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Friday, October 07, 2005

Olberman: More Deranged than a DUer

When I learned of the terror threat on the NYC subway, I called ARC:Brian to joke, "You know what the DUers are going to say... this "threat" is just to distract from Rove's pending indictment."

Well, I wasn't able to get to the DU forum in time to catch such speculation, but no worries!!! There's always Keith Olberman! If the DUers haven't thought of it yet, he's sure to. And if it's posted on DU, you can bet that Olberman is going to mention it on his "Countdown" (which no one watches).

Olbermann Questions Timing of Terror Alert ... Again
Posted by Brad Wilmouth on October 7, 2005 - 02:47.

Another terror alert, another chance for Keith Olbermann to question whether it's politically motivated. There seems to be a pattern that when the Bush administration announces a terror alert, MSNBC's Countdown host speculates about whether it was politically timed to benefit the administration in some way. Only this time, while doing so again on Thursday night's show, Olbermann oddly used self-contradictory logic in admitting repeatedly that not only were administration members not the ones who decided to announce the latest terror alert, but that the White House has actually been downplaying the authenticity of the information that New York City authorities decided to take seriously.

Olbermann also found time to mock President Bush's speech on terrorism from earlier that day, saying the President was "returning to the theme of scaring the bejesus out of anybody who will listen." He later speculated to MSNBC analyst Craig Crawford that when a politician "seems to be using [the issue of terrorism] as a last line of personal political defense," does he risk "trivializing the issue" and "sounding like Joe McCarthy on communist infiltration?"

After leading the October 6 show with an update on Karl Rove's expected fourth grand jury appearance, Olbermann first raised the coincidental timing of the terror alert and sarcastically cautioned the audience, "Stop what you're thinking. It's just an amazing coincidence. The terrorists just happened to wait to make these threats until there's bad news about the administration that it needs to preempt. Just a coincidence." After making a similar sarcastic comment later, he got to an interview with Crawford in which he revealed that "we've cobbled together in the last couple of hours a list of at least 13 occasions that, on which, whenever there has been news that significantly impacted the White House negatively, there has been some sudden credible terror threat somewhere in this country," and then wondered, "How could the coincidence be so consistent?" Crawford agreed that "it is a pattern" and complained that "those of us who bring it up get accused of treason."

Actually, I don't think anyone has been accused of treason for being a deranged whackjob like yourself.

Go back to reporting sports, you tool.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler