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After two riveting hours of Jack Bauer saving the world on '24', there is no more effective mood-killer than going to the tivo for a replay of Monday's Hour of Spin. And that goes double when Keith Olbermann decides that the biggest news of the day is Al Gore making a speech. Olby made much of the fact that it's not just Gore, it's also Bob Barr. What an amazing collaboration, he enthused, comparing it to historical events like Teddy Roosevelt splitting from the Republicans and forming a new party.
With all the gee-whizzing between Keith and Richard Wolffe of Newsweek, nobody bothered to mention that Bob Barr is now working for...the ACLU. Al Gore and the ACLU on the same side--not exactly the "odd couple" news event that Olby wanted to portray. Then, introducing clips from the Gore stem-winder, Keith made what was even for him a wildly incoherent assertion:
[Al Gore] calling on Congress to launch an investigation into NSA wiretapping, since the legislative body can't be trusted to do any investigating itself.Say what? The Congress should investigate, because the "legislative body" can't be trusted to do so? Isn't Congress the legislative body? Even if Olby doesn't know who's in the cabinet, he should know who passes legislation. Shouldn't he?
Actually, Gore called for the Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor. That hardly makes that much more sense than Keith's incomprehensible mangle, since the Attorney General's office has already rendered their opinion that the program is legal.
KO wrapped up the segment with a taped NBC report with the Big News: Congressmen Ney, under suspicion in the Jack Abramoff brouhaha, has stepped down from his committee chairmanship. But as always with Olby, there is a dog that didn't bark. In this case, it's one William Jefferson.
Who he? He's a Congressman from the great state of Louisiana. Last week, his ex-aide entered a guilty plea, and the court documents state that Jefferson demanded bribes in exchange for promoting a couple of business deals. Keith didn't report this last week, and he didn't report it tonight. With KO's incessant flogging of Congressional scandals, how did this escape his notice? Oh, we forgot to mention: Congressman Jefferson has a (D) after his name.
In the #4 slot Olby reported on the air strikes in Pakistan, via another taped NBC piece. He teased the piece by saying the attack "seems to have killed more than a dozen innocent Pakistanis, but not Al-Zawahiri" (he must have exclusive, ultra-top-secret early access to the DNA findings). But as the NBC report pointed out, five bodies were quickly removed from the scene. 18 people killed, 13 grave sites. That math is too complex for Keith to dissuade him from his patented conclusion-jumping.
Segments on sports, the homeless attacks, a sex offender posing as a Duke, and the "file footage hall of fame" rounded out the hour. We waited with anticipation for the "worst person" segment, because we know how outraged Olby has been in the past at people like, say, Pat Robertson. Robertson, it will be recalled, was slammed by Keith for suggesting that Sharon's heart attack was the will of God, and for claiming that the hurricanes that hit the gulf were sent by God as retribution.
So we were certain, positive, 100% sure that tonight Olby would zero in on New Orleans Mayor Nagin. Nagin is claiming that the hurricanes were sent by God because He is paying us back for invading Iraq. A "worst person" utterance if there ever was one. Yet Nagin didn't make the list, even on a day where apolitical nonentities were the best KO could do for all three slots. How did KO overlook this? Well, there is that letter after Nagin's name: (D).
Another dog that did not bark.