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The President gave a speech today, and that means it's time for Krazy Keith to come up with one of his "gotcha" moments. This one came at the very top of the show, as Olby claimed Bush's denial of a "direct connection" between 9/11 and Saddam was a contradiction, because after 9/11 Bush said Saddam had harbored terrorists:
So that direct connection, once removed, was what, a dream?
It's getting to the point where KO's semantic tricks are so transparent it's like he's not even trying. What in the wide world of sports is a "direct connection, once removed"? Is that something like a circle, but with square corners?
But the Big News of the day that led off segment #1 turned out to be the Big News of three days ago: speculation about warrantless physical searches reported by US News and World Report. Sure it's already 72 hours old, but what dead horse has Olby ever refrained from beating? Chitra Ravagan, reporter for US News, was the guest and actually mentioned the Aldrich Ames case. Keith completely avoided any follow up on that point, instead wondering about why this story hasn't "exploded".
For his "expert" witness, Olby brought in Kate Martin, the far-left "Democracy Now" favorite who also rushes to preen before the Democrat pseudo-hearings run by the likes of John Conyers. Martin's preposterous commentary was full of ignorance and propagandizing, which made it ideal for The Hour of Spin. One example:
It's pretty clear that warrantless searches of Americans' houses are unconstitutional.
It is? What court has ruled that, Ms Martin? Why wasn't Aldrich Ames released from prison and his conviction overturned? Could it be because the President has inherent constitutional authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence information? Of course you will never hear that expressed on Countdown, not even as a dissenting voice. Because in Olby's Echo Chamber, views that do not conform with those of Krazy Keith don't make it to air.
The Great Leak Case led off the #4 segment, and that meant another visit from the discredited David Shuster. His purpose was to speculate that Libby's defense won't "hold up very well" and is a "long shot", while "nonpartisan" Keith compared the principals in the case to The Three Stooges. Shuster had the brilliant insight that Libby may try to "blame somebody else". We are floored by his discerning legal acumen.
After "oddball", KO finally got back to the much-hyped rhetorical sleight-of-hand he cooked up. You remember, the one where the President did make a "direct connection" between Saddam and 9/11. Except as redefined by Olby, that "direct connection" is a connection that's direct, except for the part where it isn't, because it's "once removed". This time, we got more extensive soundbites:
PRESIDENT BUSH: I didn't say that there's a direct connection between September 11th and Saddam Hussein. We did say that he was a state sponsor of terror. I was very careful never to say that Saddam Hussein ordered the attacks on America.
KEITH OLBERMANN: Then that must have been a different George W Bush who gave the State of the Union Address on January 28th, 2003.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al-Qaeda. Secretly and without fingerprints, he could provide one of his hidden weapons to terrorists, or help them develop one of their own.
So where exactly is the contradiction? Today: "state sponsor of terror". 2003: "aids and protects terrorists". Today: never said Saddam "ordered the attacks on America". 2003: he never said it then either. Is Olby so far gone that he thinks even his credulous lemmings are not going to see through such an obvious confidence trick? Apparently so, because this was his "convincer":
Saddam Hussein and Al-Qaeda in the same sentence, separated by seven words. September 11th and Saddam Hussein, two sentences later, separated by six words.... Who does the President think he's f'ing kidding?
So now it's the number of words in the sentence that determines the "direct connection"? Sorry, the "direct connection, once removed"? Who does Krazy Keith think he's kidding? Here's an idea: let's ask Craig Crawford. Olbermann's Brain chortled that this was "Presidential prevarication" and dutifully embraced all of KO's subterfuges, only in a more annoying fashion, if that's possible. It was somewhere around Brain's 14th snicker we realized that we haven't seen an hour of news this slanted, propagandistic, and one-sided since we last listened to Radio Havana. Aha, a "direct connection, once removed" between Keith Olbermann and Fidel Castro!
Weather was the #2 story, followed by the usual dose of celebrities, and then a full segment on Tom Cruise. Happy day! Fox News wasn't the "worst person in the world" tonight, but Olby took the opportunity to slam their journalistic abilities anyhow. The ultimate irony, considering the slop that passed for "news" on Krazy Keith's Monday night show.
There are always dogs that don't bark when it comes to Olby. Last week KO had a high old time ridiculing the prosecutor in the Moussaoui case. That story ran exactly once, an exception to Keith's rule to flog items night after night (repetition is a key component of propaganda). Why has it not been mentioned since? Well, since the original Countdown report, the prosecution filed a motion for the Judge to reconsider barring any "aviation" testimony. The motion was never reported on Countdown. Then the Judge backed off her previous decision, allowing the testimony back in with different witnesses (which is what the prosecutor asked for in his motion). The Judge's decision was never reported on Countdown. In The World of Krazy Keith, a trial is only important when it's not going well for the administration. When it is, all of a sudden it's no longer news.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 33rd day of The Keith Olbermann CoverUp.