You know that voice that speaks to you when you've done or said something inappropriate -- the voice that tells you to apologize? Either Keith Olbermann doesn't have that voice or he's choosing to ignore it.
Olbermann took to Twitter last week and took a shot at conservative commenter S.E. Cupp. “On so many levels she’s a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does," he said. You can catch up on the controversy that ensued here and here.
But now, after a weekend of responding to criticism and multiple Twitter wars, Olbermann is refusing to apologize for his comments (comments that at worst some saw as wishing for Cupp's abortion, and at best the hope of her never existing in the first place). In fact, as Mediaite's Tommy Christopher writes, he's now even being dishonest about his initial statement. Christopher has a column explaining, and it centers around this Friday tweet by Olbermann:
See? He didn’t wish S.E. Cupp out of existence, he just wanted her parents to get some parenting lessons. Aside from being a lie, this is arguably worse, since he’s now crapping all over her parents, who never did anything to him. Keith Olbermann, of all people, ought to appreciate the sanctity of the parental bond.
As if picking on S.E. Cupp in the first place wasn’t a weak enough move, and refusing to apologize for it (even though his non-factuality demonstrates consciousness of guilt) even weaker, Olbermann got worked into this “Are you Sarah Connor?”/Back to S.E. Cupp’s Future lather over a complete falsehood. Olbermann writes all over his Twitter feed, and his blog, that S.E. Cupp “lied” about Planned Parenthood in that appearance on the Joy Behar Show. Except she didn’t.
As Christopher has noted before, Cupp did not "lie" at all about Planned Parenthood. In fact, she admitted to Behar that PP does provide other services besides abortions, but said, "I don't believe in what they believe in," and, "I don't want to have to pay for it.”
That leads Christopher to this conclusion:
It’s one thing to be wrong, but to stick by your beliefs. It’s not necessarily admirable, but it isn’t an indictment of one’s character. But to know that you’re wrong, and refuse to admit it (mostly because nobody has the nerve to make you admit it), that’s just cowardly, and it undermines whatever else you’re trying to say.
Well said. Read more, including Olbermann's attempt at a response here.