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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"What a Piece of Work Is This Man"
Tonight we got a spinapalooza of bias, hypocrisy, and reckless slander from Krazy Keith. Plus it was "Attack the Media" night again on Countdown. "Attack the Media" is bad when conservatives criticize somebody's report. But in the Bizarro world of OlbyPlanet, "Attack the Media" is good when Keith Olbermann righteously bashes a competitor with six times his viewership.
The Hour of Spin began with KO referencing Donald Rumsfeld's "odd sense of humor", when a National Guardsman asked him for better vehicles. Bellowed Olby:
Donald Rumsfeld makes a joke out of it!
For the record, Rummy's reply. After going on and explaining a bit about the budget and where it goes:
I can't answer why your particular unit ends up with one of the oldest pieces of equipment, but I'll bet you Gen Casey can.
All those Marines who chuckled at the Secretary's response (is this what Keith considers a "joke"?) must also have an "odd" sense of humor. At least it would appear odd to the likes of Olbermann. Then there was some talk about the strange locales that have been added to the Homeland Security list of possible terror targets, including a popcorn factory. Thus it was that Sen Boxer appeared for an exciting one-and-one with the Spinmeister. This means it is time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown):
Barbara Bouncer let loose with a torrent of DNC talking points: Homeland Security is the department "that brought you Katrina". We need to change the Congress. Yes, she turned this into a Democrat campaign ad, and Olby allowed it. Hell, he probably encouraged it. Then it was on to Iraq and post-traumatic stress and time for O'Reilly Attack #99. KO said a "commentator of large mouth and small brain" addressed the subject and ran a clip from The O'Reilly Factor where Bill asked a question of Col David Hunt, who said Boxer knows better, that soldiers on depressants cannot go into combat, and that there's some lying going on. At that point, OlbySpin whirled into hyperdrive:
Senator, give me your reaction to Mr O'Reilly and Col Hunt.Stop the tivo! Why is he asking for a reaction to Mr Bill? All O'Reilly did is ask if Boxer's assertions were correct. No matter. The mere fact that Mr Bill has a guest on who isn't sympatico with the latest progressive talking points is enough for KO to prod his guest to smear with impunity. But is Boxer really so dense as to fall into that trap? Will she go after O'Reilly, or confine her comments to the Colonel's opinion?
Well all I can say is, they don't know what they're talking about.
They? Who's they? What did O'Reilly say? He asked a freaking question! Bouncer went on to contradict the Colonel's statement, and says troops are going into combat while medicated with anti-depressants. Then the Senator continued:
And the other thing they called me a liar on...
Again, who's the "they"? She went on to quibble about some statistic, and rambled on about supporting the troops, mental health, and stopping the name-calling (are you listening, Olby?). Added KO:
Of course, when we're talking about mental health that is not Mr O'Reilly's strong point to begin with.
Apparently Olbermann wasn't listening. Then it was more campaigning: "our party voted", an amendment "by John Kerry", "we are for change". Thus ends a segment so biased that it would have embarrassed Baghdad Bob. Presumably now we will see elected officials like Sen Santorum and Rep Hoekstra invited on Countdown to rebut Keith's smears of them?
Any mention of The Great Leak Case means the return of Slippery Shuster. First KO grudgingly ran clips from Brit Hume's exclusive interview, then Dave showed up to "analyze". It's a matter of who you believe, he told us, either Bill Harlow of the CIA, or Novak, who had discrepancies with Rove, Harlow, and maybe even primary source Mr X. Just as he did yesterday, Shuster went out of his way to impugn Novak's integrity, suggesting he was not credible but Harlow was. But he said not one word about Harlow's discrepancies: Harlow said Valerie Plame had done nothing regarding Wilson's selection to go to Niger. But the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee proved that to be a lie by turning up a document where she explicitly suggested him for the job. Isn't that a discrepancy, Slippery? Why do you only report on Novak's discrepancies?
The double standard on OlbyPlanet is always fascinating, and of course hypocritical. Scooter Libby cannot be trusted because he has discrepancies with reporters like Tim Russert and the scribblers from the New York Times. The reporters are presumed truthful, the bureaucrat not. Now all of a sudden, it's the bureaucrat who is portrayed as righteous, and the reporter who is smeared. But there's no bias here, not on the "nonpartisan" Countdown.
Other than that, both KO and Shuster carefully avoided Novak's other comments about the existence (or lack of it) of a conspiracy to discredit Joe Wilson. Or the fact that Plame was not covert, and that's why nobody, not even Mr X, was charged. This kind of selective reporting is what sets The Hour of Spin apart. Then the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann said there was something else that "raised journalistic eyebrows" (not an inconsiderable feat in his case). KO spoke of Novak's conversation with Harlow:
If your source does not deny something and in fact seems to inadvertently confirm it by saying "don't run with it", I know I would have, at any stage of my career, including WBBR at Cornell, have had a hard time getting that past my bosses as a solid source. This is Jayson Blair-like, is it not?
Shuster immediately agreed. Why skip another change to slander Novak? Of course, it wasn't Mr X who told him don't run it. It was Harlow, whom Novak turned to just to get a confirmation. And here's what Olbermann doesn't tell you about Novak's conversation with Harlow. When Novak first asked about Plame, Harlow said he'd have to take the question and get back to him. Harlow called back and asked him not to print the name. But that's not all he said. Quoting Novak himself:
He said it is very unlikely she will ever go to Europe.Stop the tivo! Isn't that a little bit more than "don't run with it"? Olbermann compares Robert Novak to Jayson Blair, based on a false characterization of the conversation. Harlow actually said much more than "dont run with it", enough that even an addle-pated Cornell student who bumped his head once too often should be able to figure out what was going on. But to Olbermann it's an opportunity to again attack the media, since the target is someone who doesn't parrot OlbySpin. This is one of the most despicable smears KO has unleashed--and that's saying something.
After that repellent display of character assassination, we felt like taking a shower. But duty demands that we stay on the job to report that oddball was followed by political news. KO was upset that Rudy Giuliani was campaigning for Rick Santorum, a guy who's way behind in the polls. Hey, we can understand that. We don't know why TVNewser, TV Guide, the MSM, and Dan Abrams are all campaigning for a guy who's way behind in the ratings.
Speaking of polls, remember how Olby kept detailing every little Bush drop and downturn in the polls. When the Fox News poll came out showing him over 40%, all of a sudden the Presidential poll numbers on Countdown took a backseat. Tonight KO cited a Gallup poll about 2008 preferences (it ranked Rudy as the top GOP contender), but today's Gallup Poll found Bush job approval at the 40% mark for the first time since February (back when KO was hyping poll numbers ad nauseam). So do you think nonpartisan Keith reported on this Gallup poll number? Here's a hint: NO!
With Fineman ready to conform himself to the approved line, Olbermann resorted to a tactic he usually saves for President Bush. (Since Giuliani is so popular, damage control was essential.) It's the one where whatever he does, it's somehow a bad move. Tonight's example:
If Rudy Giuliani has designs on becoming the next President of the United States, is Senator Santorum the guy he wants to be associating himself with?.... Is he not going to, at some point, have to reconcile that, that, those stances on those issues that are so significant to the far-right, that just showing up for Rick Santorum, especially if Rick Santorum continues to crash and burn here, is it going to be enough just to, just to have been sitted, seated next to him with his hand behind his back?
Then KO brought up Ann Coulter's comments about the Jersey Girls, and came up with another gem:
To denounce it, Giuliani would have to blast Ann Coulter. But is not ignoring it ultimately worse than picking either an endorsement or a denunciation?
How old is this story, anyhow? How many days has Keith been flogging it? Did Krazy Keith ask Barbara Boxer to denounce Dick Durbin's comparison of US troops to Communists and Nazis? Did he ask her to denounce Cindi Sheehan for calling terrorists in Iraq "freedom fighters"? Did he challenge Boxer because she neither endorsed nor denounced Harry Belafonte's claim that Bush is the world's greatest terrorist? Oh well, he probably just ran out of time. Sheesh!
#2: Soccer head-butting (recycled from ITV), baseball, Barnard Hughes, and the "infamous Rupert Murdoch", getting blamed for something a columnist wrote in the New York Post. #1 was all about Vladimir Putin, with that expert on international affairs, Mo Rocca.
In the "worst person" segment, press persons for a Republican (natch!) committee were "worser" because they put out a press release about an upcoming global warming documentary, and dared to criticize the reporter. When will these people learn? You want to attack a reporter, make sure it's Robert Novak. That's perfectly fine. Criticize anyone else and Olbermann will slam you for spouting "lies and crap".
Wait! Stop the presses! It's an Olby News Alert!
Yes, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has done it! Another milestone for television journalism. O'Reilly Attack #100. Pop those champagne corks, Dan Abrams!
O'Reilly's "worst person" status was shared with Laura Ingraham, because they were critical of the New York Times for publishing Donald Rumsfeld's vacation house photo. Bellowed Olby:
They never mention that Mr Rumsfeld gave the Times permission to take and publish the photo, or that now even the Secret Service says publishing it represented no threat to anyone or anything.
Talk about not mentioning stuff, Olby never mentioned that the photo shows a birdhouse, and the article goes out of its way to point out that a security camera is secreted in it. And Olby didn't bother to quote the Secret Service directly. Could it be because their statement didn't jibe with KO's false characterization:
As you can imagine, we would prefer less information than more in that regard. However, we take necessary steps to provide security wherever one of our protectees lives, and do our best to be as unobtrusive as possible to neighbors and the general public.
So did Rumsfeld give the Times permission to identify the hidden security camera? And is it true, as some have reported, that the Secret Service has upped security there since the publication? Don't expect any of that to be addressed by comedian Keith Olbermann, the most dangerous demagogue in America.