AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 12/14/2004 12:02:00 AM ----- BODY: Leave the Guy Alone - Bernard Kerik has withdrawn his name from nomination as director of the Department of Homeland Security. Actually, he did it three days ago. So why is Chris Matthews talking about a private citizen on "Hardball?" Why is Michael Isikoff obsessing over what Kerik may have done in the past? Why is MSNBC running a story about Kerik on its home page? Chris Matthews is truly a man with a mission - to make himself as irrelevant as possible. "More on the political fallout of Bernard Kerik's withdrawl..." is how he just broke for a commercial. There's no political fallout, only media fallout. We're in yet another situation where the media is creating a story that it then reports. Kind of like the polls we heard about throughout the election season. I guess the only criteria for what makes a story these days is how much that story will make the Bush administration look bad. I thought the media would calm down after almost completely trashing their credibility during the election. I was wrong. This is going to be a long four years. On the good news front, though, Olbermann seems to have given up on the vote fraud story. A promo I just saw for his show promised a countdown of the most annoying holiday songs. Oh, far you've fallen. Of course, I might actually watch that. I have a fondness for stupid countdown shows. Still, Olbermann never should have left "SportsCenter." --------