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Lacking any convenient blog entries to plunder for envious shots at Fox reporters, tonight Olby reverted to his usual tactics. One montage of clips from the past week contrasted statements by officials with what was happening on the streets of Louisiana. For some inexplicable reason, all the officials shown were federal officials. On OlbyPlanet New Orleans doesn't have a mayor, and Louisiana has no governor. Of course there was the obligatory shot of the President holding a guitar. Through some oversight, they forgot to include (c) moveon.org at the end.
Continuing the pattern of inviting his ideological soulmates as interview guests (KO's idea of a fair and balanced report is one that runs the spectrum from A to B), Olby brought on the notorious, discredited Eric Boehlert of Salon (possibly to repay them for providing that juicy Geraldo tidbit yesterday).
But even Eric's Boehlony paled in comparison to Olby's master stroke of the evening. A Gallup poll reports these results:
Who was most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane?
38% - no one
25% - state and local officials
18% - federal agencies
13% - President Bush
But Olby found a way to make it read to his liking:
No one to blame was the clear winner with 38%. The President or federal agencies, 31%. State and local officials, 25%.
Yes, without giving the results as reported by Gallup, he lumped the Bush answers together with another category so the President would come in second in the blame game instead of last.
Using OlberMath one could just as well say governmental agencies were blamed by 43% while only 18% blamed Bush. But just reporting what Gallup found is the fair thing to do. And it's no surprise that fairness takes a back seat to partisanship at the Hour of Spin.