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I was very interested in Kevin Holsinger's diary entitled Keith "M'Olby Dick", meet your Ahab. It is a very well-written article and makes quite a few interesting and accurate points not the least of which is that our post on how Katy Tur managed to land an on-air reporting gig with Channel 11 News here in New York. We used language in that post to describe her that I was definitely not comfortable with and have repeatedly considered removing. Maybe I will. Maybe about the time that Keith himself ceases to make the exact same type of tangential personal attacks on his "enemies" and THEIR FAMILIES.
Daily Kos/KingOneEye: Murdoch Unleashes O'Reilly, NY Post On Keith Olberman
Daily Kos/figurefive: Disgustingness from Rupert Murdoch and the NY Post
The posts on Kos really want to believe that MSNBC was telling the truth about Keith's taxes being in order with one diarist asserting that the Page Six report was based on on "an unverified tax story" - except that ANYONE even a Kossack can search the New York State database right now and see that the warrant is still outstanding. Not only is it verified but the information is readily available to anyone with a web browser.
My point is that, even assuming that everything they said is true (occasionally, they do make a legitimate attack), this isn't dedication, ladies and gentlemen. This is obsession. In and of itself, none of these things would amount to any significant problems. But when you have a "media watchdog" dedicated to watching just one person, and then the watchdog starts expanding its research...into items ridiculously unrelated to the offensive, political comments that started the watching, you have an obsession.
The fact is that every statement of fact we present is TRUE. We provide facts based on evidence in the form of transcripts, videos, audio, links to news sites, etc. We then offer opinion based on those facts. We have a comment section so those who disagree with out opinion can express that disagreement. We also welcome guest posts from a Pro-KO point of view. We always invite OlbyLoons to point out any statement of fact that Olbermann Watch that is untrue. We've never heard from them on this topic because when we say Keith said something we provide unequivocal proof.
When we say that New York State issued a tax warrant for Keith's company, that is true and supported with documents and real reporting. MSNBC's claims that the matter was "resolved", apparently accepted at face value by Olbypologist like Kevin, is false as anyone with a web browser can confirm by search the online New York State Tax Warrant database. When we say that Katy Tur was given a job at Channel 11 despite the fact that she clearly did not meet the minimum requirements for the job which Channel 11 advertised that is true. When we say that Keith's claim that he edited out a line from his recent "Shut The Hell Up/Cold-Blooded Killers" Special Comment is contradicted by his comments on Daily Kos that he did not edit the script at all except for a few adjectives and moving one sentence ("moving" not "removing") that's because it's true. When we say that Keith used the word "slut" in a report on Paris Hilton that is because it is true. When we say that Keith used the c-word to describe Ann Coulter that is because it is true.
Since we are scrupulously accurate and offer opinions with logic and forcefulness of thought, OlbyLoons like Kevin are left to cast stones like "stalking" and "obsession".
The OlbyLoons are often quick to declare "if you don't like Olbermann, don't watch!". I would suggest the same to Kevin and his fellow OlbyLoons. If you don't like Olbermann Watch don't read it. Kevin has rightly pointed out that stories from Olbermann Watch make their way onto national talk radio and newspapers and leading web sites like The Huffington Post. So, maybe his point is that even if he ignores OlbyWatch our stories still make their way out into the public consciousness so he is forced to deal with OW stories one way or another. The same could be said for Olbermann. The difference is that Olbermann is NOT scrupulous with the fact. He routinely airs false information on his show. Because that information comes in the forms of attacks against people that Kossacks do not like somehow that makes it OK.
The Kossacks, of course, miss the entire point of this site. The fact is that we have always welcomed PRO-Keith points of view and linked to PRO-KO sites or stories as we are doing in this post. The problem is that the PRO-Keith crowd, affectionately labeled OlbyLoons on our site, are largely unwilling to participate in discussions on this site and a few have engaged in the worst of trollish behavior. If Kevin or some of his readers wished they would be welcome to become commenters on this site and, so long as they operate within some fairly wide boundaries regarding taste and style and do not engage in troll-like behavior.
UPDATE: Even the Ultra OlbyLoons at Watching Olbermann Watch have resurrected their dopey little site.