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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
MAJOR SHIFT AT THE WHITE HOUSE: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek White House
TOMKAT'S NEW KITTEN: Katrina Szish, US Weekly
Countdown Presents: "The Best Of Scott McClellan"
Monica Novotny reports: Ghosthunters.
"Let It Snow"
The Wednesday Countdown began with changes at the White House. Keith announced:
The President loses his Press Secretary and part of his brain.
You see, some of Karl Rove's duties are being reassigned. Rove. Bush's Brain. Get it? Another knee-slapper from KO. As for the Press Secretary, Olby had to take a cheap shot at possible candidate Tony Snow:
Critics would suggest he's already an unofficial White House Spokesman.
Other possibles named were Tori Clarke, an analyst for CNN, and Dan Senor, described by that sharp, insightful observer Keith Olbermann as:
The only candidate thus far rumored without a direct network tv news connection.
Except that Mr Senor is an analyst for Fox News. You'd think someone who is obsessed with hating Fox would at least know whom he is supposed to loathe. Richard Wolffe of Newsweek was the interviewee, and Olby asked him about McClellan's "creative truth-stretching" and whether he was being pushed out. Wolffe thinks "he jumped a bit and he was pushed a bit". But Krazy Keith couldn't let his pathological contempt for Fox rest for even a minute:
If you go with Tony Snow of Fox News, are you not saying, we're only talking to that increasingly smaller group of people who believe Fox News is the sole source of truth in the world?
Increasingly smaller? Keep repeating that, Keith. Sooner or later you may convince yourself. Even that old Clinton spinmeister George Stephanopoulos says Snow would be "an inspired choice. He's quick on his feet and, like Mike McCurry, can parry tough reporters with a wink and a smile." Olby is further off the charts than George. Who woulda thunk it?
After an oh-so-clever montage of McClellan Moments, KO teased a segment about an "insider" who believes Bush will not fire Rumsfeld:
Aren't there a lot of dead soldiers for that to be an acceptable answer?
And that brought us to the #4 story, flogging the "Fire Rummy!" story yet again. Abu Ghee-Raib (Olby's way of saying it). Jack Murtha. Seven generals. And the Bush "insider". Unnamed. Unidentified. But enough for Dana Milbank to rap about. Shorn of his wacky Halloween outfits, Dana came up with a startling insight: Bush is not likely to fire Rumsfeld. Isn't that what the President himself said yesterday? Back when it was still news? The two chewed over all this nothing for several minutes, then--again!--with the Tony Snow cheap shots:
If the President really is pursuing Tony Snow from Fox, would that be frying pan and fire? Would the entire Fox News bias issue suddenly become connected at the hip with how the administration handles truth versus propaganda?
Olbermann alleging bias is like Tony Soprano objecting to violence. Clearly Krazy Keith doesn't want the Snowman to get this job. (That's enough for us. We. Want. Snow.) Rather than embarrassing himself on the air, KO should deal with this unresolved hatred of Fox at his next therapy session.
Olby was only halfway through The Hour of Spin, and the #3 story was about...Tom Cruise! This was, of course, news "my producers are forcing me to cover"--the best possible indication that the producers had nothing to do with it. A regurgitated NBC report led into an interview with Katrina Szish, where Keith, beaming with more Orange-Glo than Billy Mays, elicited every possible detail about The Great Birth. In a major oversight, KO forgot to ask Szish about Tony Snow.
In the #2 slot: rescue from a NYC tram, courtesy of more recycled video from the mothership. Next, celebrity news, because we haven't had enough of that. Monica Novotny handled the finale: real-life ghost busters.
In the Media Matters Minute, the Department of Homeland Security was a runner-up ("worser"), because it awarded a contract to a Halliburton subsidiary. OlbySpin was fully in effect when he characterized the detention of illegal immigrants as "concentration camps". But the winner was Bill Bennett (both Republican and conservative--a twofer!), who criticized giving Pulitzer Prizes to reporters who printed leaked classified secrets. Bennett just doesn't get it. He should have criticized Scooter Libby, who according to Olby leaked classified secrets. Plame, bad leak. NSA surveillance program, good leak. Get with the program, Dr Bennett!
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 61st day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.
Bob Cox's Recommended Pre-Countdown Reading:
UPDATE: Brent Baker reports Olbermann Asserts Snow Pick Will Merge FNC's â€œBiasâ€? With White House â€œPropagandaâ€?http://newsbusters.org/node/4985