August 5, 2008

Olbermann Serves Justice to Dana Milbank (video)

Keith Olbermann announced tonight that Dana Milbank will no longer appear on his show, in the aftermath of his distorted Obama quotes, and arrogannt dismissal of accountability for his poor journalism.

Olbermann Serves Justice to Dana Milbank

Best Timing:

Dana Milbank of The Washington Post, who notified us today that after four years appearing with us, he had accepted another television offer.

This saved your crack Countdown staff an increasingly difficult decision.

For nearly a week we'd been waiting for him to offer a correction or an explanation for his column from last week in which he apparently reported an Obama quote without a full context turned the meaning of the quote inside-out.

Then he called criticisms of his column "whines" even though the dispute was over whether Obama said the self-deprecating: "It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign -- that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It's about America. I have just become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions" -- or only the part about "I have just become a symbol..."

We had decided not to have Dana on this news-hour again until this was cleared up, and, sadly after some very happy years, he's apparently chosen to make that cloud permanent.

Good luck, Dana.

Posted at August 5, 2008 4:11 AM