The mentality of media executives has always puzzled me, even after almost forty years in the business. Why would MSNBC fire top-rated Countdown
host Keith Olbermann—which is what seems to have happened
? Sure, he was a loud-mouthed left-wing loony (for a collection of VDARE.com commentary on him, see here
; scroll down here
to read Steve Sailer`s
hilarious discussion of what Olberman`s professsed Unitarianism might mean). And his attack on me two years ago was a farrago of lies
(or slapdash research. HuffPo blogger Mitchell Bard`s claim
that Olbermann`s shows "were well-researched and relied on facts to make his progressive points"
is just another example of a silly liberal falling for his own side`s propaganda, like Hawaii`s hapless Governor Neil Abercrombie
But so what? If we`re firing lying left-wing loonies, let`s start with the editorial board of the New York Times
, which has attacked VDARE.com
in an equally mendacious way. At least Olbermann never claimed to be objective. And at least MSNBC carries Pat Buchanan
I didn`t think much of MSNBC`s apparent hissy fit last November because Olbermann was found to have contributed to various Democratic campaigns. Did anyone have any doubt where Olbermann stood politically? And he wasn`t hiding anything. All campaign contributions are disclosed—as will be the one I was proud to make (my first ever!) to Tom Tancredo`s heroic gubernatorial campaign in Colorado
. It looked to me like a legalistic insistence on ethical form over substance.
In fact, I suspect that this firing wasn`t really about politics at all. After all, the appalling Rachel Maddow
is still at MSNBC—indeed, one informed view
is that her position has been strengthened by Olbermann`s ouster. The simple human truth is that media bureaucrats are very often jealous of the visible "talent"
, just as some editors (not—ahem!—me
), are jealous of their by-lined writers. And Olbermann doesn`t sound like the type of personality to soothe anyone`s pride.
Maybe the MSNBC munchkins are congratulating themselves on striking an underhanded blow for "civility"
in public discourse. But American discourse is already too "civil"
—hence the curse of Political Correctness. I would be happy to ignore Olbermann on TV if there was anywhere in the MSM where immigration
, or racial IQ patterns
, or Affirmative Action
, could be honestly discussed
. But there isn`t. That`s why we have VDARE.com
Ironically, I have no doubt that Olbermann himself would like to close us down. But (not for the first time
) I turn the other cheek
And you never know. The similarly-defenestrated
Lou Dobbs has apparently changed sides
on immigration. Perhaps Olbermann will change sides too! After all, his nationally-syndicated fellow-leftist radio talk show fan Thom Hartmann
seems to get the impact on working class wages
. How hard can it be?