Olbermann to Apologize for Giuliani Miscue
MSNBC Host Mistook ‘Assad’ for ‘Osama’ in Giuliani Campaign Speech
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/2/2007 1:10:00 PM
Keith Olbermann plans to apologize Friday night on his MSNBC show for criticisms he leveled at Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani based on a mishearing of a Giuliani quote from a campaign speech.
That's according to an MSNBC spokeswoman, who said Olbermann would air the correction and apologize on his Friday-night show.
Olbermann had taken aim at Giuliani on a segment of Tuesday night's Countdown program. He said Giuliani "accuse[d] the Democrats of coddling [Osama] bin-Laden and [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad a year before the election, and Giuliani is already publicly contending that the Democrats are willing to invite Osama bin-Laden to the White House to negotiate. Sure they are, buster."
Olbermann then played a clip of Giuliani mocking Democratic candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for saying that they would invite Ahmadinejad and [Syrian president Bashar al-Assad] to the White House.
But Olbermann heard "Assad" as "Osama" and attacked Giuliani for either lying or engaging in hyperbole for suggesting that the Democrats would invite a terrorist to the White House, with guest Ariana Huffington adding her criticism of Giuliani as a "thug" and a "tyrant.”
Olbermann was not the only one to get it wrong. The AP also issued a correction for misreporting the comments.
John L Henson - 11/16/2007 5:00:00 PM EST
Keith Olberman has the most interesting show on evening TV. Ask Bill O'Reilly at Fox Noise. By the way attorney John, shouldn't you be out scouting for ambulances to chase?
John L Henson - 11/16/2007 4:57:00 PM EST
Catherine Skoor - 11/8/2007 10:14:00 AM EST
He better stick to collecting baseball cards. That's about all he is good for. His journalism rivals that of a dead fish.
Rebelyell - 11/5/2007 5:51:00 PM EST
Olbermann is a cretin. I suspect he deliberately misreported, just to create attention for his failing show. He lack competence in reporting and in "humor." Many liberals could do a superior job. He ought to return to sports reporting, if that's what you call it.
electron john - 11/5/2007 4:24:00 AM EST
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