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Keith Olbermann Special Comment Blasts Susan G. Komen Foundation And CEO Nancy Brinker (VIDEO)

Keith Olbermann

First Posted: 02/ 8/2012 9:12 am Updated: 02/ 8/2012 8:50 pm

In a fiery new Special Comment, Keith Olbermann blasted the Susan G. Komen Foundation and its founder and CEO Nancy Brinker on his Current TV show Tuesday night.

According to Olbermann, the Susan G. Komen Foundation remains corrupt under Brinker's leadership despite the resignation of the foundation's controversial vice president of public affairs, Karen Handel.

Handel, who strongly opposes abortion, reportedly drove the foundation's decision to cut funding for breast cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood.

Olbermann harshly criticized the Komen foundation for its handling of the recent controversy. He said that Handel decided that the foundation should collaborate in the "witch hunt that the nation's right-wing has directed against Planned Parenthood."

He referred to Komen's reversal of its "new policy" a "spineless convenience by which Komen has still not really committed to continuing its funding of Planned Parenthood, and perhaps more importantly, by which it has not committed to staying out of this dangerous, ideological game, which will kill some freedoms, and which could kill some women."

Olbermann also addressed what he called the "fundraising favor" Komen did for Planned Parenthood. Olbermann said that now the "consciousness has been raised" among people who had since been unaware of how Planned Parenhood was used as a political tool.

"One of the vote-getting machines in this country was zeroing in on Planned Parenthood as the scapegoat for all the evils which that vote-getting machine exaggerates, to whip up paranoia and political power among the easily led of this nation," Olbermann said.

The real issue, Olbermann said, was Komen's "attempt to hide its new partnership" with people Olbermann called the "guttersnipes, purveyors of hate, and fear, and revenge fantasies."

He also said that "all of the dark periods in American history have begun with acts like Komen's and excuses like Komen's." As for Brinker, Olbermann said that she "continues to lie" about the organization's motives and has "dishonored both her sister's memory and this essential cause." Brinker founded the Komen foundation in honor of her sister Susan who died of breast cancer.


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Romney's position on abortion and other women's health issues switched from pro-choice to anti-choice during his term as governor from 2003 to 2007, and his record on choice-related issues is mixed. He vetoed a measure that would have allowed pharmacists to dispense emergency contraception without a prescription to rape victims, but he signed into law a measure to expand family planning services for low-income women and families in Massachusetts.

Romney was also one of the few GOP candidates who refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony List's pro-life pledge, because his camp said it could have some "potentially unforeseen consequences." But he believes abortion should only be legal in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, and he said if he were president he would support the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

"This is not the time for the Republican Party to put up a candidate who is weak on the pro-life issue or has a history of flip-flopping over it," Bachmann said of Romney at a National Right to Life convention in June.

Filed by Rebecca Shapiro  |