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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Major news broke today regarding WMDs in Iraq. How will Olby cover it? Let's find out.
Prolific emailer Keith Olbermann began with a litany of Bad News from Iraq: kidnappings, bombings, killings. Olby played two clips from the Senate debate: Joe Biden touting the concept that they're in a "civil war", and a clip from Chuck Hagel who was criticizing the phrase "cut and run". You gotta give Krazy Keith kredit: he can run one (D) and one (R) and still present only one side of the issue.
KO wanted to know if this is now civil war in Iraq, and Wolffe equivocated ("troubling signs", "sectarian violence"). The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann pulled another stale rabbit out of his old hat. You know, the parlor trick where, no matter what the subject, it's somehow bad for Bush. In this particular instance, it was the President's trip to Baghdad:
Is that junket now at risk of backfiring in the same way that the, uh, the Top Gun Mission Accomplished thing on the aircraft carrier did three years ago?
Much was made of a memo from the US Embassy in Baghdad. In fact, Krazy paid much more attention to this memo than he did to the Zarqawi documents found on the terrorist's laptop. And, almost as an afterthought, Keith brings up the WMD news by blaming the messenger (Sen Santorum):
But, but, in Pennsylvania, where Senator Santorum is down 18% in the polls in his bid for reelection, he has apparently declared that WMD has been found in Iraq? Is this desperation? Does he have information the rest of us don't? What, what's he talking about?
Wolffe dismissed it as old news, just "traces". Given that this was announced less than three hours earlier, Wolffe must have done some serious cramming on the story. Or not. Then KO went out of his way to mention that the mother of one of the two murdered soldiers is "against this war", followed by a recycled NBC piece about the family of Private Tucker, who expressed no such sentiment. Countdown has yet to give any real details about the manner of these executions, perhaps because their barbarity suggests not a home-grown insurgency but rather Al Qaeda terrorism.
Can you believe The Great Leak Case was once more one of the top stories? In the #4 slot, KO was again obsessing about people raising money for Scooter Libby's defense. The superbly talented broadcaster stumbled his way through a description of the attendees, referring to the "former Secretary Energy", then correcting himself and identifying him as "Spencer Abram". This was a cue to introduce the triply discredited David Shuster, who, for reasons known only to the Almighty, is still shameless enough to show his face on television. Our attention wandered but we thought we heard Slippery Shuster come up with another brilliant prediction: "I'm convinced Scooter Libby will be indicted." Thanks, Dave. Here's a cookie. Go away.
The #3 story was all about Dan Rather's exit from CBS, filled with little snarky asides from Krazy Keith--you know, the sort of wisecracks that, if made by somebody at Fox about MSNBC, result in a "worst person" nomination. Michael Wolff (no relation to Richard of Newsweek) joined in the fun.
#2 was another "story my producers are forcing me to cover". At least that's what Keith "I answer to no one" Olbermann claimed. It was cross-promotion for a new American Idol ripoff, that, just by happy coincidence, premieres tonight on NBC. That recycled network video was followed by: Brittney Spears, Kevin Federline, Corey Feldman, and Corey Haim. The prized #1 slot was reserved for a set-up about how difficult it is to cancel an AOL account. We cancelled our AOL with a polite, three-minute phone call.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 124th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still four.