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Control the language and you control the propaganda. Keith Olbermann gave us an object lesson on Wednesday's edition of the Hour of Spin. The top story was not the Alito hearings, of course, but the emergence of one of the NSA leakers. Um, no, not "leaker". At least not on OlbyPlanet, where the source was repeatedly called a "whistle blower", and so identified on-screen. How often did KO refer to Scooter Libby as a whistle blower? We'd say approximately, more or less, never. And not once did Keith use the term "leaker".
What Olby doesn't tell you is that you are a whistle blower if you go to the hill and talk to Congress. You are not a whistle blower when you give classified national security information to a newspaper. The technical term for one who does that is "leaker". Get the difference, Keith?
Talking to far-left "journalist" James Bamford about this noble whistle blower who had failed his NSA psych exam, Olby found an even more innocuous term than "whistle blower":
Some people besides me will recall that defining protesters or whistle blowers as mental cases was a very popular thing to do at the height of, the heyday of the Soviet Union, among other places.
Next came Craig Crawford. Olbermann's Brain giggled and chuckled, saying little of any substance. Then KO finally got around to the Alito hearings, and another small bit of OlbySpin was exposed.
At the top of the hour, Keith intoned:
Why did Mrs Alito leave, evidently crying? Was it because Senators Kennedy and Specter fought in front of her?
Later, he reinforced the insinuation:
The nominees wife crying, senators arguing...
Eventually, he admitted that it was something else entirely (Lindsay Graham's emotional defense of the nominee) that led to the tears. The recycled NBC report from Pete Williams finally cleared it up. Then there was an entire segment devoted to bad behavior "caught on tape". Rumor has it that starting next week, Olby will devote one segment every night to "When Animals Attack".
Finally, the Media Matters Minute. In Keith's world the worst persons are Republicans, conservatives, or Fox News employees. Just by coincidence, tonight's three nominees neatly covered each of those categories. A slam at Pat Robertson (the conservative slot), for pulling back on his Sharon comments. A swipe at an Idaho state senator (the Republican slot), for suggesting that prisoners sleep in shifts. And of course, Olbermann on-air O'Reilly attack #51, because Mr Bill was critical of UNICEF for having Harry Belafonte as its spokesman, and joked:
if Joseph Stalin was still alive, he'd be the UNICEF spokesman.
Olby called it O'Reilly's "latest debate with reality" and warned him to wear a helmet. But Keith didn't explain why Bill objected to having a broken-down calypso singer as UNICEF spokesman. Maybe it has something to do with Belafonte calling the President of the United States the "world's greatest terrorist". Ya think?
Of course Keith knows that, because it was on the Soros site he lifted the quote from. But the viewers are only told enough to make O'Reilly look nuts, and Keith Olbermann look smug and all-knowing. The same Olbermann who moments before made a serious comparison of the US government to that of the Soviet Union! Hey, Olby makes the rules so he's above the rules.
Let's recap. O'Reilly makes a joke about UNICEF. Worst person nominee! Belafonte calls the President a terrorist. Not a worst person nominee. What wrong with this picture? Answer: Keith Olbermann.