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Wednesday night's Hour of Spin found Keith Olbermann celebrating Christmas in March. The reason for this latest Olbgasm? What KO called "The Bush Tapes".
the one in which the President is warned that the levees could be breached, four days before he told the American public no one could have anticipated that the levees could be breached.
Keith introduced excerpts from the newly released videos showing the behind-the-scenes preparations from the day before the storm hit:
The tapes revealing that Mister Bush and his Homeland Security Secretary were warned in no uncertain terms, before Katrina hit shore, that the storm could breach levees...
And then, with a smug note of triumphalism, Olby, for what must be the 89th time, ran the clip of Bush saying he didn't think anyone anticipated the levees would be breached. Adding, of course:
That does not appear to be true.
It was all done with such much hype and theatrics that the credulous were undoubtedly convinced that KO had in fact ensnared "Mister" Bush in his reportorial web. But instead of swallowing The Liar's propaganda, we cheated. We focused on what the people on the tapes actually said. Here's a shocker: breaching the levees was never mentioned by anyone on Olby's tapes!
Only one person talked about levees. That was Dr Max Mayfield of the Hurricane Center:
I don't think anyone can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but that's obviously a very, very grave concern.
What an audacious, brazen bit of spin this is! Keith wants people to believe that topping the levees--which simply means they overflow--means the same thing as a much more serious breaching. For the record, a breach is a break or a gap in a wall, which is what eventually happened, but not what anybody talked about on the "Bush Tapes".
How about it, Olby? If "Mister" Bush was warned "in no uncertain terms" that the levees could be "breached", how come it's not on the tape? If the tape says he was warned about levees "topping", why did you rewrite those words and change their meaning? Was the truthful version just not damaging enough for your purposes? Maybe you should make yourself "worst person in the world" for this, you think?
Richard Wolffe of Newsweek didn't bother to note this latest Olbfuscation, especially when peppered with KO's leading questions:
If there is tape of you not doing the job, and then afterwards boasting that you had done everything that you could do, that's almost as bad as the actual malfeasance or misfeasance, is it not?
Is it malfeasance or misfeasance to lie about the news to fit a propaganda spin? KO didn't ask Wolffe that question. Instead, he went on to talk about how the "post-Katrina spin" has now been "erased", and it's going to affect the President's credibility. Well, Olbermann should be an expert on how spin can affect one's credibility.
After a regurgitated NBC report on Dubai, it was off to True Crime, in a report lifted from ITV on the Great Britain bank robbery. The "oddball" intro referenced 1784, if anyone is keeping track, and after another crack about Bill O'Reilly (attack #66), it was time for Keith to prostrate himself before Howard Stern again. Obviously Tuesday night's guest wasn't sufficiently obsequious to The King of All Media, so tonight's segment was a bit of damage control. He called in Joe Tacopina to analyze the legalities of it and--surprise!--Tacopina took Stern's side. When it was over, KO pleaded to the camera: "Please, Howard, can I have that interview now?" (Note to the impaired: that sentence was satire.)
The #2 story was about law firm emails gone crazy, then the usual batch of celebrity news, and the baseball interview with Buck O'Neil.
In the Media Matters Minute, Fox News was a runner-up ("worser"). It was another variation on an old theme: display a screenshot showing a question that was up for discussion. Then pretend like that question is an affirmative statement, ridicule it, and ignore what was actually said. It's already an old trick, but if KO can indulge in his rabid hatred for Fox, it's good enough. Besides, it means more video clips tomorrow at Media Matters! "Worst" was Nancy Grace, for supposedly padding her resume. Since she is conservative, at least on issues of crime, that means both the Fox slot and the conservative slot were covered. Fair and balanced, Olby style.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 14th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.