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Friday's Countdown began with Keith Olbermann complaining that the Scooter Libby trial will be so far in the future that it won't affect the mid-term elections. Incredibly this was Olby's top story of the night, even as, for two days in a row, he ignored CIA head Porter Goss, who called for a grand jury investigation of the NSA surveillance leak. Anyone gullible enough to make Olby their only source of news would have no idea Director Goss even testified, let alone what he said. After a rehash of the whole Rove-Libby-Cooper-Plame sequence of events (as if we hadn't had it pounded into our craniums ad nauseam by KO over the past months) Keith fixated on a missing email, suggesting that someone may have deliberately destroyed it. Evidence? None.
Next was rehash #2: the same report that he talked about yesterday, from the far-left Guardian. At least Olby named the paper yesterday; tonight he was even more discreet about the source, twice describing it as "British media". Of course any excuse to revisit Iraq was enough to be worthy of another "top newsmaker" interview, and in this case it was Pat Buchanan. Buchanan? Don't think that KO was committing fairness here. A rabid opponent of the Iraq War, Pat came up with all the catch phrases that make Keith salivate: "blank check", "nonsense", "the Bush foreign policy could collapse in failure", "Iraq is George Bush's war".
The ship lost at sea was #4, but only after Olby introduced it with another of his pretentiously obscure historical references. After a regurgitated NBC report on that subject, another followed on the church burnings in Alabama. KO managed to pull another little trick, twice mentioning that "some" of the churches had mostly white congregations. In fact, as the taped piece pointed out, only one of the five was a black church. A few days ago, 51% was rightly described by KO as "a majority" (when it was the President's disapproval rating), but tonight, 80% was "some".
Then more NBC reruns: a shooting, and sexual predators. The latter dealt with the dangers of the internet, but focused mostly on myspace.com. By coincidence, myspace.com was recently purchased by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Then a segment on the Super Bowl parties (another tape regurgitated from NBC--what kind of budget do they give our Keith anyhow?), celebrities, and a special best-of-the-month montage of those uproarious oddball videos.
Given that some... No, given that a majority of tonight's Hour of Spin was either tape regurgitated from the mothership or rehashed detritus of Countdowns gone by, this broadcast must have cost A-Mess-NBC about as much as their 89th rerun of Headliners and Legends: Drew Barrymore. Which, in case you missed it, will be on tomorrow afternoon.