Friday, September 21, 2007

Olbermann Special Comment--Bush's hypocrisy against MoveOn ad

Keith Olbermann presented another Special Comment Thursday, criticizing President Bush's press conference and his attack against the Democrats on the ad attacking General Petraeus. In addition to Bush attacking the Democrats on the ad, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution Thursday condemning the ad by a 72-25 vote, with 20 Democrats joining Republicans in supporting this resolution. President Bush attacked the Democrats in a rare press conference, saying:

"I felt like the ad was an attack, not only on Gen. Petraeus, but on the U.S. military," Bush said. "And I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democratic Party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad."

Bush said that "most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like" and they "are more afraid of irritating them than they are of irritating the United States military."

He said, "It's one thing to attack me. It's another thing to attack somebody like Gen. Petraeus."

It now turns out that the last question Bush answered on the MoveOn ad was probably a planted question. According to ThinkProgress:

Perhaps not surprisingly, the question came from Washington Examiner reporter Bill Sammon, who is also a frequent Fox News guest and formerly a Washington Times reporter. Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank notes that Bush was in “need of a pick-me-up” after a series of tough questions on the economy, Iraq, and SCHIP. Therefore, he “looked toward the back of the room” and personally chose Sammon, aka “Big Stretch.”


Sammon’s friendly softball paid off for the Bush administration. This morning, NBC’s Today Show covered Bush’s comments condemning MoveOn and Democrats, as did last night’s NBC Nightly News and ABC World News. The AP reported on Bush’s remarks, noting that he “criticized Democrats for not immediately condemning the ad, which he called ‘disgusting.’”

And the Bush PR-spin machine grinds on.

Olbermann has a good wrap-up of Bush's press conference, and the latest ad controversy here on YouTube:

And now let's get into Olbermann's Special Comment. From YouTube:

You can view the transcript of Olbermann's Special Comment here.

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