Liberal reality reflected in Lincoln blunder and lesser network’s defense of bad history.
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BUT FOR ALL ITS SILLINESS, this harmless episode illustrates in its own distinctive fashion precisely why, as mentioned, a look through The Olbermann Window shows the credibility of the American left in its various guises gushing away faster than you can say “BP.”
Just as Lincoln’s election losses are factually recorded by historians as respected as Doris Kearns Goodwin, Harvard’s late David Herbert Donald (a two-time Pulitzer winner) and the long-passed Carl Sandburg (whose Lincoln biography won a Pulitzer), even a glance through The Olbermann Window shows the American Left’s stunning losses across the board are being factually recorded in everything from the unemployment numbers to the deficit numbers to the health care write-off numbers to President Obama’s poll numbers to, well, the numbers that are the ratings for MSNBC and Keith Olbermann himself.
These numbers are not just not pretty. They’re downright ugly. And they tell a considerable tale of what happens when a failed political philosophy is hauled out of the historical dustbin, given a shiny new paint job and sold to the American people as something called “Hope and Change.” If they’ll just climb through The Olbermann Window they will find the land of milk and honey.
Surprise, surprise. Climbing through The Olbermann Window, one finds that, as with the Lincoln episode, the facts are, well, not really the facts as first presented.
As our friends at the Wall Street Journal have pointed out, wealth redistribution was never listed by Democrats as the reason to pass health care — until it was passed. “Only days after the bill passed,” says the paper, “Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus exulted that it would result in ‘a leveling’ of the ‘maldistribution of income in America,’ adding that ‘The wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle-income class is left behind.’” Olbermann Window translation? The famous Obama promise of no tax increases for those making $250,000 or less are, well, toast. But that will, à la the Lincoln story, just not be admitted to.
Now comes the abrupt recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to run Medicare and Medicaid, the same Dr. Berwick who said while in the obscurity of no federal appointment “any health care funding plan that is just, equitable, civilized and humane must — must — redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate.” Understanding such views would be, well, troublesome in a Senate confirmation hearing, the nominee just slips through The Olbermann Window and comes out a government appointee by presidential fiat. No fuss, no muss, no apology needed.
Looking through The Olbermann Window I heard a denunciation of Rush Limbaugh because he was said to have declaimed that the President was only president because he’s black. The Olbermann Window charge: Rush Limbaugh is a racist.
As it happened, I had heard every word of the original Rush broadcast that day, and sure enough, Mr. Olbermann had deliberately — say again, deliberately — left off the first part of what Rush had said. Reacting to the assertion by liberal columnist Cynthia Tucker that GOP Chairman Michael Steele was only chairman because he was black, Rush took her up on her dotty, not to mention racist, thought and promptly applied it to Obama. Nary a word of this when looking through The Olbermann Window. Just a simple, cherry-picked flat-out untruth with no reference — none — to original context.
One could go on endlessly here, because in fact this isn’t simply about Olbermann on Lincoln or Limbaugh. This is about liberals, honesty, and telling the facts. They are, as the saying goes, entitled to their own opinions — but not their own facts.
WHAT IS STRIKING about watching Olbermann’s show is the degree to which it depends not on facts — but, to be accurate - the deliberate misrepresentation of facts. Whether it’s Lincoln or Limbaugh. In this sense, Olbermann is not unlike the newest liberal media episode with CBS’s Bob Schieffer. The host of Face the Nation had Attorney General Eric Holder for a half hour — and never managed a single question on the Black Panthers case that resulted in the resignation of DOJ lawyer Christian Adams. This story doesn’t exist in the world of the liberal media. Imagine that.
What really amazes with Olbermann is the brazenly false presentations upon which the discussion of issues proceeds. A favorite tactic here is simple name calling of The Other Guy. Racist for Limbaugh. Idiot for Palin. In essence, he will say with a grin that the mother of Conservative X swims out to meet troop ships. Which in turn demands Olbermann run his show something like this: “Now, Guest Z is joining us: Guest Z, let’s talk about Conservatives and Venereal Disease.”
One wonders whether what would seem a rather obvious thought ever crosses Olbermann’s mind and that of his MSNBC bosses: that for Olbermann to go on as he does about a Beck or Sharron Angle or a Sarah Palin actually helps these people. Does anyone in charge think for a moment that Dan Foster’s “Worst Person” award — or even my unnamed dismissal as being of a “lesser blog” hurts either of us in the writerly precincts in which we dwell at National Review and The American Spectator. Ohhhhhh pleeeeeeze Mr. Keith…don’t throw us into the Liberal Briar Patch! Oh nooooooooooooo!
One can only imagine the fundraising opportunities for the Angle campaign. Nevadans gathering together — and paying money! — to watch some bozo New York TV guy insult Their Sharron!
Indeed, the nuttiness of all this was picked up by Noel Sheppard over at Brent Bozell’s NewsBusters. Sheppard spotted the Lincoln and Limbaugh stories in a blink, as seen here.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online