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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.