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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"You Don't Say"
In his opening spiel, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann found a way to use the phrase "bank-tapping" three times, making him three times wronger than usual (there was no bank involved). But this edition of The Hour of Spin was as notable for what Krazy Keith didn't say, as for what he did.
KO, looking more orange than, well, an orange, first talked about the new Usama tape. He also dealt with the "latest alleged atrocity" by US troops. Note the use of "latest". Clinton apologist Roger Cressey made a return visit. Hey, it's been all of 48 hours since the last time he was on Countdown! Usama's tape had words of praise for Zarqawi. Keith, never one to let go of a pet fringe theory (Al Qaeda wanted to get rid of Zarqawi), spun the apparent contradiction by claiming the tape was being used as "the official martyrdom of Zarqawi".
Then it was back to "bank-tapping", since Cressey has teamed up with his old boss, Richard Clarke, to pooh-pooh the revelation of the program. Keith & Cress regurgitated the "old news" argument again, but we wondering about what wasn't said. Namely, if everyone knew about it, how did the program keep capturing terrorists?
Then it was time for "attack the media", something KO does almost every night, but bellows in outrage when anyone he doesn't approve of does it. This time we had both at once: Keith attacks the Wall Street Journal, because they criticized the New York Times. On OlbyPlanet, Keith attack = good, WSJ attack = bad. Wolffie, for the second time this week, was there to echo Keith's spin. And talking about spin, KO came up with a great one to cover another of his own embarrassments.
When the SWIFT story broke, Krazy Keith was all over it like white on rice. And he did everything in his power to wish it true. A few days later, two of the phone companies said the story was wrong. Olbermann was on his high horse. He said by denying the story BellSouth was engaging in an "attack the media" diversion. They had demanded a retraction from USA Today, and KO ridiculed that as a "risky strategy", suggested they were "bluffing", and generally pooh-poohed their case by snarking, "I didn't see the word 'libel' in there."
Well, the USA Today did indeed retract precisely the things BellSouth and Verizon had insisted were not true. As the paper reported
five members of the congressional intelligence committees said they had been told in secret briefings that BellSouth did not turn over call records to the NSA, three lawmakers said they had been told that Verizon had not participated in the NSA database, and four said that Verizon's subsidiary MCI did turn over records to the NSA.
[Note: the above information that USA Today got from Congress is more of the stuff Keith didn't say.] So comedian Keith Olbermann went into damage control mode.:
Are other news organizations, do you think, running scared now? The editions today of USA Today, uh, they, they said they could no longer confirm the report they had...Has there been a chilling effect?
Here is OlbySpin at its finest. Twisted, yet elegant. Nonsensical, yet somehow convincing to the credulous Olbypologists. The paper got the story wrong, and put up a retraction. (Isn't that something KO was himself hectoring O'Reilly about the other day? Oh wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves.) But on OlbyPlanet, where Keith can never admit his spin doesn't stink, never mind what those intelligence committees said, the newspaper is "running scared". Classic.
#4: The Japanese Prime Minister visits Graceland (recycled NBC report). Oddball. Star Jones: huge chunks of an interview from the Today show taking up the #3 slot of Countdown. But ratings don't matter, right Keith? Who cares about those 50 billion flies anyhow? Oh, and don't forget, we've got Star Jones reruns!
#2: Tour de France, the space shuttle (recycled NBC report), Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Hasselhoff. The #1 segment was reserved for another fine, fine edition of "the oddball plays of the month".
In the "apolitical" Media Matters Minute, conservative "harpy" Melanie Morgan was a runner-up. Gee, wasn't Olby ranting about how bad Ann Coulter was for calling someone a "harpy"? The "worst persons" were those "nitwits" Fox's E.D. Hill and Brian Kilmeade for suggesting an "office of censorship" modeled after the one FDR instituted, staffed by respected journalists who would give advisory opinions to media outlets as to whether publication of a story would hurt national security. Needless to say, everything in the previous sentence after the word "censorship" is more stuff that Keith didn't say.
But the biggest thing Krazy Keith didn't say relates to his continuing jihad against Bill O'Reilly. You'll recall how outraged he was that Mr Bill reported a quote from John Murtha, and the newspaper had later corrected the quote, but not Bill. It was great fodder for an entire program segment. But what about the fact that O'Reilly did in fact correct the story and apologize? Not one word from infamous, deplorable, who will never allow anything to pass his lips that contradicts his anti-Bill screeds.
By the way, when O'Reilly apologized, he apologized. He didn't complain that the newspaper was "running scared". He didn't fret that correcting a false story would have a "chilling effect". Keith relied on an inaccurate newspaper story just as Bill did. When the paper admitted they got it wrong, Keith spun furiously, impugned the newspaper, and tried to twist his way out of the situation by casting blame everywhere except at his own feet. Bill O'Reilly apologized. Like a man. And Kourageous Keith was afraid to say he did.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 133rd day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still two