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Circumstances conspired to make us three minutes late for Friday's Hour of Spin. When we joined the party, Olby was trumpeting his latest selectively chosen poll, and talking to Mike Allen of Time about Justice O'Connor's speech. Not having heard it, for some reason we get the idea that KO may just be overhyping this a bit, based solely on his track record. But you won't convince Allen of that, who will have to clean off his nose after this bit of obsequious kowtowing:
I'm so glad that you picked up on this. And I think now that you called attention to it, it's going to launch a thousand op-eds.
Right. Keith Olbermann and Countdown set the journalistic agenda for a thousand newspapers all over the planet. OlbyPlanet, that is. Allen is truly the most ridiculous item of the day, but it's exactly the sort of thing that will get him a return invite. Much was made of O'Connor's criticisms of people who dare criticize judges. It's unclear just how outraged the former Justice really is, given that she has been widely quoted as saying she timed her resignation from the high court to make sure a Republican President would name her replacement. But that was not mentioned.
KO next went to politics, running a pulled online ad from an obscure Republican candidate that focused on culture war issues. Keith, of course, picked up this story from one of the blue blogs. We don't recall him ever focusing on over-the-top online ads from the left, and there have been plenty. The discredited David Shuster made an appearance from a GOP confab to speculate about politics '08.
In the #4 slot, the Olbermann ret-con of the ports controversy continued. For the second day in a row, KO talked about "xenophobia", "blowback", and all the stuff he cared not one whit about before Republicans managed to derail the proposal. A regurgitated NBC report handled the details, Then "oddball", where the same Keith who fretted about "xenophobia" had a high old time ridiculing some footage from Japanese television.
After the nightly Bonds rehash, the #2 story was a nice bit of cross-promotion for the mothership: an interview with Conan O'Brian. Then the usual grab-bag of celebrity news, and a plug for Keith's upcoming sit-down with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN. Another visit from the disturbing Michael Musto dealt with male stars in women's wear and a reality show for a Bin Laden niece. When Musto noted that John Travolta's career was "in the toi-toi", it was another memorable Countdown moment.
In the Media Matters Minute, the winner was...well, do we have to tell you? Suffice it to say, it's Attack #69, for saying:
You know, in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the earth. That would be the sane thing to do...
Of course, Olby stops there, not bothering with the rest of the quote:
But we can't do that, and now, the U.S.A. is basically has to take this kind of rhetoric. I mean, there's nothing else we can do but go to the United Nations and say to the Security Council, "Look, you can't let these people have nuclear weapons. If you do, there's going to be a war." So it's between war and sanctions.
And that's the hour of spin for this, the 23rd day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.