Olbermann Exits Stage Left
Keith Olbermann has done it. He’s cracked the case, righted the ship and dealt the Trump administration such a severe gut punch that he can now retire from political commentary for good. Here he is, from the last segment of The Resistance:
NEW VIDEO: After “Pocahontas,” Trump’s an ex-president waiting to happen – imminently. So this will be the last episode of #TheResistanceGQ. If you’re a political account and I unfollow you it ain’t personal. And I recommend everybody follow @ddale8 pic.twitter.com/NzguN6uvL3
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 27, 2017
Apparently, the weight of a 7-10 minute internet segment for GQ was just too much weight to carry. I have no idea how he endured such a heavy burden for so long. My God man… it’s been months. How much of a workload can the human body take?!
Olbermann and the GQ Resistance are apparently declaring victory. This was their version of the George W. Bush “Mission Accomplished” speech. Whereas Bush delivered his from an aircraft carrier dressed in a flight suit, Olbermann sat pretty in a trendy suit in front of a perfectly colored GQ backdrop. What’s got the resistance so confident?
What’s got him so confident the President will be impeached? Is it some new revelation from the Muller investigation? Sure enough, he mentions Flynn and Muller right off the bat. But then he mentions another possible way Trump could get fired… then another… then another… he goes on to list SEVEN hair brain theories ranging anywhere from Russia to obstruction of Justice, to Pence initiating the 25th amendment.
So what’s the ultimate coup de grace here? Is it definitely one of the seven, possible one, or is it none of the above? I guess the better question here is, what’s the real reason for this video? He denies it, but was he actually fired? Maybe Keith’s going back to ESPN? Like they say on Sportscenter – and I think I can speak for everyone that watched this video – hey Olbermann… COME ON MAN!
The Media Never Really Cared About Puerto Rico
President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico.
We know that from all the media coverage during hurricane Maria, right? That was a big part of the media’s narrative – that President Trump was too slow to send aid to Puerto Rico. That he didn’t send enough aid. That he took too long to visit Puerto Rico. That he cared more about the hurricane hits in Houston and Florida.
All of that is debatable, of course. The media seemed poised to make Puerto Rico into Trump’s Katrina, disregarding the unique circumstances of Maria following so soon after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Or the fact that Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles from Florida.
It turns out that when the media couldn’t get any traction on the “Trump hates Puerto Rico” storyline, they didn’t really care about Puerto Rico’s hurricane struggles either. At least not as much as they cared about hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
The Washington Post, who can’t stand Donald Trump, published a report yesterday with the headline “The mainstream media didn’t care about Puerto Rico until it became a Trump story.”
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab found that mainstream media did not cover Maria nearly as extensively as they covered Harvey and Irma. Their report found that coverage did not increase until Trump’s feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz.
MIT found that over 1,100 news outlets produced stories about Harvey and Irma, while only 500 carried stories about Maria. During a two-week period before and after each hurricane hit, online media ran 6,591 stories about Maria, 19,214 on Harvey, and 17,338 on Irma.
MIT even did a language analysis of all the hurricane coverage. Guess what they found? The Maria stories featured far more political language, words like Congress, Senate, Democrats, Republicans, debt, or tax. Coverage of Harvey featured far more words like victim and family.
The bottom line is that mainstream media claims President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico, but the media clearly doesn’t care that much either. This hypocrisy and moral high-horse mentality, from both sides, has got to stop. Trump and the media need to stop obsessing over each other and focus on doing their actual jobs.
That’s Not Protesting, It’s Terrorism
“They will come to know the truth. Dad murdered democracy in cold blood.”
That was written on a sign outside FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s home over Thanksgiving weekend.
Pai should have been enjoying the holiday with his family, but instead, he was subjected to protestors with apparently nothing better to do than stand outside the Pai home with harassing signs and send pizzas to his door every hour. (Which actually sounds kind of great but I digress.)
Who does that to a family on Thanksgiving weekend?
Apparently, people who are insanely mad that Pai sent an order to terminate most of the net neutrality regulations set in place by former Obama FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler.
Attacking Ajit Pai isn’t activism. This is terrorizing a family. I would bet that these protestors don’t even really understand net neutrality in the first place.
Net neutrality doesn’t guarantee a free and open internet for all. The regulations don’t benefit the average man. They benefit Google and that’s about it.
Enforcing “net neutrality” does the exact opposite of what its proponents claim. It results in an internet where a handful of large corporations have access to peering agreements with “the fast lane” and the rest are subject to far fewer options.
Here’s some free advice for Pai’s protestors. Before harassing a family about a subject you know nothing about, consider staying inside and researching the topic and having an intelligent conversation over turkey with your own family and friends.
And if you ever want to send free pizza to someone, send them to me.