Friday, April 02, 2010

Olbermann Does It Again

I sometimes think English may be Olbermann’s second language. The following is an excerpt from his “Worst Person" award from last night, and the underlining is added by me.

Olbermann: But our winner, Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, desperately trying to stave off the challenge of the state‘s lieutenant governor Bill Halter in the Democratic primary. See if you notice any differences in these two campaign ads of hers. The first is from about March 4th.

(Begin video clip) Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), Ark: This is why I voted giving against more money to Wall Street, against the auto company bailout, against the public option health care plan. (End video clip)

Olbermann: And this is her new radio ad in which an announcer claims

(Begin video clip) Unidentified Male: Blanche Lincoln, our U.S. senator, stood with our president to pass health care reform. And even though the Tea Party and insurance companies attack Blanche Lincoln, she never abandoned our president, nor you. (End video clip)

Olbermann: Now, if I didn‘t know any better, I‘d say in the first ad she has claimed she opposed health care reform, and in the second ad, she‘s claiming she supported health care reform. I‘m sure it‘s just a typo.

For someone who made such a firestorm over the “public option” himself it is astonishing that Keith Olbermann can so blithely skip over those words in the first video clip. Well no, actually, he does this sort of thing all the time. Really, Keith, in the first clip she said that she voted against the bill which contained the public option and in the second clip said that she voted for the plan which did not contain it. There is actually nothing inconsistent about that at all.

One could argue a conflict between “stood with our president to pass” and “voted … against the public option” if one took the position that Obama supported the “public option.” One would need to have a rather creative imagination to take such a position; the most fervernt thing I recall him ever saying was to the effect of, “Ideally, the public option would be a good thing to have.”

So once again Olbermann is, shall we say, “creative” in his “Worst Person” choice.

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