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Olbermann tells Tea Party movement: Beware fear’s racist temptation

In his latest Special Comment, Countdown host Keith Olbermann explores the relationship between fear and racism and encourages Americans who are distressed about the nation’s future to avoid political groups that appeal to their less noble inclinations. Olbermann said he believes that “prejudice and discrimination still sit, defeated, dormant, or…

Olbermann: Supreme Court ruling makes every politician ‘a prostitute’

Yesterday evening’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann began with his traditional ‘heads up’ diary entry at Daily Kos. Titled ‘Pandora’s Box,’ Olbermann explains before the segment, “Pandora’s box meets the bottomless pit and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Halliburton. What the Supreme Court did today. My special comment, could be…

Olbermann ‘apologizes’ for not criticizing Brown enough

Keith Olbermann has been taking heat from his critics for his blistering characterization on Monday’s Countdown of then-candidate Scott Brown. On Tuesday night he blasted back. “I wanted to apologize for calling Senator-elect Scott Brown an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against…

Scarborough slams Olbermann’s rant against ‘homophobic, racist’ Brown

A political war of sorts has broken out inside MSNBC, with Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough criticizing prime-time talking head Keith Olbermann for his scathing criticism of Scott Brown, the Republican candidate in Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts. “Olbermann calls Brown a ‘homophobic racist reactionary’ who ‘supports violence against…

Olbermann: Rush, Robertson’s lives not worth ‘lowest’ of Haiti’s victims

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann pulled no punches in criticizing Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson over their eyebrow-raising comments in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, now estimated to have taken the lives of “hundreds of thousands” of people. “Even the worst of us in this political mosh pit of…

Olbermann: Cheney ‘is nothing more or less’ than a traitor

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann has turned Dick Cheney’s own logic against him. Pointing out that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks the Bush administration demanded “absolute apolitical patriotism” of the public in a time of war, Olbermann accused the former vice president of committing treason against the United States —…

Countdown reviews the year of ‘whackjob’ Palin

From going bust by resigning as governor of Alaska to going rogue, MSNBC’s Countdown pays tribute to Sarah Palin’s turbulent year. “Never mind that her guy wiped the floor with you and your guy in the election last year,” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell declares, standing in for host Keith Olbermann. “If…

O’Donnell on Tea Partiers: ‘I’m laughing at these people’

Members of the Tea Party movement scheduled a “die-in” at Senate offices on Tuesday, intended to dramatize the sorry fate of “patients waiting for treatment in government controlled medical facilities.” The protests didn’t exactly come off as planned. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted that “for all of the photogenic promise of…

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