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Once again the ports were the lead item on The Hour of Spin. It's a story that Keith Olbermann was totally disinterested in and didn't touch until this week. Coincidentally, that's when it really exploded on the blue blogs. Wednesday's Countdown began with Olby crowing about how the President wasn't in on the decision making until last week. After the obligatory montage from Scott McClellan's daily briefing, we got a rundown of all the evils of the UAE over history. One of the items he mentioned as if it were news: members of the UAE royal family once met with Bin Laden. (Reported by "worst person" John Gibson on Fox days ago.)
Howard Fineman bloviated about the politics of it all as Olby suggested "there's got to be a fall guy". Howard thinks there will be some sort of compromise worked out, saying that Bush issuing a veto threat in the first inning means he really won't do it. Keith had an oh-so-clever retort:
Of course it may not be the first inning. He may just have shown up late for the ball game, because nobody told him there was a ball game.
KO then delivered more of yesterday's news, about Treasury Secretary John Snow's past involvement with a railroad company that was sold to Dubai Ports--after Snow had already left. Suggesting that the administration's stance is all about money, he brought in David Sirota, who naturally echoed that view.
Mr Sirota was introduced as if he were an impartial expert, so we will tell you what Keith didn't want you to know. Sirota is a fellow at the far-left Center for American Progress, and writes for the Huffington Post and AlterNet. He is one of those sophisticated writers who makes Olbermaniacs swoon by calling Newt Gingrich "smarmy, dishonest, and corrupt". As Sirota railed against NAFTA, trade deals, the China PNTR negotiations, etc, KO was awed:
I feel like I'm Howard Beale listening to the speech about the college of corporations in the movie Network.
Keith wishes he had the credibility of Howard Beale.
New filings were the excuse to make The Great Leak Case the next story. And, like a bad penny, the discredited David Shuster was back. They chatted about the "I was too busy to remember" defense, with Shuster saying it "sounds like" Scooter Libby ain't telling the truth. Otherwise, it was a stale rehashing of old talking points.
Speaking of stale, we got "oddball" with another tiresome, overblown intro ("78 years ago today...). The #3 story (powerball winners) began with a reflection on something that happened 150 years ago (can't Keith come up with a new template for pompous preambles?). #2 was the death penalty flap in California (via a regurgitated NBC tape) followed by the usual celebrity "news". Poor Keith: there was no Tom Cruise tonight. Then the #1 story: Donald Trump vs Martha Stewart. The disturbing Michael Musto made another unwelcome appearance.
Olby again lifted from Think Progress in naming as "worser" Orrin Hatch. That takes care of the GOP/conservative slot. Now what about the Fox News slot? Media Matters to the rescue: Bill O'Reilly, "worst person" for his comments about FNC contributor Neal Gabler. That's attack #61, and the first in almost three weeks. Regardless of what his bosses at A-Mess-NBC tell him, KO just can't go cold turkey on this Olbsession.
That's The Hour of Spin for this, the 7th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.