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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    November 15, 2005
    Magnificent Olbsession

    The US Senate delivered the top story for Tuesday's Hour of Spin, passing a non-binding resolution about Iraq. Olby likened it to Walter Cronkite's famed comments about VietNam, and chatted with Dana Milbank of the Post, who called it a "rebuke" to the President. There was more reporting of poll numbers--never much of a concern to Keith when the President was riding high, but now it's a nightly feature. And just as some guy who heckled Dick Cheney during the hurricane coverage was Big News, tonight KO made it a point to spotlight some other guy who heckled Cheney.

    After Olby made fun of a conservative song supporting President Bush, we got the #4 story: torture. A recycled NBC report detailed a "torture chamber" found in Iraq, attributed to Shia militia. But Keith was in hog heaven with #3: a resolution from San Francisco to take Bill O'Reilly off the air. Feeding KO's principal Olbsession is akin to offering free crack to Marion Barry. "Obnoxious and perverted but fundamentally buffoonish" was how Keith described Bill O--a textbook example of projection that would have impressed Dr Freud himself.

    So we got replays of O'Reilly's hyperbole, then clips of a later O'Reilly interview, followed by still more O'Reilly sound bites (where he refers to it as a satiric riff). Keith falsely described this last as O'Reilly "changing his story again", adding "and you thought Sen Joe McCarthy was dead". In the spirit of fairness and balance, Olby brought in the San Fran commissioner sponsoring the resolution. Keith noted that O'Reilly was engaged in "hate speech", and is "several light bulbs short of a marquee". At the end of the interview, Mr Freedom of Speech wished his guest "good luck" in silencing Mr Bill.

    Porn on the iPod was story #2; #1, Michael Jackson and Michael Musto (they deserve each other).

    And of course, Countdown wouldn't be the Hour of Spin without bashing Republicans and conservatives in the "worst person in the world" segment. The runner-up was Brent Bozell; the "worst person" was Rush Limbaugh. We keep saying it: never a Democrat or liberal as "worst person". As long as Olbermann persists in saying he is "nonpartisan", we will continue to remind people of the proof that he is a liar.


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    Hello. I was wondering why you referred to the NBC report as "recycled". I was under the impression that the detainees were found in the past day or so. Do you have a link to an earlier reference/report?

    Recycled in that it is not an original report for Countdown; it is an NBC report that has aired previously, either on NBC network or earlier on MSNBC.

    Alright. Thanks for your reply.

    Johnny,

    I loved the guy sponsoring the bill to ban O'Reilly! I went into convulsions over his comment about Keith's affiliation with Air America. Later when Keith was "playing devil's advocate" and suggesting it was better to ignore O'Reilly because he's not taken seriously, the San Fran guy said something about O'Reilly not being on ESPN but still have quite an audience... :D I don't know if that was an intentional or inadvertent slam but it was a hoot!

    The story of the torture camp run by the Shia is horrifying and hideously ironic too. Starving folks is considered pretty terrible in liberal circles, unless you're talking about a catastrophically brain injured woman and her ex-husband...

    I'm reminded too of another sense of irony set off by Sen. Biden today when he mentioned the limited support from our allies in going into Iraq and mentioned too Haliburton contracts. Wonder why the concern for profit motives never occurs to him when it comes to those European countries who were profitting from the Oil for Food fiasco and "thought it best" to leave Saddam in place...

    But I digress... Johnny, did you notice that the Countdown obligatory smoking gun/bloody footprint/dog-not-barking/ Olbermann-wishful-thinking piece about how significant it is that Cheney was heckled by anti-war protesters.. came complete with a photo banner of Cheney in some sort of god awful stop-action snarl-like expression?

    Those guys who want to take their pro-Bush song to video could learn a thing or two about agitprop from the folks at Countdown...

    By the way: I know Keith was doing his usual parroting of Media Matters, but how logical an analogy is it to invoke Joe McCarthy when O'Reilly threatens to list the names of people who are advocating that Fox fire him.

    C, I think you may have misheard that bit. It sounded like "Air America" but I think the guy was talking about "Arab American" profiling or something like that.

    Oops! :D I guess I did a little profiling, myself.

    Thanks, Johnny!

    Fair and balanced...wow...your complaining about Obermann, when you all are watching Fox News that which show Bill O'Reily. O'Reily advocates allowing terrorists to blow up SF, simply because he disagrees with them.

    Wow, so I can go on tv and say I really would like to see Austin Texas blown up. Truth be told I'd be arrested. What a bunch of hypocrites you are!!!

    "O'Reily advocates allowing terrorists to blow up SF, simply because he disagrees with them."

    David, I actually have a huge quarrel with O'Reilly over this issue.

    Bill seems to advocate that terrorists use standard bombs when blowing up SF and I think a nuke would do a better job.

    David says O'Reilly wants terrorists to blow up San Francisco. He calls us hypocrites.

    Meanwhile, Keith Olbermann advocates taking people he disagrees with and beating them senseless, until they are dead. Say what? Oh, don't you remember when he took a likeness of Ann Coulter and smashed it repeatedly against his desk until it was in pieces? What do you suppose that was all about? Could that have been Olby's own "satirical riff"? But that was OK, because it's Olby. And because it's only Ann Coulter who was being symbolically murdered.

    The hypocrite is Olbermann.

    Johnny,

    I think your "Olby to the Max" piece answers David's question very nicely.

    We don't make an issue of O'Reilly because O'Reilly actually features people who oppose him. That's not to say that he doesn't talk over them ala Chris Matthews, or that O'Reilly, himself doesn't, as Andrew Sullivan has described, "argue like an ignorant drunk". But O'Reilly does provide a counter view and he generally tries to provide it from the best source he can find-- the person involved, the politician or politico from the opposing party or viewpoint, etc.

    The only nod Olbermann makes towards balance is to run things by a few select journalists (I think Newsweek has a contract with MSNBC.)

    Olbermann sticks to skewering the Bush Administration and conservatives without allowing any of them on for balance. Asa Hutchinson was the one exception and MSNBC must have insisted on that given the seriousness and utter subjectivity of the charge Olbermann was making at the time.