As noted below, the mainstream media as a whole has not acted sufficiently skeptical about the timing of the latest terror alert. But on last night’s Countdown, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann did his part to question the NYC subway threat. “Keith said that his staff found 13 circumstances when a brand new terror alert “just happened” to come at a time when there was trouble in the administration,” an e-mailer says. Here’s the transcript, with Craig Crawford as guest:
|OLBERMANN: Well…I’m going to raise this question as skeptically and bluntly as I can. It’s not a question that doubts the existence of terror, nor the threat of terrorism. But we’ve cobbled together in the last couple of hours a list of at least 13 occasions that — on which — whenever there has been news that significantly impacted the White House negatively, there has been some sudden credible terror threat somewhere in this country. How could the coincidence be so consistent?
CRAWFORD: It’s, it is a pattern. One of the most memorable was just after the Democratic Convention in the 2004 election, when they talked about the threat to New York and even the [World Bank], and it turned out that was based on intelligence that was three years old, (INAUDIBLE) even before 9/11.
There is a pattern here. And I think it’s difficult sometimes to take it at face value. But in these moments, when it looks like a crisis, it’s (INAUDIBLE), those of us who bring it up get accused of treason. That’s what Howard Dean was accused of when he raised that after the Democratic Convention scare alert.