Hat tip to The Fat Lady Sings for calling attention to this insane rant.
Yesterday, Keith Olbermann got a suspicious piece of mail which contained some white powdery substance and a piece of hate mail. Like any normal American, he was alarmed and called 911. Although the substance was found to not be toxic, Mr. Olbermann did what any normal American would do, and he went to the emergency room to be checked out. It's what I would have done.
Nevertheless, read what Paula Froelich of the New York Post writes:
September 27, 2006 -- MSNBC loudmouth Keith Olbermann flipped out when he opened his home mail yesterday. The acerbic host of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" was terrified when he opened a suspicious-looking letter with a California postmark and a batch of white powder poured out. A note inside warned Olbermann, who's a frequent critic of President Bush's policies, that it was payback for some of his on-air shtick. The caustic commentator panicked and frantically called 911 at about 12:30 a.m., sources told The Post's Philip Messing. An NYPD HazMat unit rushed to Olbermann's pad on Central Park South, but preliminary tests indicated the substance was harmless soap powder. However, that wasn't enough to satisfy Olbermann, who insisted on a checkup. He asked to be taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where doctors looked him over and sent him home. Whether they gave him a lollipop on the way out isn't known. Olbermann had no comment.
Imagine if Maureen Dowd had written a similar piece about Ann Coulter? The entire right wing press would demand her immediate resignation. They would demand that she be run out of town. Instead, because an intelligent, thoughtful commentator who disagrees with Bush's policies, has become the target of an attack by a right wing nutcase, Ms. Froelich applauds the action by belittling Olbermann's reaction. Had the substance been anthrax, or ricin, she probably would lead the parade dancing on his grave.
What has happened to our nation? Seriously, when did it become alright to wish harm or illness on those who disagree with the right wing? With her disdain for the seriousness of the letter, she paints a target on Olbermann's back. It is the modern equivalent of cross-burning in the age of chemical terrorism.
I am appalled. I've written her a letter, and urge all of you to do the same.