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Keith Olbermann began The Hour of Spin on Monday by suggesting another conspiracy. He sarcastically said that the release of the Zawahiri tape with the President's low poll numbers, and just before the State of the Union, was, "like everything else, just a huge coincidence". Roger Cressey provided something often lacking on Countdown: a voice of reason. Olby asked about his SotU conspiracy theory, and Cressey shot it down, adding that Bush's low poll numbers work in Al Qaeda's favor. Quick, somebody start a boycott!
Next Keith salivated over those latest numbers, bringing in John Harwood again. KO was back on more comfortable turf with his ideological bud, who ticked off all the bad news for Bush in the polls. Here Olby was in form again, delivering one of his patented mega-run-on questions:
Does that [the Alito nomination] help, hurt, or have no impact on the President heading into the speech, because the fight over the judge seemed to be as polarizing and split down the middle as everything else, on the other hand, it did not seem to be an A-1 priority for the voters either?
#4 brought us an NBC piece on hurricane relief. Next was a series of stories on Bob Woodruff. Keith said, "We have four reports for you tonight", but should have added, "all of them taped, none of them live". There was an interesting piece on past ABC anchors, with footage of Max Robinson and the greatly missed Frank Reynolds. True crime and celebrities filled the #2 slot, and then a segment on a female author who posed as a man.
This being Monday, the pickings at Media Matters are slim, so there were no "worst persons" named from the worlds of politics or broadcasting. Something else that the segment did not include: Keith Olbermann apologizing for Friday's attack on Bill O'Reilly for something the man never said. The best Olby's defenders have come up with is to claim he just made a mistake. If so, why doesn't he correct the record and tell the truth? Just last week Keith was bloviating about how important fact-checking is, adding:
We are so not used to straightforward apologies in this country that we're gushing over somebody just doing the right thing for a change.
But Olby won't do the right thing. If he made a mistake, it demonstrates carelessness, shoddy reporting, and a whole lot of arrogance. Still, it is just a mistake. But the refusal to rectify a mistake, knowing that you are letting a false story stand uncorrected, is more than a mistake. It is a lie.