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The top-billed story on Countdown for Monday was "Beat the Press". It seems the administration is going so far as to investigate leaks of classified information. And this is wrong...because? For the last umpteen weeks Olby has been exulting in The Great Leak Case, crowing about how it "roars back to life" when an insignificant nugget of news finds its way into some publication. What is so different about this leak investigation? Oh, it was about leaks Keith likes. Gotcha.
The Bush administration continues to ever more resemble the character Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons, forever stepping on a rake...these people are much more worried about who had the audacity to reveal the existence of the rakes in the first place.
Um, like Scooter Libby? Like all the reporters who got hauled in front of the Grand Jury, or even went to jail? Today KO was alarmed that the Espionage Act might come into play, quite a contrast with the Olbgasm he had when it was mentioned in the Great Leak Case. To explain it all, Craig Crawford was tonight's designated ditto machine. Olbermann's Brain giggled:
This idea that the government has criminalized leaks leads us to a place that the only thing we get is official information.
Wow. Not that long ago Brain was chuckling over the Libby investigation, crowing that "the floodgates are opening". The foot's on the other leg now, eh? Olby asked about the whistleblower act. Like Keith, Brain was clueless as to how it doesn't apply to leaking classified information to the press. So once again Olby's ignorance is passed on to his unfortunate viewers. After mentioning an "infringement on democracy" (huh?) and the "stupidity" of the administration, KO moved on to Pat Tillman and the "friendly fire" investigation. Josh White of the Washington Post gave spin-free, fact-based analysis.
Keith turned to the #4 story: the Muslim student who tried to kill over a dozen people to punish the US. Earlier KO noted these attempted murders and made a comparison with a town being developed by Catholics, calling them both "religious extremes". Monica Novotny handled the report, and she had the common sense not to drag Catholicism into it. Then Keith turned to the town of Ave Maria, Florida. An NBC report from Michelle Kosinski led KO into the Christian Exodus project--a much fringier proposition that even talks about state secession. Nice way to tar both with one brush. To get the facts, Olby interviewed Tom Monaghan, who devised the Ave Maria project? Umm, no. It was the Christian Exodus guy? Errr, not exactly. No, Keith went to his ideological buddy, Bob Edgar. Natch. None of those bothersome differing points of view in the Olbermann Echo Chamber.
The #2 slot was taken up with the death of Kirby Puckett; it even subsumed the Media Matters Minute. From there it was a Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel, as the creepy Michael Musto joined Keith for a look back at the Oscars. They trashed Jon Stewart's hosting abilities, but of course Musto had a unique take on it:
Why hire him to host when you're not going to let him trash the administration?
Michael Musto, the quintessential Countdown guest. And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 19th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.