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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    September 14, 2005
    A Million Here, A Million There...

    Tonight's Countdown found Keith puzzled. Governor Blanco made a statement accepting responsibilities for failures at the state level. That had Olby flummoxed, so much so that he had to ask correspondent David Shuster if there was any "explanation" why she would say such a thing. And if KO was bemused, you can imagine the confusion of anyone who makes Olby their primary source of news, since Keith has studiously avoided any discussion of Blanco's failures over the past two weeks.

    What came in as the #4 story was a rarity on Countdown. Lisa Myers filed an NBC report that not only pointed some fingers of blame at the the New Orleans levee board (who spent millions on things like fountains and overpasses to casino boats), but also included a favorable interview with a local Republican. We couldn't believe Keith allowed this segment to air (maybe it's another one of those stories that his producers make him do), but Olby wouldn't be Olby if he couldn't make lemonade out of lemons. As soon as the report concluded, he added this little postscript:

    For some context on the million or millions evidently misspent, the cost of the nationwide high-tech system of levees, floodgates, and seawalls protecting the Netherlands: eight billion.

    Here is OlbySpin at its most elegant. First minimize the amount (it was millions, not "million or millions"), then question the accuracy of the charge ("evidently"). Finally, throw in a comparison to levees not just in another country, but on another continent! Translation: Hey, it's just a million here, a million there. No big deal. Nothing to see here. Move along.

    After running a clip of the President at the UN saying no one wants to see a new terror state emerge in Iraq, the "nonpartisan" host of Countdown added:

    Depending on your viewpoint, you might be a little late on that one, sir.

    More "worst people in the world": two were private individuals, but one was a governmental official. Was tonight the night when a Democrat or a liberal would finally make Olbermann's list? Does the sun set in the East? In Olby's sites tonight was Labor Secretary Elaine Chao:

    She defended the suspension of a law that requires laborers on Katrina repair projects to be paid their regular set hourly wages... She did not mention the millions it will save the firms that already got the no-bid contracts to do the rebuilding, like Bechtel and Halliburton.

    (Snigger. "He said Halliburton!" Snigger.)

    Note KO's curious wording: "their regularly set hourly wages". In fact, suspension of the Davis-Bacon Act merely eliminates the requirement that wages paid at least meet the "prevailing wage" paid in the area. There is complicated bureaucratic machinery set up to make such determinations, but Keith dismisses it with more OlbySpin. Oh, and Keith, why do you bring up the millions these companies may save? Don't you know the levees in Holland cost eight billion?

    Then it was time for clips from the Roberts hearings; shockingly, an equal number of Democrats and Republicans were shown. After we nailed Olby for Tuesday's unbalanced smorgasbord of leftist sound bites, Wednesday's montage represents a success for us. OlbermannWatch is having an effect! Of course it's a small victory--the longest clips still went to Leahy and Biden--but enough to reinvigorate our determination to continue exposing the slanted, partisan hack work on the most biased newscast in America: The Hour of Spin.


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    "but enough to reinvigorate our determination to continue exposing the slanted, partisan hack work on the most biased newscast in America: The Hour of Spin."

    It's a dirty job, Johnny, but we just have to do it.

    More bad news for the Bush haters. I wonder what Olby would say about this:

    http://newsbusters.org/node/1201

    That's a terrific, Krazy. Thanks for hooking us up!

    terrific site, that is. :D

    So is this one:

    http://impeachblanco.org/

    Blanco's got to go a "fur piece" before she catches up w/W on this front...this, from Google:

    Results 97,200 for impeach blanco. (0.11 seconds)

    Results 2,240,000 for impeach bush. (0.26 seconds)

    Keep workin' on it, chums.

    Oh, come on, Paul. There were proably that many Daily Kos readers alone who wanted Bush impeached, long before there was a hurricane Katrina.

    And now that I think about it... simply guaging the fodder of Al Gore speeches, there are probably that many catastrophically ill, physically disabled, financially strapped or emotionally distressed members of his family who'd likely sign off on such a petition.

    No news there...

    Pauly,

    Logic is not your companion. Bush has been President and in the National spotlight since 2000. Blanco has JUST jumped to the National scene. Comparing apples and oranges is your specialty.

    Also, as many have shown, if you type in a popular person with ANY secondary term, matches will be high. For instance, from YAHOO search:

    2,600,000 for impeach bush
    1,390,000 for impeach clinton

    Remember, Clinton has been out of office for several years -- the internet has grown, and old pages disappear.

    By the way, wasn't Clinton impeached?

    What I am wondering is who is Chuck DeWitt of ImpeachBlanco.org? Is he Representative Charles W. DeWitt, Jr. Democrat - District 25 (Louisiana)? Do you know the answer? Actually I really don't know.

    Defensive, aren't we? My comment was inane at best, mere white noise. There was no logic, no deduction, other than Bush leads Blanco here. It was a tongue-in-cheek observation. Explain it away any way you see fit, or don't...either will have the same impact.

    You need to get over Clinton, my friend. Re DeWitt, I honestly couldn't care less. Cheers.

    New paper in the Journal of Political Scientology:

    "Google as research tool"
    By Prof. Dr. rer. pol. h.c. Paul S., Ph.D

    Important Google searches:

    31,300,000 for "king bush"
    5,560,000 for "genius bush"
    17,500,000 for "super bush"
    2,020,000 for "master of universe bush"
    10,800,000 for "the french love bush"
    5,510,000 for "Paul S. had sex with bush"
    1,610,000 for "Paul S. is a loser"

    You're the man, Krazy. Congrats.

    Paul, I think you're using the term "man" a bit loosely here.

    Substitute superior intellect, ego, whatever suits your fancy. Krazy likes to think he/she's special. Far be it from me to deny him/her that.

    Don't we all like to think we are "special" Paul? After all, no two of us are exactly alike.

    I fail to see how pointing out that Google is a search engine and not a source of quick empirical data has anything to do with what I think about myself. Why would you think such a thing?

    Namaste, K.