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Just like Keith, let's start out with a rhetorical question. What do these headlines have in common?
We'll spare you the suspense. These are the top 10 stories as listed Wednesday night by the Associated Press. Which of these was the top story on Olby's Hour of Spin? None of them! No, Countdown began with another rehash of The Great Leak Case:
Another conservative leader asks if Karl Rove should stay on at the White House.
The "prominent conservative leader" turned out to be someone from the Cato Institute. It's not surprising that Olby thinks libertarians are the same as conservatives. Keith is hardly what one would call knowledgeable.
All of this was just a warmup for the fawning interview with The Great Man, Joe Wilson. After noting that Wilson's book has rocketed all the way up in Amazon sales to 769, Keith gave Wilson the floor and pretty much avoided asking anything that might annoy The Great Man. Near the end of the propaganda piece, Olby decided that he had to at least feign being a reporter. So he did bring up a few of the criticisms of Wilson:
You can turn on Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or any other reactionary parrot, and you can hear these same talking points about you.
Wow, was Keith careful not to displease The Great Man, or what? Talk about weasel words! By the way, this is the second time in as many nights that Olby described someone as "reactionary". Yesterday he applied that pejorative to the pro-choice, pro-environmentalist Dick Morris. Once again, we expect ignorance from Keith. But back to KO's tough, aggressive questioning:
They say your wife was not a covert officer because she posed in Vanity Fair magazine...
Say what? The argument that was being made is that his wife wasn't covert under the terms of the Identities Protection Act (she was not assigned overseas within the previous five years). Is Olby deliberately misstating this or is it just more ignorance?
They say that your report on Niger was debunked at some point, and they said that you claimed that the Vice-President had sent you on the Niger trip, and when you said that you were lying when you said that.
Wilson ducked the first question (saying his wife was "classified"--not what was asked), and delivered his usual evasions on the others. That's as far as KO went. Nothing about Wilson's claim that his wife didn't recommend him, and nothing about Wilson asserting that he exposed forged documents he hadn't even seen. And if you think that Keith asked any kinds of follow-ups, then we have some lovely oceanfront property in Utah to sell you.
More softballs about "threats" and civil suits, and the puff piece finally creaks to a close. But Keith isn't through. The #4 story turns out to be more on the Great Leak Case with Pundit for All Occasions Howard Fineman. It's several minutes of pure speculation, but hey, who wants to report news when you can salivate over the Libby trial?
The #3 story is the Washington Post article on "secret CIA prisons". It doesn't occur to either Keith or guest Dana Priest to ask who in the CIA is leaking this info, whether these leaks are a violation of law, and if they endanger anyone. The agenda of the leaker? Not interested. And how about the timing? Olby loves to question the "timing" of everything from terror alerts to flu vaccine. But with this leak that issue never occurred to "journalist" Olbermann.
Coming in at #2 was the Rosa Parks funeral; #1 was Tom Cruise. The "worst persons in the world" included runner-up Elaine Chao (Republican), and "winner" Donald Rumsfeld--because he has stock in a company that may be making bird flu vaccine. Amazing. They should listen to Olby and just not produce the vaccine. That'll show 'em. We've already lost count of how many days, weeks, months KO has gone without ever naming a liberal or a Democrat as "worst person in the world". Olby wouldn't do that. He wouldn't want to disappoint Joe Wilson.