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If the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann obsesses on steroid stories even when there is no news on the subject, you can imagine how manic he becomes when there are actual developments. "Two exclusive interviews!" he roared. How will we contain our excitement? Reporting again from Tampa, looking cartoonishly fresh from a generous application of Man-Tan, Krazy Keith made steroids the lead story (#5 on the backwards newshour). A new investigation. George Mitchell appointed. Oh, and did we mention, "Two exclusive interviews!"?
We shouldn't complain. At least he's not slanting, spinning, and distorting the news. As far as we know, that is; we don't claim expertise on coverage of sports (aptly described by the great Dave Diles as "the toy department of our lives"). Then again, Krazy Keith did manage to to imply that had Republican Rumsfeld been commissioner, professional baseball would have been destroyed; and that Democrat Senator Mitchell had succeeded in his investigation of drug use in baseball, before the investigation has even begun. Other than that it was interesting to see Jason Giambi wonder to Olby "how was the grand jury leaked?" That's another of those breaches of security (like the NSA surveillance program, or the CIA prisons) that KO is totally uninterested in. The stereoidapalooza overflowed into the #4 slot, with Joe Torre in a taped interview.
By this time, Keith must have been worried about his audience of blue blog buffs, so he inserted a special promo for his Friday show with...ta-da!...John Dean! Keep plugging, Keith; people can't wait to see another of your "exclusive" interviews. After all, it will only have been all of 48 hours since your last John Dean interview. Following "oddball", our Olby was back in form. Introducing a regurgitated NBC report on the freed hostage in Iraq, KO gave one of his pretentious sermons about how all the reporters there "know", while critics of the media don't. Who said glittering generalizations represent sloppy, careless thinking? Then an additional rerun from the mothership: the survivor of the mining disaster.
After still another plug for Friday's Countdown: a report on the rape allegations at Duke University (regurgitated from NBC), celebrity news, and an especially stupid segment on Silvio Burlesconi. In the Media Matters Minute, Olby slammed Justice Scalia once, and Mr Bill O'Reilly twice (including the "worst" slot) for comments on the media (attack #74) and a Cardinal's position on immigration (#75). George got his money's worth tonight; the quid-pro-quo video clip should appear at MM within the next 24 hours.
Dogs that didn't bark? The FISA judges testify, of course. And if we look at msnbc's own website, we find: Bush meets with leaders of Canada and Mexico, dozens die in Ferry mishap, Moussaoui jury deliberations, immigration talks shake Arizona, etc etc. What do all these major stories have in common? None of them was covered on Krazy Keith's Kountdown.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 43rd day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.