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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ghouls

I have not heard Keith Olbermann's Special Comment of last night, Feb, 24th, past the words "My father asked me to kill him."

I knew that, from listening to the parts of the program of last night leading up to that part, that my admiration for the man now goes beyond what I had for him.  How he was able to show up for work last night at all was amazing.

Theodore Olbermann is dying.  As a man who lost his own father not too long ago, I can only imagine what Keith is going through.  Tonight, he will not be hosting Countdown.  One thinks it won't be for a long time.

Now I was raised to believe that if a person is going through hard times, even if that person was someone you loathed, you offered prayers and good wishes. I have often critisized Laura Ingraham, for example, for her being slightly to the right of a certian Hun.  But in 2005, Ingraham was diagnosed with breast cancer.  You could find no one at that time rooting harder for her.  (By the way, as I wrote this she is surviving, and I am happy to see her healthy and happy.  Meaning I can go back to calling her the InGraham Cracker again)

Keith Olbermann rakes muck, and sometimes the muck gets thrown back at him.  He is used to it.  But at a time like this, when a man who just lost his mom could be hours away from losing his dad, one would think that people on the opposition would honor that man's grief, both current and future.

And I am sure that even Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck would honor that.

But as I have often said, it is not the media, it is us.

In an article recapping Olbermann's emotional comment about health care and how all of this is coming down at a time in which he is dealing with the health care system in the most tragic way, among the well wishes and notes of sincere sympathy cam some of the most vile sayings one can think of. They were matched, and in some cases, exceeded, by the verbal vomit spewed by the vermin posing as posters on http://www.freerepublic.com. Here are some highlghts:

I don’t believe a word of his manipulative story.
FormerACLUmember 
Reading this made me think of a well-known phrase - the “criminally insane”. Olbermann may not be, but he certainly sounds like it.
Irish Rose

Keith, you are a wealthy guy, why aren’t you properly taking care of your father? Why is it you expect others to pay for and take of care of your father?
What a sleaze ball.
By the way, DB, if you listened closely to what Olbermann said, you would have heard the part where he WAS taking care of his dad.
Maybe we would want to die too, if we had Keith Olbermann for a son???
Kackikat 

And on, and on.

What ghouls we have become.  Too filled with our hatred for those we disagree with to forget that our adversaries have a common trait with us....they're human.

Yes, Olbermann and Cheney and Bush and Obama...all of them and all of us are human.  People who are born, grow-up, live and existence...if not a life...and, eventually die.  Humans who deserve laughter in times of joy and comfort in times of sorrow.

These are people who are parents, like us, who would do anything to protect our children, even if they are in the public eye.  People who celebrate the good times. And mourn when they suffer loss.

In 1943, The Kansan newspaper, The Emporia Gazette was then, as it is now, a Republican paper. Will White, its crusty editor was just as Republican. And he could not stand the policies of the President.

But when Roosevelt returned from the Casablanca Conference that was the beginning of the end for Hitler, White published these words, which two years later would serve as a eulogy for the man who was the thorn in the side of the Grand Old Party for 16 years...


"Well, it is now 60 hours since the Old Smiler returned to the White House from his great adventure. . . . Biting nails—good, hard, bitter Republican nails—we are compelled to admit that Franklin Roosevelt is the most unaccountable and on the whole the most enemy-baffling President that this United States has ever seen. He has added a certain vast impudent courage to a vivid but constructive imagination and he has displayed his capacity for statesmanship in the large and simple billboard language that the common people can understand. . . . Well, darn your smiling old picture, here it is! Here, reluctantly amid seething and snorting, it is. We, who hate your gaudy guts, salute you."


 

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