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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
What happened? Was the Yankee game rained out tonight in The Big Apple? Oh, it was. That must be why Keith Olbermann showed up for "work". KO claimed, without evidence, that the gay marriage amendment was designed to "distract" from Iraq, adding that it was an attempt to "pander to the base". He quoted the parents of Matthew Shepherd, then segued into Haditha. This gave Olby the excuse to kick off his interview with Bush-basher Wilkerson using another of his patented leading questions:
Is Haditha some sort of inevitable, if unplanned event, uh, er, as the result of an administration that declared the Geneva Conventions irrelevant?
KO broached the subject of leaving Iraq, which Wilkerson didn't think was a good idea. Olby shifted to WMDs; Wilkerson said there had been skepticism but the CIA was sincere in believing the intelligence was correct, and did not "cherry-pick". Maybe it was "psychological group-think", he opined. Keith turned to Valerie Plame, the talking point of last resort, where Wilkerson was more accommodating, going on to say the military is in "desperate shape". Of course Larry bashed Rummy; anyone who defends the Secretary will have a long wait before they get to sit in the Countdown chair.
#4: Election analysis by the doubly discredited David Shuster. It was no surprise that Slippery Shuster immediately made excuses for the Democrats losing the old Duke Cunningham seat, leaving out the fact that the Dem candidate's percentage of the vote was pretty much the same as what Kerry got in 2004. Not exactly a huge shift there. Slippery rapidly moved into Tom DeLay and scandal investigations. And despite new revelations in the case of William Jefferson (D), he didn't even get a mention. Wonder why.
After oddball, a new baseball scandal, then another of the night's constant teases for his upcoming Ann Coulter bash. "Outrage pours in across the country", bellowed Keith. Is this anything like the continuing, growing outrage over Bill O'Reilly? We checked Yahoo news about that again tonight, and got the same four results as last night. But it's growing. Keith said so.
In the #2 slot, it was back to another favorite Olbermann theme: Attack the Media! But in this case, attacking is a good thing, because it was Krazy Keith doing the attacking, and the writer being attacked was Ann Coulter. (All those teases were to keep blue blog readers tuned in well into the second half hour.)
With a graphic reading "SHAMELESS", KO referenced the continuing, growing outrage over Malmedy again (yeah, right) then ran a clip of Tucker Carlson arguing with Coulter (carefully avoiding where Tucker agreed with her). He quoted from "a written statement" from the leftist 9/11 widows, without telling whom they gave the statement to: the far left Crooks & Liars. Then the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann moved in for the big finish:
Back to my allusion to the nightmare of having to defend Ann Coulter at a sanity hearing. That was inappropriate, because it was insufficient. Imagine, in fact, defending her on judgment day, trying to find her soul.
Preach on, Reverend Olbermann! Hallelujah! Olby Be Praised!
For the rest, we got Catherine McPhee (still no retraction of Olby's fake news on this front), Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Brittney Spears...the usual Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel. Meanwhile, nothing in the "news hour" about the UN criticism of the US, or further developments in the Canada terrorism investigation.
That's The Hour of Spin for this, the 110th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still 5.