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Keith Olbermann is an impartial journalist. Just ask him!

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“I don’t vote. It’s the only thing I can do that suggests even that I don’t have a horse in the race.”

In other Yes, Keith Actually Said That news, here are some selections from his Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago, giving a full-throated defense of NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams for violating his contract:

(Hat tip: Johnny Dollar)

More reax:

TVNewser: “Insiders we’ve talked to say Olbermann won’t be back.”

Hugh Hewitt: “With all the credibility that a two-time ‘worst person-in-the-world’ winner can muster, let me join the chorus of Kos Kids in demanding the return of Keith.”

Rachel Maddow: “Let this incident lay to rest forever the facile, never true, bullpucky, lazy conflation of Fox News and what the rest of us do for a living.”

Emergency Petition to MSNBC: “Keith Olbermann made your network a success. If you want your viewers to keep tuning in to MSNBC, put Keith back on TV now!”

Brent Bozell: “Keith Olbermann is officially the Worst Hypocrite in the World. He rails about a ‘national cable news outlet’ that ‘starts to donate to partisan groups of one party,’ then does exactly that. But it begs a bigger question: why did it take NBC so long?”

Craig Crawford: “Giving money to political candidates, especially without disclosing it to the public or your bosses, is about as dumb as you can get and expect to keep your job as a journalist.”

Matt Taibbi: “I’m biased, obviously, because I’m a guest on the show, but this is beyond stupid.”

Howard Kurtz: “It’s hard to fathom what Olbermann was thinking, because he must have realized that the donations would show up in federal election records and eventually be made public.”

Mary Katharine Ham: “The indefinite suspension of Olbermann seems an incredibly silly overreaction. It’s not like he endangered his reputation for impartiality.”

Greg Gutfeld: “Everybody knows that he’s a pinko communist, so why does it matter who he gives his money to?”

Russell Simmons: “Without Olbermann, MSNBC can’t survive – and the voice of progress will fall to the dark ages, when one unholy church dictated a fictional version of the truth.”

Mike Allen: “Network sources tell Playbook that Keith Olbermann was suspended because he refused to deliver an on-camera mea culpa, which would have allowed him to continue anchoring ‘Countdown.'”

Keith Olbermann: “I don’t have a good working definition of smug.”

For more on this story as it develops, see KeithOlbermann.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leonard-Peracchio/1668198287 Leonard Peracchio

    Olberrmann.. Typical Deranged Member of the Deranged Foursome of MSNBC!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Worthing/100001544136457 Aaron Worthing

    Remember when Christine O’Donnell pointed out that the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the first amendment and all those law students laughed?

    Well, Olby apparently doesn’t know that the first amendment has long been interpreted to limit the actions of government agencies, or people intentionally funded by the FG. In other words, it is legally ignorant to say that since congress passed no law, no problem. For instance, if NPR told the world that Catholicism is the one true religion, that would almost certainly run afoul of the establishment clause.

    Is that a correct interpretation? Well, yes and no. I think the result is correct, but not the methodology. One key thing to get is that Madison considered all of the Bill of Rights already implied into the constitution when they amended it. So without a first amendment, the courts would be justified in striking down limitations on expression. You see, especially after the 9th amendment, the presumption under the constitution is that all powers not granted are denied. So the question isn’t “can you show me where the constitution says you can’t fire Williams?” Its actually, “can you show me where the constitution says you can?” And where firing him puts such stringent limitations on his freedom of speech, i don’t think the governmental power is there.