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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    November 16, 2005

    Bob Woodward delivers manna from heaven for the Hour of Spin. His revelation that he heard about Valerie Plame way before Libby did gives Olby carte blanche to make the Great Leak Case the lead item on Wednesday's Countdown. Keith took full advantage of Woodward's involvement to make a link to Richard Nixon, Watergate, and the "I am not a crook" speech.

    Woodward's testimony puts in doubt Prosecutor Fitzgerald's claim that Libby was the first person to leak the information to the press, but Olby was ready with immediate damage control. Fitzgerald didn't say Libby was the first person to leak, he said he was the first person "known" to leak. And according to Mr Humility:

    The word "known" will appear prominently around the country, I think, tomorrow morning, and the explanations thereof.

    Keith Olbermann, the man who sets the news agenda around the country, and a legend in his own mind. Unfortunately, his brilliant insights ended there. It never occurred to Olby that the prosecutor about whom he ran one shameless puff piece after another has proven to be a rather incompetent investigator. Whether or not he said "known", Fitzgerald didn't even get this basic fact of the case right, and completely missed critical evidence that made a shambles of his purported timeline.

    Next comes Olby's favorite felon, John Dean, who delivers several minutes of meaningless speculation. Dean does some more damage control for Fitzgerald, and congratulates KO for pointing out the word "known". That gives Olby the opportunity to point out other news agencies that didn't catch this mind-boggling insight, humbly hyping his own brilliance once again. As he goes to a break, Keith again brings up the "crucial word". Looks like we know what tonight's talking point is.

    Hardly a surprise: the #4 story is more on the Great Leak Case. Mr Subtlety again brings up "known". Former prosecutor Solomon Wisenberg then appears to pooh-pooh any notion that this has any negative impact on the Libby case. And they discuss--what else?--the impact of "known".

    The return of the FEMA-bashing segment is #3, complete with the obligatory reference to "Brownie". Then Keith runs the soundbite of the day, which turns out to be Howard Stern replaying yesterday's Rush Limbaugh "worst person" bit and then lauding Olby as a "hero". But praise from Stern is rather like a civil rights leader getting the endorsement of David Duke. But Keith will take an ego massage wherever he can get it.

    Fast-forwarding through more Michael Jackson puppets (#2) and celebrity news, we have the worst person in the world. Why do we have the feeling Bill O'Reilly is going to show up here once again? Could it be because KO flashed his picture at the top of the show? Maybe it's because Media Matters ran another O'Reilly quote (something about a San Francisco militia) and Olby's contract with George Soros dictates that he use every quote they run on his program. The lameness of this O'Reilly "offense" was so obvious that KO hardly even tried to make a case for its worstness.

    Finally, the #1 story, about dating farmers. At last we can purge our minds of Olby's toxic waste and enjoy an hour of Lost. And no, that is not a documentary about the mind of Keith Olbermann.

    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (10) | | View blog reactions


    dude you suck, to put it bluntly (re: your first point). If your going to critcize a reporter over there reporting, use the facts of the story in context. I saw countdown tonight and yes KO wastes alot of time and effort in an attempt to emphasize the word "known". I have to agree with him on his general premsie. Libbys lawyer is trying to fight a perjury (etc) indictment in the court of public opinion, playing on the Valerie Plame angle instead of dealing with the items that he is actually charged with. I don't know about you but if i'm paying that much for a legal defense I want him working on my case on not some stupid democrat and his wife.

    - the critcal republican-

    hey tcr --

    #1. I doubt you are a conservative

    #2. Fitzgerald smeared Libby fiercely as having "damaged national security," all the while indicting him for perjury. The court of public opinion is important, and the worst charges were the ones Fitzgerald casually made verbally but didn't back up with facts. I think Fitzgerald is a myopic overzealous lawyer and he'll end up wasting tons of time and money on a stupid issue pushed by democrat weasels like Chuck "the shmuck" schumer.

    As for Howard Stern, the guy was funny before he became a barking Moonbat. He has praised Michael Moore, Al Franken, and now Olbermann. I'm sure Olby loves the company.

    I watched Bill O'Reilly last night hoping I'd see some sort of breakdown over the San Fran thing or at least a crazed rant. I doubt Olbermann wants to send his audience over to Fox to check things out, but I'd bet I'm not the only one who went.

    I did watch Hardball, and Olbermann's points are exactly the ones I yelled at David Schuster during his piece on the Woodward admission. Schuster stated that this new information proves that Libby was not the "FIRST" official to leak Plame's name, to which I yelled pretty much what Keith said--that no one had ever claimed that in the first place. Wonder if Keith meant to debunk Schuster...

    The entire point of the Schuster piece was to point out that it could be Cheney who was THE FIRST OFFICIAL TO LEAK... Schuster even had some dramatic file footage of Cheney whipping around and facing the camera just as Schuster mentioned his name.

    Evidently Schuster has decided to make his reporting into an extension of his blog. Chris Matthews schemes up more convoluted scenarios than Stephen King, but at least he's a pundit and his is a talk show.

    Speaking of these scenarios it was good to see Richard Cohen bring Matthews down to the remote possibility that the motivation behind an administration member talking about Plame might just be the most obvious one: "We didn't send Wilson, his wife did and this is how she was involved."

    The other day someone decried the fact that reporting on cable had gone partisan one way or the other and blamed this on Fox. Frankly, I've never seen a straight reporter on Fox do what Schuster did last night.

    Anyway, I'd respond to the comments from tcr but I'm not sure of his/her point. Too, when you start a sentence with "dude, you suck"... prepare to have the attention of everyone over the age of 30 leap from your words to whether the gutters need cleaning or the tires rotated.

    You Reichwingnuts are hysterical. If you don't like Olbermann, don't watch him.

    Go back over to FAUX News, where you can see such paragons of Wingnut virtue as Olly North (pled the Fifth eight times in front of Congress) and Bernie Kerik (pled the Fifth five times recently).

    Poor Leftandloud(and stupid),

    Obviously you're aware of who appears on Fox News and are a critic of the channel. But since you're a member of the "reality based community" you lack the ability to sense a certain irony in your aversion to our criticism of a show on another cable channel.

    Lots of garment-rending over Bob Woodward today.

    Could an icon of this magnitude still end up as fodder for the volcano of media liberalism?

    Move over, Judy...


    Well said!

    I think the metaphors are mixed but thanks, K or K.

    The media world is just drenched in irony right now.

    #1 you doubt i'm a conservative? - to each his own - I doubt this adminstration is truly conservative, I personally think they ran on the ticket just to achieve power and access to a strong base.

    #2 I have no sympathy for Libby he made a mistake and Fitzgerald is taking advantage of it. Fitzgerald is an old mob prosecutor and he's doing what organized crime prosecutors do. He's trying to squeeze the little guy to get something on someone bigger. After reading the indictment it plain to see he's aiming for someone else and Libby caught under the wheels of the investigation.

    and as for Stern.......... he should have quit when he was still funny.

    Actually, Olbermann was cooking the actual report. The implication was that Stern approved of Olbermann for his 'aggressive' stand against Rush.

    Stern has a long going feud Brent Bozell, who was number 3 in the list...he never would have mentioned it, unless Bozell was included in the list.

    Olberman is even more stupid, because he did read the press conference transcript, he just didn't read the part where Fizz said:
    "At the end of the day what appears is that Mr. Libby's story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing on from one reporter what he heard from another, was not true.

    It was false. He was at the beginning of the chain of phone calls, the first official to disclose this information outside the government to a reporter. And then he lied about it afterwards, under oath and repeatedly."

    Apparently Olberman stopped looking, when he found his beliefs vindicated.