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It's Monday. The Hour of Spin is back, and Olby was off and running:
[the Bush administration] is deadly serious about relaunching as its campaign theme: Only we can save you and anyone who disagrees with us is unpatriotic and maybe a terrorist sympathizer.
After linking Usama Bin Laden and Karl Rove (because both "emerged from the shadows" last week--a subliminal nod to the tin-foilers who are convinced one is doing the bidding of the other), Keith made much out of the fact that Bush and his allies are now calling the NSA program "terrorist surveillance". He played clips of Dan Bartlett saying it over and over. KO didn't display an ounce of irony, despite how often, and repetitively, Olby himself pounds home the phrases "domestic spying" and "spying on Americans" (nearly a half-dozen times in just the first 8 minutes of Monday's show). Richard Wolffe stopped by to comment on Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, and other favorite topics of Keith.
Olby showed a brief clip (maybe ten seconds, and that's being generous) of Gen Hayden's defense of the NSA program, and then he brought in rabidly leftist Kate Martin. As Keith put it, she was there for a reason:
For a reality check on that claim [from Gen Hayden] and everything we heard from the Bush administration today...
This encapsulates the modus operandi of Countdown and its host Keith Olbermann. Run a 30-second clip from the President (because the news of the day forces you to) and then devote several minutes to ridiculing it. Play ten seconds of Gen Hayden and bring in a notorious anti-administration radical for five minutes of Bush administration bashing.
Olby's other big story turned out to be about water quality and Halliburton. [snicker "He said Halliburton!" snicker] Of all the pollution stories in the country, this is the most important? Well it is if Keith wants to bring in a lefty Senator to chant the usual anti-Halliburton mantra. And to no one's utter surprise, that's just what he did: a lengthy interview with a partisan Democrat, and no Republican or Halliburton defender allowed to state a case. And people wonder why we call The Hour of Spin the most biased news hour on television.