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On Wednesday night, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann delivered his 174th attack on Bill O'Reilly. As is his practice, he lifted it from his favorite blue blog source: Media Matters. It may seem like just another arrogant snipe. But a closer look tells us much about Keith's modus olberandi: twist the truth, doctor quotes if required, and when all else fails--lie.
Keith Oralmann spoke:
Your runner-up, Bill-O. When a Republican guest pointed out that we are in the middle of what could easily become a prolonged war between the Arab world and the Persian world, the idea that we're in the middle of that seemed to elude him.
The purpose of this bit was to paint O'Reilly as a dummy. The meaning of what Soderberg was saying "seemed to elude him". On the Countdown blog they crow: "'Three Dollar Bill'" is a tough guy, no matter how stupid the things he says might be." So the intent is clear. We continue with Olbermahn's words:
Bill-O said, "I would like to see that fight with us out of it. That's what I would like to see. Let them kill each other, you know." Guest Nancy Soderberg explained, unfortunately, right now we are in the middle of it.
How does that compare with the actual words spoken?
O'REILLY: Well, I'd like to see that fight with us out of it. That's what I'd like to see.
O'REILLY: I want -- let them kill each other, you know?
Herr Olbermann doctored the quote. Soderberg concurred with O'Reilly, saying he was "exactly" correct, but Keith snipped that out. Why? Because leaving it in would make it clear that not only did O'Reilly completely understand Soderberg, in fact Soderberg agreed with what O'Reilly was saying!
But wait, there's more.
Guest Nancy Soderberg explained, unfortunately, right now we are in the middle of it. Bill-O said, I know. She repeated herself, right now we're in the middle of it. He repeated himself, I know.
To bolster the "Bill is stupid" frame, Keith claims they kept repeating themselves--as if she couldn't get some thought through O'Reilly's thick noggin. More OlbyPlanet distortions. The guest was on a satellite feed, and because of the delay they were momentarily talking over each other. And still this bit wasn't quite vitriolic enough for Edward R Olbermann, so it was time to pull another arrow out of the Olbermahn quiver: just make something up!
She spoke slowly, as if speaking to a child: And that is one of the big problems. He then explained the world to his self satisfaction: unintended consequences galore. Mucho dommage to Bill-O.
No, Keith. She didn't speak slowly. She didn't respond "as if speaking to a child". Anyone who saw the interview knows that. You were just so desperate to make something out of nothing that you resorted to the ultimate weapon in your armamentarium of artifice: Another Olbermann Lie.
The following video documents all of the above. That Olbermann doctored the quote he read. That he misrepresented an exchange between O'Reilly and Soderberg that was really just talking over each other. And most importantly, it documents the latest ("she spoke slowly, as if speaking to a child") Olbermann Lie.