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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Keith Olbermann Not Far Enough To The Left For Daily Kos

I truly never thought I would see the day where Keith Olbermann was not far enough on the left of the political spectrum for members of the Daily Kos site.

Before today my reaction would have been "when pigs fly".

Well, pigs just flew.

One specific pig, Keith Olbermann, just flew from the Daily Kos nest.

Long story short, Olbermann, Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman, dissected Barack Obama's oval office speech and found it sadly lacking, and the members of Daily Kos tore him a new one over his comments.

Olbermann: "It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days."

Olbermann: "Nothing specific at all was said."

Olbermann: "I don't think he aimed low, I don't think he aimed at all. It's startling."

Unacceptable comments according to the reaction at Daily Kos, to which Olbermann obviously read, because Olbermann responded to criticism of his daring to criticize Obama, in a dairy titled "Check, Please."

I was checking in tonight to see what was new, came across a diary trashing first me and my colleague Rachel, and scrolled through it shaking my head, sadly, until I got to one comment that leaped off the page.

can't verify, of course... (2+ / 0-)
but a friend in the news biz tells me he got a damaging e-mail from one of his pals at NBC. something to the effect that their anger was pre-planned because "beating up on the President has been good for ratings."

I haven't checked but I'm hearing that Olbermann slammed the speech on Twitter before it even started.

"Can't verify"... "haven't checked"...It can't be verified because it's nonsense, and it wasn't checked because nobody bothered. Unfortunately there's been a lot of this here lately.

Olbermann concludes:

If I can understand people's frustration with seeing a speech by a Democratic president criticized in a venue such as mine, why is it impossible for some people here to accept my frustration about the speech? You don't agree with me, fine. You don't want to watch because you don't agree with me, fine. But to accuse me, after five years of risking what I have to present the truth as I see it, of staging something for effect, is deeply offensive to me and is an indication of what has happened here.

You want Cheerleaders? Hire the Buffalo Jills. You want diaries with conspiracy theories, go nuts. If you want this site the way it was even a year ago, let me know and I'll be back.

Mediate makes the point:

It’s interesting to see Olbermann react strongly to the commenters who, almost universally, have been supporter of his show and his network. As he sticks with his ‘non-Obama-cheerleader’ position, it’s now clear there are some in this country far farther left than he is. It is a testament to the polarized American public that Olbermann would be on the outs with the Daily Kos and his liberal Twitter followers.

It is very telling that some Obama cheerleaders cannot handle any type of criticism of Barack Obama, even when it comes from the top Obama cheerleader himself, Olbermann.

As of right now there are 1467 comments and growing to Olbermann's "Check, Please" post and it is representative of the fight going on between the left, the fer far left and the extremists in the Democratic party.