Wednesday, September 27, 2006



Keith Olbermann, one of the few people on cable with the testicular fortitude to call this administration on the carpet, recently received a packet of white powder, complete with a note warning him that this was "payback." Needless to say, Olbermann was not amused.

But the New York Post was (emphasis mine):

MSNBC loudmouth Keith Olbermann flipped out when he opened his home mail yesterday. The acerbic host of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" was terrified when he opened a suspicious-looking letter with a California postmark and a batch of white powder poured out. A note inside warned Olbermann, who's a frequent critic of President Bush's policies, that it was payback for some of his on-air shtick. The caustic commentator panicked and frantically called 911 at about 12:30 a.m., sources told The Post's Philip Messing. An NYPD HazMat unit rushed to Olbermann's pad on Central Park South, but preliminary tests indicated the substance was harmless soap powder. However, that wasn't enough to satisfy Olbermann, who insisted on a checkup. He asked to be taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where doctors looked him over and sent him home. Whether they gave him a lollipop on the way out isn't known. Olbermann had no comment.

As Dave Neiwert points out, five years ago, some jackass kept sending packets of white powder all over the country. No one was laughing then. And now, we have a conservative think piece cracking jokes about a liberal critic of national policy receiving faux-death threats--

Wait. This reminds me of something... Well, what do you know? Ann Coulter made similar comments when the New York Times received a packet of suspicious white powder and an intimidating missive. Why, what a coinkydink.

Months ago, Dave also warned that Ann's "controversies" have a startling tendency to become bon mots amongst more mainstream right-wing sources. No one thwacked Ann for saying it, so I guess Page Six thought they could get away with it. What the hell will Ann have to say before the source of her precious lifeblood-- the mainstream media and its delicious, delicious limelight-- finally says no?

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