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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.
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.