The Olbermann ‘Stain’: Bigotry Against Russians Is Perfectly Fine in ‘Woke’ America

That former TV star Keith Olbermann regularly engages in Russophobic rants isn’t news. That no one from his political camp – ostensibly all about niceness, inclusivity and opposing bigotry – is calling him out on it, is.

The former sportscaster turned MSNBC pundit turned sportscaster turned YouTube “Resistance” activist – that was the name of his online show – has a long history of hyperbole and invective, from calling Republicans Nazis to ranting against “Russian scum” supposedly controlling US President Donald Trump.

On Monday, however, he plumbed new depths of bigotry, denouncing “the stain of Russian heritage in my family.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what he was referring to, as public information about Olbermann suggests he’s of German ancestry. His tweet quickly got ratioed, with the overwhelmingly negative responses ranging from calling it “vile and bigoted” and “xenophobic trash” to several versions of “Nazi s**t.”

Conspicuously absent, however, was any kind of reaction from the US mainstream media and Democrats – who share Olbermann’s convictions and beliefs, even if they couch them in less incendiary language.

This might seem baffling. It seems that not a day goes by without a “news” story about how someone – an  actress, politician, police officer, professor, reporter, even a 19-year-old girl – gets “canceled” for saying something someone somewhere perceived as possibly racist. Why does bigotry against Russians get a pass?

Things get even more interesting when considering the ostensible motive for Olbermann’s latest rant: his claim that none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin himself is going after “my boy Panarin.” This is a reference to Artemi “Breadman” Panarin, a New York Rangers player who is also on the Russian national squad.

Panarin has recently caught some heat in the Russian press over his cheerleading for the “opposition leader” (i.e. US-backed blogger) Alexey Navalny. His former coach has brought up a 2011 bar fight in Latvia where the player had allegedly hit a woman and bribed police to let it go.

Panarin denied and called it a politically motivated “intimidation tactic,” but announced Monday he would be taking a “personal leave of absence” from the Rangers.

One would think that in the US “cancel culture,” defending someone accused of abusing women would also be frowned upon. Not so. There is obviously an exception for someone on the same side politically. As Glenn Greenwald so memorably put it once, “It’s not #MeToo – it’s #MeBlue.”

Not that there is much to “cancel” when it comes to Olbermann. True, he was once a celebrated “liberal standard bearer” of MSNBC who helped invent “a new mode of liberal cable-news political commentary,” according to a friendly New York Times magazine profile from May 2017. He has since fallen out of corporate media grace, however, and found solace in an online world he built to justify his existence, in which he has a role to play in saving the soul of America.

This is according to that same NYT magazine profile, by the way, in which the sympathetic writer only obliquely criticizes his rhetoric by saying it’s comparable to “unfocused rage and wild speculation” of Republicans towards former President Barack Obama. Perhaps the mainstream saw Olbermann as a “black mirror” reflecting their obsessions a bit too well, and quietly pushed him out to the sidelines.

The difference between Olbermann and the US mainstream, however, is one of degree and not of kind. His rants about “Russian scum” and “stain” of his heritage may be dialed up to 11, but aren’t that far off from Rachel “Russia wants to turn off your electricity” Maddow or anything one might hear on CNN any given night. Or has everyone already forgotten the five years of “Russian collusion” conspiracy programming?

It wasn’t a relative nobody like Olbermann, but former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who told NBC during a May 2017 interview that Russians “typically, are almost genetically driven to co-opt, penetrate, gain favor, whatever.” Not only did he face zero pushback or condemnation, he was hired by CNN as a national security analyst three months later!

That may explain why Olbermann is so angry all the time. It also suggests that the “cancel culture” doesn’t actually have principles. It’s not a way to hold people “accountable” for bigotry, racism, xenophobia or offensive language, when it’s perfectly fine for them to use it against the officially sanctioned enemy. In other words, this is not about something you do, but about who you are.

That’s the great irony of modern US society, that it revolves around the “who/whom” theory of politics articulated by none other than the Communist leader V.I. Lenin in the Soviet Union, almost a century ago.

Source: RT

  1. ken says

    Vlad has more sense than all the Western polishitheads combined. He ACTUALLY cares for his country. Out of over 500 million in the West there apparently is not one that could compare.

    1. ChC says

      Agree. He sounds more “American” than the Dystopian Sesame Street currently paraded as the front for the DS here in the US.

  2. Jerry Hood says

    He is NOT! of German ancestry! He is ash claiming to be Nazi ” survivor”= ashkeNazi khazar, typical hatemonger and satan’s agent!

    1. Mr Reynard says

      Ash Can Nazis ???

    2. Digby says
  3. Sully says

    “They” hate Russia and Putin because he wants to preserve its borders, language, and culture. All things that define a sovereign nation. “They” wear little round hats…

    1. Theodore S. Kaufman says

      You mean like the homophobic pedophiles in the Catholic death cult?

  4. yuri says

    olbermanchuk—ukrainian nazi reflects racist murikan values—this 4th world LGBT/BLM EMPIRE IS CRUMBLING…in 5 years like weimar

  5. Costa Latorre says

    This guy, along with Rachel, are Kazar Neanderthals, who after getting crushed by the Czars a long time ago for being F##k ups , have ever since filled the world with their hatred of Russians and everything Russian, enthusiastically genociding Russians (and other non-neanderthalic races like Germans,etc) and want nothing more than to crush Russia with all their heart and being.

  6. Mr Reynard says

    Have a survey & ask Russian people across Russia about American bigotry & Russophobia from celebrities faggots, boofheads & sluts whores ?
    I’m sure that the answer would be, I don’t give a crap about it …

  7. GMC says

    Sounds more like America today – I will do and say anything to keep my Coosh job. And these guys and gals , won’t think twice. They think that the Soviet Union was NFG but they don’t know how to think about the reality of it,
    The Soviet Union was run by the same Crime Syndicate that now runs the US and EU. Pravda ! And Putin – Putin and his Rossiskoy Federatsii is the first Russian Government since the Czar , which is no comparance , considering modern times. If the propaganda and programming wasn’t so fierce and the East Europeans could think for ten minutes – they may understand this. The Exceptional ones – will never get it .

  8. gary says

    Olbermann,just like Bill Maher is a coward and opportunist. Both of these guys spoke the truth until the kazar monopoly took away their livelihoods and now return to kiss kazar ass for money.

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