Infuriating a good many
Texans, Keith Olbermann took a broad swipe at the Lone Star State. "A mind may be a terrible thing
to waste," smirked Olbermann. "But if you waste 15 million of them,
apparently you get Texas." He was referring to a recent University of Texas poll that found 60 percent of Texans "either believe humans and dinosaurs
lived at the same time or are not sure." Throwing in a hint of social
Darwinism, he said "Ultimately, Texas may not have to secede from the
union. It may just collectively drop off like a vestigial tail":
broadcast set off a wave of Texan outrage across the Web. Among the
heaps of "don't mess with Texas" sentiment, one Texan commenter said that insulting the second most-populous state was simply bad business:
people need to build and hold the largest audience possible. It appears
that Mr. Olberman is not aware of the economics of commercial
Of course, Texas isn't a monolith. On the same message board another Texan sided with Olbermann:
have to agree with him...we're about to re-elect [Governor Rick] Perry a SECOND TIME,
after he made it more than clear that he intends to sell off control of
our highways to private companies for tolling (in some cases,
foreign-owned companies). He even attempted to put toll booths on some
of our existing freeways....Anyway, Keith wins on this one, in my book.
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