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The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann slants the news, censors stories that don't agree with his spin, keeps opposing views off his show, and makes up nonexistent facts out of thin air. None of this is news to the clear-headed readers of this site. The same can be said of the pervasive, rank hypocrisy that oozes from every pore of the discredited sports guy, as he has proven once again.
Case in point: Laura Bush gave an interview to people magazine, and was asked about a possible Presidential run by Condoleeza Rice. The first lady doubted that Condi would run:
probably because she is single, her parents are no longer living, she's an only child. You need a very supportive family and supportive friends to have this job.
This was the opening Herr Olbermann needed to attack Laura Bush. On The Hour of Spin for Dec 15, that interview was one of the top stories of the day: it was in the opening spiel, and took up an entire segment of the show. And Krazy Keith was in rare form, as he talked with Margaret Carlson:
Why Laura Bush thinks Condoleezza Rice won't run for president. It is a reason that is certain to infuriate about half the adult population, the unmarried half....
The answer is simple, she has not got a man. You'll forgive me if I don't do the whole finger-snap neck-move thing....
And who would know better that Rice has a lack of supportive friends than her supportive friend, Mrs. Bush?...
This is almost inscrutable. Is she intending to compliment the secretary of state here, or is she actually taking a big bite out of her leg?...
Not to get overly psychoanalytical on it, but another question on that area. Is there something--could there something--be something in here of the revenge of the real wife against the office wife?...
This story, to some degree, seems to have flown under everybody's radar....
That is how Keith Olbermann spins when he sees a chance to smear Laura Bush. But what happens when the shoe is on the other foot?
During yesterday's testimony by Sec Rice, there was a remarkable exchange with Barbara Boxer (D). The California Senator ridiculed Condi Rice's expressions of concern over casualties by telling her they are meaningless, because Rice is childless and has no "immediate family".
Boxer's intense personalization, using the Secretary's private life to impugn her qualifications to serve, was obviously newsworthy. On The Hour of Spin--based on Keith's hyperbolic coverage of Laura Bush--it should have been one of the stories you'll be talking about tomorrow.
But there was no bellowing about it in the opening spiel. No five-minute interview with Margaret Carlson to chew over the ramifications. Olbermann didn't tell viewers that Boxer's comments were "certain to infuriate about half the adult population". He never accused the Senator of trying to take a bit out of anyone's leg. He didn't spin psychoanalytical theories regarding Barbara Boxer's repressed motivations.
And Edward R Olbermann most certainly didn't bemoan the lack of press coverage. How could he? He himself spiked the story. Because on OlbyPlanet, news always takes second place to Olbypocrisy.