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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    May 9, 2007
    Like getting blood from a stone, Olbermann Watch extricates truth from Countdown with Keith Olbermann

    Keith did a segment last night based on a New York Times story entitled Deal Is Offered for Chief's Exit at World Bank which begins:

    Leading governments of Europe, mounting a new campaign to push Paul D. Wolfowitz from his job as World Bank president, signaled Monday that they were willing to let the United States choose the bank's next chief, but only if Mr. Wolfowitz stepped down soon, European officials said.

    True enough but what the rest of the article makes clear is that two of the major issues raised by Keith in his segment - European opposition to Wolfowitz and the long-standing policy of the U.S. President choosing the head of the World Bank - are old issues. What's really going on here is an attempt to use confusion over imprecise instructions given to Wolfowitz to carry out grudges against one of the key players in the Iraq War.

    Despite Keith's best efforts to obscure the issues involved we were able to pull some truth out of the segment and set it to music.


    Posted by Robert Cox | Permalink | Comments (14) | | View blog reactions
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    That was a great summary of KO's false or misleading teases to a story that are later debunked by the guest. Would like to see more breakdowns like this one. Great site.

    sjb,

    If I did this every time it happened my head would explode. These videos are meant to remind sane people what type of inanity passed for journalism these days over at NBC News.

    A classic example of the type of journalism practiced by Mr. Olbermann and his producers (and we can add a dozen and one other topics, e.g,. Bush "taking away American's habeas rights"). I guess the defenders will now pop up to say, "O'Reilly does it too!" O'Reilly's not a friggin' news anchor who's praised by media critics for his work.

    This wouldn't be so bad IF Olbermann would acknowledge his errors every now and then. News organizations get things wrong. They're made of humans and humans make mistakes.

    But KO acknowledge error? Never.

    News organizations are made of humans?

    Soylent Green is People!

    But KO acknowledge error? Never.

    Posted by: Ohboy at May 9, 2007 5:51 PM

    Maybe that's why he hates Bush so much. He stole his playbook.

    Too bad ONE of them is the ruler of the free world.

    "Maybe that's why he hates Bush so much. He stole his playbook."


    Amazing. Same defense every time.

    "Counselor, your client here at Olbermann watch is accused of tendentious reporting, biased journalism and inaccurate news reports. How does he plead?"

    "You honor, Bush did it, too! No, O'Reilly does it. Umm, Hannity? Limbaugh? Umm, er, the neocons...!!

    It's like conversing with a 4-year old.

    It's like conversing with a 4-year old.
    Posted by: Ohboy at May 9, 2007 7:18 PM

    Actually holding a TV personality to a higher standard than the President of the United States is exactly what a 4 year old might do.

    Great Thanks for the Toddler-like Wisdom!

    "Amazing. Same defense every time."

    Let's pretend for a moment that I'm not 'defending' KO. Let's pretend for a moment that I don't even care for KO. Let's pretend for a moment that I offer no excuses to explain away whatever it is you think KO is: Self-Righteous? Sure. Sanctimonious? At times. Hypocritical? Sure, along with everyone else here. Never admit when he's made a mistake? I guess. I don't know. I can count the times I've watched Countodwn on one hand.

    Now, tell me, which is worse...honestly...KO never admitting he's wrong, or Bush never admitting he's wrong. The reason why I bring Bush up is because you seem to really have a problem with someone who is so self-deluded that they never admit it when they're wrong. And, if that's truly the case, you'd have to agree with me.

    Otherwise, you're just another mindless KO basher...

    It's ONLY bad when KO does it...everyone else gets a pass.

    Sounds a tad hypocritical when I put it like that, doesn't it?

    Class dimissed. But thanks for showing up. Good attendance is a critical component of learning. Especially with minds that are still developing.

    This guy knows my play book. Lets post it one more time.


    1. Make things up about the person you are attacking: It’s important to make your lies sound true. Preface your argument with the word “clearly.” “Clearly, The Skipper is a liar, an a--hole and a neo-con to boot.”

    2. Be an armchair psychologist: You’re a smart person. You’ve heard of Freud. You took a psychology course in college. Clearly, you’re qualified to psychoanalyze your opponent. “Wardmama, by using the word ‘zucchini’ in her posting, shows she has a bad case of penis envy.”

    3. Cross-post your flames everywhere: Every conservative blogger on the net is just waiting for the next literary masterpiece to leave your terminal! From the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiller Empire to VodkaPundit, they’re all holding their breath until your next flame. Therefore, post everywhere.

    4. Conspiracies abound: If everyone’s against you, the reason can’t *possibly* be that you’re a sh-thead. There’s obviously a conspiracy against you, and you will be doing the entire net a favor by exposing it.

    5. Lawsuit threats: This is the reverse of Rule #4 (sort of like the Yin & Yang of Flaming). Threatening a lawsuit is always considered to be in good form. “By saying that I’ve posted to the wrong group, Bertha has libeled me, slandered me, and sodomized me. See you in court, Bertha.”

    6. Force them to document their claims: Even if George Bush states outright that he likes tomato sauce on his pasta, you should demand documentation. If Newsweek hasn’t written an article on Bush’s pasta preferences, then Bush is obviously lying.

    7. Use foreign phrases: French is good, but Latin is the lingua franca of flaming. You should use the words “ad hominem” at least three times per article. Other favorite Latin phrases are “ad nauseum,” “veni, vidi, vici,” and “fettuccini alfredo.”

    8. Tell ‘em how smart you are: Why use intelligent arguments to convince them you’re smart when all you have to do is tell them? State that you’re a member of Mensa, or Mega, or Dorks of America. Tell them the scores you received on every exam since high school. “I got an 800 on my SATs, LSATs, GREs, MCATs, and I can also spell the word ‘neanderthal’ .”

    9. Accuse your opponent of censorship: It is your right as an American citizen to post whatever the hell you want to the net (as guaranteed by the 37th Amendment, I think). Anyone who tries to limit your cross-posting or move a flame war to email is either a communist, a fascist, or even worse ... a “neo-con”.

    10. Doubt their existence: You’ve never actually seen your opponent, have you? And since you’re the center of the universe, you should have seen them by now, shouldn’t you? Therefore, THEY DON’T EXIST! This is the beauty of Liberals’ logic.

    11. Don’t hold back: Lie, cheat, steal, leave the toilet seat up. Leave no stone unturned. Hate everything. Attack them all. As a last resort you may even quote heavy metal rock lyrics to justify your argument. Nine Inch Nails is good. Twisted Sister is better.

    12. When in doubt, insult: If you forget the other 11 rules, remember this one. At some point during your wonderful career as a Liberal troll you will undoubtedly end up in a flame war with someone who is better than you. This person will expose your lies, tear apart your arguments, make you look generally like a freaking retard. At this point, there’s only one thing to do: INSULT THE DIRTBAG!!! “Oh yeah? Well, your mother does strange things with vegetables.”

    "Otherwise, you're just another mindless KO basher...

    It's ONLY bad when KO does it...everyone else gets a pass."

    See the name at the top of this site?

    Olbermann watch. It's about the journalism of Keith Olbermann.

    It's not about Bush. Or Cheney. Or Obama. Or Kerry.

    You may want to change the topic away from the tendentious reporting of Olbermann. But in doing so you are implicitly admitting that his reporting is just that: tendentious.

    If you wish to discuss the failures of the Bush Administration, there are a thousand-and-one sites on the internet that have such discussions.

    This is not one of them.

    Even if you try to make it so, it's still not.

    If you can't defend Olbermann, just say so. Don't bring up sundry other issues that are not relevant to the subject of this site or the topic at hand.

    Toodle loo little child.

    Otherwise, you're just another mindless KO basher...

    It's ONLY bad when KO does it...everyone else gets a pass."

    And someone who believes that Bush has gotten a "pass" for his errors needs to get out more.

    OF COURSE, the errors by the Bush Administration are more serious than the errors by Olbermann. No one can seriously argue otherwise. Nowhere have I even intimated or suggested otherwise.

    But the topic on the table, the issue we're discussing is the reporting undertaken by Keith Olbermann.

    This isn't Bush watch.

    Why is this concept so difficult to comprehend?

    I love the fact that I no longer have to put up comments saying "This is OLBERMANN watch" not "[insert OlbyLoon villain here] watch".

    Thank you loyal readers!

    Wooooahhh!!! Bob!!

    We all thought this was about Keith and those high journalistic standards you swear to defend.

    Not about you.

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    I love the fact that I no longer have to put up comments saying "This is OLBERMANN watch" not "[insert OlbyLoon villain here] watch".

    Thank you loyal readers!
    Posted by: Robert Cox at May 9, 2007 8:44 PM

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    Oh come on...that was funny. I liked how Matthews is smiling the whole time as he sticks the knife in. Priceless.
    Posted by: Robert Cox at April 27, 2007 2:38 PM


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