No need for Olbermann to apologize

Noel Sheppard is one of the best writers at The American Thinker, and that is saying a lot. Just as are his columns and comments that have appeared on AT since its inception, Mr. Sheppard's letter to MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams regarding the on—air diatribe of Keith Olbermann this past Monday is cogent, eloquent and passionate. But the request Mr. Sheppard makes of Mr. Abrams — to force Mr. Olbermann to apologize — is unnecessary.

On the contrary, those of us who have witnessed Keith Olbermann and his disgusting ilk should encourage them to keep talking. Keep shouting at the moon, keep their tinfoil hats at the ready, keep degrading the adult leadership that is in place and keep slandering the President of the United States. Rather than demand Mr. Olbermann's apology, we should ask Mr. Abrams to put more of Mr. Olbermann on the air and let the ratings speak for themselves. Let Mr. Olbermann continue booking guests who merely parrot what he thinks. And rather than slinking away after offering what would be an insincere apology, let Mr. Olbermann and the others add to the mountain of evidence that the Left has amassed to prove its own myopia and treachery.

One of the more dastardly aspects of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their loyal stooges was their congenital reaction to dissent from their propaganda: Censorship. We saw it during the eight years of lies, deceit and stupidity of the Clinton administration. This tactic surfaced again just last week, when the philanderer and failures shouted with incandescent rage that the truth about the inattention to the terrorist threat allowed a foundation to be built for the attacks of September 11, 2001 might be shown. The incessant and forever incomplete 'legacy project' needed to be altered again. Such a program as 'The Path to 9/11' shoots yet another hole through the carefully constructed image that is all based on lies and incompetence.

Obviously, Mr. Sheppard is not asking that Mr. Olbermann be taken off the air permanently or temporarily. Mr. Sheppard is not asking for censorship. But what he is asking of Mr. Olbermann is impossible. People like Mr. Olbermann have no conscience, no moral compass. Facts are shifted and distorted until a sliver of 'evidence' can be shown to prove whatever maniacal fantasy he has dreamed up for that evening's program. Mr. Olbermann is not a journalist, nor a pundit. He is a man with a fake tan who happens to have his own program on a cable outlet that has difficulty attracting viewers.

Those who know what is at stake should not put themselves in the position of asking anything of domestic nuisances such as Mr. Olbermann. Even though it's not fair and a glaring double—standard, the Left will indignantly howl at even the suggestion of making Mr. Olbermann or Helen Thomas or David Gregory or Molly Ivins or Eugene Robinson or anyone else apologize for their outrageous words and actions. As outrageous as it is to hear and read their vile words, it is useful in the way that having a guide of what not to say and do in life would be useful.

Those who see clearly what the war on terrorism is about, why it must be fought and can live with the inevitable setbacks and mistakes that are made during war must not concern themselves with making the blind see. They won't see because they do not wish to see, rather continue to live in a parallel universe in which nothing bad happens as long as a Democrat is in the White House. As James Lewis  pointed out, they are like puking babies — although even a baby can learn something now and then. To ask that people like Mr. Olbermann apologize for their abhorrent behavior is to ask the impossible. Those without a conscience cannot admit their faults — in their world, it is always everyone else's fault. President Clinton — then and now — exemplifies this trait, as does Mr. Olbermann.

So keep talking, Mr. Olbermann. The more disgusting your monologues, the more history you distort, the more you miss the obvious, what you do is unintentionally provide a great service to the nation. That service will allow future generations of Americans — God willing that we win the war against our ruthless, diabolical enemy — to know that, even in the 21st century we, too, had our Neville Chamberlains. But unlike the prime minister who later admitted he had been duped, Mr. Olbermann will never concede his ignorance or his terrible views. It would take someone with honor to apologize and to see what is really happening in our world. Mr. Olbermann has neither the honor nor the intelligence to do this. He is beyond reason and beyond help. Let him be.

Matt May   9 12 06

Noel Sheppard is one of the best writers at The American Thinker, and that is saying a lot. Just as are his columns and comments that have appeared on AT since its inception, Mr. Sheppard's letter to MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams regarding the on—air diatribe of Keith Olbermann this past Monday is cogent, eloquent and passionate. But the request Mr. Sheppard makes of Mr. Abrams — to force Mr. Olbermann to apologize — is unnecessary.

On the contrary, those of us who have witnessed Keith Olbermann and his disgusting ilk should encourage them to keep talking. Keep shouting at the moon, keep their tinfoil hats at the ready, keep degrading the adult leadership that is in place and keep slandering the President of the United States. Rather than demand Mr. Olbermann's apology, we should ask Mr. Abrams to put more of Mr. Olbermann on the air and let the ratings speak for themselves. Let Mr. Olbermann continue booking guests who merely parrot what he thinks. And rather than slinking away after offering what would be an insincere apology, let Mr. Olbermann and the others add to the mountain of evidence that the Left has amassed to prove its own myopia and treachery.

One of the more dastardly aspects of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their loyal stooges was their congenital reaction to dissent from their propaganda: Censorship. We saw it during the eight years of lies, deceit and stupidity of the Clinton administration. This tactic surfaced again just last week, when the philanderer and failures shouted with incandescent rage that the truth about the inattention to the terrorist threat allowed a foundation to be built for the attacks of September 11, 2001 might be shown. The incessant and forever incomplete 'legacy project' needed to be altered again. Such a program as 'The Path to 9/11' shoots yet another hole through the carefully constructed image that is all based on lies and incompetence.

Obviously, Mr. Sheppard is not asking that Mr. Olbermann be taken off the air permanently or temporarily. Mr. Sheppard is not asking for censorship. But what he is asking of Mr. Olbermann is impossible. People like Mr. Olbermann have no conscience, no moral compass. Facts are shifted and distorted until a sliver of 'evidence' can be shown to prove whatever maniacal fantasy he has dreamed up for that evening's program. Mr. Olbermann is not a journalist, nor a pundit. He is a man with a fake tan who happens to have his own program on a cable outlet that has difficulty attracting viewers.

Those who know what is at stake should not put themselves in the position of asking anything of domestic nuisances such as Mr. Olbermann. Even though it's not fair and a glaring double—standard, the Left will indignantly howl at even the suggestion of making Mr. Olbermann or Helen Thomas or David Gregory or Molly Ivins or Eugene Robinson or anyone else apologize for their outrageous words and actions. As outrageous as it is to hear and read their vile words, it is useful in the way that having a guide of what not to say and do in life would be useful.

Those who see clearly what the war on terrorism is about, why it must be fought and can live with the inevitable setbacks and mistakes that are made during war must not concern themselves with making the blind see. They won't see because they do not wish to see, rather continue to live in a parallel universe in which nothing bad happens as long as a Democrat is in the White House. As James Lewis  pointed out, they are like puking babies — although even a baby can learn something now and then. To ask that people like Mr. Olbermann apologize for their abhorrent behavior is to ask the impossible. Those without a conscience cannot admit their faults — in their world, it is always everyone else's fault. President Clinton — then and now — exemplifies this trait, as does Mr. Olbermann.

So keep talking, Mr. Olbermann. The more disgusting your monologues, the more history you distort, the more you miss the obvious, what you do is unintentionally provide a great service to the nation. That service will allow future generations of Americans — God willing that we win the war against our ruthless, diabolical enemy — to know that, even in the 21st century we, too, had our Neville Chamberlains. But unlike the prime minister who later admitted he had been duped, Mr. Olbermann will never concede his ignorance or his terrible views. It would take someone with honor to apologize and to see what is really happening in our world. Mr. Olbermann has neither the honor nor the intelligence to do this. He is beyond reason and beyond help. Let him be.

Matt May   9 12 06