Skip to comments.BARBARA OLSON, CONSERVATIVE HERO IN BATTLE AGAINST ISLAMIC TERROR AND CLINTON CRIMES, IGNORED ON NBC
Posted on 12/31/2001 12:27:48 PM PST by elenchus
Our hero Barbara Olson who died while calling for advice and help in the crash into the Pentagon (we assume she must have been fighting to the last) is certainly the most prominent casualty of the September 11, 2001 terror attack.
(By the way, I find it nauseating when people, and the networks in particular, refer to it as a "tragedy." In this context, "tragedy" might be appropriate to deaths due to an accidentally set fire, or a plane crashing due strictly to mechanical failure. It is not merely a tragedy when Arab fanatics turn airplanes into missiles, crash into a couple of buildings and kill thousands of innocent civilians. There are many words that might begin to approximate the event, but tragedy cannot be one of them, and I resent its use almost exclusively by those on the left.)
Not only is she the most prominent, but she is also the wife of one of the top U.S. government officials, the attorney who represented candidate George Bush in the contested Florida election before the Supreme Court, and above all a stalwart, perfectly relentless fighter against the corruption of the government by the Clinton's, who left her husband at home on the day of the fateful flight to once again do battle in an out-of-town television interview on ABC's Politically Incorrect show, presumably in order to advance the thesis of her about to be released book, The Final Days (how ironic the name), which was the follow-up to her first Clinton book, Hell to Pay (more irony since there has been a lot of hell to pay from the Clinton treacheries--and it will not only be the Islamic maniacs, who were enabled to do what they did on September 11, 2001 by the Clinton perfidies, who will someday have hell to pay). Whatever one's politics, one has to acknowledge that hers is arguably the most significant death of the year, what with her dying directly at the hands of the terrorists and indirectly at the hands of the Clintons.
Despite this fact, NBC news divisions have apparently made the decision not to include Barbara Olson in their visual obituaries or profiles of the most important Americans to die in 2001. At least, I can find no instance of their doing so among the shows that I have seen thus far. Were things reversed and had this been a Democrat administration, it would be unthinkable that the president would permit a hero of the left to go unsung. Clinton would never have let any network get away with failing to mention one of his partners in crime. Is not one of our virtuous heroes deserving of nothing less? Should not President Bush takeup the slack and speak of the courage of our fallen hero who we know risked her life and died fighting for information on that hijacked plane and in all likelihood--if there was any opportunity at all--must have died kicking and scratching and throwing that cellphone at one of the terrorists? Let's roll is great, but making sure that Clintons and the terrorists had hell to pay is unsurpassed.
NBC is truly the worst, most corrupt, of the networks although with dishonest men such as Dan Rather, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel et al on CBS and ABC, there are several very close seconds.
Please think of this when you decide which network to watch--that is, if (unlike this writer) you are still watching the network news at all.
I will have a new report out shortly with additional details, but the original report raises these questions, though there are no certain answers on whether there was any quid pro quo. The article entitled "CLINTON CREW ONCE AGAIN BETRAYS AMERICA? -- HINTS", may be seen by clicking on this Free Republic website link: CLINTON CREW ONCE AGAIN BETRAYS AMERICA?--HINTS
More information to come on that shortly...Developing....
And I have to vehemently disagree that NBC is the "worst, most corrupt" of the Big Three. I think ABC and CBS are demonstrably far more to the left than NBC.
That said, it is incredibly sad that NBC doesn't include BKO in their list of prominent Americans who lost their lives this year, if indeed they are not including her. Fox includes Olson - I had hoped they would end with her, but I think they went by date of death.
Barbara Olson is as inspiring today as she was prior to her death. My heartfelt prayers are with Ted and her family and friends.
I think we just have to accept that in the grand mess that was 9/11, Barbara Olson is a mere footnote. And it doesn't have anything to do with her politics. One could easily make the argument that they should focus on her even less, since there were dozens of other people on that plane too who got no recognition at all.
Despicable. Purely despicable. I do so try not to use words like this, but in this case -- well, damn it, NBC just plain sucks!! I hope FOX decides to ignore that SOB in their retrospective after he croaks! I know I'll be ignoring him. He has become like Arafat -- "irrelevant!"
Pardon me while I go clear the air of all the smoke and steam that has been coming out of my ears!!
Barbara K. Olson is no less a hero than all the others who valiantly fought to save lives on 9/11. She is, most decidedly, our FReeper Guardian Angel.
May God bless her eternally. She is missed, and she is loved, by those who matter.
That said, if you want to compare her "star power" to George Harrison and many other "celebrities" who died this past year, she comes up way short.
I would only take offense if lesser lights of the left who died in this past year receive more prominence.
Simply at will, the president could insure that the media informs the American public about this fallen hero. Does he owe any less to his Solicitor General, to impress the memory of his beautiful and smart and good wife on the mind of the American public--merely because she objectively deserved it?
By the way, I meant to remind everyone that it was on Ted Olson's birthday that his wife's was murdered in that hijacked plane.
(Please excuse the overlooked typo on principle/principal in the article.)
I would imagine that the absence of unique tape was the cause of that. Political commentators are on TV to talk. Multiple shots of pundit footage may have seemed a bit much, and come off looking silly. In this case, I feel that less was more. Perhaps the editors thought so as well?
Well, start taking offense. Again we are talking about NBC-related material. There is no absence of focus on the sister of Katie Couric who died this year, a wild leftist activist/politician virtually unknown outside the state of Virginia. She got attention today, even on Fox, while NBC omitted mention of Barbara Olson.
You don't actually have to take the quiz. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point, an awesome one, that it is trying to make!
Take this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
6. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.
They are the ones that care.
"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia."
----- Charles Schultz
They vote Democrat
Politics bores them.
They are not unique.
Ted Olson argued one of the most important cases in our history in front of SCOTUS. I doubt they even recognize his name.
I give up, what is nbc?
I didn't mean to infer that you were for presidential control of the media and now better understand your point.
Those who knew Barbara Olson best knew that she was a big fan of DAVID HOROWITZ and his website Frontpagemag.com. Until now, most Americans have been forced to watch our country and its culture drift further and further to the left. Not knowing the true reasons for this degeneration, we have felt helpless to stop it. We have wasted our time and our money supporting political candidates who have cynically sold us false promises about their ability to restore true American values. Now, after years of investigation and with precious little time to spare, DAVID HOROWITZ has finally found the ACTUAL SOURCE of this foul tide. Armed with irrefutable proof, he has exposed the CONSERVATIVE HOLOCAUST that has until now been secreted behind the tall, ivy-covered walls of academia.
Freepers, I personally urge you to support Mr. Horowitz's campaign in every way possible. Forget the politicians. Instead, speak to your neighbors. Form committees. Demand to see what is actually written in the textbooks given to our kids. Write letters demanding protection for conservative students and faculty. Show up at David's campaign stops. Visit Frontpagemag.com. Finally, and most importantly, I urge you to immediately send David as much money as you possibly can to save our conservative values from extinction. And please, FReepers, DIG DEEP because this is no time for half measures. DO IT NOW FOR BARBARA!
With David's leadership, we can and we will DEFEAT INTELLECTUAL TERRORISM and save our country from the evils of FULL BLOWN SOCIALISM.
Thank you, America, LET'S ROLL!
Barbara was and remains, through her writings and through those of us who loved and so appreciated her, a person of consequence in her own right and should be mentioned as such in a "prominent American" lost life retrospective.
"Another thought....we all know who Barbara Olson was. We admired and respected her. But we are Freepers. My in-laws would not have the slightest idea of who she was.
"They vote Democrat Politics bores them. They are not unique.
"Ted Olson argued one of the most important cases in our history in front of SCOTUS. I doubt they even recognize his name."
But that's just the point:
(1) Our heroes must be celebrated and those ignorant of their sacrifice must be informed about their greatness. We all need those heroes. Our children need to know about them. Ignorant democrats need to know. Your relatives, too. The American public has few heroes. The military no longer allows the celebration of heroic exploits in battle due to secrecy and safety concerns and media abuses in opposing and jeopardizing the military. We are a nation desperately in need of heroes. Now we have a few--and we must celebrate them and publicize every one of them. We must not permit the left to consign them to oblivion. We must raise them up. They must be examples to all our families and friends and neighbors. It is desperately important to preserve the memory of the few heroes we are given today.
(2) Keep this in mind too: The networks only retain their licenses to broadcast on the public-owned (that's you!) airways if they serve the public, and part of their responsibility is to provide information and objective news reports. When they no longer fulfill that responsibility, do they deserve the license with which they broadcast--our license, our airwaves--do they deserve their near monopoly on televised information?
But I guess the Times would explain it by the fact that Barbara's life didn't have as much impact on the world as some of the people they *did* profile:
and Abe Beame.
Of course, we all know that the real reason such an exalted person (as well as a heroine) was left out is because she had the nerve to write something less than flattering about the boy president and his lovely and charming wife.
On a personal note, I have a brother who, upon learning about the death of Barbara, made a crude remark to another brother. He doesn't know that I know he made the remark and I'm not speaking to him anyway.
You're right about much of the country not having a clue about her.
That said, though, there is still a categorical difference between the NY Times, which is far left of left and is simply dedicated to nothing but the destruction of this country and any standards remaining, but nonetheless is a private newspaper printed on private paper, one among hundreds in this country, and one only a fool would take seriously--and the three networks which broadcast on our airwaves and have an expressed responsibility to report the news objectively.
We should recall that the exposure of our heroes to the public, the list of those included and those they decide to exclude, is not the list for the network's Xmas party. They invite their friends and exclude their enemies from the party. This is the heart of what our nation is about, what gives us spiritual life's blood. They are sucking that blood, sucking us white.
Last Thursday, December 27, was BKO's birthday. There was a memorial service for her in Houston, where BKO was born and raised, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. It seems that many of her family members were unable to attend the one held in Washington. There were about 60 members of her family there, and the rest of the Mausoleum was packed. BKO's brother mentioned that Larry King had sent him several boxes of videos -- a copy of each of her appearances on his show. Also, for the memorial service, Larry King also narrated a 7 or 8 minute tribute with her life story. The last few seconds of the tape was a close-up of a piece of paper that simply contained the words "I Love You, Ted."
What a remarkable woman.
Look at the fate of the great foundations and museums--and universities of America, so many of which were created by great achievers but now bankroll and mindroll the engine of the left, political correctness and hatred of western values.
Great post. Thanks.
Maybe you could do with a bit of perspective brightening. I'll give it my best shot:
First of all, not all universities are evil empires of the Left, nor are all academics evil Leftists, which surely you must know.
Secondly, when one establishes an endowment, one designates in a formal document, the purposes for which the endowment MUST be used - I work in this area and know full well that these are solemn documents which stand the test of time and liberals.
Thirdly, the endowment was established with the approval of her family and by her friends as a way to honor Barbara at the school through which she entered her chosen profession, the law.
Lastly, I am encouraged that we who donate to this fund are part of creating a living legacy and are supporting students who will go on to be the EXACT kind of lawyer that Barbara and Ted Olson have been.
Ted Olson's recent address to the Federalist Society , which can be found at their website, speaks directly to Barbara's love of the law, her choice to attend Cardozo, and why the scholarship fund was established. It is a truly moving speech which all those who loved Barbara should read.
Elenchus, Barbara Olson did not run from difficult choices, difficult people, nor from controversial stands that put her in the crosshairs of the powerful media elite. We must not run from the fight either, and I believe you feel that way, too. Hence our need to take it to the Left directly where they live - in our academic institutions, in our corporations, in our media, in our neighborhoods. This memorial scholarship fund is simply one powerful way of doing so.
Stay well. It would be like John Lot not morning the death of Bernard Goldberg or vice versa. Just because the parasitical elite news media is diametrically opposite of value producing Lott and Goldberg (both compete for the readers attention) doesn't exclude them from fundamental integrity, no matter how hard they try to prove otherwise.
You are so right. If it was Gloria Steinem instead of Barbara Olson on that plane, can you imagine what the coverage would be? There would be no end to the liberal fawning worship of the feminist goddess. She would be posthumously honored in all the women's magazines, guaranteed.
Only liberals can be heroes in the Land of Ought-to-Be.
I prefer Nought-to-Be.
Plesae read the "Charles Schultz" quiz in post 20. This is so good that I think you will want to use it on the air. You can shorten it but still get the point across by using less of the items in each list -- perhaps four of each.
This, like "Peanuts" itself, is simple, basic and touching. I'm certain you will like it.
More importantly,.. Solicitor General Ted Olsen and his wife Barbara would NOT have wanted her life to be valued above anyone elses. They are/were a class act.
I imagine all those families who lost loved ones would resent her being elevated above their lost loved ones.
President Bush isn't the type to try to be in the forefront and is well known to want credit to go to others. I have a sneaking suspicion that Barbara Olsen and her wonderful husband Ted are the same way.
I could tell that those on FOX were deeply disturbed by the loss of Barbara. They DID show her face repeatedly in the beginning.
It isn't disrespectful to her.. or demeaning to her that she isn't in the forefront. She wasn't like that. Probably why we will mourn her forever..and remember her forever. I have saved SC Ted Olsens response to us here...and will keep it forever.
Ted if your reading this.. remember the "smile". Her beauty and grace, I know we will. Along with her heart, her genious and mind.
God Bless you through the holidays. We have honestly thought of you during this time. Our hearts go out to you...