Sunday, February 26, 2006
MeltDown with Bill O'Reilly
So, Bill O'Reilly's got this petition to get Keith Olbermann fired. For MSNBC's own good, of course, and the Children. Certainly nothing to do with the fact that Olbermann regularly and mercilessly mocks O'Reilly's skeezy, loofah-pockmarked ass. But here, you can see for yourself:
February 22, 2006
Chairman Robert Wright
National Broadcasting Company
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112
Dear Chairman Wright:
We, the undersigned, are becoming increasingly concerned about the well-being of MSNBC and, in particular, note the continuing ratings failure of the program currently airing weeknights on that network at 8:00 PM EST.
It is now apparent to everyone that a grave injustice has been done to the previous host for that time slot, Phil Donahue, whose ratings, at the time of his show's cancellation three years ago, were demonstrably stronger than those of the current host.
Therefore, in an effort to rescue MSNBC from the ratings basement and to restore the honor and dignity of Mr. Donahue, who was ignobly removed as host three years ago, we ask that you immediately bring Phil Donahue's show back at 8:00 PM EST before any more damage is done.
Actually, of course, it was Michael "I Have Springs Coming Out Of My Head" Savage who originally replaced Donohue, on account of MSNBC wanted to get in on that wacky right-wing erm I mean "fair and balanced" action that made Fox so popular, but hey, details. Olbermann replaced Savage when it became clear that Savage was barking, batshit crazy and wasn't as good at hiding it as, uhm, some other people Of That Ilk.
Meanwhile, back in the land of Shamefully Cheap But Worth It Schadenfreude, Olbermann responded to His Fragileness. Check out the video at Crooks and Liars.
Oh, and: someone in one of the comment boxes had managed a screen grab of the online petition signatures, before O'Reilly's site stopped making this feature available. Gee, you wonder why. Among the last 100 or so in the screengrab:
The_New_York_Times .. Is better than Fox News -1
She's A Witch! .. Burn Her! -1 :
blow m. loofah PR
blotchyskin o. falafelscrub
AndreaMackris R. HasYourCash
falafel f. loofahville PW
Big Giant Head D. Phone Sex TN
Stephen Colbert T. Springfield PA
Seymore B. Underthe bleachers TN
PotCalling D. Kettle Black MT
LOOK AT MY BIG HEAD C. ego is bigger than my penis NY
Fraud .. Of A Human NY
Falafel n. The Shower WY
Factor My A. hole, you arrogant prick
Look At My R. Ratings Drop!
As you'll see in the video, O'Reilly did get at least one real person to sign, though: Olbermann himself. And the rest of his colleagues at MSNBC. Get on boaarrrrd!
"As Leslie Nielsen said, 'there's nothing like a good movement.'
Which you already know if you've seen Bill's show."