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Wednesday's Countdown began with Olby reading negative headlines about the State of the Union address. Because, obviously, there were no positive headlines. Anywhere. Then he reads one from Robert Novak, who was not that impressed with the speech. Novak? The man who was named "worst person in the world"? The same. When he doesn't like a Bush speech, he suddenly becomes a quote-worthy respected newsman.
KO described the address as a bunch of "regurgitated" arguments, then brought on Richard Wolffe, asking a series of questions, every one of them framed from a negative perspective. Because, obviously, there was nothing positive about the speech. Anywhere.
Then Keith got around to the arrests of Cindy Sheehan and Beverly Young. Even with a photo to use as a cheat sheet, Olby misquoted what was written on Young's T-shirt. (Olby? Misquote someone?) But then The Liar pulled one of those stunts that encapsulates why his show is truly The Hour of Spin:
Overnight reaction to the State of the Union address hard to measure accurately, if only because, at least according to a CBS News poll, more Republicans watched the speech than did Democrats.
Yes? And? ... The results of that poll? Oh, don't bother with that. Keith Olbermann, your gatekeeper, has decided you shouldn't know. A check of CBS News tells us a few things. The Rep/Dem breakdown in this poll was 36% (R) /28% (D). By comparison, a January poll of all Americans had a ratio of 29% (R) / 34% (D). So that's about a swing of 10 percentage points toward the Republicans. How badly did that distort the poll? The key result: views of the speech's proposals. Approve: 77%. Disapprove: 23%.
You could swing that 10% the other way--you could swing it 20%--and it would still show people approved of the speech. So Olby goes out of his way not to report the results. Another Classic of Spin from The Liar.
In the #4 slot was a preview of an interview to be shown at excruciating length on Thursday: Michael Schiavo. Keith introduced him as "the man who felt the most, but said the least". This, of course, is free PR for Schiavo's PAC, which will target Republicans and religious conservatives. So KO rushes to give it two night's worth of unpaid advertising. Because, obviously, no Republican or conservative PAC is worthy of getting that kind of time from The Liar. On the bright side, however, how many people will see it?
A recycled--excuse me, regurgitated--NBC report on a police shooting opened the #3 segment, with the notorious lefty Melanie Lomax there to give one side of the story. Because, obviously, there was nobody who could possibly have given the other side. Then a regurgitated true crime story, introduced with a lengthy, pompous recollection of the Lizzie Borden case.
In the final slot, Mo Rocca, another of Countdown's "top newsmakers", was to discuss the State of the Union. After watching a parade of one, two, three True Believers parroting Olbermann-approved views, we were in no mood for a fourth. The Mo & Olby Show was just too much for us to stomach. If KO made another O'Reilly attack during that bit, somebody let us know so we can keep our running count up to date.