Was Donny Deutsch kicked off of MSDNC because he upset KeithO?

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Sure as heck sounds like it:

“A week-long anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday,” writes the New York Times‘ Brian Stelter,” after “Mr. Olbermann was shown briefly in a series of clips of media bloviators during a segment that pondered what role the media plays in fomenting the public’s anger.”

While no one at MSNBC would go on the record for fear of getting fired by Mr. Olbermann, Stelter reports that “the four people briefed on MSNBC’s decision said Mr. Olbermann’s anger about the segment prompted the cancellation of the weeklong ‘America the Angry’ series.”

Scott Whitlock at Newsbusters has the transcript and video of the segment in question. It’s interesting when you watch the segment and read the transcript, because Deutsch, while not expressly defending the Olbermanns and (Ed) Schultzes of the world (at least not until towards the end of the segment), takes guest Hugh Hewitt to task for the way he talks about them – chiefly, Ed Schultz.

Whitlock also notes:

However, in February, when Deutsch dismissed Hispanic senatorial hopeful Marco Rubio as a “coconut,” a term that the New York Times described as meaning “brown on the outside and white on the inside,” MSNBC took no action.

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Deutsch ultimately apologized for referring to the Hispanic Rubio as a “coconut.” However, the host certainly got in nowhere near the trouble that he did for daring to challenge MSNBC’s liberal left-wing heavyweights.

Now there’s a shocker.

Olberpunk is denying he had anything to do with Deutsch being kicked off the air in an anchor role, but then again KO’s a chronic liar, so take his denials with a grain of salt.

By the way, if you have a Twitter account, make sure you’re following @KeithOlbermann – purely for the comedy factor.

Bolivian president at “people’s” conference on climate change: “Planet or death!”

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Via The Guardian:

“Planet or death!” chanted Bolivia’s leftwing president, Evo Morales, to a crowd of 20,000 people. “We will be victorious!” the crowds answered back, waving rainbow-coloured, chequered Andean indigenous flags.

Morales was officially inaugurating the first international “people’s conference” on climate change – the grassroots alternative to last year’s failed United Nations talks in Copenhagen.

The meeting in the city of Cochabamba has attracted people from more than 125 countries, although many delegates from Africa, Europe and India were unable to come because of the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic volcano. The meeting has no direct bearing on the UN climate talks, which continue this year, but is billed as a venue for the grassroots movements to put pressure on governments to act on climate change.

“The positive thing here is that people have a space. Until now, the voice, the lead, was always given to governments. And now it is the turn of the people because the governments, particularly some governments from developed countries, did not understand that we are on the verge of a catastrophe and they are not assuming responsibility,” said Juan Pablo Ramos, Bolivia’s deputy environment minister.

His president will have raised some eyebrows though with bizarre comments in his opening address that baldness is the consequence of genetically modified chickens and potatoes and that Coca-Cola is “poison and sewage water”. Bolivia’s first indigenous president, a former llama herder and coca grower, added: “Either capitalism dies, or it will be Mother Earth.” [read more on his speech here – ST]

Later this week, Morales and other Latin American leaders are expected to call for the establishment an international climate court, demanding compensation from rich countries to assist poor nations, and urging countries to open their borders to future waves of climate refugees.

“We are not part of the problem, we are part of the solution, we the indigenous peoples, the peasant communities, so let us offer you the solution because we are the ones suffering,” said Justo Cruz, an Aymara indigenous leader. “Ordinary people are never allowed to talk, [yet] we are the ones paying the price for what the rich are doing to our planet, to our Mother Earth.”

The UN, which organised the Copenhagen talks is not popular here. The UN representative in Bolivia struggled to make her voice heard over a chorus of booing and during a presentation, the former president of the general assembly, Nicaraguan Catholic priest Miguel D’Escoto, declared that the “fraud, lie and dictatorship” that is the UN should be “re-invented”.

Yeah, it should be – but definitely not the way these buffoons think it should be.

BTW, Morales has a lot in common with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and many other green fascists on the issue of capitalism and free markets. He/they hate(s) it, too.

And speaking of Bolivia and climate change:

For the Incas, and most of the Andean civilisations, snow-capped mountains were divinities to be honoured, as they supplied water.

But now it seems those gods are losing their powers. Researchers say that the glaciers are in dramatic retreat across the Andes due to rising temperatures.

In the small village of Khapi, below the stunning – and still snow-covered – Mount Illimani, the sense of anxiety is profound.

An idea has taken root there – that those who have caused the snow to retreat and the waters to slow should be brought before an international court.

What they want is an international court of environmental justice, an idea that is being pushed by Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president.

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What they want is an international court of environmental justice, an idea that is being pushed by Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president.

Following the perceived failure of the COP15 climate change talks in Copenhagen last year, President Morales called an alternative civil-society conference.

It is taking place this week in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, bringing together indigenous groups, NGOS, scientists, activists as well as government delegations.

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Mr Morales hopes activists will lobby for the creation of an international environmental court where the people from Khapi want to be the first ones to fight for compensation.

The idea is to present a draft proposal to the next climate change meeting, COP16, that will be held in Mexico late this year.

“What we want to achieve is justice,” Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations, told the BBC.

“When we say climate justice tribunal, we are speaking about how to sanction actions that seriously affect the environment and have consequences for populations, for nations that may even disappear beneath the ocean,” he said.

An international court of “environmental justice.” Sound familiar?

These clowns hate capitalism and want to eradicate it, but yet they want “compensation” from these same evil capitalists who, if radical climate change fanatics had their way about it, wouldn’t even have the money to pay any sort of “compensation.” Not only that, but even the thought of a “court of environmental justice” sounds scary, especially when you think of all the prominent fascists, socialists, and communists who would likely be the judges, juries, and ‘executioners’ (of sorts), and especially when you know that they’ve already judged in advance anyone who doesn’t fall in line 100% with their viewpoint on so-called “man-made” global warming …

Why were the media shooed away from covering DADT protest at WH?

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Very strange:

Police chased reporters away from the White House and closed Lafayette Park today in response to a gay rights protest in which several service members in full uniform handcuffed themselves to the White House gate to protest “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

People who have covered the White House for years tell me that’s an extremely unusual thing to do in an area that regularly features protests.

A reporter can be seen in the YouTube video above calling the move “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”

You can watch the video at the above link, or here, via Gay Patriot, who writes at Big Journalism:

Now I don’t really get into the whole “shouting down the President” and “handcuffing to the White House gates” approach to things. But it is very disturbing that Obama’s people are using the District police to prevent reporters from doing their jobs and covering an act of peaceful civil disobedience. I can only imagine the breathless and shrill outrage by network news anchors tonight if Bush-Cheney had kept the press away from the White House during an anti-war protest in 2005? Surely the Bush Press Secretary would be “The Worst Person In The World” tonight on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. So why shouldn’t Robert Gibbs be tonight?

Meanwhile, last night in Los Angeles, Obama bristled when gay activists interrupted his scripted appearance at a fundraiser for US Sen. Barbara Boxer. Representatives of GetEQUAL shouted, “what about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and “it’s time for equality for all Americans.” The President, at one point bringing his remarks to a halt, said, “Barbara and I are supportive of repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.”

Activists David John Fleck, Dan Fotou, Laura Kanter, Zoe Nicholson, and Michelle Wright were then escorted out of the reception by security officers. Obama clearly appeared flustered and angry by the outburst.

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The fact of the matter is that many Americans have soured on President Obama, including those who once were his passionate supporters – the left-wing gay community. I never quite understood their support, since Obama’s views on gay marriage (the Gay Left’s litmus test) are the same as former President Bush’s — and Bush was seen as the devil incarnate. But that being said, there are enough bodies under the Obama bus to have tipped off The Gays that they’d be next.

Looks like some gay Americans aren’t playing their part in the Obama script now. It is just sad that the White House increasingly looks like the Soviet-era Kremlin when it comes to tolerating different points of view.

Yep.

No matter what your position is on both the media and gay marriage, DADT, etc, I think we can all pretty much agree that pushing the media away from covering the DADT protest in front of the WH is indeed an outrage. Is the WH to blame? The Secret Service is saying no but Jimmy Orr at the LAT Top of the Ticket blog isn’t so sure:

Now, there’s no evidence to suggest the White House was to blame. Not only would such an….

…order be unbelievably stupid, but the Secret Service is already saying it was the Park Police’s doing.

But due to its very location, people start to wonder. Reporters start to wonder. We don’t know what was going through Politico blogger Ben Smith’s head. But his headline didn’t pull any punches.

In fact, it seemed to openly mock White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

“Most transparent White House ever” it sneers. Sound familiar? Gibbs used similar words just yesterday when discussing openness at the Obama White House.

And it’s not like we want to accuse a WH which has a history of trying to control the press of … trying to control the press yesterday. Will be interesting to see how the press addresses Robert Fibbs today about this during the daily press briefing.

In any event, gay rights issues – including DADT – are clearly things Obama wants to keep off the front pages and out of the limelight. Gay rights advocates were made promises by candidate Obama and now they want him to, as President, deliver. Instead, he apparently wants to sweep them under the rug while throwing them scraps. Now, we know why Bush didn’t do much of anything to help the gay community – because he supposedly ‘hated’ gay people. What’s Obama’s excuse?