Strange Brouhaha

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Keith Olbermann rules

If you were not watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann just now, you missed him kicking Bill O'Reilly's ass. I wish I meant that literally, but he had a great piece about O'Reilly's utter ignorance.

In 2005, O'Reilly was trying to justify Abu Ghraib by invoking the massacre of SS troops by U.S. soldiers at Malmedy in World War II. He did it again last night or the night before, justifying what happened at Haditha. The problem, of course, is that because he's an idiot, O'Reilly got the details just a little bit wrong. Specifically, it was the SS doing the shooting and the American soldiers doing the dying.

Olbermann gave an utterly disdainful summary of the events and then revealed that (surprise!) Fox "News" is editing the transcripts of the shows to try and make O'Reilly not look like an idiot. Fortunately, you can find real transcripts all over the Internet. (Here's a website with video and a transcript.)

What really scares me about this is that there are people out there who actually think Bill O'Reilly is smart and principled and assorted other things that he's not, and there are people out there who take what he says as gospel. Malmedy is not exactly general knowledge, and so there are now a lot of people out there who are going to take this and say "We have every right! It was done to us in WWII!"


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