From the Inside Flap
Ever since MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann debuted in 2003, Olbermann has made it clear that he is not one to shy away from a controversy or back down from a fight. In fact, he has gone out of his way to become a thorn in the side of pundits, politicians, and apologists, exposing their venality, manipulation, and flat-out lies for what they are. From the national disaster that was the Bush administration to agents of the Fox News propaganda machine to the tin foilhat crowd that calls itself the Tea Partyall have felt the sting of Olbermann's bitter indictments, biting satire, and blistering mockery.
In Pitchforks and Torches, Olbermann presents a powerful selection of his most potent barrages from the days immediately following the 2008 election through the first year of the Obama administration. He is alternately passionate, furious, and humorously nonplussed as he responds to the right wing's increasingly disloyal and nutty opposition to virtually all of the president's programs and the emergence of congressional Republicans as the "Party of No."
Whether sticking it to such usual suspects as Bill O'Reilly, Boss Limbaugh, and Glenn "Lonesome Rhodes" Beck as "The Worst Person in the World"; tracking W's calamitous legacy in the "Worst of Bush"; or getting down to the nitty-gritty of major issues in his influential "Special Comments" and "Quick Comments," Olbermann articulates and energizes progressive positions on the great issues of our time as no one else can. Discover what Keith Olbermann has to say about:
President Bush's use and defense of the torture of terrorism suspects
The birther movement
Sarah Palin's death-panel fantasies
Republican attempts to rename the Democratic Party
Michael Steele's bizarre stewardship of the Republican Party
The Blue Dog Democrats who scuttled real health care reform
And much more
Complete with cogent critiques of President Obama's health care strategy as well as his decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan, Pitchforks and Torches is welcome reading for Countdown lovers, Olbermann fans, and anyone who enjoys a good dose of reality with their politics.
From the Back Cover
Whether he's awarding a gold medal to the "Worst Person in the World," pleading for sanity and decency in one of his "Special Comments," or trying to make sense of some even-nuttier-than-usual right-wing outrage in a "WTF?" segment, Keith Olbermann is one of the strongest, toughest, and funniest progressive voices on television. In this irresistible new collection of memorable moments from MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he skewers the politicians, celebrities, and other ne'er-do-wells who made life in the United States far more difficult and contentious than it had to be during the first year of the Obama presidency.
Olbermann weighs in on major topics such as health care reform, the Obama stimulus, gay marriage, and the war in Afghanistan. He corrects the misstatements, paranoid fantasies, and outright lies spread like manure by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, O'Reilly, and the entire Republican congressional caucus. You'll laugh, cry, and get steamed up by his classic comments on everything from the Supreme Court's disastrous ruling on corporate campaign contributions and the passage of California's Proposition 8 making gay marriage illegal to Representative Joe Wilson's outrageous "You lie!" lie, and much, much more.