Oh, that Keith Olbermann. So adept with the Twitter, that one! For yesterday, he followed up “Keith Olbermann’s Late Night Tantrum About Anti-Rape Protesters” with “Keith Olbermann’s Tantrum About Anti-Rape Protesters 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO.” And you know, I wouldn’t have believed it? But sure enough, just like Aliens, the sequel was EVEN BETTER than the first installment! Seeing as how it concluded with this one:
FRENZY!!!!!!! FRENZYYYYYYYYY. Oh, Keith Olbermann. Surely QUITTING TWITTER FOREVER because of an anti-rape protest will make this go away, right? I mean, it’s not like it’s going to draw more attention to you and the protest; it’s not like it will be REPORTED by Mediaite and the Huffington Post and the Washington Post and REUTERS, because if there’s one thing we know, it’s that celebrity Twitter freakouts hold absolutely no interest for the media or the general public. You can make this go away, Keith Olbermann. You’re a news man; you decide what the news is. You’re The Media, unlike that rabble of anti-rape protesters, or that no-good no-account nobody Sady DoylOHHHHHH, SHIT, SON! It would appear I have published an article on the subject! AT SALON!
Except that it wasn’t a frenzy. It was a protest. Olbermann had no problem with describing the notoriously unruly Anonymous as “online activists,” and yet, when online activists who happened to be feminists took issue with him, well… they’d gone FRENZIED! They were like sharks in the salty sea water of Twitter, thrashing and chomping at Keith Olbermann’s tender, online flesh!
They had reason to protest. One of the chief objections, from fans of Moore and Olbermann, is that Assange isn’t being charged with rape. “He was accused ONLY of consense.sex w/o a condom,” wrote Twitter user MariahWestwind. “u r all fucking retarded, really fucking dumb……….it was consensual sex and his condom broke which is a crime in sweden u fucking retards,” wrote a commenter on my blog, “Ralph,” who was sadly deleted. This is demonstrably wrong. It’s untrue. But Ralph, Mariah, and all the others have reason to believe it. Because they got the information from the news. They got it from Michael Moore. And they got it from Keith Olbermann.
People trust journalists: If a journalist says something, like “the term ‘rape’ in Sweden includes consensual sex without a condom” (Olbermann’s own, demonstrably false, as-yet-unredacted words), most people will believe that what he has said is true, and act as if it is true, without doing further research. Because the job of a journalist is to tell people the truth, to give them all of the information they will reasonably need, and to redact and correct his statements if they are later proven wrong. Statements made by journalists, particularly those as prominent as Olbermann, have measurable impact on how people make decisions: MariahWestwind is basically quoting Keith Olbermann. There’s a rape investigation going on, and Mariah doesn’t know it. Because Mariah trusted Keith Olbermann to tell her the truth, and Keith Olbermann failed to honor that.
Meanwhile, Michael Moore has written a letter to THE ENTIRETY OF SWEDEN, and has yet to respond to the #MooreandMe hashtag. His take on the allegations, and his repeated misinformation and false statements regarding them?
I don’t pretend to know what happened between Mr. Assange and the two women complainants (all I know is what I’ve heard in the media, so I’m as confused as the next person).
Except that he did. He did “pretend to know,” on Keith Olbermann’s show, and on the BBC. He pretended to know, TWICE, and what he pretended to know was that Assange wasn’t actually charged with raping anyone, which was false, that the charges were for consensual sex with a broken condom, which was false, and that he had every reason to believe that Assange was probably innocent, which, given that he now says he doesn’t know what actually happened, would appear to be false as well. Right now, he says that “all I know is what I’ve heard in the media.” Awww. He’s just an ordinary guy! Except that all of this started because he told us to “never, ever believe the ‘official story.’” He’s been calling out the “mainstream media,” for their supposed role in framing or “smearing” Assange, since Day One of this controversy. And now, “all he knows is what he reads in the media.”
Michael Moore IS the media. He and Keith Olbermann are fixtures and celebrities in the left-wing media; they have more power to make people hear their voices and opinions than most of us will ever have; they reach more people than most of us ever, ever will. Michael Moore doesn’t just “know what he reads in the media,” he CREATED and PARTICIPATED IN a left-wing media campaign of minimizing rape allegations and misrepresenting them to the public.
And I’m sorry if I’ve jumped to any unnecessary or wrong-headed conclusions in my efforts
That is not what you need to apologize for, dude. Trust me. It’s mostly just the spreading of flat-out inaccuracies in order to aid an extremely powerful, progressive accused rapist. And the rape culture.
We want an apology, we want an explanation (an honest one, this time), and we would really, really like $20,000 donated to an anti-rape organization such as RAINN or a state organization providing shelters or rape crisis assistance to women. We’re tweeting @MMFlint until it happens, using the hashtag #MooreandMe, for as long as it takes.
Or, he could just run away and refuse to respond. After all, it worked out so well for Keith Olbermann.