Good night, and good riddance

Olbermann's departure hopefully will help defuse hate-filled national dialogue

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In the scant time since the president's call for civility, Democrats have compared Republicans to Nazis, called one Republican in Congress a "nut case" and the White House has suggested those who remain skeptical of the president's place of birth are irrational.

Liberal talking head Keith Olbermann has been one of the worst offenders when it comes to dispensing hateful rhetoric.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Liberal talking head Keith Olbermann has been one of the worst offenders when it comes to dispensing hateful rhetoric.

This is the new civility?

Will Republicans and Democrats sitting together at the State of the Union speech Tuesday night change the incivility coming from the liberal left? When will they practice what they preach?

Apparently not anytime soon. Immediately after the hopeful sacking of the Most Uncivil Person in the World Keith Olbermann -- whose MSNBC show used to feature "The Worst Person in the World" -- his replacement, Lawrence O'Donnell, called ammunition manufacturers "merchants of death." His MSNBC colleague Chris Matthews tied the Tea Party to "Nazi stuff."

Still, O'Donnell promises to be a vast improvement over Olbermann, whose rantings, as compiled by the Media Research Center, have been unequaled for their nastiness:

- He called the health-care system "terrorists" who are "killing" 45,000 Americans a year. Really? "Terrorists"? That's just totally detached from reality; however imperfect, the American health-care system has saved more lives than any construct ever devised by man.

- He personally blamed conservative talker Rush Limbaugh for the deaths in the siege of the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas, saying, "Frankly, Rush, you have that blood on your hands now and you have had it for 15 years."

- Of Tea Party Republicans, he said they are "a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get, backward to Jim Crow, or backward to the breadlines of the '30s, or backward to hanging union organizers ..."

So conservatives worried about the nation's financial situation want segregation, hunger and lynchings? Nice.

- Of Scott Brown, whom Massachusetts voters selected for the U.S. Senate, he said, "we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees."

Olbermann may have reached the summit of spite with that string of invectives. But the "teabagging" slur, if you haven't already heard, is a most disgusting reference to a sexual act -- one that liberals, even on CNN, have used with regularity to attack the good people of the Tea Party movement.

- He called conservative writer Michelle Malkin "a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it."

- He called the respected and genteel journalist Chris Wallace "a monkey posing as a newscaster."

Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik aptly called Olbermann "more McCarthy than Murrow."

With the blessed end of this bitterly hateful man's show, we pray the nation's dialogue is lifted out of the foul back alleys of the human soul.

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onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/25/11 - 11:20 pm
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Hopefully his complete

Hopefully his complete opposite, Glenn Beck, will get cancelled also but I doubt it!

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/26/11 - 12:27 am
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It's hardly sane or rational

It's hardly sane or rational to compare the two.

usapatriot
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usapatriot 01/26/11 - 12:26 am
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Maybe, being a bastion of

Maybe, being a bastion of modern liberalism and inclusion that it claims to be, MSNBC could have brought in a minority? Oops, too late, another white guy.

Haki
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Haki 01/26/11 - 12:31 am
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It would be interesting to

It would be interesting to see a scope of Hannity from the AC. But we all know that's not going to happen.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 05:45 am
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Interesting developement on

Interesting developement on the Obama Hawai'i birth certificate issue. The new Governor of Hawai'i, Democrate Neil Abercrombie, stated he was going to find Obama's birth certificate to put the nut folks in there place. Well after a month of looking guess what. NOTHING. Now Abercrombie is back pedaling. Abercrombie now says by law he can't release it. Before an aid stated they couldn't find it but there were notations that indicated Obama was born in Hawai'i! LOL I can't prove Obama's birth certificate doesn't exist, The Governor of Hawai'i can't seem to prove it does exist...and he is a democrate

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 01/26/11 - 06:05 am
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olberman will wind up in
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olberman will wind up in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 01/26/11 - 06:47 am
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Olberman the new White House
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Olberman the new White House press secretary? No, Obama's not THAT stupid, is he?

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 01/26/11 - 07:08 am
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Carcraft, please, enlighten

Carcraft, please, enlighten me by letting me go to the county in which you were born in and let me, and a few other million people, see you birth certificate? Personally, my birth certificate is only given to people who need to see it, in order to get a job or to get my passport, that's it. It personally is none of anyone business to see it. I certainly don't want just anyone and everyone viewing it. It is call the right to privacy, it doesnt matter if he is the President, he showed the prove, the story is over. I'm surprised that you haven't asked to see his Social Security card and driver's license........

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 07:31 am
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Onlysane!left-The

Onlysane!left-The constitution requires the President to be a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. So far Obama, and the Governor of Hawai'i can't or haven't proven he is qualified to be President. I have had to produce my birth certificate for my job, my secret security clearance , when I enterd the military and had to prove to those who questioned me I was who I said I was. Why is Obama special? Now when the Governor of the state can't produce proof Obama was born in Hawai'i, and has basically said Obama's BC doesn't exist it should raise questions. If you consider the errors in Obama's biography (Obama isn't that old to have that much memory loss), the fact that all his records are sealed etc people are going to speculate and raise questions. Obama refuses to answer and he works for (drum roll please) you and me, ie the American people..We have a right to know he meets the qualification laid out in the constitution!

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 07:36 am
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Only sane one left, I was

Only sane one left, I was born in Swedish Hospital Seattle Washington in 1949 and will be gald to show you a certified copy of my birth certificate if you will meet me some where...I graduated from high school at Charlotte Amalie High School in St Thomas US VI, went to Montana state U and flunked out, Went to college of VI flunked out. Graduated from Carroll College Helena Montana (class of 79) graduated with my Masters from State University of New York at Buffalo. I will also bring my transscripts and Diplomas. Ihave had to do it for the Army, the VA etc. No big deal. Why is it so hard for Obama? Why has he faught it in court? Oh well I am just one of Gibbs loons I guess!

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 07:36 am
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Don't forget

Don't forget onlysane1left-The Governor of Hawai'i brought this up and said he was going to settle the issue when elected. I am just reporting the results of the good Democratic Governor's efforts..talk to Abercrombie...

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 07:41 am
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onlysaneoneleft-What proof

onlysaneoneleft-What proof has Obama shown, his Certificate of live birth (COLB)-That was issued to any residents of Hawai'i who showed up with a live child. COLB are issued to adopted children born in other countries, children brought to Hawai'i from other areas of the world, children born at home. The laws of Hawai'i required that a COLB be issued if one were requested.

fd1962
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fd1962 01/26/11 - 07:54 am
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Might be time to get a life,
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Might be time to get a life, Carcraft. The cat's a bit out of the bag if you're so distressed about 'qualifications.' If you hadn't noticed, he's been performing the job for two years already, and the sun will likely rise today too. Like W, he's 'prevented' another terrorist attack here, so he must be equally successful, and 'qualified.'

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 08:31 am
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fd1962 As I said the new

fd1962 As I said the new Democratic Governor of Hawai'i, Neil Abercrombie, brought it up, I'm just reporting on his admitted failure..Now you tell me why Abercromie was so insistant he was going to settle the issue and brought it up during the election?

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 08:34 am
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Obama prevented another

Obama prevented another terrorist attack? We have had at least three. The New York time square bomber failed because he was incompetent. The Christmas day bomber failed because people stoped him after he started. The Muslim Army Major suceeded at Fort Hood Texas! None of these were stoped by Obumbl;er..Has he closed Gitmo yet? LOL

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 08:36 am
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Fd1962- We have had imposters

Fd1962- We have had imposters since man has existed..Seen the movie "Catch Me if You Can"? We may will have an imposter in the White House? Presbojangles certainly isn't the poster boy of competance!

fd1962
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fd1962 01/26/11 - 08:38 am
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You obviously missed the
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You obviously missed the irony of W having claimed he made us safe from another 9-11.

dani
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dani 01/26/11 - 08:49 am
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Have we had another 9-11

Have we had another 9-11 since W made that claim. I guess I slept through it.
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Good speech by Obama last night, as usual.
Applause when it was over, as usual.
He has now put it behind it as " job done", as usual.

Don't hold your breath for any of it to make ten cents worth of difference, as usual.

carcraft
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carcraft 01/26/11 - 08:51 am
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Obviously you miss the irony

Obviously you miss the irony of Obama closing GITMO and holding the terrorist trials in New York...

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 01/26/11 - 09:14 am
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So Olbermann's hateful but
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So Olbermann's hateful but all the right-wing shows of the same ilk are just fine? At some point, you on the ACES will have to accept your share of responsibility for a misinformed public, though one wonders what it will take if recent events have not been enough.

chascush
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chascush 01/26/11 - 09:14 am
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onlysane, ‘Hopefully his

onlysane, ‘Hopefully his complete opposite, Glenn Beck, will get cancelled also but I doubt it!’
It is VERY OBVIOUS you have never watched Beck. Beck does not call people names except George Soros whom he calls a ‘spooky dude’. The liberals hate Beck because he plays their words for everyone to see.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/26/11 - 09:38 am
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Jon Lester, right wing shows

Jon Lester, right wing shows discuss issues and policies that they disagree with. They discuss character traits that they consider to be a problem for American citizens and unconstitutional.

They don't attack someone's character, make up crap or mock people like so many liberal hosts.

Big difference.

You'd know this if you bothered to watch Glenn Beck or Hannity sometime rather than have your "news" spoon fed to you by the Huffington post or folks like Olbermann.

burninater
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burninater 01/26/11 - 10:28 am
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Chillen, let's try this

Chillen, let's try this again:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-january-24-2011/24-hour-nazi-party...

This is not a one-sided problem. If you think it is, you are delusional.

Dan at The Scott Daily Post
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Dan at The Scott Daily Post 01/26/11 - 10:31 am
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Grouse: Can you tell me what

Grouse: Can you tell me what Limbaugh, Beck, AND O'Reilly have said that's worse than "a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it"?

Chillen
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Chillen 01/26/11 - 10:55 am
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burninator, you offer a

burninator, you offer a comedian as proof?! OK, I'll bend for you. 97% liberals. 3% conservatives. Happy?

Rather
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Rather 01/26/11 - 11:02 am
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In 2012 when Obama tries to

In 2012 when Obama tries to re-run for the JOB of president, I think some of the states will require Obama to furnish his proof (birth certificate). It is going to be a circus to watch.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/26/11 - 11:13 am
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MSNBC is in a bind with the

MSNBC is in a bind with the President's suggestion that we move to be more civil. There's no getting around their inappropriate ravings, approved by Jeff Immelt, that have gone way over the line. Remember when Olberman kept putting up pictures of Cheney and screaming "dick"?

Chris Matthews, the other bizarre one, says the President has his agenda and he has his. In other words, he will keep up the attacks. The way he weirdly electronically stalks Michelle Bachman talking about her eyes being hypnotic. He actually foams at the mouth at times with spittle running down his chin. He has to be next to go.

lemon42
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lemon42 01/26/11 - 11:45 am
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Chillen, are you seriously

Chillen,

are you seriously saying that the right wing media (fox news) hasn't made unfair nazi comparisons?

burninater
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burninater 01/26/11 - 12:58 pm
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No Chillen, I am not offering

No Chillen, I am not offering a comedian as proof. I am offering a compilation of footage of Fox news personalities doing exactly what you claim they do not. But don't click that link! We don't want reality to cloud your fantasy.

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