I've been a big fan of Keith Olbermann. I watch the show regularly, TiVo-ing it to avoid missing it. Many nights, you'll find me at my computer that is just around the corner from the TV, listening to his reporting of the days events. We share the same viewpoint on many topics, so I trust his show to catch some of the inconsistencies from elected officials that I'd be most interested in hearing about.
But he can often be a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to political correctness and free speech. He was off base when it came to Don Imus, especially given his appearing to be a fan of Howard Stern during his coverage of his transition to Sirius Satellite Radio. He is, also, off base here. Wildly so. More so than he has been in the past.
He condemned David Shuster's comments about the Clintons pimping out Chelsea to help their chances at getting the Democrat nomination. He chooses to ignore the context and its current place in the American vernacular to score points with the Clintons, again. To brown nose. To be, ironically, pimped out for PR by his MSNBC bosses, since the statement wasn't made on his show and he was under no obligation to offer an apology.
Why is he a hypocrite, though? Because he's used the phrase himself on his own show. He said that George Bush was pimping out General David Petraeus with the Iraq report some months ago. The gender may be switched, but the contextual use of the word is the same. Yet, he calls Shuster's comment "indefensible"?
Have you no backbone, sir? Will you be doing a Special Comment calling yourself out for owing America an apology? Glad to see how quickly you turn on your colleagues when the heat is on.