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If anything is a window into the psyche of Keith Olbermann, it is his obsession with Fox News. Whether it's sheer envy of a news channel that is actually successful, or simple hatred of anyone who isn't in Olby's "I'm too hip for my shirt" club, there is no question that it has led KO into one embarassment after another. Shall we list a few examples?
Olby lifted a quote from a blog to ridicule an O'Reilly statement about ratings. Since the blog got the quote wrong, so did Olby. But even after his error was made known to him, he refused to make a correction.
Olby made a wisecrack about some footage that he claimed Fox wouldn't run. Only problem: Fox ran the same clip earlier in the day. You guessed it: KO never bothered to check.
Then there was Olby's long-winded exegisis of Bill O'Reilly's college punting records. But oops, he did it again. He not only got the facts wrong, but also arrogantly refused to cover any side of the story other than his own spin. He didn't even acknowledge, let alone report, the statement from Marist College that contradicted what he claimed.
Why do we bring up these examples? Because Olby has done it again. Yes, at a time when real news programs are covering the most tragic natural disaster of modern times, Olby pauses to take a shot at his Fox competitors once again. And once again, any semblance of journalistic ethics or integrity goes out the window to assuage his frenzy to feed the Fox fetish.
Tonight Olby named today's "Worst Person in the World". Kim Jung Il? Usama Bin Laden? Um, no. Geraldo Rivera. KO recycled a piece from Salon that made the claim that Rivera staged a rescue in New Orleans by making an elderly woman walk from a van to a heliport twice because he wanted a better take.
The author of this piece, a self-described "progressive", is an agenda-driven writer. He didn't see this happen but was told by a doctor, conveniently unnamed. Even though the writer was there with both Geraldo and the woman, and talked to Geraldo, he didn't ask either for verification of the story. But hey, if it's on a website that's always been enough for Keith--who also didn't bother to ask Fox about the incident, let alone do any actual (gasp!) reporting.
Yet again, Olby proves himself to be the hack that he is. Well before he aired his "report", Fox released a statement explaining that there was no "second take", that the woman had left her bag behind somewhere and Geraldo and the crew had to take her back to look for it. Facts that are easily confirmable--but just like all the prior examples, Keith couldn't be bothered with confirming facts. He had to feed his Fox fetish. Fox had already issued their statement regarding the incident. Did Olby make any mention of their side of the story? Of course not. He had to feed his Fox fetish.
Every time KO takes one of these desperate shots at Fox News, we ask the question: have any of his slams at FNC ever been accurate? As of tonight, the answer is still the same.