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Janeane Garofalo And Keith Olbermann Calls Tea Bag Protesters"Racists"

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posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 03:51 AM
reply to post by David9176

I do like your healthcare idea

That could provide the service, choice and still allow private entities all at once.

Very good idea indeed...

I also believe in a fiscally conservative approach to finance, for the most part pro gun, pro boarder enforcement, anti NAFTA, anti FED RESERVE...

Sounds like I am a conservative right?

I think our differences small

[edit on 18-4-2009 by mental modulator]

[edit on 18-4-2009 by mental modulator]

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 04:06 AM
OOOOO...sounds like JG and KO hit a nerve with you guys. If these teabaggers aren't what they say they are then why protest what they say, I mean a little protest is okay but to do it with such passion makes it appear that they have something to hide. Oh yes where are the minorities at these events?

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 04:13 AM
reply to post by mental modulator

I also believe in a fiscally conservative approach to finance, for the most part pro gun, pro boarder enforcement, anti NAFTA, anti FED RESERVE...

I am for all of those things...if it weren't for NAFTA the problems we face now wouldn't be so dire...our money and jobs would still be in the country...if the fed didn't keep devaluing the dollar we would all be wealthier...if we would freaking prosecute big business instead of throwing tax money at them we would all be better off.

Will these things hurt us in the immediate future if we did all of this? Probably....but will we be better off in the long term? I think so.

My father was just diagnosed with prostate cancer...he's on medicare and social security because he can no longer work...i want him to have the best care he can possibly have...he's a good man and he was a hard worker.

But i think there has got to be a better way than giving our federak government more power than they already have.

State run medical care i think would be great...more choices for everyone...with direct competition with private health care. This could all be voted on by the individual states...and it wouldn't give our federal government any more power than they have...and it would still lie within the Constitutional grounds.

If red states didn't want universal health care in their states..then they would have the right to do so...but they would also risk losing potential taxpayers in the process as they could move to a state that more fits their needs. Competition always brings prices down...never has it brought them up..not that I have seen.

There would be many different models...models that failed could be changed by watching other states that have succeeded in their health care run programs.

We need to just end it with the slurs. Everyone wants the same thing in the end.

The crazy fringe people will always be out there so to speak..but most of us just want to take care of ourselves and our families...and that's what matters the all of us.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 04:59 AM
Janeane Garofalo has always been a complete idiot. They always cart her out when they want something "controversial" said.

The fact that she believes the tea goers are racist is really insane.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 05:47 AM
This just drives me crazy!!!! Once again the media demonizing those willing to speak out against taxation & the government. Who the hell is she to say we are racist & that this has nothing to do with taxes or what the gov is doing with our $$$......but it is because there is a black man in office?!?!?!?!??!!??!?!?

Sorry but I am so peeved about this, but it is just part of the government's agenda to label us as terrorists!! Everyone knew when Obama was elected that the race card would be played any time someone spoke out against this administration - WE KNEW THAT!!

And to think that the masses are buying into this stuff.........

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 05:52 AM

Originally posted by mikerussellus
The First Amendment garantees the right to free speech.

It does NOT, however, garantee the right to have everyone agree.

JG and Olberman can talk all they want, ratings have already decided what they say is worth.

It's the loons that believe in them that the problem lies. They are the ones so filled with anger and hate (even after their party won) that the only way to express themselves is to hate more and find other targets to hate.

sad, pathetic.

This is so true. I mean, Obama won and all my Democrat friends are still angry. In fact, I heard one saying how "unfair" it was that Obama was handed a country in such bad shape by Bush. She then went on to say that we HAVE to elect him to a 2nd term because NO ONE could expect him to fix things first term.

What logic. And as for "racism" in Tea Parties. I have heard alot of things in my life that were shocking, but JG's statement is beyond offensive. To stereotype EVERY SINGLE PERSON who attended the Tea Parties as "hating a black man" is the single most racist thing I have ever heard anyone say. She actually is the racist she decries, and by Olberman not kicking her off his show, he is culpable.

Imagine if someone went on TV and said "every single person who voted for Obama is a stupid "n-word". The outcry would universal.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 06:09 AM

Race card

Playing the race card is an idiomatic phrase that refers to the act of bringing the issue of race or racism into a debate, perhaps to obfuscate the matter. It is a metaphorical reference to card games in which a trump card may be used to gain an advantage.

Source : Wikipedia

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 06:27 AM
Janeane Garofalo and her type have the upper hand.

She knows that all she has to do is to call you a 'racist', and you will be doing back-flips trying to defend yourself, while she laughs in her green tea over your antics.

Once she has distracted you, you lose focus and become afraid to pursue your cause. She has defeated you. She has won.

What do you have to do? IGNORE HER, and anyone else that tries to play the race card.

Look at it this way:

Either you are a racist and she's not going to change your mind


You're not a racist, so sticks and stones...

Don't let her play you like a fiddle. Everyone is sooo afraid of being called a racist. Can't you see the game they are playing?

[edit on 18-4-2009 by jsobecky]

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 06:32 AM
First of all, Garofalo is a moron. She is so far left that most Liberals are embarrassed by, and for her, whenever she attempts political commentary.

The problem here is that, while most of those taking part in these Tea Party events are not racist, there is certainly a racist element that sees these events as a way to further their disgusting agenda.

Want proof? Wander over to TimeBomb2000 ( and read some of the openly racist views being spewed there. It's beyond reprehensible that people actually feel the need to express these views and infinitely more reprehensible that the mods on that site allow them.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 06:56 AM
Meh...the claim that protesters were all racist -- 9,000 strong, in some cities -- is disgusting, but no different than the right wing media insinuating that black people only voted for Obama because he was black, despite the fact that black Americans vote overwhelmingly Democrat in every election.

And today? Go into any "black community" in America and ask people about the new tobacco taxes. Then go into a "white community" and ask the same question. Although the chosen words may change, the content of the answers will be fundamentally the same.

The media thinks that race is a bigger deal to the average American citizen than it actually is. Don't get me wrong there are still racial and ethnic problems in America -- and some people do vote/protest for these reasons; but often times when you see reporters babbling on like this, they're racist, and they project that onto us. Other times (most of the time), they're trying to push the liberal/conservative agenda, and don't really care whether they're right or wrong. Unfortunately, even on ATS, some people take this bait; hook, line, and sinker.

Deny Ignorance?

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posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:05 AM
Isn't Janeane Garofalo a comedian and Keith Olbermann a sportscenter anchor?

Who cares what celebrity idiots say?

Don't let it bother you.

Just turn off the TV.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:10 AM
So much rage at this....

I always thought Mainstream Media was at least 80% bull, but at least the leftist leaning ones were less insulting about it (to a degree). They used to more or less lean toward not speaking about a topic rather demonizing it.... Now they're using old FOX tactics and marginalizing everybody. Leftists are "socialists" and "terrorist sympathizers" "immoral" and "un-patriotic america haters" now right wingers are "racists" "red necks" "brainwashed" and "un-patriotic america haters". This is insane. It's been insane since 9/11... She even mentions the idea that right wingers brains have different physiology. Yeah, that ought to calm the fears of people scared of socialism.

I don't even know about the validity of these tea party things though. I'm not sure if it was an actual grass roots movement that was hijacked by faux news and therefore has it's credibility permanently tarnished by it or if it is a genuine protest not out of spite, but rather people feeling burdened by the federal reserve stealing their money.

CNN and MSNBC frames these protests as a false gesture of people brainwashed into protesting taxes which do not affect them directly. While Fox News frames them as a genuine patriotic gesture of people scared of taxes which do not affect them, and socialism.

It's true that there still problems in America, so there will still be genuine protests. But the way these media types and narrow minded bloggers play partisan is sickening.

They are a bunch of psychopathic brainwashed hate mongers. The whole lot of them, right AND left. They are infiltrating the whole truth movement and trying to play partisan here, too. Dems trying to blame Rebs for the Fed. and vice versa. And throughout, on both sides, people denying that there actually is any problem with the Federal reserve or the secret societies that the right and left are a part of.

If you are willing to swallow any MSM partisan tripe (right or left) , and carry it on into your daily life and discourse, YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE.

Throw your TVs out the window and shred your news papers. There is no right or left, only the FED, the Israel lobby, and private interests. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!

Oh yeah, and the Media and bank conglomerates have to be banned in order for the constitution to be restored in America.


posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:29 AM

Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Hem, can someone explain to me why all this posturing and outrage because a comedian/actress said something stupid.

As far as I am aware it kinda happens all the time.

Has anyone listened to Chuck Norris lately?

I'll give you my two cents on it....

Its because they picked someone on the far fringe, with a little fame behind her name but no real qualifications to back her views.

Then passing her extreme views off as news and qualified analysis.

Yes, both sides are often guilty of doing this. Find some one on the fringe that is basically guarnteed to spout outrageous views. Interview them and give them a national platform and implying agreement with the views.

It really doesn't matter if what is said comes from a left-wing or right-wing nut. Basically, if something is given national platform, passed off as "news", and said often enough - there will be those that begin to believe it as truth.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:42 AM
Ha.I am glad KO..said what he said..Just maybe the rest of the real Americans sleeping on the sofa will wake up start joining those people at the tea party. It is going to take alot more of those tea parties to do anything..I think we all should march on washington for July 4th..However, I don't think CNN would give it the same converage as the million man march..

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:48 AM
So just now I was wondering why Janeane + Keith would, seemingly oddly, refer to Those-People/Tea-Partiers as "racists", and then suddenly I developed a theory.
I think they are unconsciously using the epithet "racist" as a more socially acceptable code-word for "people-from-a-lower-social-class-than-us".
"Racist" is part of a more uplifting dialogue than if they were to come out and say (and which even their innocent egotism would not permit them to say aloud, I bet) "those people who are poorer than us, stupider than us - no wonder they disagree with us - but whose opinions matter less than ours, because they are not as capable or competent or sophisticated as us - the proof of which is their vulgar downtrodden self-concern - Those people who lack the standing to have a different opinion than us"...along those lines...
"Racist" here just means a "bounder", some of the Great Unwashed from Fly-over County.
I think this usage arose because J+K sometimes try to feel themselves as being both Great and Good...all noblesse oblige and Lady Bountiful, the mistress of the manor sets off with a basket of leftovers to visit the poor and unfortunate...So as to lord it over the poor and unfortunate "I am concerned for you minorities"...this concern distinguishes the highest flower of genteel refinement, of social class...those more recent and less lordly or aristocratic could be expected to lack this fancy slow-growing old-school concerned feeling...Thus "you are racist" in this scheme symbolically substitutes for "you are of lower socio-economic class"..."Why you are so poor and stupid that you can't even afford to waste pretend concern on others, you have to express concern for yourselves"...Thus J+K/Lady Bountiful are superior to both the lowest class and the intermediate class, so to speak.

Plus I think their use of the word "racist" towards those who actually lack a consciously-evolved racist philosophy carries the subtext "you who are so poor and stupid that you have not read or properly understood the magazine articles telling you that racism was bad, or you would act like us"...this unconscious contempt for their inferiors precludes the concept from arising in their minds that others might actually develop a cohesive racial philosophy different from their own they don't perceive the need to reserve the word "racist "for such actual appropriate cases and just sling it about anyhow...

This is still poorly expressed but right now I have to go someplace, oh well.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:51 AM

Originally posted by ReagrahamLincool

Who cares what celebrity idiots say?

Exactly my point, why do celebs think their opinions are so much more important than the "common" man. Just because their names are known we are supposed to listen to them? I for one take their opinions less seriously than most.

I want to hear from someone who actually works for a living, worries about paying the bills not someone who is paid ridiculous amounts of money for the "jobs" they do.

If supporting protesters that are angry at the taxation of their country makes me a racist, so be it. I know the truth.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 07:58 AM
Obama has a white mother, so are people only racist to half of his lineage? How is it his other parent gets demoted, both of which are equally important and valid and part of what makes him who he is.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 08:17 AM
What do you expect from Left Wing Liberal Extremists ?

They both suck ! Frankly, their opinions don't matter.

I say we give California to all Left Wing Liberals and Extremists.
That way, they live on the Left Coast and we can keep them at bay.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 08:29 AM
So let me get this straight here.. some mostly unknown actress/entertainer said somethign bad about the protesters on TV... and we're supposed to care? Here, a hollywood star (oh let me quiver in joy now), the pinnacle of just how far a person ca be detached from reality and society, decides to chime in with their opinion on things.... and shes deciding to let loose some social commentary.. isn't that a bit like letting Paris Hilton teach people Calculus?

I see where people are going with this, how the criminally liberal media is trying to play all this down, and at the same time, you're falling for it by distraction.

posted on Apr, 18 2009 @ 09:31 AM
Yeah that was really ugly. Sometimes it is refreshing to see "the beautiful people" turn into ugly, stupid,racist, foaming at the mouth lunatics. I USED to be a big fan of JG. No more.

JG was the racist one. After all when you believe that you are, or someone you support is, untouchable due to their skin color, then you have a RACIST.

Something I thought was interesting and telling is that all the Democrats seemed to be experts in teabagging while the Republicans were busy scrambling to google it and see what it means.

[edit on 4-18-2009 by groingrinder]

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