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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    November 5, 2005
    The Sound of Silence

    Countdown for Friday night followed the usual format: the top stories of the day, chosen not for the newsworthiness but rather for how badly they portray the Bush administration. Naturally the riots in Argentina were the first story, with both Olby and NBC's Kelly O'Donnell characterizing the protests not just as anti-American but also "anti-Bush".

    When KO did a phone interview with a Washington Post reporter, suddenly the connection was lost. What followed was a demonstration of Olby's brilliance at ad-libbing, not to mention a fascinating display of just what pops into Keith's mind when he isn't reading from a script but has to "think" on his own:

    Uh, we'll now, uh, turn it over instead, uh, to, uh, as we said, uh, uh, uh, the uh, the picture here was muh, probably not as simple as it seemed, it's very possible that the majority of those violent protesters have no interest in who Karl Rove is or in Iraq...

    Karl Rove? Karl Rove? What in the Wide World of Sports does he have to do with this? We thought Olby was obsessed with Bill O'Reilly, but when he starts babbling, Tourette's style, and the first thing that comes out of his mouth is "Karl Rove", it's really time for him to adjust his medication.

    The next segment (story #4) was a chance to bask in the latest Bush poll ratings (without bothering to note the curious oversampling of Democrats). Countdown Crony John Harwood joined in the fun, suggesting that somehow Arlan Specter's scheduling of Alito hearings in January was because Republicans are upset that the White House hasn't fired more staffers.

    The #3 story comes after the halfway mark, and sometimes it represents a respite from the rampant bias and partisanship that mark the Hour of Spin. But not Friday night, as Olby dedicated this segment to the Big News that there were forged documents about Iraq seeking uranium in Africa, and that the Italians have figured out who was behind it. Keith declared the very idea that Saddam was after uranium "preposterous", and added:

    The President used the false information in his State of the Union address.... Surely American intelligence agencies should have been independently determine that they were not legit before the President referred to them in the State of the Union.

    The famous "16 words". That SotU reference was not to the Italian documents, but to the findings of British intelligence. Perhaps that's why Olby ran a silent video clip of the SotU. The President's lips were moving, but KO spoke over the video, telling us what he wanted us to think Bush was saying.

    Keith recently hacked a statement from Patrick Fitzgerald into pieces in order to distort what was said, and now he's trying to fiddle with the wording of the State of the Union speech. After all, if he actually ran sound on that video clip, it would be clear that Bush specifically cited British intelligence, not Italian documents. Then KO would run the risk of someone remembering that the British report was not based on these documents at all, and that the Brits still stand by the findings.

    Robert Collier was there to serve as Olby's echo chamber. Keith described him as from the SanFran Chronicle, and didn't bother to note that he has also written for Robert Reich's American Prospect, "an authoritative magazine of liberal ideas, committed to a just society, an enriched democracy, and effective liberal politics". How surprising.

    Another huge surprise: the "worst person in the world" segment slammed Republican Tom DeLay. His crime? He accepted free transportation to DC to do a media interview. Fully reported, and completely legal, but good enough for Olby to plant another implication in the minds of the credulous.

    And yet, DeLay was only a runner-up. The winner? "Fox News Channel", for paying DeLay's expenses. (Not quite true--it was Fox News Sunday, a program on the Fox broadcast network.) Keith was on his high horse, because that sort of thing would never happen at NBC. They wouldn't allow Meet the Press to cover travel costs for their interview subjects, would they, Nancy Pelosi? Mr Hypocrisy didn't bother to explore this angle.

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    Olbermann is such a hypocrite. It's particularly ironic to hear him label Limbaugh and Hannity as reactionaries who parrot Republican talking points. Is there ANY anti-Bush conspiracy theory, talking point or accusation, on liberal websites that Olbermann does NOT parrot on his show? Is there any counter arguement to liberal website fodder that he won't ignore?

    For him to grasp that he is a liberal version of Rush Limbaugh is simply beyond Olbermann's abilities for self-analysis. Though I know that's not a completely accurate analogy because Limbaugh is far more knowledgeable about issues and less knee-jerk than Olbermann, Countdown is no less polemic than a talk radio show.

    Olbermann desires to attract a leftwing audience. He caters to them. Any airing of conservative ideas on tv is a sell-out to the worst elements of human history in Olbermann's book.

    Olbermann's inability to see himself as precisely the sort of partisan media mouthpiece caricature that he lampoons, either comes from a complete lack of introspection or from the sort of arrogance and militancy that causes a brain to slam shut.

    My money is on the latter.

    Olbermann: "Uh, we'll now, uh, turn it over instead, uh, to, uh, as we said, uh, uh, uh, the uh, the picture here was muh, probably not as simple as it seemed, it's very possible that the majority of those violent protesters have no interest in who Karl Rove is or in Iraq..."

    Is Olbermann avuncularly telling the Daily Kos and Media Matters kiddies that there may be more to the protests than Bush hatred or is he arguing with himself over whether Karl Rove instigated these protest in order to detract from the Plame-blame coverage... :D

    Ha Olby noticed Muslim riots in Olbyland (aka France) over the past 10 days? I never watch, but a guess would be no.

    Ha = Has

    Krazy: "Ha = Has"


    Thanks for all the updates Johnny. I'm glad to see this site is active again after a long summer without much.

    Thanks for keeping this site going Johnny, I read it everyday. Olby is a very amusing (not in a good way) fellow. How MSNBC could continue this show is beyond my comprehension.

    Well, Patrick and Patjea, I wish you all would write.

    Come on! Keith-bashing is good for your soul!

    Well, Patrick and Patjea, I wish you all would write.

    Come on! Keith-bashing is good for your soul!

    A little off-topic, but I'm wondering just how Olby will handle this. Will he a) ignore it, because the underlying claim doesn't fit his spin? Or will he b) use it to make another Fox employee the worst person in the world?

    Bill O'Reilly: Worst Person in The World...(because he's there)

    General Vallely: 1st Runner-Up

    Fox Green Room: 2nd Runner-Up

    Just more of the typical BS that comes out of the mouths of so called "unbiased" but really liberal newsman like Olbermann. This is one of the reasons I'm not a democrat anymore, along with lack of any coherent ideas and the such.

    RE: JD's link

    I will bet Olby ignores the General. Only if the story grows legs will he then attempt to attack the messenger.

    I wonder more about what Olby'll say re: the well-deserved French riots (aka Jihad). That story will have to be discussed on Monday I would gather (although the NY Times chose to avoid the story this Sunday on page 1 -- quelle surprise! Maybe Olby will follow suit?) You see, ze Franche arrre ze moral authorite regarding ze Muslims, and must be maintained as such. Otherwise Francois Kerry's grand desire to ape the French and the Democrats love of Europeeon socialism and appeasement might just be perceived by the American public as a negative thing.

    I wonder if Johnny Depp is reconsidering his move to the lovely socialist paradise of France now? F Johnny Dep (even though his initials are JD).

    By the way, you guys should make a name mandatory to post. Otherwise, people will forget to put their name on their fine works.

    Besides, Keith, the president never technically lied when he referred to the information the congress received regarding WMD's. The president said, "They all got the same information." He never said "they all got the same information as me." nor did he say, "They all got the same misinformation," So ha ha ha, Keith. I love the way this president lies with a straight face. Wait a minute! Am I in the wrong room?

    "Wait a minute! Am I in the wrong room?"...

    he said, with a straight face...