07/19/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

On Countdown Last Night I Asked: Did Fox Help Obama in Airing Jackson Tape?

Had some fun with Rachel Maddow last night, subbing for Olbermann, on Fox "going nuts" and airing that Jesse Jackson tape. Why did they do it? Why did they hold it for O'Reilly instead of treating as hot news?

Why, after much teasing, did O'Reilly not play any more of it last night? Did this deny much-needed context and just prove they have tried to make Jackson look even worse by insinuation? Or was there an internal debate over what mattered most: What if they hurt Jackson but helped Obama?

Why did O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham agree that the tape does help Obama? Is this even true?

All this and more as follows in video below.

Greg Mitchell's new book is So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits -- and the President -- Failed on Iraq. He is editor of E&P.