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Only on the Hour of Spin would the top story of the day be another Olbermann specularama. Thursday night a good eight minutes were spent bloviating about who Bob Woodward's source is. Olby framed the story with a bunch of photos on the screen, carefully selected so that he could rule all of them out except for one: Dick Cheney. Dana Milbank joined in the guessing game, but when all was said and done, there was no news at the top of this "newshour".
After a few shots at Woodward (Keith is always right on top of the Soros talking points), Jonathan Turley came in to, you guessed it, take a few shots at Woodward. With the enforced unanimity of viewpoint that is a Countdown staple, Olby and his guests are the conversational equivalent of synchronized swimming. Incredibly, KO again trumpeted his great "known" insight from Wednesday. Maybe Keith ought to read the transcript of Fitzgerald's press conference, where at one point he flatly stated:
He was at the beginning of the chain of phone calls, the first official to disclose this information outside the government to a reporter.
Note to Olby: he didn't say "the first official known to disclose". He said Libby was "the first official to disclose". Got that? Can you please put away your new toy now and talk about something else?
The #4 story was, predictably, Rep Murtha calling for a pullout from Iraq. Murtha said the war was unwinnable and discussed pulling out over a year ago, though Olbermann made no mention of that. Then a clip of John Kerry from Hardball (that aired less than an hour before), but no clip of Matthews's other guest, John McCain. The topic morphed into "white phosphorus", described at least a half-dozen times as a "chemical weapon". Sheesh, even the BBC realizes it is not a chemical weapon.
In the #3 slot was talk of a rift between Bush pere and fils. This was from a Washington Times article, and Keith brought on the reporter who wrote the story--to dish some dirt about the President. That's all a writer for the DC Times, usually an object of Olby derision, has to do to get Keith's attention. Just print something negative about Bush, and KO's welcome mat is out.
#2 was another Olbermann antismoking piece; #1: Japanese game shows.
What Republican was named "worst person"? All of them! Well, not all of them, but a goodly number: the Republican National Committee and its webmasters, because of the song they used on a video. Olby is truly scraping the bottom of his smear barrel if this is the best he can come up with.