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I don't want to address the bizarre story of Jeff Gannon here, especially since Dan Froomkin has a terrific roundup on the whole story in today's Washington Post. I am certainly not prepared to defend a guy who used a fake name to "report" as a "member" of The White House press corps. This is OlbermannWatch.com so I am going to focus on Keith and his "reporting" on the Gannon story tonight.
Rather than do his own reporting, Keith once again heads to the internet and, without fact-checking, does his usual rip and read from a collection of far-left blogs and other lefty outlets. Keith's "sources" tonight include such estimable media outlets as the lefty Editor & Publisher, the The Daily Kos which even John Kerry broke with during the 2004 campaign and the always high-brow World 'o Crap. KO used sources like Kos and Crap to put bits of inflammatory, unsubstantiated, personal information about "Jeff Gannon" on-air that would not pass the journalistic smell-test in a responsible newsroom.
Yesterday, that reliably right-wing rag, The Boston Globe, quoted Kelly McBride, an ethicist at the Poynter Institute, saying "the investigation of Gannon's personal life crossed traditional boundaries and was characterized by 'mean-spiritedness and snarkiness.'"
Countdown, however, isn't just any ordinary newsroom. This is the newsroom that not only cited a fake story on the satirical web site Hoosier Gazetta as an authoratative news source in Indiana but had Keith Olbermann claiming to have direct quotes from a non-existent professor discussing a ficticious report on a study that was made up as a joke.
Given the various hat tips to the loony left, KO inexpicably failed to credit the Soros-funded lefty propaganda web-site, Media Matters for America, for their well-documented research into Jeff Gannon's history of tossing softball questions at Scott McLellan and, more recently, President Bush.
Almost all of the Gannon clips Countdown aired were sourced, without credit, directly from David Brock's "crack" ("crack" not "crackhead") research staff at Media Matters for America.
- Gannon asking about Abu Ghraib Photos v. Saddam Rape Room Photos
- Gannon asking whether Joe Wilson owes an apology
- Gannon asking about UN inspector reports saying that Saddam was dismanling WMD sites before and after the war.
- Gannon asking about an angry mob at Karl Rove's house
- Gannon asking why the President said he was "reaching out" to press corps when they were supposedly non-partisan
- Gannon asking whether there would be work requirements in any new welfare reform legislation
- Gannon asking whether after he left the military he marched with Jane Fonda, testified that U.S. soldiers committed war crimes or tossed away his medals.
Since David Brock is so often shilling for Keith, the dis is hard to understand.
What makes all of this especially humorous is Keith's attempt to dismiss Talon News because it is an online news source. In OlbyWorld you can take a blog like World 'o Crap or the Hoosier Gazette at facevalue but a web site from the right is de facto suspect. I am not defending Talon News here just pointing out yet another example Keithpocrisy.