Droogie left us into the alias ether just a few short days ago. Martyring his Username has apparently brought his cause right to the voters in a way not even he could have imagined. But it was as though he was speaking directly through the mouth of Keith Olbermann last night.
Following last night's speech the Audacious Plagiarist (AP) shipped out a distortedly critical review of Barack Obama's historical, extraordinary, unifying speech during his acceptance ceremony which was packed by an unprecedented 84,000 attendees.
Keith Olbermann didn't waste a moment shredding the review for the partisan propaganda drivel that it was, but more importantly demonstrating to the entire country how damaging the AP bias can often be to the entire journalistic process in general.
If you must, you can read the buzz kill here.
With rare exception, nearly all of the top commentators and reporters on the three cable news networks had hailed Obama's speech as something new and powerful, and filled with specifics, and predicted it would have a positive effect on his chances vs. John McCain. This hallelujah chorus included conservatives such as Bill Kristol and Pat Buchanan and the longtime Republican David Gergen, as well as Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams. Buchanan called it the best and most important political convention speech he had ever heard, going back 48 years.
So Olbermann was outraged that the AP's (Charles) Babington had written, in his analysis of the speech, just off the wire, that Obama had tried nothing new and that his speech was lacking in specifics. He read the first few paragraphs on the air, lamented that it would be printed in hundred of newspapers on Friday, and concluded, "It is analysis that strikes me as having born no resemblance to the speech you and I just watched. None whatsoever. And for it to be distributed by the lone national news organization in terms of wire copy to newspapers around the country and web sites is a remarkable failure of that news organization.
"Charles Babington, find a new line of work."
I'm not going to say - even with a snark tag - that Droogie owns the credit for beginning the process of taking down ANOTHER group or organzation infested by either bigoted, partisan, slanted, or biased personnel. In fact I picked at the foul scab a little myself a few weeks back when the AP ship was really starting to list to the right, and I didn't yet fully understand the scope of what I was reading. But I can tell you it was Droogie who finally brought it to my attention. And I've been in the radio broadcast business for 28 years.
And now Keith Olbermann is sitting up and taking notice too. Thank you Keith, and thank you Droogie ... wherever you are.
The country might actually start to get better this time.