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February 20, 2012 - 11:22 am
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If Armstrong’s only mistake was ending up on Andrew Breitbart’s radar for engaging in sweet, wholesome Occupy lovin’, perhaps Olbermann should put his money where his mouth is by bailing the poor, misunderstood Occupier out of jail. I hear offering to spring accused rapists is all the rage since Countdown contributor Michael Moore did it for Julian Assange. Or maybe a letter-writing campaign is the way to go — the elite Hollywood signatories of the Free Roman Polanski petition might have a few pointers.

While Breitbart, Stranahan, and Dana Loesch dedicate themselves to promoting the truth about sexual violence at Occupy protests, Keith Olbermann spins and lies on behalf of assailants. As conservatives work to inform vulnerable women about Occupy predators who feel as entitled to women’s bodies as they do to your property and wealth, Keith Olbermann re-victimizes survivors by denying the assaults took place. He emboldens and empowers criminals by denying the lawless behavior, culture of silence, and thriving sense of entitlement that attracts them to Occupy camps in the first place. And then has the gall to write:

What Mr. Breitbart and his fellow propagandists have done, in fact, is to take at least eight women, eight members of Occupy, who were raped or otherwise assaulted, and blamed them.

Did Breitbart blame a 14-year-old girl for consenting to sex with a 23-year-old sex offender? Did he defend the indefensible by spewing propaganda about “some imaginary wave of rapes at Occupy“? Does he consider a teenage runaway an acceptable casualty in the Occupiers’ fight against social injustice and American imperialism? Or was that you, Keith?

Unlike the team at Big Journalism, I’m not going to demand an apology or retraction from Olbermann. That’s too much to expect from a grown man who believes a 14-year-old girl can consent to sex with an adult. And it’s far too much to expect from a person who gives unapologetic cover to a child rapist at the expense of a young girl.

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