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Palin’s Explanation Brings Out the Crazies

So it seems one of the influences for the name of Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol was in part “Bristol, Connecticut,” the home of the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, otherwise known as ESPN.

Two meanings in Bristol’s name: I worked at the Bristol Inn, and Todd grew up in Bristol Bay. But also, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of ESPN. And when I was in high school, my desire was to be a sportscaster. ESPN was just kicking off, just getting off the ground, and I thought that’s what I was going to do in life, is be one of the first woman sportscasters. Until I learned that you’d have to move to Bristol, Connecticut. It was far away. So instead, I had a daughter and named her Bristol.

This of course, brought out the folks with unexplained, extreme hatreds for the Alaskan Governor; namely “Conservative Blogger” Andrew Sullivan and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann.

I’ll get to Keith later, since his is a much more interesting psychosis, but first ANDREW!

“Sully” only read a summary of the article only mentioning the “Bristol, CT” thing.  Which lead to this:

I’ve given up counting, but I should note that none of her defenders on the right have really dealt with the documented fact of her repeated self-refutations and delusional assertions of “facts” that are indisputably non-facts. Her unstable grip on reality, taken for granted in Alaska, is the reason many of us simply do not believe a word she says unless we have actual evidence for it. Anyway, the latest trivial evidence that she just makes shit up as she goes along comes from Esquire:

Which lead to this:

[Correction: I should have read the full Esquire excerpt rather than the Courant summary of it. In the actual interview, she gives all three reasons for Bristol’s name. So no contradiction. My bad.]

[Update: on the other hand, many readers have written to say that Palin was highly unlikely to have known of ESPN in high school. It was only founded in 1979 and became widely known only in 1982.]

Palin graduated High School in 1982.  A fact Sullivan could have easily checked since that’s when Palin hit the winning shots in the Alaskan State Girls’ Basketball Championship.  Palin also was a local weekend sportscaster in her days out of college.  It’s not that far a stretch.

Which leads us to Keith Olbermann.  Tommy Christopher, one of the liberals at AOL’s Political Machine blog, outright says the MSNBC windbag ‘didn’t need to be a dick about it’ in his treatment of the Palin-ESPN revelation.

See for yourself.

Those who aren’t aware of Olbermann’s professional past, Olbermann worked for the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” for a number of years.  His teaming up with Dan Patrick was some of the greatest sportscasting duos of all-time.  Unfortunately, office politics and Keith’s planet-sized ego got in the way; leading to an infamous 1997 interview on “The Daily Show” then hosted by former SportsCenter anchor Craig Kilborn.

That lead to a suspension, and Olbermann’s eventual dismissal from the network.

Popular ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann will be absent from the “SportsCenter” desk at least through this week as he serves out a “suspension,” apparently for an unauthorized appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” April 16.

ESPN executive editor John Walsh, however, refused to characterize Olbermann‘s absence as a suspension and said “The Daily Show” was merely “one of a number of issues” involving Olbermann.

“We’re not calling it a suspension,” Walsh said. “We talked to Keith last week and we have a number of issues. The Comedy Central thing is way overblown and it’s really a nonstory.”

A nonstory?  Of course it was a “nonstory”, when the next time Olbermann was on the air again with Kilborn, Kilby was now hosting CBS’s “Late, Late Show.”  Kilborn’s first question to Olbermann: Did I get you fired?

It’s a good thing to see Mr. Olbermann’s letting the past remain buried there.  If he didn’t, lord only knows what sort of insanity he’d be spewing on a regular basis.

Right?

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