Keith Olbermann is scared. Not by the threat of terrorism in the United States. But at the notion that "24" might be raising Americans' awareness of the threat. And he has singled out NewsBusters for the role it has played in highlighting the issue.
Olbermann devoted a Countdown segment this evening to "24", suggesting that its two-night, four-hour season opener should have been sufficient to "scare or outrage you." Incomprehensibly, Olbermann complained that the show depicted various terrorist suicide attacks "not in places where these things already happened, but in a country called the United States of America." Is it possible that Keith Olbermann has forgotten 9-11?
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Olbermann then trained his sights on NewsBusters: "Right-wing websites leaving no doubt as to what they think viewers should take away from this fictional account, case in point Newsbusters.org, says this scene 'should be required viewing for all media members who question what's at risk and whether there really is a war on terror' and accuses the media of undermining the Bush administration and 'downplaying the seriousness of terrorism.'"
Olbermann was citing NewsBuster Noel Sheppard's '24' Goes Nuclear.
Keith ended his anti-NewsBusters riff with this puzzling comment: "I guess the rest of us didn't make it into a sit-com."
Oh, I don't know about that, Keith -- even if the humor is unintentional.