Lou Dobbs, host of CNN’s “The Lou Dobbs Show,” called MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann a "sick, psycho punk" for criticizing his in-depth coverage of the “birther” issue on his cable news program these past few weeks.
On his nationally syndicated USA Radio Network show Wednesday, Dobbs accused Olbermann of being "off his meds" for naming him “Today’s Worst Person in the World" during a segment of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” Tuesday night. Olbermann also took shots at Dobbs’ wife and daughters, which he called “reprehensible.”
Olbermann said on-air that Dobbs “bit off more than he can chew” by aligning himself with the “birthers at CNN, the last place they do real journalism.” He then referred to Dobbs as “a soft-focus, birther-embracing former star –– a man who makes millions bashing immigrants, especially Hispanics, even though his wife and kids are Hispanic.”
Olbermann went on to say that Dobbs, at age 37, threatened to beat up his wife's 62-year-old boss because he wouldn't let her anchor sportscasts anymore.
“What do you want, Lou, to come take a swing at me?” Olbermann asked. “Have you had your tranquilizer dart yet today, Lou?”
On his radio program the next day, Dobbs expressed outrage at the attacks on his family.
“If you're wondering why I'm annoyed with the little punk [Olbermann], he attacked my wife and my daughters. I just can't think of why in the world this guy would risk infuriating, annoying and provoking to anger my wife, because she would whip his sorry butt –– I guarantee you that!”
Dobbs said he wasn’t sure if Olbermann himself should “raise the dosage or lower the dosage. I don't know what to do with him. Now he's hallucinating and making up stories. He's a liar. He's a psycho without principle. I want to throttle him; I'll be honest with you.”
Dobbs said “the real stories are just waiting to come out on [Olbermann’s] tenure at CNN, if he wants to play those games. This is a sick guy. Keep him well-medicated; keep him well-closeted, because that's where he needs to be.”
Dobbs agreed with a caller that Olbermann's attacks are due, in part, to Olbermann’s poor ratings. He said the vicious attacks on his family and others are part of Olbermann’s strategy to try to generate revenue for MSNBC. Olbermann answered back by saying MSNBC beat CNN in ratings the night before in all categories by a margin of 2-to-1.
The dust-up between the two competing cable show hosts began July 15, when Dobbs featured several guests on his show who strongly suggested Obama was born outside the U.S.
Dobbs recommended the president should release his actual birth certificate to quell the rumors, then on his July 28 radio show, Dobbs ripped into critics, including Olbermann and other MSNBC cable hosts, who chastised him for allowing the debate over Obama's birth certificate.
“There are some issues here that should be really resolved,” Dobbs told his listeners. “What is really crazy about this is all the president of the United States has to do is produce a birth certificate. That is all that has to be done and it would be over.”
The question of Obama’s place of birth came to national attention during his campaign for president last year. Prior to his nomination, Obama released only his Certification of Live Birth from the state of Hawaii, a document that offers a summarized version of a true birth certificate and doesn’t list the doctor or place of birth.
Obama is the only president in history whose birthplace is unknown to the public.
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