Olbermann Nails Glenn Beck for Misspelling O.L.I.G.A.R.C.H.

Hilarious and yet deeply horrifying. Glenn Beck makes a spectacular spelling error while using a chalk board to explain to his feeble-minded viewers that Obama and liberals have a secret plan to overturn the republic and install an oligarchy in its place. In his demonstration, Beck misspells “oligarch” by leaving out the letter “c.”

Beck is projecting, of course. Oligarchies are by definition right-wing autocracies in which a tiny elite cadre imposes authoritarian control on a small middle class and a vast impoverished underclass. Examples include the Mexican government today, the Confederate States of America during the (first) Civil War and imperial Rome.

It’s horrifying that Beck has any credibility at all, and that what credibility he does have is among misguided Tea Baggers, Birthers and Deathers who have been duped into arming themselves for a second Civil War — to water the tree of liberty with blood — for no other reason than to protect the trillions in profits of health-insurance megacorps.

Thanks to FWA, our man in Savannah, for the tip.

Transcript follows:

OLBERMANN: The danger of today‘s version of the mythical, home spun, awe shucks, TV totalitarian Lonesome Roads, Glenn Beck is summed up by remarks today in which he claimed that a revolution has begun in this country, “a stealing of America in the guise of an election,” and his repeated insistence that the president is a Marxist. In our number one story in the COUNTDOWN, the comfort of today‘s mythical, home spun, awe shucks, TV totalitarian, lonesome roads Glenn Beck is that every day he gives away the essential truth that he is an idiot.

If you are going to warn the colonist that the English have arrived in the bay, you are not going to get very far by jumping onto a horse and yelling, “the brutish (ph) are coming. The brutish are coming.”

If you are trying to tell Mr. Chambers that the alien book “To Serve Man” is not about helping people, but eating them, you kind of lose your credibility if you say, “Mr. Chambers, don‘t get on the ship. The rest of the book, ‘to serve man,‘ it is a phone book!”

Here‘s Mr. Beck last week, with the zeal of Paul Revere and the panic of Mr. Chambers assistant cryptographer, Pat, and the spelling ability of a third grader.


GLENN BECK, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: I told you we were going to—we were going to talk about these things. We were going to talk about Obama, the left, internationalist, graft, acorn-style organizations, revolution and hidden agenda. O-L-I-G-a-R-H—

One letter is missing. Why did I select these words? Because Acorn selects tides. They all select their words first, and then tie them all together into one word. Oligarch—the one that‘s missing is Y.

I don‘t know if we are turning into an oligarchy or what we‘re turning into. But unless you ask why, we are going to transform into something. Ask questions.


OLBERMANN: I have a question. Don‘t you rehearse? Oligarchy? Did Obama steal the letter C? Mr. Beck came back the next day and tried to bury the reality that the less than one percent of the country that watches or listens to his show thinking they are not listening to an uneducated, imperceptive, panicky whack job are completely mistaken.

Channeling his inner Pee-Wee Herman, he said everything but I meant to do that, and suggested he almost left out the C in oligarchy on purpose, that the C stands for czars. This was desperation at its worst. The fascination with czars is fodder for a segment of its own. The use of the Russian dictatorial term czar for a presidential appointee did not just begin yesterday. It began with President Nixon, when he put in an energy czar, William Simon, during the oil crisis of December 1973. Simon probably announced we‘d be starting daylight savings not in April, but in January. That‘s a czar.

The true era of American czars came under, gosh, Ronald Reagan. He created the position of drug czar, filled more or less continuously since 1982. So Mr. Beck, if you are going to insult czars and the sainted memories of President Nixon and President Reagan, I‘m going to have to challenge you to a duel. That‘s D-U-E-L, by the way. It is hard to say what percentage of that less than one percent watches in rapt, mesmerized fascination as the truth teller, whose low brain function is no lower than their own, and what percentage watches, as the rest of us do, for the never unfulfilled promise of a train wreck yet to come.

He misquoted Shakespeare the other day. To me, train wreck. To his gullible viewers, golly, he knows about Shakey‘s Pizza. I mean, look, he quotes Theodore Roosevelt, yes, the guy who looks like the mountain.


BECK: We speak without fear, while basing it all in fact. Walk softly and carry a big stick. That ain‘t a gun, man. That is the facts.


OLBERMANN: Yes, it is. Walk softly and carry a big stick. Speak softly and carry a big stick. Whatever. That‘s the facts. One other thing here. College communications programs don‘t teach you much about actual broadcasting. But I have one professor whose full-time job was as general manger at one of the local radio stations. Among many things, he taught me one truth that he said separated the men from the boys. “I hate those egotistical good morning world sign-ons,” Don Martin said to me. “People watch and listen to radio and TV one person at a time. Talk to one person at a time. Whenever I hear good evening, everyone, I turn around to see who comes in the room with me when they say that.” Ahem.


BECK: Well, hello, America.

Good night, America.


OLBERMANN: Don‘t forget, squawk softly, carry a big brick and leave off the last C for savings. That‘s COUNTDOWN for this the 2,314th day since the previous president declared mission accomplished in Iraq.

I‘m Keith Olbermann, to paraphrase Ron Burgundy‘s sign off, stay classy, COUNTDOWN-land.


  • Scott
    September 2, 2009 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Well…one could also talk about how many viewers Beck gained, or how many percentage points Obama dropped in the polls, or how many more viewers Beck has than Keith Olbermann (and Fox than just about anybody else) … but this kind of thing quickly descends into a pointless tug-of-war of the “my Dad can beat up your Dad” variety.

  • September 2, 2009 - 6:58 pm | Permalink

    More corporatist-oligarchical “logic” from Republicans: “troubled assets,” foundation of Bush’s TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

  • Scott
    September 2, 2009 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Well, Jon, I will have to give you that one. I never did like the second-term Bush. And yes, Bush is the one who started the whole TARP thing during the election. And yes, “corporatist-oligarchical” is an absolutely correct description of what TARP is. (In fact, I think another, more familiar, word for “corporatist-oligarchical” is “fascism.”) I would merely point out that Obama picked up that TARP ball and has continued to run with it via the stimulus package. On this point, both Bush and Obama bear equal responsibility.

  • Scott
    September 2, 2009 - 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I will be leaving this blog for the night and will check back in at some point tomorrow to see what damage has been done in my absence. :)

  • September 2, 2009 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Jon Said,
    September 2, 2009 @ 6:58 pm

    “More corporatist-oligarchical “logic” from Republicans: “troubled assets,” foundation of Bush’s TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program.”

    And yet no link to support your claim that 11 advertisers bailed on the Beck show today alone.

  • September 3, 2009 - 5:06 am | Permalink

    William, please provide a link that proves that 11 sponsors did not leave Beck’s show yesterday. Thanks.

  • Scott
    September 3, 2009 - 6:44 am | Permalink

    Jon, sounds like the argument from ignorance again (see above). By the way, did you know that Keith Olbermann, in a rare moment of honesty, was seen running naked (Emperor’s clothes off) through Times Square shouting, “I’m a moonbat! I’m a moonbat”? Please provide a link that proves he did not do this.

  • September 3, 2009 - 7:03 am | Permalink

    Of course, Scott. Everyone knows about that. He does that every Thursday night at 9.

  • Scott
    September 3, 2009 - 7:44 am | Permalink

    Well, never say KO isn’t honest. Fun debating with the group the past 24. I’m off to other pursuits.

  • September 3, 2009 - 7:45 am | Permalink

    Jon Said,
    September 3, 2009 @ 5:06 am

    “William, please provide a link that proves that 11 sponsors did not leave Beck’s show yesterday. Thanks.”

    *You’re* the one that made the initial claim not I, therefore *you* must provide the link to substantiate it, as I have respectfully asked you to do. Apparently you pulled that “fact” out of your ear.

  • September 3, 2009 - 8:09 am | Permalink

    Check our homepage, William. Sheesh.

  • September 3, 2009 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Jon Said,
    September 3, 2009 @ 8:09 am

    “Check our homepage, William. Sheesh”

    Nice. You make the claim here, and then you post on this website a link to an article that you yourself wrote. Good job! You up the ante too and now threaten the entirety of the Fox News schedule unless they trammel Beck, or remove him from the air. Keep it up. It will only drive Beck’s ratings higher. Don’t forget, Glenn Beck raped and murdered a young girl in 1990! LOL

    • September 3, 2009 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

      Um, William, are you new to the Intertubes? My article is sourced to the right-leaning New York Daily News. (Hint, the boldy looking words are links. In particular, the word “announced” in the first paragraph will take you to the source. )

      Double sheesh.

  • Madison
    September 3, 2009 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

    William – Ask your mom to help you find it..

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  • September 6, 2009 - 6:04 am | Permalink

    Jon Said,
    September 3, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    “Um, William, are you new to the Intertubes? My article is sourced to the right-leaning New York Daily News. (Hint, the boldy looking words are links. In particular, the word “announced” in the first paragraph will take you to the source. )

    Double sheesh.”

    Your condescension befits your arrogance and I wear it as a badge of honor. Van Jones, another poor victim of “the man”. Now we can have a further review of some of the rest of the creeps and their extreme ideologies who have been brought into this administration’s service without appropriate public vetting by the Congress.

    • September 7, 2009 - 5:30 am | Permalink

      Why would you wear my arrogance as a badge of honor? Makes no sense. I will wear your bizarre response as a tacit acknowledgment that I was right — that Glenn Beck did lose 11 sponsors that day. And, no, please — no need to apologize for accusing me of, as the great feeb Sarah Palin would say, “making stuff up.” (Wink, wink.)

  • Xavier
    September 9, 2009 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    Oops, the old feeble minded people understood. Too bad Olbermann takes a bit longer to get the point. What could that mean? Hummmmm…..

  • James
    September 22, 2009 - 1:10 am | Permalink

    I’ve watched a few of Becks videos across the net and I find him to be an idiot who believes in reporting biased opinions as facts. Now, I’m not saying that Olbermann is perfect, but I’ve found tht his reporting has a bit more truth to it than Becks.

  • James
    September 22, 2009 - 1:18 am | Permalink

    Plus, watching him make fun of Beck has made his part of the news worth watching… Although I’m fairly sure that I wouldn’t have been able to spell “oligarch” in third grade or even if I would have been able to spell it a few moments before watching this video.

  • Sath
    September 22, 2009 - 4:54 am | Permalink

    Big F*#k**g Deal. Is that all they have? The other networks prostitute themselves for Obama and that’s all they come up with?

  • Tom
    September 22, 2009 - 5:19 am | Permalink

    James, You are a great American!

  • Tom
    September 22, 2009 - 5:22 am | Permalink

    Did somebody bring up Sarah Palin? I love her!

  • Lou
    September 22, 2009 - 10:01 pm | Permalink

    You guys are so pathetic, Olbermann mocks Becks spelling mistake, lol, he would die to make one spelling mistake and have as many viewers as Beck, he even lost out to O’Reilly with viewers, now he is off backing O’Reilly down, he is now jumping on Beck. MMMMM wonder why. Maybe Olbermann needs to get a look at what he is sprouting out wrong and find out what Beck and O’Reilly are saying right. As to all the sponsors who pulled out of Beck, your loss, you are losing millions of viewers and sales. Carry on your stupid argument, Olbermann looked for something on the net asking us to give it to him about Beck, is this all he can come up with a misspelt word. Go Olbermann go!!! Good Night

    • Madison
      September 23, 2009 - 10:24 am | Permalink

      Lou, we’ll bow to your expertise on being pathetic, but comparing the viewership of MSNBC vs. Fox is apples vs. oranges. MSNBC is a an actual news channel staffed by professional journalists, including Olbermann, as well as purely opinion show hosts like Rachel Maddow.

      Fox is a propaganda outlet that calls itself a “news” channel. It has a few reporters who cover foreign affairs, but the rest of its staff is made up of right-wing nutjobs like Beck and O’Reilly and bikini models who obviously have no comprehension of what they’re saying as they read it off the teleprompter.

      Fox’s mission is to serve up disinformation to half-wits at the behest of the Republican Party on behalf of its corporate masters. The “news” is carefully crafted to stoke the hatred and fears of paranoid ignoramuses. What’s tragic about this is that purpose of the disinformation is to trick these stupid sheep into voting against their own best interests in order to promote the interests (read: profits) of corporate oligarchs.

      The best example of this lately is their successful campaign to get Tea Baggers to threaten civil war for no other reason than to protect the $200 billion in annual profits of health insurance companies. How stupid do you have to be to allow yourself to become convinced that govt run health insurance is any worse than the govt run hospitals that are in every town in America.

      Yes, the insane clown posse at Fox gets high ratings — but Fox is still behind the number one channel on cable: wrestling. And that speaks volumes.

  • Jimmy James
    September 25, 2009 - 12:53 am | Permalink

    MSNBC is a NEWS network, with professional journalists? Are you KIDDING?

  • garth
    September 25, 2009 - 1:02 am | Permalink

    I think its hillarious that they spend 5 minutes talking about Glenn Beck because he forgot to a letter in a word…..obermann is a dumbass anyways. just looking at him makes me sick. one of those people you just want to punch in the face for being so stupid. i hate liberals.

  • Chris
    September 25, 2009 - 1:48 am | Permalink

    I’d like to point something out. This article mentions oligarchies as being a far right form of government.
    Umm… no. On the political spectrum more government and control goes to the left and less is on the right. So dictatorships, communism, fascism and oligarchies are far left forms of government. The right leads to less and less government until it reaches anarchy. So the writer of this article is either wrong or lying.

    • STemplar
      September 25, 2009 - 5:14 am | Permalink

      That’s just wrong, Chris. Classic oligarchies were the Roman empire, the feudal and later monarchical systems in Japan and Europe. Those are conservative systems. In fact, that’s what the Republican Party longs for today — a return to monarchy, which is why they elected George Bush, who was the son of a president and a direct descendant of Franklin Pierce, the alcoholic worst president of the 19th century.

  • Tom
    September 25, 2009 - 3:12 am | Permalink

    Which Kool-Aid flavor is your favorite?

    September 25, 2009 - 3:16 am | Permalink

    Wow. This is quite a little debate… all over a complete idiot: GLENN BECK. The fact that he’s made so much money playing on the fears of ignorant people is not surprising. The people that actually believe the river of crap flowing from that guy’s mouth are the very same people who make NASCAR and wrestling the most watched (NON)sports in the country, keep country music alive, and voted BUSH into office TWICE, only to blame the entirety of the nations problems on the new President within the first TWO MONTHS of taking office. The same people who think spending trillions of dollars on a war WE STARTED makes more sense than providing health care to the citizens of the country that support it with tax dollars. Wow. As evidenced by Beck’s earnings – tv, radio and books (??? Apparently some of them know how to read??) – FOOLS AND THEIR MONEY ARE SOON TO PART.

  • norm
    September 25, 2009 - 4:16 am | Permalink

    maybe I can’t spell oligarch but I can spell b o r i n g, as in this bs article. It reeks of lefty desperation and/or lunacy.

  • Rick
    September 25, 2009 - 5:24 am | Permalink

    Wow, poor Olbermann . No wonder his ratings suck so bad. With crap like this! Attacking spelling mistakes? LOL! What a loser. Jealousy (of ratings) reveals it’s ugly head. Hey Olbermann, if you’re reading this you should know that America is laughing at you.

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