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It's Wednesday, and the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was back, in the flesh (apparently having stocked up on a case of Man-Tan). The Big News tonight was "The Democrats Have a Plan!" It was an exciting burst of PR for the alleged "national security" policy that the Dems have cooked up. Olby's excitement over all this (note the exclamation point) stands in stark contrast to his reaction to the government's publication of a National Strategy for Iraq just a few months ago. Cue the harp music, let the image wash into blurriness, as we give you an instant flashback to how Krazy Keith handled that announcement--by cracking wise:
Is the implication here that we didn't have one of those already?
Keith also ran a clip from Sen Reed (D), with Keith reading off the Senator's military record as if Keith were his official biographer. And that was just a prelude to KO complaining that the President's speech that day broke "no new ground"; it had "very little in the way of actual strategy"; what strategy there was is "debatable".
OK, cue the harp again, fade back in to the present. That was then, this is now. How did Olby treat today's Democrat proposal (a political tract, as opposed to an official government document)? First, the clips were all of Democrats: Pelosi, Wesley Clark, Madeline Albright, etc. Unlike the Iraq Strategy coverage, there was no soundbite from any critic or member of the opposition party, let alone one with a lengthy military record Keith could rattle off. And KO gave today's Democrats something he didn't bother to give the Iraq Strategy coverage: a featured softball Hour of Spin interview! Harold Ford was the honored guest, and we don't need to tell you he has a (D) after his name. Keith just doesn't do (R)s unless his producers force him to, and that only happens maybe once a year, if that.
Note that everything Keith said back in November could be applied to the "policy" that the Democrats released today: no new ground, very little actual strategy, debatable. In fact, reporters at the press conference raised some of those very issues. But KO, who loves showing the press hectoring Scott McClellan, took pains not to show any of this Q&A. And of course, those points never came up during his powder puff interview with Ford, where Krazy Keith peppered the Congressman with challenging questions:
The Vice-President did another one of the interviews today in which he alluded to a link between Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda, speaking of trips to Iraq. How exactly do you combat that when the facts don't seem to have much to do with one of the main arguments about this?
And we thought Larry King was master of the toothless interview. Olby left his teeth in a glass by his bed! And he gets away with it, because he conveniently never got around to reporting those documents ABC News translated (except for the one that was negative to the administration).
Just to make sure that The Hour of Spin stayed as completely slanted as a Tilt-A-Wheel run amok, we get John Dean! The excuse for his showing up is upcoming testimony about the unconstitutional "censure" motion proposed by Olby hero Russ FoolsGold. There was more talk about "domestic spying", illegality, and the like. Needless to say, Keith continues to ignore telling any of his deluded viewers about the ruling of the FISA Court of Appeal, let alone the testimony of a panel of FISA judges who just told Congress that the President acted legally when he set up the NSA surveillance program. Say, wasn't that a Congressional hearing just like the one felon Dean is going to attend? Why do you suppose KO never reported on it? Why do you think none of those judges will ever get to sit in the seat of honor on the Countdown set for a probing interview with Krazy Keith?
Hard to believe, but all that spin whirled about before even the first commercial break. The #4 slot brought us a recycled NBC report from Norah O'Donnell about Laura Bush's staff, and after "oddball": Barry Bonds and steroids! #2: swearing (regurgitated) and celebrities; #1: the psychotic cat (only two or three days old--the news, not the kitty).
A Republican candidate in California was a "worst person" runner-up for publishing a photo of Turkey erroneously labeled as Iraq. A Democrat actually got a mention too: Cynthia McKinney, who avoided metal detectors and punched a Capitol Hill police officer. But don't worry, KO didn't break his streak--she was only a runner-up. The "worst person" was "comedian" Rush Limbaugh, for something he said about a golfer, what, seven days ago? Why is it all of a sudden news today? Oh, because the blue blogs just picked it up, and the only blogs Keith reads are the blue ones.
Dogs that didn't bark? We already referenced the testimony of the FISA judges. Krazy Keith also spiked the story of Jim McDermott (D), who was just slapped down by a federal court for leaking to the press a secretly taped phone call of John Boehner (R). Here's a "domestic spying program", and Olby won't even report on it!
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 42nd day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.