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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann are 2 'sick puppies,' Bush I says


According to former President George H.W. Bush, civility in American public discourse has worsened in recent years.

"I don't like it," the 85-year-old ex-president said shortly before civilly hosting current president Barack Obama in Texas to celebrate volunteerism. "The cables (TV) have a lot to do with it." The full text of Obama's gracious remarks at Texas A&M are now available here.

Bush said the current president is entitled to "civil treatment and intellectual honesty when it comes to critics."

But Bush told CBS Radio News the volume of presidential criticism is higher now than during his 1989-1993 term in office. "It's not just the right," Bush added. "There are plenty of people on the left."

Then he singled out two little-known and predictable talkers on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, calling them both "sick puppies." That could help their ratings.

"When our son was president," Bush stated, "they just hammered him mercilessly and I think obscenely a lot of the time. And now it's moved to a new president."

Bush said presidents have come in for tough criticism throughout U.S. history. But, he added calmly, "People ought to be civil. I worry about yelling at people and this yelling mentality that seems to accompany presidents."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Little known?
What kind of spin is that?
Bush seems to know them.
This is ridiculous.

Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann are "little-known?!" On which planet?

it would appear the man has never watched faux news then?

Where does Bush get off? He was the genesis of this kind of political hit jobery.. With guys like Lee Atwater he started the kind of negative politics we see today.. He is just as bad as anyone, BTW wasn't Maddow only on TV for the last 9 months of the Bush debacle..

Mr. Bush does not know what he is saying....really. He should be angry at Rush or Glenn Beck or Sara Palin, or Fox News for making false, bigeted statements. He should be angry at them for ruining his party. He should be angry at his son who made a mess of our country. Rachael and Keith are two of the good people we have in this world. How wrong you are Mr. Bush!!

This is all just an attempt by him and his buddies to set up an equivalence between Maddow/Olberman and Beck/Rush. Good luck with that, kids!

It is especially rich since 41 was the man who had Lee Atwater and Roger Ailes to thank for securing his election through slime attacks (remember Willy Horton). 41 inaugurated modern political nasty.

Mr. Malcom seems to be seething with envy at the attention given to the "little-known" Maddow and Olberman.

The huge bump Meet the Press ratings receive when Maddow appears would certainly seem to belie his churlish attempt at belittlement.

As if anyone had ever heard of him!

Do Not Think he mainly meant MSNBC but knowing him to afraid to say faux news as the culprits or rush & glen where the real degenerates ignoramuses are on cable because of their supposed connection to the republican party and not being the conservatives that he believes are the True Republican Party representation.
So he just attacked Rachel & Keith too be safe from ridicule because he knows they are not Hate-filled.
H.W. Bush has proven himself to be a honest /truthful bush and very giving as a past President . But, those cable guys and rove are downright scary it all started when H.W. as in office down this path mainly with ales/cheney & others who do not know any other way to campaign except with Lies/bearing false witness/ hate/fear mongering. Know that H.W. did not like to operate this way.

Why is this such a big deal?
Obama and his crowd have many times bashed on fox news people so why is it so wrong for a former president to
give his take on the msnbc gang?
I have to admit I did check out Maddows segment on this last night she had Olberman on line the two seemed stunned and almost ashamed when discussing the former presidents view on them.
Funny part is they go out of their way to bash and rip and tear on others but when its them they are stunned
Kind of sounds like Obama doesn't it?
Obama still minutes after shaking hands with ghw had to slam his son so they all need to take what they dish out
To be put in your place by a former president who generally doesn't speak out has got to be pretty embarrassing

Hmmm....afraid to be honest and mention the real haters? Or, is 41 completely out of it?

It's said to see old George in a state of dementia. He thought he was talking about Limbaugh or Hannity or Beck or his son.

Ciritcs of Rachel Maddow are struggling with truth they can't deny, yet can't accept. She is often more civil and gracious in the face face of opposition than I feel I could be in the same situation. She asks the questions that I feel need to be asked - researches the answers that need to be revealed, backing her stance with facts and is even will to apologize or correct a statement when called for. She speaks for millions who are frustrated with the government, politics, and economy.

I thought Rachel Maddow just came on the air a few months ago? Why can't Republicans tell the truth, that is all I ask!

I voted for Geo. Sr. ( and Geo. Jr. because of it). Jr. was OK until 911. He did spend a lot of his time on vacation, but that's because he worked so hard on the job. He loved to be the decider and take advice. Sometime it was not good advice. And President should never apologize. We are the best country in the world and that would look bad. I watch Fox News, so I know all the truth.

And you can not blame a father for defending his son. It goes with the job.

Former Pres. George H W Bush nailed it. Although for a number of years now, there are those in the radical left wing media (Air America had it's share) who were even more vile than Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, the hypocrisy of these two is so outlandish that they make a perfect example for looking at the hypocrisy. Here are two videos which reflect exactly what was during the past 8 years while illustrating complete unawareness from these two national anchors:

George H W Bush is correct - it must cease. And that might be possible, when the national media, pointing out the Los Angeles Times, decides that skipping the pathetic, shrill and vile displays of the left from both protesters and media stars from 2000 thru 2008, while suddenly deciding to offer up almost on a 24/7 basis, the comparatively tiny group of pathetic, shrill and vile voices today.

As the LA Times continues it’s focus on the folks like Rush, O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, the tea party protesters – it occasionally (rarely is more accurate) allows witness a little tiny, "oh, not that Keith Olbermann is not out there too," bit of an offering of balance in coverage. How about just laying it out for us all. The LA Times would need to devote months of the entire newspaper to covering the hate mongering of the 2000's if it were to every balance out it's omissions from the past with the present.

As the Times has recently demonstrated for us, it's quite fine for a leading Democrat, State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, to call her political enemies, terrorists - and to do it right in the pages of the Times; in fact, it's so OK, that that within days, the Times honored her by printing a news story focused on her civility and on reaching across party lines. That would be reaching across the line to the "terrorists," I suspect.

Well...Bush Sr. is right. Olbermann and Maddow are hacks. They will say anything just to boost their horrid ratings. They don't do any research, they like the president associating with people who idol murders that killed up to 70 million people, and they fuel the fire by race baiting (look at all of the lies that were made up so Rush Limbaugh would be forced out of his bid for the Rams).

Beck got blasted for calling Obama a racist (which he is).....yet there was nothing for Olbermann when he called Bush Jr. a Fascist (which he isn't)

"Then he singled out two little-known and predictable talkers on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, calling them both 'sick puppies.'"


President Obama based his entire campaign on irrational hatred and blame towards George W. Bush. Any conversation on civility in politics really ought to start there.

Boy, guess papa Bush never listened to Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly when Clinton was president. This incivility began when Reagan vetoed the bill restoring the Fairness Doctrine. Look it up! The Right has no justification for crying about MSNBC.

Maddow and Olbermann are "sick puppies?" This from the man who murdered hundreds of innocent Panamanians to get at an annoying dictator who had fallen out of favor; and later, who effectively gave permission to Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait so he could then preside over a "real" war.

I think the former president has a lot of gall complaining about Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow after some of the things that have been said by lowlifes like Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Bill O'Reilly. Where are his cries for "civility" for them?

Keith Olbermann is so biased, irrational and a total embarrassment to NBC during election night that had to remove him from the anchor seat. Enough said??!!

Bush is right, but instead of sick puppies they are better know as administration's lap chihuahuas. They are Obama's personal cable spoke person's and have no other perspective as is the choreographed plan for the dems. I used to watch the show and I used to be a dem.

George H. W. Bush has no credibility no matter who he might refer to as "sick puppies." This is a man [and an entire family] with a very dark history, one that has been founded on their sense of entitlement and the quest for riches, even if their machinations proved to be betrayals of their country's values. If you are interested in the facts and the truth about the Bush family and its corrosive impact on America, read "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means For America." It will reveal what a detriment the Bush family has been for the United States.

...nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political judge from the conduct of the opposite parties, we shall be led to conclude that they will mutually hope to evince the justness of their opinions, and to increase the number of their converts by the loudness of their declamations and the bitterness of their invectives." Alexander Hamilton, aka Publius The Federalist Papers

President Bush senior is right on target. Olbermann is an idiot sportscaster and Maddow is an ingnoramus loudmouth. They are worse than the Rush Limbaugh and are well known only to the small band like-minded drones who believe the crap they spout will produce something good.

If anyone is biased and uncivil it is the loony right. Since this administration took office, the GOP has been nothing but obstructionist. We have seen Limbaugh say that he wants Obama to fail to the GOP caucus drag their feet on stimulus and health care bills, even when many of their amendments were incorporated. They have acted as The Party of No and The Party of Who Cares since Day One. They have rendered themselves as irrelevant as the Whigs and deserve to be replaced by another party.

They have also tried to portray President Obama as a Socialist or Nazi. Well they better choose a delusion as the two are at opposite ends of the spectrum.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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