Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jon Stewart Takes On Keith Olbermann

And Olbermann's response to him. Now you know I used to watch both Keith Olbermann and Jon Stewart religiously. I'm not about to start watching Olbermann again, but after the mocking Jon Stewart did of Olbermann, I may just have to start watching "The Daily Show" again. He's been on fire recently.

The other night, Stewart went after Olbermann for his baseless attacks on Scott Brown, the new US Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (see, I know how to spell it, even without spell-check! Ahem.). It was absolutely priceless, and is continued within Olbermann's response to Stewart below:

Yeah, I think there is one person who was funny in that clip, and it sure wasn't Olbermann.

Stewart gave Olbermann a couple of points, but when someone uses as a reference a video clip (a Brown rally) that has been discredited, yet still insists on making the point with no context (that what was shouted off camera related to a case on which Coakley worked), it is demonstrative of some of the hoops Olbermann will jump through to attack someone. It is disingenuous at best, but that is what we have come to expect from Olbermann. Bluster, innuendo, and attacks based on the thinnest of inferences. I mean, really, for Olbermann, of all people, to attack ANYONE else for being sexist, is just, well, laughable. Go back to the 2008 Primary campaign on just about any night, but this one in particular is pretty indicative:
Olbermann was discussing the election with Newsweek's Howard Fineman, a frequent guest. They topic was, how can a winner finally be determined in this never-ending Democratic race for the nomination? Of course, the assumption was that it was Clinton that should be shown the door (despite clearly still earning her spot in the race thanks to, um, voters). Fineman said that, all the delegate math aside, ultimately it was going to take "some adults somewhere in the Democratic party to step in and stop this thing, like a referee in a fight that could go on for thirty rounds. Those are the super, super, super delegates who are going to have to decide this."

Said Olbermann: "Right. Somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out."

Now, WHO'S sexist, exactly, Keith? Yeah, uh huh - I'll give you a hint. It ain't Scott Brown.

And since Jon Stewart mentioned John Edwards, I just had to see what he said about him. Here it is - a newsflash for "idiots":

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Well, I certainly cannot disagree with Stewart's assessment of those who did NOT know this child really was Edwards, all protests aside.

Yep, I may just have to start watching The Daily Show again if he keeps going this way. I guess people really ARE starting to wake up! And about damn time, too...


Anonymous said...

I used to watch Jon Stewart and Keith Olbermann religiously as well. I'll never watch Olbermann again, ever. Stewart...I still can't bring myself to watch him. I liked his mocking of Olbermann (really funny, actually!) but he still seems to have some of that kool-aid swimming in his veins. From the little I've seen of clips posted at different blogs, seems Stewart does criticize the people around Obama, and sometimes gently poke a little fun at The Big Man himself, but an all out Zuckerman? Not yet, that I know of. When Stewart does that, and maybe even acknowledges he was hoodwinked and bamboozled, I'll start watching him again.

Nellie said...


Sometime ago I read that Olbermann hit his head, hard, while exiting a subway train. The lasting effects is the "reason" he can no longer drive a car or have a license. (I cannot locate the link).

Do you think he will use that as the ultimate reasons for his behaviors when MSNBC fires this loser??


Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, SF -

I can appreciate that - and I think you are absolutely right abt Stewart still not being able to go after Obama himself. There was another video from the same week that proves that point. It focused on Obama's interview with George S. in which he was saying, "I just thought if I focused on policy, and laws that would help people, bah, blah, blah..." So Jon did a whole thing abt how people in this country don't want rational thought, etc., that we'd rather watch lost, that THAT is Obama's target audience...

In other words, saying basically what all of these other Dems, including Obama have said: if they just made it simpler for us, and just kept talking at us, we'd finally get it through our little pea brains. Grrrr.

So, yeah - I admit, the rest of my thought abt if I was going to watch Jon again was that I would keep my remote close at hand...

Olbermann? No way. I can barely stand stomaching the little bit I have to see to write posts...

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Nellie, that is the BEST explanation I have seen yet for Olbermann's descent into incoherent ramblings...Ahem. I mean, oh, really? He did? Gosh, that must have hurt!!


Thanks, Nellie!!

nazareth priest said...

Rev. Amy: I never see either of these guys...but Jon Stewart, for wherever he is coming from, just does a 'job' on K. Olbermann; hilarious!...and J. Edwards is just a creep as far as I'm about "abuse of women"; his wife, the mother of his illegitimate child and the child herself.
I hope that ends it for him. Period.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Nazareth Priest -

I know - doesn't Stewart do a GREAT impersonation of Olbermann?? He really highlights what a blow hard he is, yet still manages to make fun of himself.

And Edwards - wow, what a fall from grace, huh? The thing is, he did it ALL to himself. I guess some folks really do think they are untouchable...