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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    February 10, 2005
    Countdown - February 9, 2005 ( 8:00-9:00 pm ET )

    'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Wednesday Feb. 9

    Host: Keith Olbermann

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    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Guest: PENDING

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Bob Cox is going to take a look at Keith's lead story of the day - the Jeff Gannon matter so I am going to let him take that and focus on my theme of the day!

    First up: Good 'Ol Olby refers to Karl Rove as "the man long dentified as Bush's Brain". I'd like to ask: Identified by whom? I am fairly sure this was the title of an anti-Bush book published in 2003. So, does that constitute 'long identified' or has Olby let some of his (non) partisanship slip? I report. You decide! And speaking of reporting and deciding, what a great way to 'olbyconverge' right into the good stuff!

    Last night, my esteemed colleague Mr. Krasner said: "Keith is suffering from Al Franken Syndrome, a malady that afflicks desperate hosts of low-rated programs, prompting them to pick fights with their more talented and popular competition, thinking that the latter will take the bait, and the subsequent artificially created controversy will produce a buzz in the media and higher ratings for them (the aforementioned afflicted)."

    Now, I wonder what competition Mr. Krasner could be speaking of? Hmmmm. Well, I kept hearing the word 'loofah' thrown around. Yea, but that's just a common object, not referring to anyone, right?

    Well, Olby had a nice little piece about a new Law and Order show which he chose to compare to Bill O'Reilly. The law and Order show follows a 'big television figure and author' who is hit with a sexual harassment suit. Ok. With you so far. But here's the shot at O'Reilly that I consider 'out of bounds' even by Olby's standards. He ends the piece by pointing out that the fictional author is shot dead while signing books.

    Here's where Olby takes about a 4 minute break from O'Reilly pot shots to discuss the latest female teacher accused of having sex with a minor student. Good discussion, but fast, because this is more imporatant.

    Olby plugs his next 'Bloggermann' titled "Punt, Bill, Punt". Can someone, anyone, please beg him to read Olbermann watch or check out the clip from Fox and Friends. He has been completely discredited on this and refuses to relent.

    The show ends with something that I can only describe as a Howard Dean/Al Gore breakdown. Our friend Johnny Dollar is working on getting the video because words will never give you a true appreciation of exactly what happened. With the entire background covered with a still picture of O'Reilly sitting at his desk on 'The factor', Olby lost it. When I say Lost it, I mean lost it! It went a little something like this:

    Starring at the still image of O'Reilly, Olby began screaming: Beam me up, Beam me up, Beam me up Now! Please beam me up! He has a loofah! Please, please, beam me up."

    I may be the newest contributor here, but I have never seen Keith have a complete mental breakdown of this magnitude. I think Mr. Krasner's observation last night re: "Franken Syndrome" holds a lot of merit, however, look what Franken syndrome did for Al Gore and Howard Dean. I think this could be the beginning of the end of Olby's sanity, and I cannot wait for each of you to see this video. You're reactions will be priceless!

    BTW: Special thanks to J$ for allowing me to plagiarize a wonderful line he emailed me... Can you guess which one it is?

    Posted by Robert Cox | Permalink | Comments (2) | | View blog reactions


    "Special thanks to J$ for allowing me to plagiarize a wonderful line he emailed me... Can you guess which one it is?"

    I don't know about "line" but is it the term "olbyconvergence"?


    Olbermann: 'It was our 37th president who remarked, "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits." An assertion, President Nixon, was uniquely qualified to make. And while mired in a military and political quagmire, it was our 36th president who held up that white flag, stating, "If nominated I shall not run. If elected I shall not serve" And as President Johnson went, so goes Vice President Richard B. Cheney....'

    Trey and Gary,

    I think you guys are peering deeply into shadows here.

    LET'S CONSIDER, for a moment Krasner's comment regarding KO suffering from "Al Franken" syndrome" bad ratings, jealousy, contempt, no talent, ridicule (blah, blah, blah).

    First, let's look at Al Franken/KO v. O'Reilly, Rush or any repub pundit. Let's compare how long their programs have been on the air. When Franken emerged, the righties were already well established... You shouldn't count Franken's SNL days, although I wouldn't be surprised if some of you think we should. Sure, KO did sports but the combined on-air experience of the two as politicos (assuming your analysis of KO here) pales in comparison the righties. And by that time, Fox, etc. had grown as had their audiences, who tend to be quite loyal. More talented? HMMM...Now, I'd say that's a subjective judgment, but heck, I didn't get to see Rush open for O'Reilly at the Improv. I guess he just KILLED!!!!! (Except for the slurred words. Must've been the Oxy talkin').

    By most every standard, this contention is absurd. People here routinely attack KO for lacking comedic ability. And when they do so using humor, it's pathetic.

    BTW, I too thought KO was over the top with his "beam me up" gag, but it didn't make me soil myself or run to my computer to tell all my friends. As stupid as it was (especially because it ran so LONG) to me it looked far from the launch of KO's long, downward spiral into madness. But we all see things through our own eyes.