-- MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann, on Michelle Obama's speech Monday night
By the way, a "sycophant" is defined as a "fawning parasite."
Problem is, the "you" Keith Olbermann was yielding the commentary to was MSNBC's Chris Matthews -- a former Democratic aide and Jimmy Carter speechwriter who once said he got a "thrill" running up his leg when listening to Barack Obama.
Gee, you think maybe the "mainstream" media are in the tank for Obama?
If so, you're not alone. Even other media members and Democrats are beginning to speak out about the running-up-the-legs pro-Obama bias in the national media.
"My colleagues in the national media," said CNN show host Lou Dobbs, "are absolutely biased, in the tank, supporting the Obama candidacy while claiming the mantle of objectivity. Whether they're in the front page of The Washington Post , The New York Times , whether it's any one of the newscasts, I mean, it's ridiculous."
Then there's this from Hillary Clinton supporter Gov. Ed Rendell, Democrat of Pennsylvania: "Ladies and gentleman, the coverage of Barack Obama was embarrassing." Rendell called MSNBC "the official network of the Obama campaign.
"He is running for the most important office in the world. He basically got a free pass."
And then there's Gov. Ted Strickland, Democrat of Ohio, who called the pro-Obama coverage in the Democratic primary "almost shocking at times."
Even Saturday Night Live made fun of it, with a skit portraying a debate moderator asking Clinton tough questions and asking Obama if he was comfortable.
Now that the dirty little secret is out, ironically it may be too late for the very sycophants in the media who are desperate to get Obama elected.
You see, they may have been able to carve a path for him to the Democratic nomination (ever wonder why the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story came out as late as it did?). But now that the bias is becoming famous, and more doubts are surfacing about Obama, the media may have a rougher time getting him elected. If so, that may mean they were successful only in nominating another failed leftist.
Nor is bias always an affirmative activity; sometimes it comes out in the things you don't do. Syndicated columnist Miguel Perez noted that Republican John McCain invited Obama to a number of town hall forums -- "and Obama has really evaded the issue and the media has not been after him for it. And I think that's disgraceful."
"Well," Dobbs added, "I think the way the national media in this country ... is performing is disgraceful."
Washington Post public editor Deborah Howell recently admitted that the newspaper has put Obama on its front pages three times as often as McCain. And Time magazine recently featured an ultra-close-up of Obama on its cover -- the seventh time he's been on it this year, compared to twice for McCain.
The amazing thing -- and perhaps the story of the year -- is that, even after all this sycophantic promotion of Obama by the "mainstream" media, the race is all knotted up.
They won't know what happened if McCain wins.
But it probably won't involve a thrill running up their legs.