The Keith Olbermann Situation

Allow me to post part of the transcript from last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann:

Video of Olbermann's Comments from MSNBC

Transcript of Wednesday 9/27/06

"Speaking of emergency units and government responses and guys in big safety suits, the Rupert Murdock-owned newspaper, the “New York Post,” may have just impeded an FBI investigation into terroristic threats. I know this because I was a recipient.

The bureau asked us not to report any of the details, so that the person or persons responsible would not know any of the threats had been received by any of the targets and we, of course, complied. I still cannot confirm many of the specifics, again in order to make the jobs of the FBI and the New York Police Department a little easier, but I find it necessary to respond to the genuinely shocking tone with which Murdock‘s paper reported the event and the string of factual errors they made either through negligence or premeditated disregard for the truth.

“Powder Puff Spooks Keith” reads the headline. The article then gives the exact details of the event which we were asked not to divulge. “The caustic commentator panicked and frantically called 911.”

There was no panic and if that needs to be independently verified, I‘m happy to authorize release that 911 call recording. In fact, from my own sense of the thing, I was confident there was no danger. My first inclination was to wait until the start of the next work day to notify the authorities, but the remote possibility that any delay might have endangered others led me reverse my decision.

“An NYPD HazMat unit rushed to.” then the paper helpfully reveals the location the event, “but preliminary tests indicated the substance was harmless soap powder. However, that wasn‘t enough to satisfy Olbermann, who insisted on a checkup.”

The results of part of the preliminary tests referred to did not come back for nearly six hours. The other results did not come back for about 14. I made no insistence on any checkup. The officer in charge of the 18 or so police officers who responded asked that I follow their protocol: A decontamination shower at the scene, the bagging and sealing of the clothes that I was wearing at the time of the incident, and my transportation to the emergency room.

I mean, not to overdo this, but they had to melt my keys and destroy my wallet.

“He asked to be taken to.” and forgive me again for not mentioning the specific hospital, “.where doctors looked him over and sent him home.”

In fact, I was there 10 hours before they permitted me to leave even after several forceful requests by me and my employers to the New York Department of Health that I should be released.

Incidentally, I apologized if those were too forceful. Apologize for the requests, not the commentaries that obviously inspired the event that I‘m talking about and the “Post‘s” mocking of police and FBI efforts and its endorsement of the terroristic threats from the radical right. We will not be intimidated here.

“Whether they gave him a lollypop on the way out isn‘t known.

Olbermann had no comment.”

What they gave me out was not a lollipop but a prescription for Cipro, the antibiotic used in the even of exposure to Anthax. And one of the reasons I offered no comment is obvious, the authorities asked me not to. Also a “New York Post” reporter attempted to again access to me by falsely identifying herself as I friend of mine.

And most relevantly, the “Post” never called NBC NEWS or MSNBC seeking any comment. They would have been told that the FBI had requested we try to keep this quiet. But of course, even if the story had been accurate in the paper, printing it all would have been no less outrageous nor incendiary.

It‘s almost mellow dramatic to ask why the “New York Post” would choose the side of domestic terrorism rather than choose the side of the FBI, but it‘s remarkable that this was printed by any newspaper, even in the current political climate, even in the wake of editorial stance here, even with Rupert Murdock‘s radical agenda, which has stirred up some rage in his readers and viewers.

A month ago, when a reporter Steve Santani of Murdock‘s FOX NEWS was kidnapped in Gaza, along with his cameraman, that network reached out to the others, this one included. They relayed that the authorities there had urged everyone to keep reporting of the kidnapping low-key and to a minimum because it believed the kidnappers did not know they had gotten a hold of someone recognizable. We and most other major news organizations immediately and thoroughly cooperated with Murdock‘s request.

Now in a return case, Murdock‘s newspaper did not even make the single phone call that could have told it the potential damage it would be doing. So next time a FOX or a “New York Post” employee is in distress or the government is investigating something endanger them and Murdock‘s people ask us to hold a story, of course we will.

On this end, anyway, we are still human beings and Americans and we would never have any problem choosing whether to support the terrorists or the FBI."

Allow me to post the original New York Post article:


September 27, 2006 -- MSNBC loudmouth Keith Olbermann flipped out when he opened his home mail yesterday. The acerbic host of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" was terrified when he opened a suspicious-looking letter with a California postmark and a batch of white powder poured out. A note inside warned Olbermann, who's a frequent critic of President Bush's policies, that it was payback for some of his on-air shtick. The caustic commentator panicked and frantically called 911 at about 12:30 a.m., sources told The Post's Philip Messing. An NYPD HazMat unit rushed to Olbermann's pad on Central Park South, but preliminary tests indicated the substance was harmless soap powder. However, that wasn't enough to satisfy Olbermann, who insisted on a checkup. He asked to be taken to St. Luke's Hospital, where doctors looked him over and sent him home. Whether they gave him a lollipop on the way out isn't known. Olbermann had no comment.

I think this all speaks for itself. We know the folks over at Fox news aren't human, as further evidenced on Jennifer's blog by a piece from the documentary "The Corporation": Fox News: Milking the Truth.

Apparently protecting America from terrorists doesn't include ALL Americans, just the ones Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdock like.

Good work boys, er, assholes.

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