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Host: Keith Olbermann
MORE BAD NEWS FOR PRES. BUSH?: Joby Warrick, Washington Post investigative reporter; John Dean, fmr. White House counsel and author of "Worse Than Watergate"
CAN THE PRESIDENCY BE SAVED?: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist and NBC News political analyst
MORE BRITNEY SPEARS BABY MISHAPS: Harvey Levin, managing editor of tmz.com
Let's go out on a limb and make a prediction as a way to demonstrate how KO corrupts the news in order to reach out to that lucrative audience of 164,000 25-54 old viewers:
WaPo writer Joby Warrick who has recently extensively on WMD issues in Russia, Iran, Iraq and elsewhere will appear on Countdown tonight to discuss his "blockbuster" report on today's front page of the Washington Post:
Lacking Biolabs, Trailers Carried Case for War - Administration Pushed Notion of Banned Iraqi Weapons Despite Evidence to Contrary By Joby Warrick, Washington Post Staff Writer, Wednesday, April 12, 2006; Page A01
I've looked at some of Warrick's past articles for the WaPo going back to 2002 and it would be hard to argue that he is some partisan hack. He seems to know what he is talking about and to be a straight shooter. Given this, you can expect Warrick to note (as KO attempts to gloss over) that the White House issued an ANGRY denial of the claim which predicates Warrick's report: that Bush KNEW that the trucks found in Iraq which were originally thought to be mobile weapons labs were later determined not to be but told the world that they WERE mobile weapons labs anyway. KO will seek to keep the focus on the now stale news - the claim in the report - to push forward the idea that Bush knew the trucks were not mobile biological labs when he claimed they were (i.e., "Bush Lied") while ignoring the White House response at today's White House presser or, more importantly, a key fact revealed in a Reuters report published just 4 hours ago:
A report which includes the following:
A U.S. intelligence official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, confirmed the existence of the field report cited by the Post, but said it was a preliminary finding that had to be evaluated.
"You don't change a report that has been coordinated in the (intelligence) community based on a field report," the official said. "It's a preliminary report. No matter how strongly the individual may feel about the subject matter."
Don't expect to hear the words "field report" or "preliminary report" from KO (except that he's probably reading this post and trying to figure out a way to rework his script to "undermine" me, his chief critic)
Why, you wonder, is John Dean ALSO booked to discuss the WaPo report. Does the former Nixon lawyer have some valuable insight into the inner workings of the Iraq Survey Group? Some deep knowledge of the inner workings on the U.S. Intelligence services? Of course not, Dean is there because he is so desperate to promote his pathetic career as an "author" that he will say and do whatever KO wants which, as usual, boils down to variations of "Bush Lied".
And of course, dependable Bush-basher Jonathon Alter will balance out the show with a breathless "analysis" of whether the Bush presidency can be "saved".
Whatever the outcome you can bet KO will spend a good deal of time teasing a story destined to be the #1 story (i.e. the story we tease with you for 52 minutes) of the day. As a public service, we'll save you the trouble of enduring Keith further and tell you the "big news" is"
Britney Spears and her husband, Kevin Federline, received a visit from the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services over the weekend, along with a Sheriff's deputy.
Good night, and good luck.