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C-SPAN Q&A with Keith Olbermann (7:00-8:00 P.M. ET)
Keith Olbermann in an interview about television journalism, Olbermann talks about his childhood, his early love for broadcasting, his principles, specific shows he has hosted, and networks where he worked, including FOX and MSNBC. [rebroadcast of a previous airing in March, 2006]
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
JOSH BOLTEN'S FIRST DAY ON THE JOB; SUPPORT CONTINUES FOR SEC. RUMSFELD: Howard Fineman, Newsweek chief political correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
UNSEXIEST MEN IN THE WORLD: Bill Jensen, associate editor of The Phoenix
Monday's Countdown began with the freshly-orange Keith Olbermann bellowing about new Chief of Staff Josh Bolton. Bolton told staffers who were not planning to stay at least a year to consider leaving now, so their replacements could be plugged in more quickly. In a puzzling interpretation of this stance, Olby claimed this was an attempt to keep people from leaving! He likened it to the Roach Motel: you can check in, but you can't check out.
In a stunning display of reportorial balance, Keith actually devoted a few seconds to the generals who came out in support of Rumsfeld, using his own descriptive spin-phrase for their comments: a "counterassault". A one-sentence clip was shown of Richard Myers, representing the least substantive of all the pro-Rumsfeld arguments. What a difference from last week, when just one or two generals criticizing Rummy got huge, slobbering globs of coverage from KO.
When pundit for all occasions Howard Fineman showed up to discuss Bolton, Krazy Keith let loose with another of his patented leading questions:
Is he the guy for the job? Does he not scream status quo?
Not suprisingly, Howie found a way to concur with this sentiment. Olby went on to suggest the "White House response" re Rumsfeld is that the military are only entitled to comment on civilian leadership when they agree with it. Where did Keith come up with that "White House response"? Your guess is as good as ours. Try writing Keith at msnbc.com. Maybe he'll explain it to you.
After a few short items about The Great Leak Case and the Jack Abramoff scandal, the doubly discredited David Shuster appeared. He offered speculation and gossip about pending investigations, but neither he nor Olby have yet to report on the pending investigations swirling around Rep Jefferson of Louisiana. Oh, he's a (D). That's not news. Shuster also gave some laughable pseudo-analysis about "burden of proof"--pretty daring stuff for a guy who can't even relay one sentence from a legal paper without doctoring it.
When the polls are down, polling news is up at The Hour of Spin. So the #4 story was all about the "realistic shot" that the Democrats have of taking both houses of Congress in 2006. Oh great, it's Craig Crawford again. According to Olbermann's Brain, district lines make it difficult for the Dems to pull off an upset. Keith referenced the "cockamamie" Contract with America, impeachment, and censure, while Brain giggled and chuckled his approval.
After "oddball"--introduced with an imitation of hand puppet Senor Wences, plus accompaniment by The Laughing Stagehand--Olbermann visibly brightened (his demeanor, not his glowing complexion). There was a lilt in his voice, a spring in his verbal step. Yes, the #3 story referenced Tom Cruise! To justify feeding this particular Olbsession, KO brought on an expert to explain just what Scientology really teaches about matters of birth and health. Dr David Touretzky seemed knowledgeable and honest, causing one to wonder what he was doing on Countdown. The reputation of even the most respected authority is immediately suspect when he stoops to appearing with Krazy Keith.
A taped NBC report covered the rape charges at Duke U. Then Michael Jackson Puppet Theater was back to delight the intellectual, educated Countdown audience. The #1 story was about the "un-sexiest men", and the first thing Keith wanted to talk about was Bill O'Reilly and why he was on the list. Yes, the whole thing was a pretext for attack #79, and another feeding of the most rabid Olbsession of them all.
Vince McMahon was a runner-up "worst person", as was a principal who kept her students from participating in an illegal immigration rally by imposing a lockdown so severe they weren't allowed to use the bathrooms. (Buckets in the classroom instead.) Olby failed to mention that the strictness of the conditions was found to be an honest mistake: she inadvertently misread the handbook and imposed a lockdown intended for nuclear attacks.
But the winner: "worst person" Michelle Malkin. She blogged about demonstrators who tried to prevent military recruiters from talking to students at UC Santa Cruz. According to Olbermann, who got his information from the usual blue blog sources:
She also posted the names and home phone numbers of the protesting students who as a result have been inundated with death threats.
What is Keith not telling us this time? The names and phone numbers that Malkin posted? They were printed on the press release the protesters handed out to the media! It was public information!! Does this sound a wee bit familiar? Like Krazy Keith accusing O'Reilly of harassment for giving out a writer's email that anyone can find on the newspaper's website? Or Krazy Keith accusing Olbermann Watch Editor Robert Cox of putting out "personal information" that in fact was already on the internet, in full public view? It's just another of KO's slick propaganda tricks--anything to name another conservative (but never a liberal) "worst person".
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 59th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.
Suggested Countdown Pre-Reading [from Bob Cox]:
Bolten Says White House Staff Must `Re-Engage' or Leave Posts
Rumsfeld May Be Permanently Tainted by War in Iraq
2 sealed indictments in Duke rape case
100 unsexiest men in the world [surprise, Bill O'Reilly made the list]
Pay close attention to the story on Rumsfeld "permanently tainted". It begins "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will be permanently damaged by failed U.S. planning for the aftermath of the Iraq invasion even if he survives calls for his resignation from seven former military commanders, defense analysts said."
A few notes about this article and why Keith is using it tonight to prepare for his segment on "Rummy":
You will look in vain for any analyst saying that Rumsfeld will be "permanently tainted" or "permanently damaged". The analysts quoted in the article don't say that - it's an invention of the headline writer and the reporter.
Who they cited and what they say...
"Any time a war goes wrong on a defense secretary's watch, not only does history judge them poorly but their ability to get anything done is gravely damaged," [Loren Thompson, Lexington Institute]
What's not said is that the Lexington Institute is a DC think-tank dedicated to advancing big military spending programs like the B-2 bomber and a long-time foe of Rumsfeld and his "streamlining initiative".
"He's already been weakened by the failures in Iraq... He can't possibly make a controversial decision without risking an uproar" [Lawrence J. Korb, Center for American Progress]
Korb is introduced in the article as "a defense official in the Reagan administration" Sounds like a Republican right? That's what your meant to think. Later on they mention he is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress which is described as "a policy research group in Washington". Sounds non-partisan, right? Sure, because they left out the part about it being a funded by George Soros as part of the CAP-Air America Radio-Media Matters for America "vast left-wing conspiracy" troika.
"The near-real-time history being written hasn't been particularly kind to Rumsfeld" [Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment]
Krepinevich is the only non-partisan source in the article and, of course, his quote is hardly the alarmist propaganda screaming from the headline. In other words, this is a perfect story for Keith because he has a legitimate news source, Bloomberg, gets to quote a "former Reagan official" ripping Rumsfeld and wrap it all up in a "defense analysts say" package. --RC
Michelle Malkin is getting a lot of attention for her post THE MOONBATS STRIKE BACK
At Newsbusters, Noel Sheppard writes Keith Olbermann Wrongly Declares Michelle Malkin Today's 'Worst Person in the World'
We here at Olbermann Watch welcome the clear-thinkers who are coming to understand the menace to clear-thinking that is Keith Olbermann:
Six Meat Buffet has some unhappy thoughts about KO in his post, The Olbermann Report
Expose the Left has the video of the ratings-starved KO finding any excuse to mention Bill O'Reilly on Countdown (with video). Can you say "one trick pony"?
Lead and Gold cites OlbermannWatch
A List Review chimes in on Malkin as WPITW
MacStansbury explains the meaning of "press release" to KO.
Pretend Pundits has the WPITW video of Malkin
Junkyard Blog slams Olby for naming Malkin WPITW
Captain's Quarters writes: "Even better, leading MS-NBC nutcase Keith Olbermann picked the day when a suicide bomber killed nine people at a falafel stand to choose Michelle as his World's Worst Person of the Day -- for reprinting the information organizers proudly publicized themselves. Even the Daily Kos crowd figured that much out."
This post at Scott Allan World does not mention Olby but has a cool feature that I have never seen before: you can click a button and the blog will READ THE POST TO YOU.
Ace of Spades tells readers "Make sure you check out the video of Keith "Who am I? Even I don't know" Olbermann at the end. What a c***s****er. Really-- the unhinged left blogosphere (the only people watching him) tell him to jump and he asks, "How high? And then who should I give the first handjob to?""
Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice notes Olby's role
Brian Maloney weighs in at The Radio Equalizer
Michelle Malkin was on internet radio to discuss the controversy - there might be a PODcast laying around.
Gee, this is starting to sound like Marisa McNee writ large.
Of course we all know that is a terrible thing to publish information that is intended to be public, right?
Based on their previous KO posts, I think we are going to need to blogroll a few of these fellows: