OlbermannWatch.com "My Faves" Set
OlbermannWatch.com Favorited Photos from other Flickr Users
Got OlbyPhotos? See some on Flickr? DO NOT email us. Send us a FlickrMail instead. Include a link to the photo. If we like the photo you will see it displayed in the Olby Flickr Flood above.
New to Flickr? Sign up for a FREE Flickr account!
New to YouTube? Sign up for a FREE YouTube account!
|Subscribe to Olbermann Watch Mailing List|
|Visit this group|
Monday's Countdown began with a favor to Carl Levin, who released an obscure memo that cast doubt on the credibility of one pre-war source of intelligence. This must be Big News since it prevented Olby from opening yet another show with the Great Leak Case. Keith brought on Col Patrick Lang, identified only as the head of Middle East intelligence during the Gulf War I. Unmentioned is that Lang is a long-standing critic of Bush II and a favorite guest of outfits like Democracy Now and their ilk. Keith channeled Harry Reid and his talking points:
Is it now time to look at the intelligence on which this country went to war...and to start asking, was any of it right?
Michael Duffy was next, and Olby again played defense counsel for all the Democrats (Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Chuck Shumer, etc) who had warned about Saddam's WMDs in the past:
If the government has 100% of the information...how is the minority party, which presumably has access to less than 100% of the information, supposed to have stood up and said, no, you're wrong?
Never one to inflate the importance of one story out of all proportion, Keith added:
Did the whole pre-war intelligence house of cards just collapse here?
Duffy cited Harry Reid in his reply, which boiled down to "maybe". Olby worried that the Republicans were going to prevent a "meaningful" investigation, and suggested archly that things would go better "if the Democrats are in charge of one of the houses or both". All that was lacking at this point was a disclaimer: Paid for by the Democratic National Committee.
It's always fascinating to see just how KO will manage to make The Great Leak Case one of the top five stories of the day, even when there is no news. Monday night, he picked up on speculation about Karl Rove's future at the White House and conflated that into a theory that "Bush's brain" (as he insists on referring to Mr Rove) was on his way out no matter what. Countdown Crony John Harwood wasn't so sure about it all, unintentionally demonstrating just how thin Olby's justification for flogging this story has become.
A UN report (surely an authoritative source!) that blamed Halliburton for excess expenses in Iraq was cited by KO as if it were gospel. Then came Philip Giraldi, identified as "a contributing editor for The American Conservative". But don't get your hopes up. Olby hasn't committed fairness. Mr Giraldi is an Iraq war opponent extraordinaire, having claimed not only that the case for the war was forged, but also that Dick Cheney has a secret plan to nuke Iran. Keith, of course, treated Giraldi's criticisms of the war effort with awe and reverence ("Extraordinary!"). See, even conservatives are against the war! Olby wouldn't have it any other way.
Olby sneers at people like Rush Limbaugh as "reactionary parrots". But with this sort of relentlessly partisan propagandizing, Keith has devolved into little more than Howard Dean's trained monkey.