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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
RESIGNATION CALLS AND THE WHITE HOUSE: Howard Fineman, Newsweek chief political correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
CIA LEAK FOLLOW UP: Melissa Boyle Mahle, retired CIA officer
DEATH OF ELVIS IMPERSONATORS?: Stingray, an Elvis impersonator
"My Pet Scapegoat"
Monday's Countdown found Keith Olbermann with his own unique spin on the fired CIA operative: she's been railroaded! She really didn't leak, and she really didn't flunk the relevant portions of her polygraph. Of course, if she flunked any part of her polygraph, that's pretty strong evidence that she is a liar, but Olby chose not to follow that line of reasoning. All of this based on Mary McCarthy's denials? Umm, not exactly. It's predicated on the word of her attorney.
As per Andrea Mitchell's report, the slip-and-fall lawyer insists McCarthy "did not leak classified information". One suspects some fine parsing going on here, since there were no denials of her unauthorized contacts with the mainstream media. KO, of course, quickly suggested that she was being made a "scapegoat"--he instantly took the attorney's version as 100% truthful. Going even further:
This of course all reads like a page from the Richard Nixon playbook.
Olby's copy of that playbook must be in tatters by now, since he refers to it so often. And just to make sure tonight's Olbermann Talking Points are in no danger of being contradicted, he brought in Melissa Mahle, friend of Valerie Plame and (like the thief) John Kerry supporter. KO served up another of his patented leading questions:
Extrapolate for me, assuming that the CIA did not completely change in the time after you left it, what could have, what must have, these polygraphs done to morale and productivity?
Mahle described the search for the thief as a "witchhunt" that adds to "discontents". Keith found a way to bring up Valerie Plame, and raised the suggestion again that McCarthy is a "scapegoat"; Mahle refused to bite and basically said we'll have to "wait and see".
Poll numbers always get reported on The Hour of Spin when they are down, so the latest CNN poll was featured in the #4 slot. KO gleefully relayed the LA Times opinion that Cheney and Rumsfeld should be replaced, and ran a clip from 60 Minutes where yet another Kerry supporter was critical of the administration. Watching Countdown, you'd think everybody was a Kerry supporter, but that's because they're the only ones who get any attention from KO. Howard Fineman, the Chameleon of Pundits, nattered on about "credibility", but Olby immediately brought it back to tonight's talking point: the pseudo-denials by Mary McCarthy's mouthpiece. Howie did his bit: the CIA was "pressured": it was all the work of those "neocons".
At the tail end of the segment, KO mentioned what he apparently considered a trivial, unimportant story: the terrorist attacks in Egypt. It got all of 30 seconds.
After "oddball", the subject was gas prices, and the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann made sure to note that the White House has connections to "big oil". After a recycled NBC report from the impartial, ever-fair David Gregory, Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News said the President will "try to change the subject", while Olby again brought up the "business background" (i.e. "big oil") of Bush and Cheney.
The Man with the Tan was beaming as he introduced the #2 story: Tom Cruise News! After still more celebrity palaver, the hour wrapped with a Pulitzer-worthy report on Elvis impersonators, complete with a rendition of "The Impossible Dream".
In the Media Matters Minute, Ben & Jerry's was "worst" for a bad choice of a new ice cream flavor. But fear not, Bill O'Reilly made it as a runner-up (attack #81) for saying he trusted what his military analysts told him about Iraq. KO dutifully lifted not only Bill's comment but also the selectively cherry-picked quotes from the analysts straight off the Soros website. Watch for Media Matters to put up its reciprocal Olby video clip within 24 hours.
With all the breaking Tom Cruise and Elvis Presley news, KO just didn't have time to report on the new consensus Prime Minister in Iraq. And despite his monomaniacal obsession with scandals that involve Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, or other Republicans, he still has yet to report on Alan Mollohan, who was pressured to resign from the House Ethics Committee and is the subject of a widening federal probe. Oh wait, he has a (D) after his name. 'Nuff said.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 66th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.