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On Tuesday's Hour of Spin, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann again leveled attacks at his nemesis, the eeevil Bill O'Reilly. He was named "worst person in the world" for offering to send free copies of his book to our troops in the war zones. Olby cackled his insults and the gullible swallowed them whole. But, as is the case with so many of Keith's assaults on Mr Bill, this too proved to be nothing more than Another Olbermann Lie.
You buy a copy of the book from him, he'll send a free copy to a US soldier somewhere.
Actually, it's not Bill O'Reilly who is making this offer. It's his publisher (Broadway Books) in cooperation with Operation Shoebox and America Supports You. Perhaps those organizations should have been the targets of Herr Olbermann's vitriol. But the best was yet to come from the discredited sports guy:
You only do that if I give you at least 26 bucks first. That's generosity. But you know Bill, I can buy two copies from Amazon for 25 bucks, and I can send the second copy to the soldier, along with a dollar.
We have to thank our clear-headed reader James for pointing out the fallacies in Olbermann's latest lie. Culture Warrior sells for $15.60 at Amazon. Two copies, with free shipping, would cost $31.20, not $25 as Olby claimed. Parcel post shipping to Iraq would be another $5.85, for a total cost of $37.05. That's assuming you know someone there to receive the package, since mailing to "any soldier" is no longer permitted.
Perhaps Keith had something else in mind. You don't have to buy from Amazon itself--you can purchase from one of the affiliated sellers there. But the lowest price for a new copy is $13.20, plus $3.49 shipping. Buying two of them will cost you $26.40 plus shipping, taking the total to $33.88. Tossing in $5.85 to ship one to our hypothetical soldier, your cost has now skyrocketed to $39.23. Maybe KO thinks so little of the troops that he'd just send a beat-up used copy. There's one at $13.20 and one at $13.99, and that total comes to $27.15, but the shipping costs take it to $34.17. Add in $5.85 to send one off to the war zone and we're at $40.02.
The bottom line amidst all this high finance: taking advantage of the Broadway Books offer costs $26.00 ($29.95 including postage). There is nowhere on amazon.com where Krazy Keith can get two copies of this book for his claimed $25. He can't get two copies for $30. Including all shipping costs, he can't equal the publisher's offer even for $35. Despite Olby's fuzzy math, it is mathematically impossible to purchase two books for $25, send one to Iraq, and have a dollar left over, as he claimed. It's all Another Olbermann Lie.
When you consider Olbermann's history of fabrications, this is hardly the most scandalous. But it deserves to be exposed, because it reminds us again that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will lie about anything, big or small, significant or trivial, to feed his fanatical olbsessions and fuel his all-consuming hatred. Let's hope that Dan Abrams uses OlbyMath when he computes KO's salary.