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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.