The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

27 September 2006

Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, KSCO, Santa Cruz

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Powder Also Found In Letter To Olby



*** Late Evening Update ***


Is MSNBC blabberhead Keith Olbermann the latest target of a powder scare?

According to the New York Post, the serial O'Reilly basher has also received a substance- filled letter with a Californian postmark. Somehow, the lunatic had Olbermann's home address.

It may be similar to the one sent to KSCO, a news - talk station in Santa Cruz, on Monday. That letter was apparently posted from San Jose.

From the Post's report:


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.


What about a teddy bear? Did he ask for one of those?

For police, the toughest question may be in attempting to determine who is the bigger nutcase here: the sender, or the recipient?

Urgent note to media professionals: unless you know who sent it, don't open your mail!


UPDATE:
"progressive" blogger Oliver Willis has some kind of beef with us about this story that isn't completely clear. To the Radio Equalizer, there's a difference: while KSCO is merely trying to keep its employees safe, we'd never put it past Olbermann and his lefty friends to try and score partisan points over such a story.

In fact, that's what Oliver is doing with this:

Right Wing Targets Keith Olbermann

The crazies are at it again, first it was the NY Times - now it's Olbermann

The powder turned out to be a dud, but that doesn't change much. The right-wing in America has once again chosen to try and silence that which they disagree with.


But is there any evidence the powder came from "the right wing"? KSCO may have been targeted by the same person, yet it is a conservative talk radio station.

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12 Comments:

  • I wonder, how different the reaction would be, if a pro-torture wingnut host would have received the same package.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 September, 2006 18:22  

  • Hashy? I wonder how someone who just got blown off the main Amazon stage by Frank Rich's book, Jon Stewart totally punk'd him into the liberal cable bush leagues by interviewing the dictator of pakistan, and to top it all O'Reilly got yardage claiming to be on Osama's hit list... how would that person react to get the attention back on his ass?

    Everyone is jumping on this before NYPD has even taken a hard look at it. But Olby made the latest internet news cycle....

    By Blogger TC, at 27 September, 2006 18:41  

  • ("....everyone is jumping on this before NYPD has even taken a hard look at it...."-tc

    This is true.

    One never knows what the neocons are capable of pulling off these days...

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 September, 2006 21:07  

  • And just how do you know it's a "neocon" doing it? Got any proof? Like TC said somewhat the NYPD has to get involved.

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 27 September, 2006 23:21  

  • Jeebus H. Bowlegged Fargin' Christ, Equalizer!

    Can you not tell the difference between "news" and "gossip"?

    That "report" you cited was from Page Six! Perhaps Ace intrepid "reporter" Paula Froelich has conveniently forgotten that one of the anthrax letters from 2001 was sent to the (drum roll, please) New York Post!

    The only thing this "report" deserves is scorn and ridicule for the way in which it was written.

    If OlbyWan got some shit sent to him then the person who sent it should be hunted down, prosecuted, and given a nice, long Rikers Island Elevator Ride (I'm not picky about the order there).

    If, on the other hand, this turns out to be a hoax of any type, then OlbyWan or his associates needs precisely the same treatment.

    I ain't no fan of OlbyWan, could barely dig his schtick on ESPN. But prudence, and decency, demand that we take OlbyWan at his word on this. And snide gossip columnists have no right to mock somebody who (rightfully) believed his life was in jeopardy.

    And make no mistake, Equalizer, had that happened to Paula Froelich, or even to you, I'm willing to bet the reaction on your part would have gone down in about the same fashion.

    Jackholes.

    By Blogger JD, at 27 September, 2006 23:51  

  • P-World, what part of my quote of tc saying that exact same thing don't you understand?

    Of course there would be an investigation.

    And, of course, in the likelihood that a wingnut was behind it, there would be no prosecution, for the wingnuts are never held accountable for their crimes.

    And, of course, if by some chance, a liberal, progressive, leftist, or even moderate Democrat or Republican is behind it, there would be a show trial, the evil transgressor would probably be kicked, beaten, sexually assaulted, and tortured in custody, and then crucified.

    That's standard operating procedure in the Bush Crime Family's America, and it certainly wasn't I who installed them! By definition, they cannot be voted out, because the same rigged machines used in the last two selections will be used now.

    I'm afraid we're all too painfully aware of how this movie is going to turn out.

    I'm simply unwilling to join you in rooting for the triumphant villain, that's all.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 September, 2006 00:11  

  • P-World, what part of my quote of tc saying that exact same thing don't you understand?

    Of course there would be an investigation.

    And, of course, in the likelihood that a wingnut was behind it, there would be no prosecution, for the wingnuts are never held accountable for their crimes.

    And, of course, if by some chance, a liberal, progressive, leftist, or even moderate Democrat or Republican is behind it, there would be a show trial, the evil transgressor would probably be kicked, beaten, sexually assaulted, and tortured in custody, and then crucified.

    That's standard operating procedure in the Bush Crime Family's America, and it certainly wasn't I who installed them! By definition, they cannot be voted out, because the same rigged machines used in the last two selections will be used now.

    I'm afraid we're all too painfully aware of how this movie is going to turn out.

    I'm simply unwilling to join you in rooting for the triumphant villain, that's all.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 28 September, 2006 00:37  

  • "...in the likelihood that a wingnut was behind it, there would be no prosecution, for the wingnuts are never held accountable for their crimes...."

    hash, you're a stone idiot if you think NYPD, Manhattan DA Morganthau, or anyone working the anti-terror beat in NYC in Guliani's old office wouldn't come down like a rain of bricks on top of whoever they pin that envelope on.

    "And, of course, if by some chance, a liberal, progressive, leftist, or even moderate Democrat or Republican is behind it, there would be a show trial, the evil transgressor would probably be kicked, beaten, sexually assaulted, and tortured in custody, and then crucified.

    That's standard operating procedure in the Bush Crime Family's America, and it certainly wasn't I who installed them! By definition, they cannot be voted out, because the same rigged machines used in the last two selections will be used now."

    Oh, sorry; forget that "stone idiot" crack. You're just a run of the mill asshatted moonbat.

    By Blogger TC, at 28 September, 2006 03:45  

  • This post is pathetic.

    Mocking someone because they've recieved a threat to their lives? A threat that, were it to have been delivered to the White House, would have had this very blog in a palpatating uproar?

    Why not just go grab some candy from a baby?

    Or push over an old woman in a walker?

    By Blogger codemorse, at 28 September, 2006 07:12  

  • What about a teddy bear? Did he ask for one of those?

    For police, the toughest question may be in attempting to determine who is the bigger nutcase here: the sender, or the recipient?


    If it wasn't blindingly obvious to everyone before, this post clearly demonstrates once and for all how hateful and bitter Brian Maloney truly is over his failed career. Like many in his extreme kooky cohort, he believes it's only terrorism if it happens to someone whom he agrees with.

    Even Hugh Hewitt would not stoop so low.

    It is not funny when any citizen of the United States receives a terrorist threat. It is approrpiate and indeed smart for the recipients of envelopes full of white powder to call 911. The New York Post --itself a victim of an anthrax attack-- knows this, but because of its distaste for Keith Olbermann mocks the MSNBC talker for reacting appropriately when an envelope of white powder was delivered to his home.

    The Post owes Olbermann an apology, and it needs a new Page Six staff --again.


    Nor Captain's Quarters:

    This is appalling, and it's inexcusable.

    If I opened up an envelope and found white powder inside, I'd damned sure call 911. I don't call that "panic", I call it common sense. If I dialed 911, I'd dial it fast, and perhaps even frantically, considering that my family could have been exposed to a deadly chemical or biological attack. And even if preliminary tests indicated that it was 99 44/100th percent pure Ivory Soap, I think I'd be smart enough to have a doctor run a few tests on me just to be sure.


    Nor Rick Moran:

    In what, in my opinion, is one the most disgraceful and shocking exhibitions of callous disregard for journalistic standards not to mention human decency, the New York Post gossipy Page Six ran a story describing MSNBC host Keith Olbermann’s terrifying experience with a threatening letter that contained a “white powder.”

    ...

    The fact that the story is not considered “straight news” is absolutely no excuse. The columnist, Paula Froelich, should be fired immediately.


    Nor Ed Driscoll:

    The Post's comments are even more despicable than at first glance: Ed Morrissey updates his blog with a reminder that the Post itself was victim of an anthrax mailing in September of 2001; one of the paper's mailroom employees required treatment in a nearby hospital.

    Along with the NY Post, you crossed the line Maloney. I don't expect treasonous slime like you to be man enough to issue an apology or a retraction.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 28 September, 2006 09:00  

  • Wow.

    You're a moron.

    By Blogger salvage, at 28 September, 2006 10:44  

  • Keith Olbermann makes a lot of cash, and it shows. Perhaps he had a viewpoint at some point, but he is all cashflow now. I am a radical democrat, and he represents me, not! Just don't like him, all Obama now, all non-clinton- guys a pud. Reactionary dickhead. And I liked John Edwards.......

    By Blogger x, at 15 April, 2008 22:25  

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