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Smoking Gun! Smoking Gun! It's an OlbyAlert:
New questions now concerning the judicial ethics of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Judge Alito did not recuse himself in two cases involving Vanguard and Smith Barney. It turns out he owned mutual funds from the companies in question. And what's more, he ruled in favor of Vanguard! Olby was in rare form on Thursday night's Countdown:
I'm a layman, but it would seem to me these are throat-cutters!
Selective editing of facts is a standard propaganda technique. Just cherry-pick what you want the audience to hear, and the credulous will never know the difference. In this case, these are the things Keith didn't say:
Not only did Olby omit telling his 178 viewers any of this, he actively spouted nonsense that contradicts the facts:
One way or the other, ruling about financial issues or financial gain at least, for two companies in which he had some kind of financial stake.Fer cryin' out loud, sports guy! Mutual funds are a freaking product, not a share of stock.
After Jonathan Turley came on to parrot KO's spin, the subject switched to Bush's poll numbers, and Olby brought in the country's premiere Bush-bashing conservative. Pat Buchanan did get in a good line about using torture on captured terrorists, but Keith immediately got Buchanan back on tonight's talking point: Sam Alito. After a smart-aleck bit about Pat Robertson, we mercifully came to the first break. Now maybe we'll hear about Jordan, or the riots in Paris, or the investigation into the CIA prison leak--all listed on MSNBC as among the day's top stories.
But no, #4 is some kerfuffle between the White House and a transcript company about what McClellan actually said at a press briefing. This is the second-most-important news item of the night? Must be--Olby devoted an entire segment to it. The impartial guest to "analyze" all this was the head guy from Editor and Publisher, now being run by, and in full service to, the lefty moonbats from The Nation.
By the halfway point, Olbermann has stuck to his spin and successfully avoided stories his own news channel lists as the lead items for the day. But he finally gets around to the Amman attack--to note that one of the bombers was Iraqi, and raising the Democratic talking point that the country is a "breeding ground". Two taped pieces recycled from NBC carried the segment. No in-studio guest, no interview. After all, this isn't important news. It's only terrorism.
The #2 story? Children in restaurants. And #1 was the newly elected teenage mayor of Hillsdale. Olby referred to the city as "Hillside" and asked the mayor-elect if he gets to wear a "goofy hat".
So Keith smears Judge Alito by leaving out facts that don't fit his slur. And he elevates footnotes to Big Story status, thereby distracting from the real news that he just ignores. Tonight's lesson is that, if you're Olby, it's not just what you say that makes Countdown an Hour of Spin. It's also what you don't say.