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    March 31, 2005
    Countdown - Day Thursday, March 31 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Thursday, March 31

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests: REACTION TO TERRI SCHIAVO'S DEATH: Jay Wolfson, Terri Schiavo's former Guardian at Law; Mark Potter, NBC News correspondent

    THE LEGALITIES AHEAD FOR THE SCHINDLER AND SCHIAVO FAMILY: Kendall Coffey, former U.S. attorney with the Southern District of Florida

    WHAT IS THE POLITICAL LEGACY OF TERRI SCHIAVO?: John Harwood, political editor, Wall Street Journal; Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly and MSNBC political analyst

    THE FINDINGS FROM SCHIAVO'S AUTOPSY: Larry Kobilinsky, forensics expert and professor at John Jay College

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: The hour was dominated by the Schiavo case, and although most of the time was spent relaying the events of the day, which I won't go over once again, KO's biases again were on display, along with his usual lack of awareness of them. Early on he had on Jay Wolfson, the former court appointed gaurdian of Terry Schiavo, and introduced him by saying that there has been extreme rhetoric on both sides and neutrality has not been around. The implication is that KO was going to be neutral, and here is the proof, he is going to interview Wolfson. OK, I was with him so far.

    Then for the rest of the show we were treated with one story after the next which represented the liberal side of the story, reporting on death threats to Michael Schiavo's family, even playing a tape of one threatening call, worried about the possibility that Michael could get sued, and finally culminating in a quote from Tom Delay labeled as threatening judges. He even had Howard Fineman talking about an upcoming Republican "crusade" against the judiciary over this, complete with KO predicting its failure.

    There are so many interesting stories that could have been explored from the other side's angle, such as when the autopsy is performed, what if they find that Terry's brain is in a lot better shape than thought by those who declared her in a persistant vegetative state? I think that possibility is a lot more likely than that Michael Schiavo will get sued, considering the long history of court judgements in his favor.

    What stands out is that KO always find stories that support the liberal viewpoint, the "real" stories, yet it also appears he thinks he is being objective and "neutral". Don't think so, Keith.

    Countdown - Wednesday March 30, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Day Wednesday

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    THE LATEST DETAILS IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CONTROVERSY: Pete Williams, NBC News correspondent
    CAN ELEPHANTS MIMIC NOISES?: Harry Peachey, manager, Columbus Zoo

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Let me begin by making it clear that I only watch KO once a week. I follow my colleagues review of other shows, so I have no first hand experience as to what KO's show is every night. Why am I pointing this out? because I do not wish to hear the same complaints I heard expressed last week about my review of KO's coverage of the Terri Schiavo case. So, I'll attempt to be a bit more precise.

    KO starts off the night explaining that the Schindler family has once again appealed the case to the Spreme Court [we now know that petition was denied]. KO spends a few minutes discussing whether or not all the legal options will be over or not when the Supreme Court rules (and.. made sure to point out that the Schindler family stated they wouldn't file any more legal papers in this case and then did it anyway several times). I think it's fair to 'analyze' the legal status of the case. This is relevant information. Implying the Schindlers are not keeping their word -or- being dishonest because they continue to fight for their daughter is deplorable.

    My next complaint continues what I began last week. The simple fact is KO either cannot, does not know how or simply chooses not to cover this story in a full [both sides] analysis. Instead, he uses cheap tactics like bringing in Dr. Jeffrey Ponsky (who invented the feeding tube) and continually attempts to compare Terri's situation to that of Pope John Paul (who had a nasal feeding tube inserted today). This whole segment of 'this type of feeding tube is OK' and 'this type is not' is again deplorable. While Keith studies the history of the feeding tube (invented 25 years ago) a young woman is dying. Did KO ever tell his audience this information from either point of view? NO.

    You know what he did have time to talk about? Let's see...

    Apparently Dr. Pellman (who testified on behalf of baseball at the steroid hearings) got his medical degree in Mexico. I am in no position to pass judgment on Mexican Universities, but are they inferior? I'm not being sarcastic-I just don't know. Want to know why I don't know? The 'news show' I learned this from failed to give me any insight into teaching standards/reults/studies from Mexican Universities. I think that info would have helped me determine whether or not this is relevant information.

    Monica Novotny got me all worked up and worried about my tattoo when she told me there may be lead or copper in the ink. I've had a tattoo for ten years without incident, but who knows.

    I know this is the part that everyone reads for. What is the #1 news story of the day? What is the most important thing KO could find to report back to his audience? Ok..enough suspense. Elephants may do impressions, or something. One elephant made a 'chirping noise'. Another elephant made a noise that sounded like a truck driving by.

    Wow. KO may be on to his next big 'under reported' news story of the year! Elephants making noise. Wait... Did I understand this segment right or was he talking about the DU? I sometimes get confused.

    March 30, 2005
    Olby Interviewer Quits Hartford Courtant

    Looks like Liz Halloran's interview with Keith Olbermann where Keith claimed he was being "perfecuted" by OlbermannWatch was part of her swan song at The Hartford Courant - she quit and is heading to the Baltimore Sun where she is replacing David Folkenflik who left the Sun for NPR. Folkenflik is one of the few journalists to interview Keith Olbermann and the Managing Editor of OlbermannWatch, Robert Cox.

    OW readers might recall that shortly after leaving the Sun for NPR, Folkenflik appeared on Countdown to discuss the Jeff Gannon/James Guckert story.


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    March 29, 2005
    Countdown - Tuesday Mar. 29, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday Mar. 29, 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    WILL AN AUTOPSY BE CONCLUSIVE IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE?: Dr. Cyril Wecht, forensic pathologist

    THE SCHIAVO CASE AND HOSPICE CARE: Dr. Morton Getz, medical director of Douglas Garden Hospice

    SLEEP DISORDERS: Dr. Mark Mahowald, Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: 11:24 a.m. ET March 30, 2005
    Guest: Morton Getz, Cyril Wecht, Ira Reiner, Amy Forliti, Paul Mooney

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Demonstrating once again that Keith never misses an opportunity to beat a dead horse KO introduced his report on Terry Schiavo by noting Jesse Jackson is now supporting the parents "thus separating the man who most loudly claimed Republican voting fraud in Ohio last year from those now insisting that Congress overreached in legislating the Schiavo case in the federal court." Dude, Ohio is so, like, over.

    I seem to recall not to long Olby mocking the notion that Senator Bill Frist, a heart surgeon, could arrive at a conclusion about the condition of Terry Schiavo based on watching video tape and reading medical reports. How then to explain Keith parading guests on his show like Dr. Cyril Wecht the "world famous" coroner in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (i.e., someone not qualified to render an opinion on Terry Schiavo's condition in any case):

    The degree of damage, the severity and extent in specific areas of the brain, which, in my opinion, based on what I've read, involves both cerebral hemispheres, and probably even a portion of the mid-brain, sparing only the vital centers locate here at the base of the brain and the back, where the respiratory and cardiac control centers are located, which is why Terri Schiavo continues to breathe and have a heartbeat. That's the only part of the brain I think that continues really to function.

    Of course in Olbyland, the problem is not rendering a medical judgement without seeing the patient but rendering one that does not comport with Keith's wholly uninformed opinion.

    The Master of the Tangent-cum-Political-Attack served up two totally extraneous "conflict of interest" stories through which Keith seemed to suggest something nefarious about Jeb Bush and the parents of Terry Schiavo without clarifying the exact "crime" implied by the "gotcha" tone of his report.

    I think Keith made some actual news here when his next guest, attorney Ira Reiner revealed that while Cochran was serving as a paid analyst for NBC he was in discussions with O.J. Simpson's defense team about representing O.J.

    Johnnie and I were paired together on NBC doing commentary, and this was at the time of the preliminary hearing and before the trial. And then Johnnie, of course, left and went to defend O.J. During that time, Johnnie was very analytical about the evidence and he very carefully avoided ever giving the slightest indication of opinion. I expect because Johnnie at that time as it turned out, there were discussions going on where he might be in the case, so he couldn't.

    I know he's dead now but isn't their something untoward about an attorney preparing to take on a client and meanwhile appearing regularly on network news as a legal analyst thus influencing prospective jury members (I'm sure some lawyer can explain why this is permitted but surely Cochran didn't NEED to work for NBC). It seems to me "if the conflict is near, the lawyer should not appear".

    Keith seemed to have no idea what to make of the recently released WMD report which found that "Saddam fooled the intelligence community as well as some of his own commanders into believing he had reconstituted unconventional weapons after the inspectors left the country in 1998."

    Sounds like Saddam actively sought to pretend he had WMD (presumeably to intimidate local enemies and scare off the U.S.). So is that then really Bush's fault? Sounds like Saddam was an idiot who miscalculated the level of U.S. resolve in the wake of 9/11 and paid for it with a U.S. invasion.

    What to make of KO reporting on Rev. Jerry Falwell's illness by quoting Larry Flynt? Typically classless and ironic for a guy who feels "persecuted" by this site. But hey, Falwell "deserves" whatever he gets, right Keith?


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    March 28, 2005
    Countdown - Monday March 28, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday March 28, 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
    Guests: Mark Potter, Savannah Guthrie, Anthony DeCurtis, Richard Mineards

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE:
    #5: The Terri Schiavo controversy. Disagreement within the "Schindler camp"; an autopsy will be conducted. A school near the hospice is temporarily closing; Judge Greer is living under "armed guards" due to "death threats" and has been "kicked out" of his church. Another patient at the hospice died before the granddaughter could get there because of extra police security measures.

    Olby was eager to pin the blame for all this on the protestors as he questioned NBC's Mark Potter:

    Are these things registering with the protestors there? Is there any sense that anything, besides what Ms Schiavo represents to them, mattering at this point?

    Predictably Olby swerves into the Tom DeLay story, describing the case of his father as "similar, though not exact, circumstances", as an intro to a recycled NBC report (that first aired over 12 hours ago!). Norah O'Donnell's piece is lifted (almost word-for-word in parts) from a story in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. The key differences between the DeLay and Schiavo cases are given short-shrift.

    For those who insist that Countdown's coverage of the Schiavo controversy has not been hopelessly biased, we have a brief overview below. But first:

    The #4 story: tsunami worries--another recycled NBC package. The "Oddball" segment was interesting primarily because Olby thought it was amusing to ridicule motorcycle riders who yearly attend a blessing service. It's been going on for over 20 years, but to KO, it's news, and an opportunity to take another cheap shot at religion.

    #3: Michael Jackson--for some reason Olby was talking a mile a minute during some of this. Was he running behind schedule? Savannah Guthrie from CourTV chatted up the latest from the courtroom, and a segment of an MJ interview with the other Jackson--the Reverend--was played. Anthony DeCurtis discussed the singer's holdings. (Two guests; this must be an important story.)

    #2: A viewer of Fear Factor [NBC Network Cross-Promotion Alert!] escaped from a submerged car with techniques she saw on the program. The valuable lessons one can learn from the gross-out reality show? Unbuckle your seat belt. Swim out through the window. And Jeff Gannon will be appearing at the National Press Club. Olby: "Perhaps they'll have a surprise Pulitzer waiting for him." [Cue the stagehand: forced laughter.]

    And finally #1: The Royals and their marital embarrassments. Guest: Richard Mineards.

    As the backwards newshour mercifully lumbers to its conclusion, we're left pondering how little coverage there is for events of any real importance on MSNBC's "newscast of record". And, when Olby deigns to cover genuine news, how one-sided and slanted the Countdown can become.

    Case in point: the Terri Schiavo controversy. Countdown featured this story every day last week. Some of the interview subjects were the usual, purportedly impartial reporters. But Olby did interview some non-journalists:

    Monday: Dr Sean Morrison (assisted suicide advocate and George Soros acolyte, sides with Michael Schiavo)
    Wednesday: Jay Wolfson (former guardian of Terri, sides with Michael Schiavo)
    Thursday: Brian Schiavo (brother of Michael Schiavo)
    Friday: Hamden Baskin (co-counsel for Michael Schiavo)

    Day after day of feature interviews favoring one side of the controversy, and zero for the other side. That's the impartial, non-partisan, straight-down-the-middle coverage served up by Countdown and Olby.

    Q.E.D.


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    March 26, 2005
    Only Five?

    Dirty Harry has his own Countdown: he offers Olby Five Ways to Make Your Show Bearable


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    March 25, 2005
    Countdown - Friday March 25, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Friday March 25, 2005

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE: NBC News correspondents Mark Potter and Pete Williams

    WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A LIVING WILL?: Jerome L. Wolf, attorney

    WHAT IS TERRI SCHIAVO'S POLITICAL LEGACY?: Dana Milbank, Washington Post

    THE STATUS OF TERRI SCHIAVO'S HEALTH: Dr. Rosanne Leipzig, a geriatrician with the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Talk about "Good Friday", Keith has run off with his rain coat (see below) to join Howard Beal and we are left with the always lovely Alison Stewart.


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    March 24, 2005
    Countdown - Thursday, March 24, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Day Mon

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests: TERRI SCHIAVO NEWS OF THE DAY: NBC News correspondents Mark Potter and Pete Williams
    USING FAITH AS A HEALING MECHANISM: Monica Novotny, "Countdown" correspondent


    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: Transcript, March 24, 2005


    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: The first story was once again Schiavo, and once again KO came completely from the left side on this. After detailing facts that support killing her, such as a report that the parents, the Schindlers, once told a judge that they agreed that their daughter was in a persistant vegetative state. KO then interviewed Michael Schiavo's brother Brian. Have you ever noticed how many conflicting facts there are in this case, depending on who you are listening to?

    The interview of Brian Schiavo was remarkable for what KO did not ask. Since he had a guest that was totally in agreement with his point of view, he had only to ask the most softball of questions and let it go at that. Looked like Larry King in there. No, does it bother you that this is actually killing someone, not just turning off life support but actively not feeding someone similar to say, a Steven Hawking who would also die if someone didn't feed him? None of that moral complexity here.

    This was followed by an interview with Pete Williams exploring the "what next" question, and in particular, could Michael Schiavo get sued by Terry's parents after she dies? Looking out for Michael already, I suppose.

    The rest of the newscast was not particularly memorable except for an amazing bit of psycho theater at the end wherein KO reported first on Jeanne Dixon and her predictions for the future from the 70's, then Woody Allen's predictions, then somehow segued over to the 70's hit movie Network about a future of television gone nuts. KO then acted out a nutty news anchor a la Network, with his trench coat on exorting us all to get mad, say "I am a human being", "I have value dammit", and then "I want all of you to get up out of your chairs, go over to the window and yell....Good Night and Good Luck!!!" He walked a roundabout and picked up his water mug and threw the water in his own face.

    KOrant

    I was howling with laughter, not at how funny the bit was but how incredibly stupid and embarassing it was. My wife, watching in the living room in solidarity with me having to watch it, said it all "did you see that? This guy is just not funny."

    March 23, 2005
    Countdown - Wednesday, March 23 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Day Mon

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    MISPRINT IN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS $100,000 SCRATCH N' GAME HAS MULTIPLE "WINNERS" UPSET: Monica Braggs, held one of the "winning" tickets

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: As you can see by the topics/guests list above, KO was not preparing for a power-packed hour of "News-Olbermann style!".

    KO kicked off the night with Exhaustive Appeals - the Terri Schiavo case. KO spoke to Jay Wolfsen and Glenn McGee (Dir. NY Institute for Bioethics.) The discussion was pretty straight forward and looked at the case from a pro-legal aspect (hence-the title). No discussion of the more compelling HUMAN side of the story. Basically, it went through the court, and that's that. KO was concerned about how Terri's family was funding the legal battle, and speculated on what right-wing groups may be donating to the cause.

    I must say, considering Terri Schiavo is in a hospice and could die any minute, this show should have followed the lead of every show on TV and given it's viewers a real, honest discussion of the Schiavo case. KO should have presented all sides and shown some humanity by at least pointing out the tradegy of the situation. It just appeared to me that this show was centered around explaining how the courts were right.

    Maybe humanity does not fall into the "News-Olbermann Style!" mantra?

    KO then ran a leftover NBC spot by Peter Alexander (NBC News correspondent).

    Lastly, KO got into the real news of the day, the misprint scratch & win game winners in New York. One lady claimed she was so excited she spent $200 dollars that day and she is now suing. Another woman who is suing, claims she 'thought about' quitting her job that day so she is going to sue. Although I poke fun at this situation, I must admit that if I had received a lottery ticket that said I won $100,000 and then was told it was a misprint- well, I'd be suing to.

    March 22, 2005
    Countdown - Tuesday, March 22 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday, March 22 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    SHOULD SCHOOLS BE PROFILING POSSIBLE SCHOOL SHOOTERS TO KEEP THEIR STUDENTS SAFE?: Clint van Zandt, former FBI profiler and MSNBC analyst

    THE POLITICS AND MOTIVES OF POLITICIANS IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly and MSNBC political analyst

    THE LEGAL PROCESS OF APPEALS IN THE SCHIAVO CASE: Pete Williams, NBC News Justice correspondent

    BOSTON RED SOX JET MYSTERIOUSLY TRAVELS TO GUANTANAMO BAY?: Farah Stockman, Boston Globe

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: 11:20 a.m. ET March 23, 2005

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Keith went for the trifecta tonight, linking the need for gun control (Red Lake shooting) to disdain for Bush and the GOP (Congress going into special session over the weekend) to mocking right-to-lifers (Terry Schiavo case).

    KO Loaded Statement of the Day:

    So six years after Columbine, nothing we had learned from that experience was enough to stop Jeff Weise. Nothing, from forcing Weise physically out of school to placing metal detectors at the door of the school. Nothing stopped him.

    KO Loaded Question of the Day:

    When you see Congress go into special session and the president break off his vacation to address the survival of one woman who, best case, may or may not ever recover, do you get angry about the comparative political disinterest in taking any steps—I’m not talking about necessarily gun regulation. But anything done to—more money on counseling. Anything necessary to prevent Columbine, Red Lake and whichever school is next.

    And the Award for Best Use of a Question to Advance an Agenda goes to...Keith Olbermann...

    But there's no one in politics who's saying—certainly, not on the side that has introduced this. There is no one that is saying, putting this woman on this sort of stage is a grotesque and inhuman act by itself.


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    OlbermannWatch Mailbag: "Your Ceaseless Attacks on KO"

    A new reader writes:

    I love 'em! No one in the media is more deserving of a daily blogospheric bitchslap than KO. His smirky girly-man style is severely irritating and you do a yoeman's job of pointing out the innumerable sly half-truths that he slides into every show. You just KNOW that KO thinks himself oh-so-much smarter, wittier and wry than anyone on the right.

    Your blog has become one of my daily "must-see's". Please keep up the excellent work!

    Erik A.
    Louisville KY


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    March 21, 2005
    Countdown - Monday March 21, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann for Monday March 22, 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    PRESIDENT BUSH BECOMES INVOLVED IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CONTROVERSY: Wayne Slater, senior political writer, Dallas Morning News, co-author, "Bush's Brain"

    MICHAEL JACKSON LATE TO COURT AGAIN: Savannah Guthrie, Court TV

    THE LATEST ON THE JESSICA LUNSFORD CASE: Dr. NG Berrill, forensic psychologist

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
    Guests: Wayne Slater, Dr. Sean Morrison, Dr. N.G. Berrill, Dr. Bert Weiner, Allen Havey

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: #5: Olby saw fit to begin his Schiavo coverage by quoting an emailer who called him a "Nazi". (He did not mention his own comparison of Ken Starr to Heinrich Himmler.) The purpose, of course, was to marginalize people who weren't in favor of dehydrating Ms Schiavo.

    KO wrote off the Congressional action as "bandwagoning", made fun of how the lawmakers pronounced "Schiavo", and characterized the vote as "insisting" on making it a federal case. Then he brought up a Texas law involving a hospital's right to terminate support that was signed by Governor Bush. This reference was right on cue, cribbed as it was from various left-wing web sites. Of course, the background behind the bill--that it was an improvement over what was already in place, and that Gov Bush actually wanted stronger protections for the patient but didn't have the votes--was never mentioned by Olby. Guest Wayne Slater tried to explain it, but his detailing of the circumstances was muddled. It was certainly way over KO's head, because he thought he could move in for a killer question, but it backfired:

    OLBY: Is there in your opinion, having covered then-Governor and now-President Bush, is there consistency between his position on that, and the statement today that he made: it is wise to always err on the side of life?
    SLATER: There actually is consistency....It really is complicated and difficult, but it was a consistent pro-life position by Bush as Governor and as President.

    Well that didn't go as planned. KO moved on to #4: the medical reality ("whatever that is") of the Schiavo case. He plugged an upcoming medical expert guest, snidely adding:

    OLBY: Not that Schiavo's parents, the Schindlers, believe such a doctor's opinion is relevant to their daughter's case.

    He brought on Dr. Sean Morrison, his guest expert, identifying him simply as from Mt Sinai Medical Center. Olby's leading questions ("If the woman's eyes were closed, do you think any of this would be happening?") sent perfectly aimed softballs the doctor's way, and he gave KO exactly what he was looking for.

    No surprise there. Unmentioned by the news anchor who insists he doesn't slant the news was any mention of the fact that Dr. Morrison is a "Faculty Scholar" of the "Project on Death in America". This just happens to be an outfit promoting assisted suicide. And the moneybags behind it? George Soros.

    No wonder Olby ended the interview in reverent tones: "Great thanks for your insight tonight, sir."

    After "Oddball" and the "Top 3 Newsmakers" came #3: the school shooting in St Paul and various crime stories. Dr. N.G. Berrill discussed the rehabilitation of sex offenders. Dr. Bert Weiner talked about Michael Jackson's infirmities. I will spare you any description of the lame "Michael Jackson Puppet Theater".

    #2: Baseball and steroids. #1: "When in doubt, ban it." Moves to outlaw Viagra ads during certain hours, and sexually suggestive high school cheerleading. Guest Allan Havey was on to ridicule these developments. As tonight's hour drew to a close, no papers were balled up and thrown at the camera. There was too much propaganda and spin to risk distracting viewers with that tired shtick.


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    March 20, 2005
    Obsessed KO Fan(atic) Calls on Michigan Police to Shut Down OlbermannWatch

    An obsessive Keith Olbermann fan, who has been agitating for months to shut down OlbermannWatch, claims to have now filed a police report against the Managing Editor of OlbermannWatch (me) and called web host provider for OlbermannWatch demanding that the company take down the site. This as a result of a dispute which began when OlbermannWatch refused to accede to her demand that the site remove an e-mail exchange between Keith Olbermann and a TV producer in Washington, DC in 2004.

    Last December, a TV producer from Washington posted a comment on OlbermannWatch.com which appeared to be an e-mail exchange between him and Keith Olbermann. There was nothing particulary shocking in the exchange - nothing Keith has not said publicly in the past. Given the nature of the site, I wished to comment on the exchange so I wrote a post based on excerpts from the e-mail exchange.

    For the convenience of OlbermannWatch readers, I copied and pasted the e-mail exchange from the comments section into the "extended body" portion of my post. The producer subsequently posted three additional comments on OlbermannWatch.

    It is my understanding from that producer that several days later Keith Olbermann, who had been on vacation, learned of the e-mail exchange being posted on OlbermannWatch and responded aggressively including contacting the producer's employer in Washington, making vague legal threats about copyright infringement, and demanding that the producer get the e-mail exchange removed from OlbermannWatch. OlbermannWatch was also informed that the head of the MSNBC PR department pressured a well-known "cable news" blogger to remove a post linking to OlbermannWatch(the blogger complied). The producer called me to inform me of Keith's actions and express his fear that he would be terminated by his employer as a result.

    I felt badly for the guy as it was Christmas eve, he was newly engaged and had just started his job. Before he went any further I informed the producer that if the purpose of his call was to request that I remove the e-mail exchange with Keith I would gladly do so because it would generate tremendous publicity for OlbermannWatch as I would report the reason why the request had been made [the behavior of Keith Olbermann] and publicize that fact. I pointed out that the e-mail exchange was a minor story but Keith Olbermann's response was a much bigger story. I added that I was willing to help mitigate the damage but I was not going to remove the e-mail exchange without any explanation especially after it had generated dozens of comments and links from many other blogs.

    I made the producer aware that over the Christmas weekend the post would "roll off" the front page of my blog and so long as the comment section was not active the entire matter would drop from view so that if his objective (and Keith's) was to quiet things down the best course of action was to do nothing. The producer asked to think about it. He called me back several hours later and informed me that he did not wish to ask me to remove the post. As his three comments had been made after accepting his new job he asked if I would remove those comments and I did. He also asked me to remove any mention of his employer from the site and I did. I went even further and posted comments to five other posts so that the link would drop off the "recent comments" section as well.

    This is the first time I am telling the whole story publicly because by this time Sileo has had a chance to establish himself at the company he joined in December and ought to be "safe" from the "Wrath of KO" at this point.

    I made changes to the site on the morning of Christmas Eve and hoped for the producer's sake that the matter would just fade into the archives. That same morning, I began getting a series of e-mails from a pro-Keith OlbermannWatch reader, who has since publicly identified herself as Marisa McNee, a graduate student at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. I had not heard from McNee for several weeks, ever since she had posted a series of inane, anonymous comments on OlbermannWatch on the topic of Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org and then began sending e-mail after unsolicited e-mail to complain about the content on OlbermannWatch critical of Keith Olbermann and other people and organization that McNee, apparently, supported. I later learned that during this time, and ever since, McNee had been concurrently publishing vile, profanity-laced, defamatory comments on her web site which singled me out by name.

    Marisa McNee was also posting comments on the post about the exchange which was keeping it on the home page. I attempted to discourage her so that post would drop off the "recent comments" but she was oddly persistant. I believe I now know why she was so persistent. Marisa McNee, who runs a bizarre Keith Olbermann Fan site, a "QuickTopic" discussion board at http://www.quicktopic.com/29/H/CCZ5hH7RnZhQ, was under the impression that Keith had been unaware of the publication of his e-mail exchange with the TV producer until she e-mailed him that week.

    Based on an e-mail exchange between Keith Olbermann and another reader, Joe Davis, I now believe that McNee was wrong. She was not the person who first notified Keith that his e-mail exchange with the TV producer had been published on OlbermannWatch. It appears from the e-mail that the first Keith had heard about the matter was in an e-mail sent to Keith after Davis had read about Keith's e-mail exchange via a link on Instapundit.

    The Olbermann-Davis exchange is reprinted in its entirety below.

    This matter has now come to the fore because Marisa McNee now claims to have filed a police report with the Ann Arbor police department based on a comment thread on the OlbermannWatch site which owes in origin, in large part, to my refusal last December to accede to her demands that I remove the Olbermann-Sileo e-mail exchange.

    Marisa McNee claims that the Ann Arbor police intend to assign a detective to investigate her claims and to make contact with my local police department in New Rochelle, NY as well as the local District Attorney's office in White Plains, NY. I have been informed by my web hosting provider that McNee also called their offices on Friday informing that she had filed a police report with the Ann Arbor police and demanding that the web hosting company shut down OlbermannWatch.

    The apparent basis for McNee's latest complaints against OlbermannWatch is that OlbermannWatch published a link to web page on a web site owned by a medical center in California affiliated with the Stanford University Medical Center. The web page contained information about Dr. Francis McNee and includes a photograph of Dr. McNee. Marisa McNee has stated that Dr. McNee is her her father.

    McNee is apparently claiming that it is against the law to publish information about an OB/GYN on the web.

    Given the the Stanford University web site is the organization displaying the information and photo of Dr. McNee, not OlbermannWatch, it was not clear why she was directing her complaints against OlbermannWatch. Based on McNee's response to my inquiry about her various threats against me and OlbermannWatch, I believe now that the entire matter revolves around the issue of abortion and abortion providers.

    If you are interested in the study of left-wing loons, read the "mother of all comment threads" here to get a sense of the "case" against me and OlbermannWatch.

    ====================================

    E-MAIL EXCHANGE BETWEEN KEITH OLBERMANN AND JOE DAVIS

    ====================================

    From: joe davis
    Date: December 21, 2004 11:07:35 PM MST
    To: "Olbermann, Keith (NBC Universal, MSNBC)"
    Subject: Re: explanation- see yr own words Re: (your) will to unfairness

    Well Mr. Oberman, as you know it is a brave new world of new media and while Matt Cooper may go to jail I don't imagine anyone has much to worry about in this case. In any event I consider myself 'advised' if not intimidated but I will gladly give up my source! No one 'sent' this to me- rather it was posted on a blog and linked to the king blog- Instapundit -where I happened upon it. Have your lawyers start there if you must litigate.

    Here are the links:

    http://www.olbermannwatch.com/archives/2004/12/tv_news_produce_2.html
    http://www.instapundit.com/

    (If your correspondence had anything of a personal nature in it I might understand your pique but while I find the substance of your responses silly (see below) and your tone a little patronizing there is nothing about them that should cause you any sense of violation or embarrassment beyond what you should feel from your public statements as I have heard them on your tv show )

    best-
    Joe Davis


    On Dec 21, 2004, at 8:32 PM, Olbermann, Keith (NBC Universal, MSNBC) wrote:

    Please be advised that this was a private communication in answer to a viewer's e-mail.

    At no point was anyone given authorization to distribute this publicly, and in so doing several copyright laws were broken. I would assume you were unaware of this, but I advise you to point this out to the individual who sent this to you.


    -----Original Message-----
    From: joe davis [mailto:jdavis@iltco.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 11:23 PM
    To: Olbermann, Keith (NBC Universal, MSNBC)
    Subject: explanation- see yr own words Re: (your) will to unfairness

    Perhaps you are unaware of this MEME:

    To: 'Tom Sileo'
    Subject: RE: From A Fellow Journalist
    Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 10:11:44

    But it's a political judgment to compare these wars -- and to buy into the concept that Iraq is even part of a war on terrorism. If you've made your mind up about that, and start with an assumption that that's just TRUE -- a starting point -- then you've already made a political judgment about the incumbent president.

    We were assured -- I was alive then -- that Vietnam was essential to keeping the communists out of North America. Seriously.(my bold)

    And my father, who served during Korea, considers Iraq "bullshit."

    The poor ratings of MSNBC owe to incredibly unstable scheduling. For three years we did not have the same nightly line-up for more than six weeks successively. We've now gone over a year since the last change. The 6-9 PM ratings have doubled. I'm afraid tv success is much more of a function of constancy and style than it is of political tone.


    Keith Olbermann

    On Dec 21, 2004, at 7:20 PM, Olbermann, Keith (NBC Universal, MSNBC) wrote:

    What on earth are you talking about?

    I haven't broadcast or written anything even referring to Vietnam since the Swift Boat Ads story in August.

    In fact, I've been on vacation since last week.

    -----Original Message-----

    From: joe davis [mailto:jdavis@iltco.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2004 10:55 PM
    To: Keith.Olbermann@Msnbc.com
    Subject: (your) will to unfairness

    No one ever seriously made the argument that we were in Viet Nam in order to prevent a NV invasion of the US. This 'argument' was only made facetiously by those who believed that virtually all anti-Communists initiatives of the cold war from Korea to Nicaragua were paranoid follies. The arguments propounded by JFK and LBJ were based in part on the 'Domino Theory' which worried a victory in VN would presage other successful communist revolutions in SE Asia- not an invasion of the US main land. ( I defy you to Nexus/Lexus one speech from one responsible elected official related to the making of US fp in those years who made this claim.) You probably believe that because the DT did not happen the theory was (a priori) false but many (liberal) people as smart as you thought it was a possibility at the time. (Parmenides fallacy also refutes the illogical conclusion that because it didn't happen it wouldn't have absent the war but I fear I am taxing your powers of patience and comprehension here) They also had moral (liberal) arguments that would be familiar to anyone who has listened to Tony Blair speak about Iraq. If you ever have occasion to interview any of the millions of refuges from that sad revolutionary success story you may begin to understand what they were talking about. There were also 'real politick' considerations apart from the containment of communism in SE Asia such as our undertaking the French treaty obligations to the South in an attempt to keep France in NATO (it didn't work but that's the French...)

    When you characterize those liberals (JFK-LBJ) who were in favor of defending the South against a communist takeover as paranoid yahoos or cynical demagogues who scared Americans into believing we were under threat of a NV invasion you are exposing yourself to ridicule from responsible people. (I was alive then too)


    Joe Davis
    www.jdavisdesign.com
    jdavis@jdavisdesign.com


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    Tim Graham of MRC Takes on Keith Olbermann's Persecution Complex with Romenesko

    Fellow "joker" Tim Graham of MRC has a few thoughts on KO...

    ------------------------------------------------------------

    From: Tim Graham
    To: Jim Romenesko
    Sent: Friday, March 18, 2005 10:30 AM
    Subject: Letters: He ain't Captain Neutrality

    TIM GRAHAM, Media Research Center: So Keith Olbermann is trying the old saw about "the conservatives just want one-sided pro-GOP reporting." That's always an amusing complaint from journalists like Keith whose idea of "balance" is often one-sided pro-Democrat reporting --such as Keith's weeks of complaining about Kerry's supposed 120,000-uncounted-votes victory in Ohio, and then ridiculing Republicans for questioning a much, much closer vote in the Washington state gubernatorial race. But the real contender for the overused and outdated needle-scratching-LP sound effect is Keith claiming he hosted "not...one" show on Monicagate that was pro-Clinton.

    Oh, where to begin? At the very least, Olbermann was well-known to conservatives in 1998 for his Kenneth Starr hatred. On August 18, he declared Starr "reminded me facially...[of] Heinrich Himmler" and should be seen as "a persecutor as opposed to a prosecutor." On October 19, when Newsweek quoted someone comparing a Lewinsky-Starr meeting to an appointment between "Jezebel and the Pope," Keith joked "In this reference, Jezebel is who?" On November 17, he compared Linda Tripp "the pathetic, self-destroying, older loser" to Monica's "irresponsible adolescent." See more of Keith's weird historical analogies (everything from McCarthy to the Boxer Rebellion) and sneering against Republican "idiots" here.

    http://www.mrc.org/notablequotables/1998/nq19981130.asp

    Whatever you think of Olbermann's oeuvre, you cannot argue he's Captain Neutrality.


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    March 19, 2005
    Howard Kurtz Takes Pity on Keith over OlbermannWatch Persecution

    Howard Kurtz writing in his washingtonpost.com column, Media Notes Extra feels Keith's pain.

    MSNBC's Keith Olbermann tells the Hartford Courant he doesn't think much of blogs such as Olbermann Watch that are dedicated to bashing him:

    "There is a whole army of bloggers, radio hosts and TV people who have decided that any deviation from their political view is to be persecuted - and the "Olbermann Watch" and [Brent] Bozell jokers [of Media Research Center and Parents Television Council] are foremost among them. We made just as much sport of Kerry as Bush during the campaign, but neutrality is not what they want. They want conformity and a deliberate, institutionalized, pro-Republican slant. Guess what? They're never going to get it."

    UPDATE APRIL 4, 2006: Unfortunately, the Crooks and Liars blog has linked over to OlbermannWatch. Not that their far left readers would care about THE FACTS! but their post actually refers to THIS POST from April 4, 2006. That post has comments ENABLED unlike this post. Let me add that this site is intended for clear-thinkers who understand the danger reprsented by Keith Olbermanna and his ilk, loony left, pro-Keith, anti-Bush comments are NOT WELCOME!


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    Thanks Keith!

    Courant ChartKeith's gratuitous swipe at the hardworking staff at OlbermannWatch has predictably backfired on KO as traffic sky-rocketed at OlbermannWatch.com following his interview with the Hartford Courant.

    1754 Blog writes:

    "It is only a matter of time before his oversized dome populates every DNC fundraiser from Portland to Peoria. Feeding heaping spoonfuls of stupidity to the willing lapdogs on the left who populate their cars with "Kerry won Ohio" or "Peace is Patriotic" bumper stickers while flying into fits of road rage that would make Mad Max blush..But I digress. There is a site dedicated to this goober...Olbermannwatch.com."

    Wes Roth links OlbermannWatch.

    TVNewser linked to the Hartford Courant story as well.
    Ripclawe wonders if Keith is even worth the trouble:

    At this rate, it would be better for Robert Cox of the National Debate to just shut down Olbermannwatch because why bother wasting the bandwidth.

    Cursor quotes KO on OlbermannWatch:

    Keith Olbermann writes of "a whole army of bloggers, radio hosts and TV people who have decided that any deviation from their political view is to be persecuted -- and the Olbermann Watch and Bozell jokers are foremost among them ... They want conformity and a deliberate, institutionalized, pro-Republican slant. Guess what? They're never going to get it."

    NOTE: this link will change to this on 4/1/05

    Some folks over at Television without Pity write:

    Olbermann Watch, despite being anti-Keith, has probably one of the biggest Keith picture galleries on the Internet. Click for a randomly selected Keith pic courtesy of their site.

    Some crackpot thinks he's dangerous enough to monitor him. Wonder if it's O'Reilly, he's a vindictive prick.

    Hey! And here's our old friend "redheadedwoman" trolling over there too...doing a little link-whoring:

    redheadedwoman Mar 3, 2005 @ 08:26 AM
    The good thing about Olbermannwatch? Take a look at the stunning lack of comments made on his posts. He's got like two regulars and I bet that it's the same guy, posting under a couple of different names! That's the mentality of these idiots. Every so often a photo will flash up with the chief idiot's picture. You take one look at that ugly mug and you'll figure out why this brainless wonder hates on KO so much. By the way--lots of good pics up of KO with links to articles and other neat stuff at: www.olbermann.org

    berberry says - Don't miss the email interview that the Hartford Courant did with Keith. My thanks to tvnewser, which Keith says he reads.


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    March 18, 2005
    Countdown - Friday March 19, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Friday March 19, 2005

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    CONGRESS GETS INVOLVED IN THE TERRI SCHIAVO CASE: Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), member of House Government Reform Committee; Dana Milbank, Washington Post

    FALLOUT FROM THE BASEBALL/STEROIDS CONGRESSIONAL HEARING: Jack Curry, The New York Times

    THE VATICAN AGAINST "THE DA VINCI CODE": Father Guido Sarducci

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: More normalcy at MSNBC with Alison Stewart. Would that it were always so.


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    March 17, 2005
    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    No Olbywatch tonight as the show was preempted by Congressional grandstanding over the steroid scandal.

    March 16, 2005
    Countdown - Wednesday March 16, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Day Wednesday

    Host: Alison Stewart

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    CALIFORNIA COURTROOMS - Julia Sulek, San Jose Mercury News
    DOOMSDAY SCENARIO - Roger Cressey, MSNBC Terror Analyst
    PERSON OF INTEREST - Clint Van Zandt, Fmr FBI Profiler

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Wow. It's downright scary when you can say you watched Countdown and do not know the 'anchors' personal opinion on any of the stories. How can this be? A guest 'anchor', that's how.

    Alison Stewart covered the Scott Peterson and Robert Blake verdicts with Harvey Levin (Celebrity Justice) and Julia Sulek (San Jose Mercury News). Levin and Stewart discuss the Blake verdict
    (not guilty) and possible scenarios of how the jury arrived at the verdict. Neither hinted at whether or not they thought the verdict was right or wrong. They Just reported. Stewart discussed the Peterson decision (death penalty) with Julia Sulek. Again,just the facts.

    The 'Doomsday Scenario'(I will check the transcript when available to be sure I heard this correct) is a report that was compiled by the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of the report is to analyze possible terror scenarios and their impact on Americans in casualties and monetary cost. Roger Cressey, MSNBC Analyst, was in favor of the report and stated "the public should be reassured" and "we're going in the right direction." Basically, by studying possible scenarios and their effects, we can be better prepared in the event we encounter one of these scenarios.

    In 'Person of Interest', Alison interviewed Clint Van Zandt, Fmr. FBI Profiler about the person of interest in the Jessica Lunsford case: John Covey. Van Zandt discussed criminal profiles and what type of people fall into the category of being of interest to police. She then discussed the Lunsford case with Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, whose most important contribution is the hope he brings to the discussion. Remembering the story of Elizabeth, gives us hope in the search for Jessica.

    The number one story tonight, well... Michael Jackson. Alright Alison, good reporting all night but I am really tired of the Jackson puppet thing! The breaking news from the Jackson case is Michael now has a new 'spiritual advisor': Jessie Jackson. Countdown starts this story as 'Day 485', but really, hasn't this been going on for about 13 years or so? Oh well, who's counting anyways!

    With the exception of the MJ stuff, I would have to say I think I might have watched a 'newscast' tonight! But what do I know? I'm just a 'biased pimp', right?

    March 15, 2005
    The Hartford Courant: Olbermann Feels Persecuted by OlbermannWatch

    With his ratings disappearing from view, Keith is now crying on the shoulder of Hartford Courant media columnist Liz Halloran, claiming that OlbermanWatch is "persecuting" him for his political views.

    All we can say at OlbermannWatch is boo "f-ing" hoo.

    This is the same guy who routinely uses his "platform", an hour show on MSNBC, to mock and ridicule those with whom he disagrees with politically, a guy who has been caught red-handed lifting others material without attribution and without fact-checking, and devotes segment after segment to defaming his enemies (mostly his "betters", people who are trouncing him in the ratings). And now he doesn't like it when a blog gives him a taste of his own medicine? Puh-leeze.

    In her Q&A with Keith Halloran asks:

    You've described yourself as non-political and nonpartisan and have said you don't vote. But often the tone, if not the content, of your show can suggest otherwise, and conservative folks like those at the "Olbermann Watch" blog refer to you as "rabidly leftist." If not political, what are the basic standards you use to evaluate policy, for example, or candidates and politicians?

    Keith replies:

    Boy, how soon they forget. I did 228 consecutive shows on MSNBC in '98 on the Clinton-Lewinsky story, and not a one of them was pro-Clinton. And I know that most of this ideological nonsense is predicated on my coverage of the Ohio [2004 presidential election] voting problems. What I found so amusing about the backlash to that was that the undertone to my coverage of Ohio was what a fool John Kerry had made of himself, dipping his toe in the recount water and then running away when it got too chilly. As an overall philosophy, I liked what Dana Milbank of The Washington Post said as he bowed out as White House correspondent: that he's basically antithetical to power. Me, too.

    There is a whole army of bloggers, radio hosts and TV people who have decided that any deviation from their political view is to be persecuted - and the "Olbermann Watch" and [Brent] Bozell jokers [of Media Research Center and Parents Television Council] are foremost among them. We made just as much sport of Kerry as Bush during the campaign, but neutrality is not what they want. They want conformity and a deliberate, institutionalized, pro-Republican slant. Guess what? They're never going to get it.

    Hoo Boy!

    There are lots of ways to say it but let's make this simple - the statements above in italics are just flat-out lies. Does Keith expect anyone to actually believe he was an "equal opportunity mocker" during the campaign. We didn't keep score during the campaign (OW was launched after the election) but we did afterwards and the idea that the "undertone" of Keith's "coverage" of claims of vote fraud in Ohio was about criticizing John Kerry is such a flagrant lie that it only serves to demonstrate that Keith knows no one (except us) is watching his show and so he can get away with claiming anything about it. We have every MSNBC transcript of every show since the election linked on this site with a summary of each night's coverage. The entire motivation for creating OlbermannWatch.com came from KO's one-sided, anti-GOP coverage where ever conspiracy theory from the loony left found its ways onto Countdown.

    There are lots of other goodies in this article; feel free to chime in.

    Oliver Willis calls us "bias pimps".

    Media Research Center sets the record straight on KO whoppers.

    Romenesko featured KO claims about OlbermannWatch at his Poynter Institute site.


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    Slide Continues as Countdown Drops to Fifth Place Behind CNBC Re-runs

    TVNewser is reporting that Countdown fell to fifth place in the 8 PM cable news ratings. With Olbermann on vacation, Countdown looked more like Requiem for a Heavyweight as the show's long, ignominious slide continued as CNBC piled on with re-runs of "The Contender". The O'Reilly Factor, Paula Zahn and Nancy Grace were the top three shows.


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    Countdown - Tuesday Mar. 15, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday Mar. 15

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    HOW CAN KAREN HUGHES HELP PROMOTE AMERICA'S IMAGE OVERSEAS?: Richard Wolffe, senior correspondent, Newsweek
    INSIDE THE MICHAEL JACKSON CASE: John Q. Kelly, former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
    Guest: Richard Wolfe, John Q. Kelly

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Countdown is a pleasure to watch with Alison Stewart and Monica Crowley. Alison is silly-funny and the two them togther talking about Martha Stewart's shoes was infectious. Too bad Keith will be back soon enough.


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    March 14, 2005
    Countdown - Monday, March 14, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann for Monday, March 14

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: TRANSCRIPT PENDING
    Guests: Dr. Park Dietz, Sgt. Charles Rambo, Savannah Guthrie, Mickey Sherman, Michael Ausiello

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE:
    #5: Brian Nichols case. #4: More Brian Nichols case. #3: Michael Jackson case. #2: Miracle birth. #1: American Idol.

    Yes, these were the top stories on MSNBC's "newscast of record". Part of the "best primetime in cable", if you believe the promos. This is the sort of news judgment you just don't get at those other cable networks. You'd have to go to Inside Edition or Extra! for stuff like this.

    This is the second Monday in a row with Alison Stewart subbing for Olby. The Lords of Cobol are still smiling on me.


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    March 11, 2005
    Countdown - Friday, March 11, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Friday

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    THE ATLANTA COURTHOUSE SHOOTINGS - Catherine Crier, Court TV
    THE JACKSON CASE - Jane Velez Mitchell

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE:
    The #5 story tonight comes from my hometown, the Atlanta Courthouse shootings. This morning, Brian Nichols, on trial for multiple charges, attacked the prison guard escorting him to court. He took her gun and shot her. She is currently in the hospital in critical condition. Nichols then entered the courtroom and murdered the Judge and court reporter. While fleeing, Nichols shot and killed a second officer outside the courtroom. Nichols has not been captured, so anyone with any information that may help lead to the arrest of this man can call 404-730-7983. KO discussed this case in a broader sense with Catherine Crier, inquiring on the safety of judges in the courtroom. As the city of Atlanta mourns the loss of 3 lives, prays for the recovery of a hospitalized police officer and tries to conduct a manhunt to catch the man who did this, KO criticizes the security of Atlanta's courtroom, and then asks Crier "Is this the result of 1 person in Atlanta being an idiot?" Thoughtful reporting/investigating KO.

    Next up: KO runs a replayed NBC report on the Michael Jackson trial by NBC reporter Michael Okwu.

    KO discusses the report with Jane Velez Mitchell and ponders whether or not Michael Jackson is out-smarting everybody by pulling stunts like going to the hospital. KO's logic is that it misdirects attention of what is happening in the courtroom.

    KO did find time to point out twice that FOX was reporting Michael Jackson was on suicide watch. Both times he said it in a sarcastic manner implying that is was untrue.

    Then, a replayed NBC report by Stacy Weaver on the recycling of the orange cloth walkway/display/art thing called "Orange Crush".

    My favorite part tonight was two comments KO closed out the show with:

    "I've got nothing left to say that is relevant or true."
    "Tune in next time, if there is a next time..."

    I think KO summed up my sentiments perfectly. Heck, with comments like that, he probably could have written this post...

    March 10, 2005
    Countdown - Thursday, March 10, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Thursday, March 10

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics:

    Michael Jackson showed up to court today -- late -- after an arrest warrant had been issued. He was wearing what appeared to be his pajama bottoms.

    An angry judge issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson today after he failed to show up for his child molestation trial on time and his attorney announced the singer was being treated for a serious back problem.

    A man who killed himself during a routine traffic stop here Wednesday had material in his van that appears to tie him to the murders of the husband and mother of U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, police in this Milwaukee suburb said Thursday.

    Former President Clinton checked into a New York City hospital early Thursday to undergo more surgery on his chest.

    Baseball vows to fight government subpoenas.

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


    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: The first near third of the show was taken up with the Michael Jackson "media carnival freak show", and I would agree with KO's assesment of that, but then he makes a point to be the worst part of it himself with his ludicrous MJ Puppet Theater.

    After a pretty straight report about the Lefko murderer, the only notable reports were on the recently leaked FBI research report that ABC had, saying that no sleeper Al Qaeda cells have been found in the U.S. He had on guest Christopher Whitcomb, a former FBI Special Agent turned NBC analyst.

    Whitcomb contends because we haven't found a sleeper cell in the last three years, we should just forget about them. He appears to be one of KO's guests that mouths what KO wants to hear, hey, terrorism, no big deal. What will Whitcomb say when a sleeper cell is found, or worse if one attacks? It seemed particularly overstated when KO also reported that the FBI says that Al Qaeda is turning to enlisting women and married couples with children in the US due to racial profiling. If there is nothing to worry about, why are they still recruiting people?

    KO also tried to resuscitate the Sponge Bob story, as today the video finally aired to some first graders. There was no mention of sexually diverse families in the video, and KO was all full of jokes about how there were no biblical type plagues, swarms of locusts, etc, upon the video's release.

    One little fact got mentioned and dismissed, that the teacher's guide did contain three references to sexually diverse type families originally, and after the controversy those were deleted. Focus on the Family claimed victory for that, but KO quoted the Anti-Defamation League as saying those parts were cut out for "space" reasons, not because they had to do with sex. Right.

    KO Moves to Late Night

    Keith Olbermann will appear tonight (or tomorrow morning) on Last Call with Carson Daly. If anyone has the "courage" to stay up late and watch the ultimate in train-wreck TV feel free to provide commentary here.

    Mark Koldys has a video clip (KO learns the hard way that people who don't work for you are less likely to laugh at your "jokes"; if you put on headphones you can actually hear Carson Daly thinking "who the hell booked this guy")


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    Olby Nightmare Deepens as Nancy Grace Pulls Away

    From Drudge via LL.

    Nancy Grace has firmly pulled away from Keith Olbermann's Countdown, pulling close to double his numbers, and leaving KO staring at a wake of peroxide-stainded dust. Although the news for Keith is bad on many levels perhaps the most disturbing is that CNN's Headline News has been drawing in new "cable news" viewers - the numbers for O'Reilly and Zahn are stable and HLN is way up - demonstrating to MSNBC executives what many of have known all along, that there has been "more audience" out there but Keith is not the guy capable of capturing it.

    At what point does Rick Kaplan take note that Countdown, getting trounced by "news" programming on The Comedy Channel, E! and a spin-off channel from CNN, is a ratings disaster? And that just maybe it has something to do with his decision to anchor his only primetime news broadcast with a guy who treats the news as a joke - without being funny.

    FNC O'REILLY 2,408,000 [VIEWERS]
    FNC HANNITY/COLMES 1,823,000
    FNC GRETA 1,567,000
    CNN LARRY KING 1,486,000
    FNC SHEP SMITH 1,446,000
    COMEDY DAILY SHOW 1,287,000
    CNNHN NANCY GRACE 618,000
    CNN AARON BROWN 607,000
    CNN ZAHN 565,000
    MSNBC HARDBALL 492,000
    CNN COOPER 430,000
    E! MICHAEL JACKSON 387,000
    MSNBC OLBERMANN 315,000
    MSNBC SCARBOROUGH 230,000


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    March 9, 2005
    Countdown - Wednesday March 9, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Wednesday March 9, 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    DETAILS ON PRESIDENT CLINTON'S HEART SURGERY: Dr. Robert Ashton, cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital

    THE LATEST IN THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL: Quintin Cushner, reporter, Santa Maria Times

    VIDEO VOYEURISM AND UPSKIRTING-HOW IS IT LEGAL?: Paul Cambria, general counsel for Larry Flynt and a First Amendment lawyer

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: 3:55 p.m. ET March 10, 2005
    Guest: Quintin Cushner, Howard Fineman, Paul Cambria

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Pretty much a non-event for KO tonight. He lightly touched on Rather's departure from the CBS Evening News (more "Dan as victim" tripe) and worked in a couple of anti-Bush shots.


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    March 8, 2005
    Countdown - Tuesday March 8, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday March 8, 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    DAN RATHER STEPS DOWN: Stephen Battaglio, senior correspondent, TV Guide magazine

    WHEN IS DISNEY OKAY WITH CABLE REGULATIONS?: Alex Ben Block, editor TelevisionWeek magazine

    THE LATEST IN THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL: Mike Taibbi, NBC News correspondent

    SPY AGENCIES FEAR THAT SOME APPLICANTS MAY BE TERRORISTS: Eva Kohlmann, NBC terrorism analyst and founder of Globalterroralert.com

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: 2:45 p.m. ET March 9, 2005
    Guest: Stephen Battaglio, Alex Ben Block, Evan Kohlmann

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: KO leads with Dan Rather leaving the CBS Evening News and comes out strongly in Dan's corner. Using his favorite device, quoting others as a means to serve up his own opinions Keith makes a stab at revisionist history - that the phony National Guard records were not the real reason Rather is stepping down tomorrow, that plans had been underway for Rather to leave all along, that the internal investigation at CBS could find "no political bias just a series of journalistic mistakes", that the memos were just part of the story ("fake but accurate"), that it could not be "proved nor disproved" whether the documents were authentic, and most importantly that the CBS investigation was "co-chaired by the former Republican attorney general of the United States". At no point does Keith mention that the experts hired by CBS News to evaluate the documents recommended they not use them, that the source for the documents was tainted who had changed his story several times, that CBS News never obtained any original documents and that even now has never been able to explain the provenance of the documents. Or that the story ran just several weeks before the 2004 Presidential election.

    The level of KO's obtuseness is revealed by his "question" to the editor of TV Guide, "It is interesting that, in the terms of history of broadcasting, you do not hear Edward R. Murrow disparaged as a liberal, even though he was among the first to take on Joe McCarthy. And Walter Cronkite was not thought to be anything but the most trusted man in America, even though he famously came out against the Vietnam War at a time when news anchors were supposed to be totally impartial."

    Unfortunately for KO, his guest doesn't get the hint and replies "Both of them operated from what could be called monopolistic strength. You're talking about an era when there were three networks, really almost only two networks broadcasting the news."

    Oh. Maybe that explains why "no one" was disparaging Cronkite. First, there were people who criticize Cronkite. Second, the "non-existant" liberal media controlled every media outlet with national reach save a handful.

    Later in the broadcast, Keith proposes that that the Governor of Georgia castrate Zell Miller, that some Americans would support the kidnapping of Russell Crowe, and reporting that Eason Jordan's favorite Italain journalist, Giuliana Sgrena, claims she was "targeted" by the U.S. military as she attempted to leave Iraq after being "rescued". No motive offered and no mention that Sgrena was not "rescued" but rather "sold" by terrorists for several million dollars to the Italian government, that Sgrena is a frothing anti-US, anti-Iraq War, anti-military "journalist" for a communist newspaper called Il Manifesto, a "rag" with zero credibility in her own country.

    KO also does a few bits of his typical "ridicule the U.S. government" schtick by making light of the idea that terrorists group would attempt to infiltrate the CIA and the U.S. terror watchlist.

    A classic KO moment tonight when Keith drips sarcasm in reporting that it is legal for U.S. citizens listed on the federal terrorism watchlist to purchase firearms in 11 states: "being a terror suspect, it seems, is not enough to automatically keep someone from buying a gun legally right here in the U.S." This is the same guy who routinely sheds a tear over the treatment of known al Qaeda operatitves at the Guantanamo Bay Naval base or mocks the same terrorism watchlist when the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens is denied entry into the U.S.

    In KeithWorld, being a "suspect" should cause a U.S. citizen to lose their Constitutional rights (when the right involved is something Keith doesn't like - owning a gun) but actually being a terrorist captured by the U.S. entitles the terrorist to protection under the U.S. Constitution. Unless, of course, the "suspect" on the terrorism watchlist is not a U.S. citizen but rather a Palestinian. In that case, refusing entry to the U.S. to "Cat Stevens" because he is on the terror watchlist is a big joke.


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    Mailbag - from a Countdown Guest

    Dear Mr. Cox:

    Just wanted to let you know that our Center is nonpartisan and that we track the very disturbing trend among left wing eco terrorists by those who adhere to ALF/ELF who commit violence through leaderless lone wolves and cells. Also on FNC I was very careful to distinguish between these groups and conservative people of good will. In any event Al Qaeda related terrorism represents the biggest current threat to the US. Hope this clarifies.

    Warmest regards,

    Prof. Brian Levin


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    March 7, 2005
    Countdown - Monday March 7, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:
    FRIENDLY FIRE LEADS TO THE DEATH OF AN ITALIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER: Richard Wolffe, senior correspondent, Newsweek; Rick Francona, MSNBC military analyst

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: #5: Martha Stewart and corporate scandals. (Tom O'Neil of InTouch Weekly discussed Martha's poncho.)
    #4: Rules of engagement in Iraq (Francona was sensible; Wolfe never appeared).
    #3: Side impact crashes.
    #2: Interrogation by rendition (NBC report by Andrea Mitchell)
    #1: Video games for medical training.

    You should expect to see a slight uptick in the ratings for tonight. Olby was "under the weather" and Alison Stewart hosted. I thank the Lords of Cobol!


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    March 4, 2005
    Countdown to Oblivion

    TVNewser is offering what his source says is "straight program data" for the year-to-year comparison for cable news programming.

    I am waiting for the MSNBC spinmeisters to announce "Olbermann ratings don't suck as much as Paula Zahn's" and declare "victory".


    8 to 9pm:

    FNC, O'Reilly Factor, +7%
    CNN, Paula Zahn Now, -15%
    MSNBC, Countdown, -6%
    Headline News/Nancy Grace, +7%
    CNBC, Cover To Cover/Apprentice, -5%


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    Countdown to Oblivion

    TVNewser is offering what his source says is "straight program data" for the year-to-year comparison for cable news programming.

    I am waiting for the MSNBC spinmeisters to announce "Olbermann ratings don't suck as much as Paula Zahn's" and declare "victory".


    8 to 9pm:

    FNC, O'Reilly Factor, +7%
    CNN, Paula Zahn Now, -15%
    MSNBC, Countdown, -6%
    Headline News/Nancy Grace, +7%
    CNBC, Cover To Cover/Apprentice, -5%


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    March 3, 2005
    Countdown - Thursday March 3, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Thursday, March 3

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    FEDERAL JUDGE SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HER MURDERED HUSBAND AND MOTHER: Eugene Sullivan, former federal judge and author of "The Majority Rules"

    BUBBA THE GIANT 22 LB LOBSTER DIES: Robert Wholly, the owner of the fish market that turned Bubba over to the aquarium

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


    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Overall this was kind of a lame show with not a lot to report, the least of any night I have done Olbywatch. Today, the Saudi government announced that they are requesting of Syria to withdraw from Lebanon---a huge story, but the "news site of record" failed to notice it.

    Instead KO started out with a rather long segment on Martha Stewart's upcoming release from prison. After a string of sarcastic comments that appeared without direction, it appears that KO doesn't like her because she is rich and successful. The sarcasm then turned to the fact that despite her being in prison, she has gotten off easy and is now in fact more successful. KO noted that she was treated preferentially in prison, has gotten two new TV shows, her stock has gone up 170%, her personal wealth has gone up, etc, from being in prison. Or so he says.

    He brought on several guests to discuss this with, including a Harry Shearer comedy piece that was nearly indecipherable, and an MSNBC reporter who told KO that in fact Martha did not get preferential treatment in prison. One example noted was that she was forced to clean the toilets in the administrative offices at the prison.

    How many times have we seen KO say something about someone like this only to have his guest directly contradict him? Every time I have watched Countdown this has happened. And KO's response when it does? He ignores it and goes right on ahead with what he is saying. Never let the facts get in the way of unfunny, misdirected sarcasm I suppose.

    Also, KO is not keeping up with the left wingers on this one, they like Martha Stewart, who is a big contributor to the Democratic party and a friend of Hillary, despite being one of the corporate criminals that they complain the Bush administration is giving a free ride. KO may hear from his liberal friends on this one.

    Next up was the story about Judge Lefko whose family was killed, at this point by we know not who. KO brought on a guest, Judge Eugene Sullivan, who had been threatened with the same thing, and written a book about it. Judge Sullivan tells us that what he did was buy guns for everyone in his family and trained them to use them. Uh oh, KO, better screen those guests better before they get on, two strikes against you with your left wing college dolt crowd. No comment from KO after that advice from the Judge.

    But never fear, we then move on to some gratuitous Bush bashing, as new CIA director Porter Goss described his job as a lot of work today, and that got KO going on sarcasm about him not being able to do his job, and then playing a sound bite of Bush saying "its hard work" over and over. The implication was that Bush, Goss and all are not up to the hard work of finding Bin Laden and fighting terrorism, amplified by Bush mentioning Bin Laden today, and KO converged that into this somehow.

    And again, his guest contradicted him. Harvard Government Professor Juliette Karzam explained to KO that the problem was that Goss was not sure of his role now, with this additional layer of bureaucracy over him in the form of the new National Intelligence Director, John Negroponte. In other words, liberals forced something on Bush he didn't want, more bureaucracy, but due to all the clamor over the 9/11 commission it happened. Not because they can't handle the work load, or whatever exactly it is that KO thinks, assuming he does think of course. She also said that if Bin Laden were captured it would not make any difference to the Al Qaeda movement. But gee, I thought not finding Bin Laden was proof that Bush wasn't fighting the war on terrorism right.

    Again, nothing from KO in acknowledgement to these points, he seems seperated not only from the truth but even from his own guests. One gets the impression he is like an adolescent who wants to make fun of everything without any sense of truth or accuracy.

    In a final unwitting boost to conservatives, KO ran a segment on the video of the teacher yelling at his students to stand up for the National Anthem in school, and again his guest had conservative points to make. Michael Ramaley, of Public Agenda which is a group that deals with the lack of discipline and teacher abuse in the public schools, said that teachers are unable to properly discipline kids now due to law suits. He pointed out that thousands of hours of teaching time is lost, and that 40% of teachers now say that they spend more time handling trouble making students than teaching! Oops, more conservative views slipped in there.

    I really can't describe this show any better than Mrs. Napablogger, whose assesment was "this show is not funny and is painful to watch".


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    March 2, 2005
    Countdown - Day Wednesday, March 3, 2005 (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Day Wednesday

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    CHICAGO POLICE AND FEDERAL AGENTS INVESTIGATE THE MURDERS OF A FEDERAL JUDGE'S HUSBAND AND MOTHER: Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune

    WHY ARE WASHINGTON LAWMAKERS TRYING TO EXTEND INDECENCY RULES TO CABLE TV?: Rep. Joe Barton, chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee

    A GAY COUPLE'S PHOTO WAS FEATURED WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION IN AN AD TARGETING AARP: Christopher Wolf, attorney for the gay couple

    A NEW AGE SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN IN CHICAGO: Monica Novotny, "Countdown" correspondent

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

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE:

    MSNBC's "Newscast of Record" starts the night off introducing the #5 topic "Indecent Proposal" (about new FCC fines and regulations) by declaring that congress is trying to extend the laws to cover cable TV. Rep. Joe Barton sets him straight by explaining that the current bill only increases the current fines and extends those fines to the entertainer. He further explains that the cable & satelitte issues were "secondary" and could be "debated later". In an effort to explain it in a way KO would understand, Rep. Barton stated "we're not trying to make The Sopranos into Leave it to Beaver."

    KO then spoke to Atty Christopher Wolf about USA Next and, of course, he introduced them as... The same people who brought you the swift boat ads, the same people who attacked John Kerry..etc. KO's biggest question on the issue was: :Are we giving them free advertising by discussing this?" Judging by his ratings, I'd have to say.... No.

    Next up: Brian Levin (Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism)to discuss the Lefkow murder case and the possibility the "Web" was involved. What bothered me about this piece was Levin attributed the deaths to "leaderless resistance" that have long been known to come from "right wing hate groups".He twice attributed "hate & extremism" to "right wing groups". I don't believe it is fair to assign "hate and extremism" to just one party. It certainly cannot be fair to do this under the cover of implying murder. KO let it go by unnoticed.

    Now, the top two stories of the day, they gotta be big, right? *Breaking News* *Olbermann Style* Eating healthy foods and excercise is good for kids! Never would have thunk it!

    And the must see, must know news item of the day... is ... Steve Fossett's attempt to fly around the world might be thwarted by a fuel shortage. But, there's suspense.. because we don't know if he will attempt to fly without fuel? What? Is that possible?

    Well, one thing is for sure: MSNBC has unleashed the new promo's for Countdown. The News "Olbermann Style". That's sure to haul in some new fans!


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    March 1, 2005
    'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday Mar. 1, 2005( 8:00-9:00 pm ET )

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday Mar. 1, 2005

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Scheduled Topics/Guests:

    THE BTK SERIAL KILLER HEARING: Robert Beattie, lawyer who is currently working on a book on the BTK killer called "Nightmare In Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler"

    DAY TWO OF THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIAL: Harvey Levin, host, executive producer and creator, Celebrity Justice

    BUSH DOCTRINE'S IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST: Hisham Melham, arab journalist and anchor, Al Arabiya-TV

    Read the transcript to the 8 p.m. ET show
    Updated: Updated: 12:08 p.m. ET March 2, 2005
    Guest: Robert Beattie, Harvey Levin, Michael Boyd, Steven Weisman

    OLBYWATCH GUIDE: Confirming the one sure way to get mentioned on Countdown is to beat Keith in the ratings, KO took a gratuitous shot at his newest competition. Introducing a segment about a British TV "docu-drama" on interrogation techniques at Guatanamo Bay, Keith intoned "Torture TV...and I'm not talk about Nancy Grace nor Fear Factor, Survivor or anything else in which contestants suffer for the entertainment of you, Joe Viewer, at home".

    Keith tipped his disdain for opponents of embryonic stem cell research by conflating it with adult stem cell research and and then creating a strawman to advance his obvious pro-embryonic stem cell research agenda. In three teasers, stem cells were hailed as providing the cure for diabetes and when KO finally introdcued Robert Bozell's report he "credited" opponents of stem cell research (by which he means embryonic stem cell research) with one "unanswerable" argument that stem cell opponents have had - that it never cured anything. Setting aside that this is not the basis on which people oppose embryonic stem cell research, Keith then proclaims that "that all changed today".

    So, did embryonic stem cells cure diabetes? No. Stem cells? No. Instead, Bozell profiles a man with diabetes who underwent a transplant of insulin-producing cells from a cadaver.

    Confused? Well, that's the idea. Bozell then goes on to report that cells from cadaver's are in "short supply" but that researchers may be able to produce a limitless supply of such cells using embryonic stem cells. I don't want to be morbid but a lot of people are dying in this country every day so why excatly are "cadaver cells" in "short supply"? Bozell never says. Could adult stem cells be used to produce the insulin-producing cells? Bozell never says. The real point is that opponents of embryonic stem cell research are preventing people like the guy seen playing with his kid in the piece from living a happy, normal life. And as to various claims that the Bush administration banned stem cell research seen on MSNBC (e.g., Ron Reagan, Jr.)? throughout the Presidential campaign no explanation of how the researchers were able to conduct supposedly "banned" research.

    The highlight tonight was watching Keith and a pal from The New York Times, Steve Weisman, swallow hard and try to navigate through the segment on the "Bush Doctrine" which KO admitted "is having an effect" resulting in an "almost glorious week" in the Mideast. The folks at Little Green Football noted the dismay among the Loony Left at Democratic Underground. Keith tied together elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and for the Palestinian Authority with democracy news in Lebanon and Egypt and Syria giving up Saddam's half-brother and teed up Weisman with " is this good luck...or good design". Weisman agreed that it had something to do with design but (why but, I have not idea) noted that "we" had 130-150,000 troops in Iraq and concluded that all this good news could "usher in new problems". His example was that Lebanon-Syria thing was not on anyone's radar which makes no sense unless he thinks Syria being kicked out Syria is bad and is also untrue, the Bush administration has been working the "Syria problem" aggressively since 9/11.

    Other than that there were the usual cheap shots at President Bush, more reasons to run Abu Ghraib photos (actually two, a awsuit naming Rumsfeld and the British TV show).


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    Ever Wonder What Kind of "Fans" KO Has?

    Take a stroll through KO "fan" forums get an idea of just how warped and twisted these loons really are; if I were Keith I'd be afraid...very afraid.

    Television Without Pity KO Forum

    Loony KO Forum (old)

    Loony KO Forum (new)

    Olberfans Forum

    Here is an online photo album from EliteGrammarian who used to post Loony Lib comments on this site; one can only wonder what she's doing with all these photos of Keith.

    Here is a lengthy discussion of KO's ties - a prime discussion point among the KO fan base.


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    KO Takes Monthly Ratings Bath

    TVN has February's ratings figures for cable news and it's all bad for KO.

    Keith came in at a whopping 0.3 or 236,000 households watching which was enough to get trounced in his time slot by arch-nemesis Bill O'Reilly (2.0, 1,777,000). No matter how you slice it was a blood-bath for KO. O'Reilly beat KO by more than 750% - or put another way, O'Reilly gets more viewers in three days than Olbermann gets in an entire month.

    MSNBC (and TVN) love to trumpet MSNBC's success in the 25-54 age demo; apprently success is now defined as only being beat by a tad under 600% (581,000 v 105,000).


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    Diogenes Finds His Man

    Sound familiar? Gene "Diogenes" Lyons is painting KO as the last honest man in the MSM for his blathering endlessly about "GannonGate".

    MSNBC's acerbic news anchor, Keith Olbermann, almost alone among TV journalists in giving the story the coverage it deserves, has aired hilarious pastiches of "Gannon's" servile questioning of McClellan on his "Countdown" program.


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