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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
RUMSFELD UNDER ATTACK: Lt. Gen Bernard Trainor, Co-Author of "Cobra II";
Thomas DeFrank, New York Daily News
BARRY BONDS GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION: Stan Brand, attorney who has
"The Rummy Rebellion"
For the discerning viewer, the opening tease that Keith Olbermann screams at viewers is often a useful harbinger of what to expect for the rest of the hour. On Friday's Countdown, Olby was at it again:
The President says he won't listen to the generals who used to be on the ground. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, Mister Bush says, is exactly what is needed at this critical period.
KO could have said he "won't listen to six generals", but, you know, that just doesn't have the same ring as saying that "Mister" Bush won't listen to "the generals". You know, all of 'em, en-masse. Sometimes OlbySpin is so unsubtle as to be anvilicious. Other times, all you need is some semantical trickery to set the day's talking points. Olby continued:
They fear one civilian has taken over the military, with disastrous consequences for the nation and its fighting men.
Maybe we're old fashioned, but one of the things they drummed into us in civics class was "civilian control of the military". Isn't this why President Bush--err, sorry, "Mister" Bush--is the Commander in Chief? Well, you can't expect Krazy Keith, who doesn't even know who's in the Cabinet, to master such challenging, complex matters.
After reading the statement of Rumsfeld support from "Mister" Bush and permitting a ten-second clip of the Defense Secretary, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann sung the praises of the half-dozen dissenting generals ("any number of stars and stripes", "vast experience on the ground") and quoted from their statements. No background or quotes were given for any of the generals who have made statements in support of Rumsfeld, including Gen Richard Myers.
When Olby introduced Bernard Trainor as "cogent" and "no-nonsense", we knew that something was up. Trainor himself has blasted Rumsfeld on more than one occasion, and served up the predictable allegations that everyone other than Rumsfeld, Bush, and Cheney, was out of the decision-making loop. This happens to directly contradict what Myers has claimed, but it's useless wondering when KO will ever allow anything other than his own agenda to be heard on The Hour of Spin. Trainor went on to humbly suggest that it was his book that ignited the great revolt of a half-dozen ex-generals.
Next up in the Olbermann Echo Chamber was Tom DeFrank of the Daily News, with his unique take on the situation. The President expressed support for Rumsfeld, and so that hurts Bush. There are "hundreds of admirals and generals" who are against Rumsfeld, and that hurts Bush. Rumsfeld is a lightning rod for criticism, and that hurts Bush. But then again, you can't separate him from the President, and that hurts Bush. More generals are going to come forward, and that hurts Bush. Jack Bauer is in trouble on '24', and that hurts Bush. My 7-11 sandwich was stale, and that hurts Bush.
In the #4 slot: When Animals Attack! (courtesy of a taped NBC report). Snakes Gone Wild! (regurgitated from the network mothership). After "oddball", it was the return of the Barry Bonds Steroidapalooza! A grand jury is looking into charges of perjury. A recycled NBC report gave the details (the budget for Countdown must be roughly that of Wayne's World). KO stumbled his way through a bungled introduction of his expert witness, Stanley Brand. Yes, the same Stanley Brand who not that long ago was Olby's expert witness about hunting accidents and the Cheney "coverup". On Countdown, even the sports coverage is larded with Democrat Spinmeisters.
The #2 story was a kitty trapped in the walls of a New York building. Countdown spared no expense to cover this story: another regurgitated taped piece, this time from the NBC local station. Then celebrity news, including a candidate for New Orleans mayor who represented a photo from Disneyland as being her standing in the real New Orleans. It was all played for yucks by Keith, who somehow did not get around to mentioning her party affiliation (D). Of course, when a GOP candidate puts up an erroneous photo, not only does KO trumpet his Republicanism as a key element of the story, he highlights it in is "worst person" segment. The #1 story was True Crime Caught on Tape (yet another taped rerun from NBC).
In the Media Matters Minute, Keith pulled a hat-trick. All three choices fit the categories dictated by Olbermann's propaganda machine: republican, conservative, or Fox News employee. So we got Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Mr Bill O'Reilly (attack #78), who naturally was named "worst". His crime was saying there is no "war on Easter", when a few days earlier he allegedly said the opposite. (Actually, the segment on Tuesday was with Newsweek's Jon Meacham, who wrote a book about religion's role in the history of America. There was no discussion of Easter at all in the interview, only one mention in the setup that there have been legal actions filed objecting to symbols of Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter.)
Then with a note of triumphalism, Olby cackled that O'Reilly reversed himself again, because tonight he has another segment on Easter under attack. Crack journalist and brilliant researcher Keith Olbermann got that information from O'Reilly's website, but never even bothered to click the link, where it clearly states it was a rebroadcast from March. (In the segment, Mr Bill never claims there is a war on Easter, and instead makes fun of the incident in question as "just dumb".) In fact, the entire O'Reilly Factor tonight is a rerun from three weeks ago. And it will still attract more viewers than Meltdown.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 56th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.