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The top story on CNN at 8:00 pm? The bombings in Amman, Jordan. The lead story on Fox? The bombings. The top stories on the network newscasts? Bombings. The lead story on Countdown? "Dawn of the Democrats." There is nothing that happens anywhere in the world that will prevent Keith Olbermann from fulfilling his propaganda duties.
Olby's election rundown included the two gubernatorial wins for Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, and the loss of Arnold's reform issues in California. Naturally, the election of Michael Bloomberg in New York was skipped over. Doesn't exactly fit the frame. Oh, and didn't a Republican take the Lt Governor spot in Virginia? KO made no mention of that. Not what he wants his audience to hear.
We're more fascinated by Ohio, where Keith pushed the claims of flawed voting and fixated on recounting ballots for weeks after the last Presidential election (check our archives to see how extreme this Olbsession was). Inspired by the moonbat theories that KO promoted, Democrats put a passel of proposals to "reform" the state's voting procedures on the ballot. They were backed by a huge influx of out-of-state money, courtesy of the moveon wing of the radical left. One would think KO would be all over this story. But all of a sudden, Ohio is not on Olby's radar. Why is that? Could it be because all those radical proposals lost? That doesn't make for a very convincing "Dawn of the Democrats" spin, does it?
In comes Dana Milbank to talk about poll results. Olby leads off with:
Would that be the kind of thing the Democratic leadership would look at and say, it's impeachment time?
When Milbank doesn't bite, KO goes on to note that Arnold "got his clock cleaned" because his initiatives didn't pass, but again, makes no note how George Soros and his gang went down the toilet in the Buckeye state. Fickle Keith: he used to hold the Ohio story close to his heart, but now he doesn't call, he doesn't write...
Eleven minutes into the program and Olby is now on the subject of Dick Cheney, the pretext being that Achmed Chalabi is in town. Finally, after 18 minutes of spin, we get to the #4 story: the Jordan bombings, via some recycled NBC news tape and guest Roger Cressey.
What will be the #3 story? Paris riots? Ohio election returns? That's not news. #3 is ethics class at the White House--the gift that keeps on giving. It was reported Friday, but it's found its way into the Hour of Spin every night this week. And KO picks up yet another talking point from the minority party as he asks about Karl Rove:
Why isn't he turning in his top secret security clearance when others get theirs yanked for so much less?
Less than what? Judge Olbermann has rendered a finding of guilt against someone who hasn't even been charged with a crime, let alone one that involves security. Since it was Harry Reid who wanted to make this an issue, Olby gave it the deluxe treatment, reading off a long list of people who had lost their clearances for seemingly small transgressions.
Keith brought on attorney Mark Zaid to parrot his spin. Zaid did his duty, talking about what a "bad example" Rove is. But Zaid also let it slip that the litany of cases KO had read previously all just happened to be his clients! Small world, isn't it?
The #2 story was a fluff piece on adult schooling with Monica Novotny, who these days prevents the excessive soiling of her reputation by limiting her appearances with Olby to one or two a week. Coming in at #1: a woman selling her house on ebay.
So what did we learn from the Hour of Spin tonight? The Democrats won everything. There were no elections in Ohio or New York. The rioting in France does not exist. And Karl Rove is guilty. Of something. And whatever it is, it's bad. Judge Olbermann has ruled.