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As another week of Countdown begins, we are back with our "hate-Olbermann" website that is "spewing hate" with its "hateful diatribes". It seem there are Olby acolytes who are afraid that he just cannot withstand the heat of criticism. Still, our goal is to continue reporting on Olbermann's follies at least until he officially names us the "worst people in the world".
On Monday's Hour of Spin, Olby was befuddled that Hillary Clinton is looking to outlaw flag-burning. Wouldn't you know it? When he's critical of a Democrat, it's for not being liberal enough. Said Keith:
Hillary Clinton waving the flag for anti-flag-burning constitutional amendment.
[Clinton] has taken on one giant, incongruous step to the right. The Junior Senator from New York to cosponsor legislation that would make it illegal to desecrate the American flag by, oh, say, burning it.
Plans and verb-tenses and positions on flag-burning can always change...
There was also talk of poll numbers. You will recall that when Olby talked about the President's approval rating a few weeks ago, it stood at 36%. Tonight, KO announced:
The new batch of polling finding fresh ways to chart the President's descent.
Only 41% of those surveyed for Time magazine approving the job he is doing...
...one point lower than it was in the magazine's poll in September.
Tom DeLay got a mention too, for having one of his charges dismissed on a "technicality"--the technicality that he was indicted under a nonexistent law! Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions, joined the party, and at least clarified for Keith that Hillary's proposal was legislation, not a constitutional amendment. Howie also bloviated about the poll numbers, parroting KO's spin about a "decline", adding:
If you take all the polls together, he's at about a one-third job approval rating, which is about as low as you can go...
Howie also mentions the DeLay dismissal, noting that it is really not a win but a loss. He didn't look surprised that the charges had been quashed, even though a little over a week ago he scoffed at the possibility, dismissing it with: "They've made that argument before".
In the #4 position, a taped NBC report about Rice abroad and torture, followed by war news. Next came the 9/11 report, and for a fair and balanced appraisal of its findings, who better to interview than Sheila Jackson Lee? Isn't this the great mind who thought the Mars rover could somehow find its way to a flag planted on the moon? The same. Apparently she was the most qualified Congressman Olby could dig up, since he limits himself to Democrats and liberals.
The rest of the show dealt with sports stuff, and celebrity garbage with the creepy Michael Musto. In the "worst person" smear segment, Ford Motors was a runner-up because they "caved in" to those "homophobes" at the American Family Association. The AFA's version of what this was all about differs greatly from Olby's. Nobody of note made "worst", but guess who turned out to be the second runner-up? This is really tough, so think hard. Give up? It's Bill O'Reilly, because he said his reporting, and that of others, influenced the oil companies to lower prices.
By some counts this makes 44 times Olby has gone after Mr Bill on the air. And it's having an effect. After Olbermann's brilliant ploy of giving O'Reilly all three of the "worst" slots on Wednesday, thereby giving him three times the publicity, the ratings for Thursday night reflected the benefits of Olby's efforts:
The O'Reilly Factor: 2,532,000
Maybe Keith can get Howard Fineman in to spin these numbers.