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Just when you thought Keith Olbermann couldn't possibly find some scrap of news to make The Great Leak Case the top story of the evening, he surpasses himself once again. The Big News on Tuesday's Countdown was Scooter Libby hiring an expert witness re memory loss. Since memory is a key defense to the charge, this is surprising...why?
Then it was off to polls. Has Olby ever reported on the Rasmussen poll that has had the President well above 40% for weeks? Har. But when a CBS poll comes out that "Mister" Bush's approval rating at 34%, it's a headline story. What KO doesn't tell you is that the pollsters apparently oversampled Democrats. Keith talked with Dana Milbank, and neither of them reported another finding in the poll: 66% said the media overdid the Cheney hunting story. Maybe that one hit a little close to home for Olby.
A regurgitated NBC tape from Chip Reid about the Dubai debate mentioned a Coast Guard report that alleged a number of holes in the security plan. It did not include the statement issued by the Coast Guard that the security issues were from an early assessment, and that these "holes" no longer exist. In fact, the Coast Guard is officially on board with the proposal, though you'd never get that impression from The Hour of Spin.
The #4 story found Olby making high-school double-entendres ("all rise", "oral arguments") about Anna Nicole Smith and her adventures at the Supreme Court. Things went from bad to worse: puppet theater. Savannah Guthrie of CourTV dropped by for in-depth analysis. "Oddball" was introduced with an irrelevant historical reference from 1692, followed by the #3 story. It was another OlbyAttempt to ingratiate himself with Howard Stern. Sooner or later Stern will have to go on Countdown just to stop KO from cable-stalking him. The CBS-Stern lawsuit was explicated by Tom O'Neil of InTouch magazine, and despite Olby's insistence on claiming that CBS was engaged in "legal entrapment" (!), O'Neil thought the blunder was Stern's.
The #2 segment opened with a brief shot of New Orleans, then it was back to recycled news from the mothership: missing Katrina pets. Celebrity fluff and baseball rounded out the show.
In the Media Matters Minute, Brit Hume was "worst" for saying this on Feb 27:
Senator Reid is right. Dubai Ports World is owned by the United Arab Emirates. However, they are not getting control of the ports. They are getting management of some parts of some ports.... Harry Reid made some news, even though some of what he said was factually challenged.
Olby, of course, embraces the Media Matters spin, quoting Brit Hume himself using the term "control" "as recently as last Wednesday":
The Bush administration was trying today to dig itself out of a political hole on the question of who should control some of the nation's ports.
That was the most recent example either the Soros site or KO could find of this egregious worst-worthy abomination. Might that be because, in the six days since then, a lot more information and detail about the proposal has come to light? Brit Hume wasn't complaining about the term being used last week. He was criticizing its use just yesterday, when anyone who has paid attention would know that "control the ports" is at the very least a hyperbolic exaggeration. Sort of like Olby's "newscasts".
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 13th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.