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Host: Keith Olbermann
ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE ALBERTO GONZALES FACES SENATE HEARING: Dan Eggen, Washington Post
DEMOCRATS STILL OBJECTING TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS: Craig Crawford, senior columnist, Congressional Quarterly, MSNBC political analyst
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER PROPOSES OVERHAUL OF CALIFORNIA REDISTRICTING: Karen Breslau, San Fransisco bureau chief, Newsweek
THE SEARCH FOR MISSING AMERICANS IN THE TSUNAMI DISASTER: Dean Radford, vice president of global security and intelligence for International SOS
First of all, let me thank Bob Cox for the welcome, after watching Countdown with full attention for the first time, I can understand his warning. Danger Olby One Kenobi, rank delusions ahead.
Although KO claims to be non partisan, as in this email interview with Mark Glaser who asks him why he is the first (and only) one reporting on the Ohio "fraud", KO makes the incredble statement ">>>Relative to my being first, I think it's largely because I'm not a full-time political guy and not a partisan.<<<
His partisanship reeks through even his supposedly humorous stories. He had some excellent footage of the Tsunami and the disaster at the beginning of his show, but had to get in a dig at the Bush administration by asking his correspondent on the scene, Dean Yates, about those (namely, but unsaid, the Bush administration) who say that this is an opportunity to show the world they are humanitarian.
The question is phrased to give maximum humiliation to Powell and others when the expected come back, none of these poor villagers have ever even heard of the United States and couldn't care less, is instead answered that yes, all the people receiving help in Indonesia know that *all* the help is coming from the United States, and that the U.S. is the only ones who can get in there and give them help. "Unnh" KO grunts, clearly disappointed by that answer.
These kinds of ridiculing questions and extremely biased 'tells' in his approach to every story is what made me stop watching him so long ago, after enjoying him as a sports guy for years. But I forgot, he is totally non partisan. Right.
He started the Gonzales piece by saying that Gonzales poo poo'd the Geneva conventon against torture--actually what Gonzales did was say it didn't apply because terrorists don't meet the definition of soldiers--and while he will trash Gonzales with little ridiculing comments like this, there is never anything from the other side. The national terror alert system---stolen from the rainbow. Dumb, but anything to bash the Republican Administration.
But let me get to the story he has spent so much time on recently, the so called Ohio Electoral fraud. KO and Craig Crawford spent most of their time defending themselves and slapping each other on the back for wanting this electoral protest to take place in the Congress. They assured themselves that if the shoe were on the other foot that the GOP would also be doing the same. Don't sooner or later you actually have to have some evidence that there was some kind of fraud? Interspersed between one black Congressman screaming that some people had to wait in line four hours to vote in Ohio...In the Rain!!!...followed by John Lewis of Georgia screaming black people died to win the vote...ah when was that? 1885?
KO, Moveon.org and the Democrats would be funny if it weren't so offensive. They are clearly delusional, no one takes this seriously, and the sad thing is that the people who do believe this get their delusions fed more and more by KO's false legitimizing of nonsense like this. Why is Moveon.org not living up to its name? More like staystuck.org.
If they really cared and were genuinely non partisan they would be doing other things than trying to undermine Bush's clear electoral victory. This is neither the appropriate time or place to be calling for voting reform, and therefore one can only conclude that that is not what this is about. This is about undermining Bush, about adding depth to the phrase, Sore Loserman, not fixing anything.