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Keith Olbermann boasts that he is not politically biased. He calls his show a news hour, and fancies himself the reincarnation of Edward R Murrow. Clear thinking OlbyWatch readers know better. For the uninitiated, here's a graphic demonstration of the bias you find every day on OlbyPlanet.
Monkeymann works overtime to keep conservatives and Republicans from having a voice on The Hour of Spin (see: The List). He regularly highlights news favorable to his friends (liberals and Democrats) and spikes and/or diminishes stories that go the other way.
Yesterday, after a lengthy federal investigation, a multi-count indictment was returned against William Jefferson (D). On last night's Countdown, the phrase "culture of corruption" was never uttered in the brief snippet allocated to this news, though on The Hour of Spin it has been used well over a half dozen times referring to Republican lawmakers. In truth, the infamous deplorable Keith Olbermann has done his best to avoid the Jefferson story all along, while trumpeting every possible investigation, genuine or rumored, into Republicans.
We did a search through the A-Mess-NBC transcript archives to compare the attention KO has given to Jefferson (D) with that of an indicted Republican Congressman: Bob Ney. The results were instructive, but not unexpected.
Pre-indictment Olbermann references to the Bob Ney case:
Pre-indictment Olbermann references to the William Jefferson case:
The Ney investigation got nearly four times the attention that the Jefferson case did. More than that, actually, since three of those instances were extended reports and/or full segments about the case. By contrast, Olby didn't do any full segments or even extended reports on the Jefferson matter. He brought it up just twice. One of these was a passing mention with Ms Sloane of CREW. The other reference is an OlbyPlanet Klassic: the flap over the search of Jefferson's office was used as a frame to have Dana Milbank discuss a rumor that the FBI was investigating Dennis Hastert, and that's why Hastert was opposed to searches of Congressional offices! Yes, the famous Hastert indictment. It's coming any day now. Isn't that David Shuster standing outside the courthouse, waiting for the papers?
It sounds ridiculous now (come to think of it, it sounded ridiculous then, too), but it served its purpose--dilute the damage and divert from the investigation of a liberal. For months Olby all but ignored the allegations of corruption swirling around Jefferson, and never reported on the guilty pleas from his aides and others involved in the case. And when indictments came down, he made it a 60-second blink-and-you-miss-it footnote. After all, he was in a hurry. He had to leave time for Michael Musto.