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Olby began the Thursday Hour of Spin by misrepresenting a controversy being stoked by the blue blogs:
The State of the Union Address: part of it retracted after the President spoke it.
He was referring to Bush's goal of replacing 75% of Middle East oil imports by 2025:
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman telling reporters on a conference call, "This was purely an example".
That was it, that was the totality of Keith's reportage on this matter. What isn't he telling us this time? The rest of what Bodman said:
He said the broad goal was to displace foreign oil imports, from anywhere, with domestic alternatives...it would be very difficult to reduce imports from any single region, especially the most oil-rich region on Earth.
So our man Keith leaves the impression that the whole proposal was nothing more than "an example", when Bodman was referring only to one aspect: the oil being from the Middle-East. But Olbermann's Spin Machine was just getting started.
KO did an interview with Roger Cressey about "Bush's claim" that the NSA surveillance could have helped prevent 9/11. Actually General Hayden, former NSA head, made that claim, and he should know. But Olby was only interested in focusing on how recklessly stupid Bush is for putting it in a speech. Cressey described it as "creative liberty": evidence without a conclusion. As icing on the cake, KO quoted the far-left Guardian, not the most reliable of sources, about an alleged secret memo claiming that Bush was going to invade Iraq even if they didn't have WMD. Of course, to Olby The Guardian is just a "British newspaper". No point in telling viewers about its biases, or the fact that it tried to prevent George Bush from being elected. Nah, they're just an ordinary, generic "British newspaper".
Next, an obligatory snippet from NSA hearings was aired. What a surprise, the only clip shown was of a Democrat criticizing Bush! And just when you think it can't get any deeper, the giggling Craig Crawford was brought in. As is usual, KO's line of questions was one negative after another, and Olbermann's Brain obediently cackled, "There is a credibility problem." Next Keith went back to a golden oldie, the clip of Bush talking about wiretaps and warrants. Olby intoned:
I know this is being spun so that it won't be, again, taken literally...Where are the Democrats on this?
KO likes nothing better than to bait Democrats into being as reckless as he is. And Brain joined in:
I think they're just loathe to come right out there and call the President a liar.
By the way, Keith, one of the people doing the "spinning" about that clip is the guy who was your guest just two days ago: Dana Milbank. Remember how he told you the clip and the NSA program were really not about the same thing? We know a blow to the head can affect retention capabilities, but really, it was just Tuesday. Or is it that you were desperate to counteract what Milbank let slip with some more spin of your own?
There was a brief report (i.e. commentary) about the election of John Boehner as the GOP leader in the house. The Liar talked about Boehner's "ethical questions" (which just happen to mirror what was in today's Democratic National Committee press release). While again Olby found only negatives to report about Boehner, at least this time he pronounced his name right.
The #4 story was a regurgitated NBC report about corruption in the rebuilding of Iraq, introduced with pseudo-literary references to a dead sportswriter and a Greek philosopher. #3 was the eagerly anticipated, long-awaited Michael Schiavo interview. Just for laughs, let's see what politicians they targeted: Tom DeLay, George Bush, the "clueless" Rick Santorum, Bill Frist, Jeb Bush. Hmm, what do those names all have in common? Left unsaid was exactly what the federal legislation that was so controversial actually did. It didn't overrule the local courts; it didn't take over jurisdiction. It merely gave a right of federal review, the same right that obtains in cases involving civil rights and the death penalty.
After that display, we got a delightful reminiscence of one of Olby's dating experiences, to introduce a regurgitated piece on recorded subway announcements. A segment on planets wrapped up the hour.
And then there's the Media Matters Minute. Bill O'Reilly was "worse" (attack #60), because he criticized Christiane Amanpour. It's quite a nice scam Olby has going with Media Matters. He parrots their spin on Countdown, then they reciprocate by giving him free publicity on their website, complete with video clips. What's next? Maybe Olby will report on the Media Matters video clips of Olbermann reporting the quotes reported by Media Matters. Such incestuous behavior is repellent in its own right, but when it involves Keith, it really ain't pretty.