Apparently the right-wing feels Keith Olbermann of MSNBC is comparable to commentators such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Bachmann. Just to name a few. First watch this clip of Joan Walsh on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program on Tuesday (April 20).
As you can probably guess by Mika Brzezinski’s reaction, she was deducing Keith Olbermann was the left-wing comparison. However, there is a problem with this conclusion. Keith Olbermann has never told his viewers to be “armed and dangerous”. He has never made death threats like the extremists on the right-wing who’ve made death threats against Democrats like Patty Murray, Bart Stupak, Nancy Pelosi and, of course, President Obama. Now, obviously there are extremes on both the left and right. But, the extremes act in different ways. On the left, majority of time, argue policy. On the right, especially the base, and the Tea Party incite hateful rhetoric. I am not saying Keith Olbermann isn’t bias. What I am saying is he is bias on substance and policy. Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow talk about the rise of militias and how they can/had been harmful to our society and democracy. They are not on TV saying, “oh, it is just angry people”. Do you remember Joe Stack, the person who flew a plan into the IRS building not too long ago? Well Republicans, and the right-wing defended him. Rep. Steve King said this to ThinkProgress about the terrorist attack:
ThinkProgress caught up with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) at CPAC to talk about the attack in Texas. Asked if the right-wing anti-tax rhetoric might have motivated the attack, King implicitly agreed, noting that he had been a leading opponent of the IRS for some time. He noted that although the attack was “sad,” “by the same token,” it was justified because once the right succeeds at abolishing the IRS, “it’s going to be a happy day for America.”
If you can find me someone on the left-wing that condones violence, please let me know.
Now, you had right-wing websites such as Newbusters naming a few people who they thought compared to the hateful rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh and others.
I will just point out a few of the names.
“The opening speech last night was given by failed presidential candidate, ex-congressman and professional anti-immigrant, Tom Tancredo who started the event off with a bang, a big loud racist bang.”
The same as condoning violence? Maddow was talking about this statement,
“Mostly because I think we do not have a civics literacy test before people can vote in the country, people who could not even spell the word, “vote,” or say it in English, put a committed, socialist ideologue in the White House. The name is Barack Hussein Obama”, made by Tom Tancredo.
To me that is racist. Telling people they need to take a literacy test to vote. That is what our country did to African-Americans to prevent them from voting.
Newsbuster says Keith Olbermann is condoning violence by saying right-wing talk radio was the cause of the Oklahoma City Bombing in response to statements made by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show earlier in the day. Now, I don’t agree with Keith Olbermann that talk radio was the sole cause of the Oklahoma City Bombing. I do agree that talk radio, especially talk radio filled with hate, does influence the people who listen. But, to say Keith Olbermann is condoning violence and hate when he is actually condemning violence the same way Rachel Maddow was condemning racism is absurd.
Next up on Newsbusters list was Dylan Ratigan. Newsbusters is trying once again, to condemn Ratigan for condemning racist epitaphs. Now, Ratigan did go over the top by saying, “killing blacks and jews”. But, there have been many videos and pictures showing the Tea Party displaying racial epitaphs.
What I really don’t understand is how the right-wing is condemning the left-wing for condemning violence and hate speech, while the left-wing condemns the right-wing for condoning violence and hate speech? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Below is more reading on the back and forth between both sides:
Right-wing responses to Joan Walsh:
Joan Walsh’s response.
Crook and Liars’s take.