24 February 2010

Keith Olbermann and Tea Party

I freely confess to being invariably turned off by pundits, be it the left wing ones like Noam Chomsky or right wing retards of Glenn Beck style. These pompous and self-inflated gurus of a cause who usually don't doubt anything in their polished and stagnant world view are the best argument against the cause they push - for me, that is.

And so, without prejudice and without taking sides, the case of Keith Olbermann getting his face slapped by the Dallas Tea Party was really a breath of fresh air. Enjoy:


Francis Sedgemore said...

<p>Noam Chomsky lumped together with Glenn Beck. Made my day, that has!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Surely I am entitled to a measure of poetic license?

Frankly, I don't know who of the two gets under my skin more.

Oh well, I do know after all: it's Chomsky, for crying out loud. I even can put my finger on the reason: you can always discard Beck in a jiffy...

Dick Stanley said...

Very funny video. This is the really great thing about the Internet. Finally, the legacy media gatekeepers are getting their nonsense thrown back in their faces. Daily, at very little cost.

But I don't think the Chomsky-Beck comparison really works. Chomsky is an elitest academic. Beck certainly seems to be an anti-elitest and is definitely not an academic. I would rather watch the sometimes-ranting pundits of Pajamas Media, but I would take Beck in a pinch. At least he isn't anti-Israel.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I haven't invested a lot of thought (and Francis was quick to notice this) into the choice of polar opposites. Rather being guided by the measure of irritation both cause me.

Re Beck - his pathological fear of commies under his bed is beyond comparison. He must have his head examined.

David All said...

Beck is a bully and a blowhard and relatively easy to refute as long you are not intimidated by him. In a previous life, he was probably a sadistic prison guard like the ones in "Cool Hand Luke". Here is Jon Stewart's take on Beck's speech at CPAC. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/35847_Jon_Stewart_on_Glenn_Becks_CPAC_Speech
Hat tip to Sophia in the comments section of http://www.hurryupharry.org/2010/02/24/ron-paul-gets-embarrassing-boost-at-cpac for providing the link.
Jon Stewart in another piece mocks CPAC convention as "The Festival of Whites" at  http://www.dailykos.com/tv/w/002572

Chomsky is a lot more subtle than Beck and is therefore the bigger problem. Chomsky sounds reasonable at first but he goes into all sorts of wild exxagerations concerning people killed by the US and its allies that are unbelievable if you think about them. My favorite was his assertion in late 2001 that the US-led invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban regime would result in a million Afghanis starving to death. In typical Chomsky fashion, he latter denied that he made this charge. 

Snoopy, you are not the only one that does not care for Roger Cohen of the New York Times. Judea Pearl, father of murdered Wall Street reporter Daniel Pearl, goes after him at http://www.jewishjournal.com/judea_pearl/article/roger_cohens_game_with_israel_20100216

Snoopy, wish you, the rest of the Elders and Jews everywhere a Happy Purim; and may all the would be Hamans both present and future end up being Hanged higher than the original one.
Signing off till Monday, over and out.    

SnoopyTheGoon said...

David, thanks for the links and for the good will. Have a nice weekend!

maryt said...

Keith, should have checked before asking these qestions, Snoopy! But I don't care if they're red, green, black or blue - if they go to these Tea Parties I have no use for them!!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

That's another matter, and I am not arguing. But Mr Olbermann could do with some humility, to say it gently.

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