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What ever happened to days off? Can't Keith skip a Friday now and then? Does he have to be there every evening? It's no fun, you know, putting up with the Hour of Spin five nights a week. Tonight, Olbermann led off with an old story, adding a new twist. Al-Libbi, the informant who recanted prewar statements that were a part of the justification to invade Iraq, was tortured. Well, not exactly. The report said "harsh treatment", and Keith talked to a reporter from the Boston Globe about what exactly the New York Times meant by that phrase. Instead of making this poor fellow guess the answer, why not ask the Times reporter himself?
The topic turned to the Great Leak Case: what Viveca Novak said, and whether it could mean this or that. To say that Olby was trafficking in pure speculation is to state the obvious:
If Luskin's revelation of the Novak-Luskin conversation is presumably all or most of what kept Karl Rove being indicted through the first grand jury, does it follow that, if the Luskin account falls apart because of that March-October timeline difference, that the result could be an indictment of Mr Rove?
The questions were posed to MSNBC's ace spinmeister, David Shuster:
Is it just us, or does he have the widest mouth in all of show business? Showing off, Keith threw in a quote from Clarence Darrow, possibly to make up for yesterday, when he let slip that he didn't know who was in the Cabinet.
Airplanes were the focus of the #4 story, with the Chicago accident and Miami both getting recycled NBC reports. As for the latter, Keith cited a "third witness" that the man never said he had a bomb. He also referenced Mary Gardner to the same effect (without noting that she also said that other passengers did hear him say it). All that said, KO, finally, did tell his viewers that there are, in fact, witnesses to the "I have a bomb" statement. There was no formal correction for his two days of false and misleading reporting, however. Baby steps, but a step forward nonetheless.
After gratuitous crack #46 about Bill O'Reilly (one step back), Olby did a segment about auctioning off JFK assassination artifacts. For all his paranoia and conspiracy theories, Keith actually evinced a healthy skepticism about the bizarrely contorted plots that have been dreamt up about the case. He even cited a book that isn't a loony leftist tract but rather a serious, well-researched study. Another baby step forward (we're back at +1 now, if anyone is counting).
#2 was some fluff about voicemail, recycled from NBC. The #1 story was about a Paris Hilton Christmas display, more fluff except that Olby just had to introduce it by telling us that the "war on Christmas" is phony and made-up. Another step backwards, leaving Keith and Countdown right back where they started: still the most biased hour in all of cable "news". The Hour of Spin twists on.