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Now here's a shocker. The most important news item of Monday's Countdown was Russ Feingold's stunt: introducing a motion to censure the President. And of course, Olby had his unique spin on it. All those evil Republicans came out against it: Specter! Frist! Cheney! And they did so before the motion was even offered! Olbermann did not tell his viewers that Democrats, including Joe Lieberman and Harry Reid, also said they were not supporting it. And they did so before the motion was even offered! Our #5 question on the Countdown: why was this omitted?
Neither KO nor Howard Fineman explained that there is no such thing as "censure" of a President in the constitution. Why confuse viewers with any of those pesky, unimportant "separation of powers" arguments? They went on to discuss the "tired" White House staff, and KO reported on a former White House aide pinched for fraud. The Claude Allen arrest was such a big deal Olby brought in a second crony to speculate about it: Michael Fletcher of the Post. And yet the bribery scandal surrounding Rep William Jefferson (D), recently fueled by an ex-aide's guilty plea, remains unreported on The Hour of Spin. Our #4 question: why would that be?
A regurgitated NBC piece covered the President's Iraq PR offensive. KO noted a new Gallup poll that has Bush's approval rating at 36%, but not a new Rasmussen survey that places it at 42%. The #3 question on our Countdown: why not?
Another Olby non sequitur: Oddball was introduced with a reference to the discovery of Uranus in 1781. Then we learned all about the recent tornadoes, via a pair of taped reports. Next was a visit to the true crime department, courtesy of another regurgitated report from the mothership, followed by the daily dose of celebrity news. The final story was a nice chunk of free publicity for the return of The Sopranos.
Among the "worst persons in the world" were Lloyd Grove and his assistant, because Olby didn't like the Olbermann C-SPAN quotes Mr Grove chose to highlight in his "Lowdown" column. KO spent an inordinate length of time explaining why Mr Grove and Katherine Thompson were guilty of writing "inaccurate, journalistically reckless stuff" and referred viewers to the OlbyBlog, where he calls for them to be (you guessed it!) fired. Oddly, in that same C-SPAN interview, Keith was talking about his shots at Bill O'Reilly, and advising Mr Bill as to what the "clever" way to respond to attacks would be: "the brilliant response is just to ignore". Our #2 question: why does Keith's advice apply to everyone except him?
As the clock neared 9:00 pm, i.e. "24"-time, we reflected on yet another dog that did not bark. Follow: Keith Olbermann hypes every little twist in The Great Leak Case into a big, important story. Scooter Libby can't blow his nose without Olby dragging in David Shuster to explain it all. Yet the Great Leak Case was ignored on Friday's Hour of Spin. It was ignored again tonight. But there was a major development on Friday. Olby has had two chances to report it, but for some reason he spiked the story:
I. Lewis "Scooter'' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, can review summaries of some classified White House briefings to aid his defense against perjury charges, a federal judge ruled.... Even with the limitations, the ruling may make it difficult for Fitzgerald to continue the case against Libby, according to Scott Fredericksen, a white-collar criminal defense attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP in Washington. "It's Christmas for the Libby defense,'' Fredericksen said in an interview. The decision "puts the government to a Hobson's choice of either producing the documents or dropping the case.''
Our #1 question on the countdown: why did Keith Olbermann cover every development in the case except this one?
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 26th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.