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Keith Olbermann’s Question to the Wisconsin Public Unions

February 19th, 2011 - 3:54 pm

“Let me ask all of you who attend these things. How many black faces do you see at these events? How many Hispanics, Asians, gays? Where are these people?”

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“If you believe there is merit to your political argument, fine. But ask yourself, when you next go to a [Wisconsin Union protest against taxpayers], or watch one on television or listen to a politician or a commentator praise these things or merely treat them as if it was just a coincidence that they are virtually segregated. Ask yourself: Where are the black faces? Who am I marching with? What are we afraid of? And if it really is only a [governor's] policy and not his [political party], ask yourself one final question: Why are you surrounded by the largest crowd you will ever again see in your life that consists of nothing but people who look exactly like you? Good night and good luck.”

Oh sorry, that was from a year ago and concerned the Tea Party. Since this week’s protest has involved left wing striking public unions, such questions would be considered in bad taste by the MSM.

As would mentioning signs such as the one, which reads, “If teabaggers are as hot as their FoxNews anchors then I’m here for the gangbang!!”

Oh, then there’s the plethora of Nazi-related imagery. As Ann Althouse wrote on Thursday,  “After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric, these pictures from Madison have got to hurt:”

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You know what all this would remind Chris Matthews of if it were coming from the right?

Update: Jonathan Tobin at Commentary writes, “Civility Watch: Wisconsin Dems and Unions Cross the Line:”

So we have to ask all the people who were bemoaning the incivility of the Tea Party and Obama critics, when will you speak about what is going on in Wisconsin? Will the Jewish Funds for Justice, which rightly criticized Glenn Beck and Roger Ailes for inappropriate language about the Holocaust (while failing to note Democrats who did the same thing), take out another full-page ad in newspapers denouncing Wisconsin Democrats?

I don’t think anyone on either side of the aisle is holding their breath waiting for an answer.

Meanwhile at Ricochet, Sally Zelikovsky, the Coordinator of the San Francisco Tea Party  (it’s official — we’re everywhere) responds to the Wisconsin union protesters, “The State is broke.  The voters spoke.  It’s time for you to take responsibility and pay for a smidgen of it yourself.  Remember, we are all supposed to be doing our fair share!”

Update: On his radio show, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz gets called out for his hypocrisy.

(No, we’re not sure who this Keith Olbermann person is or was either. But we’ve developed a theory: we feel that when people committed great crimes against the state, they were forced to watch him.)

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