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Friday night, Keith Olbermann managed to make NSA surveillance again the lead story on the Hour of Spin. Tossing off references to "Big Brother", "George Orwell", and the NSA "spying on you", Olby was in rare form:
...the administration's latest push to convince everybody else that the President has the constitutional power to order all the spying, with none of the bothersome warrants, that he wants.
Just saying it does not make it so.
Just to make this a little bit more divisive, Karl Rove addressed all this in a speech today and associated it with the pre-9/11, post-9/11 mindset drivel.
There has been a lot of condescension from the administration over the years since the election but, honestly, do they, do they think everybody here is a six-year old idiot?
The way Craig Crawford cackled at that last barb would lead any rational viewer to think, yes, everybody there is a six-year-old idiot. Otherwise, Olbermann's Brain added nothing to KO's rants except to serve in his usual capacity as a living, breathing rubber stamp.
Then Olby moved on to the Google subpoenas, painting the issue in the broadest, vaguest possible terms. Despite his conspiratorial concerns about what the government is going to "do" with all that data, Keith never mentioned that the Justice Department wants statistics, not the identities of the people searching. No matter, according to Olby, it means "more is being sought here than meets the eye".
As the #4 story, Keith took up ethics in the House again. Aha, finally he gets to the bribery scandal surrounding William Jefferson (D). Um, no. Instead he came up with something about Bill Frist, asbestos, and stock traders getting tipped off about upcoming legislation. For an impartial look at this manufactured issue, in came Brian Baird (D):
Apparently Tony Rudy, one of Majority Leader Tom DeLay's top staffers, was actually making day trades while in the service of Tom DeLay. Now we don't have necessarily solid evidence yet...
Well done, Mr Baird. Joe McCarthy couldn't have said it better. When Keith brought up--who else?--Jack Abramoff, Baird went straight to the talking points: Duke Cunningham, Tom Delay, and the Culture of Corruption. He didn't mention William Jefferson (D), and of course neither did Olby.
After a recycled NBC report on the kidnapped journalist, KO decided it was time to do some PR work for Usama Bin Laden. In his latest tape, the terrorist recommended an anti-American book, and eager to give UBL a helping hand, Keith gave the far-left author (William Blum) some free PR by doing a live interview with him! We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. According to Blum, you have to understand the terrorists, because they have "a very clear and good motivation". They're only terrorists because of "the things we do to them"--the bombings, the torture, all under the command of that Great Satan in the White House.
Whales, celebrities, and dating consumed the rest of the program, except for the "worst person" segment. One of Olby's choices was Frank Abramoff, for, if you can believe it, criticizing George Clooney's crude remarks at the Golden Globes. You see, everyone is allowed to criticize Abramoff: Clooney, Olbermann's Brain, and Keith himself. But if anybody says one word against George Clooney--even a 78-year-old man defending his son--he is an evil swine, and will be ridiculed on national tv by a hypocritical sports guy with a bad wig. just when you think Olby couldn't get any more loathsome and repellent.