Nuggets of Wisdom

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Olbermann Blasts Avalon Over “Wingnut”

Last night, left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann labeled columnist John Avalon as “Worse Person in the World” for comparing the left-wing activist group Code Pink with the right-wing militia group Hutaree. “Well sure, those are the same,” Olbermann remarked. “Non-violent sort of lumpy protest as opposed to domestic terrorism!”

This coming from the man who compared the Tea Party protests to the Ku Klux Klan. (Well sure, Keith, those are the same: non-violent sort of lumpy protests as opposed to white supremacist groups!)

Olbermann then lectured Avalon on the term “wingnuts.”

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An additional note to the non-partisan Avalon and the real journalists of CNN, the term “wingnut” is by definition a reference to conservatives. Even conservatives acknowledge that. There are not left-wing wingnuts. The left-wing equivalent is “moonbats.” Thank you.

Well, Olbermann is partially right but mostly wrong. “Wingnuts” is more commonly used to describe conservatives rather than liberals, who are called “moonbats.” However, the definition for “wingnut,” according to Merriam-Webster, is “one who advocates extreme measures or changes.” So the term can be used to describe either conservatives or liberals.

Therefore, according to the dictionary definition, Keith Olbermann can be classified as either a “wingnut” or a “moonbat.”