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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    November 11, 2005
    Olbermann's Brain

    Friday night's Countdown can be summed up in one sentence:

    Bush is a liar.

    But we can't let it rest at that. Here at OlbermannWatch we go the extra mile, as repellent as the job may be. So put on your toxic waste encounter suit, we're about to wade into the sewage that is the Hour of Spin. Olby started out with his first cannon blast:

    With nearly six in ten Americans calling him a liar, President Bush chooses Veterans Day to call them something else. [VIDEO OF BUSH]: it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.

    But wait, there's more:

    If you are part of the 57% of this nation that believes, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, that the President deliberately misled us to make the case for war with Iraq, Mr Bush has just called you deeply irresponsible.

    Is that whom the President was talking about? Here is the entire quote. We report, you decide:

    While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and antiwar critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure...

    If KO is to be believed, the President accused 57% of the American people of trying to "rewrite the history" of the war. Is that whom Mr Bush was talking about? Or is Olby just lying to make a dishonest point? For the answer to these and other questions, let's go to Countdown Crony Craig Crawford. You'd think there wouldn't be room for both Crawford and Olby on that high horse, but you'd be wrong. Crawford managed to perfectly parrot the statement of Sen Kennedy:

    Getting so partisan here on Veterans Day was quite surprising.

    Keith again warned Republicans that this speech was going to backfire (he only has their best interests at heart) and pulled out the L-word. Again:

    He's got liar poll numbers now.

    And when Olby suggested that Bush shouldn't be distracted by replying to his critics (in other words, just bend over and take it), Crawford (hereafter "Olbermann's Brain") giggled that even Republicans don't like the President's new approach:

    Many of the President's supporters, Keith, are very concerned because they see some good things coming out of Iraq...some of the other positive news they want the administration to focus on, instead of engaging this old partisan debate with Democrats.

    Really?!? The President's supporters don't want him to answer his critics? Just what Bush supporters would those be, Craig? Olbermann's Brain didn't name a single one, and we doubt that he could. Meanwhile, Keith derails the conversation to bring up Karl Rove. Big surprise.

    Continuing with the "Bush lied, people died" talking point for the evening, the #4 story was "the truth test". Did Democrats really have access to the same intelligence as the White House, as the President said? Richard Sale was the guest expert for this Olby Investigation. Richard Sale. Why does that name sound familiar? Perhaps because he has written for the far-left truthout.org, where he fearlessly predicted five indictments in the CIA leak case? Maybe it rings a bell because Sale is said to hate neocons with a vengeance. No point in transcribing the conversation, because you already know Olby's questions, and Sale's responses. Once again, a single guest is brought in to echo the host's chosen spin. Investigative journalism, Olbermann-style.

    The #3 story was talkative kids; #2 was a taped report about English usage. Meanwhile, top stories on the MSNBC web page that Olby didn't think were important included the Jordan bombing, Arab reaction, Secretary Rice in Iraq, an accused rapist now charged with murder, and the Pope's comments on creationism.

    The worst person in the world was another twofer: a conservative runner-up (from the Federalist society) and the winner, Republican Rick Santorum. The amazing streak, that defies all laws of probability, continues: no Democrat or liberal is ever the worst person in the world.

    The #1 story was another manifestation of the biggest Olbsession of them all: Bill O'Reilly. What did the evil Mr Bill do this time, other than amassing an audience of viewers that is anywhere from six to ten times the paltry bunch who stomach Olby every night? San Francisco doesn't want to allow military recruiting in schools, and O'Reilly said that maybe we shouldn't protect them from the next terrorist attack.

    It's a talk radio show. It's the kind of thing people say all the time, like "He should be shot for doing that". Or "If I tell you, I'll have to kill you". But when you have Keith's peculiar fascination with O'Reilly, this is huge, Big News. It's "demagogic". It's "traitorous". KO dragged Pat Robertson into the equation, flogging yesterday's news once again (it's so much more fun than dealing with today's). And then in comes Mo Rocca, "television personality" and Olbermann's ideological clone. The combination--a whining pseudo-comedian and a sissy wannabe newsman--was too much for us. We're outta here.


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (13) | | View blog reactions

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    Arrrrrrgh! I can not read any more of this. Forget about watching his putrid show. Forget about reading transcripts! The SUMMARIES are too much.

    I suggest we take a collection from all righteous Americans. If we all give what we can, perhaps we can pay MSLSD to take Olbermann off the airwaves. If that fails, I suggest we accuse Olberman of (moon)battery against his audience. I feel abused if I catch three words out of that idiot's mouth.

    So let me get this straight. You think there's nothing wrong with O'Reilly wishing the mass murder of thousands of American citizens, and then trying to cover it up with saying it was just a joke? That contains the same humor value that 9/11 did. I can't even fathom someone trying to defend that. "It's a talk radio show. It's the kind of thing people say all the time." Please. If that is the case, then why do we even talk radio altogether?

    The point is that O'Reilly is a hypocrite. Wrapping himself up in the American flag and calling out anyone who dares invoke themselves in an activity that he deems "anti-American" and then making a foolish comment like that is simply irresponsible. Moreover, the comment is pretty much traitorous if he wants thousands of citizens to die, especially from an orginization that he "claims" he wants dead. If you're going to talk the talk O'Reilly, next time, think about walking the walk. I applaud Keith for bringing this to the national spotlight even if he had to rely on Mo Rocca to back him up.(Couldn't he have gotten Scarborough or Tucker to appear about this?)

    There. I've said by anti-American, anti-concensus pro-Olbermann piece. I will now stand by for the routine, yet baseless, attacks against me.

    P.S. One more note, go ahead and call KO a "sissy newsman" all you want, but I feel it's worth mentioning that O'Reilly wasn't on his TV show last night, probably hiding from all the attacks he's getting.

    D-Day, your reply is even more over the top than Olby's sanctimony. You claim O'Reilly "wants thousands of citizens to die"? Really? You are apparently unfamiliar with the concept of hyperbole or sarcasm, and you obviously don't listen to O'Reilly on the radio. Maybe you listen to Randi Rhodes, who airs "jokes" about shooting the President.

    Now maybe you won't defend Rhodes. Maybe you'll say what she did is no better than O'Reilly's hyperbole. If so, then I can respect your argument. But then, you'll have to try to explain why Olby plays up EVERY O'Reilly flub (real or imagined, mostly the latter), not to mention Dobson, Robertson, Rivera, Santorum, etc--but NEVER does the same with comments by Rhodes, Durbin, Franken, etc. That's the core reason why Countdown is really the Hour of Spin. It's totally a one-way street.

    As for the idea that Olby might bring in Carlson or Scarborough on something like this...maybe on Bizarro Planet, but not on God's green earth. Olby likes to bring in guests who parrot his point of view. Otherwise it wouldn't be an Hour of Spin. That way you get the whole gamut of opinion, from A to B.

    As for O'Reilly being off, he was scheduled for a Veterans Day holiday in advance. Funny, when O'Reilly replies to his critics people accuse him of being egotistical and making everything about him. But when he happens to have a day off and can't reply, then all of a sudden he's a coward.

    At least he never went sissy-prancing around his desk, chirping about one of his competitors. That kind of class you only get on the Hour of Spin.

    D-Day's reasoning is indicative of the current thought disease running rampant in America today. It is a-ok to call the military evil and sabotage recruitment, while demanding the military rush in to New Orleans in Katrina's aftermath to control the poor downtrodden rioters who hate the military in the first place.

    Quite frankly, the same people who decry the presence of the military anywhere and everywhere are the first ones to jump up and cry "where is the military." It just displays a lack of self-sufficiency and a loser mentality. So Bill O'Reilly says the military shouldn't defend San Fransiscans since they are clearly anti-military, and he says we should not devote the military to stopping terrorists should they wish to blow up buildings in San Fransisco. So what? Dick Durbin called our soldiers Nazis. I would say we should not allow our military to defend Durbin on his political jaunts to the Middle East. So what?

    What would happen if the military (including the national guard and the army corps of engineers) refused to help after a huge earthquake in San Fransisco? I'm sure the same anti-recruiting jerks would cry foul and demand congressional hearings.

    Happy veterans day D-Day -- I'm sure you have served your country honorably.

    Obviously O'Reilly ran off at the mouth. He said, on the air, the sort of hyperbole that should have been reserved for private conversation. It was irresponsible. There's no denying that.

    When you're out in the public eye and you do something like that, it's idiotic to tsk-tsk your enemies for pointing out the obvious. O'Reilly handed his foes the baseball bat they're only to glad to hit him with it. And what's more, he needs a bit of batting around for his stupidity.

    But in Olbermann's case even criticising a truly egrecious lapse on O'Reilly's part, takes on an air of opportunism. Olbermann is obsessed with O'Reilly. He also loves the easy target. You know, those fringey types who really are a little out there and really do have questionable taste who garner a lot of derision.

    Olbermann has little tolerance for those with views outside of mainstream liberalism, let alone those media types who don't fall into that sophisticated liberal media person mold. Add to that the fact that the public has its channels tuned to The Factor instead of Countdown and all Olbermann's cheapshot artist and narrow-minded snob neurons fire up. Olbermann's finest moment was when he used his television show to offer O'Reilly's sexual harrassment accusor money for any racy telephone conversation from O'Reilly that she may have taped.

    There's a fine line between being ironical about hypocrisy and buffoonery and in being just a nasty little anklebiter sonofabitch. Our leftwing anchorman lives in that territory.


    Olby is a CREEPY LIAR (tm).

    ("Creepy liar" term trademarked by MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell, used in a sort of ironic twist against others at a time when his own vericity was suspect in some meaningless argument that anyone outside of DC would have to consider a bizarre religious ritual akin to the way Shia cut their foreheads.)


    Olby is a CREEPY LIAR (tm).

    ("Creepy liar" term trademarked by MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell, used in a sort of ironic twist against others at a time when his own veracity was suspect in some meaningless argument that anyone outside of DC would have to consider a bizarre religious ritual akin to the way Shia cut their foreheads.)

    Here's a link to an utter trouncing of a claim that Chris Matthews along with "reporter" David Schuster recklessly spout as being written in stone: That the Bush Administration willfully sold the public the lie that Saddam Hussein helped plot 9/11.

    It even addresses what in the mind of Matthews seems to be the smoking gun -- that polls show the public believed there was a connection. (No one has ever accused Matthews of being logical. He's a polemist and a political warrior who used to formulate talking points for Tip O'Neil.)

    http://www.seixon.com/blog/archives/2005/11/playing_hardbal.html

    Here's a thought question for all you Lefty Loons:

    If Bush somehow knew there were no WMD's in Iraq, do you think he would really have made such a big deal about them in the first place? After all, if there were no WMD's (which is in itself not true), everyone would know once we invaded, and Bush would be attacked non-stop! Just look at all the political fallout from Dems accusing Bush of lying!

    On the one hand, left wingers think Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are evil geniuses. On the other hand, they think these guys would be dumb enough to set themselves up for endless attack on the WMD issue by blatantly lying. Unfortunately, there are enough stupid people in this country to prop up pathetic loons like Kerry and Howard Dean. If people believe that the levees in New Orleans were blown up, and that Hillary Clinton is a centrist, they'll believe anything. God help us all.

    KO has more moral ethics in his little finger than all of you naysayers. He actually cares about democracy.

    Soup,

    Since KO's pinkie is likely to be a bit bigger than my pinkie, you might be right there.

    However, it's Olbermann's heart that seriously lacks any appreciation for balance, fairness, or even the class to lay off kicking buffoons like O'Reilly or Geraldo when they're down.

    Olbermann doesn't care about democracy. Though he may not march to the beat of the television news culture (not reliably leftist enough), he's a ideological conformist bully at heart who would have every media person wearing a mental mao jacket if he could.

    I agree that Olbermann cares about Democracy, but just because one cares about something doesn't mean one understands it. If you care about Democracy but vote for people who want to tell you how to think and what to do, eventually you find yourself with a crappy life. That is really the problem with Olbermann and all those like him. If they didn't have a say in how things go, they'd be quaint little diversions. Unfortunately, the stakes are much higher when these people vote.

    Christopher Hitchens does a thoroughly logical job at exposing the disingenuous pendantry of the ...(I hate to call it an argument)...charge... that we and Democrat congressmen were misled into Iraq.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2130293/