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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
It took the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann all of sixty seconds to bring up Richard Nixon. This must have been George Orwell's night off. Now if you had a major, complex constitutional decision to analyze and explain, whom would you ask to do the honors? One would think an impartial constitutional scholar (no, not Turley!) might be the best choice. At the very least you want someone who as a practicing attorney. But not KO. His legal "expert" is a disbarred lawyer!
Felon John Dean mumbled his way through all the talking points: Geneva Conventions, Gitmo, due process, etc. His "analysis" was singularly unenlightening which, for the ex-con, is an improvement: better the viewers of Countdown be uninformed than misinformed.
Then we got yet another of Countdown's "top newsmakers": Dana Milbank. Deprived of garish garments, he gently contradicted Olby's assertion that the President was "stunned" by the decision (as just about everyone except KO realizes, the outcome was easily predicted). Another lame trick regurgitated by Keith (no matter what happens, it's bad for Bush) in discussing Congress working to create law that would pass Supreme Court muster:
Is that potentially as much of a blow to the President as his, er, perception of, of his role and what he's supposed to be doing in this country as the actual ruling relating to Gitmo, is just the process that we talked about as, as dangerous to him?
Dana gave an approved answer this time, insuring his reapparance on The Hour of Spin. Through both interviews neither Krazy Keith nor his guests ever addressed, or seemed the least bit interested in, how this decision could impact prosecuting the war on terror. But that's nowhere near as important as finding every possible anti-Bush nook and cranny.
We know how Olby loves to bring up polls--he did so Tuesday and Wednesday, when he could use them to support his spin. Tonight he referred to the New York Times controversy. But for some reason this poll, one of the first to query public opinion on the SWIFT operation, didn't get reported by Olby. (70% support the program, 60% think the Times helped terrorists more than the public.) Needless to say, Keith wasn't very eager to report the President's approval numbers either, since they are up over 40%. Possibly they'll dip again and the poll reports will resume.
Next: floods, oddball, and a rerun of video (recycled from a local station) from just two days ago about Wyandotte, OK. Sprinkled through all of this were incessant references to "comedian Rush Limbaugh" and Viagra. All we could think about was what kind of pills KO uses when he's sending secret messages to his latest email squeeze-of-the-week. Then more recycled reportage about small, "smart" cars.
In the celebrity segment, Krazy finally got around to "comedian Rush Limbaugh". (Geez, if it was ever funny, do you really believe it's funny the 369th time you say it?) Rush was at a seminar about the tv show "24", and The Laughing Stagehand found all of it most uproarious. Then Pamela Anderson, Brittney Spears, Star Jones, Barbara Walters, and the disturbing Michael Musto. In the Media Matters Minute, that well-known "apolitical" segment, conservative Melanie Morgan was "worst".
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 132nd day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still two