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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann (skin a bright orange, hair oddly less gray) was desperate to do damage control. How to paper over John Kerry's humiliating loss in the Senate? Simple. Ridicule the WMD news, attack Rick Santorum, and kill three birds with one stone. Santorum isn't to be believed because he is behind in the polls. Hoekstra didn't announce, he "foamed". The degraded gas is virtually harmless. All it will do is hurt your skin. They're "weapons of minimal discomfort". All this despite the fact that the declassified document plainly states that they remain potentially "lethal".
When Bill O'Reilly opens with an op-ed, he's not afraid to bring on an opposing viewpoint for balance. None of that for Kourageous Keith, who badly needed a pseudo-authority to give his own rant some credibility. So he turned to the disreputable Joe Cirincione. This is the "weapons expert" who insisted that we should not have deposed Saddam because he had no WMDs. Do ya think he just might have a personal motive for minimizing this?
By the way, before the war, Cirincione insisted that we should not depose Saddam, because he did have WMDs:
there are several very plausible scenarios that could turn the war into a catastrophe. These include the use of chemical or biological weapons against US troops
You can read this at the Carnegie Endowment page, where Joe holds court. Oh wait a minute. No you can't. When you go to that page, it appears for a split second then vanishes. Sorry, that is an "out of date" page. Joe will have to do better than that to hide his embarrassments. The page Cirincione doesn't want you to see can still be read here.
But we digress. KO trumpets Joe as with the Center for American Progress. Does that ring any bells? Think John Podesta, Tom Daschle, Larry Korb. Yep, it's a talking point machine for the Democrat left. The announcement is a "farce", said impartial Joe, and...well, does it really matter what else this partisan hack said?
For the political analysis, Keith turned to another leftie: Jonathan Alter. Olby likened Santorum and Hoekstra to Joe McCarthy, and Alter gleefully piled on. Santorum is "desperate"; Rumsfeld "will say anything". You couldn't have found a more one-sided report if you had gone to the homepage of the DNC.
In the #4 slot, KO finally got around to the Senate vote, but unfortunately the triple-discredited David Shuster gave the report. This means everything said is suspect, except, perhaps, for "David Shuster, MSNBC". Slippery explained away the votes of Democrats against pullouts as complex political gameplay. The entire segment lasted less than two minutes.
After oddball, in the #3 slot, it was recycled video again--not even from the network, but from a local station. The Big Story? A valet under somebody's bed. And Monica Novotny with a follow up report (on tape). Then more regurgitated video about a wayward alligator. Yes, all this is more important than, say, having an opposing point of view on the WMD issue. It's that vaunted Olbermann News Judgment at work again.
Then it was time for attack #97. Guess who? Yes, it's "that bastard Bill O'Reilly". Olby was really original this time: he did a rip 'n' read of an article by Don Wycliff. Why? Because it was a way to do an O'Reilly attack without the trouble of coming up with anything of his own. The "nonpartisan" Olbermann didn't bother to report any of O'Reilly's responses to the inaccuracies and falsehoods in Wycliff's piece. For his part, O'Reilly invited Wycliff on his show tonight to discuss his piece. The courageous scribe cancelled one hour before showtime. Way to go, Keith! You've aligned yourself again with another coward. Birds of a feather: specifically, the yellow-bellied scribbler.
Then more about Catherine McPhee (Olby never did retract his false story about her and Tom Cruise), Angelina Jolie, Brittney Spears. The #1 slot was reserved for an exclusive interview with Connie Chung? Huh? Here's the logic. The Chung farewell video is one of the most downloaded on the internet. Meanwhile, the ratings for Countdown have actually sunk since Olby returned from vacation. Yesterday's numbers:
Oh, but he does so well in the 25-54 demo! Yeah, right:
So what better way to prop up this sinking ship than try to glom on to some of the camp fascination with Chung's bizarre farewell? Connie had the good sense to confine herself to a phone call. Why bother traipsing into the Meltdown studio when nobody's watching anyhow?
In the "worst person" segment, Steve King (R) was rapped for implying that Helen Thomas is not an attractive woman. Decreed Olby:
The Congressman is really skating on thin ice when he starts commenting on other peoples' looks.
Sort of like saying Ann Coulter is uglier than Michael Moore? Oh wait, that kind of personal attack is fine. Because Keith said it.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 125th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is now three.