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Was our Olby a little off his game tonight? Leading off the show, he referenced the "controversy" about NSA searches. Controversy? Not on Countdown, where every person he has interviewed about the program has had the same opinion: it's illegal. How is that a "controversy"? No matter, he went on to talk about a lawsuit involving "international phone conversations". Is this the same Olbermann who just a few weeks ago was ridiculing the administration for using the term "international"? KO quoted an attorney who believes his law office was the subject of "clandestine searches". Only Keith decided to pronounce it CLAN-dis-TYNE.
Naturally the attorney, who had no evidence whatsoever against the federal government but was suing anyhow, was Krazy Keith's honored guest. Again, our Olby wasn't quite up to par:
OLBERMANN: Do they have any reason to suspect--[SIGH!]--that you were talking to a terrorist?
THOMAS NELSON: Well, one of my clients has been designated as a specially designated terrorist, so I think that was part of it.
Hmm. Perhaps he'd better explore another angle:
OLBY: Are you scared by this?
NELSON: No, I'm angry.
One more try:
OLBY: Mmm. Scared on behalf of the constitution, perhaps.
Bingo! "Untrammeled executive power". Keith finally got the money quote, but it was a long journey. Particularly long when you consider that NPR reported on this lawsuit weeks ago. Don't mention how old the news is, and no one will guess that it's just an excuse to flog a favorite talking point.
Turning to politics, Olby brought in Craig Crawford to complain about Bush using "signing statements", and of course Olbermann's Brain joined right in. We don't recall either of them complaining about the many signing statements recommended by Janet Reno's Justice Department or implemented by the previous administration. But we'll have to cut Olby a break on that one; during the Clinton years he was too busy complaining about "persecutor" Ken Starr and comparing him to famous Nazis.
Krazy Keith may not have been at full fighting strength Friday night, but even when he's a dollar short, he can still pull off a neat piece of spin. Talking to Brain he referenced the ABC documents that have made headlines everywhere except on The Hour of Spin. But the only document he mentioned was the one about the Russkies tipping off Saddam on our war plans. Not one word about Saddam's people meeting with Usama Bin Laden. Not one word about their plans for further "cooperation". Not one word about Iraq's goal to find new channels to "activate their relationship" with UBL. Even when KO is just phoning in it, he still manages to filter out anything that doesn't fit the tint.
After the nightly Barry Bonds Bash and "oddball", Olby did an interview with a talk radio host who was discussing Condi Rice. He meant to say her becoming football commissioner would be a "coup" for the NFL, only he slipped up and said "coon", immediately apologizing. The guy was promptly fired. For his part, Keith right off the bat suggested that his slip might represent "a racial epithet" lurking in the back of his mind, but quickly backed off. It was not an uninteresting interview, but KO came to this story a day late: Hannity & Colmes had the guy on yesterday.
Then the intellectual Countdown audience was treated to segments on drunk laws in Texas and celebrity news. The #1 story was all about the video of the falling cat, and an interview with the owners. Yes, the same owners who made the media rounds over 48 hours ago. Two days late, but hey, at least it wasn't Michael Musto.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 37th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.