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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"Whatever Happened to Baby Suri?"
For some reason, comedian Keith Olbermann considered Joe Lieberman's primary race the top story in today's news. Well, he never was comfortable reporting all that North Korean stuff. It may not make him nauseous but it doesn't seem to appeal to his Moral Force. KO rattled off a bunch of top Dems who will back Lieberman's opponent should the primary turn out that way, and introduced the chortling pundit, Craig Crawford, who said Joe went "out of his way to aggravate" Democrats because he has a "cozy relationship" with the President. Naturally, Olby saw "something bigger":
Is Lieberman, to some degree, in a national picture, a sort of sacrificial lamb for his party's vacillations in this war?
Translating that from OlbySpeak: Joe is being punished for not goose-stepping to the marching orders of the blue bloggers, and the rest of you guys better watch out too.
KO compared Liebermann to some oddball movie character, saying that he seemed like he was "offended that he had to be there", and criticized him for attacking his opponent. Right. Because Krazy Keith never attacks anyone. Olbermann's Brain giggled that Joe will run as an independent, and likened him to Machiavelli for doing so.
There was still time to slip in another plug for Al Gore's "impassioned", "compelling" movie, adding:
Just saying you're the environmental President doesn't make it so.
Then another classic bit of OlbySpin. KO ran a clip of the President who brought up several reporters at his press conference who also had birthdays today. Introducing Dana Milbank, Krazy Keith came up with this gem:
For the President, was that kind of a metaphor, that little image, that there are four people around him on his birthday?
Jeez Louise! Remember when the President tried to open a locked door? Metaphor! When generator lights came on for Bush in New Orleans? Metaphor! The President lands in Pakistan with the running lights off? Metaphor! He's back from Asia just in time for Turkey Day at the White House. Metaphor! Enough already!!
After another session of oddball, always an intellectual feast, KO "covered" the Coke-Pepsi corporate spying incident. We put covered in quotes because it was just more reruns from NBC. Then Michael Jackson, again with recycled video from the network mothership. #2: The space shuttle, relegated to, you guessed it, more regurgitated network video. Then the usual dose of celebrity fluff, featuring the "hateful" "Ann Coultergeist".
#1 was the creepy Michael Musto with an in-depth analysis of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and their baby. KO beamed. The Hour of Spin had finally come to one of Krazy Keith's few areas of interest and expertise. They engaged in a detailed discussion of whether the baby was real or a hoax, and speculated that Mrs Cruise had actually obtained some of L Ron Hubbard's sperm. This is just the sort of reality-based hard news that Dan Abrams will use to make A-Mess-NBC the premiere news channel on cable, except for all the others.
In the Media Matters Minute, Olby took another shot at Coulter as "worst person". KO described her as a "woman with Adam's apple"; her crime was making fun of liberals who object to second-hand smoke but not to various forms of sexual "polymorphous perversity" (examples given included "anal intercourse" and "fisting"). Why is Keith so sensitive about this? Is it a sore spot with him?
Just as KO protected Dick Durbin by never reporting his "troops as Nazis" comment, so tonight he covered for Joe Biden by spiking any mention of the Senator's racially insensitive comments about Indians running 7-11 stores. Needless to say, Biden did not make the "worst person" segment. That's because it's "apolitical", don't you know?
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 137th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp. And the magic number is still two.