Clearly, the brass at MSNBC disagrees and feels this language is wholly inappropriate, proving there is a definitive double standard at play on this network. Those same executives mustered no outrage last September when, in one of his typically hysterical tirades against "dictatorial" George W. Bush, Keith Olbermann accused him of "pimping General David Petraeus" as he sold the surge on Capitol Hill.
Oh, but Petraeus is a grown man with a grown-up job, you say? Somehow we forget that Chelsea Clinton also fits that mold, since she's 27 and works for big bucks in Manhattan for Avenue Capital Group, a hedge fund founded by two major Democratic Party donors.
But Chelsea is the Daughter of Bill, and presidential offspring should be off-limits. Okay, Olbermann crossed that line, too.
On Nov. 28, 2006, after President Bush's twin daughters Barbara and Jenna traveled to Argentina to celebrate their 25th birthday, Olbermann used the flimsiest of office cooler whispers to suggest the girls were engaged in lewd public behavior: "After reports of lax security, a media frenzy and at least one lurid tale in the Argentine papers about the girls running naked down a hallway of their hotel, denied fervently by that hotel, by the way, ABC News reported the situation was so bad that the U.S. embassy asked the girls to leave, which the embassy fervently denies, by the way."
Olbermann then extended the outrage by interviewing comedian Mo Rocca, having more fun demeaning the Bush twins as comparable to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears: "Let's start with the First Twins and this rampage through Argentina. You have met the Bush daughters, and you know your White Houses. Are these the kind of women who would do things like run around in a hotel naked?" Rocca joked that the reports were exaggerated, that the Bush twins had only run around topless.
And the folks at MSNBC laughed, because that Keith Olbermann is such a cutup.