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From: Keith Olbermann
Date: February 27 2006
Subject: Re: Tonight's Show
To: David Brock
CC: Daily Kos, Huffington Post
BCC: George S.
I received your email and I understand your concerns. But you have to realize that when I say my producers force me to do something, sometimes it's really true. You know that eventually somebody would catch the fact that I keep referring to "Mister Bush", and not "President Bush". And sure enough, last week a particularly annoying blog called me out on it. And my producers were not happy. They don't understand the mutually beneficial arrangement we have going on. So tonight, I was literally forced to use the phrase "President Bush", not once but twice. I didn't like it, and I'm sure that dastardly blog will claim this is another victory on their part. But, despite what you may read elsewhere, I'm really not trying to get myself fired.
Remember, I got in a lot of good licks that went right over the heads of those producers. And that abominable blog too. Did you see how I led off the show? All that talk about "bad news coming in waves", and then I just rattled off every negative anti-Bush story I could find: FEMA, NSA, Cheney, ports, Iraq blunders, the National Guard. It was hilarious! It really did sound like there wasn't any news anywhere that was in any way favorable to the White House.
Now that brings up another one of your points. I did reference a story from Insight magazine, and we know how far-right reactionary they are. But--and this is where I am just pure genius!--I didn't really get it from them. Do you think I'd read such crud? I learned about it from Raw Story. The neocons love to bash them because their accuracy rate is so bad. So I left that part out. You have to admit: genius.
Speaking of neocons, I know you liked that piece we ran about the founder of the neocon movement who wrote a book disavowing it and the Bush administration. You will notice we didn't do a piece giving the pro-neocon position. You know me better than that. The same thing goes for that Democrat we put on to bash those idiot Republicans mindlessly opposed to gay adoption. After all, why bother giving the other side of an issue when you and I both know the other side isn't worth hearing?
I am pleased, however, that you found the latest attack on Bill O'Reilly to be worthwhile. (That diabolical blog will probably claim this is #64.) You realize, there really wasn't much news on the O'Reilly petition, and actually I had to contrive something to justify even mentioning it on the air. But that how we keep the story alive, and nothing is too much trouble for a friend like you, Dave. I hope you don't mind my giving free plugs to the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post. They are two of my primary sources of unbiased news, and I'm hoping that someday we can work out a mutual PR arrangement like I have with you and Media Matters.
Of course I lived up to my end of that bargain tonight when I made Bill "worst person" yet again, content straight from the pages of your website. Would this count as attack #64a, or #65? I'm sure that despicable blog will obsess on that question for days! Remember, I'm counting on you to have video of these segments up within the next 24 hours maximum. Our relationship is not just a one-way street, you know.
Before I sign off here, thanks for the kind words about my new sign-off on the air. Just between you and me, and completely off the record, it wasn't my idea. George suggested it to me. I don't know where he comes up with this stuff. The man is not just a financial genius--he's a political genius! An intellectual's intellectual! Of course he was very raw and untutored when I first met him. But that's another story.
Thanks again, Dave, for writing. Next time we get together we'll talk about some of your ideas for improving Countdown. Your suggestion that we give Lawrence O'Donnell a nightly commentary spot sounds promising.