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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    November 11, 2005
    You Don't Say!

    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:

    • Vanguard was just one of a big group of defendants.
    • Ownership of a Vanguard mutual fund is no way ownership in Vanguard. (Just as buying a Sony TV doesn't make you a shareholder in Sony.)
    • When he was reminded of his Vanguard fund, the Judge immediately agreed to have the case be resubmitted to another panel (which ruled the same way he did).
    • Despite Olby's citation of "judicial ethics", the rules have been codified: a judge does not need to recuse himself from a decision if he owns a company's mutual funds. Or a Sony TV.

    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.

    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (3) | | View blog reactions



    There was a hilarious incident during Olbermann's bit about McClellan and the "that's accurate" kerfluffle.

    Olbermann, while quoting what he heard McClellan say, quite clearly said, "that's INaccurate."!

    I wonder if THAT will make the MSNBC transcripts... :D

    However, one does wonder at the idiocy of the WH asking that transripts be changed. Just like I wonder why the WH doesn't have a stable of paid prevaricators like Lanny Davis, Ben Veniste, Paul Begala, who decked the halls of MSNBC during the Clinton sagas. Not that we'd see them on Countdown. Olbermann is fairly selective about the conservatives he allows on air. They pretty much have to have a beef with the Bushies before they get an invite...

    As for the Pat Robertson thing, he's so politically incorrect that I've gotten to just love him. He drives those folks crazy! It's amazing how they hang on his every word. I fear for the effect a real Old Testament "Repent or God's going to kick your ass" might have on them. But then those guys were killed off pretty promptly, so I guess Robertson has it good... :D

    Anyway, has anyone read the description of Olbermann as being to the left what O'Reilly is to the right, in the San Franciso Chronicle. It was reported on Newsbusters.

    And just who has pointed out that Olbermann is everything he says Fox News is, all :D

    I feel vindicated. If Olbermann gets that sort of label, our work here is done and maybe Bob will rename the site "Schuster Watch". We can persecute poor David Schuster for being an obvious ideologue.

    How the White House can be so inept at communication is beyond me. Honestly, McClellan looks and talks like a sleep-deprived college kid. What a way to get out your message. Ken Mehlman makes an appearance on TV every year or so.

    If Bush can't as lib well, and Cheney stays in his office, you better have people who can speak to the press on your behalf. This administration has by and large been doing the right thing (except for Harriet Miers, immigration, spending, and that stupid Medicare prescription plan), but they are THE WORST at getting out their message.

    At this point, I consider Bush an idiot savant. Good thing the left is so good at outing itself, or we'd all be working on communal farms and driving ox carts to work.

    The MSNBC transcripts of Thursday's Countdown do cite Olbermann misquoting what the White House has argued is a McClellan misquote!

    This is priceless:

    OLBERMANN: I don't think it's clear precisely what noise he made before the two words, “That's inaccurate.” But it's certainly not “I don't think.” I mean, his lips weren't moving, and there wouldn't have been time. Not even the guy who used to do the high-speed Federal Express commercials about it being perfect in Pittsburgh could talk that fast."

    Actually, Olbermann meant to say that McClellan said "that's accurate".

    McClellan could have easily said "that's inaccurate", which I think Olbermann inadvertently admitted by his slip. However, from the clip, McClellan certainly DID NOT say "I think that is not accurate" which the WH says he said.

    You know... Mary Mapes hooking up a source with the Kerry campaign because the source asked... isn't worth making fun about. Sandy Berger with documents in his pants was not reprised on Puppet Theater... Corruption at Air America garner no Worst Person In The World...

    But then one must admit that Pat Robertson and the WH always come through for our favorite leftist news anchor to the "reality-based community"... :D