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When you think of Keith Olbermann, the first word that comes to mind is not "insight". It's not the first magazine that comes to Olby's mind either, given that it isn't on the approved reading list of Media Matters or Daily Kos. But on Tuesday's Hour of Spin, for the third time in about a month, KO suddenly cites the "conservative Insight Magazine" for a report about the Bush administration. And by coincidence, it again just happens to be an article that reflects negatively on the White House. When did Keith ever report any insights from Insight that were not of the Bush-bashing variety? How about never? For that matter, when has he ever referred to "the liberal Guardian newspaper"? Or the "liberal magazine, The Nation"?
After citing a new CBS poll (while still ignoring Rasmussen), Olby talked about the "misguided" war on terror with John Harwood, then the Richard-Armitage Plame-leaker rumor of several days ago with Norah O'Donnell. Harwood opined that, in the Mousawi trial, there was a "mistake by the prosecutor", citing it as an example of Bush administration incompetence. But it was a career attorney for the TSA who wrongly told witnesses about previous testimony. When the prosecutor learned of it, he immediately informed the Court.
In the #4 segment, a regurgitated NBC report on the new book, "Cobra 2". The emphasis was on mistakes made in the war planning. A key revelation in the book, that even Saddam's own generals thought Saddam was hiding WMDs, and that the generals believed Colin Powell's UN address to be accurate, was not mentioned. Another pretentious introduction led into "oddball", then the nightly Bash Barry Bonds session, which stretched on for nearly nine uninterrupted minutes. For the #2 story, Olby showed his versatility, and changed the subject from sports to...sports! A taped report on "March madness".
The usual celebrity news segment was larded with KO's self-serving plugs for his own upcoming appearances, including one on Err America with his special friend, Al Franken. That's our "nonpartisan" Olby. The final segment was all about Howard Stern with David Letterman. Lots of clips, carefully edited to omit a Stern comment that was favorable to Fox News. That would have conflicted with the little Fox wisecrack Keith slipped into the Media Matters Minute. KO didn't have to scour the Soros site very long before finding one of his favorite targets. He slammed Pat Robertson as "worser" for his comments about Islam. In typical Olbermann fashion, he did not explain how Robertson's remarks were wrong. Why address substance, when you can just attack the messenger?
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 27th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.