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Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Jan 10
Host: Keith Olbermann
Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
Updated: 1:50 AM, Jan 12 2005
Guest: Deborah Potter, Alex Jones, Richard Wolffe
OLBYWATCH GUIDE: It took less than two minutes for KO to put a political spin on the RatherGate report:
It was probably as close to a win for CBS as was conceiably possible. A vivisection, co-chaired by a former Republican attorney general of the United States, found no political motivation...
All right class, why did Olby bring up Thornburgh? Why did he go out of his way to mention he is a Republican? Why did Thornburgh get star billing in this sentence, while his co-chairman gets no mention at all? Why does KO keep calling it "The Thornburgh Report"? Could it be Olbermann's way to try to paint this as a "win for CBS"? Is KO trying to say that even a Republican says Rather is not biased? Bueller? Anyone?
Incredibly, KO tried to get Deborah Potter to diminish this scandal on the grounds that everybody does it:
This rush to get a story on the air. For as long as there has been journalism this has been the siren's call, the rocks on which a thousand careers have crashed.
Needless to say, none of Olby's questions to her even hinted that there might be any [whispered:] "bias". But he was quick to play a clip of co-chairman Baccardi (I wonder how he likes KO calling this "The Thornburgh Report"). Baccardi said bias had nothing to do with it. (How exactly does he know?) Then, with that sleight-of-hand that only KO can perform, he slips Armstrong Williams into the conversation, and introduces his next guest (Alex Jones, a media "expert" from, where else, NPR and PBS):
How do these two stories, Armstrong Williams and the Thornburgh [again with Thornburgh!] findings about CBS fit into that matrix that insists the media is largely tilted to the left?
I'll spare you the predictable reply.
Of course, no Countdown would be complete without the obligatory, envious slap at Olbermann's far more successful competitors:
The Swift-Boat ads, last summer, full of distortions, some demonstrably untrue content in there, yet they were run as gospel by many news outlets, even though they were by definition designed to influence the election. But you're not going to see Fox News appointing an independent investigation into its own journalistic ethics or lack thereof over those ads.
Hello? McFly? Are you equating a paid political advertisement with a fraudulent news report? And are you going to appoint a committee to investigate MSNBC's airing of the ads?
Surely things can't get any worse. Oh wait, Olby has another guest. Perhaps someone to provide a little balance? No, it's one of Newsweek's lefty scriveners who is going to elaborate on Keith's allegation that there has been a "sea change" in public opinion on Iraq. Make him go away. Who will be next? Al Franken? Michael Moore? I can't take another minute of Olbermann Hell. I'm outta here.