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Whenever The Great Leak Case is in the news, you can be sure that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will let his mania drive him over the top. Thursday's Countdown was no exception. Over a banner reading "White House Bombshell", he bellowed:
PlameGate reaches the Oval Office!
Olby called the release of NIE information a "leak", ran a clip of Bush decrying leaks of classified information, and promised that we'd hear from disbarred lawyer John Dean on the President's right to declassify. And Dean is a legal expert because...? Don't bother trying to figure that one out. It's OlbyLogic.
Krazy Keith continued to lie about today's news, asserting that:
The President of the United States was today placed for the very first time square in the middle of the chain of events that led to the outing of a covert CIA operative, the infamous PlameGate leak.
How many inaccuracies can KO squeeze into one sentence? First of all, the President's involvement was in the release of the National Intelligence Estimate, not Valerie Plame. And it was not the "very first time" either, since it was reported long ago that Libby said his "superiors" had authorized the NIE release. As for the "chain of events" leading to Plame? Olby made that up, since there is nothing to connect one with the other. Oh, and the "covert CIA operative"? Even Prosecutor Fitzgerald doesn't make that claim any more. Four falsehoods in one sentence. That may not be an Olbermann record, but it shows Krazy Keith was cranking on all cylinders.
Olby again called the NIE release a "leak", but didn't call the release of Libby's secret grand jury testimony a leak. Why is that? Then for the second time a clip of Bush talking about leaking classified information--essentially irrelevant, since the NIE release was neither classified nor a leak. But these are the sort of "gotcha" clips that Olby loves to run, and rerun, and rerun again, hoping that nobody will notice their immateriality.
The discredited David Shuster was called in to complain that the President didn't tell anyone that he authorized the release of the NIE, and went on to claim that the President "clearly set in motion a chain of events", and "at the very least you can suggest" that he "set in motion a chain of events" that led to Plame's outing. So did Bush "clearly" set the chain of events in motion, as Shuster said in the first half of his sentence, or is this chain of events something that "you can suggest", as he said in the second half of his sentence? Take your pick. You choose the spin--the newest exclusive feature on Countdown!
Just in case the propaganda wasn't poured on thickly enough, Olby decided to ask a hypothetical legal question selected from the Olbermann Wish-Fulfillment barrel:
What happens if the President did not actually have the authority to declassify documents in the manner that Scooter Libby describes?
And who better to provide an impartial, "expert" legal answer than the felon himself, John Dean, who, when asked if the President has that power, claimed there is "no quick answer" to that question. Converting that to honest verbiage, that translates to: "Yes, he does", but you'll never get honest verbiage out of Dean or Olbermann. Still, KO kept trying:
Does a declassification count if your CIA director doesn't even know about it?
Where does Krazy Keith get this stuff from? Dean wrung his hands and talked about "irregularities", another method of avoiding a direct answer, which, by the way, would be: "Yes, it does". KO continued to ask the disbarred ex-con about legal niceties; Olby won't ask an authentic legal expert since no lawyer worth his salt would swallow all of Olby's twisted theories. Then more about NSA wiretaps, another question Keith only asked because he knew what answer Dean would give: one that wouldn't make KO queasy by disagreeing with his spin. After all, we don't want to see Krazy Keith retching all over his desk.
When Countdown goes into spin overdrive, the lead story slops over into the #4 slot, and that happened again tonight, with Countdown Crony Dana Milbank (sans goofy outerwear) making yet another appearance. Olby framed the issue:
Will the Democrats take today's implication of the President in the classified leaks and sell it that way during the election campaign this fall?
A few minutes earlier, KO was trying his hardest to get Dean to say that the President can't declassify stuff. Even the felon wouldn't go that far, and Prosecutor Fitzgerald himself never questioned the President's power to declassify--another one of those little facts that is simply not reported on Countdown. Yet one commercial break later, Krazy Keith is back to referring to the information released as "classified". Hey, that's how propaganda works: repeat the talking points, no matter how baseless they are.
Olby quoted Charles Schumer as claiming the President "authorized those leaks in the first place". Hmm. Olbermann calls them leaks; Schumer called them leaks. If a talking point is on the lips of Democrats, it's on the lips of Keith Olbermann as well. Never mind the fact that a leak is an unauthorized release of information. How can a Presidentially authorized release of information be "unauthorized"? Too bad that basic question never occurred to Milbank. Like a good echo chamber puppet, he parroted Olby's twisted spin, ignoring the lack of substance and the sheer illogic of it all.
So we had 22 minutes on a small piece of news, falsely connected to Valerie Plame by a concocted, nonexistent "chain of events", all the while inflated, slanted, and distorted to serve Keith Olbermann's extremist agenda. Meanwhile, the historic immigration agreement in the Senate was dispensed with via a few throwaway sentences. It's that brilliant Olbermann News Judgment again.
After oddball, we got the nightly steroidapalooza, giving Keith the chance to include a self-serving plug for his exciting, cutting-edge sports radio gig. The #2 story was more self-promotion, this time for the mothership: all about the new host of NBC's Today, with a generous assortment of clips from the press conference. The #1 slot was reserved for the Countdown Apology Hall of Fame, featuring Cynthia McKinney.
In the Media Matters Minute, Olby found a Republican to make runner-up (Weldon of PA), but selected Bill O'Reilly as "worst person" (O'Reilly attack #77). His offense was to say that Hillary Clinton is likely to be tested by the terrorists if she becomes President. Man, that O'Reilly is evil. Pure evil. But wait. He said this back on Monday. Why did it take four days for Krazy Keith to pick up on it? Oh, that's right. Media Matters only put it up yesterday. Brock is going to have to be a little more prompt or KO's "worst person" will continue to be based on stale, dated "news". Nonetheless, watch for video of Keith's brilliant delivery to appear at MM within 24 hours at the latest.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 48th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.