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If Countdown makes The Great Leak Case its top story on days when there are no developments whatsoever, it's no surprise that on Wednesday night, Olby was once again beating that persistently vegetative equine. Jim VandeHei returns yet again for another exercise in bloviation and tea-leaf reading.
Having served up several fawning profiles of Fitzgerald, Olbermann ran a piece on Rove attorney Robert Luskin, which gleefully pointed out that Luskin is a liberal Democrat, and referred to him as "Rove's brain".
After noting some very strained analogies to Watergate (did you know Thursday is H.R. Haldeman's birthday?) KO gave gratis air time to a publicity stunt from Congressional Democrats asking Fitzgerald to extend and widen his investigation. Their claim is that the administration's speeches in favor of the Iraq War were illegal. Yes, the ultimate criminalization of speech.
Maurice Hinchey (D) was invited in to give this preposterous theory some faux credibility. Olby fancies himself a journalist, but the words "first amendment" didn't pass his lips. His inquiries boiled down to asking if these arguments were really a crime, based on the technicality of their not having been made in testimony to Congress. None of the alleged "lies" were themselves critically examined, let alone challenged. So while pretending to question the theory, Keith at the same time put forth its underlying thesis as something assumed to be true. Spin is always most effective when it is subtle.