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The Monday night Hour of Spin began with Olby introducing a clip of the President's Alaska speech in his typical fair, nonpartisan manner:
He met the troops, and also to mete out a little punishment to any Democrat irresponsible enough to criticize the war in Iraq and how we got there.
After that misrepresentation, KO talked about poll numbers and brought in the chameleon of punditry, Howard Fineman. Howard, of course, is like silly putty--whether he's interviewed by Olby, or Laura Ingraham, somehow he always seems to give 'em what they want to hear. Keith repeated his misrepresentation:
...essentially accusing anybody who's critical of the war in Iraq...of being deeply irresponsible. We just heard tonight, in Alaska, he did exactly the same thing.
Olby must think that if he tells this lie often enough, people will swallow it. And Howie, by nodding in agreement, is his enabler. A taped NBC report from Andrea Mitchell followed, dealing with how much intelligence data the Democrat critics actually had. It started with a straw man fallacy:
[VIDEO - BUSH]: [Democrats] had access to the same intelligence... [MITCHELL]: But did Senate Democrats really have as much intelligence as the President?
The President said they had access to it; Mitchell changes the wording to did they actually have it? She makes points like, oh that was buried on page 84 of a report so it doesn't count, and her piece has several Democrat soundbites but none from Republicans. There were a few bones of fairness thrown in at the end, but the thrust was clear.
With the #4 story Olby faces his nightly dilemma. How exactly does he make the Great Leak Case one of his top stories when there is no news to report? In the grand tradition of the National Enquirer, if there is no news, just create some. A "new theory" that the target of the investigation is actually Dick Cheney. It must be a reliable theory, since it's being promoted by Keith's favorite felon, John Dean. The ex-con speculated about release of classified information, but neither he nor Olby ever addressed a key question. How can someone (like the Vice-President) who is authorized to declassify information possibly be indicted for declassifying information?
In the #3 slot, the Jordan bombing (via a recycled NBC report) with Steve Emerson opining. #2 was eye candy: amateur video of a twister; and #1 was wacky inventions.
And oh, KO named another worst person in the world. Now what Republican (because Democrats and liberals never qualify) was the horrible, evil person for Monday? The Governor of Alaska. There is no corner of the USA too far-flung for Olby when he's on the hunt for Republicans he can smear.