Skip to comments.Lawrence O'Donnell Defends GEICO Actor Who Called Tea Partiers Retarded Killers
Posted on 04/22/2010 10:27:42 AM PDT by freespirited
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Wednesday defended a GEICO voice-over actor who referred to Tea Party members as mentally retarded killers.
Last week, Lance Baxter aka D.C. Douglas left the following voice-mail at the offices of FreedomWorks (audio available here):
Hi there. I`m doing a paper about FreedomWorks and I was wondering if somebody could give me a call back. I`m wrapping up and I just have one more piece of information I need to get from you guys -- just need to know what the percentage is of people that are mentally retarded who work for the organization, and are members of it. And oh -- and one final thing, wondering what your plans are, how to spin it when one of your members does actually kill somebody, wondering how, if you`ve got an actual P.R. spinning routine planned for that or are you just going to take it when it happens. Just curious. So, give me a call when you get a chance. Thanks so much.
Baxter has since been fired for this disgusting message, and O'Donnell filling in for Keith Olbermann on Wednesday's "Countdown" actually came to the actor's defense claiming he was only exercising his First Amendment rights (video follows with transcript and commentary):
LAWRENCE O`DONNELL, HOST: Members of the tea party say they`re upset about the unemployment rate, but it turns out they`ve just added to the problem.
In our number two story: the voice of GEICO insurance now finds himself out of a job over a voicemail he left for tea partiers.
Voice-over actor Lance Baxter, also known as "D.C. Douglas," says he`s been fired because of a voicemail he left for members of FreedomWorks, the tea party organization run by Dick Armey. For those keeping score at home, Mr. Baxter isn`t the voice of the gecko. He`s "the real service, real savings" guy.
Here`s his message to the tea partiers.
(BEGIN AUDIO CLIP)
LANCE BAXTER, VOICE-OVER ACTOR: Hi there. I`m doing a paper about FreedomWorks and I was wondering if somebody could give me a call back. I`m wrapping up and I just have one more piece of information I need to get from you guys -- just need to know what the percentage is of people that are mentally retarded who work for the organization, and are members of it. And oh -- and one final thing, wondering what your plans are, how to spin it when one of your members does actually kill somebody, wondering how, if you`ve got an actual P.R. spinning routine planned for that or are you just going to take it when it happens.
Just curious. So, give me a call when you get a chance. Thanks so much.
(END AUDIO CLIP)
O`DONNELL: Hey, that is a really good voice.
Mr. Baxter writing about the message on his blog, "Yeah, I know -- stupid! And certainly not constructive. Unfortunately, in my haste, I used the phrase `mentally retarded,` which ultimately drags me down to their level."
Mr. Baxter also gave his phone number on the voicemail, which got posted on the conservative Web site BigGovernment.com. FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe elevating the rhetoric by writing an accompanying post: "Feel free to contact Lance. He was so kind to provide his number in the voicemail. Call his employer, too. Let them know that you, in fact, are not a mentally retarded killer."
In a press release, Mr. Baxter says he made the phone call because he was upset about tea partiers using gay and racial slurs against members of Congress. He also believes that his connection to GEICO is the primary reason he was targeted. GEICO pulled its ads from Glenn Beck`s show after Mr. Beck made racially-charged comments about President Obama.Mr. Baxter says he was calling as a private citizen but doesn`t blame GEICO for, quote, "protecting themselves, they have a business to run and can`t waste time getting caught up in the FreedomWorks circus."
Hey, GEICO, why are you guys firing this guy? He exercised his First Amendment right of free speech, then had the class to instantly apologize for the bad choice of words. What`s wrong with that?
Now, I understand why Marilyn Chambers could not continue being the face of Ivory Snow laundry detergent after she did a five-way behind the green door. But this guy isn`t the face of anything. He`s just a voice. Firing him is like firing a ghost. No one will know you changed the voice- over guy in your commercials.
Of the people who do know, surely some of them might prefer doing business with a company that respects the First Amendment.
Fascinating, isn't it?
MSNBC and O'Donnell have been berating, insulting, and denigrating Tea Partiers -- who are only exercising their First Amendment rights!!! -- for over a year.
Furthermore, the folks at MSNBC are constantly attacking Glenn Beck and others at Fox News for exercising THEIR First Amendment rights.
But when a man gets fired for leaving an astonishingly disgusting voice-mail message, O'Donnell is quick to come to his defense.
Color me astoundingly unsurprised.
Those interested in more on this story should visit the blog of FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe at Big Government.
Who’s Larry O’Donnell?
GEICO fired the guy because he insulted their customers and potential customers, it really isn’t hard to understand. He didn’t just use “mentally retarded”, he lied about the purpose of his call, about racial and gender slurs and about the nature of a movement supported by most of the people in the country.
GEICO probably wants to sell insurance to people from the Tea Party also. The idiot actor can insult their customers, but the company can also find another actor who won’t lose them prospects.
Probably related to those two other idiots on MSNBC, Kelly and Norah
I hope Megan Kelly at fox news remembers this the next time she says tea partiers have to tone down their act....lol.
Larry O’Donnell is just another left wing pig, so what is the value of this story?
and may someone rub B. Clintons nose in this,,
No surprise, one screaming lunatic defending another. Speaks voluminous about MSNBC creditility that they still provide a platform for this extremest far fringe leftist wacko job.
We he be required to go on a nationwide tour apologizing to the mentally retarded?
Good luck with that.
One of these days Larry’s family is going to realize he’s nuts and sign him into a funny farm.
I plan to switch one of our policies to GEICO (even if it costs more) and when I do so, I will let them know how much I appreciate their actions.
I’ve wondered whether any or all of them are related to Kenny O’Donnell, the Kennedy factotum who would get the broads to come up to the room and such for dear Jack?
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Yeah, he leaves an offensive message and then claims he was “dragged down” to “their level”.
IIRC Warren Buffett owns Geico.
Don’t know about the TEA people but I know a guy that works at MSNBC that should be reprimanded for even asking such a question.
there should be plenty of dems with mentally handicapped charges that will be offended by his remarks.
We have already removed our business from GEICO.
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