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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    November 2, 2005
    Ignorance Is Bliss

    Just like Keith, let's start out with a rhetorical question. What do these headlines have in common?

    • Senate's 'Gang of 14' Fractures Over Alito
    • Six GIs Killed in Iraq; 20 Die in Bombing
    • Thousands Honor Parks With Songs, Thanks
    • Infection-Control Key to U.S. Flu Plan
    • Bush Adviser Says Policy Forbids Torture
    • Iraq Invites Ex-Officers to Join New Army
    • Shortness of Breath May Be Heart Disease
    • Stone Begins Shooting 9/11 Movie in N.Y.
    • J&J May Not Complete $25.4B Guidant Deal
    • Artest Behaves Perfectly As Pacers Win

    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.

    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (3) | | View blog reactions


    I tried to watch some of that interview last night, but Keith Olberman has got to be the worst journalist on the air. At least try to make appear as though your a journalist.

    Make sure you watch it next week, when Keith shows everyone how to make their very own aluminum foil hat.

    Bird flu is a capitalist plot to make money for Rummy.

    Joe Wilson has absolute moral authority as the "yellow star" husband of a leaked woman.

    I relish the name "Scooter" Libby. Nothing makes a viewer turn the channel faster than discussions of an unknown politico.

    I suppose Keith thinks that paying lip service to those critical of Joe Wilson "debunks" them. Obviously he has learned nothing from Kerry's Swift Vet extravaganza. Bringing up criticisms without valid response just leads to more questions. People generally know when they are being manipulated and lied to (just look at MSNBC's ratings as evidence).


    I can't believe that you'd criticise the sort illuminating, hard-hitting, insightful, probing, and utterly professional journalism that is comprised in Olbermann's statement:

    "You can turn on Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or any other reactionary parrot, and you can hear these same talking points about you."

    My heart leaped at the new information sure to be gleaned by such a set-up, though I shuddered for Joe Wilson in the hands of someone who cares not where the truth may take him...