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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
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OLBERMANN-O'REILLY FEUD: Tom Breuer and Joseph Amann, co-authors of "Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O'Reilly"
"Olbermann Watch Makes Its Debut on Countdown!"
We were dreading Friday's Countdown, but among all the detritus of OlbySpin was an inadvertent nod to Olbermann Watch: so powerful and influential that Orange Man himself reads it, and even lifts from it! The hour began with comedian Keith Olbermann bellowing about Rush Limbaugh's settlement agreement with Florida prosecutors. Basically Limbaugh agreed to a diversion program, where a single charge is held in abeyance to be dropped after 18 months of following conditions. Mark Potter of NBC gave a factual report that contrasted mightily with Krazy Keith's hyperventilating. Then KO decided to up the innuendo ante:
Scandal, something of a cottage industry among Republicans these days...
Yeah, particularly when you don't bother reporting any of the Democratic scandals. Olby dredged up that election-day phone-jamming scheme again, and trumpeted a "financial connection" between that scandal and Haley Barbour. The connection? Barbour was "one of the original investors" in the company behind the scheme. Oh, and there is no evidence "that he played any role" in the scheme. Well, there's a headline. Since this involves speculation and innuendo, that's David Shuster's cue. The doubly discredited hack repeated old news from months ago about phone calls made to a general number at the White House. Olby thought there were "20 or 30 dots" to connect and wanted to know if maybe Jack Abramoff is involved. Slippery Shuster was happy to imply that he might be. But something was missing.
With all the talk of the Republican "cottage industry of scandal", we don't recall Krazy Keith or Slippery ever reporting on another election-day scheme. Three Democratic campaign workers and a Congresswoman's son (Look! A connection to high-ranked Democrats!) slashed the tires at a Bush-Cheney heaquarters on election day, 2004. They were sentenced on Wednesday and will be spending time in The House of Many Doors. How easy it is to paint scandal as a "Republican cottage industry", when you simply fail to report on Democrats, even when they have been convicted and sentenced to the pokey.
KO and DS engaged in more rehashing of Karl Rove's testimony (from two days ago!); no, there was no news on this front. This was just to keep the issue on the front burner so all six members of the Krazy Keith fan club will keep watching. When he got to the #4 story, Keith showed Dennis Hastert switching from a photo-op hydrogen car to an SUV, and a clip of Barbara Boxer who was also tooling around in a gas-guzzler. Dana Milbank wasn't wearing any Halloween garb, and he and KO chewed the fat about gas prices, $100 rebates, and all things oily. Olby took the President's request for authority to raise fuel economy standards as a ploy to "take the power away from Congress". Natch.
After oddball, it was another edition of ESPN on A-Mess-NBC, as talk turned to Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, thrown bats, etc. In the #2 slot, Monica Novotny reported on the secret code embedded in the ruling by the Judge on the DaVinci Code case, and a KO jab at Bill O'Reilly (not substantive enough to count as attack #83) led into celebrity news.
Finally came the segment the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann had been so tirelessly promoting since the top of the hour. And, much to our delight, it began with this audio clip lifted straight off Olbermann Watch! So great is our impact and prestige that we are required reading even for Krazy Keith himself. Though he is willing to credit blue blogs like Crooks & Liars when he appropriates their media clips, he didn't give any nod of acknowledgement Olbermann Watch tonight, even though he used our clip. Anyhow, KO was just warming up for a full segment bashing Mr Bill O'Reilly himself, and this definitely qualified as O'Reilly Attack #83.
Olby brought in a pair of hate-monger authors to participate in the bash-fest, and immediately wanted to know if O'Reilly was going to apologize for not knowing that the publisher of a paper had died a few
months years ago. Actually, it turns out O'Reilly was right about the man's name; they just put the wrong picture up on screen (the publisher's deceased father, who has the same name), not too different from what KO did when he confused Neil Boortz with Max Cleland. Keith Olbermann talking about apologizing for mistakes? The irony is rich. The three chortled about O'Reilly "errors", but the only one cited, other than the dead guy, was when Mr Bill cited the "Paris Business Review", an apparently nonexistent publication.
KO got a good laugh out of that, but we wonder what he found so funny. Does he expect us to forget that he himself reported Big News from the "Hoosier Gazette", telling his audience about the findings of a "study" by one "Dr Lee"? The article was a fake; no such newspaper exists. KO lifted this "news" from a parody website, but the clueless Man-Tan Man never bothered to do even the most rudimentary fact-checking before he spouted this misinformation as fact to his 352,000 viewers. Keep laughing, Keith.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 70th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.