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UPDATE: Thanks to The Blaze for some grade-A linkage and a great post with S.E. Cupp's reaction on this morning's Glenn Beck radio program.
UPDATE UPDATE: Special thanks to Keith Oralmann himself, who tweeted a link to this post to his credulous followers. KO has always been an Olbermann Watch reader, and it's good to know he still comes here for his Olby updates even while he sits by himself, out of work, with only his bathtub to console him.
When the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann attacked Red Eye the other night, we knew the blowback would be coming. Host Greg Gutfeld delivered the smackdown, and ombudsman Andy Levy followed up with a few parting shots:
Yes this is your Wednesday thread to recap The Hour of Spin. But tonight we have a special bonus: dramatic readings from the blue blog outrage over the Blago scandal! Since we know the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann uses blue blogs as news sources, consider this a window into the sort of diseased dementia that informs Monkeymann's 'newscast' night after night...
Claiming to speak for those affected by the attacks on 9/11, Keith apologized to his viewers for his own network's decision to air the video. Words cannot do justice to the sickening hubris of Olbermann in display here so just watch the video. Comments welcome.
UPDATE: Olby hints that this will be the subject of further comment (i.e. another Special Education Komment):
You know, previously these folks have gotten me pretty annoyed. Now, however, I'm mad.... Reading your great points here not only leavens my mood a little bit after this unexpected confrontation with propaganda makes me think that I might revisit this next week.
On his final show from Denver, Joe Scarborough could not help but get in one last jibe at Keith Olbermann, mocking KO for praising Hillary's convention speech as a "grand slam".
I don't know how I missed this show at the time but The History Channel did an informative, fascinating account of Keith Olbermann's early life and career. Fortunately, someone uploaded an abridged version to You Tube. Parts of it, especially Keith's "family problems" go a long way towards explaining some of his more outrageous antics on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
The video comes from the video vault of Fleetwood Factor.
Controversy now swirls over Keith Olbermann's written statement (he didn't bother to interrupt his vacation with Katy to actually appear on camera) of condolences over the death of Tony Snow:
It might surprise many at all political points, but while we could not have disagreed more on policy, we were in frequent contact, even during his days as Press Secretary...
The MSNBC blowhard...is now inventing a friendship with former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.... But a true friend of Snow's says Olbermann had "no relationship with Tony, at all." In fact, Olbermann named Snow his "Worst Person in the World" on Jan. 9, 2007, accusing him of lying about President Bush's 2003 "mission accomplished" speech. Olbermann hissed, "You're just baldfaced lying. You were hired to lie . . . We're not all third-graders out here." A rep for Olbermann didn't get back to us.
Do you think that Keith, who didn't even bother to interrupt his time off, was really Tony Snow's best bud? Let his own words answer the question. Here, culled from the Olbermann Watch video vault, is Keith Olbermann's Tribute to Tony Snow:
Note: See here for a compilation of genuine tributes to and reminiscences of Tony Snow.
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On Monday, Keith Olbermann presented a 12 minute video which purported to find nefarious connections between news related to the war on terror and seemingly unrelated events such as political debates, testimony on Capitol Hill, and tornadoes. The "connections" - so tenuous, to idiotic, so disjointed, that Olbermann's montage seems a parody of itself - were too much even for CBS News which said Olbermann had "squandered" his "earned media capital". Perhaps the worm is slowly turning as actual journalists begin to examine more closely the closeted summer-stock thespian playing the role of "informed reporter" and "news icon" over at NBC News' cable channel.
Because the entire segment ran for 16 minutes and YouTube files are limited to 10 minutes we've broken the video into three parts: the intro/conclusion, the first set of "links" and the second set of "links". All three videos follow...
Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy - 01
This is the intro/conclusion video
Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy - 02
This is the first set of "links"
Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy - 03
This is the second set of "links"
First, I want to thank the Anonymous Commenter who encouraged me to go back and look at Keith's comments on Wednesday. I only wish I had looked sooner. My bad. The good news is Anon was Spot On...
Watch as Keith Olbermann flat out lies in order to excuse Rosie O'Donnell calling U.S. troops in Iraq terrorists then twists HIS lie into a slap at Fox News for CORRECTLY reporting what O'Donnell said.
First, the OlbyLie...
OLBERMANN: Last week Miss O'Donnell said, quote, 650,000 people have died in Iraq. Who's the terrorists? It seems like an obvious reference to President Bush, but not on Fox noise, which decided she meant American troops.
What was actually said...
O'DONNELL: I haven't -- I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?
HASSELBECK: Who are the terrorists?
O'DONNELL: 655,000 Iraqis -- I'm saying you have to look, we invaded --
HASSELBECK: Wait, who are you calling terrorists now? Americans?
O'DONNELL: I'm saying if you were in Iraq, and the other country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?
HASSELBECK: Are we killing their citizens or are their people also killing their citizens?
O'DONNELL: We're invading a sovereign nation, occupying a country against the U.N.
By now you all know that Rosie O'Donnell's swan song at The View came three weeks earlier than planned
Keith Olbermann laughs as he repeatedly plays a video of a small child kicked in the head, flipped head-over-heels, and landing face first on concrete. Even Olbermann supporters are turning on Keith over this one.
Several weeks ago, when Keith Olbermann denied porn star Mary Carey's statement to Leslie Gold, FREE-FM's Radiochick that Olbermann left her a "rambling" message asking her out on a "date" we asked Why is Keith Olbermann Lying About Porn Star Mary Carey?.
In a racy interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel, Mary Carey offers advice to Paris Hilton - rent her "girl-girl" videos and "warm up" to her "jailmates" - before expressing her disappointment that unlike Keith Olbermann who called her for a date, Cavuto has never hit on her.
TVNewser: Carey To Cavuto: "Why Don't You Call Me?" - of course, Brian dutifully turns the issue into an attack on Fox News rather than address the back story to her comments about Olbermann. Anyone surprised?
Keith Olbermann makes his much anticipated (by him) appearance on Family Guy in the aptly named episode "It Takes A Village Idiot (and I Married One)". Rumor has it the name of Olbermann's character is an homage, in part, to the Managing Editor of Olbermann Watch.
When Lois runs for mayor of Quahog to stop illegal dumping by the evil Quahog Oil Company, she isn't the front-runner until she "dumbs down" her political views by repeating "9/11" over and over. Once in office, she's corrupted by the power and starts accepting bribes so that she can buy herself expensive trinkets. Meanwhile, Peter's enjoying being the "first lady" and all of the perks that go along with it. Olbermann plays Bob Groosebeard, the head of Quahog Oil. Keith's character co-opts Lois by buying her a fur coat. Lois has a change of heart about her political career.
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC news anchor and co-host of the news channels recent coverage of the Democrat and Republican presidential debates, said in a speech Thursday "the people who are defending us" against the threat of terrorist attack are misguided or overzealous or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder". Olbermann drew nervous laughter for his remarks mocking law enforcement officials. Olbermann was speaking at the annual AAN Awards luncheon hosted by the Association of Alternative Weeklies in Manhattan. Olbermann received an award named for the late Molly Ivins.
This is the second time in three days that Olbermann has mocked efforts of law enforcement officials who arrested six men for allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack at a military base in New Jersey. On the Wednesday telecast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he derided the efforts of law enforcement official in rounding up suspects dubbed the "Fort Dix Six", saying "the FBI arrested six 'morons'".
In his speech to the newspaper trade group, Olbermann said,
I sit there with no doubt that there's a threat. I have no doubt that there are terrorists. I have no doubt that many of the motivations of the people who are defending us against these things are absolutely sincere and many of them are at worst misguided or overzealous or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
NOTE: We could have just as easily commented on Keith comparing himself to a firefighter rushing in to rescue people from a burning building, whining about being "attacked in every almost every imaginable way personally" or that he is "still waiting for somebody to come back with a rebuttal to the facts that I have tried to elucidate" but calling our troops "misguided, overzealous" and mentally ill was so obviously the low point in an otherwise shameful speech we had to lede with Keith disparaging the troops.
A full transcript follows.
TRANSCRIPT OF "IVINS AWARD" ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY KEITH OLBERMANN
While most people in broadcast and mainstream print media, I think, suspended their disbelief for a period of time after 9/11 for the most patriotic and important of reasons there was a danger of some sort facing the country, there was a government in power, we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. It became very evident, very shortly that this was not supposed to be a temporary arrangement but a permanent one and it is probably the only way out of the maze that we all find ourselves in to follow the bread crumbs left by alternate weeklies, monthlies, the blogs, the people who had some anger and some doubt and whereas they suspended their disbelief to some degree the same way we did, did not have to do so so publicly I guess is the best way to phrase it. I didn't plan to do this work or become eligible for the first Molly Ivins Award and it is overwhelming to me that I received it. It really was one of those circumstances I've used this analogy before I'll use it again. You're at a firefighters convention the building next door catches fire and everybody around you says you know I would go in there to the third floor and I'd bring seventeen trucks in for... well... no, no, no... you bring in fourteen trucks from over here go in through the fourth floor and you're standing there and you say are you going to go in and get the people out of the building and as they continue their technical discussion...you wind up saying "ahhhoom...I get it, I'm going into the building. I hope I'm good at it." Fortunately, my grandfather was a firefighter so the analogy is kind of apt and I just went in to see what would happen knowing that I might not get out, that there's enough power to the behind the people to whom we're trying to speak truth to know that it is very distinctly possible that you might not get out of that building but I thought "what the hell" to quote Archibald Cox if it worked great if not well at least I went down for a good reason so the only thing I can say this is testimony to is the necessity for everybody at every level of the media to think. Now this would seem to be a fairly evident, self-evident concept to sit there and think when you have a news story in front of you but apparently it isn't. I use to. I will use as an example for you this latest story about the current "terror plot" unquote to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey, posed as pizza delivery men, were going to shut off power and who decided to train and take videos of themselves in the Poconos and then have the video transfered to DVD at Circuit City. Anybody in the room see anything less than terrorizing (laughter), terrible in the plot or the individuals mentioned therein, anybody else but me see that and literally that's it, that's the whole thread, if it doesn't add up it's incumbent on all of us to just say you know the math just doesn't work here. I sit there with no doubt that there's a threat. I have no doubt that there are terrorists. I have no doubt that many of the motivations of the people who are defending us against these things are absolutely sincere and many of them are at worst misguided or overzealous or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder perhaps but still when we look at it we need to set aside the fear we might have, any anxiety, just look to see if there isn't something that doesn't add up. So several times last year these things came out in the form of "special comments" and I think it was prudent to show a short clip because I believe that one is nine minutes long. (laughter) I have to go find out if I have a broken foot or not at about one o'clock so I have to begin to wrap this up already...if we had shown the whole special comment here I don't think either you or I would have been able to say anything here. But as I said it's an extraordinary honor. Molly Ivins is a cross-over icon I would say would be the best description did all forms of media, the sort of person...another way I'd like to emulate her I think if I have...I don't recall her facts ever being attacked. I recall her being attacked which is something I got to experience in the last eight to ten months which i I have been attacked in every almost every imaginable way personally and I'm still waiting for somebody to come back with a rebuttal to the facts that I have tried to elucidate so I thank you greatly for the recognition and greatly for your work. It is, it may seem to some degree that you are hitting your head against the wall at sometimes when it comes to the mainstream media but as I've heard from so many of my colleagues jeez I wish I wish I could say what you said or something like it and I say well then you'll get an opportunity at some point to say something like it go out and do it maybe one second out of your year or one paragraph out of what you write but the opportunity will arise so that the those of us who've had that sense of banging our reads against the wall members of your organization included remember each time you do it you knock another brick out of place and make it easier for the next guy to get through so thank you kindly. I will treasure this. (applause)
Ever wonder who these OlbyLoons really are? BandanaSpin has the goods on Bill O'Reilly who is an "ass". No Spin Zone "my butt". MSNBC and Keith Olbermann "kick ass". YouTube is full of "asinine" comments from O'Reilly. Are we starting to detect a theme here. BandanaSpin is either a proctologist or a deep-seated fetish for men's behinds.
Keith Olbermann derisively dismissed the arrest of six men in an alleged terror plot to kill U.S. troops stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey, choosing to portray the news as an attempt by the Bush administration to "terrorize" Americans with phony threats"
OLBERMANN: And one other note today. The ultimate premise of the war in Iraq and the ultimate premise, certainly, of the Republican presidential campaign ahead, counterterrorism. The FBI claims it has broken up a plot to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey. The flaw, though, in the breathless reporting of the purported terror cell, the bureau infiltrated the six-person group after its members took video of themselves practicing with assault weapons, brought the tape to a photo store, and had it transferred to a DVD.
The details of the supposed plot don't seem to hold together that well either, though that did not stop extensive and entirely credulous coverage on TV, the Internet, in print today. The men supposedly had plans to gain access to the base disguised as pizza delivery guys, then cut the power somehow, they, quote, "hit four, five, or six Humvees and light the whole place, and retreat without any losses." And take the tape of yourselves practicing and have it copied at PhotoMat. In other words, the FBI has arrested six morons.
Olbermann appears to believe that the arrests were part of a hoax perpetrated by the FBI at the behest of the Bush Administration, the Republican Party and the Guiliani campaign - all enabled by a "credulous" media. From the safety of his anchor desk, Keith "knows" the plot was not real, that there was no actual threat, because the suspects were "morons".
Keith conveniently ignores that just a few weeks ago there was a deranged "moron" who, acting alone, killed over 30 people with just two handguns. Zacharrias Moussoui was caught before he could carry out the 9/11 attacks because he was such a "moron" that he told flight instructors he only wanted to learn how to take off - yet 19 other "morons" killed close to 3,000 people. The 1993 World Trade Center bombers were such "morons" that one of them went back to the Ryder rental office to claim his deposit on the truck used to blow up the Tower One parking garage - after they had killed six people and injured over 1,000. A border patrol agent prevented the Millennium Plot because one of these "morons" was caught with a cache of explosives in the trunk of his car. A transatlantic flight did not explode over the ocean because Richard Reid was such a "moron" that he was unable to light the fuse for the bomb in his shoe before being tackled by an alert passenger and a flight attendant.
Apparently Keith Olbermann wants a new government policy to limit its investigations to terrorists with SAT scores over 2,000 and a 3.4 GPA.
All we can say is that it requires a special degree of malice to believe that any time a terror attack is successful its the U.S. officials who are the "morons" but when these same officials prevent an attack its just a scam to "terrorize" Americans cooked up by the Bush administration in cahoots with law enforcement officials and "the media" to arrest "morons" who are never a "serious" threat. Oh, except when the terror attack is directed at Keith Olbermann. In those cases, any threat - even laundry detergent shoved into an envelope - is so important that "journalists" must take to the airwaves to denounce anyone who does not take the threat as seriously as he and blame everyone who does not share Keith's political agenda.
Keith Olbermann explains the Second Amendment but leaves out the part where the "Bill of Rights" is adopted as a check on Federal power as part of an agreement to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
underline added for emphasis
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Keith did a segment last night based on a New York Times story entitled Deal Is Offered for Chief's Exit at World Bank which begins:
Leading governments of Europe, mounting a new campaign to push Paul D. Wolfowitz from his job as World Bank president, signaled Monday that they were willing to let the United States choose the bank's next chief, but only if Mr. Wolfowitz stepped down soon, European officials said.
True enough but what the rest of the article makes clear is that two of the major issues raised by Keith in his segment - European opposition to Wolfowitz and the long-standing policy of the U.S. President choosing the head of the World Bank - are old issues. What's really going on here is an attempt to use confusion over imprecise instructions given to Wolfowitz to carry out grudges against one of the key players in the Iraq War.
Despite Keith's best efforts to obscure the issues involved we were able to pull some truth out of the segment and set it to music.
"Olbermann Unscripted" provided its share of OlberBloopers, as Keith Olbermann demonstrated once again that once you take away his script he brings little to the table but is always good for a laugh - at his expense - as Gene Robinson and Chris Matthews demonstrate.
On the afternoon before the first GOP debate, White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asked Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow for reaction to MSNBC having Keith Olbermann co-host MSNBC's pre-debate and post-debate coverage of the event. Tony graciously side-stepped the question. The Republican Party, however, must take a closer look at the issue after the utterly deplorable, viciously negative jihad waged against Republicans by Keith Olbermann and his crew. As a site the wallows in the mire that is Keith Olbermann's brand of psuedo-journalism even we found ourselves shocked at Olbermann's behavior and saddened to witness the further debasement of a once proud broadcast news division.
After the debate on Friday, the Associated Press asks Can Keith Olbermann straddle the line between news and opinion?. To AP's credit they are at least asking a question the GOP should have asked BEFORE Thursday. In fact, this is the first MSM story we have seen that has even asked the question whether it is appropriate for Keith Olbermann to be co-hosting MSNBC's election coverage given his strident, anti-GOP credentials. It's about time MSNBC be recognized for what it is - a propaganda outlet for the Democratic Party. I am not recommending that Republicans emulate the Democrats who ran away from a debate sponsored by Fox News Channel with their tails between their legs but its time to start calling a spade a spade. And I sure hope some friend can take Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan aside and ask them just how badly they need that check from NBC to willingly be part of the journalistic farce that MSNBC has become.
As the AP article makes clear, the people running MSNBC are PART OF the problem.
Olbermann knows to leave his opinions at home when he anchors events, said Phil Griffin, NBC News senior vice president. "Keith's an adult," Griffin said. "He can tell when it's appropriate to express himself in a commentary and when to be a journalist. That's one of his strengths. He knows exactly the tone and his role when he's doing anything."...For the most part, he introduced interviews and questioned MSNBC analysts on their own opinions of how the debate went.
Really? Take a look at this montage of clips from the pre-debate and post-debate telecast on MSNBC. Keith goes negative from the opening bell, the debate is teased as a chance to watch a "live on stage" meltdown of support for President Bush, Chuck "anti-war war hero" Hagel who has zero support among the Republican base is positioned as a "shadow" looming over the debate, Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented as object lesson for Republicans because he has governed as a "moderate", Andrea Mitchell joins the KO chorus claiming Rudy Guiliani "has very little to commend himself" other than his persona as "America's mayor connected to 9/11", the first question from Keith to the handful of candidates willing to sit still for an interview with Olbermann (Brownback, Huckabee, Tancredo, Hunter) is "were you making a veiled criticism of President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq" (answer each time was "no"). It's worth noting that none of the major candidates agreed to be interviewed by MSNBC.
The full nature of this absolutely disgraceful performance comes about 4 minutes into this clip when Keith runs a scripted piece called "Redefining Conservatism" which asks "what the heck is conservatism" (as if Keith is the guy to ask) and takes as axiomatic that all Republicans are conservatives (so much for libertarians, moderates, cloth-coat Republicans, Lincoln Republicans, northeast Republicans, or even Reagan Democrats or southern conservative Democrats). Incredibly, Keith actually appears to be pining for the good old days of Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign and favorably quotes Grover Norquist.
The nadir of the coverage appears about 4 minutes into the video montage below - the insertion of the infamous video of a 100-year old woman being beaten mercilessly by a mugger as Keith reads "today after six years of self-professed conservative leadership violent crime is on the rise". The message from the prepared piece is clear: when he is not busy killing our troops and putting Americans in concentration camps, President Bush is beating up old ladies in the hallway.
Now, what was that Phil Griffin was saying about Keith knowing to "leave his opinions at home when he anchors events". Uh....yeah, right.
Video: 7 min 30 sec
Having Olbermann anchor _ as he will continue, with Matthews, for big political nights throughout the campaign _ is the MSNBC equivalent of Fox News Channel assigning the same duties to O'Reilly. Fox has never done that, perhaps mindful of the immediate controversy that would result. Fox has tried to differentiate between its news operation and its prime-time opinion shows, even as its critics believe strongly that's bunk. In this case, MSNBC doesn't try to separate news and opinion people, even as it tries to separate news and opinion. "We're not hiding from it," Griffin said. "We're saying he can do both."
As Chris Matthews would say..."Ha!"
As this gem from the Countdown to the Debate pre-show for the GOP Debate at the Reagan Library goes to show, "Olbermann Unscripted" rarely disappoints. Watch as Keith, terrified to be in the prescence of the worst terrorists in the world (Republicans), resorts to the old "airplane propeller to the deck of cards" analogy.
Video Clip Length: 22 seconds
In a classic bit of Olbypocrisy, Keith Olbermann celebrates the four year anniversary of the declaration of the end of major combat operations in Iraq by first declaring that the mission WAS accomplished....then "counting" at the end of the broadcast as usual.
What is a Keith Olbermann conservative? Is there any such thing? As we have noted previously, the simplest way to understand Olbermann is to realize that he does not tell lies on Countdown. ALL he does on Countdown is tell lies. Every sentence is a carefully woven piece of propaganda that is infested with lies. The entire presentation of information by Keith is one big lie tied to together by lots of little ones
Last night I found myself particularly taken with how Olbermann attempted to present Philip Giraldi as a conservative on his program. Keith introduced and "great thanksed" Giraldi as a "former CIA agent" and contributor to "American Conservative" magazine. Throughout the interview, the caption beneath Giraldi read "American Conservative" magazine. All part of Keith's "even conservatives" no longer support Bush or the Iraq War meme.
I do not know much about Giraldi except that he wasn't booked on Countdown to offer dissent from the Olbermann party line. I could not find any mention of Giraldi's appearance on the American Conservative magazine web site but I did not find such a mention on the far-left site, Anti-War.com. Seems somewhere between working at the CIA and writing for Pat Buchanan (American Conservative is a Buchanan enterprise) Giraldi has been spending his time actively involved in the anti-War movement, working as a contributor to the online magazine of the Randolph Bourne Institute. The RBI bills itself as a non-profit educational entity promoting a non-interventionist foreign policy for the United States as the best way of fostering a peaceful, more prosperous world.. The primary purpose of the "RBI" appears to be running Anti-War.com because, according to SourceWatch, the RBI web site has not been updated since 2002 and they do not seem to do much else.
Giraldi is or was a partner in Cannistraro Associates which produces IntelligenceBrief. OlbyLoons will surely remember Vincent Cannistraro, a former top CIA official who, among other things ran the CIA's Contra operations during the Reagan Administration and used to pal around with Oliver North back in the day.
On any other evening, a former CIA operative who was on the payroll for the guy who ran the CIA's dirty war in Nicaragua might be in the running for a Worst Person in the World but on OlbyPlanet if you are willing to dish dirt on the Bush Administration from anywhere to the right of Nancy Pelosi Keith is more than happy to label you a conservative and slather up your every word.
Moments after Keith Olbermann tried to slam the Obama campaign for not attacking Guiliani during the South Carolina debate, Chris Matthews calls Hillary Clinton sidestepping the issue a "smart move". Zing!
Example 4,102 of why Keith Olbermann should stick to sports - or at least another reason why Keith Olbermann is normally confined to a television studio... with a prepared script... guests hand-picked to dish up the OlbySpin... and ready access to a bathtub.
Watch as Keith Olbermann, in a desperate bid to inject himself (and his most recent special comment) into an Obama campaign interview), grills Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod over Obama's "failure" to answer a question about Rudy Guiliani that Obama was never asked.
Chris Matthews zings Keith Olbermann over Keith's unwillingness to interview people with views different from his own saying about Zell Miller and Mike Gravel "both entitled to speak by the way on Hardball"
Last Night the good folks at Fox News Channel's RedEye program took Keith to task. While they credited HotAir not OlbermannWatch for the story (boo!), they repeatedly referred to Keith Olbermann as "Olby" (yea!) which is a sorta-hat tip to OW.
Keith Olbermann scolded President Bush and the Republican Congress for allowing the assault weapons law of 1994 to expire. Olby says that so-called high-capacity clips like the ones used in the alleged shooter's Glock were banned under this law. We'll explain to Olbermann that magazine not a clip that the terms are not interchangeable as they describe completely different things. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a 9mm handgun that uses a clip. We'll also let Olby know that the 1994 law only banned the manufacturing of new high-capacity magazines not the sale or ownership of one's already made. Then we'll put it in sports terms so he can understand it: you're oh-for-two Olby. Maybe hire an ombudsman.
Here's the video clip:
If the YouTube clip will not play here is the QuickTime version:
Our video of Don Imus apologizing for his racist comments (with the comments) is now among the Top 10 "most discussed" on the world's most popular video sharing site. The video, which includes a promo clip for Olbermann Watch, has been viewed over 10,000 times and generated hundreds of comments. The video is currently #41 overall.
Since it was launched on March 23rd, the Olbermann Watch You Tube Channel has had 62,926 video views and 1,782 channel views. The channel is currently ranked the #32 most viewed channel on YouTube and has 90 subscribers.
UPDATE: by the end of the day we hit 27,000 views, the Imus video was in the Top 20 "most viewed" and the channel reached #20 "most viewed channel".
Compare Keith Olbermann's treatment of two controversial statements. One by CBS Sports Billy Packer on the Charlie Rose Show, the other by MSNBC's Don Imus.
You tell us why Keith decided to run this clip from David Letterman's "Great Moments in Presidential Speeches" a week after we began our news series, "Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism". We report...you decide.
Keith Olbermann, through his publicist, told Page Six that KO interviewed Porn Star Mary Carey way back in 2003, denied leaving a "rambling message" on Carey's voice mail, and denied she turned him down for a "date" claiming he turned her down.
Olbermann Watch has the video that tells a very different. Now only is Keith interviewing Carey two years AFTER KO's people claimed but the interview is in person and - at the end of the clip - Keith admits having a date with Carey that night!
THE KEITHIES...THE FIRST ANNUAL BEST OF THE STUFF WE FOUND ON THE INTERNETS AWARDS
First there was the Karmabites1 blog bemoaning an allegedly disappointing tryst with Keith Olbermann, then Dan Patrick accusing Keith Olbermann on air of stalking his former school teacher on ESPN radio, then the news that Keith was dating a 22-year old college student, then yesterday the startling revelation by porn star Mary Carey on the Radio Chick show on FREE-FM that Keith had left her a "rambling message" on her voice mail in the hopes of "dating" her and now former UConn basketball star Rebecca Lobo's name has surfaced in yet another case of Olbyfatuation.
Last night Keith Olbermann who has been criticized by even some feminist bloggers for his misogynistic comments about Paris Hilton, named Rachel Marsden the "number one newsmaker" after Salon magazine reported that Mardsen, who had dismissed the harm done by the Duke lacrosse players over false accusation of rape on Fox News Channel, herself had a history of stalking her college professors, pleading guilty to criminal harassment and filing extremely questionable date rape and sexual assault charges. We had heard this elsewhere but not posted on it but with Jossip.com now claiming to have been tipped by a source at ESPN that Olbermann has his own history of stalker-like behavior we'll leave it to readers to decided who to believe.
"Keith Olbermann is the last person who should comment on someone being stalked," snipes a source inside ESPN. "While [Keith] was at ESPN, he went out with UCONN women's basketball player Rebecca Lobo a few times, but it didn't end there."
According to our tipster, Olbermann wouldn't leave Lobo alone once she decided she was no longer interested, and reportedly starting keeping tabs on her by monitoring her calls and persistently writing her notes.
Says an insider, "Lobo was close to taking out a restraining order against him, but spared him - and herself - the negative publicity that would have ensued."
We've got the audio from the Dan Patrick show on ESPN and the video from last night's Countdown where Keith slammed Mardsen. We are currently efforting the audio from the Radio Chick show and have asked Mary Carey's people for an interview.
[Dan Patrick Show, ESPN, April 2006]
[Countdown, MSNBC, March 2007]
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There are lots of ways to lie and Keith Olbermann is an expert in just about all of them - the prevarication, the fib, the whopper, the white lie, misleading through omission, manufacturing quotations, deceit, dishonesty, the "bait and switch", evasion, euphemism, exaggeration, changing the subject, leading astray, silence, false empathy, pretense, pomposity, pretense.
If it's a form of lying Keith has done it and his expertise in the finer points is on full display each night on Countdown.
It's a bit like shooting fish in a barrel to take the time to point out ALL of Keith's lies. The simplest way to understand Olbermann is to realize that he does not tell lies on Countdown. ALL he does on Countdown is tell lies. Every sentence is a carefully woven piece of propaganda that is infested with lies. The entire presentation of information by Keith is one big lie tied to together by lots of little ones with the fig leaf that he is just presenting a "snarky" take on the events of the day.
By the time one would be able to pick apart the totality of the lies broadcast on MSNBC by Olbermann another show would be airing. There is no good way to keep up. But that does not mean one should never take the time to explore Olbermann's words and dissect the lies embedded in his show. The most instructive lessons can be gleaned from exploring Keith's "layered lies", a special form of Olbfuscation that operates in multiple dimensions and on multiple levels all while relying on the willful ignorance of his viewers who do not know or care to know where the truth ends and the lies begin.
You could build a RICO case around just one sentence in an Olbermann script.
Last night on Countdown, Olbermann led off his show claiming the President has resorted to citing anonymous Iraqi bloggers in a speech at a hotel near Capitol Hill. He went on to claim that the President had "descended" into a defense of the entire war by quoting two dentists.
Fortunately, for those seeking the truth, the White House publishes all of Bush's speeches on the White House web site and the one cited by Olbermann is no different.
If Keith had bothered to read the speech he would have known that the speech was well over 5,000 words, lasting three-quarters of an hour and contained precisely two sentences from the bloggers delivered in just 70 words.
I want to share with you how two Iraqi bloggers -- they have bloggers in Baghdad, just like we've got here -- (laughter) -- "Displaced families are returning home, marketplaces are seeing more activity, stores that were long shuttered are now reopening. We feel safer about moving in the city now. Our people want to see this effort succeed. We hope the governments in Baghdad and America do not lose their resolve.
99% of the speech had nothing to do with bloggers except on Countdown where bloggers made up 100% of what Keith aired.
What about that "anonymous" part?
The two bloggers, Mohammed Fadhil and Omar Fadhil, are hardly anonymous. They are easily the two most famous Iraqi bloggers in the world. They have been feted here in the states by American bloggers, foremost among them the well-known American blogger Jeff Jarvis. They have given numerous media interviews and even visited with President Bush at the White House. There names and email addresses are on the home page of their blogs. Their blog, Iraq the Model, was one of the earliest and most well known blogs from Iraq.
About the only thing Olbermann got right was that the speech was given at the Holiday Inn near Capitol Hill.
But Keith is not done - not by a long shot.
The Internet mavens at Google recently reported that the average blog is read by an average of exactly one person. Tonight, somewhere in Baghdad, two bloggers are boasting, We found our reader.
Amusing. And entirely irrelevant. While it may true that of the 100,000,000 blogs cited by Google the AVERAGE is one reader a day per blog, Iraq the Model is one of the most widely read blogs in the world. Got that? Not out of Iraqi blogs but of out of ALL blogs in the entire world.
According to Sitemeter, Iraq the Model gets about 5,500 readers a day. There are over eleven hundred blogs that link to Iraq the Model. In the TTLB Ecosystem rankings they are currently ranked #51 worldwide. Technorati lists them among the Top 1000 most influential blogs in the world.
So much for applying the Google survey data to the Iraq the Model blog.
Is Olbermann done? Nope.
Keith goes on to argue that the President quoting these two bloggers is an indication that he is getting out of touch with reality or in denial or maybe it's something clinical, something that might be like Nixon talking to the paintings. For Olbermann, the President quoting these two "anonymous" bloggers with "one reader" is a form of insanity.
After mocking the President through several segments, Olbermann gets around to discussing the President's speech with Rajiv Chandrasekaran from the Washington Post and, for the first time all night, reveals something kinda important. He has known all along who the two blogger are but withheld that information for almost half the show while playing up the "President is so desperate he's taken to quoting random, anonymous bloggers to make his case" angle. But to fully appreciate the artful blend of ignorance, arrogance and deception that defines Keith Olbermann look at the way he tees up his question about the bloggers to Chandrasekaran:
I must ask you about the blog that the president cited today. It's now been identified. It's IraqTheModel.com. There's a pair of dentists who've generally been sympathetic to the American mission. They met with the president in the Oval Office three years ago...
It would be to fail to appreciation the subtlety of Olbermann's mastery of deception, to note simply that Keith is here admitting that he has known the identity of the bloggers all along. Nor that he even knew that the President met with the pair in the White House. It's better (or worse) than that. Notice how Keith says "it's now been identified".
Like all of Keith Olbermann's best lies this one works at multiple levels. First, he conveys the sense that either the President was intentionally withholding this information or that perhaps the President did not know who he was quoting, that maybe he just picked a couple of random bloggers off the web who happened to say something that supported his case for the war. Either way he gets across his point (Bush=idiot) to his blissfully gullible readers. More to the point, by claiming that the blog has "now been identified" Keith R. Olbermann can suggest that he (or his pals in the MSM) ferreted out this information after diligently working the phones or otherwise acting like real reporters.
Of course this is Keith Olbermann whose idea of journalism, famously, is making up catch phrases for when a basketball player makes a shot from beyond the three point line. He can't even get the name right. While the URL "iraqthemodel.com" does redirect to the site, the blog is called simply "Iraq the Model" not "Iraq the Model dot com", the URL is iraqthemodel.blogspot.com.
When he says "now been identified" does he mean that he is reporting breaking news? Recall that at the top of the show he claimed to know nothing at all about the two "anonymous" bloggers. Now he knows that three years ago they visited with the President in the Oval Office. Did something just comes across the wire? Hardly. Keith knew full well who these bloggers were before he ever went on the air. But the President briefly quoting the two most well-known Iraqi bloggers (the truth) did not have the entertainment value of asserting that the President of the United States was so desperate for good news from Iraq that he had taken to poking around in the blogosphere (the lie).
In the world of comedy this is known as a "callback" and God knows Keith is far more concerned with finding a good callback that he can work into the show than actually reporting the news so when the news does not work comedically Keith makes it work through the most reliable of journalistic techniques - making shit up.
For the uninitiated, callbacks are a staple of stand-up comedy. Anyone who stays up past 11 PM has seen Jay Leno or David Letterman use a punch line from a previous joke and apply it to a later joke in the set. Often a comic will use a callback with a joke that bombed and keep circling back to it, creating a sense of intimacy with the audience, as if they are the comedian's friend. Done right it is a very powerful comedic tool.
By the time Keith gets around to letting the audience in on the gag (that's he's been bullshitting them for the entire show) they no longer care - they got their fill of "Bush as idiot" for the day - and after all what's a few hundred lies between friends.
But I digress.
Keith continues his questioning of Chandrasekaran:
We're down to the president quoting a couple of dentists to prove that the surge is working?
Dang! Keith still can't seem to get it quite right now can he? While the President was quoting Mohammed Fadhil and Omar Fadhil and they are bloggers from Iraq the Model, President Bush was not quoting from their blog. It is ironic that Keith cited a study by those "Internet mavens" at Google (is that what they are? mavens?). Keith cited Google just the other day in his Special Comment on Tom Delay. Maybe Keith should spend less time Googling for porn and more time using it to prepare for his show. Had he bothered to type in the quote he ran from President Bush at the top of the hour he might have found this:
Notes From Baghdad
Open liquor stores and other signs of the surge's success.
BY MOHAMMED FADHIL AND OMAR FADHIL
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Whoops! Turns out the President was not quoting from some random, anonymous blog. He was actually quoting from a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed written by the two most famous Iraqi journalists in the world. Two men who have been reporting from the trenches, literally, since the days when Saddam was still on the loose in Iraq.
Like most Olbermann efforts, he labors to arrive at the big moment and when the time comes he disappoints.
After thirty minutes of hype the best he can do is unload on Chandrasekaran with...
on the same blog, they said...the administration, quote, "needs to revise the way it's been handling and planning for this critical war."
Imagine that? Bush is actually quoting someone who does not agree with him on every point - and even invited them to the White House. No surprise that Olbermann is flabbergasted to hear of something like that. Scary!
Anxious to please and determined to be "great thanksed" by Olby, Chandrasekaran laps up Keith's nonsense with an eager smile.
Well, you know, there are dozens of Iraqi bloggers. And I dare say IraqTheModel is one of very, very few to be as rosy as it is, just notwithstanding some of their own skepticism about things and some of their own critical comments. I mean, those guys aren't idiots. But, you know, if we do a more representative sample of what Iraqis are writing in their blogs, and I read a lot of them, you won't find as optimistic of a portrait as IraqTheModel portrays.
And there you have it. Olbermann has spent half his show implying the President is insane because he spent a few seconds in a 40 minute speech quoting from an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal. And Bush's "crime" in this case? Among the "dozens" of relatively unknown Iraqi bloggers his guest says he reads, the two bloggers Bush quoted are not sufficiently pessimistic to suit the tastes of a reporter from the Washington Post.
Another scoop for the Edward R. Murrow of our time.
UPDATE: Watch the lie now spread... here...
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Every now then Countdown with Keith Olbermann is actually funny...on purpose. Well... OK... the videos his producers find and stick on the air so he can introduce them are funny but who's counting? Last night Keith introduced (and actually admitting to ripping off) his version of the You Tube Awards. He calls them the Keithies and Keith wants you to vote.
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- Gay/Blind Mountain Climber (KOAT Action News)
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