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1/22/2010

Video: Scott Brown Related Humor

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 6:38 pm



Two clips, both a little late, but fun cappers for the week.

Jon Stewart goofs on Keith Olbermann for his over-the-top rant on Scott Brown. Some of this is silly but some of it is gold — including the bit in which Stewart quasi-defends Michelle Malkin:


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Via Hot Air.

And the inevitable Downfall parody:

Again, not perfect . . . but some good lines there.

Via Flopping Aces.

26 Responses to “Video: Scott Brown Related Humor”

  1. I can’t believe anyone watches that disgusting excuse of a human being – I’ve never watched his show, is that really what goes on there? Wow.

    Dmac (539341)

  2. I tried to watch Olbermann on election night just to see if his head would explode as the awesome awesomeness of Scott Brown winning the Old Drunken Lady Killer’s former seat became reality. I couldn’t take it very long. The pomposity of his pompousnes was too pompousy.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  3. “Obama probably failed lunch.” I admit, I laughed.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  4. The schadenfreude has been fun. I have truly enjoyed watching Olbergasm, Crissy Tingle, and MadCow this week.

    This was a craptacular week for the Dems and the dirty little socialists, which means it was a particularly good week for America.

    Jon Stewart’s take-down of Olbergasm was brilliant.

    JD (4c5397)

  5. Obama probably failed lunch.”

    No, he got an “Incomplete”!

    AD - RtR/OS! (f0e19b)

  6. Obama was “present” at lunch, and promptly threw a tantrum over No Arugula.

    Icy Texan (5ad1ee)

  7. You do have to admire Olbermonkey’s pure raw talent for being both clown & straight man in the same package.

    Icy Texan (5ad1ee)

  8. Olbermann apologized and admits he’s been “over the top” lately.

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  9. Even then, couldn’t avoid at least a little self-satisfied smirky snark.

    If he cares (and yes, I know he doesn’t) the response from this intentional non-audience-member is “apology not accepted”. Don’t think he’s learned anything, not by a long shot.

    (BTW, in Oby’s original rant, isn’t “homophobic” and “teabagging” kind of internally inconsistent?)

    rtrski (5c372f)

  10. For those interested, Olberdouche was widely reviled at every previous job he’s had, particularly during his stint at ESPN. While I greatly admired his show with Dan Patrick at the time, the stories about his rampant egotism and misogynistic tendencies are endless. He even made Suzie Kolber cry right before she had to go on – camera, and if you’ve seen her reporting over the years, you’d know how disgusting he must have been towards her to merit that kind of reaction.

    Dmac (539341)

  11. Olbermann’s usually incisive ‘special comment’ segment was, indeed, a little over the top on this one and rightfully acknowledged as such by him– and well played by Stewart. Still, both can interact with others and deliver traditionally dry news and current events to their respective audiences with wit and humor on television. That’s difficult to do day after day as Ailes and Limbaugh well know.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  12. Usually incisive?! You are a drooling imbecile, IMP.

    JD (0a26e4)

  13. Still, both can interact with others and deliver traditionally dry news and current events to their respective audiences with wit and humor on television.

    IT would be nice if he’s add “facts” into that mix…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  14. indeed, a little over the top on this one

    And you’re a farking arsehat, who has nothing better to do with his feeble and empty life than to post wacked – out fabulistic stories and fraudulent claims of prior employment.

    Oh, I’m sorry – I was just being a little over the top on that one. Jackass.

    Dmac (539341)

  15. Funny how Keith can say horrible things about Michelle Malkin or anyone else he dislikes, but if Scott Brown drives a truck, he’s implicitly racist, and if someone in the crowd shouts something and he doesn’t hear it and immediately disagree with it, he supports violence against women.

    Of course, Keith knows that if he’s not ridiculously unfair to conservatives, his nutroots audience won’t lump him in with Rachel Maddow as a “truth teller”. Truth being things like “Rush is a mashed up bag of jackass” and “Bush is the worst person in the Universe.”

    He knows he’s a circus freak playing an act to a crowd of hateful losers. He knows that the consequence of his hatred for “teabaggers” has directly helped Sarah Palin become sympathetic and Scott Brown find a source of funding for his campaign.

    If I were cynical, I would hope for more from Keith, but it’s corrosive to our people and our country in a time of deep division. If Rush started acting like Keith, he would lose 95% of his audience overnight. That’s what’s so funny. Die hard liberals, democrats, and progressives like Rush more than they like Keith because this kind of anger is incompatible with healthy people of any opinion.

    Now, if somehow MSNBC decided to do some journalism and uncovered a novel scandal about Scott Brown, all Brown has to do is cite how ridiculous MSNBC has been. Any Republican, really, could do that. When Fox News reveals something about a czar or Obama, people take it seriously. You will never hear even that knucklehead Glenn Beck say anything like the stuff Keith does, because credibility is easily spent.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  16. I cannot watch the NBC Sunday NFL game because of that idiot being there. I wonder how many others feel the same way. When I have, he seems very quiet so there may be some feedback coming about it.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  17. Yeah, this is THE ONLY TIME that Olbermannequin has been over-the-top. Puh-leeze!

    Tell me this, Disco Stu: When is K.O. going to switch his sign-off from counting how many days it’s been since Boosh said “mission accomplished” to how many days since Bambi promised to close Guantanamo, or remove troops from Iraq, or any of the 9 million other idiotic things that he promised to do that — while I personally don’t want to see him succeed — he has failed to accomplish?

    He could even state it that way: “That’s Countdown for tonight; the three-hundred-and-seventy-first day since Pres. Obama announced the closing of Guantanamo Bay.”

    And then he can put on his stockings and heels, and write his next Ellie Light letters to the editors.

    Icy Texan (88349b)

  18. A little over the top lately?

    You, sir, are under counting a “little”, sir.

    And by “little” I mean grossly, hugely, enormously.

    Sir.

    Blathering jackass.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  19. #15- Good point. But unlike Olbermann, Limbaugh is unquestionably a master marketer and it’s a credit to his own insight and seasoned communicative skills that after he and Ailes’ misfired foray in a talk television format many years ago, he retreated to the medium he was comfortable in and knew best- radio- and virtually single-handedly changed, then mastered the talk radio format. If a competitor begins to creep close to the thrown, he knows how- and when- to throw his weight around (no pun intended) and bring the spotlight back his way, as a consummate showman would. He knows his medium– and his audience, inside out. And it’s his advertisers love it most.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  20. #19- A typo- thrown = throne.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  21. Which pun was not intended? “thrown” instead of “throne”? I think your hand-held dictionary has crashed.

    Icy Texan (88349b)

  22. I love how you coach everything. It’s like reading the LA Times of something.

    He retreated from TV! He’s a coward!

    Anyway, yeah, he wasn’t as good on TV. One reason is he’s just too emotional physically. He’s not acting… he’s not really a consummate showman at all, you see. All you have to do is watch his old TV show as he waves his arms around like he’s trying to fly away to see that this is a man who naturally is in love with politics and good natured humor.

    That’s why more democrats enjoy Rush than Keith Olbermann. Rush isn’t playing to some fine tuned audience. It’s not possible to fine tune an audience of 25 million people. It’s one of the largest audiences in the history of civilization.

    Of course his advertisers love it, but that’s a good thing advertisers are part of business, and business is people dealing with people and both sides coming out ahead.

    Keith is the one who has finely tuned his message to a particular audience he expertly knows. you can even see references to it. He’s trying to be a “truth teller” to a set of people who think there are only 2 or 3 truth tellers on earth, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, and John Stewart. In other words, die hard democratic underground posters who are absolutely incompatible with those lying right wingers like Anderson Cooper or Katie Couric.

    Keith is admitting that he has to walk this tightrope he has found. Rush doesn’t do that. He’s all over the place, happily denouncing republicans and democrats and just having a good time with songs and jokes and often complimenting Bill Clinton or someone like that. Do you know what would happen if Keith Olbermann sincerely complimented George W Bush on a personal level?

    I agree with you that Ailes and Rush are intelligent men who have succeeded in gaining an audience. They did this by pursuing a general and quality product that appeals to a lot of people, and is primarily fun to watch.

    That’s part of what I don’t like Fox News… it’s too much candy and fun and not enough hard news. But it’s still a journalistic effort, unlike MSNBC, and people who don’t recognize it are the ones who Keith is targeting.

    I took a different view of Rush’s TV show. It was Rush being exactly like he is on radio. An unfiltered un smoothed and un perfected nice guy musing about the daily issues in a way that isn’t as much fun to watch, because he puts his whole body into it.

    2,500 % more people like Rush than Keith over a program history of decades versus years. Keith is a footnote at best, but they will probably be talking about Rush’s phenomena for ages.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  23. Olbermentalmidget plays right into Dennis Prager’s description of people on The Left: we think they’re wrong; they HATE us. And it’s not a subtle form of hate; it’s a Biblical ‘they are the devil incarnate and must be expunged from the earth’ form of hate . . . from those that purport to be all about “the people”, and ensuring equality & fairness — as demonstrated by Ear Leader joining the bandwagon deriding this week’s SCOTUS decision. He wants to protect the people’s right to speak . . . by neutering the rights of others to speak. Heckuva job, Barcky!

    Icy Texan (88349b)

  24. Keith is, at best, a footstool.

    Icy Texan (88349b)

  25. “Keith is, at best, a footstool.

    Comment by Icy Texan ”

    You may be snarking, but you are right. He’s a footstool. He is not free to say whatever he wants to enjoy himself or be nice. When I watch his program, he looks like he’s have an obviously miserable time, too. Hate takes a lot of energy.

    Rush could say he doesn’t like or does like anything he wants. Keith isn’t that free. This is the message he is sending to John. “Look, Rachel and I have to do this… this is our show’s premise and we have to claim Brown is absolutely beyond any respect! It’s demanded!”

    If you didn’t see that message, watch Keith’s apology to John Stewart. It’s a classic Socrates style apology that isn’t sorry for anything, but rather defends itself as right.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  26. #22- Well we may differ on how to apply the term ‘showman’ to him but the ol’ ‘Rush To Excellence’ tours and his stint at the Royals were in mind when applying that term with the best of intent. A television screen and a talk show set appeared too confining and if memory serves, his few interactions with a studio audience were occasionally bumpy. Radio is his universe and he is master of that domain. Easier to listen to than to watch. And regardless of content, being on the air for- what… three hours a day five days a week pretty much on your own is simply remarkable. And for 20 years. That’s a lot of programming content to fill and the news of the day is the gift that keeps on giving. ‘Vox Populi,’ etc., to the max. ( As opposed to MSNBC’s Kramer, aka, ‘Sybil the Soothsayer.’) Yes, Limbaugh will most definitely be remembered over Keith what’s-his-name and rightly so. (Pun intended.) Olbermann’s programming niche, at least for his special comments, is increasingly hedging toward the ‘Howard Beale’ side of the scale which is ironic considering the focus of his past rants. (He’s getting close to yelling ‘bulls–t’ on the air.) Guest Howard Finemann made a revealing, half-joking mention of his zealousness the other day on camera. Might suggest his ‘act’ has begun to ceiling out. Still, love him or hate him, Olbermann can be quite witty and entertaining to an audience, adding color and humor to the gray and often dour content of news. As does Limbaugh for the topic d’jour for his radio following. But cable news today is opinion TV. As you noted, basic hard news seems a distant memory. View some old programming from CNN, say, from 1982 or ’83, and you’ll see it was a more simpler styled rip ‘n read ‘AP TV’ with the news the ‘star,’ not the news reader or how the reader delivered it. That grew old relatively fast until the first Gulf War. Nobody remembers most of the anchors from then, save Shaw, Holliman and Arnett. Today, Anderson Cooper can be more memorable for the fact he’s reporting than what the content of his reporting is. More’s the pity. Comparing Limbaugh’s audience to MSNBC’s programming mess is another matter. Apples and oranges. The peacock network is for the birds. Still, the ‘Frank Hacketts’ of the television know ‘putting a manifestly irresponsible man on television’ is a circus act that draws audiences for advertisers– and can rake in huge profits.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)


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