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Right off the bat on Wednesday night, Keith gave us an Olby News Alert:
The White House charges taxpayers for this, an actual press release...
Can you believe it? Press releases cost money! And what's more the government actually uses tax revenues to pay for them. As opposed to, say, a donation cup outside the White House? Keith went on to dismiss the notion that the NSA phone calls were "international" rather than "domestic" as Clintonesque word parsing. Then he ran a clip of the President's speech (less than 30 seconds), adding:
A trick question. He did not say what those predecessors authorized...
A trick question? What question? Bush didn't ask a question. Nobody asked a question. But KO describes "it" (what?) as a "trick question". Maybe that's the trick: there was no question at all. Don't try to understand it. It's OlbyLogic.
There were the usual clips from Scott McClellan's press conference, featuring David Gregory who, according to Olby, "brought his A-game". And since the Democrat talking point of the day is the Katrina investigation, Olby stuck to the script and referred to White House "stonewalling" over and over. He claimed there were complaints from "members of Congress in both parties", but other than one Democrat, he didn't name any names.
Ken Bazinet, of the New York Daily News, offered the speculation that the administration is trying to cover up the fact that people were on vacation when the hurricane hit. Then KO shifted gears and asked him why Rumsfeld hadn't read a report commissioned by the Pentagon, Bazinet had to correct him, pointing out that the report wasn't out yet, only an early draft. But the newshawk made amends by delivering the money quote that Olby was waiting for:
[This administration] is trying to turn really stonewalling into an Olympic sport, and really going for the gold.
He'll be back.
Then yet another reporters-vs-McClellan clip about the difference between "domestic" and "international" (we thought Olby had covered this earlier, but there's nothing like repetition to make a spin point). KO took the press release referenced earlier and then picked it apart, line by line. It was one of those painful, supposed-to-be funny bits that makes anyone to the right of Hugo Chavez wince. Even dragging Jack Abramoff into it didn't help.
In the #4 slot was a taped piece on the dangers of mining, courtesy of NBC. #3 dealt with a family tragedy story lifted from ITV, and a strange your-son-is-dead hoax via a report by an NBC local station. Then we got a segment on iPod piracy recycled from NBC, and one on Richard Hatch going off to the pokey.
The "worst person" winners were the people at that "special interest group" Accuracy in Media. (Has KO ever referred to Media Matters as a "special interest group"?) Their offense was suggesting that Fox News may be drifting to the left. Of course Keith couldn't resist feeding his Olbsession:
One of AIM's emailers did, however, observe, "O'Reilly has really gone bonkers". So anyway, that's unanimous.
#56 and counting.
There was a dog that did not bark. A large dog. A big, big dog. So big that MSNBC was plugging it endlessly just yesterday:
Keith shows you the facts, shows you the law, so you can decide if warrantless eavesdropping on Americans is a crime. Countdown, MSNBC tomorrow at eight.
Somehow, with all the Big News about iPods, Richard Hatch, and Michael Jackson, the Great Olbermann Legal Seminar never took place. False advertising? Bait and switch? We report, you decide.