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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    September 13, 2005
    Such a Deal

    After the Sunday night three-hour Spinapalooza, it seemed almost certain that tonight's Countdown would be a Letdown. How could Olby possibly top that performance? Yet somehow, Keith never fails to disappoint. Monday's Countdown thoroughly lived down to expectations.

    KO's top story (#5 on the backwards newshour) was the new head of FEMA, and Olby just couldn't contain himself. For him, the most salient Factor...err, we'd better make that the most salient element...of this news was the fact that David Paulison once advised people to get duct tape and plastic to protect against biological dangers. Olby didn't explain why this was bad advice, or on what basis it deserved his ridicule. For that matter, he didn't explain why this factoid was so important that he had to bring it in at the very top of his story.

    Of course Keith was not the only person who headlined the news with the duct tape angle. That same tactic was advanced earlier in the day on numerous far-left blogs (a favorite Olby "news" source) and a typically rabid discussion in the Democratic Underground (we wonder what pseudonym KO uses when he unleashes his rants there). Obviously, this is all sheer coincidence.

    To further his spin, Keith interviewed John Copenhaver, former FEMA official. It was undoubtedly another coincidence that Copenhaver was a Clinton appointee. Olby also brought on former NOAA undersecretary D James Baker to aid in the evening's choreographed spin. Oh, we almost forgot to mention, Mr Baker was a Clinton appointee. How these coincidences keep piling up!

    Since Newsweek published an article "How Bush Blew It", can anyone doubt that one of the authors would be a must-book for Countdown? Sure enough, there he was. Richard Wolffe's piece also detailed failures at the state and local level (in that respect it was a tad more evenhanded than its title). It will surprise no one that Olby studiously avoided any such bipartisan finger-pointing in his predictable interview. But, in both of his first two questions, he did manage to bring up...duct tape!

    And then there were more "worst people". Is tonight the night when Olby will finally include a liberal or a Democrat on the list? Aside from an unnamed worker for a pharmaceutical company (I wonder which party is the one that likes to demonize drug companies?), Keith bestowed his honors on a Congressman from Louisiana (Republican, natch), and a lower-tier talk show host, Glenn Beck (needless to say, a conservative)--who just happens to be the subject of a Media Matters article. More coincidences, or this just a payback to Media Matters for their many adulatory articles about the host of Countdown? George Soros must delight in the fact that any money he gives to Media Matters gets a double bounce: not only does the website do his dirty work, but then Olby parrots their partisan hatchet-work on his "newscast". Such a deal.


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (9) | | View blog reactions

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    Johnny,

    I thought Olbermann did a little better last night.

    The former Clinton appointees he interviewed were non-ideologues who were thoughtful and reasoned in their comments.

    So between the little put downs that let everyone know he thinks the Bush folks and conservativism in general suck....Keith had some on some decent guests and was able to play devil's advocate at least with the Newsweek guy. The Newsweek guy was pretty thoughtful too and I agree that it's likely that Newsweek has guilded the lily by giving a in your face--- "Here's what we want you to walk away thinking" title to a hum-drum article filled with easily answerable criticism.

    Too, Keith did mention several times that the new FEMA director has a lifetime of experience. Of course he wants the tuck tape angle played up.

    I don't think anyone of good faith can honestly make much of that. What can you tell people to do in the event of some sort of biological hazard other than to try to put as many barriers as you can between it and you. Does Keith want the govt to encourage citizens to build bomb shelters as they did at the height of the Cold War? There were then the "duck and cover" drills in school. And of course there was always the joke "and then kiss your ass good bye".

    It's a no-win-situation with these lefties. They'd scream if no instuctions were given, they scream when instructions are given. In OLbermann's case, it's always the easy target he'll go kick. He's an angry guy trying to be the wry guy.

    And speaking of the easy target, the Glen Beck pick as Worst Person In THe World because of what he said about the Super Dome folks being the dregs of society, is ironic indeed. Odds are, most of the folks there, particularly the white ones, are or are representative of the people who wrote Keith on behalf of James Dobson. Remember those poor dregs of society.... whose spelling and grammar Keith shared and publicly ridiculed on television and online at his blog?

    Let's just hope none of those folks write Olbermann a letter that he doesn't like. Then you'll see how he really feels about such people in a way that makes Glenn Beck look like Mother Teresa.

    I can't watch an entire episode of the Olby follies. Instead, I watch little snippets. Last night, I caught the last half of Clintonista NOAA undersecretary D James Baker's propaganda session. The last question was just SO OLBY!

    He asked (paraphrased): "Do the State and local authorities deserve some blame here, or is the Federal Government the problem?"

    I can see why Keith would ask! After all, NOAA is responsible for weather and climate forecasting, ocean and atmospheric data, and marine fisheries and mammals! Sure, Jimmy Baker doesn't have any crisis management experience. However, a climatologist can wear the magic hat of universal omniscience on Keith's blabber hour.

    Dr. Baker said (paraphrased, wait for it) "Oh, I think the Federal Government has to be the one to respond in cases like these."

    So there you have it! Good job Keith!

    Krazy,

    Actually Baker was a step-up from what generally takes place on Countdown. Baker is closer to being an expert than John Dean or Carl Bernstein, that iconic duo Keith usually calls upon to expound on every subject.

    Who did you expect? Asa Hutchinson?...

    Remember Olbermann has already made New Orleans emblematic for Bush's tenure in office. Bush his self-proclaimed mission. He failed to serve and protect the gulf coast... just like he's failed to serve and protect in Iraq...

    That we haven't had another terrorist attack is beside the point. We will and when we do Keith will be waiting to pounce. Just like the looters who sprung out to take advantage of Katrina...

    CABLE NEWS RACE
    MON SEPT 12 2005
    VIEWERS

    FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,053,000
    FNC HANNITY/COLMES 2,251,000
    FNC SHEP SMITH 2,009,000
    FNC GRETA 1,817,000
    FNC BRIT HUME 1,809,000
    CNN LARRY KING 1,277,000
    CNN COOPER 1,275,000
    CNN AARON BROWN 1,269,000
    CNN ZAHN 1,174,000
    CNN DOBBS 964,000
    CNNHN GRACE 748,000
    MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 610,000
    MSNBC OLBERMANN 605,000
    MSNBC HARDBALL 589,000
    MSNBC RITA COSBY 498,000
    MSNBC TUCKER 272,000

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Whooooo haha whooo!

    MSLSD bringin' up the rear! Keith should thank God that MSNBC has people more pathetic than him! That air-head Rita Cosby should be reporting on bake sales and balloon races. No way does she understand her subject matter. And that God-awful voice -- blech!

    Matthews the former Carter speechwriter (Bwa hahahahaha) and the sad and lonely Tucker Carlson are too pathetic to attack.

    Scarborough is the only one worth a damn on that wackadoo station. Microsoft should be ashamed.

    Oh come on now! Joe Scarborough is one the least prepared hosts on television.

    Hardball is always worth the watch and Tucker Carlson rocks!

    Dear Cecilia,

    Keep your dirty, sick and perverted Hardball viewing habits secret!

    As for Joe, he may be unprepared, but at least he has the ability to reason for himself.

    And poor little Tucker! I look at him as a tragic figure, alone in the studio with his bowtie and loyal crew. He reminds me of "Uncle Floyd," and his ratings are about the same -- maybe MSLSD should broadcast on UHF frequencies?

    If MSLSD had any sense they'd give their smart and feisty bow-tie boy all the care and nuturing they've given to the reality based community's own anchorman-- Olby Wan Spinobe. Olbermann has been on air spreading rumors and impugning the integrity of folks with whom he differs way longer than his predecessor Phil Donahue, who had similar ratings.

    I'm not advocating they can Keith. If he weren't around where would we find such a pure form of undistilled media hypocrisy.

    I just wish MSNBC would champion the guy that John Stewart vulgarly insulted even as he blamed Tucker for making political discourse more divisive and rancorous.

    Dear C,

    Maybe you could adopt Tucker as your cause. I can see how his boyish demeanor and lack of gristle could cause your lashes to bat. However, I fear your friend is doomed to a "Joe Franklinesque" existence.

    Who's Joe Franklinesque?...

    Actually, I'm afraid my Tucker may be doomed to living out a Olbermannesque existence---drifting from network to network always being the square peg. Or in Tucker's case the cheery bow in a world of dull neckties.

    Olbermann's alienation comes from his narcissism. Tucker's is the sort that springs from his unique individuality.

    He's sooo misunderstood.