NBC News Tag Line: 'We're Just Making it Up'

Christopher Alleva
From time to time I watch MSNBC. When I do this I am in an almost constant state of amazement at how a major corporation like GE allows itself to be associated with such a second rate property.

The Joe and Valerie Plame Wilson caper has been their bread and butter for the last several years. Two primetime shows that follow each other have flogged this to death. They always play the act the same way. They have a man named David Shuster posing at various venues around Washington. On cue, the klieg lights come up and Shuster is off to races. In his signature grating style he spouts off several minutes of innuendo, conjecture and rank speculation about whatever non-story he can conjure up.  

Last night on a show they call Countdown, the host Keith Olbermann let his slip show a bit.

After the Shuster act left the stage Olbermann served up John Dean, erstwhile Republican and author of a tedious book titled Worse than Watergate.  Performing twists that would challenge even the most talented contortionists Olbermann began by reading verbatim Justice Department guidelines concerning pardons and commutations, concluding with a freighted question completely detached from reality. 
"If the president did not break the law tonight, did he break the spirit of the law?"
Keith, have you ever read the Constitution? Its not very long, 14 pages or so odd pages depending on the font and format.

Dean brushed off this ridiculous assertion and then made an unintelligible allusion to his halcyon Watergate days.

Undeterred, Olbermann made this Freudian slip: 

"I was going to ask you, history has proved time and time again that Americans don‘t like their president overruling the courts.  The point David Shuster just made up-made, made, that just until now..." [emphasis added] 

Olbermann was visibly flustered by his inadvertent admission.

Perhaps Mr. Olbermann has come up with a new tag line for NBC News: "We're Just Making it Up."
From time to time I watch MSNBC. When I do this I am in an almost constant state of amazement at how a major corporation like GE allows itself to be associated with such a second rate property.

The Joe and Valerie Plame Wilson caper has been their bread and butter for the last several years. Two primetime shows that follow each other have flogged this to death. They always play the act the same way. They have a man named David Shuster posing at various venues around Washington. On cue, the klieg lights come up and Shuster is off to races. In his signature grating style he spouts off several minutes of innuendo, conjecture and rank speculation about whatever non-story he can conjure up.  

Last night on a show they call Countdown, the host Keith Olbermann let his slip show a bit.

After the Shuster act left the stage Olbermann served up John Dean, erstwhile Republican and author of a tedious book titled Worse than Watergate.  Performing twists that would challenge even the most talented contortionists Olbermann began by reading verbatim Justice Department guidelines concerning pardons and commutations, concluding with a freighted question completely detached from reality. 
"If the president did not break the law tonight, did he break the spirit of the law?"
Keith, have you ever read the Constitution? Its not very long, 14 pages or so odd pages depending on the font and format.

Dean brushed off this ridiculous assertion and then made an unintelligible allusion to his halcyon Watergate days.

Undeterred, Olbermann made this Freudian slip: 

"I was going to ask you, history has proved time and time again that Americans don‘t like their president overruling the courts.  The point David Shuster just made up-made, made, that just until now..." [emphasis added] 

Olbermann was visibly flustered by his inadvertent admission.

Perhaps Mr. Olbermann has come up with a new tag line for NBC News: "We're Just Making it Up."