I make a habit of not paying attention to Keith Olbermann much for the same reason I wouldn’t pay attention to a grimy, addlepated hobo on the streetcorner wearing a sandwich board that said ”Will Drop Pants for Food”. I think him about as intelligent as a pet rock and as sensible as a pair of 4-inch stiletto heels on an ice-covered sidewalk.
However, I have to admit that his show managed to surprise me last night, though not for anything Olbermann did. He couldn’t drive my opinion of him any lower if he showed up on camera wearing a dead puppy like a hat. No, he didn’t do anything out of the ordinary but his guest, a formerly-respectable member of the mainstream media, certainly did.
OLBERMANN: The Republicans and the Tea Partiers will tell you what happens tonight with Scott Brown tonight, whether he wins or comes close, is a repudiation of Obama policies, and surely one of Obama’s policies from the viewpoint of his opponents is that it’s okay to have this sea change in American history, to have an African-American President. Is this vote to any degree just a euphemism the way state’s rights was in the 60s?
FINEMAN: Wow, that is a good question.
The guy who thinks that asking if the entire state of Massachusetts is racist is Howard Fineman, the “Senior Washington Correspondent and Columnist, senior editor and deputy Washington bureau chief” of Newsweek magazine. In other words, he is (at least by title) a journalist and kind of a big deal — too big a deal to allow himself to be dragged into the fetid morass of Olbermann’s insane hatred for all things not explicitly fascistic.
And believe me, Fineman let himself get dragged down pretty darned easily. It’s as if he was auditioning for the job of Igor to Olbermann’s Dr. Insano McBugnuts.
FINEMAN: Maybe not in Massachusetts, but maybe in some places, there are codes, there are images, ah, you know, there are pickup trucks, uh, you could say there was a racial aspect to it one way or another.
OLBERMANN: What were the Scott Brown ads, though? Every one of the Scott Brown ads had him in a pickup truck.
FINEMAN: That’s why I mentioned pickup trucks. I mean, my mind goes back to Fred Thompson down in Tennessee.
Oh, is that where you mind went, Howie, to the equation “Pickup Truck + Voted For Someone I Don’t Like = Racist”? Are you sure you want to hang on to that one? The only reason I ask is that there are a couple or three advertisers with pretty big accounts with MS-NBC and Newsweek who sell pickup trucks. I imaging they would be very interested to know you think their vehicles are the motorized equivalent of Klan hoods.
Shame, shame, Howard Fineman. I expect that sort of mindless slander from Olbermann. On the other hand, you, Sir, used to be a journalist once. You know better