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It's an outrage. We asked in the comments here earlier today if Olbermann & Company would criticize the timing of the news of a foiled terror strike on Los Angeles. Did they live up to expectations? Like Pavlov's dogs in a bell-testing factory. More on that, but first, the evening's prime example of OlbySpin:
How come the mayor of L.A. says nobody told him the President was revealing this?
The mayor of L.A. saying he did not know all the information that was in the speech today. He certainly did not know the speech was coming.
All that sounds convincing to the gullible, but The Liar is not telling the whole story. Scott McClellan revealed that the White House did notify the appropriate officials involved. In fact, the California Department of Homeland Security issued a statement:
Matt Bettenhausen, our director, communicated directly via phone and e-mail with the mayor's staff yesterday afternoon about the president's speech.
The mayor's staff confirmed this contact. But according to KO the mayor "certainly did not know the speech was coming". And not one word about the notifications that were made. That, class, is why it is called The Hour of Spin.
Olby talked with Gerald Posner, who pooh-poohed the seriousness of this threat, while simultaneously saying how it damaged national security to make it public. And KO brought up another of his notions that he had expounded on at some length earlier in the show: the psychological significance of the fact that the President called Library Tower "Liberty Tower". Posner served as a Xerox machine for every Olbermann fantasy, and then Keith did exactly what we predicted he would do:
My stomach is queasy as I ask this: in the context of this today and what you have seen, are we far enough removed from that component of the novel 1984, the part where the government turns a kind of terror faucet on and off to scare the public into acquiescing to whatever it wants to do?
Posner, of course, said we are at that point. No surprise. He wants to be invited back.
And in the blink of an eye, the topic switched to The Great Leak Case. No, not the leak of the NSA program. No, not the leak of the CIA overseas prisons. Those weren't leaks; they were whistle-blowers. Of course, it's the Valerie Plame/Scooter Libby kerfuffle.
David Shuster, hyperactively bellowing like an attendee at a Tourette's convention, talked to KO about a report that Libby was going to raise the defense that he was authorized to release classified information by his "superiors". At some point in the discussion it occurred to somebody that this makes zero legal sense, as he's not charged with leaking, but with lying. Which makes the original report nonsense. Nonetheless, it was worth a good five minutes on The Hour of Spin.
Using a reference to a literary quote from 1697 (is this supposed to convince people that Olby is oh-so-smart?), he led into the #4 story about former FEMA foreman Michael Brown, reported by Norah O'Donnell. A little shot at CNN's use of the "breaking news" logo led into "Oddball", then the Muslim cartoon controversy and Karen Hughes (Huh? Why would she have anything to do with this?) via a regurgitated NBC report. Olby then spoke with a Muslim stand-up comedian, who opined:
I don't think that anybody intended it to get this out of hand.
Right. That's why they were shopping these photos all over the Middle East until they found someone who ready to stir up some foment about them. As the guy tried to make a few small jokes, KO used the gruff, forced laughter that he affects, oblivious to the fact that its phoniness is as obvious as a sledgehammer to the groin. The #2 story was the true crime saga of the Entwhistle case (rerun from NBC) and the usual batch of celebrity news; #1 a hockey scandal.
The Media Matters minute was a trifecta for the Soros site. All three Olby picks came from today's listings. The runners-up were Fox News (for illustrating the destruction of Library Tower with a clip from Independence Day), and Glenn Beck (for some peculiar comments on the King funeral). The winner was Fox again, for a clip of Rev Lowery's remarks at the funeral. According to Keith:
When Fox News Channel ran the tape of Lowery's remark it cut the applause to nine seconds.
Reality check, part one: Olby is talking about a montage of clips from the funeral that was run as part of the Special Report panel segment on Thursday, two days after the event. It was a bunch of brief clips of what people said that was run to kick off the discussion. Got that? It was not how Fox reported the event when it happened. On the day of the funeral, Fox did not cut the applause to nine seconds, or cut out the ovation as the Soros site claimed:
As this report ran, in fact, Carl Cameron was reporting on Fox, "That brought the crowd to their feet". So much for that. But back to Olby:
Morton Kondracke came on and said, "The crowd did not go as wild as you, as it sounded as though it did at the time."... He was surprised that there was not more applause after they edited out the applause.
But our Keith is once again leaving out something. Mort first said:
What was interesting to me was, when I saw it -- and on this tape, the crowd did not go as wild...
Note: Kondracke says he saw the address before these clips were aired. He knew he was just seeing clips. He said nothing about "not enough applause"; he spoke of how enthusiastic the audience response was, not how long it lasted. But misrepresentation is all in a day's work for Olby. Now his masters at Media Matters will thank him for doing their dirty work, and obediently put up a video of this segment, thereby raising the mutual back-scratching between Keith and George Soros to the next level.
Compared with the propaganda and distortion of this Thursday edition of The Hour of Spin, Olby's snarky sign-off is small potatoes. We'll deal with it another time.