ESPN’s resident loudmouth Keith Olbermann seems to have put his foot in it again, according to a report in outfitterwire.com.
It all started with a local news story about a white turkey that was legally harvested by Mississippi hunter Hunter Waltman of Kiln, MS.
Olbermann retweeted the news of the harvest to his 1 million-plus followers with his own commentary on the hunt:
“It be rare and beautiful so me should kill it.”
“This pea-brained scumbag identifies himself as Hunter Waltman and we should do our best to make sure the rest of his life is a living hell. And the nitwit clown who wrote this fawning piece should be fired.”
So, Olbermann, in his twitter screed, calls a young hunter a pea-brained scumbag and calls for his 1 million-plus followers to make the rest of this 22-year-old man’s life a ‘living hell.’ Classy.
In the typical ‘throw the facts out with bath water and react emotionally’ fashion of the animal rights crowd, Olbermann fails to recognize that the turkey in question was legally hunted or acknowledge the wildlife management decisions that dictate hunting seasons for various species. Instead, he begins his tweet by name-calling someone he has never met.
But that is not the worst of it. He calls on his followers to make the young man’s life a living hell. So just what exactly does that entail? Assume for a moment that at least a handful of Olbermann’s 1 million followers are mentally unhinged and decide to take him up on his admonition? Not a very comfortable position for Mr. Waltman. And what about Olbermann’s culpability should one of his minions take action?
As Paul Harvey used to say: “Here is the rest of the story.”
Olbermann’s disgusting tweet did not go unnoticed as he faced public condemnation for his attack of an innocent hunter. As a result, he sent out a follow up non-apology apology tweet:
“I am an opponent of trophy hunting and remain so, but nobody should feel threatened. This was anything but my intent, so I unreservedly apologize to Mr. Waltman for this tweet.”
Interesting. Turkey hunting is generally not considered trophy hunting, and it would appear that someone who challenged his 1 million followers to make the remainder of someone’s life a living hell was actually intent on making that person feel threatened.
The outfitterwire.com article refers to the comment as, “at best, it is a reckless act. At worst, such exhortations from one with such influence as Olbermann’s could be considered criminally culpable.”