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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"Dirty Olby and Crazy Larry"
Comedian Keith Olbermann kicked off The Hour of Spin with a couple of gaffes that demonstrate how little accuracy matters to those who inhabit OlbyPlanet:
North Korean Interncontinental Ballistic Missiles that not only don't reach Alaska, they don't even leave Korea.
North Korea shot off a bunch of missiles, but most of them were scuds. Only one of them (that's singular) was intended to reach across the ocean. Olby corrected that moments later, and in the process made another blunder:
The world reacting today to Pyung Yang's volley of nuclear weapons, seven in all...
Seven nuclear weapons? If you say so. That well known expert on nuclear proliferation and the politics of Korea, Richard Wolffe, spewed vague slogans like "reason to be concerned", and KO seemed ill at ease covering a story he has all but ignored for weeks.
Keith was much more at home griping about how the Bin Laden unit at the CIA has been disbanded, or confusing calling records with the NSA surveillance program. For this terrorism analyst Juliette Kayyem was brought in. She so perfectly echoed every one of Olby's spin points that we wondered just who she was. So, google, google, google...ah, now it becomes clear. Appointed by Dick Gephardt. Advisor to Janet Reno. In other words, she's a Democrat, a partisan with a partisan's viewpoint. Now why didn't KO tell us that? That's kind of a dirty trick.
Then it's off to Murray Waas's unconfirmed report that President Bush asked Cheney to take the lead in rebutting charges made by Joe Wilson. So KO went to an unbiased source for analysis, Lawrence ("Liar! Creepy Liar!") O'Donnell. Larry, of course, is a longtime Democrat strategist. Why didn't KO mention that? (Another dirty trick!) Perhaps because it might remind us that it was time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown):
KO is batting a thousand--at least on the DNC scorecard. On the other hand, O'Donnell's accuracy rate has been dismal. But he gives Krazy what he wants to hear, so...onward!
Larry praised Waas's "very good reporting" and suggested it was an "authorized leak". Then he started in on another favorite Konspiracy: it's all "groundwork for a pardon" for Scooter Libby. Hey, if Larry says so, who could doubt it? His track record as Olby's Nostradamus has really been stellar, hasn't it? Second only to David "I'm convinced Karl Rove will be indicted" Shuster.
In the #3 slot we learned all about the "amoral fear-monger", Ann Coulter. Shouldn't Keith Olbermann be a bit, shall we say, wary about calling other people "amoral"? But we digress. We don't recall KO devoting one minute of Countdown to plagiarism charges against Doris Kearns Goodwin, but tonight he interviewed "plagiarism expert" Dr John Barrie. Barrie is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he got his doctorate in...biophysics! He is currently head of a company that is trying to sell its plagiarism-spotting service to willing purchasers.
Not really being a plagiarism expert himself, Barrie relies on a software program to do the work. The robots found three similarities in Ann's book, and some in a couple of her columns as well. It's hard to scrutinize his claims since Keith's softball questions were in no way challenging, and the segment was, as usual, completely one-sided.
#2: Recycled NBC video about the space shuttle, "comedian Rush Limbaugh", Paris Hilton, Star Jones, Bryant Gumbel, and...well, who cares? #1: Lawnmower races. One of the "worst person" runners-up was a reporter who wrote a story that proved to be wrong. If we didn't know it happened in London, it could very well have been Keith Olbermann reporting about Drudge leaks from the White House. Or Fox doctoring a transcript. Or... Wait! On OlbyPlanet, Krazy Keith's falsehoods are not acknowledged, let alone corrected. What were we thinking?
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 136th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still two