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Friday's Countdown opened with what was purported to be the biggest news of the day: a new Pew poll. For Olby, the Hot Story was that people were asked for a one-word description of President Bush, and "America answered" with "incompetent". Actually, 29 people out of 710 so responded, but that's close enough for Keith. Dana Milbank, without his makeup and funny costume, thought it would be funny to combine some of the one-word answers into two-word phrases:
If you look at the top six words, you get some interesting descriptions. You can get "good liar", "incompetent Christian", or "honest idiot".
Dana went on to suggest that the polls indicate a "tidal wave" for the Democrats, but alas, because of the way districts are drawn, it won't be that easy. Keith then led into a regurgitated NBC report about airport screening by complaining that he had to remove his sneakers and other people didn't. As always, it's all about him. The report included a demonstration of a homemade bomb blowing up a car. Given NBC's track record in these kinds of demos, we cannot take this at face value.
As the #4 story began, Olby was back flogging the "dangers" of criticizing judges, because the politicians seeking to "limit" their jurisdiction are encouraging a "dangerous fringe". When Vincent Bugliosi wrote a book slamming half the Supreme Court and saying they should be impeached, we didn't hear anything from Krazy Keith about criticizing judges. Clarence Thomas, Judge Bork, Judge Pickering: these judges were called racists, extremists, and worse. Keith Olbermann didn't express any outrage. Countdown Crony Jonathan Turley talked about how "extremely dangerous" all this "talk" in Congress is. But neither he nor Olby noted that the US Constitution expressly gives Congress the right to limit the jurisdiction of the courts.
Then Keith came up with another gem:
Soon after the Sept 11 2001 terrorist attacks, lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department argued that the same legal authority that allowed warrantless electronic surveillance inside the United States could also be used to allow physical searches of terror suspects homes and businesses without court approval. Does that send chills down your spine?
Turley was right on message:
Well it does. It's horrific.
Does the name Aldrich Ames ring a bell? Why wasn't it "horrific" back then? The Commander in Chief has the authority to detain and kill the enemy but not tap his phones or search his house? Don't expect any of these questions to have been answered by Olby or his clone, let alone asked.
After "oddball" came a recycled story on naked women (Keith only teased this one three times) and another about car crashes caught on tape. Serious news for the intellectual Countdown audience continued in the next segment with cell phones in theaters (regurgitated from the mothership) and the usual celebrity gossip. The #1 story proved to be about a hockey team giving out Dick Cheney hunting vests.
In the Media Matters Minute, Olby started off with a slam at the St Patrick's Day parade, because they have this odd notion that an event honoring a saint should not be a showcase for lesbian propaganda. Then Keith gave his obeisance to the Soros site, selecting two items from their impartial, unbiased listings. And by an amazing coincidence, both were about Bill O'Reilly. He was runner-up (attack #71) for criticizing Neal Gabler but not Cal Thomas, who said similar (but not identical) things on the same program. Neither Media Matters nor Krazy Keith pointed out that it was Gabler--not Cal Thomas--who called Mr Bill a "demagogue".
And it was back to the MMers for "worst person", again O'Reilly (attack #72), for this exchange regarding an interview he did with Normal Mailer. A caller to the radio program suggested that Mr Bill was too easy on Mr Mailer, and Mr O replied:
O'REILLY: I think his book is interesting to read. I don't agree with it. But I think he's honest. I think he's passionate. I think he loves his country. Why would -- why would I want to go in and denigrate him? That's what I have Lis here for.
WIEHL: That's right.
O'REILLY: Every time I want to do that, I just go over to her and whack her around. So -- figuratively speaking, of course. Ay-ya-ya --
WIEHL: You'll get in trouble for that one.
O'REILLY: Yeah. I'm in trouble constantly.
Wiehl is Lis (or as Olby pronounced it, "Leez") Wiehl, a co-host on the program. Media Matters rushed to defend her honor against being rhetorically challenged by the evil O'Reilly, and naturally Krazy Keith ran with it as well. Ms Wiehl is an attorney, a law school professor, and a commentator on NPR. But according to Olby, she is a helpless female appendage who needs Media Matters and Keith Olbermann to protect her from Bill O'Reilly's speech. Why she hasn't realized that fact, and blindly continues to co-host the radio program with Mr Bill, must have Krazy Keith mystified.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 30th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.