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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"Two Tickets to OlbyPlanet"
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was so eager to ridicule the notion that exposing the SWIFT program caused any harm, that he abandoned even a semblance of a pretext of logical thought. Any terrorist with an internet connection knew about it, and so on. Roger Cressey obediently parrotted Keith's mantra, saying this was "no state secret", only allowing that revealing it was "counter-productive". Olby went on:
Wouldn't a sophisticated, cunning, evil, internet-using terrorist group know that these tactics were going to be used?
Well, Krazy, how do you explain that we caught the Bali bomber through this project? And continued to intercept terrorist plans as recently as just last year? What, those don't count? We shouldn't bother catching the Bali bomber because he wasn't "cunning" enough to read Swift's magazine? This is OlbyLogic to the ultimate power.
Cressey again served as the Olbermann Echo Chamber:
They understand that we are trying to monitor not just their communications but also their money.
So since drivers understand that the police are cracking down on traffic violators, that means we should tell them which corners have cop cars hidden around the corner? After all, if they're smart, they'll know anyhow, right? This is such a case of the gallopping dumbs that trying to make sense out of it can make your hair hurt.
Then it's the War Against the Media talking point again, with Norah "Whatever" O'Donnell. She was there to repeat the same stupid argument (because the administration said they would use every means possible against terrorism, that means they can all be made public). KO repeatedly referred to this whole program as "bank-tapping" (despite the fact that no bank was involved), and "Whatever" hammered home the talking point that this is all "attack the media" politics.
The #4 slot had a Countdown rarity: an actual report from NBC that wasn't pre-taped or recycled (the floods). In the "top 3 newsmakers" segment KO bashed the "rabid" Media Research Center, for its findings on the "worst person" segment. Note how dishonestly Keith spun this one:
Of approximately 600 nominees, only 174 of them were conservative. That means roughly 71% of the worsts are not conservative. I'd like to thank the MRC for confirming my point that the segment is apolitical.
This is so deceitful as to qualify as another Olbermann lie. He completely omitted the rest of the statistics: that there were only 23 liberals to the 174 conservatives. And how about the multiple dozens of conservatives who were named "worst", while exactly one lone liberal has ever been given that "honor"?
The #3 slot started out with John Murtha, who got a retraction for an incorrectly reported statement. Note that Olbermann never bothered to report the embarrassing statement itself, only the retraction. As opposed to all the times KO falsely attributes quotes to, say, Bill O'Reilly, and never corrects his own mistakes. But we digress. Oh wait, no we don't, because Mr Bill and attack #98 is next on the propaganda program.
You'll note that our mole in Seacaucus told us yesterday that there would be another attack tonight, and, like Pavlov's dog in a bell-testing factory, Krazy Keith delivered. To kick it off, KO ridiculed Mr Bill's statement that "Rick Kaplan has left MSNBC":
See, by overemphasizing the word "left", he is sending a subtle signal to the dim bulbs in his audience that former MSNBC President Rick Kaplan might have had personal political beliefs that tended towards liberal or left.
No, we're not making that up. He really believes it! Then Olby was back bragging about ratings: he's up, O'Reilly's down. Once again, KO manipulated the data, never pointing out that O'Reilly's viewership is anywhere from five to nine times his, depending on the day of the week. Then he went on a rant about how bad the Fox ratings are, omitting the fact that the lowest rated program on Fox has way more viewers than the highest rated show on MSNBC. Hey, we thought ratings were irrelevant, Krazy. You know, the five billions flies and all? Then Olby delivered his coup de grace to Mr Bill:
You can't even lie well.
You may have a point there, Krazy. You were going to expose "the lies" of Bill O'Reilly in this segment, and all you did is spin numbers. You did not identify one thing O'Reilly said that was incorrect. We concede: you are a much better liar than he is.
The rest: Another plug for the Snakes on a Plane movie (has Olby already abandoned trying to prop up Al Gore's agit-prop fest?), Michael Jackson, Peter Gammonds, and Star Jones.
In the Media Matters Minute, Glenn Beck (conservative) got a runner-up position, Orrin Hatch (R) did too for daring to support the anti-flag-burning amendment, and Brent Bozell (conservative) was "worst person". Oh yeah, this segment is apolitical all right.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 131st day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is now two