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Keith Olbermann, who imagines himself to be oh-so-hip and funny, can dish it out but he can't take it. When Scott McClellan joked about John Kerry calling for a filibuster from the slopes of Switzerland (and it clearly was a joke--even the newswolves of the DC press corps laughed), Olby instead characterized it as a "cheap shot":
The White House showed it was not above mischaracterizing the nature of his presence in the Alps.
As the Friday Countdown continued, KO showed why he's worth the big bucks in reporting results of a New York Times poll:
For the first time Mr Bush heading into a State of the Union address with a majority of Americans disapproving of the job he is doing.
Compare and contrast with this:
The public also divided on Mr Bush's domestic spying program.
Presidential disapproval rating (described as "a majority"): 51%.
People approving of NSA wiretaps (described as a "divided public") 53%.
Do you think there is any chance in the metaphysical universe that Olby would have said it the other way around: the public is divided on the President's job approval, and a majority of the American people approve of the NSA surveillance? Based on the numbers, that would have been a more accurate description. But on The Hour of Spin, propaganda takes precedence over precision.
An interview with John Harwood devolved into an OlbyWhine about why the Democrats aren't being more effective, with Our Hero claiming again that Bush is "Clintonesque". A taped piece from David Gregory included some soundbites from Fred Barnes. Yes, the man who comments on the eeeevil, loathsome Fox News Channel. A recycled NBC report is the closest Fred will ever get to actually appearing with Olby.
The #4 story proved to be another rerun from the mothership: Norah O'Donnell on lobbyists. In the #3 slot Countdown assumed the Rita Cosby mantle with a series of taped reports on the latest tabloid crimes. Then another taped piece on car chases, followed by the ever-popular "Keeping Tabs". And because it has been so shamefully neglected on The Hour of Spin, Oprah was the #1 story.
Poor Ann Coulter must feel snubbed. She was only a runner-up for "worst person" based on a joke about feeding rat poison to Justice John Paul Stevens. The winner? Hey, do you have to ask? It's attack #58, and this one's a pip:
[O'Reilly] has now ripped us here at MSNBC on the air, for supposedly not covering the case of Judge Edward Cashman in Vermont...
Stop the tivo! Before we go any further, suppose we look at what Mr O actually said:
Americans should also remember that the big liberal newspapers like The New York Times and the network newscasts totally ignored the story.
Hmm. No mention of MSNBC yet. Let's read down a little further:
Outlets like MSNBC, a true ratings disaster, continue to cheap-shot FOX News on a daily basis. The boss over there, far-left martinet Rick Kaplan, has virtually destroyed that network as a credible source of information. Kaplan badly damaged CNN as well before he was fired there.
Aha! So he did mention MSNBC. But where is the part where Mr Bill claims MSNBC was "not covering" the Cashman story? Read the whole thing. All of it. Be warned, it will hurt your eyes. How so? You'll hurt your eyes trying to find where Bill O'Reilly claimed MSNBC didn't cover the story. But back to the tivo:
Here's the thing, Bill. The Judge Cashman story? We covered it here on Countdown on January 6th of this year. You didn't start covering it until January 9th.
Shall we check the record? The transcript for January 6 shows that Coundtown's coverage of the story consisted of making Cashman a runner-up for "worst person" (fitting the pattern, since Cashman was a Republican appointee). That was it. That was Countdown's "coverage". And as for Bill not covering it until January 9th? That's because on January 6th, Bill O'Reilly wasn't on. He had the day off! Olby doesn't bother to mention that little detail. And January 9th just happened to be the following Monday, the next day Mr Bill was on the air.
Although he can make snarky insults about Scott McClellan, obviously Keith Olbermann is not above mischaracterizing the nature of Bill O'Reilly's broadcast, when he was on, when he wasn't, what he said, what he didn't say... Hypocrisy, bias, arrogance, and a new O'Reilly attack based on a lie. What more fitting way to conclude another week of The Hour of Spin, than with a hopelessly deranged Olby tilting at those invisible O'Reilly windmills that are out to poison his precious bodily fluids? He's certifiable.