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Last Friday, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann took his best shot. Bill O'Reilly was off, and the less-charismatic Tony Snow was subbing. But it was another swing and a miss for Krazy Keith, his ratings swamped by not-O'Reilly's by nearly four to one. Now it's a new week, and a new chance for Olby: Mr Bill is off again (John Kasich substituting) and KO has another turn at bat. Will tonight be the night that Keith finally proves he can attract more viewers than a substitute O'Reilly host? Or will he have to wait for FNC to put up a test pattern at 8:00 pm and hope for the best?
On Monday night's Countdown, the lead story was rumor, speculation, and innuendo. Will John Snow depart? Is Scott McClellan about to resign? And what about Donald Rumsfeld? General Zinni thinks he should go, and since he said it on an NBC program, it's that much more momentous. Richard Wolffe of Newsweek chewed over all this hearsay and gossip (with KO indulging in a little wish-fulfillment fantasizing, tossing in Karl Rove for good measure), and we wondered, when did conjecture become the most important news of the day? When it can be spun as a negative against "Mister" Bush, of course!
Olby went on to Zarqawi, then Jill Carroll's return (via a taped NBC report). The #4 slot featured another taped NBC report on tornadoes, followed by oddball, which included video of a "chasing tail" festival. #3 was the recurrently hyped segment about the new 9/11 movie, United 93. Repeatedly suggesting that it's "too soon", KO ran the trailer for the film and interviewed (Democrat) film critic Jeffrey Lyons, who also found the timing "troubling". Of course. Any release date earlier than November 7, 2006 is going to be "too soon".
Next the Moussaoui verdict was summarily outlined, without the smart-alecky triumphalism Olby employed back when he was chortling that the prosecutor blew the case. One would think there would be at least the merest modicum of embarrassment on KO's part for his twisted, slanted reportage of this matter, but with the wig, the pancake makeup, and the Man-Tan, even if he had the self-respect to blush, who could see it?
Chris Farley, celebrity news (incorporating the nightly Barry Bonds bash), and another exciting Tom Cruise segment rounded out the hour. And yes, that "top newsmaker", the creepy Michael Musto, was the guest. Rep Jean Schmidt (R) was a "worse" person--something about credits for a college degree.
Tonight's dogs that did not bark? For one, Cynthia McKinney (D), who spent $1,000 of taxpayers' money (earmarked for office supplies) flying Isaac Hayes around. And then there's that email from an ABC producer; you will recall the leak was denounced by Olby as a White House trick. For some reason, Keith hasn't bothered to admit his error: it was a former ABC employee who leaked the email, not the eeevil Karl Rove. Corrections? Krazy Keith don't need no stinkin' corrections.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 45th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.