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Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for February 10
Host: Keith Olbermann
DUBIOUS WHITE HOUSE REPORTER JEFF GANNON STEPS DOWN: Dana Milbank, Washington Post
WILL A LARGER GOVERNMENT AND BIGGER DEFICIT ANGER SOME CONSERVATIVES?: John Harwood, Wall Street Journal political editor
ANOTHER FEMALE TEACHER CAUGHT WITH A MALE STUDENT - ARE TEACHER SEX CRIMES A SIGN OF THE TIMES?: Jayne Weintraub, criminal defense attorney
Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
OLBYWATCH GUIDE: KO started out with a a story that has been beaten to death, the failure of intelligence on the 9-11 attack, today's new angle being a newly released portion of the 9-11 Commission report that had been previously held back for security reasons. This whole story is about the worst case of Monday morning quarterbacking I have ever seen, and KO did not disappoint in reaching for something to blame on Bush. First of all, he had on the most partisan Democrat on the Commission to discuss it, Richard Ben Veniste, one of that unique stable of former mob lawyers who then worked for Clinton and now represent the Democratic party.
KO hammered on the fact that there were 52 different security briefings in the year prior to 9-11 by the FAA that mentioned airline threats, half of them mentioning Al Qaeda, but then when Ben Veniste mentioned there were no specific threats, and then revealed indirectly that they were all thought to be likely on foreign soil, the whole thing fell flat. Ben Veniste actually complimented the CIA by saying a few analysts a month before the attack realized that these attacks "could even happen" on US soil.
KO must have been disappointed that Ben Veniste really didn't give him much red meat, til they hit on the "cult of secrecy" by the Bush administration in not releasing this report til today. Most of the rest of the segment dwelled upon this horrible secrecy, because there was no there there in the rest of the report.
KO then turned to today's North Korea story, in which Kim Jong Il stated he had nuclear weapons and that he needed them as a deterrent to threats from America. KO managed to twist that into criticism of Bush by saying to his guest, John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org, that isn't this the result of Bush's policy of pre-emption? So Kim Jong Il is actually Bush's fault, see? No Keith, Il is a psycho, that is the problem, duh!
KO then moved on to the Gannon story, the upshot of which appears to be that he used a pen name as a reporter. Didn't Dan Rather do the same? This was a typical, all innuedo and sarcastic attitude, no facts story for KO. KO claimed that Gannon was not a real reporter, and that real reporters did things like work in the WH press room. Excuse me, isn't that what Gannon was doing? That made no sense at all.
Then he quoted some old song about being dressed as a cowboy, and we can all be cowboys---like we can all be reporters? But when you have a cleared press credential and write for a news service that has 700,000 paid subscribers---the only thing that seems to genuinely be under criticism here is that the guy was a conservative, and only liberals asking attack questions are apparently allowed in the WH press room. Can anyone say Helen Thomas? She used to give left wing speeches in the WH press room that could stand up to the gravest test of partisan lunacy that anyone could muster, I do believe.
His guest on this, David Folkenflik, didn't help out here, confirming that Gannon had a legitimate press pass and that he only got a daily pass which did not involve as extensive a background check.
There were a number of other brief stories, Giambi, the Pope, keep the Cosby slam alive because we sure can't let him go out there and imply that Blacks are responsible for their own lives for God's sake!, the only one of interest was a brief slam on Fox for listing a job as a fact writer on TVNewser.com. Fox is doing something new, facts, or something like that is what KO said. KO should try that himself some time.