The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

08 August 2006

Keith Olbermann, ADL, MSNBC, Bill O'Reilly


After Nazi 'O'Reilly' Salute, ADL Angered

Even if the mainstream media failed to denounce MSNBC host Keith Olbermann's most notorious recent antics, that doesn't mean others aren't willing to speak out.

After Olby's bizarre anti- Bill O'Reilly stunt at the Television Critics Association's summer meeting, where the Countdown host donned an O'Reilly mask and gave a Nazi salute, the Anti- Defamation League sent this letter, just now made public:

Anti-Defamation League

Keith Olbermann
Countdown with Keith Olbermann

July 28, 2006

Dear Mr. Olbermann,

We are deeply dismayed by your ongoing use of the Nazi "Sieg Heil" salute, both on your program and in public appearances -- including the recent Television Critics Association press tour -- while holding up a mask of Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly.

While we understand that your aim is to entertain your audience by taking pot shots at Mr. O'Reilly, your repeated use of the Nazi salute has resulted in many complaints from our constituents, including Holocaust survivors and their families who find the use of this gesture offensive and repugnant in any context.

The Nazi salute is more than just a remnant of history, but serves as a calling card for modern-day neo-Nazis and white supremacists. We believe that the use of gestures and imagery associated with the Nazis – even in jest – only serves to trivialize the Holocaust and denigrate the memory of the six million Jews and others who died as a result of Hitler's Final Solution.

As a respected and well-known media personality, your actions have consequences and can set a standard for others to emulate. We are especially concerned that young people viewing your program might take their cues from your free use of the "Sieg Heil" salute.

In light of these concerns, we hope that you will reconsider your use of the Nazi salute in the future.


The Anti-Defamation League

Knowing that he's in good company, Olbermann can feel quite comfortable, as fellow- traveller and Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes was sent a similar letter last year:

Randi Rhodes Show
Air America Radio
September 26, 2005

Dear Ms. Rhodes:

We have received complaints about and ourselves are deeply troubled by your recent on-air comparison between the evacuation of victims of hurricane Katrina and the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz during World War II.

On the September 21 edition of your show, during a call from a listener about the New Orleans evacuations, you said:

"It reminds me of a little visit I made to the Holocaust museum, and I saw these cattle cars, and they took people to go on them but they didn't tell them where they were going…So what are you supposed to do? Just do a faith-based evacuation? [Mocking tone:] 'I'm sure he wouldn't send me to Auschwitz.'…

"…Think about it this way. People were taken one place. Their children were taken another place. This is so much like the Holocaust! I can't even -- You know, it's like, you're not supposed to forget the Holocaust so that it can't happen again. And here you have people being loaded onto transportation vehicles, not being told where they're going, and their children are being taken someplace else..."

While we appreciate the fact that talk radio is unscripted, the analogy comparing rescue operations --as mismanaged as they may have been --to Auschwitz deportations is a perversion of morality and history. The government's flawed attempt was intended to save lives, not exterminate them.

Could it be time to give both Olbermann and Rhodes Countdown's "Worst Person In The World" award?

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  • What does this have to do with radio?

    By Blogger Justin, at 08 August, 2006 19:42  

  • About as much as my next comment...

    Have you ever noticed on packaging that the usa price is given, and a much higher price is given in canadian dollars? Well hang onto your hat...the current ratio is:

    1 canadian dollar equals .90 US$
    1 pound sterling is worth 1.91 US$

    The dollar has dropped in value quite a bit over the last 5 years.

    Five years ago they were only worth about 65% of the us dollar.

    Did you ever imagine there would be a time when the canadian dollar would be equal to the american dollar?

    ps MSNBC hasn't mentioned this yet. (there, now its justified to post here)

    By Blogger ohio, at 09 August, 2006 11:22  

  • Well to maloney's credit he dug up something on Rhodes. If you want to talk anti-semetic, look no furthur than last week on Michael Savage:
    Michael Weiner AKA Savage
    Either Israel wants to live, and Israel frees itself of the Holocaust mentality -- and Israel frees itself of the men who are acting as though they are still hiding in the sewers of Warsaw instead of walking in the clear light of Tel Aviv. And if they want to act like Holocaust Jews hiding in the sewer, I cannot change the psyche of the leadership of Israel.
    Sounds anti-semetic to me. He was talking about on how Isreal has to exteminiate all life in Lebannon south of the Litani boarder in this case. He implies any Jew who does not favor this tatic is a coward. So he is calling holocaust victims of Poland coward, and any Jew who does not agree with him a coward. Im contacting the ADL, and I guarantee you they will not take it seriously, as the ADL, now serves 1 purpose, to attack the left. The ADL, accepted Gibson's apology instantly (since he is a right winger). Let's see if they have the guts to tackle Savage

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 09 August, 2006 11:43  

  • Savage speaks in hyperbole all the time. Thats his schtick. You could post volumes of stuff on him everyday. So much in fact, that it would be boring after day two.

    Just in case anyone needs this:

    hyperbole noun.

    exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally (Ex: He's as strong as an ox.)

    per Websters

    By Blogger ohio, at 09 August, 2006 12:19  

  • Same can be said of Rhodes comment on katrina, yet savage gets the pass, and Rhodes gets attacked?hummmmmmmmmmm..

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 09 August, 2006 12:45  

  • Minister:

    Savage doesn't sound anti-semetic here. He's not a self-hating Jew like Gnome Crapsky. He's saying if Jews want to live they'd better kick some ass and not cower. I agree.

    By Blogger Emerson, at 09 August, 2006 13:23  

  • Emserson, If the nazi army was comming after you in Poland in the 1930's I tend to think you would hide in a sewer to, my great grandfather did. You sound like a tough guy, but in reality with 100,000 nazis stormtrooping your city, let's see what you would do. You would hide, as would former NAMBLA sympthizer Michael Savage.
    It is indeed anti-semetic. he urinated in the face of 6 million Jews who perrished. You are so clouded in your "im a Republican" persona, you can not even see what a filthy remark that was.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 09 August, 2006 13:38  

  • Let me get this straight, RWW - the ADL now has only one purpose, that being to "attack the left?" And this is based on two letters, one to Randi Rhodes and one to Olby-wan?

    You're joking, right? Please tell me you're joking.

    By Blogger JD, at 09 August, 2006 14:10  

  • honestly that was tongue in cheek, but it is based on observation. The ADL instantly took Gibson's apology. Kind of made me wonder, thus I'm submitting the Savage quote to the ADL, just to see what happens

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 09 August, 2006 14:57  

  • Savage is so anti-Semetic that he actually broadcasts his idea of a plan for the Israeli Jews to survive, what a hateful bastard, telling people how to survive. One day we will see real hate when those racists in the klan start giving money to the UNCF, that's the kind of thing hate does to you, it makes you desire prosperity for those you "hate".

    By Blogger Lonewatchman, at 09 August, 2006 17:20  

  • "Gnome Crapsky" - Not clever or funny.

    Going to a party with a Bill O'Rielly mask and seig heiling - HOLY COT DAMN HAHAHA OLBERMANN IS THE MAN. PISSING OFF O'RIELLY AND THE ADL? DOUBLE WHAMMY!!! WOOHOOOO!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10 August, 2006 14:00  

  • Poor Justin. The best you can do in your post is ask a moronic question?You've been exposed,so go back to your cave and plot some more.I recommend the Pork-T sandwich. Rich in Muslem nutrition....


    By Blogger Owen, at 11 August, 2006 01:04  

  • Gnome Crapsky is both clever AND funny! It treats the putz with as much respect as he deserves.

    By Blogger Emerson, at 11 September, 2006 15:48  

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