Rumor of the Day

Yesterday we started the rumor that Keith Olbermann left MSNBC to become the new White House Press Secretary in hopes of making a few conservative heads explode. Among other attention, this rumor received a “Like” from Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune on Facebook and was picked up by The Gun Toting Liberal. Here’s today’s rumor:

Sarah Palin, who has avoided interviews outside of Fox since the disasters while running for VP, has now agreed to an interview with a liberal newsman. She has agreed to appear on Countdown any day next week.

Quote of the Day

“Dick Cheney says he may need a heart transplant. The doctors discovered the problem during Cheney’s annual autopsy. On the other hand, George W. Bush is still waiting on his brain transplant.” –David Letterman

Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC

Two months after having been suspended by MSNBC, Keith Olbermann has announced that tonight was his last show. Video hereCNN reports:

Keith Olbermann is leaving MSNBC, the “Countdown” host announced on his show Friday night.

The liberal commentator told viewers he had been informed “this was going to be the last edition” of his show, but offered no further details.

NBC/Universal confirmed the news in a statement Friday night.

“MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast
of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks
Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in
his future endeavors.”

Olbermann made the announcement in his typical deadpan style, evoking scenes from the film “Network” and thanking viewers for keeping him on the air for eight years.

“In the mundane world of television goodbyes, reality is laughably uncooperative,” Olbermann said before launching into a story about his exit from ESPN 13 years ago.

“As God as my witness, in the commercial break just before the emotional moment, the producer got into my earpiece and he said, ‘um, can you cut it down to 15 seconds so we get in this tennis result from Stuttgart,'” he said, half-smiling, pausing for composure.

“So I’m grateful I have a little more time to sign off here. Regardless this is the last edition of ‘Countdown.'”

There were no comments on future plans but  Media Decoder reports that “one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time.” They also report that Lawrence O’Donnell’s show will replace Countdown at 8 p.m. and Ed Schultz will move to 10 p.m.


My response on Facebook & Twitter:

Anyone want to start a rumor that Keith Olbermann left MSNBC to become White House Press Secretary, and watch some conservative heads explode?

The idea (regarding the rumor) and the underlying idea (Olbermann as press secretary) received a lot of favorable comments. There’s even media support from the idea. Among my Facebook friends giving this a “Like” on Facebook was Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune.

Update II:

Also got Rick Roll’d over this on Twitter.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the White House. Fox News said it was a gathering of the world’s most powerful communist — and the president of China.” –Craig Ferguson

Quote of the Day

“President Obama says he’ll go to the Super Bowl if the Chicago Bears are playing in it. Sarah Palin says she’ll go to the Super Bowl if actual bears are playing in it.” –Jimmy Fallon

Palin’s Approval At New Low Following Giffords Shooting

“Bad news for Palin: for the first time, her approval rating has fallen to a number that she can count to.” –Andy Borowitz

The recent controversy over violent rhetoric from the right led to many bizarre arguments from the right as they tried to deny that there is a problem. I received many near incoherent arguments from conservatives based upon an erroneous belief that the polls showed Americans supported them in their bizarre defense of violent right wing rhetoric. This was fallacious both as poll results do not prove whether an argument is correct–a majority could be wrong. More importantly, the poll they cited was quite different from the actual issues being argued.

As far as I know there were no polls over some of the key questions: Was Sarah Palin wrong to keep up the graphic of Gabrille Giffords in crosshairs after Giffords expressed fears about the consequences of this? Was Sarah Palin wrong to link to this graphic with calls to reload? Does violent rhetoric from the right pose a danger? These are the issues which led to criticism of Palin and others on the right, not whether Palin is to blame for any individual act of violence.

The closest we now have to polling results regarding this issue are those which show that Palin’s unfavorability ratings have risen to new highs. Gallup found that 38 percent have a favorable view of Palin compared to 53 percent who see her unfavorably. Most likely this is not only a consequence of more people considering the consequences of her violent and hate-filled rhetoric, but also her poor response. Responding by making it appear that the entire story was about her, as well as including an anti-Semitic slur, certainly did not help Sarah (Reload) Palin.

Quote of the Day

“Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the White House. Fox News said it was a gathering of the world’s most powerful communist — and the president of China.” –Craig Ferguson

Quote of the Day

Ms. Palin released a long video statement in which she referred to the quote “blood libel” against her. Now, she may not have known this, to be fair, but this is a loaded phrase, blood libel. It refers to, among other things, the idea that the Jews murdered Jesus. Of course, the Jews did not murder Jesus, but they did put up a map of Judea on the internet with the crosshairs over Bethlehem. –Peter Sagal

Bonus Quote:

“In her video posted on her Facebook page, Sarah Palin condemned the media’s coverage of the Arizona shootings by using the phrase ‘blood libel,’ which refers to a harsh anti-Semitic slur. And I would be super-offended if I thought she knew that.” –Seth Meyers

How The Right Wing Ignores Reality On Obama’s Place of Birth

I don’t normally waste time with WorldNetDaily as debunking their nonsense is just too easy, and doing so does nothing to keep right wing blogs from continuing to quote their falsehoods. As conservative sites are quoting this falsehood via Memeorandum today I thought I’d take a quick moment to show how dishonest the publication is, and how little fact checking is done by those who quote its headlines. Seeing the degree to which a conservative “news”site distorts an account of an interview with the governor of Hawaii, and how this is quoted by other conservative blogs, helps show how the right wing has become so out of touch with reality.

Today’s headline at WorldNetDaily: “Hawaii governor can’t find Obama birth certificate.”

The actual article on an interview with the governor states: “Abercrombie said there is a recording of the birth in the State Archives and he wants to use that.”

WorldNetDaily’s subheadline says “Suggests controversy could hurt president’s re-election chances”

The actual statement in the interview: “It has a political implication for 2012 that we simply cannot have.” The governor also stated:

What I can do, and all I have ever said, is that I am going to see to it as governor that I can verify to anyone who is honest about it that this is the case.

If there is a political agenda then there is nothing I can do about that, nor can the president.

While I sympathize with Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie for wanting to put an end to this nonsense, I think two things are clear: 1) The right wing will continue to make their bogus claims and no amount of evidence will change this, and 2) It has zero implications for the 2012 election. Those who believe the Birthers did not vote for Obama in 2008 and will not vote for him in 2012 even if taken back in time to witness his birth in Hawaii.

Quote of the Day

‎”Many are asking if our political discourse has gotten too heated. And those people should go to hell!” –Stephen Colbert