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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Keith Olbermann, Demagogue

John Mackey, head of Whole Foods, favors a free market in health care and thus opposes Obama's nationalization. He wrote this in a Wall Street Journal article. Keith Olbermann of MSNBC reported this and pointed out that since Whole Foods specializes in organic products, many of its customers probably favor Obama's plan. (Let that dubious leap pass.) In fact some advocates are calling for a boycott of Whole Foods.

So did Olbermann praise Mackey for putting conviction before (short-term) profit? (He often criticizes business for putting profit first.)

Of course not. He implied that Mackey must be an idiot who doesn't know his own interests.

That's the sign of a demagogue.

1 comment:

Tom said...

To think that all those years I watched Olberman on ESPN, I was completely unaware what a fascist he was. To his credit, he kept his politics out of sports reporting.