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Olbermann Urges Rumsfeld's Impeachment, Blasts Him as a 'Quack' Pushing 'Fascism' [+Kos Kookiness]
NewsBusters ^ | 8/31/06 | Brent Baker & Matthew Sheffield

Posted on 08/31/2006 9:08:15 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday night used his Countdown show to deliver a vitriolic personal attack on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “a reality check of Donald Rumsfeld's incendiary speech, a special comment on his attack on your right to disagree.” Olbermann concluded his program with a six-minute diatribe against Rumsfeld: “The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack. Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.” Olbermann equated the Bush administration with “the English government of Neville Chamberlain” which "knew that its staunchest critics needed to be marginalized and isolated.” The MSNBC star charged, “The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.” The U.S., Olbermann asserted before concluding with Edward R. Murrow's "we must not confuse dissent with disloyalty," now “faces a new type of fascism.”

Olbermann opened his hour by claiming that during a Tuesday speech before the American Legion convention, Rumsfeld “compared critics of the current war in Iraq to those who tried to appease Adolf Hitler and the Nazis before World War II.” In fact, Rumsfeld simply worried about how not all realize how “we face similar challenges in efforts to confront the rising threat of a new type of fascism” from the Islamic world. Olbermann brought aboard DNC Chairman Howard Dean, proposing to him: “Is it, do you know, technically possible to impeach a Secretary of Defense and have we gotten to that stage after these remarks?” (Transcript follows. I realize Mark Finkelstein beat me on some of Olbermann's rant, but this post has additional quotes and video)

Video clip (3:20): Real (5.6 MB), Windows Media (6.5 MB), plus MP3 audio (1.2 MB)

UPDATE 08-31 2:30 by Matthew Sheffield. Allahpundit correctly calls Olbermann's schtick for what it is: "an instant classic of nutroots porn." By his count, there are seven threads on Democratic Underground worshipping the MSNBC anchor.

Allah's more right than he knows. I counted four at DailyKos, including one from the boss. Here's the first comment on that thread:

It was breathtaking to watch. Luckily, a Kossack had mentioned earlier today that he'd be doing some commentary on Rumsfeld, so I made sure I was home to watch it.

Wow. What an amazing commentary. Keith is about the only one out there willing to say the unfettered truth so boldly. I played a recording of it for my friend over the phone, and he was in awe of it too.

Last month, I marveled at Olbermann's incompetence as a broadcaster. Wednesday's rant proved he's also a poor marketer. Apparently, it is the official Olbermann strategy to reach out to leftist bloggers in the hopes that he'll get enough word of mouth so that more people will be willing to watch him than Headline News, i.e. above last-place in the ratings. (Details here.)

Trouble is, it ain't working. Olbermann's numbers have remained stagnant. They'll remain that way because not only is there a small number of people with acute Bush Derangement Syndrome, those poor souls are split up between Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and the local mental institution. There simply aren't enough people to pull Olbermann out of the ratings basement.

But hey, at least he's good for a few unintentional laughs.

UPDATE 11:46 by Matthew Sheffield. The Kos Kiddies have noticed this posting and have launched a furious effort to "prevent the swiftboating of a journalist" by spamming MSNBC with emails in support of their self-described non-liberal idol. My favorite comment from the thread:

Hotmail is not working right now...gotta wonder...



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1 posted on 08/31/2006 9:08:17 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: RatherBiased.com

See http://newsbusters.org/node/7290 for videos, too


2 posted on 08/31/2006 9:09:04 AM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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To: RatherBiased.com

No wonder he is the least watched show on the least watch network


3 posted on 08/31/2006 9:09:23 AM PDT by MNJohnnie ( Elections are more important then the feelings of the POS Cons (Perpetually Offended Syndrome))
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To: RatherBiased.com

MSNBC's still on the air ?


4 posted on 08/31/2006 9:09:32 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Keith always looks like he is sniffing poop.


5 posted on 08/31/2006 9:10:49 AM PDT by GinaLolaB (Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus (John 15:1)
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To: MNJohnnie

If an Olbermann fell in the forest would advertisers hear their investments return a profit?


6 posted on 08/31/2006 9:11:20 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: RatherBiased.com

So you don't have the balls to apologize for getting the Plame story completely wrong, Keith? Wow, I'm in shock!


7 posted on 08/31/2006 9:11:25 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: RatherBiased.com

all 42 people who watch him, (they all post at the DU), swear he's the greatest thing since sliced bread..personally, I have no clue what channel MSNBC is on and could care less..


8 posted on 08/31/2006 9:11:40 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Someone needs to tell this genius that Rumsfeld is appointed, not elected. "Schtick" or not, what an idiot.


9 posted on 08/31/2006 9:11:53 AM PDT by Fudd Fan ("The purpose of the UN is to ensure that the U.S. never wins another war." -HonestConservative)
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To: MNJohnnie

He's the worst of all miscreants.

An unentertaining entertainer.


10 posted on 08/31/2006 9:11:53 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: RatherBiased.com
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11 posted on 08/31/2006 9:12:00 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: RatherBiased.com
It was breathtaking to watch.

I played a recording of it for my friend over the phone, and he was in awe of it too.

In awe of Keith Olbermann... how sad.

12 posted on 08/31/2006 9:13:07 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: RatherBiased.com

My goodness!

If anyone on earth is capable of seeing and understanding shades and nuances and the like, it is Don Rumsfeld.

If he sticks in Olbermann's craw that deeply, he must be doing something right!

Have I mentioned lately: Rumsfeld '08!


13 posted on 08/31/2006 9:13:31 AM PDT by Museum Twenty (Proudly supporting President George W. Bush - Proudly shouting "Rumsfeld '08!")
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To: RatherBiased.com

You can "impeach" a cabinet member??


14 posted on 08/31/2006 9:13:32 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: RatherBiased.com

I heard the Hildabeast is one of his seven viewers.


15 posted on 08/31/2006 9:14:07 AM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Quote: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.

I love how these guys always position their arguments as if they were defending the troops and what the troops are fighting for. If they care so damn much about the troops and what they think, why not ask the troops what they think and just back that decision however it comes out!?!?


16 posted on 08/31/2006 9:15:33 AM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: RatherBiased.com
Olbermann is a(n) (please insert insult HERE):[I'll start]

- Crude term for the anal orifice.

17 posted on 08/31/2006 9:15:38 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: RatherBiased.com

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Olbermann equated the Bush administration with “the English government of Neville Chamberlain”
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Say what??? That makes no sense whatsoever!


18 posted on 08/31/2006 9:15:52 AM PDT by avacado
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To: RatherBiased.com

Oberman is smoking too much weed.


19 posted on 08/31/2006 9:18:19 AM PDT by hgro
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To: jazusamo

Oh, is that how she achieves that glazed look?


20 posted on 08/31/2006 9:18:35 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: RatherBiased.com
How embarrassing for Dan Abrams and MSNBC.

Soon the conspirazoid will be strapping on a suicide belt!

LOL
21 posted on 08/31/2006 9:20:03 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: RatherBiased.com
The MSNBC star charged,

What is the definition of "star", these days?

22 posted on 08/31/2006 9:20:56 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Keith who??


23 posted on 08/31/2006 9:21:09 AM PDT by Humidston (Houston - Don't feed jihad...DON'T SHOP ON HARWIN.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Are Cabinet members "civil officers" of the United States as it is used in Article 2, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution? In other words, can Cabinet members be impeached?


24 posted on 08/31/2006 9:23:23 AM PDT by RonF
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To: bill1952

"You can "impeach" a cabinet member??"

Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution states:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

So I would say the answer is yes, but I am not sure what crime Donny committed.


25 posted on 08/31/2006 9:23:48 AM PDT by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: MPJackal

We can "impeach" television "stars" by not watching them.

Apparently, the proceedings have already begun.


26 posted on 08/31/2006 9:27:18 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Fudd Fan
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says,

"The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."

Are Cabinet members considered "civil officers of the United States"? I guess it would take a court case to figure out, and unless there's legislation specific to this point already the Supremes would have to make the decision.

My guess would be that they would be considered "civil officers", but that's just my impression - I can't quote any legislation or court cases pertaining to the matter.

27 posted on 08/31/2006 9:27:44 AM PDT by RonF
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To: MPJackal

The cabinet members are civil officers?


28 posted on 08/31/2006 9:28:20 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: RatherBiased.com

It would seem appropriate to boycott MSNBC, except that nobody watches it already...


29 posted on 08/31/2006 9:29:06 AM PDT by Saint Louis
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To: RatherBiased.com

Keith Olbermann, KOSmanuat First Rank, Hero of the Soviet Media.


30 posted on 08/31/2006 9:29:56 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Dr. Thorne
Olbermann is a(n) (please insert insult HERE):[I'll start]

- Crude term for the anal orifice.

major league Clymer.

31 posted on 08/31/2006 9:30:33 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (UN Security Council resolution 1701: I believe it is ceasefire for our time.)
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To: roses of sharon

Why doesn't he just go full "Jerry Springer?"

Why make a pretense of knowing anything?


32 posted on 08/31/2006 9:31:04 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: GinaLolaB
Keith always looks like he is sniffing poop.

They keep his ratings out front on a cue card to try and motivate him...

33 posted on 08/31/2006 9:31:15 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: GinaLolaB
Keith always looks like he is sniffing poop.

See, he's not an "empty suit" after all...

34 posted on 08/31/2006 9:32:21 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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Olbermann Urges Rumsfeld's Impeachment, Blasts Him as a 'Quack' Pushing 'Fascism'

What Ohboreman is doing is getting in all the punches and kicks he can on his "perceived" enemies before he gets fired one more time.

He's constantly looking over his shoulders wondering when his bosses will approach him quietly from behind and put their hands over his shoulders and whisper in his ears "sorry dude, we've had enough of your schtick and won't take it anymore, YOU'RE FIRED!".
35 posted on 08/31/2006 9:32:22 AM PDT by adorno
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To: RatherBiased.com
Allahpundit correctly calls Olbermann's schtick for what it is: "an instant classic of nutroots porn." By his count, there are seven threads on Democratic Underground worshipping the MSNBC anchor.

One thread for each person who actually watches the show.

36 posted on 08/31/2006 9:32:23 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: bill1952

Okay, I see that there is one case where a cabinet member was impeached:

William W. Belknap, secretary of war; acquitted, August 1, 1876

Status: Aquitted


37 posted on 08/31/2006 9:33:26 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: GinaLolaB

"Olbermann on Wednesday night used his Countdown show to deliver a vitriolic personal attack on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld"

What is an 'Olbermann?' Isn't that jock-itch medication?


38 posted on 08/31/2006 9:34:26 AM PDT by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?")
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Libs are just trying to do their 'love the sinner, hate the sin' version with the troops. They pretend to support the troops themselves as brave, honorable and valiant. But they don't support a single thing the troops do or achieve and don't care whether they win or not. They just don't understand that the rest of us see right through this and so do the troops.


39 posted on 08/31/2006 9:35:11 AM PDT by bpjam (Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaida - The Religion of Peace)
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To: roses of sharon
Why should KO be "embarassing for Dan Abrams and MSNBC"?

They're all cut out of the same cloth in that dunce's corner of cable.

Leni

40 posted on 08/31/2006 9:35:46 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Israel, Hold Firm !................No Retreat means No Repeat !)
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To: bpjam

The guy's a "liberal?"

I thought he was just unprecedentedly stupid.


41 posted on 08/31/2006 9:38:00 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Izzy Dunne
The MSNBC star charged
What is the definition of "star", these days?

A large ball of overheated gas.

42 posted on 08/31/2006 9:40:32 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: MikeHu

MSNBC has lots of money to lose.

Bill Gates just got the first endowment from Warren Buffett.


43 posted on 08/31/2006 9:41:01 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: RatherBiased.com

Did Keith happen to mention who won the Mets game?


44 posted on 08/31/2006 9:43:48 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Gay State Conservative

He follows sports too?


45 posted on 08/31/2006 9:45:53 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: RatherBiased.com

How does this nut job, with such poor ratings, get to make judgments about impeaching Rumsfeld. Hasn't the public voted on impeaching Olbermann?


46 posted on 08/31/2006 9:47:35 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (Bolshecrats, the party of what if.)
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To: 60 in 06

That's a very good question.

That doesn't seem to be deterring any other media personality from appointing themselves the highest judge in the land.


47 posted on 08/31/2006 9:53:53 AM PDT by MikeHu
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To: RatherBiased.com
MSNBC is still alive?? Seriously, I wondered if it was indeed "dead"...or at least in its death throes since there have been "ads" on XM for a number of days now about how as of they will no longer be carrying MSNBC!
48 posted on 08/31/2006 9:57:52 AM PDT by battletank
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To: 60 in 06

I don't understand why anyone cares about his opinion. He is no different than a Hollywood actor spouting off on things he/she knows nothing about. Olbermann is a fired sports announcer and people treat him like his opinion matters. I don't get it. I refuse to watch the wasteland known as MSNBC. I refuse to write a letter to Dan Abrams and give him the impression I do watch MSNBC. Olbermann is a jerk and always has been one.


49 posted on 08/31/2006 9:59:59 AM PDT by Merry
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To: RatherBiased.com

"played a recording of it for my friend over the phone"

What is this...1980? Was the phone a rotary?


50 posted on 08/31/2006 10:01:43 AM PDT by toddlintown (IT)
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