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For Olby, it was fun while it lasted. With the Winter Olympics as lead-in programming, he found himself the beneficiary of a slight upturn in viewers. But now, as Olympic memories start to fade and viewer habits return to normal, his ratings have started to regress from merely awful back to abominable. So in an effort to rehabilitate the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, his bosses at MSNBC have begun the Olby Publicity Tour.
Inside Cable News points out that the network suits have devised a new ad for The Hour of Spin, and--just like the program itself--it doesn't constrain itself with such archaic concepts as truth or accuracy:
O'Reilly was talking about Total Viewers and not Demo viewers. In essence the ad dings O'Reilly for something he never said. I've tried not to take sides in this saga but in this particular case O'Reilly is not guilty of the charge against him.
Criticizing O'Reilly for something he never said? This is so reminiscent of Countdown that we wonder if Olby himself wrote the script.
Even more dangerous than running dishonest promos, A-Mess-NBC has actually unleashed Krazy Keith himself for interviews with newspapers. The latest one appears in today's Washington Post, where Howard Kurtz wraps the story with a reference to a website that has been somewhat critical of our Olby:
Liberal bloggers have been praising Olbermann, but one online critic, Robert Cox, recently launched a new site, Olbermann Watch, where a contributor said: "Hello! Earth to Krazy Keith! When was the last time anybody who disagreed with your spin was permitted to sit for an interview with your almightyness?"
For the record, Olbermann Watch has been around since November, 2004. And while it was nice of Mr Kurtz to quote one of our comments, it would have made more sense if he had included the context: Keith rails about the President surrounding himself with people who agree with him, but constructs his own "news" show inside an ideological bubble that outlaws dissent.
To expand on this point, we turn to The Cable Game. Always a good read, TCG has picked up on an OlbyInterview with a San Bernadino paper, and focused like a laser beam on the salient quotes:
The idea that 'balance' is always fair is absolutely false.
A key admission: Olby is not interested in balance.
If I say there's an 800-pound elephant or 800-pound donkey, depending on your politics, in the room, and someone else says, 'No, there isn't,' one person can be right and one can be objectively wrong.
There are so many logical fallacies in this one sentence that we won't even begin to analyze them all. Suffice it to say that physical facts are almost always provable. It would be silly to argue the question of whether the Earth is flat. The issues that demand balance are those of philosophy, ideology, principles, and morality. These are not so easily dismissed as "objectively right" or "objectively wrong", but Olbermann knows that. He deliberately chooses an outrageous, irrelevant example that sidesteps the pivotal failing of his "news" show: it is fabricated from top to bottom to fit his own "objectively right" mindset
Having both sides politically debating a point adds nothing to the political discourse; plus, it makes me queasy.
Here is the most startling admission of them all. Keith Olbermann is so fearful that anyone might question what he has ruled to be Absolute Truth, that he won't even allow such heretical thoughts to be expressed in his presence. Just the notion that someone might not parrot his spin turns him physically ill and nauseous.
Is this the real reason for his hatred of Bill O'Reilly? Mr Bill presents all sides, from Code Pink to Ann Coulter; the audience can decide who is correct. Krazy Keith compensates for insecurity by adopting a too-hip-for-my-shirt smart-aleck shtick, while cowering at the thought that anything might creep into The Hour of Spin that would require him to justify his own preconceived biases. Fear and envy--a marriage of convenience that is the soul of Keith Olbermann.