Campaign catchphrase takes on a life of its own

oreilly.jpgCourtesy Salon’s Daou Report, I found this Media Matters for America (MMA) posting on the running skirmish over “San Francisco values” and what they represent.

Evidently MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann — who raised his profile this year by swinging his show to the left, especially through his occasional anti-Bush “Special Comment” segments, and who has a running battle with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly (whom he calls “Bill-O”) over which of them rules the playground — used his “Worst Person in the World” segment on Monday to tweak O’Reilly over the latter presenter latching on to the Republican election-losing catchphrase “San Francisco values.”

The video clip is at that MMA link, but here’s the transcript of the segment:

Speaking of things made out of wood, our silver (award) tonight goes to Bill-O, whining about something about the Bay Area in his not so widely read newspaper column. He wrote, quote, I coined the term San Francisco values and well understand they have little to do with democracy. Be quiet fat head. The computer search engine Nexus shows Bill Early first using it last month. A California congressman used it in a campaign as early as 1996.

Oh — in O’Reilly’s newspaper column? Man, am I glad I don’t live in a place where that is used to fill space!

But as a service to readers, I tracked it down; it’s here. An excerpt:

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told the press he was glad the Board of Education waited until after the election because “cheap-shot artists like O’Reilly and Fox would have exploited (the vote).”

Not exploited, mayor, reported. I coined the term “San Francisco values” and well understand they have little to do with democracy. How nutty is the San Francisco Board of Ed? We’re fighting a lethal worldwide terror movement and these people are telling high school students the U.S. military is bad, that’s how nutty.

By the way, the ACLU is MIA in the JROTC controversy. Can you imagine what would have happened if the Board of Ed had banned a gay high school club? S.F. values strike again.

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