermann: A $10 Million Chandelier

Appearing on Dave Letterman’s show last night, Keith Olbermann talked about being fired by Current TV the other week. “I screwed up really big on this,” he said. “It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed, in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through.”

“I didn’t say, ‘You know, if you buy . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Olbermann: A $10 Million Chandelier

Red Tory v.3.0.3: WPITW: Fox & Fiends

The late great Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Unfortunately that concept is totally alien to Fox “News” that gets busted in this instance for blatantly misrepresenting unemployment figures on graphs to fit its own counterfactual narrative:

As for the actual “winner” . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: WPITW: Fox & Fiends

Mayor Stupid makes @KeithOlbermann’s list … AGAIN (h/t @OccupyTO)

Must be Halloween or something.I have no words. . . . → Read More: Mayor Stupid makes @KeithOlbermann’s list … AGAIN (h/t @OccupyTO)

LeDaro: Keith Olbermann: Rob Ford ‘Worst Person in the World’

Trashy's World: So Rob Effing Ford is the worst person in the world?

Um, I dunno about that. There are worse. Yet Keith Olbermann thinks REF takes the gateau. The U.S. television personality and political pundit mocked Mr. Ford on the “Worst Person in the World” feature of his CurrentTV show, which aired Oct. 28. “The new conservative executive [of Toronto] has had a rough start, but never […] . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: So Rob Effing Ford is the worst person in the world?

Olbermann’s worst person in the f’ing world: Rob Ford

You knew the US media would not let a momentous occasion like Rob Ford’s freakout at Marg Delahunty and 911 dispatchers to go unnoticed. Keith Olbermann is the first US TV pundit to jump on the ridiculousness of Toronto’s wimpy mayor. He won’t be the l… . . . → Read More: Olbermann’s worst person in the f’ing world: Rob Ford

@TOMayorFord puts Toronto on @KeithOlbermann ‘s map

Oh look. Mayor Stupid’s gotten some international recognition!Worse than Glenn Beck. Glenn Beck.When? When will this nightmare end?Related posts:So Mayor Stupid takes one in the nads on the waterfront …Oh, look: everything Team Ford touches turns to … . . . → Read More: @TOMayorFord puts Toronto on @KeithOlbermann ‘s map

"You first, asshole". Keith Olbermann goes after redneck Florida congressman

I got into a little hot water for my recent take on the south. Screw that. I double down on my sentiments.But Olbermann reserved even greater scorn for Brad Drake, a Florida state legislator who recently proposed to reintroduce executions by firing squ… . . . → Read More: "You first, asshole". Keith Olbermann goes after redneck Florida congressman

Red Tory v.3.0.3: WPITW

A trifecta of sexism, ignorance and paranoia today: In fairness to Republican hopeful Herman Cain, at least he had the decency to preface his crackpot theory with the caveat of not having the facts to back it up. Too bad … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: WPITW

Excited Delirium: #occupywallstreet grows while MSM misses the message

Why is mainstream media ignoring the #OccupyWallStreet protests? . . . → Read More: Excited Delirium: #occupywallstreet grows while MSM misses the message

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Do Teabaggers Read Books?

Well, not that much, apparently. At least if sales figures for the latest raft of books penned by Tea Party icons are any indication of that group’s appetite for book learnin’… Despite widespread media hype, TroubleMaker, by vacuous non-witch and … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Do Teabaggers Read Books?

LeDaro: Keith Olbermann’s worst person in the world

The usual suspects are Glenn Beck and Allen West. Both of these sure have crossed the line of sanity into the la la land a while ago. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Keith Olbermann’s worst person in the world

LeDaro: Keith Olbermann’s special comment on debt ceiling deal

It is a good commentary and as usual Olbermann delivers it with passion. US is on a path of self-destruction. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Keith Olbermann’s special comment on debt ceiling deal

LeDaro: Keith Olbermann on Glenn Beck’s "Hitler Youth Camp" remarks

Bill O’Reilly gives a different twist that Anders Behring Breivik must not be considered a Christian. However in case of Muslims if one fanatic carries out violence then all Muslims are terrorists according to O’Reilly. Talking about double-talk.Wa… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Keith Olbermann on Glenn Beck’s "Hitler Youth Camp" remarks

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Could News Corp. Double Agent Neil Wallis Be Behind Climategate Hacking?

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LeDaro: MSNBC – Keith Olbermann and Cenk Uygur

What’s wrong with MSNBC? Whenever they have a successful host, they push them out. Keith Olbermann had the highest ratings for MSNBC, and he was fired. Now with Cenk Ugyur having done well in the ratings, the same has happened to him. I think if MSNBC … . . . → Read More: LeDaro: MSNBC – Keith Olbermann and Cenk Uygur

LeDaro: Keith Olbermann: Special comment on Afghanistan

Why US must leave Afghanistan now. It is a very good commentary. Click here to watch the video. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Keith Olbermann: Special comment on Afghanistan

LeDaro: Michael Moore on Keith Olbermann show

Keith Olbermann’s show Countdown started yesterday, June 20th , 2011 on the Current T.V. Here is an interesting interview with Michael Moore. Moore thinks that Obama should get the permission of Congress to continue intervention in Libya and Congress… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Michael Moore on Keith Olbermann show

LeDaro: Keith Olbermann: “ That woman is an idiot”

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Olbermann: "Let Obama be Obama"

Olbermann: The witch-hunt vs. Sherrod, and those who made it possible

To paraphrase President Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior, James Watt — Mr. Messina, and Mr. Emanuel, and everybody else in this White House who is gradually remodeling this President into something generic and safe and electable in 2012 by the slimmest of margins on . . . → Read More: Olbermann: "Let Obama be Obama"

liberal catnip: Olbermann: "Let Obama be Obama"

Olbermann: The witch-hunt vs. Sherrod, and those who made it possible

To paraphrase President Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior, James Watt — Mr. Messina, and Mr. Emanuel, and everybody else in this White House who is gradually remodeling this President into something generic and safe and electable in 2012 by the slimmest of margins on the strength of being as media-circus-free and better suited to “this atmosphere” as possible.

Let Obama be Obama! And that advice must be heeded by one man above all others.

Let Obama be Obama?

Breaking news for you, Olbermann. This is Obama being Obama. Mr “No Drama” Obama who avoids confrontations at all costs until his back is against the wall and he has no choice but to respond.

What I find interesting here is that Olbermann is saying that Obama is simply a political puppet of stronger forces like Jim Messina and Rahm Emmanuel. So, I guess when he said, “The buck stops with me”, he really meant that it stops with him after he’s been directed by his advisors about what to do with it.

I suppose Olbermann had to include some excuse to cover for Obama in this shameful incident that saw a useless WH political machine throw yet another African-American under that now infamous bus to keep his Obama-loving fans happy. I doubt they even realize that Olbermann said Obama’s presidency is being managed behind the scenes just as Dubya’s was.

To top it off, Olbermann apparently believes that “Fired up?” was more than just some catchy campaign slogan.

The question used to be “fired up?” – and the answer: “Ready to go!” The question now is “fired up?” – the answer now is: “Not ready, because we cannot afford the impression of not looking sufficiently presidential and neutral and inviting a media circus in this atmosphere.”

And he doesn’t seem to realize yet that “hope” and “change” meant that starstruck fans like him would be hoping Obama would change all through his presidency to become this flaming liberal he never was during his campaign. That was blatantly obvious to anyone who was paying attention without fanboy blinders on.

There has been no gradual remodeling of Barack Obama during his presidency.

Obama is being Obama.

By stating, “Let Obama be Obama”, what Olbermann is asking is that he be anyone but who he really is. And that is obviously not going to happen.

As for what happened to Shirley Sherrod, the Leave Obama Alone! crowd which has insisted he had no part to play in this travesty and who didn’t think he owed Mrs Sherrod a damn thing because of that will now have to live with the fact that he has finally personally apologized to her – because he was ultimately responsible for the actions of his government.

Too little, too late considering just how quickly his administration jumped to get rid of her in the first place after (yet again) foolishly believing that right-wing nuts actually tell the truth. Some of his defenders even tried to claim that Vilsack wasn’t a part of the administration. Apparently, they don’t either don’t know how government is structured or they were just grasping at any excuse to place distance between Obama and Vilsack. Either way, it’s been quite the pathetic display of refusing to hold those responsible accountable.

Those defenders – comparable to Bush’s 20 percenters – truly believe he is not responsible for anything that goes wrong in his administration while heaping praise on him for absolutely everything that goes right. They gaze at pictures like him as if he’s some sort of teen idol – a phenomenon I never saw any Bush supporters engage in. Can you imagine the ridicule from the left if some right-wing blog had posted that kind of propaganda week in and week out during Bush’s presidency while adding only Good News™ about what their dear leader was up to because they couldn’t deal with reality?

That’s why they cannot fathom any criticism being lobbed Obama’s way. “Brand Obama”, as described by Naomi Klein,  is too big too fail and must be bailed out continually at all costs:

Klein: One of the things in this-you know, a large part what I write about in No Logo is the absorption of these political movements into the world of marketing. And, you know, the first time I saw the “Yes, We Can” video that was produced by Will.i.am, my first thought was, you know, “Wow. A politician has finally produced an ad as good as Nike that plays on our, sort of, faded memories of a more idealistic era, but, yet, doesn’t quite say anything.” We think we hear the message we want to hear, but if you really parse it, the promises aren’t there, it’s really the emotions.

And, you know, I think that that explains in some sense the paralysis in progressive movements in the United States where we think, Obama stands for something because we-our emotions were activated on these issues, but we don’t really have much to hold him to because, in fact, if you look at what he said during the campaign, like any good super brand, like any good marketer, he made sure not to promise too much, so that he couldn’t be held to it.

Political consumers.

That does not bode well for a democracy that is supposed to be based on reason. And we’re watching as the results of that marketing are being played out while dignified people like Shirley Sherrod become victims of that emotional consumption engaged in by the right, the left and all of those in between. It has produced the same outcome as unchecked capitalism: moral bankruptcy.
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