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It was Friday when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann broadcast falsehoods. (Actually it's every day, but we're dealing with one particular example here.) As usual, he lifted them from a blue blog, didn't bother to fact check, and then put them on the air as "news". Unfortunately, his habit of parroting sites like Think Propaganda came back to bite him again, as Politifact exposed his blatherings as wildly, utterly false.
Herr Olbermahn was confronted about his laughable nonexistent fact-checking on Friday when, as we reported yesterday, he admitted he was utterly wrong and promised that the correction would come that night.
Friday. Monday. Now it's Tuesday, four days later. Edward R Olbermann could have corrected the false information and shown the merest modicum of journalistic ethics. Instead he chose to let the untruths stand without acknowledging or correcting them. If we give him the benefit of the doubt that originally he was merely lazy and inept in not checking the facts, he now knows what he said was untrue. And he's allowing it to stand. In other words, he's turned what may have been just another instance of his pitiable "journalistic" skills into an ongoing lie.
Perhaps Olbermann Watch will have sufficiently humiliated Keith Olbermann that he will slip a perfunctory correction into tonight's Hour of Spin. But we wouldn't suggest betting the house on that possibility. Keith Oralmann would rather be wrong, than do right.
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UPDATE: Our mistake, but we have an excuse. We checked the MSNBC transcripts for both Friday and yesterday, and there was no correction from Olbermann in either case. However, we didn't reckon with the incompetence of MSNBC's web team. Just go to the transcripts page and read the transcript for Friday, July 9. No correction, no mention of the gas/oil subsidies at all. Why is that? Because while msnbc.com claims it is the transcript for Friday July 9, it is in fact the transcript for Thursday July 8. The actual Friday transcript isn't posted at all!
KO did make a correction on Friday night, as politifact notes in their article. Our fault for assuming msnbc's website to be reliable. Our apologies to Keith. We correct our mistakes, and it's good to know that in this case, he did too. Now if he could just admit he was wrong about Lincoln's elections...