Keith Olbermann – My thanks, wonder, gratitude, apology: A Statement to the Viewers of Countdown

Keith will be back on the air tomorrow. He released this statement to viewers.

A STATEMENT TO THE VIEWERS OF COUNTDOWN

by Keith Olbermann

I want to sincerely thank you for the honor of your extraordinary and ground-rattling support. Your efforts have been integral to the remedying of these recent events, and the results should remind us of the power of individuals spontaneously acting together to correct injustices great or small. I would also like to acknowledge with respect the many commentators and reporters, including those with whom my politics do not overlap, for their support.

I also wish to apologize to you viewers for having precipitated such anxiety and unnecessary drama. You should know that I mistakenly violated an inconsistently applied rule – which I previously knew nothing about – that pertains to the process by which such political contributions are approved by NBC. Certainly this mistake merited a form of public acknowledgment and/or internal warning, and an on-air discussion about the merits of limitations on such campaign contributions by all employees of news organizations. Instead, after my representative was assured that no suspension was contemplated, I was suspended without a hearing, and learned of that suspension through the media.

You should also know that I did not attempt to keep any of these political contributions secret; I knew they would be known to you and the rest of the public. I did not make them through a relative, friend, corporation, PAC, or any other intermediary, and I did not blame them on some kind of convenient ‘mistake’ by their recipients. When a website contacted NBC about one of the donations, I immediately volunteered that there were in fact three of them; and contrary to much of the subsequent reporting, I immediately volunteered to explain all this, on-air and off, in the fashion MSNBC desired.

I genuinely look forward to rejoining you on Countdown on Tuesday, to begin the repayment of your latest display of support and loyalty – support and loyalty that is truly mutual.

–K.O.

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Dr. Phil Rips Clint McCance’s “Apology”

Joe. My. God.

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Weird, Carl: Why didn’t ‘I don’t have one iota of respect for [civil unions]‘ make your 6-point ‘apology’?

Screen Shot 2010-10-12 At 6.18.42 PmHere’s Carl Paladino in September, speaking to the very same Hasidic group where he ultimately delivered his now-infamous comments about gays’ “brainwashing” children:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: A September appearance alongside Yehuda Levin, wherein Levin said same-sex marriage ’caused the last step before the floods of Noah that actually destroyed the worlds’ and that the judicial and legislative system has “spiritually sodomized” voices of dissent, while Paladino sat there and said nothing [G-A-Y]

But now Carl Paladino of course knows that he’s stepped in it big time. So where there was once a need to say whatever he thought would appease the uber-homo-hostile Yehuda Levin, there is now the realization that unfettered anti-gayness will not fly in New York. And whereas there was once “not one iota of respect” for even civil unions, there is now the suggestion that the anti-civil union, pro-”let the people vote” Republican candidate has the exact same position as the pro-civil union, anti-vote-on-marriage President:

1) I am a live and let live person.

2) I am 100% against discrimination of any group. I oppose discrimination of any kind in housing, credit, insurance benefits or visitation.

3) I am 100% against hate crimes in any form.

4) I am in support of civil agreements and equal rights for all citizens.

5) My position on marriage is based on my personal views. I have the same position on this issue as President Barrack (sic) Obama. I have previously stated I would support a referendum by New York voters. I have proposed Initiative and Referendum so New Yorkers can decide important issues like this.

6) The portrayal of me as anti-gay is inconsistent with my lifelong beliefs and actions and my prior history as an father, employer and friend to many in the gay and lesbian community.

The full “apology”: Carl Paladino…apologizes? [NYDN]

Mmm hmm, Carl. And we’re enjoying that oceanfront midtown Manhattan apartment you sold us too!




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NFL analyst Dan Hampton to apologize on the air to the gays — but probably not the Cowboys

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reports that “Pro Football Weekly” co-host Dan Hampton is set to apologize on the air this week for a homophobic comment he made last week, when he said the Dallas Cowboys are more “Brokeback” than “Eastwood.” Hampton apologized Monday night for another offensive comment, in which he suggested that the Minnesota Vikings need to “hit that town like Katrina” when they play the New Orleans Saints on Thursday. From GLAAD’s blog:

Hampton publicly apologized for the Katrina gaffe, but has not yet addressed the Brokeback comment. Pro Football Weekly publisher Hub Arkush told GLAAD that Hampton will be leading this weekend’s show with an on-air apology for both statements. Arkush said “it shouldn’t have happened” and assured GLAAD that similar incidents will not happen again.

No word on whether Hampton plans to apologize to the Cowboys, who undoubtedly will perpetuate the homophobia by using his comment as bulletin-board material.

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Cenk Uygur & Mike Rogers: Ken Mehlman’s Apology Is NOT ACCEPTED

Mike Rogers on Ken Mehlman:

“All I ask are three simple things. First he should spend time with the parents of a child who killed himself after 2004, after that horrible election. I think that he needs to take the fabulous M condo he bought in Manhattan and donate that back to the cause that he worked so hard against. And most important, he needs to put up a heartfelt apology, up on YouTube or somwhere on the web, where he actually looks at the American people and says ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry for what I did and I’m going to work in the future to make it better.’ But he has NO desire to apologize. He has no regrets, he says.”

WATCH THIS. (And hang around for newly out radio host Stephanie Miller!)

Joe. My. God.

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Frightening possible consequences of a 'conversion'

Dwan Prince and his mother, Valerie Prinez
Dwan Prince and his mother, Valerie Prinez

One June 8, 2005, Dwan Prince was standing behind his apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., taking out his garbage, when he got into an argument a man named Steven Pomie. Prince, according to the LGBT Hate Crimes Project, responded rather flirtatiously to something Pomie said to him, prompting Pomie to leave and then return with two friends to attack Prince, yelling anti-gay epithets as they beat and kicked and stomped him.

Now, according to reports in The Gay City News, Prince has sent Pomie a letter apologizing for having made “hateful” statements to Pomie, and expressing his hope that Pomie will receive a light sentence.

On the night of the attack, a neighbor sitting on the stoop in front of the building heard the commotion and went to Prince’s rescue, but not before Prince was beaten into unconsciousness, according to the LGBT Hate Crimes Project. He was hospitalized in the ICU at Brookdale Hospital and remained in a coma for more than a month, suffering from a blood clot the size of a soda can in his brain

Prince, who is HIV-positive, had to have three brain surgeries and still was left partially paralyzed. He also suffered impaired speech and cognitive problems, including memory loss, along with nerve damage that left him with uncontrollable tremors and constant pain in his limbs.

Once he left the hospital, Prince had to move in with his mother, Valerie Prinez, in New Jersey. Prinez, a paralegal, had to take unpaid leave from her job to care for her son and later had to declare bankruptcy. She told The New York Blade that when she asked her church for help, she was turned down after the church found out her son was gay.

Pomie was arrested eight days later in New Jersey and was later convicted of first-degree assault and first-degree assault as a hate crime and sentenced to 25 years in prison. A state appellate court reversed the conviction last year and ordered that he be tried again on second-degree charges of assault and assault as a hate crime.

But last month, according to Gay City News, Prince sent Pomie a letter of apology. The apology comes, GCN reports, after Prince started attending a Bible study class and telling people he is no longer gay.

The letter read, in part: “First please allow me to deeply apology [sic] for my hated comment. Please I do hope you know I am truly deeply sorry for what ever was sayed [sic] that night. I have made some big mistakes in my life and that was the stupidiest [sic] and biggest one of all. … I was at blame so it is my to my strongest degree that you get out as soon as possible. … Steve you changed me! So hopefully when you get out we can hang out. You know me. I know you. I help you calm that angry machine down. And allow you to know I am not gay but a lover, and you can find me a female I can love and can love me.”

Okay, I don’t know about you, but this makes me pretty mad. This man was beaten nearly to death, and no he is apologizing to the guy who did it?! Sounds like “conversion therapy” at its finest, doesn’t it? And here’s the really good part: This “apology” from Prince to Pomie could endanger prosecutors’ chances of winning a conviction in the new trial, which means it’s more likely that another hate-filled gay basher will be set free to roam the streets and find another queer to beat up, maybe even kill.

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