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It's "Operation: Attack the Media". That, according to Krazy Keith, described the President's town hall discussion with military families on Wednesday. One of the questioners criticized media coverage of Iraq, and the President said...well, he said, there are all kinds of ways people can communicate, and you can never suppress the free press. And there you have it: Bush attacking the media. As another example to "prove" his premise, he ran a clip from yesterday where Bush said the terrorists know their attacks will get coverage, and he doesn't blame the media for that because they have to cover it. Aha! Bush "attacks" the media twice! Then a few clips of Laura Ingraham: more proof that Bush is attacking the media. Is there something we're missing here?
Olby regurgitated some footage put together by NBC as damage control for Ingraham's withering criticisms. Lots of stuff about reporters in danger, but to KO that's not the fault of the terrorists who are targeting journalists. No, it's Laura Ingraham's fault. It's Bush's fault. After Keith lectured Laura ("unforgivable", "desperate", "stupid"), Richard Wolffe was brought in to cast light on this controversy. "It's not a bias of the media", he predictably claimed--predictably, because if he were to say anything else, he wouldn't have been sitting in that chair. All Olby could say to that was, "Amen". In fact, that's what he can say to each of those ideological clones who parade before the Countdown cameras.
Meanwhile KO speculated that the "experiment" of the President facing critical audiences appears to be over. Hello! Earth to Krazy Keith! When was the last time anybody who disagreed with your spin was permitted to sit for an interview with your almightyness? You're great at calling Laura Ingraham names from the safety of your Seacaucus cocoon, but you're too much of a wuss to to do it to her face and give her the chance to respond. How insecure are you that you don't dare face anyone who might actually challenge your preconceived spin? Then again, maybe it's not just the insecurity. Maybe you just realize how ill-informed and inadequate your knowledge base is. Nah. You're just a coward.
As if to prove our point, KO dragged out Helen Thomas, the rabidly anti-Israel "reporter" who claims George W Bush is the worst President in history. Last week the Daily Kos, and now Helen Thomas. What a fearless journalist our Olby is. Willing to talk face to face to anyone--as long as they parrot his views. Spalding has never seen so many softballs as were tossed by KO in this "interview". Typical hard-hitting Olbermann question:
Did the President answer your question yesterday?...He went off on a tangent about the adjective or rather the verb "want"...
After oddball and multiple teases, Krazy Keith finally got around to O'Reilly attack #73. Mr Bill is campaigning for a multiple child rapist to get something more than probation, and the local paper decided to attack O'Reilly personally (specifically his settled harassment suit). As far as Olby is concerned, personal attacks are just fine, if they're against one of his enemies. (Anyone else does a personal attack, they end up as a "worst person".) KO took a statement from the paper as absolute fact, even though its accuracy is disputed by the Fox producer involved in the conversation. No verification, no seeking the other side, and also nothing new for The Hour of Spin.
Then who to bring on to discuss Bill O'Reilly's accuracy? None other than self-admitted professional liar, David Brock. Yes, tonight the Media Matters Minute became the Media Matters Segment! See what putting up clips of Olbermann can get you? A seat on the Countdown set. So deranged has Krazy Keith become that he actually said this:
He gave out the email of this man Jeff Bruce on tv on Monday. This stuff's bordering on harassment now.
Jeff Bruce's email appears online at the bottom of each of his columns at the Dayton Daily News website. This is "harassment"?!? Olby had better adjust his medication. All of this Big News was more important than the Moussaoui trial, which only makes Countdown when Keith can use it to embarrass the administration. His hapless viewers still don't know that the judge backed off the decision that he was trumpeting so maniacally last week. Instead, Kourageous Keith treated his meager audience to news about lost luggage, celebrities, and a missing dog.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 35th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.