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It never fails. When the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has to feed his Olbsession, truth really doesn't matter. So it is with Herr Olbermann's latest smear: built on selective editing, and furnished with lies.
Keith dealt with a libel suit: a Boston Herald reporter misquoted a judge and lost the case. At one point, this reporter had appeared on the air with O'Reilly. Aha! Ripe material for another Olbermann hatchet job. In genuine Countdown fashion, Olby invited one side of the controversy (the attorney for the judge) but no one from the other side.
The thrust of this latest slander was that O'Reilly should have been sued for libel too because he put the reporter on the air to make his false statement (that the judge had told a rape victim: "tell her to get over it"). Olby runs a clip of O'Reilly asking the reporter
Are you absolutely, 100% sure that the judge said that the rape victim should get over it?
The reporter says yes. Olbermann goes on to suggest that O'Reilly is responsible for alleged death threats to the judge, and adds:
The crusade against a judge for saying something controversial that he never said, doesn't that really rise to a more deplorable crime than just libel. I mean, doesn't it border on reckless endangerment?
Is Olbermann telling the truth here? Not quite. The disputed statement was an aggravating aspect, but in fact O'Reilly's beef with the judge was that he sentenced a man who raped a 14-year-old girl to probation. Does it strike you as odd that this probationary sentence was never mentioned by either Bathtub Boy or the lawyer? Olby had no choice. In order to lie about the reason for Bill's crusade (a statement that was never made) he had to hide the real reason (probation for rapists) by making no mention of it. But it gets even better, as "Man on Fan" Olbermann asks:
Did O'Reilly ever apologize to the Judge?
The lawyer responded that he hasn't apologize or retracted his reporting. But wait, could it be that there's something else Edward R Olbermann isn't telling us? Yes it could!
That clip that Olby ran of O'Reilly with the reporter? It was very carefully edited. Edited to leave out this part:
Judge Murphy turned down our request for an interview, but he did tell "The Boston Globe," which competes against "The Herald," that he never said any such thing, and that he's the victim of intimidation.
Say what? O'Reilly asked the judge for an interview but the judge declined. More to the point, O'Reilly actually gave the judge's side of the story, including the fact that the judge adamantly denied making the controversial statement.
But Olbermann can't show that part of the tape. After all, how silly would he look demanding an apology from O'Reilly for telling both sides of a story? Instead KO just snips that out, pretends like Bill never said it, and presto! He has a nice, shiny new smear.
So an entire segment of The Hour of Spin is based on misrepresentation and lies. Olbermann and his parrot demand O'Reilly apologize based on a carefully edited slice of an interview, while they deliberately leave out O'Reilly giving both sides and reporting that the judge denied making the statement. Krazy Keith must really hate the concept of telling both sides of a controversy, because it has led him to serve up another irresponsible, propagandistic, hack smear job. It's Olbermann who owes an apology.