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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    October 11, 2005
    Rewriting History

    Tuesday night's #5 story was the New York subway threat that has reportedly been determined to be a hoax. Olby immediately did a subtle ret-con to make it look like he was on to it all along:

    So there was reason to be skeptical, as so many of us were when the Mayor of New York talked about credible intelligence, at almost the exact moment that people in many of the agencies that supplied him that intelligence, were dismissing it as everything except credible.

    Umm, no, Keith. You were riding the conspiracy theory, that this was cooked up by the White House as a distraction. That would mean that the feds were promoting this alert--which is the exact opposite of what actually happened and what you are now trying to suggest you believed all along. Nice little sidestep, but we caught you shifting position.

    #4 was Bush and the rebuilding of New Orleans. Mr Impartial made the editorial comment that the decision to follow the city's plans for recovery, rather than a federal plan, was a "happy landmark". Then a clip of the President:

    If there's any mistakes made at the federal level, I of course accept responsibility for them.

    Olby struck:

    If there's any mistakes made at the federal? IF? IF?!?

    What a great intro for yet another reiteration of the FEMA ice-shipping story, this time in a recycled NBC report from Lisa Myers. The report blew the lid off the unnecessary spending of a few hundred thousand dollars. Keith railed, "And you are paying for it!" Quite a different reaction than he had to the millions wasted by the local levee board, when Olby rushed to minimize the loss because levees in the Netherlands cost so much.

    After a gratuitous slam at the Reagan library, #3 was the nightly Karl Rove segment, without Karl Rove. Olby gave him the night off, and set his sights on Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Keith mentioned Judith Miller's previous run-in with the Prosecutor, the case where her phone call tipped off terror suspects that a raid was imminent. Olby said he just learned about this incident from NPR. Fox News viewers, and people who read blogs not funded by George Soros, have known about it for weeks.

    A mostly fawning profile of Prosecutor Fitzgerald ("tough", "fearless", "apolitical", "dogged", "straight-shooter") was followed by yet another visit from Craig Crawford the Countdown Crony. Olby again brought up the Judith Miller story he heard on NPR today as if it were news. Perhaps we should be happy that Keith mentioned it at all, even if it took the NPR imprimatur for him to do so.

    #2 was all about the bird flu. According to KO all the fuss over the possible pandemic is another administration trick to scare people, and to distract from all the bad news.

    All right, he didn't say that. I made it up. But you can read similar sentiments on left-wing blogs. And it does sound so very Olbermannian, doesn't it?

    The #1 story was the ridicule of Harriet Miers's papers that were released today. The guest was Harry Shearer, "social critic" and blogger at The Huffington Post. C'mon, you didn't really expect him to book a writer anywhere to the right of Comrade Lenin, did you? Shearer called Miers's writing "adolescent", Olby snorted with laughter, and the Hour of Spin mercifully ended.

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    Those damn NPR right wingers! How dare they tell us about Judith Miller's bad habits! I guess it was pretty easy to miss the story a year or more ago when the NY Times buried it. After all, all news for the left wing must first get a NY Times shitstamp of approval.

    Keith's news sources by political label:

    Left wing = Communist Party USA

    Centrists: DailyKosmonauts, MoveLeft.Org, George Soros, Keith Olbermann

    Leaning right: Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Paul Begala, James Carville

    Right Wingers: NY Times, NPR, CBS News

    Extremist Right Wing Zealots: Fox News

    Speaking of buried stories in the NY Times, maybe Keith should look at this one:

    "No WMD Stockpiles in Iraq? Not Exactly ..."

    [QUOTE]Is it really true that Saddam Hussein had no "stockpiles" of weapons of mass destruction before the U.S. invaded in March 2003?

    Not exactly - at least not if one counts the 500 tons of uranium that the Iraqi dictator kept stored at his al Tuwaitha nuclear weapons development plant.

    The press hasn't made much of Saddam's 500-ton uranium stockpile, downplaying the story to such an extent that most Americans aren't even aware of it.

    But it's been reported - albeit in a by-the-way fashion - by the New York Times and a handful of other media outlets. And one of Saddam's nuclear scientists, Jaffar Dhia Jaffar, admitted to the BBC earlier this year, "We had 500 tons of yellow cake [uranium] in Baghdad."[QUOTE]

    How many of you readers knew about this? As far as I can tell, the mainstream media maintains that there were NO WMD's! I guess uranium is safe. I often flavor my coffee with it. So what if you could make a billion dirty bombs with that much uranium. So what if Saddam plotted to kill Bush Sr.! So what so what so what? DailyKos and George Soros say there were no WMD's!

    Amazingly, though this uranium is the "fun and safe non-WMD kind," environmentalists went NUTS when the US planned to move it out of Iraq, saying that would be too dangerous!

    Hurray for liberals! They are saving us from all the world's evils through vigilant complaining!

    Johnny writes: "All right, he didn't say that. I made it up. But you can read similar sentiments on left-wing blogs. And it does sound so very Olbermannian, doesn't it?"

    If that's the latest conspiracy theory being floated on left-wing blogs, then you can be sure Keith soon will be suggesting it. Of course it will be in his typical weaselly manner-- "It has been said..."...."The internet is rife with talk that"..... etc.... 'I just report rumors, decide'...

    I found it interesting the other day, when Keith was speaking with John Harwood (I believe) about SC candidate Miers, and said that though he would get all sorts of hell for saying it, perhaps Bush wasn't as conservative as his base.

    If there's anything that might make you feel a bit sympathetic toward Olbermann it's HIS base and the necessity of his appeasing them. We here at Olbermann Watch are, of course, obsessed with him as regards his label of nonpartisan, when his prime show is utterly partisan. But if any of us were walking down the sidewalk and saw him approaching, we'd cross the street.

    That is NOT the situation with his hideous fans, judging from their behavior when they have been here and the tidbits Keith has mentioned on his show. They are the types who sickeningly fawn all over him but would have one of his pets boiling on his stove if he didn't tow the line.

    Olbermann made fun of the zealotry, logic, and spelling of the Dobsonites who wrote him in defense of Dobson, whom Keith had misrepresentated as having called the SpongeBob character "gay". But anyone who reads left-wing blog sites is utterly aware of the scurrilous wrathful natures of the people who champion Olbermann as being their "straight-shooter". I'm pretty sure their letters to Keith make Dobsonites look like Mr Spock.

    I feel sorry for any guy who has to depend on them for his .4 in the ratings. But then, on the other hand, that couldn't have happened to a nicer guy...