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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    November 8, 2005
    Howard's Monkey

    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.


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    Very good summary. Caught snippets of his show, and cross referenced with O'reilly. While O'reilly chose a relevant story (France) as the lead, followed by other relevant stories, Olby decided to relegate himself to last place with gusto by harping on the obscure and cynical (smoking memos, Halliburton, Rove). Then he paid lip service to the French Intifada by running some pre-packaged NBC tripe with nary a mention of Islam or the broadening scope of the problem in Europe, and of course Keith had no comment after the piece. I could hear the remote controls clicking away from MSLSD Nation wide. I wish I could see Keith's ratings from yesterday.

    After a day of listening to Chris Matthews make assumptions and a myriad of MSNBCers do the same thing, I think I need some clarification...

    Did the Special Prosecutor make any suggestion that it was illegal for Cheney and Libby to be talking about Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame and just how he came to be sent by the CIA to investigate Saddam and yellow cake?

    Did Fitzie charge anyone in the Administration with a crime in leaking a CIA operative's name?

    Isn't the Libby indictment based on his lying to the grand jury about where he first heard the Plame info? And are we to assume that there is no other reason for Libby to lie other than to protect Dick Cheney from....what?

    Sincerely,
    Confused by the Spin

    Dear C --

    Looking at this thing rationally, I will speculate that Cheney / Libby / Rove wanted to make it clear that they did not send Wilson to Niger. Of course in the process, they would HAVE to discredit Wilson, since he would be exposed as a lying sack of crap in the process. I would guess Libby did not want to divulge that a strategy existed to point out the truth in the matter since the Democrats would accuse Cheney of masterminding some "conspiracy smear campaign." The politicization of this matter by Democrats has really worked, since they have the media as lapdog. If the White House were able to communicate effectively, this would be less of a problem. Unfortunately, Bush is a reformed stammerer and Cheney doesn't put himself out there. That Matthews engages in speculation like this is really best for us all, as it shows his political leanings.


    As for the "special prosecutor," he has said Wilson's wife was not a "covert operative," but he is also a driven myopic bachelor with all the time in the world to get overzealous and lose perspective. This whole thing stinks. I just want Libby's defense to get all these reporters and Washington politicos on the stand to show just how much they knew about good old Val. Then I want them to get General Vallely out there to talk about how Joe Wilson outed his own wife in a Greenroom long before this stupid story. There was a reason the "special prosecutor" went to Wilson's neighbors to make sure that Val wasn't openly known as a CIA operative. However, those interviews were not under oath. A good defense lawyer can get lots of info fast.

    I hope this thing explodes in Joe Wilson's face, and the Dems drop him like a wormy apple.

    Very cogent, Krazy!

    Thanks!

    Very cogent, Krazy!

    Thanks!