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In our Monday night summary, we noted Keith Olbermann's blast at John Gibson's comments. Inside Cable News rightly noted that we should not have elippsed out the middle part, and we agreed and added that to our post. In doing so, ICN put us on the trail of what appears to be another instance of Keith Olbermann trying to lie his way out of a deep hole.
Gibson took issue with Olbermann's claim that he did "218 consecutive shows" and nobody accused him of being a liberal. Monday night, Olbermann snidely replied:
I didn't say I did "218 consecutive shows" as in 218 consecutive shows without a day off. I said WE DID 218 consecutive shows about Clinton/Lewinski. Of course I took days off - they're called days off!
First of all, John Gibson was not talking about "days off". In another segment of the radio program, he vividly described how MSNBC would send a big black car to Olbermann's residence to pick him up for the program. But Keith would refuse to leave his bathtub. Gibson would have to stay overtime and host Keith's show. These are not the standard "days off" that Olbermann painted them to be.
But more to the point is Olby's claim that he never said "I" did 218 shows, but rather that "we" did 218 shows, and therefore Gibby was misquoting him and "playing with facts". Well, KO cited 218 shows to show his alleged lack of personal bias. Shows hosted by Gibson would be irrelevant. So he clearly was at least trying to give the impression that he hosted 218 shows.
But what did he actually say? According to the transcript:
Keith Olbermann: "I've been accused of being a liberal."
Craig Ferguson: "Right."
Olbermann: "Which is interesting because the last time I was on doing the news in the late 90s, I did 218 consecutive shows about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky."
Olbermann: "And no one accused me of being a liberal then.
John Gibson was absolutely, 100% correct. Keith Olbermann falsified his own words just to smear Gibson, and in doing so piled a new lie on top of an old one. And he's been caught again.