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'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for January 26
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
TRANSCRIPT: January 26, 2005
THE FAMILY OF AMERICAN HOSTAGE ROY HOLLUMS SPEAKS OUT: Susan Hollums, ex-wife of Roy Hollums; Carrier Cooper, Hollums' daughter
ANALYSIS OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S NEWS CONFERENCE AND A PREVIEW OF WHAT TO EXPECT FROM HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS: Dana Milbank, Washington Post reporter
ARE MORE JOURNALISTS BEING PAID BY THE WHITE HOUSE?: Margaret Carlson, Time magazine reporter
OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Guest host Alison Stewart is easier on both the eyes and ears, and appeared to be less opinionated than our usual talking head. While covering the events in Iraq, Alison spoke with Rod Norland from Newsweek via telephone (due to security reasons?). Rod explained that he did not expect much turnout for the Iraqi election on Sunday. He based his opinion on a poll he claimed he took among 6 Iraqis that worked for Newsweek in Iraq. He stated only one planned to vote. I hope the rest of Newsweeks polls are a little more scientific.
Alison spoke with Dana Milbank (Washington Post) about President Bush's news conference today. Milbank stated the conference was called so the President could "set straight his confusing Inaguaral address message". Alison then contradicted the statement by asking this questions: "The President called todays conference to talk about social security but kept getting questions regarding Iraq, so does this mean his domestic agenda needs to take a back seat?" This question created two problems: 1) it contradicted Milbanks reason for the conference being called and 2) I didn't know that press questions could impact what the Presidents agenda is. Talking about the news conference, Milbanks ended the bit by stating "I can't imagine this advanced the ball very much".
The family of captured American Roy Hallums came on the show to ask for help. Our hearts and prayers go out to Roy and his friends and family.
Next came a little collage of about 20 clips of President Bush saying "I'm looking forward" taken from todays news conference. I love the President, but I have to admit, that was a little funny.
I'm sure Alison earned an 'I'm so proud of you' from KO when she mentioned Armstrong Williams 4 times during the conversation about Maggie Gallagher. During the discussion, Margaret Carlson from Time coined the word 'Rumsfeldian' which she stated was answering a question with a question.
Even though Alison is more toned down than KO, she was able to work in these little nuggets, aimed at...guess who?
"For a President who doesn't like answering questions..."
"It isn't often President Bush admits a mistake..."
Alison and I defintely disagree on the last segment: Ashlee Simpson. Bethany Decker from Stop Ashlee
came on to explain her cause of getting Ashlee Simpson to stop singing. I agree with Bethany that Ashlee needs to get out of the singing business, but Alison did not stating she liked her and even bought the CD.
On a side note, do you think KO's 280,000 strong audience is sending any business to Nissan, Ditech, Pfizer, Kraft, Dell, Toyota, HP and others advertising on this show? Hopefully they're getting a serious discount!