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Friday's Countdown opened as each installment of The Hour of Spin opens: a parade of every anti-administration story Olby could scour up from the usual print, broadcast, and blue blog sources. We got FEMA, we got Homeland Security, we got Scooter Libby, we got Abramoff and his photo collection. Katrina was described by KO as "a tipping point in the history of the Bush administration". Wishful thinking.
And here we find a strange, but not unexpected, OlbySwerve. Michael Brown, the target of relentless harpooning by Keith, all of a sudden today was a hero. He did a "heckuva job" testifying. By sheer and utter coincidence, that's the same stance that some Democrats, eager to implicate higher-ups, took today. Imagine that. Richard Wolffe from Newsweek was the designated Olbermann facsimile and properly echoed the host's talking points. Keith fell in with the Democratic spin o' the day:
Sen Coleman's grilling of former Secretary Brown: it sounded great, it sounded at points bipartisan, but was he buying into Brown's finger-pointing, was he deflecting criticism away from the White House...?
Gee, what do you think, Keith? When you were pounding "Brownie", were you deflecting criticism from the White House? Or were you just settling for whatever target you could find, until the possibility of a higher-placed victim opened up for you? Just like the Dems? Wolffe fell right into line, defending Brown and claiming that his emails were being unfairly taken "out of context". Of course, when it was expedient to do so, Olby had repeatedly splashed those emails on the screen, ridiculing Brown and what he wrote. Wolffe, ever deferential, made no mention of that, and you can be sure that KO didn't either. Why bother? To Keith, the credulous lemmings who dote on The Hour of Spin won't even remember.
After a taped FEMA report (regurgitated from the mothership), the next item on Olbermann's Agenda was Jack Abramoff. KO opened the segment with a reference to Richard Nixon--always a handy way to associate Nixon with George W Bush. You think we are overreaching? In just the next sentence, that's exactly what Keith did:
George W Bush's memory may rival Nixon's.
It was about how many times Bush met Abramoff, emails, who remembers what, blah blah blah. The purpose of this segment became clear when David Shuster was brought in so he and Olby could engage in several minutes of speculation.
Is it possible Bush just doesn't remember meeting Abramoff? According to Dave:
No I don't think it's possible at all.Not possible? A square circle: not possible. Being in two places at once: not possible. The President forgetting he met someone: not exactly in that league. Shuster did admit that something else was possible:
It's possible I suppose that the President wants to forget him, but the betting here in Washington is that on this one Jack Abramoff is the one that's telling the truth.
Other programs give you the news. Reporters in the field. Fact-based analysis. Spirited debate. "Top newsmakers". Only on Countdown can you get genuine, certified rumor, gossip, and innuendo, verified by the latest gambling line in DC. After Judge Shuster rendered his verdict in the Abramoff matter, they went on to try to implicate Bush, Karl Rove, or Andy Card in The Great Leak Case. No odds were quoted for that wager.
Following "oddball", Keith ventured into that hockey scandal again, bringing in Roger Cossack (of ESPN, formerly of CNN) to explain it all. Is A-Mess-NBC so short on legal analysts that KO had to recruit outside talent? Next came non-lethal church poisonings in Maine, a story so minor that they had to recycle a taped report from a local station. Still, it played into the frame of Christians being bizarre and unstable. Celebrity news, and then political bloopers rounded out the hour.
Did we say bloopers? What a great opportunity to revisit again Bush confusing library tower with liberty tower. When Keith ran a clip from the Los Angeles mayor, the irony of it all was overwhelming. Yesterday KO insisted that the mayor "certainly did not know that the [President's] speech was coming", and we showed how wrong Olby was. Now, just to put a ribbon around that, today the mayor himself was asked if he knew the speech was coming. He replied:
Yes. I had seen it on tv, and had heard about it from my staff, that he would be making comments... We knew some of what he was going to divulge, just not all of it.
Talk about bloopers! Here's more untrue Olbermann "information", wrong when he said it the first time, and even wronger (if that's possible--we'll have to consult David Shuster) the next day. Do you think Keith ran this clip, or reported it at all? Do you think The Liar bothered to correct, retract, or apologize? If so, you are living in The Land of Oz. On OlbyPlanet it's always preferable to let false stories stand than admit you were wrong.