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There was so much to cover on Wednesday's Countdown. In addition to the real news of the day, look at what else Keith Olbermann had on his plate: correction and apology for his false statement about the contents of the NIE; correction and apology for his unsubstantiated "report" that the White House was complicit in an election-day crime; correction and apology for his smear of Brit Hume...and these are just from the last two days! How did Olby do? Let's find out.
True to form, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann told his first lie just seconds after 8:00 pm, referring to the alleged mobile weapons labs in Iraq:
Not only weren't they mobile weapons labs, but the President knew they weren't mobile weapons labs from the very start. How Nixonian is this?
You see, two days after a report that concluded they weren't weapons labs, President Bush was still saying that they were. Aha! Another Gotcha! from Krazy Keith. But what is Olbermann not telling us this time?
After ticking off a list of so-called "scandals", some arguable, some imagined, KO called in his favorite felon, the disbarred ex-con John Dean, world-renowned expert on WMDs and Iraq. They talked about Scott McClellan, but for some reason Olby, who loves lengthy montages from the press briefings, was very stingy with video clips today. Might that be because McClellan produced the DIAC/CIA report we mentioned above, the one that exposes KO's opening spiel as another lie? And if Olbermann is going to hide the real news, he can't very well have McClellan showing him up as a liar on The Hour of Spin. So they blathered on the preliminary report, without so much as a syllable about the DIAC/CIA report.
As if all this weren't enough, KO complained that classified material is being declassified "seemingly at whim". Funny, when eight pages of the NIE were declassified in 2003, Olbermann couldn't have cared less. He didn't even think it was newsworthy. But now it's part of a cavalcade of scandals.
In the #4 slot, the subject was Iran, and Bush-hater Jonathan Alter was the interview guest. Apparently he was there to balance Joe Wilson from yesterday. KO talked about the President being "diminished" and Alter did his echo-chamber bit. After "oddball", Pete Williams gave a report on the Moussaoui trial. The #2 story was about Prince Harry, via a recycled tape from ITV. Then celebrity news, and in the #1 slot, more celebrity news!
The worst people in the world were the owners of the Wolverine Meat Packing company. They fired 15 employees who skipped work to attend the illegal immigration rallies. And what is Keith not telling us this time? Employees were warned, and those who asked ahead of time for the day off were given the day off, and not fired. See how easy it is to distort the news? Just tell half the truth. We should count ourselves lucky. A lot of the time, Krazy Keith doesn't even give us half.
Dogs that did not bark? The biggest, loudest canine was The Great Leak Case. Every time Libby blows his nose, Olby uses it as an excuse to trot out the doubly discredited David Shuster to speculate and spin. On Tuesday there was much talk about what Wednesday's filings would bring. There were actual developments today, but KO totally ignored The Great Leak Case. Why would that be? Perhaps because the developments involved Prosecutor Fitzgerald, who had to correct a false filing about--guess what--the NIE!
Fitzgerald's error led the New York Times and other papers to erroneously report that Libby was falsifying the contents of the NIE. Fitz claimed Libby was telling people that Iraq seeking uranium was a key finding in the NIE, and the Times railed about no it wasn't, it was just a finding, not a key finding (there is a significant difference). Of course, KO took it a step further on Monday, compounding the felony by falsely asserting that the uranium claim was not a judgment in the NIE (it was), and digging himself in even deeper by claiming the NIE made no mention of the uranium business at all!
Obviously, bringing any of this up would just be another embarrassment for the Countdown host, so it was ignored on tonight's Hour of Spin. And what of yesterday's smear of Brit Hume with a phony, doctored quote? Well, you know, there was big Brittney Spears news, and KO simply didn't have the time to admit he's been caught in another lie. Could it be any more clear that Krazy Keith hosts the most biased hour of "news" on television? Can anyone doubt that Olbermann himself is no journalist, but rather an arrogant, partisan hack?
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 54th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.
UPDATE: Doug Krile challenges Olbermann Watch in his post, Looks Like ABC Wasn't The Apologizer at The WB42 5:30 Report With Doug Krile. I set Krile straight with a brilliant reply in his comments section explaining how the MSM plays games with "corrections" or "clarifcations".