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Special Takes On Reality Return To Television!

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to afford them because you have to install an expensive cable or satellite hookup. I hate that particular reality, because it’s obvious in the following video from June 15th that Keith Olbermann is still on top of his game and I enjoy getting my news and opinions from the best:

(I had a bit of trouble with this video because it was choppy and repeated itself, but the commentary is spot-on. Video and transcript can be found here)

UPDATE: Moved video to comment #1 to avoid the annoyance of having it auto-play.

Anthony Weiner’s constituents still support him and have apparently seen through the sex scandal scams which are serious if you’re a Democrat, but will get you standing ovations and chairs on important committees if you’re a Republican. 21st Century reportage, (garbage), portrays war profiteering scams as boring and harmless sex stupidity as MUST-SEE-COVERAGE!

I think it would be GREAT if Mr. Weiner ran in the election to replace himself, and I hope that’s the reason he stepped down – A certain Supreme Court justice and his wife would be watching from the edge of their seats.

I’ve heard the first show will include another courageous top performer in the realm of news reporting and opinion based on reality named Michael Moore.

My ultimate hope is that if Al Gore’s television station broadcasts shows of integrity, giving two sides based on facts, he won’t have to solicit time on any private system of for-profit television and will eventually be seen by the public on their airwaves for free.

Nobody can take my dreams while I’m alive.


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‘Countdown’ Returns to TV June 20

Three-time Murrow-Award Winner Keith Olbermann returns to television with “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” on Current TV starting Monday, June 20.

See FOK News Channel (Friends of Keith) for more.

UPDATE: One reason why two more months is a long time to wait for Keith’s return: Willard (Mitt) Romney believes war is peace. In related “news,” freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength? Faux News Channel says that every day.


Olbermann’s FOKNewsChannel Is Here

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He’s baack! For the uninitiated, FOK = Friends of Keith. FOKNewsChannel went live tonight. From Raw Story:

“We will begin FOKNewsChannel with 3 staples,” Olbermann explained. “‘The First Guess’ will be my column of commentary and analysis. … The site will also bring you “Snappy Answers To Stupid Headlines” which will be a frequently-updated snark repository. … And then something experimental and atypical… “‘The Worst Persons Of The Day.'”

Olbermann, who reminds fans he “started (his) career on manual typewriters,” promises “video components will be added” to the site in a few weeks, but the main elements are in place tonight.

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Why Egypt Is Totally Unlike the USA

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Recently on firedoglake, Glenn W. Smith opined:

There are very few people around the globe who are not moved by the solidarity and passion of the Egyptian people as they unite to topple their bullying, authoritarian leader, Hosni Mubarak. Here in America, there’s an egocentric temptation to think the Egyptian freedom fighters want to be like us. It’s no longer “they hate us for our freedoms,” it’s “they want to emulate us because of our freedoms.” Both self-centered notions are dead wrong.

…Egyptians don’t want to become like us. They already are like us, and like everyone else, too.

Of course, the consistent media narrative we are exposed to day in and day out tells us that Egyptians are not like us, and our country — America The Exceptional — is not the least bit similar to Egypt. Why, just look at the glaring contrasts!

Egypt is governed under an emergency law that gives its government extraordinary powers in the name of fighting terrorism. This “temporary” law was renewed last May for another two years. The U.S. government has nothing like that, and never will. [See update below]

Egypt is an oligarchy, and everyone knows oligarchies are bad for democracy. In completely unrelated news, Jeb Bush may be running for President next year, and Hillary Clinton might run in 2016.

In Egypt, according to The New York Times, “Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt has long functioned as a state where wealth bought political power and political power bought great wealth.” That could not possibly happen in America.

Glenn Greenwald had some fun with this on Monday:

One would never, ever find in The New York Times such a sweeping denunciation of the plutocratic corruption and merger of private wealth and political power that shapes most of America’s political culture. Just like “torture”– which that paper has no trouble declaring is used by Egypt’s government but will never say is used by ours — such systematic corruption can exist only elsewhere, but never in America. That’s how this genre of Look Over There reporting is not just incomplete but outright misleading: it actively creates the impression that such conditions are found only in those Primitive Foreign Places, but not here.

Unlike Egypt, in the USA you won’t find any election fraud, media censorship, massive unemployment, real estate bubbles, over-spending on the military, or religious fundamentalism. Income inequality is unknown in America — you might as well look for deserts or pyramids.

UPDATE: Maybe I should have dialed back my cynicism about the USA PATRIOT Act extension. There were 26 House Republicans who broke with their party, enough to stall re-authorization of key provisions of the Act set to expire at the end of this month.

UPDATE: USA PATRIOT Act cynicism back on. Out of the 52 members of the House Republican Tea Party Caucus, 44 voted to extend the Act’s Constitution-shredding provisions. That means only 15 percent voted to uphold the Constitution – Tea Party FAIL. Utah Rep. Rob Bishop voted against re-authorization, but not fellow Republican Jason Chaffetz or Democrat Jim Matheson.

Also, Steve Benen notes:

For Patriot Act critics, this was a pleasant surprise, but the satisfaction will very likely be short-lived — the reauthorization will come back to the floor later this month under regular order, and will need only a simple majority to advance to the Senate.

UPDATE: Looks like Mubarak is going to step down, with a military-run interim government taking over Egypt.

UPDATE: In his speech on Egyptian TV, Mubarak indicated he plans to keep his title as President but transfer power to the Vice President, Omar Suleiman. “Angry crowds are chanting as Tahrir Square erupts following the Mubarak’s refusal to step down.”

UPDATE: After yesterday’s false start, today it was announced that Mubarak is out and the Supreme Military Council will run Egypt at least for now. “The euphoria is unimaginable,” writes Spencer Ackerman.


Keith Olbermann Joins Current TV

Keith Olbermann has signed a deal with Current Media, the TV and digital media company that was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. In addition to executive producing and hosting a new nightly primetime news and commentary show, Olbermann will also serve as the company’s Chief News Officer and will have an equity stake in Current Media. The new show will air weeknights beginning later this year — possibly within a few months.

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More info:

Current TV: Keith Olbermann to Host Major New Nightly Primetime News and Commentary Show on Current TV
HuffPo: Keith Olbermann To Current TV: Hosting New Show, Becoming Chief News Officer
FDL: Olbermann to Join Current TV

UPDATE: I tried tuning in to Current TV via Comcast and it came up “Not Authorized.” It’s no wonder this channel has so few viewers if you have to pay extra to get it.

Al Gore invited Olbermann to Current TV less than 24 hours after he anchored the last edition of “Countdown” on January 21. The “non-compete” clause in Olbermann’s contract ruled out working for all the leading news networks.


Sam Seder Explains Global Warming Denial

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The New York City Fox affiliate reported last night that this week’s snowstorm was the city’s fifth heaviest snowfall based on inches of snow recorded in Central Park. Only one of the top five, back in 1947, was not from the past 15 years. January 1996, fourth heaviest, February of this year, third heaviest, February of 2006, heaviest on record. In our number-one story tonight, you know what time it is when winter’s snowfall first comes around. It’s time for the right-wing global warming deniers to get their chuckle on. The Fox gang reacting to the storm, claiming right on cue that cold weather pours hot water on global warming. Our next guest will explain why snowfalls can actually get worse during global warming. but first we wanted to explain the technical meteorological reasons that storms like this fuel global warming denial. For that report, let’s go to our “Countdown” meteorologist, Sam Seder. Sam?

>> Thanks, Sam. Now, this is Sunday’s storm right over the northeast, dropping more than two feet of snow in some regions. But then we got a high-pressure system coming in from the energy-producing states, specifically lobbying pressure that stands to lose money if we go green. This effect is known as the “Koch brothers,” sometimes referred to as los hermanos. Combine that with a strong front of ignorance sweeping up from down south, and keep in mind on their best day, you’re looking at 60-65 percent stupidity levels down there, and that gives you a strong chance of thunder and prevarication — and it just sits right on top here and hangs there. And of course, you get that current of blustery hot air out of just one radio studio in Palm Beach, Florida — and that gust actually controls an entire stream of Republican lawmakers leading all the way up to Washington, DC., and creating an entire system spinning counter-factwise. Keep in mind with the chilling factor on the mainstream media, it’s going to feel several degrees stupider than it already is. So please, folks, bundle up. Back to you, Sam.

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Did COMCAST Fire Keith Olbermann?

First of all, before reading further, help the Progressive Change Campaign Committee reach their goal of 250,000 signatures in support of Keith Olbermann. Sign the petition. Put Olbermann Back On The Air NOW! Last time I checked, there were over 240,000 signatures already. [See update below – exceeded a new goal of 300,000 Sunday night]

OlbermannComcast is the most hated company in America. Comcast lost 275,000 cable subscribers last quarter, and has lost 622,000 in the first nine months of 2010. Incidentally, Comcast’s stupid digital box gave up the ghost today, and they can’t send anybody to fix the problem until Monday. Viva UTOPIA!

Now it appears that Comcast COO Steve Burke, who will soon take over management of MSNBC once the Comcast merger is complete, may have had a hand in yesterday’s sudden suspension of Keith Olbermann. Burke has deep ties to the Republican Party, was a big Bush fundraiser, and was appointed to the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology in 2002.

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts tacitly acknowledged that he would be open to interfering with the editorial content of MSNBC shows and with hosts like Keith Olbermann:

Comcast is in line to acquire control of NBC Universal, once regulators sign off on the $30 billion deal. Mr. Chernin asked Mr. Roberts how he planned to handle daily editorial control of such an immense news operation. “Are you saying that you’ll never interfere?” he asked. Mr. Roberts blanched slightly at the question, which included a hypothetical situation that had Keith Olbermann, an MSNBC host, attacking a couple of Republican congressmen just as the approvals were being finished. “Let’s have that conversation in six months or 12 months,” Mr. Roberts said.

So let’s get the issue straight here. We can argue about journalistic ethics, but under our Constitution everyone has a right to contribute to political campaigns. It’s actually illegal for your employer to prohibit political donations. In fact, it’s extremely hard to find a cable news pundit who hasn’t made political donations. The Nation’s Washington editor Chris Hayes was tapped to fill in for Olbermann last night, but then it came out that he also gave to candidates. Which is why we saw Thomas Roberts (who?) on our TV screens instead (Hayes has denied that his donations, which pre-date his MSNBC contract, were an issue).

General Electric and Comcast executives are in an excellent position to criticize Keith Olbermann because their corporations never, ever, hand out political contributions. Oh, wait.

I want to give a h/t to Rachel Maddow for rallying to Keith Olbermann’s defense.

UPDATE: The petition drive sailed past the goal of 250,000 and as of 9:00 pm Sunday well over the new goal of 300,000. Meanwhile, MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced that Keith Olbermann will return to TV Tuesday night.

UPDATE: K.O. tweets “Greetings From Exile!”

Senator Bernie Sanders wants halt to Comcast-NBC deal after Olbermann suspension.


Michael Moore: Obama’s Health Insurance Bill Would Be a ‘Death Sentence for Literally Tens of Thousands of People’

Last night on MSNBC’s “Countdown,” Michael Moore talked about Natoma Canfield, Keith Olbermann and the fatal flaws in the Obama administration’s final health insurance “reform” proposal.

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Yesterday, President Obama used the plight of Natoma Canfield of Ohio to underscore yet again how everyone with private health insurance (or no insurance, due to unaffordable premiums) is just one illness or accident away from bankruptcy.

What progressives are now calling the AHIP/PhRMA bailout does not resolve the health care crisis. It makes it worse by forcing people to buy private insurance they don’t want and can’t afford. The bill offers no meaningful cost controls, and no choice of a public option.

UPDATE: Interviewed by TPM, Moore predicts what will happen to Democrats in November:

“I can only sit here and imagine how they’re gonna run,” he said. “They were handed the ball and couldn’t take it 10 yards down the field. They’re in for a huge ass-whooping.”

UPDATE: This is getting really ugly. Jane Hamsher reports the Obama administration is threatening pro-choice Democrats in an attempt to make them vote for the Senate’s anti-abortion health insurance bill.

UPDATE: Rep. Dennis Kucinich got a ride on Air Force One, and lost his principles. Should have kept them in his carry-on. Liveblogging the Kucinich Announcement: Flips to “Yes” on Health Care Bill, Appears to Get Nothing in Return.

UPDATE: Jane Hamsher reports that Rep. Kucinich plans to return the money donated to his campaign by public option supporters, and concludes:

If indeed this bill passes, people across the country will have to start examining the basic assumptions with which we have heretofore approached politics. The thing I have learned above all else in this campaign is that the corporate control of government is much more extensive than I ever imagined, and the tools we have to fight its influence are ineffective.

UPDATE: Without the public option, the Dems can’t make the AHIP/PhARMA bailout pay for itself. So they are trying to raise taxes on the middle class.


Olbermann’s Best Special Comment Ever

If you missed Keith Olbermann last night, you missed one of the best special comments he’s ever done – powerful, personal, impassioned, reflecting on his father’s six month’s of dire illness happening at the same time as the health care reform debate.

. . . as I left that night the full impact of these last six months washed over me. What I had done, conferring with the resident in ICU, the conversation about my father’s panicky, not-in-complete-control-of-his-faculties demand that all treatment stop, about the options and the consequences and the compromise — the sedation — the help for a brave man who just needed a break… that conversation, that one — was what these ghouls who are walking into Blair House tomorrow morning decided to call “death panels.”

Your right to have that conversation with a doctor, not the government, but a doctor and your right to have insurance pay for his expertise on what your options are when Dad says “kill me” or what your options are when Dad is in a coma and can’t tell you a damn thing, or what your options are when everybody is healthy and happy and coherent and you’re just planning ahead your right to have the guidance and the reassurance of a professional who can lay that out for you that’s a quote “death panel.”

That, right now, is the legacy of the protests of these sub-humans who get paid by the insurance companies, who say these things for their own political gain or like that one fiend or money. For money Betsy McCaughey told people that this conversation about life and death and relief and release, and also about no, keep treating him no matter what happens, until the nation runs out of medicine, she told people it’s a death panel and she did that for money.

It’s a life panel. A life panel, it can save the pain of the patient and the family it is the difference between you guessing what happens next, and you being informed about what probably will, and that’s the difference between you sleeping at night or second-guessing and third-guessing and thirtieth-guessing.  And it can also be the place where the family says ‘we want you to keep him alive no matter what, we believe in miracles’ and the doctor saying yes.


Truth FINALLY Hits Popular Media

A clip from a recent episode of “Law & Order: SVU” is featured by Keith Olbermann in a commentary about the dangers our one sided media poses to society. Yes it’s true; a character in a television series actually names names and, in my opinion, points out the fact that not all of our problems are caused by poor people caught on “Cops.”

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The Unequivocal Hypocrisy of Republicans Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich

Hardball:Fox suffers from Beck backlash

Newt Gingrich was pushing Death Panels until this month. Glenn Beck HATED the American Health Care System until this month.

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Bush/Cheney Republican Loyalists Confirmed Nazi Appeasers

As much as even the least cynical among us can accept that other great democracies may have committed war crimes in modern times, Churchill did not.

And yet, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Republican Nazi appeasers  torture sympathizers led by Faux News and Bill O’Reilly continue to deliberately deceive the American public and like little children believe that “he did it first” somehow excuses their own war crimes.

In this most excellent historical review of those darn facts, Olbermann also parallels for us the same tensions between the would be Nazi appeasers in the British government and our own.

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Do not miss this piece. It is not only an excellent review of history but, and perhaps more importantly, solid proof that Fox News is absolutely and unequivocally, a propaganda arm of its benefactors.

Most troubling of course is that the twenty-percenters whose tribal convictions are informed and validated by Fox News as their primary source of information will continue to shame and embarrass our country in their bleating bluster and ignorance.

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