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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Even we didn't think the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann could possibly shove the emerging war in the Middle East to the back burner just to flog The Great Leak Case. But we should have known: it is impossible to overestimate the biases of America's most dangerous demagogue. Countdown is almost certainly the only "news hour" on television to make the frivilous Wilson suit its top story. We did wonder, however, what attorney Krazy Keith could possibly dig up to hype this feeble political machination. The answer should have been obvious to us: nobody. So KO went, for a "legal" analysis, to everyone's favorite disbarred lawyer, John Dean!
Keith plugged the felon's "remarkable new book", and the ex-con preposterously claimed the suit was a "strong case". No surprise there, since felon Dean also admitted he long ago recommended that they sue. The ex-con babbled on, but frankly, what value is the "expert" opinion of a disbarred lawyer?
Keith name-dropped that he got an email from Joe Wilson, and suggested that maybe they should sue Robert Novak too. Hey, it's "attack the media" again! No concerns of any "chilling effect", though. The disbarred lawyer didn't explain how the Wilsons were going to prove something (a conspiracy to discredit) that a special prosecutor with unlimited funds and three years hasn't been able to prove. Neither did he address the peculiar, incendiary, politically worded complaint, dismissed by actual legal experts as, at a minimum, weird.
Then it was time for political analysis, and that means Krazy Keith's favorite lunatic, Lawrence ("Liar! Creepy Liar!") O'Donnell. Olby long ago stopped identifying him as a "Democratic" strategist, possibly in the feeble hope that we wouldn't notice. But Olbermann Watch misses nothing. Time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown):
Does anyone think this list is, well, just a teensy bit one-sided?
O'Donnell shocked KO by opining that "this is a very weak case", and believes it will likely be tossed out of court. He delivered for Olby by talking about the great damage civil depositions could do to the administration, but then explained that those depositions might not be a walk in the park for the Wilsons either. You know you are on OlbyPlanet when Dean actually makes Larry O seem moderate. All of this must be taken with a grain of salt, since O'Donnell is not an attorney. But then again, neither is felon Dean.
Olby News Alert!
It's another stunning journalistic "get" for comedian Keith Olbermann. He announced that next week The Great Man himself will appear on Countdown. Joe Wilson. In person! Dan Abrams must be so proud. KO also bragged that one of Wilson's slip-and-fall lawyers will appear for an interview tomorrow. Talk about hype. It's tonight's top story even over an outbreak of war. It gets flogged again tomorrow with the plaintiff's mouthpiece (and no opposing point of view). Then next week, more, More, MORE!
The war, pushed back to the #4 slot, was disposed of via a taped report from NBC. Then it was tonight's "attack the GOP" segment, where KO attempted to equate a NewsMax ad for military-style camouflage hats with the recent DNC ad showing flag-draped coffins. Who exactly will Krazy Keith get to deliver the Dem's talking points on this issue? That job fell on NBC's Chip Ried. Olby started right off by regurgitating an old ploy from his shopworn box of tricks (this move, no matter what it is, is bad for the GOP):
Did all they do really here is draw attention to an obscure campaign ad that would not have received any attention if they kept quiet here? Did they get played by the Democrats in that old familiar fashion?
Chip's response was music to Keith's ears ("you're absolutely right"). KO wanted him to rip on John Boehner, who said military coffins are not the same as 9/11 images used by the GOP in the past. Ried tried to summarize the different sides ("they say", "they believe") but his sympathies crept through. Next Olby complained that:
No one seems to be objecting to the fact that there are flag-draped coffins. Would it seem a little less disingenuous, could somebody really steal the march here, for somebody criticizing this to just drop in one line starting with: of course we wish there were no coffins to show...
So Republican criticisms, and the objections of war veterans and serving military, are dismissed by Keith as "disingenuous". And his suggested wording? He only wants it to apply to the people criticizing the ad, not to the people running the ad itself!
#2: Mice on an airliner (recycled local tv video), snakes, a two-headed cat (more recycled local tv video), Barbaro, Red Buttons. In the #1 slot: Jennnifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, and more stories "my producers are forcing me to cover". At least that's what Keith "I answer to nobody" Olbermann claimed.
In the Media Matters Minute, KO demonstrated again just how "apolitical" this segment is. A Republican Congresswoman was "worse", and conservative Brent Bozell was "worser" (for criticizing the New York Times support of "Gay Games"). Olby's kiss on the cheek to the Soros site will be rewarded, in quid-pro-quo fashion, with free PR video at Media Matters, to be posted within the next 24 hours.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 144th day of the Keith Olbermann CoverUp.