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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    October 27, 2005
    So Much for the First Amendment

    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.

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    To prove I am an equal opportunity critic:

    This site (Olbywatch) has A+ content and D+ structural integrity. Posting is laborious and data routinely disappears. Improvements would lead to more participation and better hit numbers.

    Saw 10 seconds of a salivating wide-eyed Olby last night. In that 10 seconds over 100 words spooged forth from his trap. All words related to this oh-so-important Plamegate fiasco. Wow wowy wow wow! Such a huge issue! Bigger than Iraqi elections, bigger than the lack of a terrorist attack in the US since 9/11, bigger than EVERYTHING! I love things like this because it guarantees low ratings. The majority of people could give a flying fock about "Scooty-patooty" Libby. After all, if you ask them who the vice-prez is, most of them can't tell you! But Olby keeps going after the most uneducated viewers with the most esoteric of stories! Good job Olby! Kaplan should be raking in the advertising pennies.

    Patrick Fitzgerald has been lauded for his "creative interpretation of the law" that has allowed him to seek indictments. That is just swell! Nothing better than a creative prosecutor who works extra hard to get an indictment even if it has nothing to do with the original case. Hooray for indictments! Perjury is a crime (except for Bill and Hill)! Let the heads roll!


    "The New York Times Co. said Wednesday its earnings fell by more than half in the third quarter. . . The company, which publishes The Boston Globe and the International Herald Tribune in addition to its flagship newspaper, had net income of $23.1 million. . .down from $48.3 million, or 33 cents a share, in the comparable period a year ago. . . In September, the Times said it would slash about 500 jobs over the following six to nine months. About half of the cuts will be at the New York Times media group, including 45 newsroom positions at the Times newspaper. . . [b]The Times' shares fell 21 cents to $27.54, below a 52-week low, in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The shares have traded from $27.74 to $41.62 in the past year."[/b]

    "Pinch" Sulzberger is only 53 years old. he has plenty of time to complete the destruction of the most dangerous paper in America.

    Another criticism: why is it so hard to do simple things like type in bold or reproduce quotes? I'm sure colleagues would be more than willing to help you guys improve the site.


    This is pure Olbermannesque speculation on my part but I think a blog is more appropriate place to speculate than a national news show, so here goes--

    Keith did counter Hinchey rather than simply giving him an opportunity to pelt Bush (Though Keith, of course, is not aware of how thoroughly the Bush intentionally misled about yellow cake has been debunked. If he simply went to he'd see Brooks Jackson debunk it utterly...)

    But I was suspicious at how quick, smooth, and robotic the Hinchey's responses were. It made me wonder if he had been given a clue about the question beforehand.

    BTW-- Where is the topic that Krazy and I have been arguing?

    And I hate to see the bit on the Countdown for Oct 25th taken down. There Keith used a quote by Ghandi to make an analogy likening the Bushies to murderers and tyrannts and those who oppose the war and the administration to Ghandi.

    Cecelia, I realize that Olby did pretend to challenge Hinchey. But his "challenge" consisted of arguing that the arguments were made in public speeches, not in testimony to Congress. This had the effect of telling the viewer Hinchey's right, these people were all lying. That's what one expects from Keith since he believes that all of Hinchey's charges are simply proven fact. But people who don't drink the Kool-Aid have a different interpretation, one that Olby simply ignored. And the gullible will watch the interview and conclude that Hinchey's drivel must be "reality-based", since even the "journalist" questioning him didn't question him about it.

    As for things disappearing from the site, Mr Cox informs me he is working on a revamp. With luck, previous articles should reappear. Exactly when I'm not sure, but keep your cyber fingers crossed.

    Good point, Johnny.

    If anyone wants to read the "Bush intentionally lied about yellow cake" bit bashed to pieces, here a link to a bipartisan political watchdog group. Former CNN reporter, Brooks Jackson is a part of this organization.

    I changed the settings that was preventing comments even on posts where comments were set to "open". You can now post comments freely (without even using TypeKey) so long as the comments are enabled for the post. As a rule not every post will have comments enabled, those that do will be kept open for a week or two or when the thread burns out.