Accuracy in Media

Last night Keith Olbermann reported about the retired generals who testified yesterday to what he called a hearing by the Senate Democratic Policy Committee criticizing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. 

Yet as we learn from Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, the committee is what he calls a rump group with little legislative clout, but they do have access to a Senate hearing room. 

Milbank also reports that the Democrats suffered from selective hearing since they were quick to praise the generals for attacking Rumsfeld, but then backed off when told that what we really need in Iraq was more troops, more money and more time. 

The estimate by retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton that we are at least 60,000 soldiers short caused Senator Chuck Schumer to shake his head according to Milbank.

I guess these details wouldn’t have helped Olbermann’s story much since he has made Rumsfeld one of his top targets.

In addition to this reporting gem, Olbermann closed his show with a special comment.  In the commentary he said President Clinton was “sandbagged by a monkey posing a newscaster” and that ‘the nation’s marketplace of ideas is being poisoned by a propaganda company so blatant that Tokyo Rose would have quit”.  He also praised President Clinton for telling the truth while excoriating President Bush.

Now you know that Olbermann must be from another planet.  He calls Chris Wallace a monkey, thinks the Bush administration is worse that Tokyo Rose and that Clinton is courageous for telling the truth or at least what old Keith thinks is the truth.

Add that to the pain Keith will be suffering as Bill O’Reilly’s new book climbs up the sales charts easily surpassing his screed of a book and you can begin to understand the vitriol.

Maybe Keith should just call his show Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Where the Facts Don’t Matter.




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