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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    February 12, 2009
    Rip 'n' Read Olbermann Gets It Wrong Again!

    Bathtub Boy

    If you thought the big news from last night's Hour of Spin was Keith's pseudo-apology for his Rupert Murdoch quote, think again. It's what happened just before his weasly correction, where he makes the exact same mistake--lifting information from a blue blog without bothering to verify its accuracy.

    The "apology" itself was pathetically limp attempt to blame a website (the one extensively quoted by Olbermann's blog, The Daily Kos) for the error:

    Turns out got it wrong, Murdoch in fact said 'we've never been a company that tolerates fat.' has yet to correct or apologize for its mistakes, so we will.

    That's nice, Olby. But how about apologizing for your own mistake: not even bothering to listen to the audio for yourself? Still, the supreme irony in all this is that just before this spineless self-serving apologia, Edward R Olbermann committed the exact same sin: lifting a story from a blue blog and presenting it as true, without bothering to fact-check or verify.

    This time the blog source was Huffington Post, and to say that Keith did another "rip 'n' read" job would be like saying American Idol is an obscure tv show struggling to find its audience. You won't believe just how recklessly wrong Oralmann was until you read this meticulous blow-by-blow destruction from a physician/scientist who actually knows what he is talking about. A few quotes to whet your appetite:

    • Stick a fork in Keith Olbermann. He's done....
    • Olbermann let himself be played like a fiddle...
    • Kirby played on Olbermann's hatred of Rupert Murdoch, inducing him to embarrass himself so completely and utterly that I can never--ever--take Olbermann seriously again...
    • Because he hates Murdoch so much, Olbermann slimed an excellent journalist, Brian Deer, who brought to light something that desperately needed to be brought to light...
    • Olbermann lapped up David Kirby's talking points like a dog lapping up spilled gravy, and then let his emnity with Rupert Murdoch undermine what little critical thinking skills he has left by parroting nonsense...
    • Worse for Olbermann, he didn't even bother to check whether the key talking point he had been fed by Kirby, namely that Deer had made the complaint against Wakefield to the GMC, was in fact true....
    • If Olbermann can be so completely and utterly pwned by a propagandist like David Kirby, he is nothing....
    • Olbermann was completely wrong, and Kirby's claim that Brian Deer initiated the complaint is a lie--a lie that Olbermann mindlessly parroted.

    To understand the full impact of Keith's pitiful performance, please read the entire article. It confirms everything we've been saying for years about Keith "Rip 'n' Read" Olbermann.

    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (21) | | View blog reactions


    It's been a rough week for bathtub boy. My guess is tonight he'll focus his WPitW schtick on stuff he can find on the front page of the NY Times. But then again, BOR got labled a sexist and an ageist last night so maybe he might bite at that since Bill raised his voice to that fine lady he had on. In fact I might have just given Countdown the scoop on that, we seem to be unofficial newsfinders for them.

    And by front page of the Times I'm suggesting if KO rips-in-reads blog's without digging deeper, who's to think he could actually read an entire newspaper.

    I missed the apology. Was Jimmy Legs "sorry" or "dreadfully sorry"?

    Olbermann is another flash in the pan. I saw his acceptance speech from the gay & lesbian HRC dinner just now, it's on the YouTubes, and it looks like it too went over like a lead blimp. Please do not waste the 12 minutes of your life watching it, but if you fast forward to the last 2 minutes he manages to say todays gay & lesbians are suffering the same as slaves in the 1800s b/c the law did not recognize the validity of these types of marriages.

    So, Olby sent over his script to the Huffington Post before it aired.

    Speaking from experience, a journalist should NEVER send copy of his or her report to a third-party source. This is the equivalent of Olby seeking feedback and approval from the Huffington Post for his story, and just proves how much in bed he is with these people.

    Olbermann is clearly wafting in the wind without an anchor, and God knows an anchor is certainly what Olbermann is not.

    Just this morning,in what can only be a tragedy of timing for the inept "news anchor", the U.S. Court of Claims ruled in favor of those who see Olbermann as a complete tool. Serendipity!
    Remember, piling on is unseemly.


    Surely, the staff of Countdown have got to have some type of journalistic background. I also imagine that many of them are young and will pursue this field for the rest of their lives. Do they even realize that by staying on the Minister of Propaganda's staff, their careers are going to become tarnished? Even Olberwomann's allies are beginning to understand that this guy is a hack and an embarressment to the news field. If his staff were smart, they'd start jumping ship now while they still have a bit of respect as "journalist" and before the single word on a future application- Countdown- becomes a Scarlet Letter for the rest of their lives.

    As a humanitarian service to those Countdown staff who visit this site, I think that my previous statement should have its own thread so those staff members will have no problem seeing such a Public Service Announcement. Needless to say, those of us at OW are only interested in their personal well-being.

    You are correct. There are not that many second chances in that business once you have your name associated with someone's program and that someone gets widely discredited even by his supporters. I always felt and posted here in the past that he would implode sooner or later. That is his history. If we keep the pressure on, we will do our part to hurry that event.

    Do you guys miss anything? Good for you.

    SB_Mich brings up an excellent point. I'm a young guy who used to be a sports reporter (yeah I know it's not hard news but the ethics are the same) and I cringe at the lack of journalism ethics in this country. I feel bad for the people in the business who believe in finding the truth but it's more likely that someone who works at MSNBC buys into the big joke. Especially Olbermann, he can't take opposing views on his show so I doubt he takes it when he's, ahem, "preparing" for a show.

    I hope I'm wrong.

    Olbermann will really lay in to Judd Gregg tonight as his blog/ Countdown source has already begun to do so. Speaking of his blog, what's up with all the Kos creeps using their real names now? Olbermann was the first person to not hide behind a screen name/ handle, that's for sure but now the rest are following. I also noticed they have dailykosTV channel on YouTube now-no surprise it can play msnbc clips without a problem. Anyway, I wonder if they are trying to become another huffington post? Will Robert Gibbs issue kos press credentials soon? We used to joke around here about MSNBC partnering w/ dailykos but now it looks like it may actually happen. Both rip-n-read from each other all day, might as well make it official.

    Wait a minute, didn't Youtube take down OW videos because they were political? Now they're letting the right hand (or shall I says left hand) of the Ministry of Propaganda post clips?

    Its total bullshit

    I noticed that some of the OW videos have been reposted here through Eyeblast.

    Maybe the Kos Kids are using their real names in hope to build trust with KO so when they come up with "crediable " news stories for him he knows they aren't setting him up cause they use a moniker.

    In other news I wouldn't know anything about that ??????

    There must be limit on post length. I rarely post more than a paragraph or two, so this is the first time I've encountered this. I'll edit it down and try again...

    The comment thread over at ORAC's site today is quite interesting. Cudos to Gideon539 for planting the OW flag. Here's a sampling...

    Surprised?nope, this is standard issue Oralmann... the guy is a baseball card collector playing a newsman on TV.
    Anyone who ever takes a single thing this guy says at face value should have their head examined.
    Nightly reports/corrections of Oralmann's lies, plagiarism, and propaganda can be found at:
    Posted by: Gideon539 | February 12, 2009 1:33 PM

    Gioden: Olbermann watch is a hate website. It was started by a gossip guy named Bob Cox who hated the fact that he got caught in a lie by Olbermann. That site bashes Olbermann not watch or keep his feet to the fire. If it comes from that site like Johnny Dollar, News buters, and Olbermann Watch and it is about Olberman, Olbermann is correct and those sites are not.
    Posted by: history | February 12, 2009 1:43 PM

    Stick a fork in this author he is done, because he and the his followers want smear people like Olbermann and the guy from huhgington post and Robert Kenndy JR. Then talk about the facts. This is a smear piece not a factual piece.
    Posted by: histroy | February 12, 2009 1:46 PM

    history, your precious Olbermann just got busted for reporting spoon fed talking points. This offense by his own words qualifies him as the third Worst Person in the World - as he handed out to the night of the original Wakefield broadcast. Take it up with him if you do not like the assessment, he made the rules.
    Posted by: ababa | February 12, 2009 1:50 PM

    Of course OlbermannWatch is a hate site. The only one I ever go to. Oralmann should be hated by everyone who values journalistic ethics, research, and knowledge of what goes on in the world....Gideon539

    Of course OlbermannWatch is a hate site. The only one I ever go to. Oralmann should be hated by everyone who values journalistic ethics, research, and knowledge of what goes on in the world....Gideon539

    I STRONGLY disagree with the entirety of that statement.

    History seems like Patrick.

    Sorry, I could not wade through the beginning crap in the article. The guy who writes the article spends the first paragraph cowardly & pompously attacking Rush, Sean, and Bill to keep his liberal cred. Olbermann has never been truthful of honest and anyone who thought he ever was is a convicted liar. This guy's article is the equivalent of saying "gee I use to like Adolf Hitler until he started killing all those Jews".

    "History" is not the person I disagree with.

    I meant the first History, the one that stood up for Keith.

    Factor, I read the whole thing and the author repeated KO's lie, that he seems to have at least admitted, about Murdoch fat/fact.

    How ironic. In a long, long piece criticizing everyone else for not doing journalistic due diligence he rips and reads in the finest tradition of Olby.

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