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Fact-Checking Made Easy, Just Don’t: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 48

Posted By Mark Meed On May 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

Is it just me or does Olbermann increasingly resemble the dweeb at the back of health class making phlegmy snickering noises during the sex ed movie? This seems particularly pronounced when he attempts (and the operative word here is “attempts”) to stick needles of knee-slapping satire into his favorite voodoo dolls. Monday night it was Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin—Beck because he gave a couple of speeches and Palin because it was a day ending in the letter “y”.

The tease promised much:

Unhappily the descriptions appear to have been mixed up, because in this clip Olbermann doesn’t address any facts or refute anything said, unless the equivalent of booger jokes and lame impressions qualify. Instead we got a lot of this:

It was William Hurt as the character Ned Racine in the 1981 movie “Body Heat” who would unknowingly prophesied the politics of this nation 29 years hence.  Our number one story, sometimes the spit comes down so heavy I feel like I should wear a hat.  The half-governor of Alaska and Lonesome Rhodes Beck both emerged from their caves over the weekend to hit the nation with double barrels of the kind of corn clone simplistic brain washing for which they have become infamous.

Actually, to be fair, Olbie did challenge Beck on one point, so I suppose the term “fact check” isn’t technically fraudulent.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

GLENN BECK, FOX NEWS ANCHOR:  The old hatreds are starting to come back in Europe.  And that‘s not who we are.  And I am sick and tired of being called a Nazi because that‘s not the right in this country.  The right in this country is small government.  Nazism is national socialist workers union.  It‘s giant government.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

OLBERMANN:  Yell louder and move your hands more if you want to not be mistaken for a Nazi.  Even at Liberty University, of course, there was some kid out there in the audience who actually took a history course, that showed that the Nazis weren‘t some sort of union, and were as about as socialist as Mary Matalin.

This is just embarrassing.

Mr. Undergrad-To-Be-Named-Later notwithstanding, Nazi is short for “National Socialism.” It was a flavor of socialism that differed from its Russian counterpart only in its rejection of internationalism, its relationship to big business–which could best be described as a preference for slow poison over the bludgeon–and the particular groups it chose to demonize then exterminate.

As documented by Jonah Goldberg, Amity Shlaes and others, the love of affair of the Left with Fascism extended well into the 1930’s and only really evaporated when Hitler declared war on Russia. When the extent of the Holocaust became known the full weight of historical revisionism was thrown at proving that National Socialists weren’t socialists after all.

But why believe them Keith; maybe the footnotes were all fabricated, and besides you have the support of your special magical friend in the audience.

Possibly as a tie-breaker we could ask the little guy himself.

There is more that binds us to Bolshevism than separates us from it. There is, above all, genuine, revolutionary feeling, which is alive everywhere in Russia except where there are Jewish Marxists. I have always made allowance for this circumstance, and given orders that former Communists are to be admitted to the party at once. The petit bourgeois Social-Democrat and the trade-union boss will never make a National Socialist, but the Communists always will.”

[…]

Of what importance is all that, if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape? Let them own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the Party, is supreme over them regardless of whether they are owners or workers. All that is unessential; our socialism goes far deeper. It establishes a relationship of the individual to the State, the national community. Why need we trouble to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings.”

-          Adolph Hitler as quoted by Hermann Rauschning in The Voice of Destruction: Conversations With Hitler

So a couple of things Keith:

  • Read Liberal Fascism, answer a few skill-testing questions indicating you comprehended some part of it, then get back to me on the Nazi thing.
  • Watch Jon Stewart, a lot. Let bygones be bygones and study the way he rips people. I disagree with him—a lot—but he knows from funny.
  • Please coordinate better with your production staff. If the segment is going to be: “Countdown mocks Palin for the 44,276th time and we NEVER tire of that Lonesome Rhodes allusion to Glenn Beck” then  say that in the preview so we can be spared wasting six minutes of our lives.

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