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Drew calls out Keith Olbermann, and Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 8/30 - 9/5 
Posted by Drew at 2009-09-08 11:33:41 AM (375 comments) | Permalink
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Normally, I use this space to sort out the media trends in play, but last week during Keith Olbermann's Worst Person in the World segment, he called out "internet nerds" for starting a false internet rumor about Glenn Beck. Since it seemed to be aimed in Fark's general direction, I feel compelled to respond.

Mr. Olbermann, I am outraged. OUTRAGED, I tell you. *shakes fist*

It really is a dark day in American Politics when "internet nerds," as you call them, cannot simply make baseless, horrific allegations from thin air and then question the accused to respond. Although it appears to be standard operating procedure from some television people who happen to work for Fox and whose initials are G.B. and whose names might rhyme with "hen peck," it is perhaps a bit much for the internet community at large.

Oh sure, it's easy to throw lightning bolts from your Ivory Tower down upon our plebian hordes for something as benign as smearing the reputation of an esteemed colleague (even if he is a complete and utter dickwad) with the same techniques he uses on a regular basis to sway the opinions of people who apparently lack the critical thinking skills of carrots.

However, your response does merit consideration. In the light of the criticism, we'll take your advice and try to not propagate unsubstantiated rumors about huge, flaming dickwads like Glenn Beck and will instead focus on making fun of Glenn Beck for his ridiculous, real-life antics. Point taken.

Also, I still regret that we weren't able to make the number one slot, because yet again that went to Richard Lieberstein, president of your co-op board. We shot for #1, but we do know that Miss Precious Perfect is a hard act to follow.


Note, this response is satirical in nature. We do not mean to infer that Mr. Beck is actually a dickwad, huge dickwad, huge flaming dickwad, or unbelievably crass and ridiculous dickwad, even though everyone thinks he is.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-08-30 to Sat 2009-09-05:

img1.fark.net  Proving that a vegetarian lifestyle doesn't always work, Terry Schiavo's father dies of heart failure    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Fire officials in SoCal wildfires: "GTFO." Residents: "STFU." Fire: "NOM NOM NOM." Residents: "OMG." Fire department: "DIAF"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Best-selling bible to be edited and re-released, will feature deleted commandments, digitally enhanced plagues, and Han casts the first stone    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The Vatican issues a prayer for Catholics to say before sex. Apparently shouting, "Oh God" at the end of sex isn't enough    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Woman blows a .31 on the Breathalyzer. Also, up her car    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  70 years ago today, World War II began. Unless, of course, you're American - in which case you might want to green light this in two year's time (once you've decided who's likely to win)    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Ali Bongo drums up enough support to snare election victory, thanks his electoral bass for helping him ride to this cymbalic win    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  "Deputies: Woman Beats Mother With Candlestick." Was it in the library or the conservatory? No clue    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Woman slams into tractor trailer while driving and eating. She sounds flat    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Washington State park closed due to Cougar sighting. Officials plan to put up end-zone goalposts to get rid of it    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Ice cream factory burns down, firefighters expect to finally extinguish flames by sundae    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  Thai fighter retains WBC boxing title, is then mercilessly pursued by X-Wing, Y-Wing, and Millennium Falcon    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Daunte Culpepper sacked by living room carpet. Ladies and gentlemen, your 2009 Detroit Lions    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  17 year old toples Maria Sharapova    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Andromeda galaxy growing by eating other nearby galaxies. Here comes the astronom-nom-nom-nomy    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Men with high IQ's have the healthiest sperm. Here come the scientists    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Researchers use YouTube to study brain injuries. Presumably by reading the user comments    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Madonna and Jesus visit the holy land. This is not a repeat from 31    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Keanu Reeves agrees to take DNA test to prove he's not The One    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Whitney Houston's normally CRYSTALline voice goes to POT, CRACKs during performance, fueling speculation that she needs a new training METHod. No word on why it happened    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  R. Lee Ermey tells Birthers he's gonna give them three seconds, exactly three farking seconds, to square their stupid asses away and start shiatting him Tiffany cufflinks or he will gouge out their eyeballs and skull-fark them    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Palin joins forces with Glenn Beck. It's like Voltron, but retarded    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Obama spokesman criticizes furor over back-to-school speech, apparently failing to realize that you automatically lose an argument if you defend your position by criticizing the furor    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Brandon Flowers urges Oasis to reunite. World urges Brandon Flowers to shut the fark up    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Michael Jackson is finally being buried 70 days after his death, proving how well our current plastic products can withstand the elements    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Chris Brown recorded a song called "Changed Man" as an apology to Rihanna. It will be released on his next album, and is expected to be another big hit. Or maybe a succession of little hits    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  Pfizer to pay $2.3 billion fine after pulling a major boner    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Gold surges toward the $1,000-an-ounce mark. Au sh*t    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Microsoft granted stay allowing it to keep selling Word while it appeals decision in favor of patent troll, thereby preventing dangerous shortages of Comic Sans-formatted memos in offices everywhere    img.fark.net
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2009-09-08 03:44:47 PM
rickythepenguin: so what is the Glenn Beck name? Rapers? Deathers?

Motherapers? Fatherstabbers?

FatherRapers!

That works.
 
2009-09-08 03:45:27 PM
mloree: but why won't he produce the documents?

That's the question isn't it. If Glenn Beck didn't rape and murder a girl in 1990 why won't he produce the proof? That's all he'd have to do but he refuses. Why?
 
2009-09-08 03:45:44 PM
tenpoundsofcheese: And yet seem to be okay with supporting this assault on Beck?

it's not really hate speech unless you consider what beck does; as hate speech too
 
2009-09-08 03:47:27 PM
Uchiha_Cycliste: We are the Beck-exposers. So Becksposers.

I'd prefer being a 'Beckie' to being a 'Becker'
 
2009-09-08 03:47:35 PM
Somacandra: So...Drew is calling out Mr. Olbermann for protecting Glenn Beck?

I'll bet my dog and lot that Olbermann acknowledged the rumors on national television to draw attention to them and to get the ball rolling. Olbermann isn't protecting Beck; he's doing what he can to passively (and without mudslinging) bring Mr. Beck to account for his alleged actions.

I'm sure Drew knows this.
 
2009-09-08 03:48:26 PM
JohnBigBootay: mloree: but why won't he produce the documents?

That's the question isn't it. If Glenn Beck didn't rape and murder a girl in 1990 why won't he produce the proof? That's all he'd have to do but he refuses. Why?


He's obviously hiding something.
 
2009-09-08 03:48:33 PM
jst3p: Actually it does not mean anything of the sort. I implied that you and many others are selective in which facts they included in their data set, rejecting those that don't support your point of view. This is completely different from "making things up".

Great, then show me the other side.

I asked you too. Show me I am being selective.

You're making false equivalencies.
 
2009-09-08 03:49:50 PM
What if he did one but not the other? Perhaps just the rape. And maybe the girl liked rape.
 
2009-09-08 03:50:48 PM
JohnBigBootay: Uchiha_Cycliste: We are the Beck-exposers. So Becksposers.

I'd prefer being a 'Beckie' to being a 'Becker'


How bout the Glenners? It has that feeling to be of making people want to say to themselves, "are you f*cking kidding me?" The way birthers etc do.
 
2009-09-08 03:51:34 PM
jst3p: Again, given the lack of objectivity both sides often have I am not at all surprised that you don't.

I must say, I don't remember a time when the admins removed repetitious, blatant, potentially damaging lies said with absolute conviction, and if anyone feels this is anything but a running joke (Gilbert Gottfried at Friar's Club Roast of Bob Saget) they're fairly gullible. Notice I didn't qualify this with being about either major political affiliation because I frankly don't remember a real catering to anything but clicks and comments; certain days Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann get a few links, and other days we post the NRO contact page.

I don't see this as anything politically motivated, and this appears to have quieted, but if you know of anything comparable which was removed for either major affiliation...do share.
 
2009-09-08 03:52:14 PM
rickythepenguin: i had no idea there was a grain of salt to it. I mean, it still may be the aforementioned baseless character assassination, but it may not. i just had no idea.

This is what we're saying. If Glenn Beck didn't rape and murder a young girl in 1990, why would he let people continuously smear him by spreading rumors about him raping and murdering a young girl in 1990.

It's PROBABLY just baseless character assassination, like you said. But the fact that these rumors are so persistent makes you think that maybe there's a grain of truth to them.

Like you, I have no idea whether it's true that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990. There's no way to tell unless he addresses these accusations himself.
 
2009-09-08 03:52:17 PM
jst3p: Actually it does not mean anything of the sort. I implied that you and many others are selective in which facts they included in their data set, rejecting those that don't support your point of view. This is completely different from "making things up".

Yes it does.

"making things up" is not the same as "But you did accuse me of being biased, and that entails I make my opinion not based on facts."

That's not the same.

You just said you have opinions but can't support it with any facts. That is "make opinions not based on facts" but not "making things up".

You seem to be having a good time of accusing others of what you yourself seem to be doing.
 
2009-09-08 03:52:31 PM
Martin Silenus: I'll bet my dog and lot that Olbermann acknowledged the rumors on national television to draw attention to them and to get the ball rolling. Olbermann isn't protecting Beck; he's doing what he can to passively (and without mudslinging) bring Mr. Beck to account for his alleged actions.

I'm sure Drew knows this.




i'm getting too old for metatrolling
 
2009-09-08 03:53:17 PM
Gato Negro: Unlike the smug, sneering liberals of Fark.com, naturally.

You're a leftist troll trying to make conservatives look stupid. Low-hanging fruit, isn't it?
 
2009-09-08 03:54:51 PM
Oh jeez, here we go again. People flying off the handle with these unsubstantiated stories and rumors.

Again, I'm not saying that Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990. And I'm not saying Glenn Beck didn't rape and murder a girl in 1990.

Once again, all I'm saying is... teach the controversy. What's wrong with that?
 
2009-09-08 03:54:59 PM
Martin Silenus: I'll bet my dog and lot that Olbermann acknowledged the rumors on national television to draw attention to them and to get the ball rolling. Olbermann isn't protecting Beck; he's doing what he can to passively (and without mudslinging) bring Mr. Beck to account for his alleged actions.

I thought of that, but that seems a little cynical, even for Olbermann. He's been pretty sharp with people who make horrific accusations against right-wingers before. This is not the first time.
 
2009-09-08 03:55:08 PM
rickythepenguin: so what is the Glenn Beck name? Rapers? Deathers?

Glenners or Beckers would work, though Beckers is already taken by the Ted Danson TV show. "Glenners" is obvious and ridiculous in the same way "Truthers" and "Birthers" are.
 
2009-09-08 03:56:20 PM
Somacandra: So...Drew is calling out Mr. Olbermann for protecting Glenn Beck?

For not being enough of an asshole?

I see. Well, you can't please everyone I guess.


No. Drew is merely doing an Olbermann on Olbermann.

Olbermann introduced cable news-watchers to the nature of Beck by relating an internet meme. Thanks to Olbermann, thousands of people who had no idea that there was a "rape and murder" meme out there, Googled Beck's name and saw the "story".

My disappointment in Drew's Blog is that he didn't use the word dickfreckle even once.
 
2009-09-08 03:57:17 PM
If Glenn Beck didn't rape and murder a girl in 1990, then I'll gladly shout from the rooftops that attempts to link him with such claims are despicable... but since he has remained silent on his alleged involvement in this young girl's rape and murder, I don't know who to believe.

If he would simply come clean about the extent of his involvement I'd be the first guy in line to defend him.
 
2009-09-08 03:57:47 PM
Somacandra: Martin Silenus: I'll bet my dog and lot that Olbermann acknowledged the rumors on national television to draw attention to them and to get the ball rolling. Olbermann isn't protecting Beck; he's doing what he can to passively (and without mudslinging) bring Mr. Beck to account for his alleged actions.

I thought of that, but that seems a little cynical, even for Olbermann. He's been pretty sharp with people who make horrific accusations against right-wingers before. This is not the first time.


Yes, that's a good point that can't be ignored. Whatever his intent may be, thouh, Mr. Olbermann has fanned the flames of the rumors instead of quashing them.
 
2009-09-08 03:58:08 PM
What's a plebian?
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2009-09-08 03:58:17 PM
Vangor: rickythepenguin: so what is the Glenn Beck name? Rapers? Deathers?

Glenners or Beckers would work, though Beckers is already taken by the Ted Danson TV show. "Glenners" is obvious and ridiculous in the same way "Truthers" and "Birthers" are.


I like the way you think. ;)
 
2009-09-08 03:59:41 PM
FredaDeStilleto: No. Drew is merely doing an Olbermann on Olbermann...My disappointment in Drew's Blog is that he didn't use the word dickfreckle even once.

So Drew's meta-trolling, picking up on the same meme the Mods clamped down hard on in the past few days.

I see. Good luck with that.
 
2009-09-08 04:00:41 PM
Somacandra: So...Drew is calling out Mr. Olbermann for protecting Glenn Beck?

For missing the point, I suspect.

No one is supposed to actually believe Glenn Beck is guilty of rape and murder. It is thinly veiled parody -- very thinly veiled -- of the techniques Glenn Beck in particular and Fox News in general use to smear people with otherwise baseless, stupid accusations.

But I guess no matter how thin the veil, a lot of people will still fail to see through it.
 
2009-09-08 04:00:43 PM
Somacandra: FredaDeStilleto: No. Drew is merely doing an Olbermann on Olbermann...My disappointment in Drew's Blog is that he didn't use the word dickfreckle even once.

So Drew's meta-trolling, picking up on the same meme the Mods clamped down hard on in the past few days.

I see. Good luck with that.


Trying to spin it that's it's not to protect GB but to attack him more.
 
2009-09-08 04:03:08 PM
Vangor: Glenners or Beckers would work, though Beckers is already taken by the Ted Danson TV show. "Glenners" is obvious and ridiculous in the same way "Truthers" and "Birthers" are.


how about "Foxers" or "CNNers" or whatever network he's on? We need a name for this. seriously. "truthers", "deathers", "libtards", "moonbats", "dweebies", "dipshiats", "stoners", "sportos", "sluts", "bloods", "waste-oids", "neo maxi zoom dweebies", "jokers", "tokers", "pickers", "lovers", "sinners", "teh ghey", "emos", "goths", "heshers", "taggers", "wanna-bes", "chavs", "la migra", "Whitey", "fundies"....everyone has a name.

all i'm saying is we need a witty but serious name for the "GBRAG" (acronym). or maybe that. "G-BRAGers"

/glenn
//beck
///raped
////a
//girl*
//gbrag

*caveat: he may not have actually raped a girl
 
2009-09-08 04:03:42 PM
 
2009-09-08 04:05:21 PM
technicolor-misfit: If Glenn Beck didn't rape and murder a girl in 1990, then I'll gladly shout from the rooftops that attempts to link him with such claims are despicable... but since he has remained silent on his alleged involvement in this young girl's rape and murder, I don't know who to believe.

If he would simply come clean about the extent of his involvement I'd be the first guy in line to defend him.



Isn't "coming clean" what got him into this mess?
 
2009-09-08 04:05:44 PM
Just curious... I don't watch his show and don't really care to make an effort... but has Glenn Beck actually said anything about the parody/satire rumor yet?

/if not, what's he afraid of?
//actually serious, has he said anything?
 
2009-09-08 04:05:46 PM
rickythepenguin: wow.

When did you end up back in literland, hun? :(
 
2009-09-08 04:05:57 PM
gilgigamesh: No one is supposed to actually believe Glenn Beck is guilty of rape and murder. It is thinly veiled parody -- very thinly veiled -- of the techniques Glenn Beck in particular and Fox News in general use to smear people with otherwise baseless, stupid accusations.

But I guess no matter how thin the veil, a lot of people will still fail to see through it.


Again, Mr. Beck has yet to address the accusations in ANY manner, be it debunking, refuting, or calling them out for their baseless nature. For the sake of his viewers, who put their trust in him, Mr. Beck should drop the veil of obfuscation and be forward with the millions of Americans --many of whom have been victims of the crimes alleged against Mr. Beck -- who trust him as a public figure and give him their time and hearts.
 
2009-09-08 04:06:56 PM
*claps* a post about two topics ignores the 2nd topic. *goes back to reading the top funny headlines and ignores the whining*
 
2009-09-08 04:07:02 PM
Humor is a fine thing, but false rape accusations cross the line. This was not cool.
 
2009-09-08 04:07:41 PM
It seems to me that Glenn Beck has never given full proof that he didn't Rape and murder a young girl in 1990, and I for one am curious why. He could end all this just by releasing his criminal record to public scrutiny. That's all he'd have to do, and then we'd know for sure whether or not Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990.

We're waiting, Glenn.
 
2009-09-08 04:07:59 PM
Millennium: Humor is a fine thing, but false rape accusations cross the line. This was not cool.

Where there's smoke there's also murder.
 
2009-09-08 04:09:58 PM
melopene: When did you end up back in literland, hun? :(


Ehhh. it's just $5 bucks. TF isn't even worth it half the time. "OMG i just saw 'Inglorious Basterds' OMG let's talk about it....for the 700th time". or another thread over who the hottest / coolest / funniest / trolliest TFer/TFette is. no thanks.
 
2009-09-08 04:10:53 PM
rickythepenguin: melopene: When did you end up back in literland, hun? :(


Ehhh. it's just $5 bucks. TF isn't even worth it half the time. "OMG i just saw 'Inglorious Basterds' OMG let's talk about it....for the 700th time". or another thread over who the hottest / coolest / funniest / trolliest TFer/TFette is. no thanks.


True, I've fallen back to being a mostly-uninspired lurker. I like having lots of stories to click on, though.
 
2009-09-08 04:11:04 PM
The Girl Glenn Beck Murdered and Raped: Eh?

Oh lord.

/I giggled
//don't tell Keith
 
2009-09-08 04:11:08 PM
rickyhepenguin: Ehhh. it's just $5 bucks. TF isn't even worth it half the time. "OMG i just saw 'Inglorious Basterds' OMG let's talk about it....for the 700th time". or another thread over who the hottest / coolest / funniest / trolliest TFer/TFette is. no thanks.

I sympathize.
 
2009-09-08 04:11:45 PM
mloree: wait, Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young GIRL? I thought the conservative M.O. was to victimize underage boys... This is probably a hoax.

Having sex with GIRLS is SO 1990s!

That was a different, simpler time.
 
2009-09-08 04:12:06 PM
Glenn Beck has not provided a DNA sample to rule him out of the alleged rape and murder of a girl in 1990.
 
2009-09-08 04:13:48 PM
dionada: Oh lord.

/I giggled
//don't tell Keith



When did you end up back in literland, hun? :(

/seems to be the cool thing to say
 
2009-09-08 04:14:42 PM
1derful: Millennium: Humor is a fine thing, but false rape accusations cross the line. This was not cool.

Where there's smoke there's also murder.


And rape.
 
2009-09-08 04:14:51 PM
Corvus: jst3p: Actually it does not mean anything of the sort. I implied that you and many others are selective in which facts they included in their data set, rejecting those that don't support your point of view. This is completely different from "making things up".

Yes it does.

"making things up" is not the same as "But you did accuse me of being biased, and that entails I make my opinion not based on facts."

That's not the same.

You just said you have opinions but can't support it with any facts. That is "make opinions not based on facts" but not "making things up".

You seem to be having a good time of accusing others of what you yourself seem to be doing.


You win. FARK.com is unfairly biased against your political party.
This is true no matter which party you are a member of but feel free to continue to be outraged at the partisanship.
 
2009-09-08 04:15:32 PM
Reports can neither confirm or deny Glenn Beck's alleged rape and murder of a girl in 1990.
 
2009-09-08 04:16:29 PM
word RTP. I'm not going back there for a long long time
 
2009-09-08 04:17:11 PM
tallguywithglasseson [TotalFark] Quote 2009-09-08 12:16:56 PM
I'd never heard that Glenn Back had actually killed someone, but I did hear that he raped a 17-year-old girl back when he was using drugs in the early '90s. Or at least he was accused of rape.

But that was just a rumor. I wouldn't expect him to deny that he's a rapist.

Men with high IQ's have the healthiest sperm. Here come the scientists

That one's headline of the year material IMHO.


"I'll take "The Rapists" for $200, Alex."
 
2009-09-08 04:17:16 PM
Adjective Bird Whiskey: "Glenn beck keeps the frozen head of Walt Disney in his basement. He only takes it out once a year to skullfark it while watching Fantasia."

Don't we all?
 
2009-09-08 04:17:17 PM
rickythepenguin: Ehhh. it's just $5 bucks. TF isn't even worth it half the time. "OMG i just saw 'Inglorious Basterds' OMG let's talk about it....for the 700th time". or another thread over who the hottest / coolest / funniest / trolliest TFer/TFette is. no thanks.

Heh. I have long said Drew has it backwards. If all we got was Totalfark and we had to pay for the filtered down mainpage to drown out the noise and zero/low comment threads/repeat headlines, I'd pay %$5 a month in a second.
 
2009-09-08 04:18:12 PM
1derful: Where there's smoke there's also murder.

And rape.
 
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