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September 16, 2008

Psychopathic Olbermann Wants Palin Investigated for Depression and/or Mood Swings
Update: Mistaken Intent?

Why?

Well, because a Media Blog reader defended Palin's purchase of a tanning bed noting that in cloudy, dark Alaska, Seasonal Affective Disorder brings a lot of people down, and the UV light of a tanner helps brighten people's moods.

Based on this -- a reader from Alaska saying "Yeah, we get SAD up here; it's dark and cold" -- Olbermann is now calling for an investigation into Palin's psychological records.

Bathtub Boy. The guy so overwhelmed with panic and depression he couldn't even come out on camera, but spent entire shows in the bathtub sobbing to himself.

This is the finger I smear people with.

Wrong: Raving Atheist, a Concerned Christian Conservative (no, really) actually says he saw the segment and we got it wrong:

As much as I dislike Olbermann, I think you're a little off-base on this one, and you could embarrass yourself if you pursue it any fruther.

I saw the clip, which was part of Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" feature. As I saw it, he was mocking the reader for suggesting that Palin should invoke seasonal affective disorder as a defense for having a tanning bed. The idea was "with friends like that, she doesn't need enemies." He was being sarcastic in calling for a probe of her depression, each time referring to it very pointedly as her "HYPOTHETICAL depression" to emphasize the recklessness of the reader's suggestion -- which was why he named the reader the "World Person in the World."

Ah. Well, it's not funny, and it's not worth pointing out a silly email from a reader, and he's further still suggesting that this may be damning ("with friends like these, who needs enemies"), but it does appear based on Raving Atheist's report I got it wrong.


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