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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
One night of Zarqawi as the top story was enough for Keith. It was relegated to second-class citizenship on OlbyPlanet, because there was bigger news: Ann Coulter. Yes, Annie--three days later--is more important than Zarqawi. It's that vaunted Olbermann News Judgment at work.
He ran, yet again, the same clips he ran before, and Reverend Keith kicked off another of his faux outrage sermons, demanding to know why Republicans on Capitol Hill refuse to condemn her. Like Keith demands that Democrats condemn Randi Rhodes and Al Franken? And he did that...when? Next, a series of demands from Democrats that GOP leaders speak out against Coulter. Isn't that what Keith just said? What a coincidence: OlbySpeak parrots Dem talking points.
To provide impartial, nonpartisan, fair and balanced analysis, KO dragged in the discredited, deranged Lawrence ("Liar! Creepy Liar!") O'Donnell, a "Democratic strategist". Like Keith brings on Republican strategists to analyze comments by Michael Berg and Harry Belafonte? And he did that...when?
When Larry analogized her to Michael Moore, Olby, showing his class and intellect, delivered another cheap shot personal attack:
It's kind of an uneven fight there; she's not as talented as Michael Moore, and she's not as attractive.
What's next, Keith Olbermann making fun of fat people?
After the break, the less important news of the day (Zarqawi) was on the plate. Because this racist terrorist wasn't dead when he was first found, Keith found a way to imply a sinister spin:
Turns out, though, that technically "killed in a US air strike" might not be a completely accurate cause of death.
Oh really? What then would be the cause of death? Drowning? The taped NBC report made no claim Zarqawi wasn't killed by the air strike, so what was Olbermann talking about? It doesn't matter. Just making an off-hand implication about a vague Konspiracy is enough to satisfy the credulous blue blog believers, and that's Countdown's target demographic. Thursday night's Hour of Spin finished dead last in the cable news ratings for its timeslot, so KO will go the extra mile to tailor the content for his fringe following.
After oddball, #3: baseball scandals. #2: DNA evidence (via Monica Novotny), Paris Hilton, Keifer Sutherland, the Dixie Chicks. #1: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Paul McCartney, Heather Mills (all via two regurgitated network reports).
For all the talk of Ann Coulter, baseball, and Brad Pitt, there just wasn't time for Keith to report on something else. Something that he has brought up in the past, time and time again. Here are two examples out of many:
Now what happens when those ministers are appointed, and a complete, permanent ruling government is formed? The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann ignores it. He ignored it Thursday night. He ignored it tonight. It made for a great bloody shirt he could wave to use it against the Bush administration. But the minute those slots are filled and he can't use the issue as spin any more, all of a sudden it's no longer news. Not one bloody word. More of that vaunted Olbermann News Judgment? No, just abject agit-prop from cable's most dangerous demagogue.
That's The Hour of Spin for this, the 112th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still 5.