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Poll results led off the Wednesday Hour of Spin. A new NBC poll shows Bush approval at 37%, with a disapproval rate the highest ever for "Mister" Bush. There's also a new Rasmussen survey that puts the approval rate at 43%. Did Keith Olbermann report those numbers? Does the sun rise in the west? Norm Coleman's comments about the White House staff were elevated to blockbuster status. When was the last time Olby found Coleman's opinions to be so newsworthy? Just asking. Tom de Frank had to put up with Krazy Keith's bizarre run-on questions:
Doing the basic math on just the position of Chief of Staff, obviously the toughest of the jobs in that personal spectrum anyway, Andrew Card is now seven months away from beating the record of Sherman Adams under President Eisenhower for the longest serving Chief of Staff in history, and history majors will remind us that things did not end well for Sherman Adams, is Card in some kind of bullseye here?
Then it was back to Russ Feingold's so-called "censure" motion. Olby talked about the Democratic reluctance to join Russ's crusade, and wondered aloud:
If not now, then when?
To get a balanced perspective on the whole censure idea, KO brought in an unbiased, impartial analyst: the Daily Kos himself. Well, compared to Olby, he might just appear impartial. Does it surprise anyone that Keith would bring on the bluest of the blue bloggers, a guy way out there where the busses don't run? After all, he's brought us Lawrence O'Donnell, Arianna Huffington, and worse. How many un-blue bloggers has KO given a primo interview spot on Countdown? Just asking.
By the way, Kos told KO: "The Daily Kos community loves you". That's our "nonpartisan" Keith, champion of journalistic ethics and implacable foe of conflicts of interest.
In the #4 segment, Olby found another mountain in a molehill, describing it as the government "destroying our freedoms". The crime? The FBI took photographs of an antiwar demonstration. And? And?!? And nothing. A bunch of people were in a public place, and the FBI took pictures, like any person standing in the area has a perfect, 100% right to do. (You don't want your picture taken? Then don't stand around on the public street.) Of course, Keith brought in an ACLU flack to damn the FBI, but didn't allow anyone to speak to the other side of the issue. Is there a rule on The Hour of Spin that Olby can never give both sides of a story? Just asking.
After the second (or was it the third?) "Bill O'Reilly is an idiot" promo came "oddball", that favorite segment for the intelligent, sophisticated Countdown audience. Then the nightly Barry Bonds Bash, followed by another promo for the latest Bill O'Reilly attack. (If anyone's counting, and we are, this will be #70.) Whatever did Mr Bill do this time to raise the ire of Krazy Keith, the man who says the best response is "just to ignore"? No, not yet. This was just another tease to keep the Daily Kos crowd tuned in through the commercial.
Finally, #70 arrived. Keith declared himself an "expert" on Bill O'Reilly, and moved in for his latest salvo. There was a collection of narcissistic clips of Keith (with Steven Colbert) saying stuff like "O'Reilly is an idiot", and another clip of Keith (with his special friend Al Franken) along the same line. This is truly made to order for the sophisticated, intellectual Countdown audience. Those neanderthals who watch the evil Fox channel are mindless ignoramuses. But Countdown viewers? There's nothing they like better than smart, erudite, witty repartee, like "O'Reilly is an idiot". William F Buckley might be taken seriously some day, if only he had Keith's ability to elevate the discourse to such exalted levels.
But what exactly did Mr Bill do? What set off attack #70? Umm, nothing. It was just an opportunity for Olbermann to raise the threat level to orange, and for Krazy Keith to have an Olbgasm watching his hip persona on the plasma screen. And it possibly proved useful in another sense as well. We wonder, is there a nexus between Olby's frenzied personal attacks on Bill O'Reilly and embarrassing articles in major New York newspapers that Krazy Keith would like to avoid talking about? Just asking.
The #1 story was another of Olby's favorite preoccupations: Tom Cruise. Not only that, but with the creepy Michael Musto. The intelligent, well-informed Countdown audience, like KO, must have been in hog heaven. Meanwhile, in the Media Matters Minute, the ball was again in Keith's court, since the Soros site had already put up OlbyVideo of yesterday's Pat Robertson attack. Tonight, Olbermann carefully perused the latest from Media Matters and chose to make Rush Limbaugh "worst person in the world". Is it really credible that no liberal ever says anything that merits this distinction? Just asking.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 28th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.