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COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
KARL ROVE: David Shuster
TONY SNOW: Dana Milbank, Washington Post
UNITED 93: Devin Gordon, Newsweek
BRITTNEY SPEARS: Michael Musto
"Trial and Error"
You didn't have to be a member of the Psychic Friends Network to predict what the top story on tonight's Countdown would be. Rove testifies! And yes, Keith Olbermann dragged in the doubly discredited David Shuster to speculate about what it might mean, and to relay the opinions of numerous, unnamed "lawyers". Every negative inference was trumpeted, but what's the point of detailing the Niagara of innuendo from Shuster, when nothing an unreliable hack says can be taken at face value?
KO also had Tony Snow in his sights, snarking as early as his opening spiel about Snow really being on the White House payroll all along. Of course, that kind of conflicts with all the quotes Olby rattled off yesterday where Mr Snow was critical of Bush. Keith must have hit his head one too many times for his short-term memory loss to be this severe. "Snow Job", "Spin Doctor", and other predictable hilarities preceded that master of satorial flamboyance, Dana Milbank, who was egged on by KO to liken the hiring to the Armstrong Williams situation. Then Keith suddenly remembered those critical columns again. The twists and turns of OlbySpin are just too dizzying to contemplate.
Poll numbers kicked off the #4 story, which focused on Laura Bush as a campaigner. It was another piece of tape regurgitated from NBC. Oddball preceded a story about a 9/11 memorial that is being opposed by a Republican (surprise!) Congressman. Then the topic turned to the new film "United 93". Keith noted:
Critics have said it is too soon, not even five years after the tragedy, for a feature film on it.
"Critics"? All critics? Some critics? He could just as easily have said, "Critics raved about the film". So why did he phrase it as he did? Devin Gordon of Newsweek found the movie to be powerful, but suggested it's not something he wanted to see. He seemed disappointed that the movie stuck to the facts and didn't include some sort of "commentary" on the event.
Another rerun from the mothership dealt with technology in law enforcement, and the rest of the program was dedicated to celebrity news (Teri Hatcher! Michelle Rodriguez! Tom Cruise! Brittney Spears!). The creepy Michael Musto did his usual shtick, while Keith's pretend forced laughter sounded phonier than ever. Meanwhile, the Media Matters Minute brought us O'Reilly attack #82, for the crime of objecting to a newspaper that he says smeared him. Olby's lifting of this item from the Soros site comes exactly one day after Media Matters put up free PR video of KO's last O'Reilly attack. So this one should appear sometime Thursday.
It is useless to wonder when Keith will ever report on the scandals involving Mollohan and Jefferson (both Ds), but we had another silent pooch on our mind. It was just two weeks ago when Olby, eager to portray the administration as incompetent, made a screaming headline out of a terror trial in Lodi, California. He put a soundbite in his opening spiel about how innocent the accused was (as it turns out, it was from a hired witness for the defense). He bellowed that the case was weak, and claimed it was all but "irretrievably lost". It was a typical Olbermann propaganda piece in every respect.
We were reminded of it today when we read that a verdict against the chief suspect in the case had been rendered: Guilty! This trial was headline news when Keith thought he could spin it to make the government look bad. But on tonight's Countdown, Olby couldn't even bother to tell his viewers the verdict, let alone admit his error in dismissing the case as all but lost.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 68th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.