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What do you have when a master of spin accuses someone else of spinning? Is that Spinning Squared? Spinning to the Ultimate Power? That's what we wondered when Olby led off Wednesday's Countdown with this comment about Tom DeLay's 62% victory in his primary race:
Tom DeLay's spinning an easy win in his Texas primary, but the numbers tell a completely different story.
Now rewind back just 24 hours, when Howard Fineman was telling KO:
He's got a couple of not totally incredible or uncredible opponents in this primary. He'll probably win more than 50 percent, which means he wouldn't have to have a run-off. Were he to get less than 50 percent, then that would be an indication that he's toast in this election.
So as it turns out, he did get more than 50%. In fact, he got more than 60%. As of yesterday, that would not be an indication "that he's toast in this election". But talking points can reverse themselves on a dime in The Hour of Spin, so today KO insisted:
It could be "Lights Out" for the exterminator's political career.
It might be troublesome to bring back Fineman and ask him to reverse himself so quickly, so Olby chose Richard Wolffe, who aped KO's slant, but with more urbanity. The topics also included Katrina, levees, and the ports deal.
Keith moved on to Jack Abramoff, quoting him as saying he worked with a lot of "top Republicans", per a Vanity Fair interview. The interviewer came on to highlight the portions of the article Olby wanted highlighted. Needless to say, Olbermann again talked about Abramoff's hat, and David Margolick had to explain to the unknowing Keith about Jack's religion. It's about time someone did. Naturally, Olby showed not one whit of embarrassment at basically being called out for ridiculing the religious practices of orthodox Jews. It's lucky John Gibson hadn't done that. That would be "worst person" fodder.
The 4th story was the church burnings, statistics about which Olby had twisted to imply the fires might be racially motivated. As the regurgitated NBC report showed, it turns out they had nothing to do with race. Oops. Then came "oddball", a recycled report about Debra Lafave, and another one about online predators. Teri Hatcher's childhood abuse concluded the segment.
The #2 story on the backwards newshour was five people in Turkey who walk on all fours (no we're not making this up!): another regurgitated tape. Then KO's idea of celebrities (like David Hasselhoff), nonentity "worst persons" (with a slam at Fox, natch), and more baseball stuff to bring the show to a welcome end.
That's the Hour of Spin for this, the 21st day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.