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Friday night's Countdown can be summed up in one sentence:
Bush is a liar.
But we can't let it rest at that. Here at OlbermannWatch we go the extra mile, as repellent as the job may be. So put on your toxic waste encounter suit, we're about to wade into the sewage that is the Hour of Spin. Olby started out with his first cannon blast:
With nearly six in ten Americans calling him a liar, President Bush chooses Veterans Day to call them something else. [VIDEO OF BUSH]: it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.
But wait, there's more:
If you are part of the 57% of this nation that believes, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, that the President deliberately misled us to make the case for war with Iraq, Mr Bush has just called you deeply irresponsible.
Is that whom the President was talking about? Here is the entire quote. We report, you decide:
While it's perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began. Some Democrats and antiwar critics are now claiming we manipulated the intelligence and misled the American people about why we went to war. These critics are fully aware that a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure...
If KO is to be believed, the President accused 57% of the American people of trying to "rewrite the history" of the war. Is that whom Mr Bush was talking about? Or is Olby just lying to make a dishonest point? For the answer to these and other questions, let's go to Countdown Crony Craig Crawford. You'd think there wouldn't be room for both Crawford and Olby on that high horse, but you'd be wrong. Crawford managed to perfectly parrot the statement of Sen Kennedy:
Getting so partisan here on Veterans Day was quite surprising.
Keith again warned Republicans that this speech was going to backfire (he only has their best interests at heart) and pulled out the L-word. Again:
He's got liar poll numbers now.
And when Olby suggested that Bush shouldn't be distracted by replying to his critics (in other words, just bend over and take it), Crawford (hereafter "Olbermann's Brain") giggled that even Republicans don't like the President's new approach:
Many of the President's supporters, Keith, are very concerned because they see some good things coming out of Iraq...some of the other positive news they want the administration to focus on, instead of engaging this old partisan debate with Democrats.
Really?!? The President's supporters don't want him to answer his critics? Just what Bush supporters would those be, Craig? Olbermann's Brain didn't name a single one, and we doubt that he could. Meanwhile, Keith derails the conversation to bring up Karl Rove. Big surprise.
Continuing with the "Bush lied, people died" talking point for the evening, the #4 story was "the truth test". Did Democrats really have access to the same intelligence as the White House, as the President said? Richard Sale was the guest expert for this Olby Investigation. Richard Sale. Why does that name sound familiar? Perhaps because he has written for the far-left truthout.org, where he fearlessly predicted five indictments in the CIA leak case? Maybe it rings a bell because Sale is said to hate neocons with a vengeance. No point in transcribing the conversation, because you already know Olby's questions, and Sale's responses. Once again, a single guest is brought in to echo the host's chosen spin. Investigative journalism, Olbermann-style.
The #3 story was talkative kids; #2 was a taped report about English usage. Meanwhile, top stories on the MSNBC web page that Olby didn't think were important included the Jordan bombing, Arab reaction, Secretary Rice in Iraq, an accused rapist now charged with murder, and the Pope's comments on creationism.
The worst person in the world was another twofer: a conservative runner-up (from the Federalist society) and the winner, Republican Rick Santorum. The amazing streak, that defies all laws of probability, continues: no Democrat or liberal is ever the worst person in the world.
The #1 story was another manifestation of the biggest Olbsession of them all: Bill O'Reilly. What did the evil Mr Bill do this time, other than amassing an audience of viewers that is anywhere from six to ten times the paltry bunch who stomach Olby every night? San Francisco doesn't want to allow military recruiting in schools, and O'Reilly said that maybe we shouldn't protect them from the next terrorist attack.
It's a talk radio show. It's the kind of thing people say all the time, like "He should be shot for doing that". Or "If I tell you, I'll have to kill you". But when you have Keith's peculiar fascination with O'Reilly, this is huge, Big News. It's "demagogic". It's "traitorous". KO dragged Pat Robertson into the equation, flogging yesterday's news once again (it's so much more fun than dealing with today's). And then in comes Mo Rocca, "television personality" and Olbermann's ideological clone. The combination--a whining pseudo-comedian and a sissy wannabe newsman--was too much for us. We're outta here.