Controversy over Countdown Assange Segment…

Update: Keith Olbermann has announced that he’s suspended his Twitter account as a result of this. For how long is not certain.

I’ve now discovered that I am accused of being a rape apologist in part because I didn’t remove the quotes from the word rape in a retweet. I will thus unblock all blocks, wish you all a Merry Christmas and I’ll suspend this account until this frenzy is stopped.

Well if Olbermann is hoping that walking away and waiting for time to calm things down is going to work, he’s probably wrong. In fact it will probably inflame things further at least in the short term. This isn’t the first time Olbermann has done the “walk away” thing. He did it once before on Daily Kos. He didn’t stay away long.

Original story: A big bruhaha has erupted on some of the blue blogs over a Countdown segment on Tuesday night. Keith Olbermann had on Michael Moore to talk about Julian Assange’s arrest. Moore pledged $20,000 towards Assange’s defense. What has some of the blue blogosphere up in arms is the alleged way Moore, and by extension Olbermann, treated the subject of the rape charges. Leading the way is Tiger Beatdown’s Sadie Doyle who launched a campaign on Twitter to get Moore to apologize.

Meanwhile, here are some facts: A man has been accused of rape by two separate women. He fled the country in which he was accused. He is fighting extradition, so that he won’t have to go back to that country and face charges — even though there are spectacularly low rates of conviction for accused rapists, he just doesn’t think that he should have to go through the system, for whatever reason. And you know who’s posting bail for him?

Fucking progressives. That’s who. Including one man who has, for some years now, served as one of the most prominent and recognizable faces of the American left, filmmaker/rabble-rouser/all-around champion of the Truth and the Little Guy, Michael Moore. He’s put $20,000 hard, cashy dollars on the line, so that Julian Assange, white male left-wing darling, will be able to get out on bail despite posing a substantial and acknowledged flight risk, and despite the fact that he evidently is working to avoid facing the charges of his accusers. And why is that? Well, as per Michael Moore’s lengthy diatribe on the subject, which contains exactly one paragraph about the rape charges, his reasoning is as follows:

For those of you who think it’s wrong to support Julian Assange because of the sexual assault allegations he’s being held for, all I ask is that you not be naive about how the government works when it decides to go after its prey. Please — never, ever believe the “official story.” And regardless of Assange’s guilt or innocence (see the strange nature of the allegations here), this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself.

Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher chronicled how the controversy has spread. Christopher got into a heated Tweet-gasm last night with Olbermann over addressing the issue head on. Olbermann dismissed Christopher with a pithy tweet

He’s a hatchet man for a website run by a disgruntled ex-employee of my network.

This was followed by Olbermann essentially refusing to even talk to Christopher…

You’ve already crossed that threshold. Do not contact me again.

Meanwhile the controversy continues to build. Olbermann tried to diffuse it by issuing a complicated apology on Twitter last night…

Rape has touched my family, directly and savagely, and if anybody thinks I have addressed it without full sensitivity, then that assessment is the one that counts, and I apologize. But these accusations that I “revealed” an accuser’s identity by retweeting Bianca Jagger’s link, or that I ‘shamed’ an accuser by asking a question about the prosecution of a man governments are trying to bury, or that I do not ‘understand’ charges that have yet to be presented in their final form, reflect exactly the the kind of rushing to judgment of which I’m accused, and merit the same kind of apology I have just given.

Is this the end of the matter? I don’t think so…


17 Responses to “Controversy over Countdown Assange Segment…”

  1. Moore: …this man has the right to have bail posted and to defend himself.

    Unless Moore is actively promoting the idea of Assange escaping prosecution, I don’t see the issue here. You should always question the motives of an accuser, and always assume innocence until proven otherwise. I think Assange is a sleazeball, but I don’t understand the “bruhaha” over Moore’s statement.

  2. Keith Olbermann and Sarah Palin are really the same person, if you think about it. Yeah, stay with me.

    Neither one accepts criticism lightly. Or at all. In every case they have to raise the temperature of the discussion and one-up the critic with their own criticism. And it’s usually personal and not substantive (Tommy Christopher is Abram’s hatchet man assigned here to go after Olbermann and Moore? Tommy Christopher? That’s farcical).

    Ratchet things up, attack the critic and not his or her argument, go after an associate or associates of the critic. And always always always express outrage over the issue.

    Rinse and repeat. We know the routine.

    And with that observation, a question is raised: By equating Olbermann with Palin, which one did I just insult the greatest?

    That’s a tough one.

  3. And of course Olbermann has gone after Abrams before. Even mocking his supposed wig or hair transplant. Yes, an adult mocking someone’s wig or hairpiece? We’re all 12 again in Keith’s world.

    Not to mention calling Abram’s father, the noted First Amendment Scholar Floyd Abrams, a “Quisling” for his support of the Court’s ruling in the Citizens United/campaign finance law case.

    Just another example in the long list of the smallness of one Keith Olbermann.

  4. But we’ve seen this all before. When the charge of “rape” or sexual assault is against someone the left demonizes, the the case is “clear cut” and obvious… and anyone who says differently, is a racist or an idiot. The example of the Duke rape case is the obvious evidence.

    However, when the charge is against someone favored or friendly to the left, the alleged victim is not to be believed, is to be slandered if need be, and the accused must be defended at all costs. The example, of course, being Bill Clinton’s lengthy history.

    For some folks -not all, but some- political party and political goals outweigh platform or principles.

  5. ‘You should always question the motives of an accuser…’

    Even when Olby’s way of doing so is to advance the theory that she’s a CIA plant?!? Actually, the brouhaha is more about the factual errors Olby and Moore spread about the accusations, alleging for example that it’s nothing more than ‘sex without a condom’. Which is a wildly incorrect description of the accusations. And Moore calling the charges ‘hooey’ based on…well, based on the fact that he wants them to be.

  6. J$, I got my quote from Spud’s posting. I didn’t know about ‘hooey’. I had the interview on my television, but if you think I pay attention to KO talking to Michael Moore, well..

    I think it is fair to question (as even Gutfeld did) why and how these women came out of the woodwork. It’s also fair to question how the term ‘rape’ is defined here. But I’m not claiming Assange is innocent, and nobody can call the charges ‘hooey’ until they’ve been proven false in court.

  7. When the accused of rape or sexual misconduct is a Liberal like Clinton,Polanski or Assange the mindset of the Left and MSM is to downplay it and suspect the accuser of lying…any other time the accuser is always believe no matter what.

  8. — You’ve already crossed that threshold. Do not contact me again. —

    The mental delicacy of this man never ceases to amaze. The subject is irrelevant since the response is always about him. How dare you critique the modern incarnation of ERM? You must be dangerously unbalanced and therefore to be avoided,

  9. I’m pretty sure KO’s maturity maxed out at the age of 12. The guy is just odd.

  10. bushleaguer Says:

    imnotblue – Glenn Beck spent a good portion of one of his shows last week looking at the accusations made against Assange and he cast a lot of doubt about both charges (in short, something about these women being “raped” but then holding dinner parties and such for him after wards). I’m not saying their accusations should be brushed off – Assange will have to answer for them. This guy comes off to me as a reckless, self-aggrandizing nitwit, but whether this guy is guilty of rape is up to a jury.

    As for Olbermann and Moore, it’s always dangerous when tow bomb-throwers get together.

  11. bushleaguer Says:


    And to add – bomb-throwers who get together who agree with each other.

  12. Now, KO is suspending his twitter account? Noooooo! How will we go on with our lives? I’m amazed that I continue to be amazed at just what a child Keith is.

    Keith “I’m taking my ball & going home” Olbermann, the most important person in the woooooooorld!

  13. I don’t know if the charges are true are not..but one thing that is happening is KO and other Assange defenders are lying about nature of the charges….Assange is not being charge with having sex without a condom or with a broken condom but for NOT STOPPING after it had broke and the woman told him to stop..not stopping having sex after being told no is RAPE!

    But KO and others are saying it’s just about the condom….now that’s playing “say a lie offend enough and it becomes the truth”game.

  14. starbroker Says:

    I find it very ironic that this site as the most ABSURD “flagging” mechanisms for posts…. whether you say something about DADT and a word for happy is used etc…but its fine to have an F-BOMB with an ING Progressives.

  15. Starf***er, I have no idea what the f*** you’re talking about. That word doesn’t get through without modification..neither does g@y. Deal with it.

  16. but its fine to have an F-BOMB with an ING Progressives.

    That was a quote from another website. I’m not going to censor what they wrote in their post. But I do want that out of the comments because then the comments tend to go down the toilet a whole lot faster. Don’t like it? Too bad.

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