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Keith Olbermann was missing from Friday's Countdown (was there a Man-Tan clearance sale tonight at K-Mart?). So it was completely appropriate that to guest host this hour of fake news, they brought in Brian Unger, from that other "fake news" program, The Daily Show. Unger, who claimed to have been
an English teacher the son of two English teachers, immediately displayed his ignorance of the language by claiming that the President, when he declassifies documents and releases them, is guilty of "leaking". That was enough for us; why put up with this chucklehead without even the silver lining of being able to mock Keith Olbermann?
Luckily, we can do that anyhow. As part of our never-ending research into the weird miasma that is Krazy Keith, we had the opportunity to peruse a transcript of Countdown from the mists of yesteryear: July, 2003. Things were a bit different; the opening spiel went:
Which of these stories will make the "big five" on tonight's edition of Countdown?
But even back then Olby was still full of himself, and still slanting the news:
A story of White House damage control that was all damage and little control.
Our "nonpartisan" Olbermann at his best. It turns out he was referring to a case about a tv newsman who reported that Iraq morale is low. It seems Matt Drudge had linked to that story on his website, and also to a feature on the reporter in the gay-activist publication "The Advocate". Keith, of course, had a theory: the White House told Drudge to do it!
Does this sound vaguely familiar? It should. It was just a few days ago that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was "reporting" that Drudge got a leaked abc producer's email from the White House. KO's source for this revelation? None...he made it up! And didn't bother to correct his fake "news" when the truth came out (it was a disgruntled ex-employee at abc). But wait...it gets better.
Olby brought on a reporter from the Washington Post to bolster his theory. In chatting with this respected journalist, Keith himself, without for a minute abandoning his holier-than-thou outrage at Drudge for linking to publicly available information about the reporter, tossed in this little stink bomb:
Can you explain why somebody would take, if you will, a gay story to Matt Drudge, when there have been countless articles about Matt Drudge's own lifestyle?
Ooooh. Take that! The interview proceeded along this line, KO wrapping it up with the traditional "many thanks for your time". Who would have guessed that Keith was chatting with a reporter who wrote "inaccurate, journalistically reckless stuff"? Who could predict that this honored Countdown guest would be deemed guilty of "disgraceful" writing, and "should be fired"? Yes, Olby's guest was none other than last month's "worst person", Lloyd Grove!
The big stories on this particular Countdown were Kobe Bryant, Iraq morale (and the evil Matt Drudge), internet music piracy, JFK memorabilia, and Kobe Bryant again. Must have been a light news day, July 18, 2003.
But actually it wasn't. Something did happen on July 18, 2003. That was the day that the major portions of the National Intelligence Estimate were released to the press. A few days earlier, some of this info had been given to the New York Times. That release was the Big News that dominated yesterday's Hour of Spin. Olby repeatedly called it a "leak". He suggested the President didn't have the authority to declassify this information. He referred to it as "secret", "sensitive" intelligence information. He demanded to know if CIA's Tenet was informed, and questioned whether some unnamed "procedure" was followed. And on and on and on--inaccurate, biased, slanted ravings that just happened to echo every last Democrat talking point.
But what about July 18, 2003, the day when a much larger chunk of "secret", "sensitive" information was given to the press? Information from that same NIE that Olby has been up in arms about? What was Olbermann's reaction on that day's Countdown (July 18, 2003) to that day's information release? Did he demand to know if it was properly declassified? Did he question the President's authority to release it? Did he speculate about whether George Tenet was involved? Did he bang his "nonpartisan" drum to protest such a large, unprecedented "leak" of "secret" information?
Umm, no. He couldn't have. He didn't even report it.