Thoughts On Olbermann’s Special Comment

Crooks and Liars has up the video of Keith Olbermann’s special comment from tonight that was directed at Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro.

My thoughts after the jump.

I don’t think either the message nor the messenger could have been better in this instance, though I’m sure there are going to be partisans on both sides of this contest that will likely have their reservations about Keith’s comments.

Obama partisans are likely to think that Keith was too soft on Hillary, that she deserves far more scorn than Olbermann heaped upon her.  Likewise, I think entrenched Clinton supporters and indeed the campaign itself are likely to ignore the message that Olbermann offered and cast this as yet another example of media bias.

What strikes me, though, is how utterly fair Olbermann was.  This wasn’t a typical anti-Clinton screed, and that is what makes it effective.  This wasn’t the tirade of a partisan deeply inflicted with Clinton Derangement Syndrome, this was the pleading of someone who wants a woman that most Democrats have defended tirelessly for years to stop acting like a Republican.

In this way, Olbermann gives voice to a legion of Democrats not necessarily in the tank for Obama, but greatly dismayed by what they have seen from the former first lady.  The message is clear, “Please stop this nonsense.”

The problem is, at this point, I don’t think there are that many people over there that are open to the message.  They’ve thrown on the blinders and put in the earplugs, and they’re off to the races.

Thus, the only real addition I can make to Olbermann’s comments would not be directed to the campaign, but instead to those still on the fence, and those that have remained quiet so far.  She does need to stop, but if she doesn’t, someone else is going to have to step in and stop her

2 Responses to “Thoughts On Olbermann’s Special Comment”

  1. Chuck says:

    I thought it was very fair as well. He almost looked heartbroken to have to even do that.

    Kudo’s to him for having the courage to stand up and say something.

  2. Don’t go over to Taylor Marsh or No Quarter then. They’re equating Olbermann to O’Reilly. Larry Johnson is calling for an MSNBC boycott.

    Curiously enough, this is what Bush did to France and Germany. Some of our closest friends said, “Hey, you may want to not go storming into Iraq.” They gave us this advice as friends, and Bush rightly ignored them while all of his supporters turned the two countries into the butt of their jokes.

    If Clinton’s supporters are any indication, this is likely to be the same situation here. What is so important here is Olbermann delivered this statement essentially as a friend, as someone who truly appeared to want Clinton to do well, and I have a feeling she’s going to ignore him. Only time will tell.


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