Olbermann goes on floozy patrol

all about eveAs Terry pointed out this morning, E.J. Dionne has written that “It is pro-administration conservatives, not those terrible liberals, who are making an issue of Miers’s evangelical faith.”

Apparently Keith Olbermann of MSNBC hasn’t received the memo from the Office of Benevolent Liberalism. On Thursday night’s Countdown, while introducing a segment with the deadpan master Mo Rocca, Olbermann depicted Miers as a femme fatale who “[converted] to evangelism” for political reasons:

When he nominated her to the vacant position on the Supreme Court of these, the United States of America, President George W. Bush told the American people — quote — “I know her heart.”

What may have seemed more than a little creepy then now makes perfect sense. Our number one story on the Countdown tonight, Harriet Miers is a man killer. Yes, behind that seemingly bland exterior beats a rather potent heart, apparently, one capable of besting the competition, not only professionally, but also personally, Ms. Miers ultimately getting the nod here for the top spot here, despite [previous] speculation that it might go to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Priscilla Owen.

Poor Judge Owen. It’s not the first time she’s been one-upped by Harriet. It seems she once dated Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht. Along comes Harriet Miers. Before you know it, reports the blog Wonkette, Miers and Hecht were dating. She’s converting to evangelism. And a quarter of a century later, he’s making the rounds defending her nomination, Judge Hecht telling the . . . “Legal Times” that Miers is — quote — “very kind. She always remembers everyone’s birthday. She’ll be finding a present for somebody in the middle of the night.”

Before his next commentary on Miers’ faith and love life, perhaps Olbermann should consult The Associated Press Stylebook to grasp the difference between evangelical and evangelism. Then he can sound like he may know his subject matter while implying that Miers is an eyebrow-batting opportunist.

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  • Michael

    Olbermann plus Rocca equals satire.

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    I understand that, Michael, and that’s why I provided the context of Mo Rocca’s appearance on the show.

  • Michael

    Ah. Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

  • http://www.getreligion.org/?p=2 Douglas LeBlanc

    Let me return to the question raised by Michael’s comment, though it appears this conversation may be of interest only to Michael and me anyway.

    While I readily agree that Mo Rocca satirizes talking heads — especially talking heads who take themselves with a deadly seriousness — I don’t think that means Olbermann’s introduction is satirical.

    Satire often will make up details, or exaggerate known details, for comic effect. I do not see exaggeration, on Olbermann’s part, in his remark that Miers “converted to evangelism” (and actually it sounded like he said “converted to evangelicism” last night).

    Given Olbermann’s consistent and shrill Bush-bashing, I have no trouble believing that he thinks Miers “converted to evangelism” as a career move.

    Having said all this, I should add that I’m a fan of Countdown‘s “Oddball” and “Worst Person in the World” segments, even when the latter skewers assorted conservatives.

  • Stephen A.

    These talking heads like to hide behind “satire” and say things that, if they said them straight out in a newscast, they would face a storm of controversy.

    Comics that are one-sided all the time (Olbermann, Stewart and yes, even to an extent Limbaugh) tend to get boring and rather quickly make themselves irrelevant.

    I used to enjoy Olbermann and even Stewart until it dawned on me that the conservatives were always the butt of the jokes. Not fun. Not clever.

    (Of course, there IS no bias in news, and certainly none in comedy.)

  • http://raphael.doxos.com Huw Raphael

    Very subtle. The All about Eve reference. Very Subtle.

  • http://www.physicsgeekjesusfreak.blogspot.com Matthew M.

    “I used to enjoy…Stewart until it dawned on me that conservatives were always the butt of the jokes.”

    Me too… ah, well.

  • Michael

    Douglas,

    I think you are probably being oversensitive to Olbermann’s humor (since it was clear it was satire). Does he think she became “born again” for political reasons? Maybe, because humor is born from a certain level of reality for the commentator.

    As for Stewart always skewering conservatives. Well, Conservatives do control every aspect of American government and dictate policy (and politics). Therefore, it seems that skwering those in power is the essence of this kind of social commentary through humor.

  • http://molly.douthett.net molly

    Rush is a comedian?! Really? wow, who knew. Who’s gonna tell him?

  • Michael

    He admits he is an entertainer and not a journalist. That the Vice President runs to Rush’s show to defend the President is an indication of how important he is, but they also know he isn’t a journalist and therefore is not going to ask tough questions.


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