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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    February 11, 2009
    Olbermann Repeats Phony, Disproven Quote Smearing Rupert Murdoch

    Bathtub Boy

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has a track record of lifting stories from blue blogs and reporting them as true. Fact-checking? Verification? Not required on OlbyPlanet!

    Olby's latest bit of rip 'n' read "journalism" happened Friday night. Olbermann Watch was first to report that Keith smeared Bill O'Reilly and Rupert Murdoch by rewriting what they said to fit his storyline. Bill O'Reilly did not state that NBC News is disgraceful, and Rupert Murdoch did not say that his company does not tolerate "facts".

    It's not like any of this is in doubt. We linked to the video of O'Reilly as well as the audio of what Rupert Murdoch actually said. But Edward R Olbermann can't be bothered with original sources when he can just rip 'n' read from his own blue blog. Our research on this story was analyzed by the nonpartisan News Cycle, who concluded:

    So, Olbermann Watch did indeed get it right, and Keith Olbermann and the Daily Kos, both of whom have advanced this story got it wrong.

    You would think that having been caught yet again smearing people with false information, a responsible journalist would correct his error. Instead, on Tuesday night's show, Herr Olbermann doubled down. That's right, he ignored the truth and repeated the false Murdoch quote again!...

    As Rupert Murdoch says of his own shop, 'We have never been a company that tolerates facts".

    Maybe Keith Olbermann got this wrong the first time due to sheer incompetence in not fact-checking a story he lifted from a blue blog--all that was required was to listen to the audio, and he didn't bother. But to repeat a quote after it has been proven false, just to smear Fox News? That's more than journalistic ineptitude. It's outright lying.


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (29) | | View blog reactions

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    Hey, Johnny!

    As you see by my post, I'm not sure what's going on at your site, but I'm glad you're out and about and not enmeshed in some time consuming personal business. God forbid... :D

    I'm sure you understand that to Olbermann it doesn't matter what Murdoch or O'Reilly actually said, anymore than accuracy matters when you're insulting Hitler.

    Hitler's bad enough to justify any charge and so are they.

    It's Olbermann's irony that he invariably most closely resembles the things he claims to despise, more than any of his enemies.

    I'm still here, Cece. Just dealing with some developments.

    It should be noted that, at least in my opinion, the "worse" segment indicates that Olbermann is well aware of his mistake re: the Murdoch quote and that this re-misquote was clearly intentional.

    In worse, Olbermann spouts off about Fox News reading a press release, including the typo, word for word, rather than investigating the facts presented in the press release to independently verify said facts were correct. He implies that by not verifying the source FOX has failed to meet an accepted journalistic standard. This, of course, makes FOX WPiW.

    Now, any person with a 1st grade intelligence level, including Olby, can see that what he was charging Fox of doing is EXACTLY what he did with the Murdoch quote. Now, Olbs knows that he is guilty of the same and not just on this issue. He knows he is wrong, but rather than own up to it, he repeats the misquote in a later segment in a na-na-na-boo-boo you can't get me sort of way.

    Thanks to Johnny, here is Jon Scott's apology just after noon (12:03 according to the video) on "Happening Now": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4JOd6KS7Zk

    The logo says "10:03 MT," which is 12:03 ET, and that's why I said "12:03 according to the video."

    Spud at ICN linked to our reportage: http://insidecablenews.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/revisonist-history/
    "This is ridiculous. The correct quote was “We have never been a company that tolerates fat”. ... Olbermann knows the original quote was wrong because the Countdown staff regularly monitors OlbermannWatch. We all know this. And yet Olbermann repeated the incorrect quote last night. I saw it live and thought, “Oh boy, here we go again.” I have to therefore infer that Olbermann doesn’t care if the quote is wrong and just wants to make hay to make Murdoch look bad. Problem is, too many people in the industry know now that the quote is wrong so only Olbermann ends up looking bad."

    If that's true, hello, "Countdown" staff. I used to be a fan of your guy, but I haven't been since 2006.

    Really they read this site? Andy Levy says MSNBC interns are the hottest, so the staff can't be all that bad either.

    If so hello ladies kthxbia!!

    OLBERMANN will retract and apologize! Get out tvnewser.com. Good job j$

    ALERT! A HuffPo writer claims to have a partial script for tonight's WPitW. And sure enough, Olbermann will use the "facts" misquote AGAIN!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/keith-olbermann-todays-be_b_166103.html

    Off topic. Ok, so we know that Olby and Howard Fineman hooked up at a gay/leftie gala last week to honor Olberman and his crybaby performances associated with prop 8. Fineman introduced the bloated performance artist and extolled his virtues that brought the house to it's feet with applause. This is what is bugging me today. I'm watching Fineman on 'Hardball'. You'd think someone would have taken Howard aside and told him to just wash that splash of orange color out of his hair, the remnants of previous dye jobs. I think his reasoning is that if he goes his natural grey overnight, the audience might know he's been faking it. Yikes. Howard, is there no "Queer Eye for the orange-splashed-hair Guy"?
    Come to think about , maybe he's sporting a " Dirty Olbermann". ahem.

    FYI you know that little girly fist-pump KO does with both hands when he get's all giddy with glee? Liek he did on Friday's WPitW...

    Well I spent 9000 hours in Photoshop to illustrate what that gestures means to me in my sick mind. I don't think i can post here or Flicker cause, well, hmm how to put this.... Google Bukkake :P

    I hate Keith Olbermann. Yes, "Countdown" staff, I said it. I'm playing into your hands, but I don't care. Keep in mind, though, that I am not an evil right-wing lunatic fringe water carrier that relies on Talking Points.

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/2/11/8142/22270

    Olbermann's own blog is turning on him. The topic is the autism attack, but the underlying issue is the now famous "olby rip and read"

    TVNewser contradicts HuffPo, says that Olby will tonight correct the fat/facts quote. However, no word about him retracting the doctored O'Reilly quote he also used.

    As I've pointed out in the past, I have Asperger Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We and our families do not need Keith Olbermann as our hero nor trashing us. Guess who donates to Autism causes? That's right: the eeevil O'Reilly. Keith doesn't kare about kids...unless they or his parents think like he does.

    Call me confused. Having just seen Johnny Dollars alert, I read the post and it appears there will be an apology tonight. Not for the Murdoch misquote/lie, however. He plans to apologize for maligning the British Autism Doctor that made worst person last night. It Olbermann just ripped the outlandish accusations from the Sunday Times and, amazingly, they were completely untrue.
    As far as repeating the Murdoch lie tonight, I didn't see that in the post. The commenter, not surprisingly, was happy to repeat the Murdoch lie with no mention that it has been proven such.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/keith-olbermann-todays-be_b_166103.html

    Fineman has lost all journalistic credibility. Surely he knows that Olberwomann never brought up any stories dealing with gays. He didn't start doing that until that 9:00 dude got her program. He's so desperate for rating, he's trying to reel in a few viewers from Maddow's show.

    Big ass Phoney

    Yeah, the HuffPo claims to have a script for tonight's WPitW, which includes this:

    The truth about the doctor's research may be in doubt here, but not Deer's vast conflict of interest nor the Times of London's journalistic malfeasance.
    The paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and it's my bad for forgetting his new motto: "We have never been a company that tolerates facts."

    However, that won't happen if tvnewser is right and Oralmann half apologizes for his Friday smears.

    I would not be surprised if tvnewser has it wrong. I could see Olbermann saying that he was wrong about the autism story and because Olbs tolerates facts, he'll correct it.

    Fineman has lost all journalistic credibility. Surely he knows that Olberwomann never brought up any stories dealing with gays. He didn't start doing that until that 9:00 dude got her program. He's so desperate for rating, he's trying to reel in a few viewers from Maddow's show.

    Big ass Phoney

    Dammit SB, quit double posting when I'm triple posting, lol j/k

    Well this might warrent a tune in tonight. MIGHT. I think I rather do something constructive and educational. Constructive as in watching BattleStar Galactica and educational as in watching BattleStar Galactica.

    After watching the episdoes of Baltar's trial I can't help but think that's how a Bush trial would go if Obama really wanted to go there. Which Pbama doesn't, but the crazy's, well jeesh ya. lol

    I refuse to tune in. It's "The Factor" all the way for me, as always (unless somebody's filling in).

    .....The truth about the doctor's research may be in doubt here, but not Deer's vast conflict of interest nor the Times of London's journalistic malfeasance.
    The paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch, and it's my bad for forgetting his new motto: "We have never been a company that tolerates facts.".....

    If Olbermann utters the above tonight, he will achieve a new level of despicable deception and self serving. Actually wrapping an apology in a blatant lie. Keith is more than happy to serve his loyal fans excrement on a platter, and they swallow it like it's Thanksgiving. Poor bastards.

    Besides loving The Factor, i didn't think I'd like Hannity's new show, but unlike my first taste of Countdown, Sean's show made a good first impression with me.

    I know he gets railed for his Hate Hannity Hotline, but it's funny as hell. Plus despite his conservative views he runs an honest show that's bipartison with the guests. I might have to tune in more. Just Cable gets the back seat as always behind network TV and DvD collections.

    If KO does correct the Murdoch quote tonight, then I think the Olbermann Watch community is entitled to a victory lap! Of course the chances that he will acknowledge that we forced him into it are Slim and None...and Slim just left town.

    If he repeats the smear as indicated in the HuffPo column and still retracts himself on the Murdoch lie, I imagine he could be using the false quote to lead himself into giving himself worser as a joke. Then Worst would be an all-out passive aggressive slam on Murdoch or O'Reilly.

    I'll check in later for all the developments. Meanwhile, I'll be watching American Idol on FOX.

    Keith claims the O'Reilly ripped off his set? Why would the man with the #1 rated show rip off the set of the man with the 3rd rated show? Keep exposing your man crush Keith. It's not like it has turned creepy yet.

    Keith claims the O'Reilly ripped off his set? Why would the man with the #1 rated show rip off the set of the man with the 3rd rated show? Keep exposing your man crush Keith. It's not like it has turned creepy yet.

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