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Tuesday night at Hour of Spin headquarters brought us an Olby howler for the ages. Countdown began with Keith Olbermann talking about how the earlier President Bush immediately told everyone when he accidentally shot a deer. It's a matter of trust. Take that, Cheney! Olby was almost salivating when he asked Paul Burka:
Under the worst case scenario, could negligent homicide actually come into play?
Burka, no fan of conservatives or Republicans, explained to KO that accidents are accidents, particularly when there's no indication of negligence. But Keith wasn't done, and turned to the latest conspiracy theories from the blue blogs:
[The sheriff's report] also said no alcohol had been involved in it. But how would they know that? The sheriff's office did not interview the Vice-President for 14 hours after all this happened.
How would they know that Cheney wasn't snorting coke? How would they know that Martians weren't responsible? There's no end of evidence-free speculation that Olby can indulge in.
Could this have been a badly fumbled attempt to actually conceal what happened Saturday night?
Finally a conspiracy theory that Burka would bite on. It "raised my eyebrows", he claimed, that they took him to Kingsville and not Corpus Christi. He also suggested that, based on the wounds, the 30-yard distance was too far. Then Olby decided to quote approvingly from that "worst person in the world", Robert Novak. Why? Because he expressed disapproval of how this was handled, and on Fox News no less! That's all you have to do to get favorable recognition from KO, criticize the administration. All prior sins are excused, until the next time you say something he disagrees with.
In another deja vu moment, we got Dana Milbank again. He complained that Scott McClellan did not reveal the heart problems at today's press conference, but neither he nor Olby gave the reason (it's the family's and the doctors' call when to make it public). Keith went on to say the defenses about the man walking into the line of fire surely seem "callous", and then found a nit to pick in two statements from the ranch owner.
Once again, while important news is ignored, Olby milked this story for a second segment, this one about the medical aspects. Here we found Olbermann tricked up by his own spin, as he asked the Doc about something Burka said earlier:
They're finding it hard to believe that this much damage could have been caused by birdshot at a distance of 90 yards. Does it add up to you and your experience?
Um, 90 yards? How did the distance suddenly triple? The MD replied:
There's almost no way this could have been at 90 yards.... The more likely scenario seems to be probably somewhere in the order of 15-30 yards.
KO, so convinced by his own "90 yards" statistic, let his eagerness to spin take over his common sense, and dove in head first:
That's an extraordinary difference. If you got a report from the people who were witnesses to this who said to you this happened from 90 yards and you saw damage that might be 15-30 yards, what do you do, what are your legal responsibilities as a doctor in that situation?
As the physician reiterated his belief that these wounds could not have happened at 90 yards, Keith ended the segment by mumbling, "extraordinary".
Hahahahahaha! Excuse us for laughing, but the witnesses didn't say 90 yards, they said 30 yards--just what the doctor said was likely. Not only does "90 yards" conflict with every published report, it conflicts with what Olby himself said just minutes earlier! It's bad enough when Keith doesn't know who is in the President's cabinet. It's even worse when he doesn't pay attention to his own words.
After oddball, a taped report on the Entwhistle case and one on the effects of CSI. Then #2 was kids in cars (regurgitated from NBC) and celebrity news. Ken Starr was named "worst" for apparently phony letters that were submitted to a court in a plea for clemency in a death penalty case. Olby shouted:
Ken Starr, today's--I've been waiting to say this for eight years--Worst Person in the World!
Eight years? Possibly the most truthful words KO uttered all night. Certainly the "explanation" Olby buried in the final segment with Michael Musto doesn't rise to that level. Keith noted that he got his yards numbers "transposed" (?), then added:
The doctor said 15-30 yards, and Mr Burka said he thought 30 yards was too far. So they were in agreement.
Say what? Burka said 30 yards was not possible, but the doctor said the opposite: that 15-30 yards was the "most likely" distance. The Liar describes the doctor as "in agreement" with Burka, when in fact the Doc completely shot down Burka's expert opinion on pellet wounds. OlbySpin to the 90th power.