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You know, there for awhile we had hope for TVNewser after the announced departure of one Brian Setzer to the New York Times. We here at Olbermannwatch had long documented how that particular website has a long, undistinguished history of playing fast and loose with the facts, manipulating ratings data and otherwise misrepresenting the truth. Yesterday proved that the more things change, the more they remain the same, unless you are talking about articles posted at TVNewser which in case, one in particular was edited not once, not twice, but three times.
Said article was written by one Gail Shister, of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Now Ms. Shister and Mr. Olbermann have a certain, how shall we say, history? Back in March, Shister wrote the typical fawning MSM Olbermann whitewash but we here at Owatch noted that it had some glaring errors. Namely, Shister insisted that Olbermann was an only child. He's not. He has a sister. The Olbyloons were first to note the error. And they took it upon themselves to notify Shister of her error. The following exchange occured between said Olbyloon and Shister:
How odd. I wrote to Ms. Shister, and just now got back a response: "Dear Ms. Shister: Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the article about Keith Olbermann and COUNTDOWN in Sunday's Inquirer. I'm sure the faithful have already written in droves to let you know that he does in fact have a younger sister. Otherwise I thought it was a great piece. Thanks again!
Gail Shister's Reply?
"Hi: A younger sister? He told me to my face that he's an only child. Please xplain... Best gs "
Now Olbermann has mentioned existence of said sister in the Big Show book he co-authored with Dan Patrick, on Countdown, in an interview on C-Span, and on the now defunct ESPN Radio Show numerous times. But Shister insisted that Olbermann had told her he was an only child. Now naturally the Olbyloons were waiting, ready, and able to provide excuses as to why Olbermann lied straight-faced to Shister. And Shister was forced to issue a retraction a few days later. Recently it was announced that Shister had lost her plum assignment as TV/Radio writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and had been busted down to mere reporter. Shister has since been moonlighting on the side, contributing articles to TVNewser. And yesterday, she published an interview with Olbermann. Now you'd think that history would have taught Shister to check and recheck anything Olbermann told her right? Wrong.
Amazingly, the article underwent THREE rewrites after it was first posted at TVN. The first version, posted at 4:05 p.m. contained the following passages:
Olbermann, on vacation this week while he moves to a new apartment, has no plans to tone down anything in Sunday's Countdown, he says. Back to the moving thing. Despite Countdown's skyrocketing numbers and a daily gig on ESPN Radio, Olbermann says he left his current apartment because it was too expensive to buy when the building went condo. "I'm not a hedge fund trader or a meth dealer. I can't possibly afford to buy around here."
The article was edited yet again, as noted by our own Johnny Dollar.
"Olbermann says he left his Central Park South apartment because it was too expensive to buy when the building went condo."That bit was deleted and altered sometime between 4:30 and 5:00. The FINAL (?) version of the TVNewer piece was altered yet again to remove all mention of the move and of his fancy new East Side apartment.
Olbermann, on vacation this week, has no plans to tone down anything in Sunday's Countdown, he says.By the time the final version (?) of this much-altered TVNewer piece appeared, it's context had been stripped completely away, leaving some astute readers quite puzzled at competing tv news website, Inside Cable News, much confused. Noted one poster:
There was a lot of news a few months ago when he PURCHASED a $4Million apartment on the Upper East Side of NYC, in a Trump building no less. So what's this business about "renting" and "can't afford to buy"?In essence, the triple-editing at TVNewser left an article which didn't make much sense, and left the distinct impression that poor Olby was just barely getting by these days. Astute Olbermannwatch readers however know the real score on Olbermann's new digs at the Trump Palace, at 200 East 69th Street. His $4.2 million dollar, 40th floor apartment has been described as having a 31 and a half-foot-long living room, master bedroom and den, each with balconies, 360 degree views, plus a chef's kitchen, twin walk-in closets and two and a half marble bathrooms. Yeah, that poor Keith, couldn't afford to buy a decent apartment on the Upper West Side so he was forced to move to the "poor" side of the UES and live in what has been called one of Donald Trump's finest buildings. Poor thing. Let's take up a collection for him shall we? I bet the Olbyloons have already broken into their piggy banks to help out poor Mr. Olbermann.
But back to the fact-checking on the mysteriously triple-edited article. Let's ignore the whole "soaring ratings" bit, we all know that's a lie. Let's go back to Olbermann's rented apartment at 220 Central Park South which he insisted had gone condo and he couldn't "afford to buy there". The apartment didn't go condo. It's tenants were evicted, and the plans include demolishing the building and redeveloping the site! according to the NY Times.
What? KEITH OLBERMANN LIE????? Imagine that dear Olbermannwatch readers! But why one wonders, was all mention of Olbermann's move and the fancy new UES digs removed from the posting at TVNewser? We all know that TVNewser has a new "face" but is Keith Olbermann moonlighting in his spare time as an editor over at TVN?