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O’Reilly Delusional? Olbermann & Scarborough Dissect “Death List” Claim

oreillysept22.jpgMSNBC is “punching up” again: Both Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough covered Bill O’Reilly‘s Al Qaeda death list claims last night.

Olbermann made it the #1 story on Countdown, under the heading “O’Really?” Radar writer Marcus Baram said he thinks O’Reilly’s claims are a stretch: “I think part of it feeds into his own fantasy, perhaps. Part of it could be just an exaggeration.”

Then at the top of the 9pm hour, Scarborough talked about the claims with NBC News terrorism analyst Roger Cressey and others.

“No, it sounds like this is a status thing. You’ve got the fast cars, fast women, best-selling author, but until you make the Al Qaeda hit list, you’re not really somebody,” Cressey says. He suggests there’s a “delusional aspect” to this: “Frankly, Al Qaeda has better things to do with its time than worry about media types…”

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