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Olbermann Watch: Keith Kicks Off Special Comment With a Lie

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Keith Olbermann played a little game with the truth last night during his special comment in which he noted that at 1:25 p.m., “during the warm-up act [in Scranton, Pa.] by a red meat Congressional candidate aptly named Chris Hackett, Hackett mentions Obama and a Palin audience member shouts, “Kill Him.” And Gov. Palin, as usual, does nothing about it; says nothing to these thugs and psychos. She may not have heard this one. It is impossible to believe that by now she has not heard about the other ones. Her silence is deafening.”

Problem was, according to Scanton Times-Tribune report, the press pool did not arrive until 15 minutes later, and that Palin didn’t walk on stage until almost 2 p.m. Matter of fact, it’s quite possible that Palin was busy at 1:15 p.m. talking on the cell phone with Rush Limbaugh as part of her live interview on his program.

GOVERNOR PALIN: Hey. Thank you so much and dittos from Scranton.

RUSH: Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the bus?

GOVERNOR PALIN: We just got off the bus. We’re heading into a rally here, but wanted to take a couple of minutes to get to say hi and let you know what we’re doin’, Rush.

It was probably difficult for Palin to hear the audience member when A.) She was not there and B.) She was talking on the cell phone. But that didn’t stop Olbermann ranting last night. Does that make him the Worst Person in the World?

Here is Olbermann Watch, which dissects the special comment:

Olbermann Watch – MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann: Olbermann Kicks Off Special Komment with a Lie

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Written by newscycle

October 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Posted in Keith Olbermann, Palin

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  1. I don’t mean to be pedantic, but I think you missed the meat of his comment. He was commenting on the numerous times this particular “Kill him” comment has been made, and specifically says that she may not have heard this one, but it is such a common occurrence that it is hard to believe she has not heard ANY of them.

    I think both his words and his delivery in the video support this interpretation. Inflection, careful word choice, etc.

    If she has heard these comments, or if her handlers have informed her of the fact these comments are being made on a regular basis, it is almost criminal for her not to address the issue publicly and openly.

    cj

    October 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm

  2. That still dosent explain how Sarah Palin has failed to address the actions of her supporters? His timing may be off but the point is dead on.

    Anonymous

    October 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm


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