OK. It’s just too rich to pass on.
Here’s Keith Olbermann over the weekend, blogging his fury over Glenn Beck’s well-within the bounds revelations of Van Jones public record, much of which was delivered to Beck courtesy of Jones’ quite public statements and actions. This excerpt (they are all over the place) has been taken from the website of our TAS colleague Robert Stacy McCain.
Here is Keith, the spittle practically visible on the computer screen:
Find everything you can about Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Roger Ailes. Tuesday we will expand this to the television audience and have a dedicated email address to accept leads, tips, contacts, on Beck, his radio producer Burguiere, and the chief of his TV enablers, Ailes…
Does this sound a tad familiar if you are a movie fan? Let’s rack up this little riff from The Untouchables, the classic 1987 re-make of the old TV series based on the legendary G-Man Eliot Ness and his adventures with Chicago gangster Al Capone during the Roaring Twenties and early 1930s. In the film, Kevin Costner played Ness, with Robert DeNiro doing an outstanding turn as Capone, getting the notorious gangster’s bullying nature and taste for violence down pat. Here is Olbermann on Beck…uh, sorry, I meant Capone on Ness…
“I want you to get this f… where he breathes! I want you to find this nancy-boy Eliot Ness, I want him DEAD! I want his family DEAD! I want his house burned to the GROUND! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna PISS ON HIS ASHES!”
What this sentiment betrays, as happens when a hard-core leftist lets the public mask slips, is that their authoritarian nature relentlessly propels them towards the personal destruction of their ideological opponents. Van Jones took himself down with a series of wildly nutty on-the- record remarks and actions. Beck never touched the guy’s personal life — was he a drunk? A cheat? A drug addict? In short: don’t know and don’t care. Mr. Jones private life is his own. His public record is not, and Beck concentrated his fire there. He continues to do his incredible research into the public record of others in the Obama administration, asking the American people in this 21st century communications web for help in this regard.
Olbermann, on the other hand, responds as above. Also, there is one notable difference between Jones and Beck. Jones was a government official, Glenn Beck is private citizen. Which means Olbermann has decided to threaten a private citizen for his actions in looking into the public record of a public official.
In a word?