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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THE WHITE HOUSE?: Jim VandeHei, Washington Post
"Look, Hu's Talking"
It's Breaking News! Rove is going to be indicted! Maybe. Possibly. Could be. You know when a "news" story is this speculative and light in substance, it has to come from the doubly discredited David Shuster. And he was Olby's first guest on The Hour of Spin. According to Shuster, the Grand Jury panel "is active again". And Rove isn't listed as a witness in the Libby case, and that means he's going to be indicted. What's more, Fitzgerald's past "official A" designees have been indicted in other cases.
The Shuster Conspiracy Theory: this is why Rove was taken off policy duties, to lower his profile before the hammer drops on him. KO even brought Bob Novak into it, because Novakio has said Fitzgerald knows who the original leaker is. (That is he knows now; he was telling people it was Libby back at that famous press conference.) Follow this Shusterian logic: Novak says the leaker has not been charged because the leak was not illegal. Shuster dismissed that with:
The problem with that, of course, is that right now, Fitzgerald is not looking, or is not prosecuting anybody for leaking classified information.
We will try to educate you, Dave. If Fitzgerald's task was to prosecute the leaker, and when he finds the leaker he doesn't prosecute him, it's not because he's not "looking" to prosecute. It's because he can't. Shuster would have you believe that a bank robber who finds the vault empty wasn't really looking to rob the bank, because he didn't find any money.
When does the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann cite Fox News as a source? When their latest poll finds the President at 33%. There was some fascinating stuff in that survey about immigration issues, but don't expect Krazy Keith to cite anything except the numbers he likes. This was the lead-in to Jim Vandehei of the Washington Post, and Olby wanted to know why Rove's duties were changed. Sadly for Keith, JV made no mention of the Shuster Conspiracy Theory. In our ongoing effort to "find something good to say" about The Hour of Spin, the analysis here was relatively fact-based, at least by Countdown standards.
The #4 story was the protester who popped up at the White House China event today. There was much merriment about how she got credentialed, particularly when the giggling Craig Crawford showed up. Olby spouted about "back checking" and Olbermann's Brain chucked his agreement, but neither made it clear that Dr Wang worked for an accredited newspaper that sent her there without any knowledge of her intentions. The paper has sympathies with the Falun Gong movement in China, but what would have been the reaction if the White House had banned reporters from newspapers that didn't tow the Red Chinese line? "Bush's Bubble Extends to Hu!" "White House Shreds First Amendment!" Instead of that, we got Brain chortling about things like references to "Taiwan".
After oddball: crashes resulting from driver distraction (via a regurgitated NBC report), a new Volkswagen ad (also a rerun from the mothership), and the world's most expensive automobile (recycled from CNBC). The #2 story was about historic houses in Los Angeles being demolished. Yes, this was another regurgitated network tape. The nightly celebrity segment brought news of Tom Cruise. No Countdown would be complete without Tom. The final story was of the imposter claiming to be a doctor giving door-to-door "breast exams", followed by a high-decibel Olby montage of weird Florida news.
A Missouri Congresswoman (R) who sent a constituent letter with a bad word in it was among the "worst person" runners-up. Since the Missouri Democratic Party got hold of the latter and faxed it to the media, it's no surprise that it would find its way onto the Hour of Spin. But we also like to note what doesn't find its way onto Countdown, particularly when Olbermann's interest in political scandals suddenly vanishes. A couple of dogs that did not bark:
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