February 10, 2008

Great question

As Mike Matthews reported when it happened (as did many other places, but I like to highlight the local blogs that nail it quickly!), MSNBC's David Shuster was suspended indefinitely for saying that Chelsea Clinton was being "pimped out in some weird sort of way" regarding her supposed contacting of "super delegates" on behalf of her mom's campaign. There's news that he actually was close to being fired on the spot for the comment. I think Shuster's comments probably were inappropriate, but that even a suspension is just plain ridiculous. The term "pimped" doesn't exclusively mean what it used to.

But consider: If Shuster can get suspended for that comment, and possibly even fired, what about Keith Olbermann? Olbermann has also apologized for Shuster, by the way ("David has been suspended and remains only for me to apologize without limit to President Clinton and to Ms. Clinton on behalf of MSNBC. We are literally, dreadfully sorry." "Literally, dreadfully sorry"?? Please, someone clean up my vomit! -- Hube); however, he used the very same term regarding President Bush and General David Petraeus back on Sept. 20!

Don't hold your breath. But like Shuster, I don't think Olbermann should even be suspended for his comments, but it surely demonstrates the clear double-standard: Against Republicans and conservatives, feel free to use whatever language you want.

Actually, if you're Keith Olbermann, you can do it to Democrats too, as long as it's the "right" ones (meaning, not the Clintons). Fox's Bill O'Reilly was raked over the proverbial coals for taken-out-of-context remarks about dining in Harlem; Olbermann, on the other hand, recently joked about Bill Clinton asking New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to "pass the guacamole" at a recent get-together.

Oh. I get it. Richardson is Hispanic. Guacamole. Ha ha.

Posted by Hube at February 10, 2008 09:40 AM | TrackBack

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