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Calls Countdown the Kook Hour
One could hardly imagine how anyone could demogogue that silly GI Joe doll fraudulently being used in a supposed terrorist hostage video. Yet Olbermann found a way, and Rush Limbaugh gave him a "what for" in return:
All right, so then we moved to eight o'clock on MSNBC when it was time for the kook portion of that network. Keith Olbermann, and he finally found a way to put the spin on this story that you would expect from a kook, and that is somehow this is America's fault, blame America first. He went out and found a guest, a terrorism consultant by the name of Evan Coleman, and Olbermann said, "Is there doubt that this is a fraud?"
Rush then quoted the following exchange between Olbermann and Coleman:
COLEMAN: No. There's really no doubt. A close analysis of the photo itself revealed that the photo had been edited sloppily and you could actually see the pixels that had been edited. Unless this guy has a perpendicular slab of skin hanging off his face he's not real and I think what really hit the mark here was that looking at the banner that was behind him that, that banner was supposed to be the banner of Zarqawi's group, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, yet the writing on it appeared to most of us that actually know Arabic, it appeared to have been written by someone or traced by someone with no knowledge of the Arabic language. So in terms of your earlier question, I think the answer is we look like we may have another Benjamin Vanderford-style hoax here, a hoax that may have come actually from inside the United States.
OLBERMANN: Is there any suggestion that -- besides when you just referred to that it's -- that it's not necessarily from the Middle East? Because it does -- it seems farfetched that some would-be terrorist in Iraq would really think that no one would notice that they've photographed a toy as a hostage.