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Friday's Countdown emanated from Tampa again, with the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann more heavily made up than ever:
To get the spin started at whirlwind speed, KO twice referred to John Dean as an "expert" witness. Krazy Keith is the only alleged "journalist" would consider a disbarred lawyer to be a legal expert! He showed some of Dean's testimony before the committee looking into a censure motion, but no clips of any of the other witnesses--some of whom really are legal experts. If you don't know why, then you don't know KO. Olby served up his usual leading questions:
And when does startling translate into public reaction or into Congressional reaction. I guess we, we've come full circle in the questioning here, this goes back to your appearance today, when does somebody sit up and take notice and say, it's not about Republicans and Democrats, it's about what the Constitution says the President's supposed to do, not do, and what the Constitution says the Senate and the House are supposed to do, and not do?
Oddly, there was quite a bit of testimony today about what the Constitution says about the President's powers, but Keith didn't show any of it! And of course, of all the witnesses, the only one who gets the seat of honor at The Hour of Spin is the ex-con. Needless to say, Krazy Keith didn't bother to mention that only two Democrats even bothered to attend the hearing!
We looked back into the OlbyWatch archives to analyze KO's coverage of the NSA issue. Leaving out the interviews with reporters and politicians (none of whom supported the program), first we'll list all the Countdown interviews with "experts" who were critical of the NSA program or thought it to be illegal:
Do you want to see that second list again? OK, here it is:
[sound of crickets]
Ahem. OK, moving right along... KO also chatted with his favorite felon about aluminum tubes and the Big News that some people in the intelligence community "dissented" from the official position that they had nuclear uses. Of course, Olby spun it as Bush knowing that the tubes were not nuclear, rather than as what it was: a conflict of opinion. Then he followed up with a regurgitated NBC report on the released hostage. Krazy Keith intro'd the segment thusly:
Tonight some conspiracy theorists are criticizing Jill Carroll, suggesting in a political context that she's suffering from Stockholm Syndrome...
He went on to say the report casts her demeanor in a different light, but the NBC report certainly did not reject the possibility that Stockholm was involved. Did KO even watch this before introducing it? And why does he think it would be a "criticism" if someone fell prey to a known aftereffect of a psychological trauma? No matter, from there it was on to steroids again, followed by another fine, fine edition of "oddball".
The #3 slot was billed as the third anniversary of Countdown, but it was actually Olbermann O'Reilly Attack #76. Olby bragged that his ratings were up (not mentioning the Olympics lead-in for that ratings period, or that even artificially inflated he still loses to Mr Bill by as much as 9 to 1). Then Krazy Keith really went bananas: he claimed he "never said anything factually incorrect about the man". There he goes again, with another little white lie...or given his freaky complexion, perhaps it's an orange lie. For those unfamiliar with Krazy Keith's record of "factually incorrect" statements about O'Reilly, here are just two incontrovertible examples. KO ran yet again his bash-O'Reilly montage, updated with New Footage!, to put a cherry on The Liar's Olbsession sundae.
Celebrities took over the entire #2 story slot, and the #1 story was the oddball month in rewind. In the Media Matters Minute, after viewing the clips that site posted from yesterday's Countdown, Krazy Keith scanned their list of conservatives and Republicans and chose Neil Boortz as "worst person", for criticizing Cynthia McKinney's hairdo. Video to appear at Media Matters on Monday.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 44th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.