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September 01, 2010

Advantage: Tiny Revolution

I'm very happy to see this on Keith Olbermann's show:

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at September 1, 2010 11:05 AM

BRAVO! Congratulations Mr Schwarz...
What would I do without ATR to teach me history who never took school field trips in this country?

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 1, 2010 11:34 AM

You know, the failing of Olbermann is that he will never reach an audience that doesn't agree with him already. I wish that he would tailor his show to win the hearts and minds of conservatives who are currently being buried in Fox News propaganda. I can not imagine sitting down with my father (and intelligent and successful man who nevertheless believes that Palin has some valuable things to say to America) without him having a rage induced stroke.

Olbermann's reporting is great and he puts a lot of (important) information out there that I don't see elsewhere. His condescending attitude is not helping and may in fact be hurting the cause that he seems to be trying to support.

Reign it in Keith. I know you are on the right side.

Posted by: trevor at September 1, 2010 11:48 AM

Awesome! I really appreciated your post on Monday and it's good to see others not letting Beck go on this. Beck, Palin and the Tea Party crowd try so hard to hijack the Constitution, the Founders, MLK, and so many pieces of our national history -- ALL of which they have absolutely NO clue about. It's infuriating, and they shouldn't be given a free pass on any of it.

Thanks for getting this out.

Posted by: Ben at September 1, 2010 11:56 AM

You know, the attempt to work as many throwaway supposedly-highbrow references into comedy routines was why I never thought Dennis Miller was funny, even before he revealed his delusional Republican views. That and he was just smarmy as all get-out.

Posted by: darrelplant at September 1, 2010 12:54 PM

Beck, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Know-Nothings, the Pope, Lincoln Memorial, Elmer Gantry, Laus Deo...does this have anything to do with the joke about 100 monkeys and 100 typewriters?

Posted by: bayville at September 1, 2010 01:24 PM

A great article about History Prof Beck .......

"Glenn Beck’s History Lesson: Amnesia and Conformity"

Posted by: Rupa Shah at September 1, 2010 02:57 PM

Let the frothing at the mouth battle begin!

Posted by: LT at September 1, 2010 06:49 PM

Oh, come on, he was making a metaphor, what that metaphor was I don't know or care, but the specific dates are hardly relevant, HISTORY! be damned.

And I don't think a teevee star should be compared to Rasputin. Rasputin was a man of true charisma, and there is a great imperial stout named after him. I doubt I'll ever drink something with Glenn Beck's face on it. Or Keith Olbermann's. Shove off, Keith. Though he was mildly amusing when I was a 15 year insomniac watching Sportscenter.

Posted by: marcus at September 1, 2010 09:53 PM

trevor: that's "rein," not "reign." The reign in Speign falls meignly in the pleign.

Olbermann doesn't do bitter sarcasm very well. He's even lamer than Rachel Maddow, which takes some doing. And his version of the history of the Washington Monument doesn't quite match up with the version I read at some lib blog ... oh yeah, it was this one. But not in any serious way, I'm sure.

Posted by: Duncan at September 1, 2010 10:00 PM

Oh, come on, he was making a metaphor, what that metaphor was I don't know or care, but the specific dates are hardly relevant, HISTORY! be damned.

Well, I don't think it's going to happen in this case, but metaphors based on bad history have killed millions of people in Earth History. And beyond that, the metaphor makes no sense whatsoever.

Now of course, this is standard operating procedure for Beck and is hardly worth noting. Nevertheless, I'm happy it went from this teeny blug to TV.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at September 1, 2010 10:23 PM

Metaphors have killed millions of people? Whatever metaphor was making could surely be remade using more acceptable History Facts, no? Metaphors aren't hard to come by; I'm sure I could find one to promote all the things I don't support - but that's not a justification, it's just...a metaphor.

Posted by: marcus at September 1, 2010 10:51 PM

When Obama made a speach early on about America having invented the automobile, I SAW MY hopey and changey shot up a wild hog's ass. (I wonder, after selling ALL those new cars if he believes any different) Beck's a webmaster now so he could have googled it to avoid embarassment. I personally blame EVERY IOTA of it on the American Educational system.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at September 2, 2010 01:28 AM

I don't know if metaphors kill, but they certainly annoy*, and people who habitually traffic in them tend to start finding them everywhere.


Posted by: godoggo at September 2, 2010 03:24 AM

Great! One hack calling another hack a hack.

So, for which "side" do I vote for this time?

Posted by: BuelahMan at September 2, 2010 06:58 AM

"God doesn't kill people.
People who believe in God kill people."

Metaphorically speaking, of course...

Posted by: woody at September 3, 2010 07:36 AM

i was building a memorial to progressive taxation but the funding ran out. i'm pretty sure the top part of the pitchfork will be made of cardboard, even if it means the enduring torch never gets lit.

Posted by: hapa at September 4, 2010 02:02 AM

Invader here.

Sorry I can't buy into the tribal warfare, or on this particular thread, the we are better than they are idiot BS.

If I had a choice I would simply lop off the heads of GB and KO (figuratively of course) and deliver them as examples of ratings greed and a national warring obsession that never renders a solution but continually mires us in the great national distraction.

The solution is the elimination, the marginalization, of both parties into obscurity. They represent a political monopoly bent on personal wealth and power. They take that from you whilst you argue among yourselves. So by all means, continue arguing. Freedom will never come from those two tribes. It will have to come from a new tribe.

Posted by: Something Wicked This Way Comes... at September 5, 2010 10:12 PM

I was beginning to think I might have been a bit too hard on Olbermann and Maddow, and then Glenn Greenwald did this post on them helping with Obama administration propaganda on the "end of combat operations in Iraq." Not that AP is really any better, of course -- apparently they were just peeved because they didn't get firsties too.

Posted by: Duncan at September 5, 2010 10:40 PM

Something Wicked This Way Comes: AGREED.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at September 6, 2010 12:48 AM

Duncan: I believe Iraqi Freedom is over. But on the plus side+++ WE GOT THE OIL.(damn if I ain't thinkin' about investin' in Halliburton, damn if I ain't)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at September 6, 2010 01:07 AM

Unforunately these losers are creating such a polarized US that it endangers everything. All for their personal gain. Ckeck my blog out at

Posted by: Nick James at September 7, 2010 10:48 AM

Unforunately these losers are creating such a polarized US that it endangers everything. All for their personal gain. Ckeck my blog out at

Posted by: Nick James at September 7, 2010 10:49 AM