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Tuesday's Countdown might have left some viewers confused: for almost half its length it seemed like Keith Olbermann had transformed the program into his own personal edition of SportsCenter. Barry Bonds, steroids, Kirby Puckett, baseball... Finally, 35 minutes into the show, KO finally got to more substantive news: scandals, but only Republican ones.
The Great Leak Case, of course, Tom Delay, Katherine Harris, and Abramoff. The latter had been headlined by KO as a "chill" sweeping through Washington, because it was "Jack Abramoff threatening to name names" about the ongoing investigation. On The Hour of Spin this was something that had Washington trembling. In truth, Abramoff threatened nothing. His attorney made an argument that this information would come out in the sentencing hearing unless it is postponed. Not nearly as exciting as Olby's version.
Howard Fineman was tonight's designated KO facsimile, reflecting back Olby's speculation and innuendo just the way Keith likes it. Neither one mentioned the bribery and corruption investigation surrounding Congressman William Jefferson. Wrong party.
The #2 story was a taped report from California on a deputy being charged with voluntary manslaughter. Celebrity news followed, and then a segment on the passing of Dana Reeve. But there's always the Media Matters Minute, guaranteed to please old buddy David Brock. This time Olby picked out a Rush Limbaugh comment about Hillary sounding shrill, like an ex-wife...and based on that Keith named Rush "worser"! Huh? It's never been easier to become of the "worst persons in the world": just disapprove of She Who Must Not Be Criticized, and you're in.
If Countdown is to be believed, there was no news today about Iran, the bomb, UN scandals, India, nonproliferation treaties, or Howard Stern. (Oh, wait, Olby isn't likely to grovel before Stern for a while. That ungrateful turncoat went and gave another exclusive interview to those hated Fox people.) Others may waste time on these trivial fluff stories, but they don't have the incisive news judgment of Keith Olbermann.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 20th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.