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Countdown with Keith Olbermann for Wednesday
Host: Keith Olbermann
DIPLOMACY AND IRAN: Robin Wright, Washington Post correspondent
ROYAL WEDDING TURMOIL: Laura Trevelyan, BBC correspondent
Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
The #5 story tonight was "Bitter Closure" and was well produced. It discussed the fact that the medical examiners office has ended attempts to identify the remains of 1161 victims of the 9-11 attacks. These families will be left without the closure they sought, and our hearts go out to them.
The #4 story was about the release of a 40 year old color video taken of Martin Luther King Jr. The film was made the day after 'Bloody Sunday.' It had pictures of MLK behind the pulpit, organizing a march and walking in a march. It is the first time this video has been viewed by the public.
The #3 story is where things began to unravel. In Dimplomacy and Iran, KO asked Robin Wright (Washington Post)what may be the dumbest question of his career: "Do we have a policy and strategy towards Iran?" Uh, no KO, who's Iran? Do we need a policy towards Iran? That's probably how I would have responded, but kudos to Robin for reminding KO that the President has been sending a clear signal on this issue. KO then fell back into the trap he was in last Wednesday: Still trying to peddle the theory we are going to war with Iran. KO contends the President is playing word games and points out that President Bush stated there were 'no war plans on his desk' when he was in Germany before the Iraq war. He then went on to cover President Bush's European trip by pointing out how many protestors showed up and what each sign said. Not a positive word about the trip.
The #2 story... Handshakes. Boy, this is what I depend on "newscasts" for. Tell us, Monica Novotny, what are the 4 steps to a good handshake? I am certain this is more important than actually telling me something that happened today.
**Gratuitous Jeff/John Guckert/Gannon mention.** Ahhh, it wasn't a O'Reilly moment, but it'll do.
And the #1 story of the day, for MSNBC's "newscast of record" is... A Royal Mess. Laura Trevelyan (BBC News) tells us the story of who is going to the wedding and who is not going to the wedding. Queen-No. Charles' brothers-No. Sons-Yes.
So which one will you be talking about tomorrow?