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The left's least favorite liberal blogger, Bob Somerby takes KO and his MSNBC minions to task over at The Daily Howler with two acerbic posts. I've included some but certainly not all of the best lines:
his presentations on Countdown are often weak, and the hour-long program is simply larded with fluff, tomfoolery and filler. (His choice of guests tends to be weak and repetitive.)
Playing the role of perfect parrots, many activist liberal sites have recently been pimping propaganda about Countdown's wondrous success in the ratings. But uh-oh! The presentations have been rather selective.
Good God! [The L.A. Times wrote] "Countdown attracted 164,000 of these prized viewers [viewers ages 25-54], smashing Zahn's 156K". These are utterly tiny numbers, attained by a frequently lazy program. But so what? Liberal sites swung into action, announcing nirvana was here.
Olbermann's program is often lazy and weak-but the activist sites are eager to pimp it. They're willing to settle for tiny, small crumbs - and to treat you like rubes in the process.
Somehow, Shuster had managed to bungle this elementary fact [that the phrase 'vigorously trying to procure uranium" wasn't in the NIE declassified by Bush in July 2003...it was]. And omigod! An hour later, MSNBC sports expert Keith Olbermann bungled it too
Maybe if he spent his afternoons prepping for his program instead of talking sports on the radio, Olbermann could step up to the plate each night and air a competent, thorough news program. Last night, he totally bungled this elementary fact, then presented a strikingly short and lazy segment on the immigration demonstrations. It was total fluff and filler after that (as it is every evening-unless, of course, you need to know where Angelina will have her baby).
h/t to you know who...