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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    September 29, 2005
    Loaded Dice

    Keith Olbermann opened the Tom Delay Celebration Edition of Countdown with a little comment that doesn't amount to much more than a small finger on the scale of impartiality. But it's worth looking at closely, because such minor bits of spin are what Olby uses to set the playing field on his turf:

    His defenders will argue that it's a political witch-hunt, the head of the Republican Congressional Committee already having called the Prosecutor who sought the indictment an "unapologetic Democratic partisan"--a curious criticism, given that the man indicted is certainly an unapologetic Republican partisan.

    Here is OlbySpin at its elegant best. Note how he implies that if one is a partisan, then one deserves to be pursued by the law in a partisan manner--one set of rules for "partisans", and another for everyone else. Similarly, Keith manages to equate the functions of a legislator in a party leadership position with those of a law enforcement officer. Does he really believe that prosecutors are entitled to be just as partisan as legislators and party officials? Has he ever heard of the prosecutor's oath of office? Does he even have a clue as to what the ethical responsibilities of prosecutors are? If he has, how could he have made such a brainless, ignorant comment?

    Brought in to chew over the DeLay business were two familiar faces from KO's Rogue's Gallery: Dana Milbank and Wayne Slater (author of Bush's Brain--a typically impartial, unbiased Olby "expert"). Keith's FEMA segment highlighted Governor Blanco's testimony, and KO gave us this gem:

    Unlike former FEMA-director Brown's blame-filled recitation to Congress yesterday, the Governor never mentioned other agencies' past performance. She talked about what the federal government needs to do now.

    It was clever of Olby to drag in yesterday's news just to make Blanco look good, and take another cheap shot at Brown. But what Olby doesn't tell you is that there was good reason why the two sets of testimony were so different. Brown was in front of a House Committee investigating what went wrong. Blanco appeared before a Senate Committee not charged with investigating the past, but in determining what sort of assistance would be needed in the future. Of course their testimony was different! But Keith leaves all that out.

    All right, boys and girls, it's time for everybody's favorite game: Who's Worst? You know, the segment where Olby selects one or two Republicans, conservatives, or Fox News employees for the honor of "worst person in the world". Runner-up was a Tennessee state representative (R), and the worst person in the world was William Bennett--both Republican and conservative, a twofer!

    Again Olby picked up Bennett's embarrassing quote from a George Soros website. Why do these people bother to put their pages up on the web? Why not just email them to Keith to plug into his Hour of Spin as needed? You'd think if Keith is too lazy to get these items on his own, once in a while he might take an item from an equivalent site on the conservative side, like the Media Research Center. Oh no, he wouldn't do that. He's already declared the MRC a "scam" and personally attacked its director. (Don't hold your breath waiting for Olby to make even the mildest criticism of the Soros site that feeds his spin machine.)

    As a result we have week after week, month after month, where the "worst person in the world" somehow never turns out to be a liberal or a Democrat. If anyone rolled a streak like that on a Vegas crap table, the casino bosses would confiscate the dice. And deservedly so--when it comes to slanting the news, no one loads the dice like Olby.


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (8) | | View blog reactions

    8 Comments

    Mr. Dollar,

    In Keith's self-created paranoic bubble, EVERYBODY is a partisan. His conspiracy theories reflect a very sick mind, in which everyone is jockeying for position. The truth doesn't matter. If I am reading my psychos properly, Olby thinks a Judge is as partisan as a politician, and all statements are really spin. When Bush talks earnestly, it throws Olby for a loop. In his world, Bush should not exist, much less be President.

    Olby doesn't believe that Democrats are clean, but he agrees with them. Hence, it is just fine to present the most unbalanced newscast ever. In Olby's mind, that is what all newscasters do.

    I again demand a psychological profile of Olby to be created by a shrink or psychologist. Is anybody out there?

    Krazy,

    I'm not a shrink or psychologist, but I play one on the internet. I've already rendered up a small analysis of what someone called "the tortured soul" of Keith Olbermann.

    As Rod Serling would say, "Here, offered for your consideration is the profile of one Mr. Olbermann. A man who must daily render an uneasy choice between two worlds. One, the world of reality, where time marches on. The other, a less transient world. A glimmering world, shaded in the gold-touched colors of nostalgia. The latter world, my friends, the world most often occupied by our Mr. Olbermann, is the world that is known here as The Twilight Zone..."


    Sept. 11, 2005
    Johnny,

    I'm sure you realize that according to Olbermann, any criticism of his show's balance deficit is really a fascist tactic to force him into being a Sean Hannity clone.

    That Sean Hannity actually has to contend with an opposing viewpoint on Hannity and Combs, never dawns on Keith.

    Actor George Clooney, bemoaned the emergence of various news outlets because, as he put it, people just tune into what they want to hear and we have no sense of a "common truth".

    I'm sure Olbermann would agree. That Lance Armstong more likely than not uses steroids....that Republicans in Ohio stole the last election... that Dan Rather was set-up.... are all truths that go without argument in Olbermann's book.

    In the good old days Cronkite, Brinkley, Reasoner would have believed those things too and certainly these titans controlled the media.

    So Olbermann's almost subconscious reasoining is that since the media then championed some of the great causes of our generation-- civil rights and government accountability, that believing in those universial truths somehow gives vast coinage and credence to media liberals in their political beliefs about conservatism and liberalism and any cartoon characterizations of either adherents too. Giving equal time to any other viewpoint [but a liberal one] is tantamount to airing an alternative reality, as George Clooney seemed to argue.

    The fact that no show more blantantly courts a particular audience than Countdown is lost, I'm sure, in this thinking. Look at the accolades that Keith got from his Kos/Eschaton audience for his "commentary" about the WH and the Katrina disaster.
    >>>
    Clooney should disapprove of Olbermann's show because it's billed as "cutting edge" and emblematic of the new news show genre. I doubt he does. Fact is, the show is really just a return to the dinasaur age of the monolithic liberal media groupspeak for which his audience yearns. However, Countdown goes beyond anything even in that era.

    I suppose in that sense, that means Countdown IS cutting edge.

    And that's why it's certainly worth our time and effort to fisk Countdown and its ....eh....anchorman.

    OK -- I see I will have to do this myself. I am no shrink, but I think Keith has a "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" with a splash of "Paranoid Personality Disorder." As always, I provide supportive materials:


    The DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Paranoid Personality Disorder are:

    A. A pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent as indicated by at least four of:

    1. suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming or deceiving him or her (those eeeevil conservatives!
    2. is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates
    3. is unwilling to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her
    4. reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events (ELECTION FRAUD!)
    5. persistently bears grudges, ie is unforgiving of (perceived) insults, injuries or slights (nemesis = O'Reilly
    6. perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counter-attack
    7. has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding the fidelity of spouse or sexual partner

    B. Does not occur exclusively during a course of schizophrenia, mood disorder, etc


    The DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder are:

    A. A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, lack of empathy, as indicated by at least five of:

    1. a grandiose sense of self-importance (obvious)
    2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
    3. believes that he or she is "special" and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
    4. requires excessive admiration
    5. has a sense of entitlement, ie unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
    6. is interpersonally exploitative, ie takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
    7. lacks empathy and is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
    8. is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
    9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes

    Feel free to site examples that fit these criteria! It is FUN and INFORMATIVE!

    Krazy,

    I think you're being a bit too hard on Bob....uh...Keith! I mean KEITH!....

    Wow, because Bennett is a Republican and Conservative, you think he automatically should be exculed from consideration from WPITW? Sure, if you ignroe his over-generalized, under-thought-out remark, yes why not? Bennett will be lucky to not be Durbinized after that one, let me tell you. And while we're at it, why don't I ask you that while you wailed away at KO's "partisan" remarks, you failed to mention that during the #4 story, he asked Norah O'Donnell if any Democrats were under suspicion for corruption in Capitol Hill? And also, where is your proof that the Soros site was the source of KO attacking Bennett, as there are other news sources that covered the story?

    Also. I think that Keith's remark about DeLay being a Republican partisan is quite well-placed when you consider this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Delay#Early_Congressional_career(See the part about him being the political "hammer", this: http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Tom_Delay, this: http://www.alternet.org/election04/20312
    And let's not forget this: http://www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=142
    As you can see, DeLay is not only partisan, the man is corrupt as well. Quell surprise.

    Let's see, what else is there? Hey, how about one of your opening comments? First, you called this show the "Tom DeLay Celebration Edition of Countdown." However, the only way your comment could hold a milliliter of water would be if the entire epside of Countdown was dedicated to the DeLay developments. It was not. Rather, the story was shown in one segment, and then used as a prelude to the next story, which was a profile of current corruption charges in Washington. Instead the "Tom DeLay Celebration" carried stories such as an update on a pair of Katrina victims, as well as Oddball. Isn't that normally skipped during an epsiode where it covers just one story? Later, you said about Keith's Delay-Earle comparison, "Does he really think that prosecutors are entitled to be just as partisan as legislators and party officials?" He never said that. He was simply pointing out the fact that DeLay was accusing Earle of being partisan when DeLay himself as a long, notorious history of being fused to the east wing of the Republican party. "Has he ever heard the prosecutor's oath of office?" I have a couple of questions JD. First, have you heard the oath of office for the DA? And second, what does this have to do with your accusations of KO's reporting being partisan? "Does he even have a clue as to what the ethical responsiblites of prosecutors are?" Maybe he does.(He does after all, have plenty of experience from the Michael Jackson trial. You missed an opportunity for a wisecrack there). If he does know the responsibility of a prosecutor, surely he'd know the ethical duties of a congressman, the ones DeLay hasn't been fulfilling? Instead of that question, you asked "If he has, how could he have made such a brainless, ignorant comment?" We all make mistakes, but Keith didn't slip up here. The fact of the matter is, a prosecutor has the duty to press charges against the defendant REGARDLESS of their innocence. It was Earle who filed the charges, but he has also prosecuted Democrats in the past:(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Earl

    JD, your comments are quite amusing. Next time, try watching the show with an open mind and see what happens. OK, I have said what I wanted to, now you may proceed, with your typical smear of me. ;)

    DD, nobody said Bennett should be excluded from WPitW. The point, that seems to have exluded you, is that it's Democrats and liberals who have been excluded. The segment is simply a partisan bash-fest for Olby to play to his sycophants on the left.

    As for "proof" of the source, for one thing there is the repeated citation by Olby of quotes that are posted, on the same day that they appear. That's what's called a pattern. In this case, the quote was provided by a tipster to the site. They "broke" the news, so it's clear where Olby got it from.

    Many of my other points appear to have gone over your head. I never claimed DeLay wasn't partisan. Obviously he is. That is not a defense to a charge of a partisan prosecution. You see, that's the difference between politicans and law enforcement officers. The latter are supposed to be fair.

    "First, have you heard the oath of office for the DA?"

    I think so. I took it.

    "a prosecutor has the duty to press charges against the defendant REGARDLESS of their innocence"

    This will go down in the annals of OlbermannWatch as the single most fatuous allegation in a comments thread. Ever. Just for the record, the duty of a prosecutor is exactly the opposite of what you claim. He has a duty NOT to press charges against an innocent person. So what you said is precisely 180 degrees opposite the truth. Sort of like Keith Olbermann.

    1) "Here is OlbySpin at its elegant best."
    No, here is j$ spin at it's best, that is, taking something innocuous and implying it is something else.
    2) "Note how he implies that if one is a partisan, then one deserves to be pursued by the law in a partisan manner--one set of rules for "partisans", and another for everyone else."
    He implies no such thing, and it is ridiculous to even say so. Parse the statement:
    A called B C - curious [because] D is C.
    Olby is stating, not implying, that such a comment is ridiculous hypocrisy! Which it is. Just as I can say
    "Farrakan called Joe a racist - curious since Farrakhan is a racist"
    3) "Similarly, Keith manages to equate the functions of a legislator in a party leadership position with those of a law enforcement officer."
    Really, where do you come up with this nonsense?
    Explain to me, in linguistical/semantical terms where and how he does such equation?

    And, finally in DD's defense. Yes, he misspoke in not writing out in the most simplistic of terms what he meant. However, you know what he meant, unless you really are stupid (which I don't believe).

    1) If you say so. Just denying something isn't an argument against it.

    2) Your Joe vs Farrakan analogy is flawed. The point is that a legislator is expected to be partisan. A prosecutor swears an oath NOT to be. So to claim it's OK for a prosecutor to be partisan because legislators are, is like saying it's OK for a plumber to do brain surgery because neurosurgeons do it.

    3) Olby invokes "partisanship" as some sort of negative that applies equally to a legislator or to a prosecutor. For it to be equally wrong in both cases, the two positions would have to be equal in their purpose and actions. It is the logical result of taking one of Olby's half-assed mindless cracks seriously, which I admit is dangerous to one's mental health.

    As for DD's comments, maybe you can rewrite them in a way that they make some sort of sense. I can't. The ball is in DD's court.