Tuesday night, MSNBC's Hustler, Keith Olbermann, announced with a flourish that he would not follow the example of pornographer Larry Flynt and ask his tiny audience to go to work digging up dirt on Glenn Beck. Gee thanks.
Of course, that doesn't mean he's not still NBC's slime dog millionaire. Olbermann was MSNBC's anchor for the broadcast of President Obama's healthcare speech last night. (Imagine the screaming we would have heard from the whole mainstream media had Fox News used Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity in the anchor chair on for an Obama speech). Olbermann began the coverage immediately after the Republican response by Louisiana Congressman and heart surgeon, Charles Boustany:
OLBERMANN: Congressman Boustany, we should note, has been sued for malpractice three times. He is a "Birther" who believes there are questions about the President's citizenship, and, as Rachel [Maddow] reported last night, he is a man recorded in court papers to have fallen for a scam in which he tried to buy the British royalty title of "Lord." He gave the Republican answer tonight. Governor Jindal's epic failure after the State of the Union should have reminded all: Never write the rebuttal before you read the speech.
What, no mention of Huey Long? He was from Louisiana too… oh, yeah, he was a Democrat.
Slime number 1: "[Boustany,] we should note, has been sued for malpractice three times…." Hmmm, I bet the next time Charley Rangel is on Countdown, "we" won't "note" that he's being investigated for major tax fraud…
But I digress. Dr. Boustany has been a heart surgeon for 20 years. He has been sued "3 times!" Let's look at those cases on which information is easily available with a simple Google search. In one, Boustany was part of a team that saved an obese diabetic woman's life by performing angioplasty on her. She ended up having to have three toes amputated — Not her leg, three toes. For that, she was compensated better than an Olympic track star.
One of the other times Boustany was sued was a "blue baby" case. Generally about 2/3 of those patients die. Boustany's patient lived, but he was sued because "complications" meant it took 2 surgeries to get the job done.
But of course, we don't need malpractice reform in the health bill, that's a useless distraction!
Slime Number 2: "He is a "Birther" who believes there are questions about the President's citizenship…"
The "evidence" for this is the Huffington Post video below. Of course, we know it is edited fairly and completely…
For the video and the rest of this post, click here