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September 27, 2006

NY Post mocks Olbermann death threat

Paula Froelich blames Keith Olbermann for being concerned about suspicious powders people send him in the mail: Powder Puff Spooks Keith:

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. [NY Post]

John Amato writes:

You can be sure that it would be front page news for The Post with pictures of Limbaugh going to the hospital–including interviews with the police and anyone one else they could find to make a statement. Then there would be a tidal wave on FOX News–you know the drill.

This is a new low for the right wing media of this country. Since Keith didn’t go public with the story, obviously he was doing what the police wanted and made sure not to cause a scene. He took the correct measures to ensure his safety as anyone of us would.  It’s an outrage that in these times, a public figure would get a threatening letter and take it seriously, and then the right wing media would make a joke of it.

Come on, sending fake anthrax to journalists is just a harmless prank. You know, like stuffing a deer head into a black family's mailbox--just ask George Allen.

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Well, at least this proves Keith is getting to them. As well he should, his special statements of the last month or so have been extraordinary demonstrations of just how naked the emperor is. Countdown is the only tv news, local or national, I can stomache at this point.
At least we know Keith will defend himself against the Post with ample force. Strange, isn't it, not having to worry if a public lefty will show some balls?
Wonderful, too.

Wow, that George Allen is just a racist goon, isn't he.

Yeah, Allen's racism freaked out white Virginians in the early 70's, that's saying something.

This is just absolutely pathetic -- and maybe part of a larger pattern. Something definitely seems to be stirring in the anthrax swamp again. First the fake death threats and false alarms, then maybe some of the real stuff. And then we identify overseas evildoers as the likely source (now that, according to the WaPo, the FBI claims that 2001 attacks were not domestic after all). Sound familiar? Can you spell October Surprise? Or more likely, November Surprise? (After Diebold swings another election for the Republicans.)

Okay I love and adore Keith but come on, he's Mr. Sarcastic.

The Post's wild irreverance can be great fun, but real or mock anthrax attacks are not my idea of fun. I'd say shame on them, but they would take that as a compliment, so I won't.

"Okay I love and adore Keith but come on, he's Mr. Sarcastic."

I don't understand - the above translates into what exactly? He deserves to be freaked out. I don't particularly see this as funny. Editor & Publisher points out this: {"Several leading news organizations in recent years have summonded "HazMat" teams and sent employees to the hospital after receiving letters with white powder at their offices. The Post itself received a so-called "anthrax letter" in the fall of 2001, affecting three staffers, who all recovered.}

Real flippin' hilarious.

Wasn't it only Democratic Senators who received anthrax letters a few years ago, too?

I think it's a pretty safe bet that if Limbaugh received some suspicious white powder in the mail he would likely follow the policy of snort first ask questions later...

If it got him high, he would probably forge himself a few prescriptions for it.

I think it's a pretty safe bet that if Limbaugh received some suspicious white powder in the mail he would likely follow the policy of snort first ask questions later...

If it got him high, he would probably forge himself a few prescriptions for it.

I think it's a pretty safe bet that if Limbaugh received some suspicious white powder in the mail he would likely follow the policy of snort first ask questions later...

If it got him high, he would probably forge himself a few prescriptions for it.

Come on, sending fake anthrax to a public figure? That's hilarious! Now, if they had thrown a pie in his face, that would have been unconscionable. But you have to be able to draw the line here.

Didn't someone at NBC die from an anthrax attack shortly after 9/11?

That shit's no joke. I remember the division assistant at work taking the mail into a corner (we were in temporary quarters after the attacks, in one big room) and opening it with gloves and mask on.

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