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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Brian Unger
Comedian Brian Unger, substituting for comedian and prolific emailer Keith Olbermann, began The Hour of Spin by stating that the Congress today wasn't debating the war, it was debating the "patriotism of Democrats". After a string of Democrat strategists on Countdown all spouting the party line, tonight they decided to be fair and balanced. Instead of a Democrat strategist, they brought on a Democrat lawmaker: Jack Murtha.
In the Repeating a Lie Makes It True Department, Unger continued to flog yesterday's now-discredited story (amnesty for killers of American troops) as if it were gospel. The rest of his interview was so toothless it made Larry King look like Michael Savage, complete with fatuous nonsense about Murtha being "personally attacked" on the floor of the House (actually Murtha personally attacked the Republican!). This propaganda-fest was spread over two segments: a nice bit of free PR for the left. Naturally conservatives don't get even a one-segment interview on The Hour of Spin
The failed comedian claimed Cheney said the Iraq war "has actually prevented further terrorist attacks here in the US". What Cheney said: it was "in part responsible" for the absence of terror attacks. Is this called doctoring a quote? Someone call Slippery Shuster and get a ruling! And in discussing privacy and the NSA, Countdown continued in its biased, propagandistic tradition of never interviewing a guest who argues in favor of the NSA program. So they dragged in Turley again.
Unger kept harping on how poorly the war was going, but for the second day in a row didn't report on the Zarqawi documents that paint quite a different picture. Also for the second day in a row, no mention of the upturn in both Bush's poll numbers and public opinion regarding the war. Newly-translated documents that link Saddam Hussein to the Taliban were also tactfully avoided.
We didn't bother with the rest of the show. We're taking a long weekend to steel ourselves for the return of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. He will bring fairness and balance back to Countdown by interviewing another Democrat politician: Al Gore.
UPDATE: Newsbusters take - MSNBC: Murtha Is 'Personal Attack' Victim, As Murtha Insults Rove's 'Fat Backside'