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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Sometimes you just have to marvel at the chutzpah of comedian Keith Olbermann. He bellows misinformation and lies and couldn't care less about accuracy or ethics. On tonight's Hour of Spin he was off and running as soon as his opening spiel regarding Peter Hoekstra's complaints about Congressional oversight:
The President ripped by the conservative running the House Select Committe on Intelligence for holding back details of NSA spying.
[Hoekstra] has now told President Bush that he may have broken the law by keeping parts of the NSA domestic spying program secret even from the lawmakers responsible for overseeing them.
Now it's possible Krazy Keith is just spouting without knowing what he is spouting about. But given his track record, it appears more likely that he is deliberately falsifying, just for the pleasure of invoking his talking point that the NSA program is "domestic spying".
Fact: Rep Hoekstra's objections were not about the NSA surveillance program. The NSA was nowhere mentioned in his letter to the President. He has never said it was an NSA program he was referring to. In fact, the New York Times, which broke this story, plainly stated:
Officials have said he was not referring to the National Security Agency's wiretapping operation or to the Treasury Department's bank monitoring program, both of which he was informed about.
Uh-huh. So where did Keith come up with the notion that it's all about the NSA surveillance program? He made it up! But it gets better, as Olby rails on about Hoekstra, who revealed the finding of 500 canisters of degraded WMDs in Iraq:
Will those who found the Michigan Republican credible last month find him just as credible now?
KO has some nerve. We could just as easily ask, will Keith Olbermann, who ridiculed Hoekstra last month and compared him to Joe McCarthy, ridicule him now? There's a question about as challenging as asking what time does the 6 o'clock news begin.
What could be more appropriate than lies and hypocricy to lead into the star interviewee of the evening, the disbarred lawyer himself, John Dean. Keith was quick to plug Dean's "remarkable" book, and the felon was equipped with all the usual talking points. Hoekstra, because he's a Republican, acted because he was being "pressured". Cheney is the evil genius behind it all. Barry Goldwater was "very distressed" with conservatives because the movement is farther right than ever. (Barry Goldwater, who wanted to use nukes in VietNam, and opposed the civil rights laws, was to the left of George W Bush?!?) "Studies" found that "authoritarianism" is overwhelmingly conservative (only 1% liberal). Olby chimed in:
And the idea of leaders and followers, um, going down this path and perhaps taking a country with them requires, this whole edifice requires an enemy: Communism, Al Qaeda, Democrats, me, whoever, for the two minutes hate.
Yep, Al Qaeda is a fiction concocted by Karl Rove. Communism was never an enemy. The ex-con insisted that conservatives encourage terrorism:
When people are frightened, they tend to go to these authority figures. They tend to become more conservative. So it's paid off for them politically to do this.
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, with a straight face, hilariously lambasted the "amorality" of conservatives, and felon Dean was happy to name names:
Then the ex-con cues us in on some more of his top-notch exclusive research: 23% of the American people are right-wing authoritarian followers, and the number is growing. KO was quick to invoke the Nixon era and the disbarred lawyer agreed. At the end of the interview Keith announced that tomorrow he would have Bill Bennett on to argue the other side of the story. What am I saying? The lights on the Countdown ceiling would crash to the floor if anything like that ever happened.
Finally a commercial break, and then #4 and a surprise. Krazy Keith bows out, and turns the rest of the show over to Alison Stewart. All Right! We can unpause the tivo and catch up on the O'Reilly Factor. Stewart covers:
#4: The end of cowboy diplomacy.
#3: Cruise news.
#2: World Cup soccer finale, Michael Jackson, and Ann Coulter. (The syndicator's investigation of plagiarism charges clears Annie, in a statement Stewart claimed was issued "late Tuesday".)
KO was back, through the magic of videotape, for #1: Star Jones and Dan Rather. This was an inane piece that Olby ran once before. So we got Krazy Keith, suddenly on tape, showing a taped rerun of a story that was on tape to start with. And they say Dan Abrams doesn't know what he's doing.