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Hump day at The Hour of Spin reminds us what a Republican lawmaker has to do to get interviewed there: break with the administration. After a short blurb about an evacuation in DC, Olby gave us a history lesson about all the many Wilsons in US history. The pretentious and wholly transparent buildup was for Rep Heather Wilson, a GOPer who wants a review of the NSA surveillance program. You'll never see anyone expressing support for the program, especially a Republican, get this kind of star treatment from Keith. In fact, you'll never see them on with Keith at all. Persons who dissent from The Great Olbermann need not apply.
After that fawning interview, and more updates on the evacuation, Olby switched into "I told you so" mode, trumpeting the fact that he predicted conservatives would disapprove of the politicking at the Rosetta Scott King funeral. The "conservative white men" critics were "like Pavlov's dog". You mean like how easy it is to predict the political bent of every guest who appears on Countdown? KO cited Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin (that well known conservative white man), and then, to get a balanced perspective on it, conducted fawning interview #2 with the most incendiary speaker at the event, Joseph Lowery. One of his questions:
To your knowledge, sir, was Dr King ever in the kind of position you were in yesterday, did he ever eulogize a, uh uh, friend, a loved one, a civil rights leader, and introduce the political topics of the day, um, at that time?
Lowery's answer was basically "I don't know", but of course the question itself is loaded in KO's typical style. How about asking about a eulogy, delivered with living Presidents and ex-Presidents present, at a funeral of national import, televised live throughout the US and all over the world?
To his credit, Keith did quote Andrew Young (another well known conservative white man), who did not approve of the comments. To his discredit, he didn't interview Young or any other critic. No point in going overboard.
Skipping "oddball" for another evacuation update, the Muslim cartoon controversy was covered by a regurgitated NBC report. MSNBC courageously blocked off the screen the cartoons themselves. Also, the piece from the mothership did not mention that the cleric who was shopping these around to whip up the riots included several unpublished depictions that were not part of the original twelve at all.
A scientific find (a so-called "lost world" of rare animals), lost luggage, and the final evacuation update (we think that made at least four) concluded the Hour of Spin. The worst persons were a bank and "your federal government" for temporarily freezing an account that had no social security number or photo ID on file (it turned out to be for a convent). For the third night in a row, no Media Matters attacks or prominent politicians/commentators in this segment. How long can this last?