Thursday, January 21, 2010

Osama Bin Olbermann Still a Raving Lunatic

(NewsBusters import)
....The Countdown host repeated a myth promoted by the liberal blog that, in February 2007, then-State Senator Scott "swore at a hall full of high school students" as he appeared before a group at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Massachusetts. In reality, Scott was not alleged to have "sworn at" the students, but rather, he angrily responded to and complained about vulgar comments that some students had written about him and one of his daughters – comments which had been posted on the Facebook page of a pro-gay rights teacher at the school – as Scott read the uncensored comments from the site, naming some of the students, in front of the assembly. His actions sparked criticism because he read aloud the profane words as they appeared on the Facebook page, but he was not alleged to have "sworn at" the students.
Olbermann also incorrectly claimed that Brown "never refuted" a vulgar threat made at one of his recent campaign rallies during which one audience member called for a curling iron to be "shoved up the butt" of Brown’s opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, because of a controversial case in which Coakley was accused of not being aggressive enough in prosecuting a child rapist who assaulted a baby using a curling iron.

Even though the Boston Herald's Daily Briefing blog and both reported on Monday that Brown contended that he had not heard the remarks as he was speaking and went on to denounce the comments as being out of line, Olbermann on Tuesday and Wednesday claimed that Brown had not issued such a repudiation.

Olbermann referred to a video clip released by Democratic activists which shows Brown speaking at a rally, and, as Brown was pausing for audience reaction, one audience member can be heard in the background shouting, "Shove a curling iron up her butt!" Moments later, Brown smiles and says, "We can do this," presumably referring to winning the campaign, though Democrats have charged that he was responding favorably to the audience member’s vulgar suggestion.

On Wednesday’s show, Olbermann contended: "This past Sunday, when a man at a Brown rally shouted they should, quote, ‘shove a curling iron up' Martha Coakley's 'butt,’ Brown responded by answering, ‘We can do this.’ Or, if that remark was unconnected to the shout, he never refuted, condemned, nor disassociated himself from the call to violence and even sexual assault."

But on Monday, January 18, 2010, at, in the article "Massachusetts Gets Ugly," Ben Smith reported: "Brown called the supporter's words ‘inappropriate’ and said he hadn't heard them."

And also on Monday, according to the Boston Herald's Daily Briefing blog, in the article, "Brown Denounces Curling Iron Comment," Hillary Chabot reported: "GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown said a supporter's remarks about shoving, 'a curling iron up (Martha Coakley's) butt,' were innapropriate today. 'If I had heard it I would have said something,' said Brown today."....