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For those few who might still harbor some doubt that the Olbermann Nazi Salute is part of a calculated PR strategy by MSNBC to spead slanderous lies about Bill O'Reilly let me make the case. As I do so, please keep in mind that this is the marketing strategy for the cable arm of the news division of NBC Universal which, in turn, is owned by General Electric is the seventh largest corporation in the United States, the eleventh largest corporation in the world and a corporation with sales far in excess of the GDP of most nations.
What a company like General Electric is doing engaged in a knowingly false and malicious campaign to defame a competitor by calling him a Nazi apologist through a PR campaign orchestrated at the highest levels of NBC is beyond me. Perhaps Neil Cavuto can ask Jack Welch what he thinks of this next time he appears on Your World.
You should also keep in mind that I have already demonstrated conclusively that these accusations by NBC executives (Olbermann is just the mouth piece) are knowingly false and entirely without merit.
SATURDAY JULY 22, 12:04 PM ET Olbermann Performs Pre-Planned Nazi Salute
Olbermann, onstage, was kidding around about a mild controversy about whether photographers would be permitted to cover the Saturday breakfast.
''So we thought we'd help you out, those of you who needed a good photograph of -- '' and he held up the O'Reilly mask, over his face. The critics laughed.
''And, of course, there's a more familiar one,'' Olbermann said, keeping the mask in place while shooting his arm up in a Heil-Hitler salute. The critics laughed again. ''With that bit of structured comedy out of the way, I suppose there's some questions,'' Olbermann said, and the press conference began.
TUESDAY JULY 25, 10:54 AM ET Olbermann sends an email to Brian Stelter of TVNewser (emphasis added):
Olbermannn writes a
love note saying "we'll be distributing this quote today".
'Over the line?' Where was Roger when O'Reilly defended the Nazi SS stormtroopers from Malmedy in World War II? The SS shot 84 American POW's there in 1944, and three different times in the last year, Bill called has called those dead Americans war criminals. I guess there is no line at Fox News."
where "we" refers to NBC executives and the MSNBC PR department
TUESDAY JULY 25, 11:00 AM ET Olbermann sends an email to Jim Romenesko of the Poynter Institute:
Response to Ailes. "Over the line?" Where was Roger Ailes when Bill O'Reilly defended the Nazi SS stormtroopers from Malmedy in World War II? The SS shot 84 American POW's there in 1944, and three different times in the last year, Bill called has called those dead American heroes war criminals. I guess there is no line at Fox News.
TUESDAY JULY 25, 6:44 PM ET During a taping of the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Olbermann sets up showing the pre-planned Olbermann Nazi Salute:
Olbermann: Fox said "no pictures of our guys at the press tour" so I thought "well I'll give them a picture of the Fox guys. I'll just wear a Bill O'Reilly mask and they can use that picture...everybody sat down, we all had a big meeting about it beforehand and everything worked great until...the next picture was taken [Olbermann Nazi Salute photo displayed]
where "we" refers to NBC executives and the MSNBC PR department; the pause between "until" and "the next picture" is meant to humorusly convey the idea that the capture of the Olbermann Nazi Salute image was inadvertant.
TUESDAY JULY 25, 6:44 PM ET During a taping of the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Olbermann goes on a Nazi rant, much of which is edited out, but not before this line gets on their air later that night:
On the air, in the last year, Bill O'Reilly has defended the Nazis from World War II on three separate occasions",
THURSDAY JULY 27, 7:22 AM ET Don Imus falls into line for the MSNBC brass and pimps for Olbermann:
Imus, â€œApparently Keith is on a feud with Bill O'Reilly.â€?
McGuirk: That's gotten very ugly.
Imus: It's not going well for Mr. O'Reilly, does O'Reilly respond at all?
McGuirk: Well he does in a way by reporting on theratings. He mentions MSNBC but never mentions Olbermann by name. Who actually put an O'Reilly mask on at some broadcast conference and did a Nazi salute. You know it's gnawing at Bill O'Reilly but he would just love to kick Olbermann inâ€¨the teeth. But he won't dignify him with a response.
Imus: Well he had the opportunity to kick Olbermann in the teeth and didn't seize that. Cause Olbermann said he was at some affair where O'Reilly was and there were twenty feet apart. Apparently O'Reilly was staring at Keith. So Keith looked back over at him like, yea bitch, and O'Reilly looked away and looked down at his shoes. Wouldn't lock eyes with Keith.
THURSDAY JULY 27, 8:24 AM ET Having been given a "talking to" for failing to work in the line developed by the MSNBC PR department, Imus tries again. Although Bernard McGuirk isn't so ready to go along, this time Imus performs like a trained seal:
McGuirk: ...Really ugly though really ugly.
Imus: What did Keith do?
McGuirk: He was at a broadcast function recently he put a mask of O'Reilly in front of his face and did the Nazi salute. Which was harsh.
Imus: According to Keith, Bill O'Reilly on three separate occasions on his program was actually defending Nazi's, did you know that.
McGuirk: Ah come on.
Imus: Just reporting the facts.
I don't have the exact quote, I sent an email to The Imus Show Blog asking them to post a transcript of the exchange and/or audio or video so I can post it here and link it. If they have it and make it available I would edit this post with the exact quote and link any audio or video they post
UPDATE: The Imus Blog has posted on the exchange but did not include the "O'Reilly defending Nazis" bit. I've asked them to put up the entire exchange and once they have it will replace the above with the exact transcript of how Imus worked in the line crafted by the MSNBC PR department.
UPDATE: As noted above, once The Imus Blog had the transcripts up I would link them and clean up this post with the exact quotes. In the meantime Glenn Garvin wrote a piece on KO's Nazi salute in which KO admits that that the Nazi salute was pre-planned as part of the promotion for MSNBC. As that happened first I added that in as "Exhibit A" and moved the other "exhibits" down one notch.