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A Republican’s wet dream: Olbermann v. Gore

Conservative boogeymen Al Gore and Keith Olbermann may soon be facing off in court after the ex-veep and Current TV exec became the latest suit to fire the former sportscaster.

It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. …

In due course, the truth of the ethics of Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt will come out. For now, it is important only to again acknowledge that joining them was a sincere and well-intentioned gesture on my part, but in retrospect a foolish one.

The Michael Savage of the left

Mitt Romney may be an soulless automaton who’ll say anything to get elected but does anyone really believe he’s a closet Klansman?

Lefty shitslinger John Aravosis alleges The Anchorman’s campaign slogan, “Keep America American,” was purposely pilfered from the Klan circa 1920, a charge repeated by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.

Aravosis has traveled this road before, accusing John McCain of playing “the torture card” and of making “propaganda videos for the enemy while claiming all the while to be a hero.”

Whatever credibility Aravosis may have had was lost four years ago. I suspect he didn’t have much to begin with.

Hyperbole is what ails America

Watching Michael Moore and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on Bill Maher’s show reminded me how alike the fringes are.

Left and right, they share a victim’s mentality, along with an inflated sense of their own importance. The sky is always falling, and they never let facts get in the way of a partisan talking point.

To wit: the canonization of Troy Davis, deemed innocent, or guilty, by activists who haven’t bother to study the case. I’m opposed to the death penalty morally and practically but I’m not convinced Davis is innocent. I was bothered that even the slightest of doubt was dismissed.

Likewise, I’m troubled by the blowhards who choose certitude over study. Their minds can’t be changed because they’re never wrong. And increasingly their delusion dominates the narrative.

“I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, [and] to never do business in Georgia,” Moore said on his website this week.

The Academy-Award winning filmmaker and best-selling author also called on his publisher to pull his memoir, “Here Comes Trouble,” from every Georgia bookstore.

If Grand Central Publishing doesn’t pull the 427-page book, Moore said he will “donate every dime of every royalty my book makes in Georgia to help defeat the racists and killers who run that state.”

Think that’ll influence anyone? And let’s say the boycott was successful. The ones who would be most hurt by it are the working poor Moore claims to represent.

Morello, a self-avowed Marxist, would take it a step further, creaming at the thought of an armed rebellion that he can watch from the comfort of his pricey Hollywood Hills estate.

Time to rage against the extremists, left and right.

A master at work

As a veteran fabricator I’m skilled at exposing liars. I like to think of it as a gift.

Observe.

The subject: Cenk Uygur, recently replaced as host of an MSNBC show few watched. I know of Uygur, but not enough to care one way or the other about his television future.

Claim: Speaking on his “Young Turks” show, Uygur said that, though the ratings for his show had been satisfying MSNBC executives, his “tone” had not. According to his version of events, his departure from the network was the culmination of a protracted struggle with MSNBC management who wanted him to be more buttoned down.

Uygur said that, in April, MSNBC president Phil Griffin called him in for a talk. Griffin allegedly told him that “people in Washington” were concerned with his tone on the show.

So Washington powerbrokers are concerned about a show that, at its height, had 665,000 viewers? Really?

Claim: “‘Outsiders are cool, but we’re the establishment,'” Griffin said, according to Uygur, who said he was also told to book more Republicans on the show. He claimed to have been stunned by the conversation, and said he ignored Griffin’s advice.

Interesting how the alleged villain casts Uygur as an “outsider” — I’m sure he didn’t object.

As for the booking advice, I don’t recall seeing many Republicans on Rachel Maddow’s show.

Claim: Though his ratings increased, Uygur said that, a couple of weeks ago, he was informed that he would not be getting the permanent slot at 6 PM, but was instead offered a smaller contributor role for twice the salary. He said he turned it down because, in his words, he did not want to work at a place “that didn’t want to challenge power.”

Once again, Uygur’s version conveniently adheres to a narrative any progressive would embrace: An outsider who makes the establishment nervous, refusing to be silenced, or bribed, setting out on his own to challenge the powers that be. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Corporate Lackey!

The verdict: Did I mention Uygur was replaced by Al Sharpton, the very embodiment of the company man?

A poorly constructed lie, and hardly original (see Olbermann, Keith). For shame, Cenk Uygur!

The fringe orthodoxy

The fringes are, if nothing else, predictable. Of course Sarah Palin gives President Obama zero credit for the capture of bin Laden. Of course Noam Chomsky compares Bush to Hitler in questioning the morality of killing an alleged mass murderer.

We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” (quoting the Nuremberg Tribunal) for which Nazi criminals were hanged: the hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees, destruction of much of the country, the bitter sectarian conflict that has now spread to the rest of the region.

The insanity goes both ways

Politico’s Ben Smith reminds us partisan delusion isn’t limited to just one party.

“How likely is it that people in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East?” the [2006] poll asked.

A full 22.6% of Democrats said it was “very likely.” Another 28.2% called it “somewhat likely.”

That is: More than half of Democrats, according to a neutral survey, said they believed Bush was complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Two distinctions:

  1. Accusing someone of murdering 2,752 innocents is much worse than lying about another’s birthplace.
  2. None of the Democrats running for president in 2008 sought to appeal to the lunatic fringe by claiming Bush engineered the 9/11 attacks.

Let the hyperbole commence

Remember these hysterical reactions to the GOP’s proposed budget cuts the next time Nancy Pelosi or Jesse Jackson lecture Americans on the need for civility.

“There is actually a war on women,” [House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi] said Thursday in Washington, taking aim at House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to abortions, among other measures.

“[T]his really is a Civil War fight,” [Jesse] Jackson said. “This is making the federal government dysfunctional on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

“We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians,” [Delegate Eleanor Holmes] Norton, (D-D.C.) said.

Arianna better start paying her bloggers

Today’s featured HuffPo bloggers prove you get what you (don’t) pay for:

Elizabeth Berkley

Answer: Was I conceived during the making of Showgirls?

‘They made the world’s largest pizza, so we burned down their city hall’

Over the past few years right-wing radio, in a seemingly coordinated effort, has cast George Soros as the Great Satan. I’m not sure how, or why, he became Public Enemy No. 1, but to conspiracy-minded conservatives he’s the puppet master of the shadowy Marxist underground plotting to take over the world.

But according to Neil Clark in the New Statesman, Soros’s role was crucial in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. From 1979, as an advocate of ‘open societies’, Soros financially supported dissidents including Poland’s Solidarity movement, Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia and Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet Union, donating $3 million a year according to Clark. In 1984, he founded his first Open Society Institute in Hungary and pumped millions of dollars into opposition movements and independent media.

Meanwhile, the left, in a seemingly coordinated effort, has come up with their own Soros, or Soroses. Anonymous a month ago, the Koch Brothers have emerged as archetypal robber barons funding a reverse class warfare.

The KOCH brothers must be stopped. They gave $40K to Scott Walker, the MAX allowed by state law. That’s small potatoes compared to the $100+ million they give to other organizations. These organizations will terrify you. If the anti-union thing weren’t enough, here are bigger and better reasons to stop the evil Kochs. They are trying to:

1. decriminalize drugs,

2. legalize gay marriage,

3. repeal the Patriot Act,

4. end the police state,

5. cut defense spending.

So about that third party …