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We now have official documentation that Olbermann is using parody sites for his "news" sources on Countdown. Of course we here at Olbermannwatch have long documented Olbermann's use of questionable blog sources for his "newscasts" and know that without Media Matters, Huffington Post, and Daily Kos, Olbermann wouldn't have any show material whatsoever. But until Thursday night, we had no idea that the writing staff at Countdown were so dumb they couldn't discern from what was a real news source and what was a parody website.
Let's go to the transcript! Olbermann reports:
First here are COUNTDOWN's top three newsmakers of this day. Number three, Fox television is trying to one-up CBS's "Kid Nation" reality show, you know, set up a Lord of The Flies thing and see if they really will kill each other. A mid-season replacement on the Fox Network next January, Kid Army; 40 children, aged seven to 15 training and planning a military mission all on their own. Well, it does sound like it will go better than Iraq.
One tiny problem however with that "source". Turns out it was from a parody site. Two commercial breaks later, Olbermann was forced to. . .gasp! Issue a retraction and apologize, to Fox!
And let's get a correction out of the way immediately here. In the newsmakers segment tonight, we included an item about Fox trying to top CBSâ€˜ show Kid Nation with something called Kid War. The source of that story turns out to be a satirical website. Somebody here didn't notice that. The ultimate responsibility for that falls to me. My apologies to Fox and to you for the lousy vetting.
This would not be the first time the brain trust over at MSNBC had difficulty detecting satire and parody. Only a few short weeks ago, MSNBC.Com was caught posting a story attributing a quote defending Michael Vick to the Rev. Al Sharpton, citing what they said was Sharpton's website.
In a story that MSNBC.com ran last Friday on how the legal troubles of disgraced NFL star Michael Vick are dividing African-Americans, Web site editors apparently fell hook, line and sinker for a parody Web site that made up a quote from the Rev. Al Sharpton. In the first version of the story that appeared on MSNBC.com, Sharpton was quoted as having written on his personal blog, "If the police caught Brett Favre (a white quarterback for the Green Bay Packers) running a dolphin-fighting ring out of his pool, where dolphins with spears attached to their foreheads fought each other, would they bust him? Of course not. They would get his autograph, complimenting him on tightly spiraled passes, then bet on one of his dolphins." In an updated version later in the day, MSNBC.com had retracted the quote and added this "correction" to its report. "An earlier version of this article quoted from a blog entry purportedly by the Rev. Al Sharpton. MSNBC.com has determined that the blog is a hoax." The correction also noted that Sharpton had in the past issued a statement condemning dogfighting. But the 24-year-old founder of the parody site Newsgroper.com, where the Sharpton parody first appeared, thinks that's a bit strong. "It's not right to call it a hoax," said Newsgroper founder Greg Galant. "We didn't put something on Sharpton's letterhead and mail it to them. "We label ourselves a parody and market ourselves as satire," he said. "They just made a mistake. I think they should be apologizing to their readers for reporting parody as fact."
But the best coda on this story is from my favorite Olbyloon, the psychotic and multi-named BerryBush, Tru, Orinenglish, Kathy, Dorrie, Psych101. You see, as we've reported here before, BerryBush aka the Loon of 1000 Names, tapes each and every Olbermann broadcast for her own little personal "archive". I guess she thinks the Smithsonian is going to knock at her door any day and beg for her collection. Witness the following meltdown where Berry loses it over the aforementioned Olbermann apology. Seems she thought that he'd go back and name a new "newsmaker" in the Midnight show, thereby deleting and retaping that segment of the show to cover his error. Naturally, Berry had to have BOTH versions of the broadcast for her "collection". And hilarity ensues.
I am so goddamned stupid, I can't get anything right.
Finally, an Olbyloon has seen the light! And provided ample explanation as to the mindset of his audience!
Before I take myself out back and shoot myself, did anyone catch the re-air last night? Did anyone see Keith's replacement Newsmaker? I set my machine to record it but despite VERY CAREFULLY CHECKING to see that the time I set on it was correct, I didn't get it. Then I look at the time set and it's set to FUCKING PM INSTEAD OF AM! I can't even tell you how angry I am. How many times do I have to look at something and see an A where there's a P...Anyone see it at all? I'm just curious.
Just curious? No dear, you passed the "just curious" stage a long time and are clearly in full-blown psychotic meltdown.
Sometimes I think I should just give up and throw all my recording equipment out the window. Other days I catch adorable things like Keith playing air guitar.
Oh yeah, that Keith, he's "adorable" isn't he? How low must this woman's standards me if she thinks Olbermann is a sex symbol? And Berry aka Loon of 1000 Names? If anyone knocks at your door for your "collection", trust me, it won't be the Smithsonian calling, it'll be the men in white suits with a straight jacket waiting just for you!