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Keith Olbermann writes: "All of human existence may divide equally into only two distinct and important times: those times when reality reminds you slightly of something you once saw in a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and those times when reality reminds you a lot of something you saw once in a Bugs Bunny cartoon."

Keith Olbermann. (photo: orlandoshaped/Photobucket)
Keith Olbermann. (photo: orlandoshaped/Photobucket)

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+18 # Felipe Alvarez 2011-03-07 12:31
We must always keep in mind that as crime fighters get more sophisticated, so do criminals, though, perhaps with less finesse. And there's where we detect the con.
 
 
+45 # stonecutter 2011-03-07 12:34
They hire actors to call into Limbaugh and Hannity?...shoc king! shocking! Who else but paid shills would call those two bozos? The "Reel Amurikins" who worship these two windbags couldn't carry on a coherent phone conversation, and for hardball reasons of time would be cut off by their heroes' phone minders. Only trained actors can "act" as if they're articulate, thoughtful white supremacist wingnuts calling to conveniently fan the flames of the latest reactionary rant-du-jour.

BTW, I love golf with a passion, but watching Limbaugh on Golf Channel recently made me wretch, and changed my opinion of everyone from Hank Haney to Al Michaels and even, God help me, Fred Couples, who embraced the obese neo-Nazi douchebag on camera! Freddie, we hardly knew ye! (I still love his swing and his Ecco shoes...bipartisanship).

Keith, as long as we have your brilliant sarcasm and intelligence around, we can at least hope to route these pr**ks.
 
 
+19 # genierae 2011-03-07 15:28
I felt the same way, stonecutter, when AARP and the Oprah show both did whitewash interviews of George W. Bush. They didn't ask him one hard question. I wanted to wretch too. Especially Oprah, I expected much better from her. I remember her early shows, she didn't lack courage then.
 
 
+52 # tuandon 2011-03-07 12:39
No surprise here. NOTHING about the "Conservative Movement" has anything to do with honesty or reality. They want money and power and would whore out their mothers to get it.
 
 
+13 # DaveW. 2011-03-07 16:49
tuandon, Early in the Bush the younger administration journalist Ron Susskind was interviewing a stooge in the Bush bureaucracy. When pressed about the "reality" of making claims concerning the existence of WMD's in Iraq, Bush's boy answered "we create our own reality." The right and their willing accomplices who claim "moderate or even (gasp!) left-leaning credentials" have been doing this EXTREMELY successfully since another figure, disconnected from reality grabbed the reins and uttered giddy-up in 1980. After Bugs has Rocky "really" flustered in the cartoon Keith speaks of, my favorite line is "Rocky's really mad now." Outsmarted and mad as hell. I wonder if the "left" will ever attain what Bugs made look so easy.
 
 
+24 # w wheelock 2011-03-07 12:41
What they are doing is like the laugh tracks added to sitcoms.Hearing these roars when we aren't laughing ourselves. Or on The Price Is Right when the audience oohs and ahhs over some of the overpriced crap being up for bid. Must be a big "applause" sign flashing.
 
 
+9 # Mattv 2011-03-07 20:26
Actually, I think their seats vibrate.
 
 
+26 # Lesabre 2011-03-07 12:41
Where is that Wikeileaks guy when you really need him?
 
 
+12 # photonracer 2011-03-07 19:12
Quoting Lesabre:
Where is that Wikeileaks guy when you really need him?

Dude he is in custody in England on a trumped up rape charge. His alleged cohort is in military prison, naked, cold, constantly humiliated, by the pervert warrant officer in charge of said prison, in the hope and design that he will testify against himself. I want to emphasis the perversion factor of this case that so closely mimics Abu Grahib. The Nazi were just obeying orders using acceptable techniques too.
 
 
+34 # JayMagoo 2011-03-07 12:42
The Bugs Bunny imitators are everywhere. On nearly every comment board on the Internet, trolls, usually employee of Republican PR firms, keep popping up under the most absurd names to shill the current Republican talking points. If you think views expressed there are opinions of a cross section of voters, think again. If you have as money as the infamous filthy-rich Koch brothers, you can plant your trolls any and everywhere.
 
 
+42 # Artful 2011-03-07 12:47
And, lest we forget, Glenn beck et al are simply actors. In his case, he plays the role assigned to him by Rupert's screen writers, the role of a delusional sociopath. None of the Faux News Network cast is anything other than a pathetic bunch of bad actors.
 
 
+12 # stonecutter 2011-03-07 14:37
Artful, you're a prophet. Of course it's all scripted, more or less, and usually much more. No crime in that...it's TV, and time is currency, but the old adage about computer programming is just as apt in this case: "Garbage In, Garbage Out."
 
 
+25 # margiafelipe 2011-03-07 12:54
Intellectuals are dictators' and ultra conservatives' worst enemies. At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, General Queipo de Llano cried: "Death to intellectuality !" Right after, many writers, artists and thinkers were thrown in jail or executed, notably poet/writer Federico Garcia Lorca.
 
 
+26 # William P Haines 2011-03-07 13:04
Just like conservatives will buy enough copies of their book just to be put on the best sellars list or televanglist hire actors for testimonials or various talk shows hire actors to act like guest.The corperate media is anything but totaly honest and tell everything from half truths to outright falsehoods on the behest of their corporate overlords .
 
 
+7 # William P Haines 2011-03-07 13:07
Just like conservatives will buy enough copies of their book just to be put on the best sellars list or televanglist hire actors for testimonials or various talk shows hire actors to act like guest.The corperate media is anything but totaly honest and tell everything half truths to outright falsehoods on the behest of their corporate overlords
 
 
+7 # judith in st louis m 2011-03-07 13:10
Keith..We miss your voice on MSNBC..All of us. Looked so forward each evening to hear and see the truth. Thank GOD for Chris Mathews. Please tell Obama to not let the other side dupe him into anything! Always just a ploy to point a finger.Pat Buchannan and Joe Scarsborough, are soo full of it. Buchannan saying let Peter King do his thing.How awful Pat! How much do they get paid by the other side? Its a no win situation all of the time. Remember this: If Obama was not an American, he as a black man, would NEVER EVER been even considered for a job scrubbing the floor not even to mention being president! The DUMMIES!
 
 
+23 # BradFromSalem 2011-03-07 13:40
Judith,

Sorry, but Chris Mathews is just pompous windbag. He feels its necessary to interupt before his subject has said three words. He constantly harrasses people he interviews. He is usually asking them to acknowledge that the totally out of context interpertation is really the truth.
Chris Mathews is almost as guilty as any right winger in the dumbing down of American political discourse.

Rachel on the other hand. (She almost makes me want to be a woman.)
 
 
+15 # genierae 2011-03-07 15:42
You should be so lucky, Libertarian...

Rachel and Ed Schultz are real people and they care about the common good. I really miss Keith Olbermann though, he is irreplaceable.

Chris Matthews helped to push Phil Donahue out the door, saying he was too antiwar. Now he brags about how much he was against invading Iraq! You can't have it both ways Chris.
 
 
+21 # BradFromSalem 2011-03-07 13:19
Why shouldn't Rush and Beck use phony callers? They use phony data. They make phony accusations.
Everything about these Right Wingers is phony. The Tea Party is a p[hony Grass Roots movement. They make phony claims about what they were elected for.

So, why shouldn't they use phony callers.

(You mean thats dishonest? No, you must be a lying liberal. You should listen to Excellence In Broadcasting. No lies here! sic)
 
 
+25 # bluesdaddy 2011-03-07 13:22
This reminds me of the "healing" that occurred on the Oral Roberts TV show. It was always amazing (almost unbelievable) that someone who used a wheelchair to get to the stage started to dance after a simple prayer and laying on of hands. Carneys have always used the shill to hawk their games/goods, except this time the fakes are playing with our country's and planet's future. I hope this "service" (Premier Radio Network) is shut down over this furor.
 
 
+22 # fredboy 2011-03-07 13:32
No surprises. You'd have to pay me to call any of these creeps.

Public employees--we are with you and thank you. And apologize for the vicious attacks of the right (or is it reich?).
 
 
+16 # carrot 2011-03-07 13:38
Keith, as usual you put things in true perspective. Where is this "CRAP'all going to end? Miss you on MSNBC however, Rachael & LD are keeping us up to date, but would still like your input...
 
 
+22 # KMC 2011-03-07 13:49
They already have their phony voters in those untraceable Voting Machines, made by their corporate cronies, that help steal elections!!
 
 
+2 # 22dragon 2011-03-07 14:07
A(WO)MEN LL. With Liberty goes responsibility. Like not abusing others, verbally or otherwise,"beca use I could." (WJC)
 
 
+7 # Louise Wu 2011-03-07 14:10
It's an old idea. Catherine the Great's boyfriend used to get crowds of happy peasants to wave at every stop on her progresses around Russia. Hence the name, "Potemkin villages" after her main squeeze Prince Potemkin.
 
 
+7 # Carol Edwards 2011-03-07 14:23
Well, hold on to your carrots! I'm afraid that th-th-th-th-a-a -a-t's n-n-n-n-ot all, Folks!
There's plenty more where this comes from.
No end to those 'wily' Pirates...er,
free enterprise heroes.
 
 
+35 # HEINZ57 2011-03-07 14:28
I used to be one of the most patriotic people you could imagine--I have seven relatives who fought in the American Revolution and I took particular pride in that fact. Now, I no longer have that good feeling that came with saying, "I'm an American." I pledged my allegiance to the United States of American in which I was raised and which offered a step-up to all who got an education and were willing to work hard. Now, I'm SUPPOSED to owe MY allegiance to the United Corporations of America. I DON'T! And, unless we, as a nation, back the unions who are fighting for their lives, we will soon be bowing to and kissing the rings of the Koch Bros. and others of their ilk while we labor in their fields as serfs. How could we, as a country, have failed so badly? Fox news, anyone?
 
 
+4 # Gary in Midwest 2011-03-07 14:31
We all know that history repeats itself, but it always does so with a little twist. The history repeat we face today is the return of the robber barons. Tuandon summed it up rather accurately I think, what these characters are like and what they're capable of, but the new twist on history this time is that this new breed of robber baron is totally without shame.
 
 
+17 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-03-07 14:57
Dear Keith:

You were the only national broadcaster to air the tragic story of Elizabeth Fineron, the 65-year-old fully disabled, parade-permitte d, former nun. Before being arrested here in the super fusion center of the nations' over seventy fusion centers, Elizabeth was tripped and dragged in the street until she was bloody and raw by a 'bad cop', in front of parade onlookers including children. This torture happened during the Colorado Springs 2007 St. Patrick's Day Parade. What caused the torture? Google: Colorado Springs Independent, Jan. 21, 2010, "No Peace or Justice".

Oh so tragic for the rule of law, the official court transcript I obtained and sent to the DOJ had been doctored and deleted of the 'good cop's' testimony under oath. He'd warned the 'bad cop' that he was going too fast and Elizabeth was going to fall. Oh well, the good cop could have been talking not just of poor disabled Elizabeth, but also of all we the sheeple - our poor and getting poorer by the minute middle and lower class, here in our bushwhacked and karlroved, villainaire ruled country.

Indeed, there is a revolution brewing, as more and more folks come to understand what's going on, and become determined, a la Wisconsin style, to UNDO THE COUP and shout: VILLAINAIRES, GO TO HELL!!!
 
 
+11 # annadams95340 2011-03-07 15:28
Glad I'm not the only one who is irritated by Matthews' constant interruption of his guests. I've all but stopped watching him. Pity because I agree with most of what he says - just have grown weary of the monologue. As for Morning Joe, I suppose MSNBC feels they should provide one dissenting voice. Fine by me - I seldom watch, more because of Pat B than Joe.

Sitting here watching the 25th anniversary concert of Les Mis (taped from PBS last night). The more things change, the more they stay the same. My manning the barricades days are behind me at my age (almost 73) but I can still type and use the phone. Sometimes though, I wonder why I bother.

I've missed you, Keith, and look forward to your return to t.v.
 
 
+13 # James Marcus 2011-03-07 15:43
OK!! So, now that we know much of this Devilish Charade, and 'The Cat is Out of the Bag', so to speak. Now What?
Right Wing Media--a complete Hype
Main Stream Media---much of it owned by the Right Wing!
U S Treasury--- emptied, and Heading Further South
The President, a Majority of the US Supreme Court and 95 % of our US Congress ---'duly beholden' to Vested Monied Interests (not We The People!)
War, War, War (in Our Name!) unto complete degradation of both the US Citizenry and all the Unfortunate Innocents being murdered, unjustly incarcerated, villified, their homes and countries decimated in the path of all this Madness.....
And,... a Majority of Americans still asleep to it all....
Now, I ask you, WHAT?
 
 
+8 # Uppity Woman 2011-03-07 17:24
James, there are so many things we can do to change the balance of power in this nation. If we all took our money out of banks and put it in credit unions, it would be a great start. I have quit buying many products because they are made by people whose actions I find objectionable. If everyone would join my boycott of Exxon, BP, name brand paper products, Nestle, Hunts, Dole, WalMart, General Electric, and Coca-Cola (to name a few) it would help. If we all went on strike to show support for unions, it would make the oligarchs tremble in fear. We have many tools, and we may be forced to deploy them in time. For right now, remember every financial decision is also a political decision. Choose wisely.
 
 
+15 # genierae 2011-03-07 15:51
I am surprised that no one has mentioned that Sarah Palin has been doing the very same thing, only she has been disguising herself as someone else, and then lauding her own accomplishments . Different twist on the same scam. Now we know where she learned that new trick. Am I the only one who realizes that Republicans, as compared to most Democrats, are low-down, dirty rats, that will stoop to any sleazy trick in the book to get what they want?
 
 
+22 # sandy malone 2011-03-07 16:26
As a lifelong Floridian, I watched in appalled amazement when the first images were released of 'outraged voters' demanding that the 2000 recount be stopped. Their faces twisted with rage as they hammered their fists on the glass windows encasing the county officials who were looking at hanging chads, etc. and discerning voter intent. At that moment, I turned to a friend and said, 'who ARE those guys? I KNOW they don't live in south Florida'. Much much later, with many of us deep in despair and malaise, I saw a photo of that very scene with the identity of each person in the picture, republican operatives one and all, many of them working in congressional offices in DC--all flown in to masquerade as ANGRY ANGRY Florida voters-- none were.

And the beat goes on.......

Watching your show gave me a sense of hope, made me laugh and helped me feel a little less steamrolled as I continue to ask, who benefits from images put in front of us everyday and what are we not being shown.
 
 
+6 # Elder Berry 2011-03-07 18:51
Oh, Keith, you are without a doubt the voice of reason crying in the wilderness of insanity that is the USA in 2011. You are right on target about all this. And this is being done deliberately to our country, and if we weren't sheep we would long ago have been out in the streets like the Egyptians.

Can we all get together for a minute to mourn Walter Cronkite. I know that Ed Murrow is your hero, Keith, but for many of us Walter Cronkite was close.
 
 
+9 # DIAMONDMARGE 2011-03-07 19:32
Just this morning, my internist, moaned & complained about insurance companies, government regulations & hospitals which cut into his ability to make a profit as a doctor, answered my query, "Are you a Republican?" with a shocked~hear me, shocked! "Of course!"
He was deaf to my dictum that he ought to re-consider his voting because it has been the Rethuglicans who have-largely-ca used the state of healthcare dysfuction in the US. But how are Americans gonna find out what is happening when the MMedia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Greed?
 
 
+3 # Bonzo All Star 2011-03-07 20:56
Adding my voice to this discourse would mostly be redundant, but I do earn a bit of a living as a graphic designer and would like to offer something of substance, the literal kind. Please use this in any way you like without restriction.
http://img145.imageshack.us/i/foxlies.pdf/
 
 
+4 # Interested Observer 2011-03-07 21:20
Apparently Wisconsin does not provide a recall procedure, or by now it should be in progress and a slam dunk.
 
 
+4 # granny 2011-03-08 09:33
but we can recall a year after he's been in office - long enough to do damage but we can clean up his messes if we get him out early enough.
 
 
+5 # Earl 2011-03-07 22:58
And what about the GOP "actors" a la Bugs Bunny (protesters, demonstrators, threateners) sent to Florida in 2000?
 
 
+4 # Wilson Gunn 2011-03-08 06:28
The Karl Rove crowd is the master of the amygdala highjack. Once the amygdala is aroused, logic will not reel it in. Democrats keep expecting reason to prevail, or that they can be "above" the highjack methodologies. The tea party knows that reason will not sway the amygdala brain. Humor and cartoon illustrations are a good move. We need the video, art, symbols - not just the verbage, to draw the public out of their amygdalas (where the Pundits would rather keep them).
 
 
+1 # vdelgoriosr 2011-03-08 08:15
The truth will overcome eventually. We are experiencing a change in our political systems. A new Radical Republicanism which caters to the uneducated and uninformed, who are motivated by sensations of emotion emulating deep from within their groins. They have neither conscience nor moral foundation to distinguish between truth and lies, the bug’s bunny syndrome.
 
 
+6 # granny 2011-03-08 09:31
It's Women's Day today. Ever think about the groups most likely to be hurt by the Koch-inspired union busting being foisted on the state by Scott Walker? Women make up 70% of Wisconsin’s medical workers and 60% of the education work force in Wisconsin. Look at the state and local governmental offices and see who is doing the bulk of the work to make the legislators look good. Again, women, of course, in generally low-paying, often part-time positions. So who is Walker targeting? Women, of course.

Now notice who was exempted. Law enforcement, for one, where men hold 80% of the jobs, and fire fighting, where men hold 90% or more of the jobs. To their credit, some law enforcement officers called upon to quell the demonstrations in Madison refused to play bully, and some fire fighters also supported the citizens who gathered to practice their First Amendment right of assembly and petition.

In his scheme to build his own image and plan his own future, Scott Walker has, in effect, taken aim at the women of Wisconsin who build the state’s future and who keep her citizens healthy and able to work for that future. He’s making a grave mistake, and anyone who supports his high-handed tactics should ponder the implications.
 
 
+2 # maureen martin 2011-03-09 12:45
This is why I do not believe polls or even election outcomes.
Really, was there ever a Raygun Revolution or was it all a manipulation of the media; and therefore, the force of what looked like overwhelming conservative numbers were also inflated---just like the price of oil at strategic political times. No doubt, there has been a great loss of democratic rights through ballot box fraud and lobbist looting. No problem, the love of Liberty is incarnate in us all. We got the numbers and we got the soul. Power to the People.
 
 
+1 # Neil Jensen 2011-03-13 16:34
I participated in exactly that game many years ago when I was a member of the John Birch Society. We flattered a guy with no experience, but from a prominent family with a nice handshake, to run for Congress. When his time to be interviewed on the radio we, the cell members, gathered into the offices of a wealthy backer; and using his bank of telephone lines, were able ensure that all the calls to our candidate came from the same office by one or another of our cabal. It was easy, and we did it for no pay. Despite our best efforts however, our man was defeated by a vicious smear campaign alleging that he was being backed by the John Birch Society. This was not true, of course, because the central office never authorized our involvement in the campaign. We did it on our own; but for some reason the public just didn't believe the sincerity of our candidate's denials.
 

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