Can someone remind me how Jeanine Garafolo is famous? She's a "comedian"...she isn't funny. She was on Air America...is that still on the air? She is an actress...what movie did she play a major lead in? Whatever she is...you MUST read these words of hate that Keith Olbermann let her spew on his show last night.
JANEANE GAROFALO, ACTOR: Thank you. You know, there is nothing more interesting than seeing a bunch of racists become confused and angry at a speech they`re not quite certain what he thinks. It sounds right to them, and then it doesn`t make sense.So we're upset cause Fox News has "tricked" the American people into reading and watching it day after day (unlike her radio program which TANKS in the ratings). Anyone who doesn't agree with Barack Obama's policies is a racist. My "wife" has stockholm syndrome? These words aren't even funny...they are just plain out of line. Why does Ms. Garafolo have such hatred toward conservatives? Doesn't she come from the party of love, choice and tolerance?
Let`s be very honest about what this is about. It`s not about bashing Democrats. It`s not about taxes. They have no idea what the Boston Tea party was about.
OLBERMANN: That`s right.
GAROFALO: They don`t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of tea bagging rednecks. And there is no way around that. And, you know, you can tell these type of right-wingers anything and they`ll believe it, except the truth. You tell them the truth and they become -- it`s like showing Frankenstein`s monster fire. They become confused, angry, highly volatile.
That guy caused in them feelings they don`t know because of their limbic brain -- we`ve discussed before, the limbic brain inside a right- winger or Republican or conservative or your average white power activist - - the limbic brain is much larger in their head space than in a reasonable person. And it is pushing against the frontal lobe. So their synapses are misfiring.
Is Bernie Goldberg listening? Bernie might not have heard this when I said this the first time. So, Bernie, this is for you. It is a neurological problem that we`re dealing with.
OLBERMANN: Well, what do you do about it, though? I mean, our friend in Pensacola there, who played them like a three dollar fiddle.
OLBERMANN: And led them right down the garden path with nothing but facts, and then they went, wait a minute, that doesn`t sound like Rush Limbaugh. If you can`t --
OLBERMANN: If you can`t get them to make that last leap to what are we all doing here, Howard Johnson is wrong.
OLBERMANN: How do you break through that?
GAROFALO: I don`t think you do, for most of them. This is a pathological -- it`s almost pathological or elevated to a philosophy or lifestyle. Again, this is about racism. It could be any issue, any port in a storm. These guys hate that a black guy is in the White House, but they -- they immigrant bash. They pretend taxes and tea bags -- like I said, most of them probably couldn`t tell you thing one about taxation without representation, the Boston Tea Party, British imperialism, whatever the history lesson has to be.
But these people always -- unless there`s some people with Stockholm Syndrome.
OLBERMANN: I didn`t see them. They were in the back. They weren`t near the cameras, which is bad strategy on the part of the people staging this at Fox.
GAROFALO: True. And Fox News loves to foment this anti- intellectualism. That is their bread and butter. If you have a cerebral electorate, Fox News goes down the toilet very, very fast. It is sick and sad to see Neil Cavuto doing this. They`re been doing this for years. That`s why Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch started this venture, is to disinform and to coarsen and dumb-down a certain segment of the electorate.
But what is really -- I didn`t know there were so many racists left. I didn`t know that. As I said, the Republican hype in the conservative movement has now crystallized into the white power movement.
OLBERMANN: Is that not a bad long-term strategy. Even though -- your point is terrifying there are that many racists left.
OLBERMANN: The flip side of it is there aren`t that many racists left.
GAROFALO: You`re the minority, literally tens of people showed up to this thing across the country.
OLBERMANN: But if you spear your television network or your political party towards a bunch of guys who are just looking for a reason to yell at the black president, eventually you will marginalize yourself out of market, won`t you?
GAROFALO: No. Here`s what the right-wing has -- there are no shortages of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate sphere. As long as those things are in the collective conscious and unconscious, the Republicans will have some votes, and Fox News will have viewers. What else have they got. If they didn`t do that, who`s going to watch?
I mean, they have tackled that elusive clam -- I said clam -- you know, the clam demo, the 18 to 35 clam demo. Klan, with a K, demo. Who else is Fox talking? What is it, urban older white guys, and the girlfriend -- you know, the women who suffer from Stockholm Syndrome again. There`s a lot of Stockholm Syndrome, is what I`m saying, ultimately.
What else you got? What do you want to know?
OLBERMANN: What if somebody was at one of these things hurts somebody.
GAROFALO: That is an unfortunate byproduct, since the dawn of time, of a volatile group like this of the limbic brain. Violence, unfortunately, may or may not ensue. It depends on immigrant bashing and hating the black guy in the White House. Will people act on that? It`s not new. But, you know, Fox doesn`t mind fomenting it. Michelle Bachmann doesn`t mind fomenting it. Glenn Beck doesn`t mine fomenting it.
OLBERMANN: Lou Dobbs.
GAROFALO: Lou Dobbs. Oh, man. But what have they got if they don`t have this? You know what I mean? It`s like identity politics of the worst kind.
OLBERMANN: Peace in our time --
GAROFALO: Is Bernie still listening.
OLBERMANN: He doesn`t listen.
GAROFALO: Bernie G.
OLBERMANN: Bernie listens for about two minutes last week.
GAROFALO: He doesn`t watch your show?
OLBERMANN: No, no, no, no. I meant in general. That was his year`s contribution to the actual political --
GAROFALO: I can move up the rung from five to three.
OLBERMANN: Jeanine Garofalo, number five, comedian, actress, political activist, and the expert on the limbic brain, great thanks as always.
GAROFALO: Very much. Thank you.
OLBERMANN: My pleasure.
And why is Olbermann allowing this garbage to be on his show? He doesn't challenge one thought she has? At least O'Reilly sometimes yells at Rivera, Morris and others who are on "his side" if he thinks what they're saying is out of line. My heavens.
Remember how liberals used to say George Bush was such a divisive figure? Well Bush had the same approval ratings that Obama has now...so is Obama really a uniter? Are we sure this divisiveness isn't because of the likes of Garafolo?
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