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Host: Keith Olbermann
POLITICS - CIA LEAK CASE: MSNBC's David Shuster; Newsweek's White House Correspondent Richard Wolffe
SHOULD RUMMY RESIGN?: MSNBC Military Analyst & Retired Army Col. Jack Jacobs
WHAT WOULD BRANGELINA'S BABY LOOK LIKE?: MSNBC's Monica Novotny
"Hooked on a Filing"
When you hear Keith Olbermann say something in the Countdown opening spiel, the odds are pretty good he's fabricating again. Thursday night was no exception:
Scooter Libby says he knows whodunit, knows who probably leaked Valerie Plame Wilson's identity: Karl Rove and former press secretary Ari Fleischer.
Krazy Keith went on to claim Libby was "pointing the finger of blame" at Rove and Fleischer, but do the quotes Olby bellowed from the latest court filings bear this out? Um, no. The filings note that Rove "allegedly" spoke of Plame. There is no indication in the filings that Libby claims to know, it's only what has already been reported or alleged. And as for Fleischer, the quote cited by KO doesn't mention Plame at all, and just says that Fleischer had a key role in rebutting Wilson's charges.
Scooter Libby throws Karl Rove and Ari Fleischer under the bus
More accurately: Keith Olbermann throws them under the bus, by hyping and distorting what was said in the filings. Obviously The Great Leak Case was the top story. Aha, a great opportunity for Olby to correct his false report about the contents of the NIE. Err, it didn't come up. The doubly discredited David Shuster made an appearance. Another opportunity: he can finally get around to reporting on Prosecutor Fitzgerald's latest embarrassing mistake. Um, well, that didn't come up either. But instead of reporting hard facts we got Olby asking Dave stuff like:
Is this not a political disaster for the White House?
All viewers of The Hour of Spin know that when Krazy Keith asks a leading question, the answer never strays far from it:
It's a political disaster, and that's the way this case is going.
Then came a prime moment of Olby Surrealism, where white becomes black and up becomes down:
One last logistical thing that I'm not following here, maybe you can clear this up for me. In the filings, Libby's people say that Libby was not instructed by the President or the Vice-President to disclose the identity of Valerie Plame.
Minutes earlier, the filings were described as Libby "pointing the finger of guilt" and throwing people "under the bus". But with this quote from the very same filings, now it's just "Libby's people" who merely "say" that the President and the VP were not involved. Note the subtle shift in OlbySpeak. Keith continues:
I don't recall someone saying that Mr Libby had been accused of that or that, that, that, that was central any more to this case.
Really? You just gave us screaming headlines, and spent precious broadcast time discussing the issue of who leaked Plame's name, based on these same filings. Now, because instead of "implicating" (according to you) two people, he exonerates two people, all of a sudden this issue is irrelevant. It has nothing to do with the case. Pay no attention to it. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann contradicts himself all the time, but it's not every day he does so within the space of two minutes.
Olby went on to flog yesterday's story about the trailers. Another opportunity: tell the truth about the DIAC/CIA report. Well, KO mentioned it, pretending that Scott McClellan came up with this defense today. But that's another lie: he did so yesterday, and Keith just chose to ignore it. Apparently Olby needed an additional 24 hours to think up some way to spin this document. He came up with a really original notion: the administration was "cherry-picking intelligence" (Democrat talking point #76), and Countdown Crony Richard Wolffe was quick to agree. They went on to talk about the Libby filings that are either headline news or unimportant, depending on whether they buttress or negate OlbySpin.
There should be little suspense about the #4 segment. If a retired General speaks ill of the administration, Krazy Keith rushes to the story like a pig to truffles. After a regurgitated setup piece that only showed clips of Generals critical of Donald Rumsfeld, Col Jack Jacobs, an MSNBC expert, was brought in. Jacobs parroted what another A-Mess-NBC expert said in the taped report ("poor judgment"). So what is Keith Olbermann not telling us this time?
It would be, in my mind, ludicrous for him to resign, or ask for his resignation.
Who said that? Olby? David Shuster? No, that was today's statement from Gen Mike DeLong, former Deputy Commander of CentCom. Did you hear that on Countdown? Of course not. Keith Olbermann works overtime to make sure his show offers the full range of opinion: everything from A to B.
After oddball, Krazy Keith turned to the Duke rape investigation, via a taped report from Dan Abrams. Left out of the coverage were two points. 1: the political pressure on the prosecutor who faces his first election in a matter of weeks with a heavily black electorate. And 2: the ethical standards of the prosecutor, who has made public statements about his personal beliefs regarding the crime, and just today stated that he's not going to let a bunch of LaCrosse players rape a girl from Durham--when charges have not even been filed yet! Of course Olby considers these aspects irrelevant; it has nothing to do with the fact that the prosecutor is a Democrat. Another regurgitated NBC report covered a sexual predator who broke parole by contacting her victim.
There was more True Crime in the #2 slot, and another dose of celebrity news (Brittney Spears! Brad Pitt!). The Transportation Security Administration was "worst person" for a foul-up involving an Iraq veteran on the no-fly list. Then the longest sixty minutes in all of television cratered to a conclusion with Monica Novotny's report on made-up celebrity photographs. A fitting end to a program that presents made-up news.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 55th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.
--synopsis by johnny dollar