Hit Man Olbermann: "Take Her Into a Room..."

Imagine a prominent television newscaster saying this on air:

"....someone who can take Obama and Clinton out behind the shed, and only she comes out."

Just imagine.

In case you missed it, Keith Olbermann on Countdown said this Wednesday:

"....somebody who can take her (Clinton) into a room, and only he comes out."

Does Keith secretly want to eliminate all strong women, or just those who threaten to beat a man for the Presidency?

Take a look...

This is serious. It's a threat. Olbermann is implying that "someone" should physically remove Hillary Clinton.  Take her out.  Get rid of her.

Where is the uproar, the outrage, the demands for Olbermann's resignation?  We know that such comments would be unacceptable if they were aimed at Obama.

Clinton needs to be removed, says Olbermann, because of the "negativity, for which she is mostly responsible" in the Democratic race, quoting The New York Times editorial "The Low Road to Victory."

But the Times' Paul Krugman corrected the record today, and strongly rejected the Wednesday editorial in his piece "Self Inflicted Confusion:"

According to many Obama supporters, it's all Hillary's fault. If she hadn't launched all those vile, negative attacks on their hero -- if she had just gone away -- his aura would be intact, and his mission of unifying America still on track.

But how negative has the Clinton campaign been, really? Yes, it ran an ad that included Osama bin Laden in a montage of crisis images that also included the Great Depression and Hurricane Katrina. To listen to some pundits, you'd think that ad was practically the same as the famous G.O.P. ad accusing Max Cleland of being weak on national security.

It wasn't. The attacks from the Clinton campaign have been badminton compared with the hardball Republicans will play this fall. If the relatively mild rough and tumble of the Democratic fight has been enough to knock Mr. Obama off his pedestal, what hope did he ever have of staying on it through the general election?

Most rational people agree that both campaigns have attacked each other. Certainly Obama's campaign has not been innocent. It's called politics; this is a rough race for the most important job in the world.

Now, Obama's whining is having such an impact on his media pals that they are calling for Clinton to be taken "into a room?"

It's criminal to suggest that Clinton should somehow be restrained because Obama seems to have suffered a setback in this heated contest.  As Krugman says, if Obama can't survive the relatively tame primary battle, he'll be useless in the general election.

Olbermann should be fired for implying that it would be appropriate to harm a presidential candidate.

Outrageous.

(Cross posted at texasdarlin.wordpress.com. Also see SusanUnPC's post on this topic at No Quarter.)

Tags: assasination, clinton, countdown, krugman, misogyny, obama, Olbermann, president, sexism, Threats (all tags)

Comments

222 Comments

Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

You left out the snark tag.  

by map 2008-04-25 10:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

no no there is like 4 of these diaries now, I I am starting to think they are serious!

by TruthMatters 2008-04-25 10:33AM | 0 recs
As serious as you lot were

about blaming ABC for Obama's inability to take questions he will have to face.

by linc 2008-04-25 10:34AM | 0 recs
Is this really an issue you and TexasDarling want

.... to hang your hat on?  My guess is that deep in side you both understand the concept of metaphor, but are running out of diary topics.

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-25 10:51AM | 0 recs
TexasDarling

this isn't about Obama, it's about hate speech and the consequences of hate speech.  I can't understand why everyone isn't as upset as TD, and me, and any woman who watched it or heard about it. Most hate crimes in the US are against women, women are far more likely to be victims of violence, we're weaker, for one thing, easier to hurt. Keith has fans and it only takes one to decide to do what he thinks Keith wants, to take out Hillary.  This doesn't help Obama, and it isn't about Obama, it's about women and violence and hate speech that has real consequences for real women.  She may end up winning because of the hate that's been directed at her, it's galvanized women.  Keith needs to be fired.  It's not okay to incite hate against someone you dislike any more than against anyone.  I'm sick of this mean-spirited name calling character bashing, and i'm getting scared. Let's all get behind this?  

by anna shane 2008-04-25 03:21PM | 0 recs
It's a metaphor.

It's hard for me to imagine that you truly believe KO wants HRC to be murdered.  This is classic 'concern troll' territory.  If you object to violent metaphors, then prepare for a bumpy ride, because, depending on perspective, Obama, McCain and Hillary will all be crushed, destroyed, obliterated, smacked down, and beaten at various points throughout the rest of campaign.  

Come November, the Democratic candidate will take John McCain into a room, and only one of them will come out.  Does that offend you too?

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-25 04:31PM | 0 recs
yes,

McCain can come out and live the rest of his life. He doesn't need to be bumped off.  It would offend me, yes, but as a man he isn't in the same danger, and rev'ing up girl hate puts the rest of us in greater danger and it's already dangerous enough. I'm surprised you can't see it. I think it's because of your support for Obama, but it does not help him to win with the assistance of hate speech.  It's always wrong.  

by anna shane 2008-04-25 04:38PM | 0 recs
Re: yes,

First off, I can understand some of the sensitivity to the words.  I think that sensitivity comes much more from frustration over Hillary potentially being forced out of the election than any real anger over sexism, but I could be wrong.  It was a poorly worded statement but it was not a reference to domestic abuse.  It WAS a reference to some kind of violence, mafia-style, I think.  Or perhaps a reference to cheesy kung-fu movies and video games: "Two enter.  One leaves."  It is a dumb statement for Olbermann to make because it definitely references violence (though not specifically violence against women).  

And if you had just said the above, I would agree with you.  But you lost me when you said "it only takes one to decide to do what he thinks Keith wants, to take out Hillary."  Do you really believe an Olbermann fan is going to say "Ohhhh, he wants us to kill Hillary!"?  Come on.  

This is a more reasonable source of outrage than fingergate, so at least you are moving in the right direction.  Again, if you'd really concentrate on the reference to some kind of vague violence and didn't jump to "Oh, he's talking about killing Hillary," you'd get more respect.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 07:47PM | 0 recs
try out empathy?

There are sensitivity training exercises that men do to feel what it's like to be female.  A guy my height and weight is 30% stronger than me, and most men are much bigger than most women, so they're that much stronger. Most violent crimes are committed by men, by far.  Keith has many fans, he can't know all of them.  I'd suggest you try them out, one is to lie on the ground and have some guy stand over you, see if you feel fear?  One mistake men often make is that they see themselves as examples and don't think of the violent guys they maybe even know. If you can't understand the fear of women, when we're walking at night, even in our own neighborhoods, and some strange fellow approaches us or some car slows down, you won't be able to understand my reaction to Keith's threat.  It's already a dangerous world, we don't need more hate speech to get more fellows excited.  Because you wouldn't take out Hillary or some girl that you think is unfairly competing against a more deserving man, that does not mean no one would.  The point is that there are real reactions to hate speech that cannot be predicted. The right thing to do is to call out all hate speech. It isn't about the candidates, has nothing to do with either of them, it's about KO calling for a back room solution of force. It's just wrong. Wrong under any circumstance.  There is no justification for hate speech, none.    

by anna shane 2008-04-26 09:16AM | 0 recs
Re: It's a metaphor.

It's hard for me to believe how increasingly ignorant and biased the Obama folks have become.

Any metaphor used against Senator Obama suggesting violence of any sort would AND SHOULD be challenged and unacceptable considering the history of violence against African Americans.  The same is true of women.  The problem is that so many Obama folks do not believe sexism exists, do not believe violence against women is that bad, and do not believe that "words matter."  

So what's the deal.  Do words ONLY matter when there is perceived racism?  I believe that is what is happening with the Obama folks.  You only see one side and that is dangerous.

by Jjc2008 2008-04-26 06:47AM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarling

Yeah, what Olbermann did is called terroristic threatening. It's a crime.

by K1966 2008-04-25 04:46PM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarling

Incorrect.  He never threatened Hillary, he said "Somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out" as a clarification of Fineman's point.  And Fineman never threatened Hillary either.  He said "it's going to take some adults or someone in this party to step in and stop this thing."  That may or may not be a correct statement, but it certainly isn't a threat.

And as far as free speech goes, if you are trying to incite people to violence (which neither of them is doing here), there has to be a reasonable chance of someone following through on your incitements for it to be illegal.  These statements don't qualify on any of the three counts (threats, incitements, or reasonable chance that someone will listen to this and then go kill Hillary).

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 07:52PM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarling

Think Henry the Eighth, was he threatening anyone when he ask, who can rid me of this meddlesome priest?  That's what Keith said, someone (who) should go into a room with her and come out alone?  Who could this somebody be would would greatly please KO?  Not you, but there may be someone who sees things literally, and thinks he's looking for a volunteer?  There could be real consequences. And the other part, he can speak this way about one woman, but what about the rest of us, he's made that kind of speech 'cool?'  And so it can 'spread?'  You are thinking inside the box, go outside and look around.  

by anna shane 2008-04-26 10:42AM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarling

Well said, Anna.  Even if KO did not literally intend harm, that's the message he carelessly sent.  For that, he should be canned.  Imagine if something similar were said by Charlie Gibson about Obama....imagine the outrage.

by TexasDarlin 2008-04-26 06:47AM | 0 recs
And as serious as Hillary's supporters

Were about "the politics of the pile on" and her complaint that she always seemed to get the first question in the debates.

But that was different because that was Hillary.

Otherwise, Olbermann et. al. need to chill out.

by Drew 2008-04-25 11:02AM | 0 recs
You left out your

I'm a hypocrite tagline, what gives?

by linc 2008-04-25 10:33AM | 0 recs
Re: YOU THINK THIS COMMENT WAS FUNNY?

No, I don't think his comment was funny. He was expressing what is becomming conventional wisdom, that it's time for a party elder to let Clinton know she needs to drop out.  Her chances of winning did decline after she failed to win PA by a large enough margin after all.

Do you think he was literally calling for someone to physically harm Clinton?

by map 2008-04-25 10:42AM | 0 recs
Grendel quotes the bard, but doesn't get metaphor?

He doth protest too much.

by dystopianfuturetoday 2008-04-25 10:48AM | 0 recs
nope, he was making a reference
to beating up a woman to teach her her place.
She won PA by plenty of points and she will stay in the race.  It is up to her and the voters, not some strong arm party boyz.  She's not dropping out, and lame references to violence to make her do so are sexist even if the person saying it is clueless.
by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:37AM | 0 recs
Re: nope, he was making a reference

You're the only one with lame references to violence.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: nope, he was making a reference

In spite of the fact that I'll be tarred and feathered, he was not at all referring to beating up a woman to teach her her place. I mean, let's be honest about this. You can't take a look at the whole video and come up with the conclusion that this was about anything else than a party elder -- ALL OF WHOM ARE CURRENTLY MALE EXCEPT FOR PELOSI BUT HILLARY WOULD NEVER LISTEN TO HER -- to quietly take her aside and let her know that she's run a fine race but it's time to exit.

This is nothing like David Schuster's pimping out comment, and I'm not demeaning women at all, but to keep arguing that Olbermann was advocating violence is just not supported by this video.

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: nope, he was making a reference

Thank you VAAlex.  I know we disagree sometimes, but you're at least level-headed.  Usually!  :)

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: nope, he was making a reference

I dont think it was sexist, but it was moronic and ironic, too, coming from someone who's bemoaning the negativity and the tone of this campaign.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-04-25 12:39PM | 0 recs
Re: nope, he was making a reference

Leaving aside the fact that you're overreaching big time to imply this is about "beating a woman to teach her her place," how in the world are references to violence sexist when Hillary herself wants to be portrayed as a fighter?  Guess she's the biggest sexist of all!

by freedom78 2008-04-25 12:21PM | 0 recs
Uh, I'm going to step slowly away...

The Clinton side of my party is clearly unhinged.

When you guys are done with the faux outrage, misplaced rhetoric and attacks on the liberal establishment, let me know. If you'd put half of that emotion into attack our common enemies, we might actually coalesce as a party.

When did the dittoheads commit to the hostile takeover of MyDD? I totally missed it.

by bookish 2008-04-25 12:56PM | 0 recs
After Obama's humiliating loss in Pennsylvania,

there a little sensitive these days.  Be gentle with them.

by Beltway Dem 2008-04-25 11:00AM | 0 recs
Re: After Obama's humiliating loss in Pennsylvania

Hey, whatever. I thought I remembered Clinton supporters say that it would be a blowout after Wright and the bitter remarks, but she didn't even break double digits.

by politicsmatters 2008-04-25 11:05AM | 0 recs
So humiliating.

The PA loss that was so humiliating that he's more likely to win now than he was before the vote took place?

I can see why you folks have a problem with Olbermann.  He requires a certain level of viewer comprehension that some apparently don't have.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: So humiliating.

Yeah, it takes so much to comprehend a ESPN jock wanna be.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-04-25 12:40PM | 0 recs
Re: After Obama's humiliating loss in Pennsylvania

I am not humiliated, I was surprised that she did not win by a bigger margin, heck she grew up there and it is so to speak her favorable demographics.  Lets see her do it in NC and IN and then I will be impressed.

by netgui68 2008-04-25 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: After Obama's humiliating loss in Pennsylvania

It's they're, not there.  You have no verb in your sentence.  But maybe I'm elitist for knowing that.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:12PM | 0 recs
And this piece of shit is on the rec list.

Recced by the same bunch of HillaryIs44 sheep who have been commandeering the rec list on e-mail command for some time.

by tbetz 2008-04-25 11:39AM | 0 recs
Hi, TeresaInPa.

Upset that I'm revealing your secrets?

by tbetz 2008-04-25 11:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

What is wrong with everyone over here?

by Chili Dogg 2008-04-25 12:13PM | 0 recs
People like him think everyday Americans are some

kind of weight around their necks, what with our remembering the social contract and the fact that America was supposed to work for all of us and not just idiots like him.

by architek 2008-04-25 10:33AM | 0 recs
Ooh!

Hold on one sec.

cues up Battle Hymn of the Republic

OK... continue.

by vcalzone 2008-04-25 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Ooh!

thats hilarious.

by quixote27 2008-04-25 12:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Ooh!

I trust you are wearing your flag pin?  :-)

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann: "Take Her

We should all be boycotting any media that advocates "taking Hillary into a room" or any such outrageous threat. Boycotting, calling, writing letters and emails demanding KO's dismissal, demonstrating in front of their offices, and protesting this kind of unacceptable discourse on television.

by 07rescue 2008-04-25 10:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann: "Take Her

I see the same kind of crap, and worse, posted on here every day. Perhaps we should ban MyDD as well?

by zep93 2008-04-25 11:30AM | 0 recs
Good luck.

Last time there was a concerted effort to dislodge him, he signed the petition himself, on air, to show how ridiculous it was.

And he's still there.

by Elsinora 2008-04-25 02:49PM | 0 recs
It's the HillSignal!

Did the HillSignal go off somewhere or something? Canadian Girl did a diary on this a day or two ago and there are 3 or 4 up right now.

by Obama Independent 2008-04-25 10:35AM | 0 recs
Re: It's the HillSignal!

That's what I was thinking!  There must have been an e-mail to Hillary's Bloggers.  Try to coordinate better next time.  And, you know, in language, people aren't speaking literally.

by politicsmatters 2008-04-25 10:37AM | 0 recs
Re: It's the HillSignal!

I meant "in language, people aren't necessarily speaking literally"

by politicsmatters 2008-04-25 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: It's the HillSignal!

I guess mine broke! I didn't receive any signals ... I guess I'm out of the bat cave club. :(

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 10:37AM | 0 recs
Re: It's the HillSignal!

I'm sorry. We here among the Obama cultists have brain implants to control our zombie like actions since we are apparently unable to rationally choose a candidate and instead go for empty platitudes, would you like one of those?

by Obama Independent 2008-04-25 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: It's the HillSignal!

To quote the inestimable Homer Simpson:

"Does it go in the butt?"

(If yes, no.)

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 10:48AM | 0 recs
I'm not really saying anything by this...

but my first thought about a mind control device wouldn't be that it would go in the butt.  Just sayin.

by tonedevil 2008-04-25 11:18AM | 0 recs
Re: I'm not really saying anything by this...

As a Simpsons fan, it's one of those things you either place immediately, or you don't. :)

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 11:25AM | 0 recs
I do get the reference.
I was simply sharing with you my hope that the pathway to controlling my mind isn't through my butt.  That a colonoscopy shouldn't be considered mind reading.  The preparation for it shouldn't be brain washing.  These thoughts are sick and wrong, but that's where my mind went when I read your comment.
This has, no doubt, been over-sharing.
by tonedevil 2008-04-25 11:42AM | 0 recs
Re: I do get the reference.

Uh......................

Yes, over-sharing.

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 11:54AM | 0 recs
Given the intellectual qualities of this...

...I wouldn't be surprised if certain blog posters were targetted with mind control devices in their posterior.  I mean, you don't brush your toes with toothpaste...

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: It's the HillSignal!

Awww, Teresa, what's wrong, did I out some secret tool only the really 'leet Clinton supporters are supposed to know about?

by Obama Independent 2008-04-25 12:31PM | 0 recs
Outrageous.

To millions of women, that is an outrageous comment.  To every women who has ever been physically abused, that is an outrageous comment.  To every women who has ever been threaten by a man, that is an outrageous comment.  

I remember having a boss take me into his office and LOCK THE DOOR (I was 7 months pregnant) and tell me that I had just made a grievous error in a client presentation.  His hands were tightly gripping the edge of his desk as he spoke.  I ask what I had done and he told me that when he had said "yes" (about a presentation slide) he had really meant no...but that I had told the client "yes".  Other than wondering the the f*ck he was talking about I was scared - really scared.  The client was looking for me and he knocked on the office door and when he heard the lock being unlocked and came in he was very concerned about what had been going on.  My husband and my bosses' boss were not happy campers when I reported this idiot to them.  And this was in 1977.

So don't ever threaten to take a women into a room and only have the man come back out.

Olberman should be fired IMHO.

by CoyoteCreek 2008-04-25 10:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

OH, GOOD GOD. Don't you DARE play the sexism card AGAIN. If he says this, he's sexist. If he said that you'd have to deal with her very delicately, that would be sexist too.

I could understand the bit about being angry over a threat. If she had been in office and he said that, it could be construed as criminal. But for people who keep saying that Obama playing the race card won't work, you never hesitate to play that gender card. Guess what, if you think charging RACISM won't work, charging SEXISM won't work either.

by vcalzone 2008-04-25 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.
No, see if we complain we're "whiners" or "playing the race card" if they do it they're
"standing up for women" because um, you see the difference is, well...... look Obama's pastor, a scary black man! Ooga Booga!
by Socraticsilence 2008-04-25 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

"PLAY" the sexism card?  Are you serious?
If someone had said that about Senator Obama, I would have been outraged.  Why?  Because using a metaphor of disappearing people when the object is African Americans ( a group with a history of being the victims of violence ...ie gone missing) would be racist.  

And guess what?  There is a history, a long one, and present one, of violence against women.  Using that metaphor anywhere, and interesting enough on cable news where the "missing woman" is 24/7 news (except during the political campaigns), is wrong.  It is sexist and it's wrong.

WOW, I knew some Obama folks had closed minds, but on this issue, I never expected it.

by Jjc2008 2008-04-25 11:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

THIS WASN'T THAT. For God's sake, we have GOT to stop looking for any hint of prejudice everywhere. Do you HONESTLY think that helps in this campaign cycle??

People HATE that kind of thing, and it's what drove the country so far to the right in the 90s, what makes liberals into caricatures, and what true racists/misogynists love to point to in order to justify their own horrible statements.

I see now why so Clinton has trouble understanding the problem with "Gotcha" politics.

by vcalzone 2008-04-25 11:52AM | 0 recs
You left off you typical closing statement

of...

"sad, so sad"

by Student Guy 2008-04-25 11:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

So you're absolutely fine with your fellow supporters on this site when they talk about how Obama is getting beat up by a girl, right?

by zep93 2008-04-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

No he's not!

He's hiding under the NYT editorial board's skirts!

sez Carville (aka O'Reilly of the other team)

by wrb 2008-04-25 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

Thank you for sharing that very personal emotional trauma. It's amazing that even after reading that, that the Obama bloggers here didn't get it. Those words code as a threat of violence to women, plain and simple. Pretend all you want that it was "just a metaphor". No it wasn't, it's misogyny, and at best a subconscious desire to do great violence to Hillary. It's the "subtle" version of the overt threats Obama bloggers have made against both Hillary and female bloggers that support Hillary. We live in a society that treats rape and assault of women by men as entertainment. We live in a society that 1 out of every 5 woman is raped by a man, 1 out of 3 women are assaulted by a man, nearly 80 percent of stalking victims are women being stalked by males.

When a woman feels it's a threat of violence, it  is. It's as simple as that. If you can't get that, stop calling yourself a progressive, because you aren't. Being a progressive means taking sexism and misogyny as seriously as you do racism and homophobia.    

by K1966 2008-04-25 05:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Outrageous.

I think you are wrong on one point.  These words code as a threat, period.  They code as a threat to human beings.  And for that reason, they are a bad choice of words and really unhelpful.  But they are not specifically coded toward violence against women.  If he had said "Take her into the kitchen and only he comes out," you'd have a case.

Also, Olbermann was clarifying Fineman's words.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:01PM | 0 recs
All the guys in this thread

making fun of women who say they are offended by Olbermann's comment are part of the problem.  They can't ever conceive of being physically overpowered - and frankly - they don't give a damn about the rest of us.  I don't see this as about Obama or the presidency - it's about threatening a women 'in jest'.  Because Olbermann meant it to be 'funny' we all should laugh and just get over it.  That's how they see it, and you will never convince them otherwise.

So don't bother trying to explain what it felt like to hear something like that coming from a popular political pundit.  Like I said - they don't care.  It was said about Hillary, after all - someone they despise.  It's OK to say violent things about a woman you despise - everyone does it - its part of pop culture.  No one will call them on it - just as no one will point out to Olbermann what he said was wrong.

by The Fat Lady Sings 2008-04-25 07:34PM | 0 recs
Re: All the guys in this thread

I think the point is that it was not specifically language coded as violence against a woman.  It referenced violence (mafia-style or kung-fu fighting style) and happened to be directed toward a woman.  It wasn't directed toward her in that language BECAUSE she was a woman.  That being said, I think it makes sense to reject (and denounce) it because it references violence.  But to say that it is somehow specifically coded as domestic violence against women doesn't ring true, in my opinion.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:04PM | 0 recs
Red Red Wine

Does anyone know what merlot Keith likes?

by owl06 2008-04-25 10:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Red Red Wine

Keith drink pinot, honey.  We're elitists, remember?  It's probably something you common folk have never heard of.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 11:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Red Red Wine

I suspect he's particularly fond of Corton.

I had an elite board meeting in SF on Monday. Picked up some great cheese at that old Italian market on Columbus a couple of blocks south of Washington Square.

Now to pick the wine.

Oh damn, I have to muck out the stalls & check for new lambs  first.

by wrb 2008-04-25 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

Oh TexasDarlin,

I so appreciate your work.  It must not be easy, but you always come through.  Thanks so much.

by Gabriele Droz 2008-04-25 10:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

I think it is a federal offense to threaten a government official (especially one running for President).

What if some lunatic takes on Olbermann words and act on it?  This is to be raised to the FBI.

by JoeySky18 2008-04-25 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

Agreed. Do call the FBI right away. Get on it!

by politicsmatters 2008-04-25 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

Yes, please contact the Secret Service. Maybe you'd get to be a national hero.

by zep93 2008-04-25 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

Call them then and let us know what they say after they finish laughing at you.

by Same As It Ever Was 2008-04-25 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

we should also let them know that CBS reported that "Clinton is to Hit Obama" [emphasis added]. SHE'S GOING TO HIT OBAMA.

We need to get the FBI to investigate this--it's possible Obama may be PHYSICALLY ASSULTED by another candidate. Unless, of course, they were referring to the mob use of "hit" in which case CBS REPORTED THAT CLINTON IS GOING TO KILL OBAMA!!!!!!!!111111111

by shef 2008-04-25 12:46PM | 0 recs
/snark

by shef 2008-04-25 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

Knock yourself out.

by Skaje 2008-04-25 12:54PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

A) He's not threatening anyone.  He didn't say "I am going to take her into a room and only I am coming out."

B) As far as inciting others to violence, there has to be a reasonable chance that other people will listen to you and follow through on it.  So even if he had said "I hope someone does this," it's unlikely any of his viewers would be stupid enough to try it.

C) He was clarifying Fineman's words that the party leadership is going to do this, and I can't imagine any of the leaders are planning to beat up Hillary any time soon.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:08PM | 0 recs
Self-important assh*** CULTIST

Typical of the Obama cult thinking

by observer5 2008-04-25 10:48AM | 0 recs
geesh

When will it stop???  This is ridiculous.....

by hootie4170 2008-04-25 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

In fairness to Olbermann, I'm pretty sure he's talking about rape, not murder.

by alvernon 2008-04-25 10:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

You should be ashamed of yourself, as well as the person who uprated this comment.  Rape is a real thing, and how dare you make a fuckin snark comment about it.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 11:57AM | 0 recs
Finally

a comment everyone can agree is just fucking horrendous.

by MBNYC 2008-04-25 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Finally

Agreed.  Hopefully he gets enough zeros so that it rounds to .00

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

seriously, KO has gone off the deep end and the NYT? Saying Tuesday's results were inconclusive?? hahaaa they need to go back to honest reporting, if they can even remember what that is....

by amde 2008-04-25 10:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

Well, a number of media outlets said before PA that Clinton had to get double digits -- and she didn't.

by politicsmatters 2008-04-25 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

 My wife works at a womens abuse center and believe me, a statement like he said is not f..... funny. Anyone who does,has not had a family member need the services of someone like my wife.
by gunner 2008-04-25 11:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

Well in all fairness I don't think he's arguing it was funny, just that it's been grossly misinterpreted.

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

How was it misinterpreted?  
Explain please.
It's a metaphor for a person gone mia as the way to deal with a problem.

If it had been said about Senator Obama, it would have and SHOULD have set off alarm signals because, in fact, this was how a particular group of people who did not have the same rights as the ruling class were "dealt with".  To disappear someone was a metaphor for violence to solve a problem.
I realize a fair amount of Obama supporters refuse to acknowledge that "white" women were ever the victims of anything, but statistics and history and even the present will prove that as a group women, regardless of ethnicity, are statistically a significant group when it comes to being victims of violence.

Everyone, not just democrats, should be appalled by the blatant and overt misogyny of MSNBC but sadly it has become acceptable as long as some think it helps Senator Obama.

by Jjc2008 2008-04-25 11:42AM | 0 recs
I'll give you Matthews

Sure, there's one overt mysogynist with his own show on MSNBC (though he seems to have mysteriously warmed to her now that she might give the Republicans a better shot in the fall), but to say that Matthews is joined by Olbermann is ridiculous.

Olbermann has been fighting to get Rachel Maddow her own show for months now... that's right, not only a woman, but a lesbian (gasp).  How is that mysogynistic?  

If someone had used what Olbermann had said about Obama (were he in Clinton's place, nomination-wise), I would have sadly agreed.  If he'd have gone the BillO route and said that we need to call the "lynch mob" out, then I would have taken issue with it.

If Olbermann had said, "Somebody should send that lil' lady back to the kitchen where she belongs, whoa doggy!" then, yes, TexasDarlin would have a case.  But he didn't.  He used a situation that is just as metaphorical for either gender.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 12:06PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll give you Matthews

That last line is the winner.  

I would say that even if he had said "Take her to the kitchen..." that would be incredibly sexist as well.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I'll give you Matthews

Gee and what a surprise...Rachel is an Obama person.  Bet that had nothing to do with it.
Again you miss the point.  ONE exception to the rule does not end the pattern of misogyny.

If MSNBC hired Ron Christie would you say that would end their pattern of racism.....fyi....Christie is an African American who is/was an assistant to Dick Cheney and worked for administrations that have undermined the rights of minorities.  MSNBC is a corporation whose anchors (the high paid, visible ones) are all white males.  What part of that picture/pattern don't you get?

Just because Rachel is female and lesbian does not make her infallible and does not end the pattern of misogyny any more than them hiring Mary Cheney would end their constant lean toward the right.

by Jjc2008 2008-04-26 10:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

It was misinterpreted because you're taking it out of context. If the conversation had been about anything else but easing Clinton out of the primary be having a party elder talking to her and letting her know that she's run a fine race but it's time to quit, then I might buy this argument. But that's the only thing that this segment was about. To argue that he's advocating violence against Hillary is, I think, we both know to be disingenuous.

I'm not sure how you can claim that a fair amount of Obama supporters refuse to acknowledge that white women were ever victims of anything, as I've been reading posts on here but have never seen anything that would cause me to believe this from even one Obama supporter. Sure, they have their faults, but I think you're trying to make hay out of nothing, to be perfectly honest with you.

I'll be the first to call out b.s. or sexism -- I was appalled and continue to be with Chris Matthews -- but this is not the same. I'm sorry you've so thoroughly misinterpreted this and I don't mean to demean women at all, but there's no 'there' there.

by VAAlex 2008-04-25 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

Um, just a point but if this is some vieiled misogyny then I think its alos valid to point out that using any similar analogy to Obama, say about not standing the heat or the kitchen are if one similarily stretches racist, I mean what are said comments implying that Obama should get out of the kitchen and og back  into the fields?  (obvious,ly not, but then agian Keith is just as obviously using a common analogy and not implying someon physically harm Hillary).

by Socraticsilence 2008-04-25 11:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

I have serious doubts that you even understand what it's like to suffer sexual and physical abuse at all if you would equate this comment to real women suffering from domestic violence.  And, fyi, just because your wife helps women does not actually mean you do.  You don't get kudos second hand so enough with your self-righteousness.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:01PM | 0 recs
who gives a shit what media outlets have

to say about what Hillary needs to get?

Now, want to get to the point that Olberman made a really lousy sexist remark about how to deal with a woman who will not accept her place according to a lot of men?

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:25AM | 0 recs
Re: who gives a shit what media outlets have

You're just so awesome. Can I borrow those glasses so that I can read between the lines, too?

by zep93 2008-04-25 11:37AM | 0 recs
Re: who gives a shit what media outlets have

I am amazed at the amount of ignorance and denial that comes from some of the Obama supporters (and MSNBC defenders and lovers) here.

by Jjc2008 2008-04-25 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: who gives a shit what media outlets have

So, I'm ignorant as well now? And my 11 year old is ignorant because I let him watch each night? Go ahead...

by zep93 2008-04-25 12:08PM | 0 recs
glasses won't help you

you need a seeing eye dog.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:47AM | 0 recs
Re: glasses won't help you

Nevermind, it's not glasses at all. It's the white sheet getting in your way.

http://www.mydd.com/comments/2008/4/25/1 43011/022/53#53

by zep93 2008-04-25 12:13PM | 0 recs
Re: glasses won't help you

You're making fun of blind people!

I hope all your friends and family have enough sense to disown you, and your employer fires you for your blatant insensitivity to people with disabilities.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:16PM | 0 recs
Re: who gives a shit what media outlets have

It's not that she is a woman who won't accept her place, it's that she is a politician who won't accept that she has lost.

I would be just as scornful if my guy Joe Biden was hanging on banging away at the presumptive nominee as I am of Hillary doing it.

by Darknesse 2008-04-25 01:38PM | 0 recs
Well

Her "place" right now is second.  So, yes, they are talking about party leaders having to (eventually) figure out a way to point out to her that she can not get out of second place and needs to quit.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

so more than a 5pt. win was inconclusive?? i dont get it. so that margin of voters like what 120k (right? i dont feel like google-ing it) are inconclusive...right. the NYT can call it what ever they want, besides their blatant disregard for us "little people" that voted in PA and the others that dont bother reading their posh up-scale paper, its like moving the goal posts when they say she must win, then she must win by double digits (which most non-political junkies think she did).

I guess maybe Ill just stick to my crappy local paper where they tell me she won conclusively.

by amde 2008-04-25 12:02PM | 0 recs
Hey, if you can't take the heat...

GET OUTTA THE KITCHEN!

Better yet, get back in there and make me supper!

Now, that's a sexist comment.  Please learn the difference.

by IowaMike 2008-04-25 11:08AM | 0 recs
hey dumbass

making a joke about taking a woman in to a room to deal with her using violence is sexism.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

Glad to know I'm raising my 11 year old son right by letting him watch KO most nights.

by zep93 2008-04-25 11:39AM | 0 recs
This is shameful

Trying to spin this as a call to domestic violence is beneath contempt.

How dare you.  Domestic violence is one of the most serious issues facing our country. It is never to be taken lightly and should never be used to try and score points in some stupid debate between politicians. Do you think the people suffering from domestic violence right this minute give a damn who wins today talking point?

And you know damn well that is not what Olbermann was doing.

This is cheapening your rhetoric to a new low.

by mattjfogarty 2008-04-25 11:40AM | 0 recs
Re: This is shameful

I agree with you. That was my point.

by IowaMike 2008-04-25 03:16PM | 0 recs
You know you want it both ways.

If this comment had been made about Obama, then no problem. I guess because he's a guy. Keith was trying to explain to you that at some point soon one or more party elders are going to take Hillary aside and tell her it's over whether she likes it or not. That's not sexism. That's just facts. Were she a guy he could use the same analogy and it wouldn't have any more or less sexism in it.

by Travis Stark 2008-04-25 11:42AM | 0 recs
Re: You know you want it both ways.

If Hillary supporters do not vote he would lose in a landslide.

by indydem99 2008-04-25 12:26PM | 0 recs
Don't make out that Hillary supporters are dumb

You may not vote for Obama if he's the nominee, but the majority of Hillary supporters are not dumb. Many have realized or are beginning to realize that she has lost, and they will support Obama against John McCain. If they don't, after he has legitimately won the nomination, then there's a name for those people. We call them Republicans.

by Travis Stark 2008-04-25 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: You know you want it both ways.

Why do you think he just launched a 50-state voter registration drive?  He's not stupid.  He knows you guys will follow your bankrupt leader anywhere.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:33PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

He wasn't making a joke, he was making a metaphor. Did you see him crack a secret smile? Did he wink at you? Do you not think he'd say the same thing if their roles were reversed? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, I feel a LOT better about Obama's chances if you guys are the ones in her phone bank.

by vcalzone 2008-04-25 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

I'm sorry. I hoped that didn't go through. Sometimes you just need to step back, and that time for me was right before I made that.

by vcalzone 2008-04-25 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

Would you like if he makes the same joke about Obama? If you do not have a problem and think it is a joke may be I should make it!

by indydem99 2008-04-25 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

Um, yes.  

by rfahey22 2008-04-25 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

It wasn't a joke. And if Obama had no path to the nomination I wouldn't mind someone telling him it was time to drop out.

by map 2008-04-25 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

If the situation was revers, yes I would be glad he was pointing out the obvious to Obama.

It is what anyone would do who think beating the pubs really matters this time. And a candidate's ego doesn't.

by wrb 2008-04-25 02:43PM | 0 recs
Re: hey dumbass

It's sexism if the comment existed specifically as a reference to her being a woman.  Since this comment could equally apply to a man, it's not sexist.  Is it crude?  Yes.  Is it metaphorically condoning strong-arming at least, and violence at worst?  Yes.  Is it sexist?  No.

This makes me an elitist, I know, but here's the definition from the OED:

"The assumption that one sex is superior to the other and the resultant discrimination practised against members of the supposed inferior sex, esp. by men against women; also conformity with the traditional stereotyping of social roles on the basis of sex."

Let's at least argue using this definition.  And sorry for the British spelling of "practised," but it's a British dictionary and I am an elitist.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:18PM | 0 recs
Re: "Take Her Into a Room..."

Olbermann is out of control, but I cannot remember when he was in control.

But he is a hero to many Democrats, so we had better all watch what we say.

by reggie44pride 2008-04-25 11:09AM | 0 recs
Clinton Camp Threatened to Injure Obama!

When Clinton's campaign said they were going to throw "the kitchen sink" at Obama, they were also threatening him with serious violence.

A sink is a VERY heavy object. If you get hit with one, you could die. Do you people realize that?

It was UNACCEPTABLE to threaten a public figure like that.

Oh, and don't try to tell me that it was just a figure of speech. No way I'm buying that! Clinton was suggesting that they were going to bash his brains in with a sink. Outrageous!

by jdusek 2008-04-25 11:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Clinton Camp Threatened to Injure Obama!

Well, yeah, I guess that would be the like minded response wouldn't it.  Good thing...

by mattjfogarty 2008-04-25 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man

The only hit man here is TexasDarllin and her gang of like-minded supporters who perpetrate these falsehoods.

I thought the Clinton supporters had a place where they would not stoop to, but I was wrong.  

Shame on you all for these mind-numbing worthless twisted diaries.

by mefck 2008-04-25 11:13AM | 0 recs
Texas, Darlin...

Thank you for going on a rant about these comments. Without this, I would have never guessed that advocating injury is bad. Of course, someone might make an argument that he simply used a common phrase, and this a completely ridiculous level of PC sensitivity, along the lines of getting upset over the "rule of thumb". But really, we are democrats, and therefore it is our god given right to get pissed of at any small bit of insensitivity, particularly when it is obvious that the interpretation at the source of our outrage was not intended.

But I digress... would you care to now discuss the meat of the question, which is best summed up by "Who can tell Clinton its time to drop out?"

by Lost Thought 2008-04-25 11:20AM | 0 recs
Hunting much for issues?

I throw away comment which could barely be heard and took .8 secs. to blurt and you are seeing this as an issue.  I guess you are hoping to spin this into -> keith said something bad about hillary -> keith threatened hillary -> keith threatened hillary with physical harm -> keith is calling for someone to physically hurt hillary -> keith likes obama -> obama must like keith -> obama is calling for the assination of hillary.  Now that will fly!

by SovSov 2008-04-25 11:22AM | 0 recs
Re:

Oh my lord.  The outrage machine has run out of gas.  It is apparently easier to use the Internet than to think metaphorically.  This diary is intellectually bankrupt.

by rfahey22 2008-04-25 11:22AM | 0 recs
Re:

Sure, with people like KO and those who think what he said doesn't amount to much, who the hell will say that there's a bit of intellectual curiosity left?

by optimisticBoy 2008-04-25 09:34PM | 0 recs
Hit Man Olbermann:

Keith Obamamann and Howard NotsoFineman have stooped to the lowest form of political talking heads, what makes us think they would change now, because Hillary again show shw is bigger than they and appeared on Keithie's show with all his continuous distorting and attacking as the Axe in Camp Obama.

He is so done.  And he's resorting to his last ditch effort.  Maybe they guaranteed him with his new contract he wouldn't be fired, for his tactics, but that doesn't change the lack of respect and viewership he and they are pushing away.

Again, claim anything.  Apparently who ever wrote the ad for the NY Times, which of course, Keithie was all too happy to refer to, was watching the tv talking heads or believe BO's own media men.

As Terry McAuliffe so eloquently said it.  The facts do not support their claim.  The only thing that supports it, is Obama himslef whining false claims of attack, a la Jihad Joe LIEberman.  

If anyone is paying attention and on the ground, they know the facts to be different.

Oh and, their exit polling that benefits Obama, because of where they choose to do their polling, what a surprise that it may have been a little higher for Clinton.  And not by much.

Keith Obamamann is officially a LOSER.

And if anyone still watches his show, the folks in the upcoming states will no the facts soon too.

Gee, I thought Obama was going to use his lies on NAFTA and Hillary in PA and then the reprise the attack on her Universal Health Care in North Carolina, but he did it all in PA.  Will he dig back in the gutter for Indiana and No Carlina.  I'm guessing so according to his campaign and his opening statements in No Carlina.

by LindaSFNM 2008-04-25 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

The only thing McAuliff has said that was eloquent lately is that Fox News is fair and balanced.  Shows you where your favorite pundits fall on the political spectrum of late.

by mattjfogarty 2008-04-25 11:34AM | 0 recs
You can't be serious.

Come on people. I will not be fooled into thinking all of the people who claim take this as a physical threat are that inane. You guys know better and your attempts to pretend otherwise is really unfortunate.

When did you lose all ability to have a rational debate. I can totally understand you are pissed at how this primary is turning out and I get that.  You have every right to be mad.  I know we are all really invested in our candidates, but seriously this is ridiculous.  

Show Hillary some respect.  She is way too smart to buy into this kind of nonsense and deserves to be represented in a better light than this.

by mattjfogarty 2008-04-25 11:26AM | 0 recs
well we all know that many Obama supporters

including those in the media do not deal very well with getting beat by a girl.  What is left but violence to deal with a stubborn woman who doesn't know her place?  Ha ha ha, very funny.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:29AM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

You are batshit crazy.

by interestedbystander 2008-04-25 11:42AM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

Uprated for telling the truth!

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

Downrated for a bald insult to a contributor with no substance to back up your position.  

by BPK80 2008-04-25 12:58PM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

I refer you to virtually all her posts, and rest my case.

by interestedbystander 2008-04-25 01:02PM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

I wonder if you have ever noticed teresa's insults aimed at, well, anyone that disagrees with her?  Teresa is a very angry, belligerent poster, and I reserve the right to point it out occasionally.  TR away.

by interestedbystander 2008-04-25 01:05PM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

I appreciate your response to justify the earlier insult you posted.  Had you written things like this above, I wouldn't have given a low rating.  

by BPK80 2008-04-25 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

You know sometimes the only way to deal with a poster like teresa is to get it out of your system by letting one rip - I won't be losing any sleep over it.

by interestedbystander 2008-04-25 01:12PM | 0 recs
Re: well we all know that many Obama supporters

So it's funny if the girls beats on the man, right? A one-way street?

by zep93 2008-04-25 12:00PM | 0 recs
Uh, he's beating her.

Oh no!  I just claimed Obama was physically assaulting Hillary!  And I voted for the guy, so that makes him despicable!

See how easily this gets ridiculous?

by corph 2008-04-25 12:25PM | 0 recs
maybe someone should take that black man

to the woods, just a small friendly group of white folk and only the white folk come back.  That would show him his place since he won't get out of the way of Hillary's nomination.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:32AM | 0 recs
oh yeah, snark

ha ha

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:32AM | 0 recs
Re: oh yeah, snark

That's not what Keith said.  Are there any levels that you will not stoop to?

by mefck 2008-04-25 11:39AM | 0 recs
Please don't

challenge her to stoop lower. She might somehow be capable of it.

by MBNYC 2008-04-25 12:34PM | 0 recs
Yeah

We're starting to get into Tremors territory here.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeah

Hey.  I know you ain't bashin' Tremors.  >:-(  It's so bad, it's good.  Like tequila.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:28PM | 0 recs
Re: oh yeah, snark

Reading your prior comments, combined with your tagline leads me to believe that it's not snark at all. Don't you have a cross burning to get to?

by zep93 2008-04-25 12:02PM | 0 recs
Re: maybe someone should take that black man

Excellent analogy.  I'm sorry to see your apt analogy has engendered so much cognitive dissonance with Obama's rabid fan base, that you've gotten some undeserved low ratings.  

by BPK80 2008-04-25 12:56PM | 0 recs
Sigh

Yet, another "the boy who cried wolf" diary about imagined sexism.

Very insulting to women like myself that know better.

Are all men sexist woman-hating pigs who should be castrated or just the ones whom you perceive aren't supportive enough of your candidate?

by april34fff 2008-04-25 11:35AM | 0 recs
Sigh

oh please, lol, you lost all credibility weeks ago. I seriously doubt you are who you say you are anyway.

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:39AM | 0 recs
I'll bet

All those 50-year-old male perverts pretending to be women on political blogs for thrills?

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 11:44AM | 0 recs
no thrills

to try and claim credibility on certain topics.  

by TeresaInPa 2008-04-25 11:51AM | 0 recs
teresa

Some women enjoy being ladies and do not feel the need to react like agressive rough necks to get our points across.

Know what I mean? Probably not.

by april34fff 2008-04-25 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Sigh

More importantly, everybody here knows WHAT you are.

by april34fff 2008-04-25 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Sigh

Hey Pot, it's the Kettle.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:29PM | 0 recs
As a man myself...

Are all men sexist woman-hating pigs who should be castrated or just the ones whom you perceive aren't supportive enough of your candidate?

I can tell you, as a man myself, that, yes, we are all pigs.  We have been trained to believe that there is nothing we can really do to avoid it, and to simply agree when someone tells us that we're sexist jerks.  I was raised by a feminist, so at least I can see my gender's failing.

Just like Obama, with his mere 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, cannot be trusted to safeguard women's reproductive rights, despite the fact that his wife is a powerful feminist, he has two daughters, and he himself is a constitutional law scholar and civil rights attorney.

Just a pig, like all men. :P

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 11:43AM | 0 recs
Yay! Thank you for this. Kudos to KO.

Of course he doesn't mean literally and physically take her into a back room and beat her up or something. What he means is that some Democratic party elder takes her aside and says it's over, and then comes out and leaves her to write her concession speech.

I had missed this on Wednesday. Thank you so much for posting it. As usual Keith has the most insightful analysis around. Personally though, I think she'll become convinced to do the right thing sometime in the next 6 weeks. I'm an optimist.

by Travis Stark 2008-04-25 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Yay! Thank you for this. Kudos to KO.

You spoke the truth, so Teresa had to troll-rate you, as usual.

by rfahey22 2008-04-25 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Yay! Thank you for this. Kudos to KO.

!?

He meant someone should take her into a room and "talk to her" and then the other person comes out of the room but Hillary never does.

WOW.

So if Hillary said, "someone needs to lynch Barack Obama," I suppose we could turn around and say,

"Oh she meant verbally.  In the figurative sense."

Spinning spinning spinning.  Cognitive meltdown again for Obama's fan base.  

by BPK80 2008-04-25 12:54PM | 0 recs
Actually, check your own cognitive meltdown.

I never said what you're quoting. I said she's left to write her concession speech, and you compare it to lynching. Aha.

You know. They can't take her to the back room soon enough. (Where I assume they'll give her cookies and ice cream and explain to her with a PowerPoint presentation why if she doesn't suspend she's going to be embarrassed as the necessary supers endorse Obama en masse.)

by Travis Stark 2008-04-25 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Actually, check your own cognitive meltdown.

Wait... you say

[Olbermann suggests someone] "takes her aside and says it's over"

and I paraphrase that as Oblerman suggests someone

"talk to her"

and you're complaining that you have been misquoted or misunderstood.  

I didn't compare anything you said to lynching either.  For someone who writes in a reasonably intelligent manner, your intellectual dishonesty is out of this world.

by BPK80 2008-04-25 03:03PM | 0 recs
Um, fail.

The difference is that there is no metaphorical use of the word "lynch" or the phrase "someone needs to lynch__."  There is only the literal phrase.  There is no question what the speaker of that phrase means.

With Olbermann's quote, there is the literal definition of the phrase, which certainly advocates violence but does not specifically advocate woman-based violence.  

And there is the metaphorical definition in which he references strong-arming Hillary to quit the race (also not very nice, but also not sexist).

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:34PM | 0 recs
Come on

Uprated to balance out the second most ridiculous troll rate of the day.  Uh oh...I said "Come" in the title!  I'm a sexist!

[I wonder how long for this to get hide-rated into oblivion?]

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:31PM | 0 recs
Beyond Thunderdome

TWO MEN ENTER.  ONE MAN LEAVES.

Grow up, kids.  This is far less sexist than Hillary Clinton's own campaign.  She says "I'm your girl."  Her husband says the media thinks it's okay to tell someone to drop out "if it's a girl."  She's warped Obama's populist message from "Yes we can" to "Yes she can."  Hell, the very fact that she goes by her first name on all of her signage (and even here, among many supposed feminists) instead of her last name like every other political candidate has basis in sexual politics.

Olbermann would have used the same terminology if it was a man in Clinton's position.  That's the height of non-sexist terminology.

TexasDarlin, once again you provide a weak and deceptive premise to inspire outrage among Clinton supporters who have come to look up to you, for whatever reason.

You're becoming self-parody by now.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond Thunderdome

Tr'd for personally attacking the blogger, which is prohibited by myDD guidelines.  You guys just don't understand that rule, do you?

by TexasDarlin 2008-04-25 11:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond Thunderdome

Can you explain the rule to us guys please?  And while your at it, explain it to campskunk, alegre, 4justice, and teresainpa because they seem to troll rate just about everything.

by map 2008-04-25 11:54AM | 0 recs
Sure, why not?

If you think that me noticing a trend of misleading and reactionary diaries out of you is an "attack," then I am happy to be troll rated.

You, like Hillary Clinton, seem not to realize that people remember things, and when you are recorded as saying something, people might bring it up again.

I will not troll rate you in return, because I find it pointless.  You thrive on conflict.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 11:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond Thunderdome

Attacking is not the same as criticism.  Don't write a diary if you can't take it.

Or as your candidate would say, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

TR'ed for inappropriate TR use.

by The Distillery 2008-04-25 12:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Beyond Thunderdome

Was that the rule that got you banned? I'm still astounded your repeated racist diaries haven't gotten you the boot again.

This uppity attitude likely explains why 32% of Democratic voters in Pennsylvania told a pollster that they would never vote for Barack Obama.

Simply strains credibilty that an adult American wouldn't know the implications of that word.

by BlueinColorado 2008-04-25 04:49PM | 0 recs
anyone got a link?

to write a nasty message to the head of msnbc?

by nikkid 2008-04-25 11:46AM | 0 recs
Re: anyone got a link?

I want one too.  

Maybe MSNBC can start covering football highlights so Keith can get back into his element.

by mikes101 2008-04-25 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

I think they should fire Olberman. This is a lot more serious than what Imus said.

by indydem99 2008-04-25 12:21PM | 0 recs
I agree that he cross the line

however, when you run for President you put yourself in the line of fire. None of you would care if he said it about a man running for President. Hillary should be not be off limits for incendiary commentary simply because she if female.

by JDF 2008-04-25 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: I agree that he cross the line

"Line of fire"?  You filthy assassin, you.

by rfahey22 2008-04-25 12:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann: "

How come Tejas Darlin and others didn't voie this level of outrage when Clinton's campaign clearly voiced their intent to assualt Obama, and if necessary to murder him, using a kitchen sink?

by Socraticsilence 2008-04-25 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann: "

And you know their kitchen sinks are those expensive enameled cast-iron jobs that weigh 300 lbs.

by wrb 2008-04-25 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann: "

Watch out for Nurse Ratchet.

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:38PM | 0 recs
Hilarious.

Does Keith secretly want to eliminate all strong women, or just those who threaten to beat a man for the Presidency?

No, I'm sure this must be about Keith Olbermann's hitherto well-concealed hatred of strong women. Why limit the screams of victimization to Hillary?

Obermann's phrase was most certainly not well-chosen or the one I would have used. That said, the Outrage-A-Thon in this diary is more than slightly forced. He's not calling for her physical elimination, nor is this in any way a misogynist statement, just as it wouldn't have been a racist statement had it been directed at Obama.

But why do I even try?

by MBNYC 2008-04-25 12:29PM | 0 recs
Unbelievable

I guess we really can call him "KO" now that he's blatantly (albeit jokingly?) implying that violence against a woman would be the ideal solution to this primary.

Just as bad if not worse as Don Imus.  I say he should be fired.  

"Haha, wouldn't it be funny if someone took Hillary into a room and beat her up and killed her.  Then Obama could win, yay!"

Total outrage.

by BPK80 2008-04-25 12:51PM | 0 recs
Believable

Wouldn't it be funny if Hillary continued to get less than the 60%+ she needs in every state, then Obama could win, yay!

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:41PM | 0 recs
Thanks for the NoQuarter link

TexasDarlin,

Thanks for linking to the totally non-fringe NoQuarter site!  I now totally agree that Keith was literally telling people to physically harm Hillary.  I just wish there were some way we could get you or TeresainPA onto the nightly news so you could speak about this pressing issue.

If you two aren't available, maybe this commenter from NoQuarter is free.

Commenter from NoQuarter (the totally not a fringe site)

KIETH
IS THE MOST DUNBEST MAN ON THIS EARTH

HE IS WORST THAN THOSE MUSLIM MEN WHO HAVE 4 WIVES EVEN THEY ARE FAIR WITH ALL THOSE 4 WOMEN

BUT THIS GUY ,,,AND HIS MOM WAS REALLY F*U*C*K*I*N*G* AROUND AND THAT HURT HIM AND HIS DAD SO HE HATES ALL WOMEN

I MEAN ,,I SEE HIS ARROGANT ,,,OBNOXIOUS,,,,STUPID,,,FACE ,,IT MAKES ME MAD

SO I ONLY WATCH,,,,DAN ABRAMS ON MSNBC ,,,,,,

I HATE JKIETH

I WISH ,,I COULD SEE HIM ,,,I WILL HAVE A HORSE BEND HIM OVER AND F***K FIM ,,,SO HE CAN GET HIS PEACE OF MIND ,,,,,,

IS KIETH A PAID STAFFER OF OBAMA,S CAMP NOW????

by map 2008-04-25 01:01PM | 0 recs
Wow

That guy is awesome.

by Dracomicron 2008-04-25 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks for the NoQuarter link

The most dunbest?

Worst than?

I love that he/she wants to see Olbermann sodomized by a horse, but thinks Dan Abrams is A-OK!

by jdusek 2008-04-25 01:45PM | 0 recs
gross comment

by cjbardy 2008-04-25 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: gross comment

That wasn't his comment. It was a comment from someone on the site TexasDarlin linked to.  Talk to her about it.

by map 2008-04-25 03:47PM | 0 recs
Re: gross comment

Can someone uprate me please? I don't deserve a TR for repeating what someone else said.

by jdusek 2008-04-25 03:55PM | 0 recs
He should be fired for propaganda, not threats.

This whole 24 hour news format is so deceptive.  KO has his show, in which he mixes news and opinion.  He tells you the news about FISA, then his opinion.  The problem is KO not only got a crush on Obama, he's head over heels in love with him.  So, when it came time to turn the focus of his show away from news/opinions about FISA or Iraq, and towards news/opinion about the Democratic nominees, he turned his show into an anti-Clinton propaganda hour.  It is no longer about the most important news in the Democratic race, such as healthcare, and then his opinion about Obama and Clinton's views on healthcare.  Every day for months, his entire show has been about "reporting" what perceived mistakes the Clinton camp made that day, what perceived terrible things Clinton surrogates said that day, what perceived racism the Clintons engaged in that day, what perceived dirty tricks the Clintons played that day, etc., and then giving you his opinion about it.

by PJ Jefferson 2008-04-25 01:17PM | 0 recs
MSM bias

I agree that many of the MSM has biases, in one direction or the other.  But the MSM is clearly in the business of getting ratings, not telling the truth.  

by ProgressiveDL 2008-04-25 08:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

You think we can get 5 diaries on this to dominate the Rec list?

To Clinton Supporters: Does it bother you to take offense to this but pretend the Hillary Campaign's vile threats to beat and possibly murder Obama with a "kitchen sink" are no big deal? Shouldn't that kind of violent and frankly bizarre language (why would they throw a sink at Obama, I mean I get the inherent threat of murder but it seems inpratical) be beyond you guys?

by Socraticsilence 2008-04-25 01:40PM | 0 recs
Olbermann

Has popularity ever gone to anyone's head in a more rapid or dramatic fashion?  

by Thaddeus 2008-04-25 01:42PM | 0 recs
Irony

I love the smell of irony on a spring day here in Denver....Hey darlin...as you are offended by BS..(and in some cases rightly so) do you or others supporting Clinton have any problem with this GOP ad attacking two Democratic candidates for Gov. in NC?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXxkctYRA ZQ

by nogo war 2008-04-25 01:45PM | 0 recs
re

Olbermann threatened the life of the former First Lady he should be sent to Cuba

by rossinatl 2008-04-25 01:53PM | 0 recs
"Take Her Into a Room..."

Actually, KO was treating them as equals...
Would there be a problem if there were two male candidates?...hey I am surprised, the "take them to the woodshed" is a common phrase that "regular" people over 60 (you know Clinton's base)know very well.

A week from Tuesday....
Tap yer toes...

by nogo war 2008-04-25 01:55PM | 0 recs
"Take Her Into a Room..."

For those that need a tune to tap to..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn8tixOYi Z0

by nogo war 2008-04-25 01:57PM | 0 recs
Bwah ha hah ahh haa haa.

This is it--the turning point.  A flip and insensitive comment by a newsman did what Senator Clinton had been unable to do--sway popular support toward her candidacy.

I humbly concede.  Keith Olbermann has done the Obama campaign in.  My hat is off to you poor, beleaguered Clinton supporters.  You knew if you waited patiently, the perfect victimization moment would come, and now you're riding it to victory.  Victory!

Again, congratulaaaha haha hah ha hah ahh haa, I can't do it.  Ha ha ha ha ha.

by McNasty 2008-04-25 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

This uppity attitude likely explains why 32% of Democratic voters in Pennsylvania told a pollster that they would never vote for Barack Obama.

Texas Darlin, Clinton Supporter, MyDD

by BlueinColorado 2008-04-25 02:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann:

I really don't know why they let TexasDarlin and Linfar back after they were banned.  They are every bit as noxious as Universal was, just better at hiding it.

by map 2008-04-25 02:24PM | 0 recs
Columbia Journalism Review agrees

It was wrong.... and a case could indeed be made that it's sexist.

"You could certainly build a case for sexism based on the many other inappropriate things Keith Olbermann has said about Hillary Clinton..."

http://www.cjr.org/the_kicker/if_you_can t_beat_em.php?page=all

Whether it was sexist or just promoting violence, it was ridiculous.  Keith has become an hollow echo and a parody of himself.

by TxKat 2008-04-25 02:30PM | 0 recs
Wrong
Whether it was sexist or just promoting violence

It was neither.
by map 2008-04-25 02:35PM | 0 recs
I got to hand it to Hillary supporters

nobody does faux outrage like yall.

by Drewid 2008-04-25 02:59PM | 0 recs
Radio

You always seemed like an even keeled poster. Do you actually think KO was advocating violence against HRC? Really?

by Drewid 2008-04-25 03:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Radio

Olbermann has turned mean and ugly.  Anyone who would said that has a serious problem.  And any home-grown nut-job could take this as a strong suggestion--that has happened many times.

This is WAY BEYOND irresponsibilty.  It makes Don Imus look like Little Miss Sunshine.

by The Smoldering Crone 2008-04-25 03:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Radio

It makes Don Imus look like Little Miss Sunshine.

Good lord.

by BlueinColorado 2008-04-25 04:28PM | 0 recs
No, of course I don't

But that doesn't make his statement any less offensive.

Please read the following post by Rachel Sklar on HuffingtonPost which explains quite clearly what is offensive about Olbermann's statement.  Here's a snippet, emphasis added by me:

Do I really think Olbermann thinks Hillary Clinton should really be violently beaten to the point of physical incapacitation, or worse? No, though some have taken that statement to its logical conclusion. But it is an unmistakably violent image -- and that point seems to be undisputed by those who have written about it so far (Google "Olbermann" and "take her into a room" and you'll see results like "Keith Olbermann Advocates Violence Against Hillary" "Olbermann: Misogyny 101" "Calls To End Race Turn Violent""Olbermann: How To Snuff Out Hillary Clinton"). Even Fineman seemed taken aback by the statement - there is a distinct pause after, and it's an eternity in TV time. He's not facing the camera but you can tell that the statement was jarring. (Even so he agreed, saying, "Yes, yes exactly.")

There really seems to be only one interpretation here, and the only point of debate is on whether it's okay or not. I'm going to cut that one short: It's not. To the fellow (male) journo I wrote to about this yesterday, who waved it off as just some colorful film-noir imagery, I say: can you IMAGINE if someone had said that about Obama? That he should be taken somewhere and dealt with, so that he wouldn't come back? Can you imagine if some right-winger had talked about getting Obama out of the race "the old-fashioned way?" If that last one makes you cringe, it should, because it evokes a history of violence against black people in this country that is raw and real. Well, frankly, the same goes for women -- many of whom have been taken somewhere private, and never returned.

.

Then also read Joan Walsh's excellent commentary from Salon.

by Radiowalla 2008-04-25 03:22PM | 0 recs
Re: No, of course I don't

Well, I'm sorry, maybee I'm off base and deluding myself, but I watched the vid and if the roles were reversed I still don't see how it's even close to a threat of violence.

by Drewid 2008-04-25 03:55PM | 0 recs
No, you are missing the point

It isn't a THREAT by Olbermann, but it is an evocation of historical and present-day acts of physical violence that are all too real to women.

Suppose that, metaphorically, some commentator said that if Obama doesn't get out of the race, someone should chain him in a room until he decided to drop out?  Or said that the Democrats should send a posse out to get Obama off the campaign trail?  Or that a the Democratic leadership is sending out a lynch mob to take care of the problem?  

Some metaphors are sexist and some are racist and when a person steps in it, an apology is in order.  It appears that Olbermann has apologized and that's proper.

by Radiowalla 2008-04-25 04:09PM | 0 recs
Re: No, you are missing the point

We will have to agree to disagree, because I don't think it is even an evocation of past and present violence.

by Drewid 2008-04-25 04:17PM | 0 recs
Okay I do concede
that I can see how maybee someone could see it that way.
But I think it's still overblown.
by Drewid 2008-04-25 05:23PM | 0 recs
Thank you for listening

That was nice.

by Radiowalla 2008-04-25 06:31PM | 0 recs
A true hero

I love Olberman,  I will be able to look back at a media so filled with corruption and find a shining light.

Not afraid of the RNC or establishment Democrats.

A true patriot!

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 03:15PM | 0 recs
Re: A true hero
No one is more establishment than Obama and his minions....one cannot get more establishment than Ted Kennedy and John Kerry.
Olberman is a millionaire pundit in the same vein as his good buddies, Russert, Matthews and Shuster.  They are all about their own egos......
Olberman and his trophy girlfriend and his pandering to the boys club speaks volumes.
by Jjc2008 2008-04-26 06:41AM | 0 recs
TexasDarlin, why was he banned before

I just found out that TexasDarlin was banned for controversial comments in the past.

There should be a disclaimer, since I always thought it was proper nettiquete that forum bans are done for life, that way it shows the conviction of the moderator in the enforcing of its rules.

The fact that he was banned throws all his posts into question.

Thats the problems with these blogs, people need to use their real names, thats why the media only takes Huffington seriously.

by GeorgeP922 2008-04-25 03:18PM | 0 recs
Keith Olbermann apologizes for dumb remark

   Agree or disagree with him, Keith showed a lot of class just now. Nice to see a newscaster honest enough to admit he was wrong.

by Kordo 2008-04-25 04:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann apologizes for dumb remark

Well, he said "I was wrong because I said "him" instead of "a person."" I think that this is a lie. His Freudian slip the first time is what he really thinks. I mean watch his eyes. He hates strong women! Why, because his penis is threatened by them, and a woman might stop a man from being elected President.

Don't believe a word! He is just another woman hating man! They are scared! Keep up the pressure! He is just obviously scared!  Death to KO!

(In case you can't tell, I'm not at all serious here)

by IowaMike 2008-04-25 04:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Hit Man Olbermann

If he were not a pathetic mouthpiece for his corporate Double Standard MSNBC,  Olbermann would have said:

Someone takes Clinton and Obama into a room, and only one of them comes out.

I found his remark worse than offensive.  And he said it with a creepy sneer.  

And to think Hillary was gracious enough to give him a personal interview the night before.

I've disliked Olbermann for awhile; now I hate him.

by moevaughn 2008-04-25 04:49PM | 0 recs
Watch out for the thought police

Get a friggin' grip.

by jaywillie 2008-04-25 04:49PM | 0 recs
it would be good to get a compilation of all the
gross things that have been said about HRC by Olbermann and the rest of the media hyenas.  
Too bad the NYT wouldn't dare run anything so reality based in their political section.
Krugman is their only writer with the guts and integrity to state the truth.
by internetstar 2008-04-25 07:40PM | 0 recs
Re: it would be good

That would be effective.  Krugman speaks the truth.

by TexasDarlin 2008-04-26 06:44AM | 0 recs
I read Olbermann apologized

an apology isn't enough.  I demand that he disembowel himself on oddball.

by internetstar 2008-04-25 08:16PM | 0 recs
Scum of a man

This scum of a man should be thrown out of his show.

by optimisticBoy 2008-04-26 12:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Scum of a man

Hear hear!

by TexasDarlin 2008-04-26 06:43AM | 0 recs

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