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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
With the conlict in the Mideast heating up, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann had to find an anti-Bush spin. Just 15 seconds into the program, KO headlined the war story:
The White House in Crisis!
Well yeah, that makes sense. It's not a crisis in Lebanon, or Israel, or the Gaza strip. It's George Bush's crisis. Seconds later, regarding the Israeli UN Ambassador referring to Hebzollah, Hamas, Syria, and Iran as an "axis of terror", Olby bellowed:
The administration gets some of its own rhetoric thrown back in its face!
Krazy Keith is really scraping the bottom of the spin barrel here. The guy was speaking at the UN, not leveling a charge at the Bush administration. Olby went on to claim that Israel's actions threaten "the viability of the Bush doctrine on foreign policy", and borrowed from a DNC talking point to suggest the region hasn't been "on Bush's radar". When the Wolffe Man showed up, KO was desperate to get some first-rate spin going, since thus far his efforts had been lame at best. So he gave it a shot.
Olby asked Wolffie if the President "would have blanched" when the Israeli ambassador referred to an "axis of terror", adding:
Is that not another flaw in the doctrine, that if, that if this country can declare an axis of evil, another country can declare an axis of terror, or whatever they want to call it?
We know that whatever Bush, or the Republicans (or Fox News for that matter) do, KO will find some way to claim that it's a stupid, incompetent, bad move. Now he's taking the Israeli Ambassador's implied compliment (using a variation of the President's memorable phrase) and twisting it into another Bush blunder. Is Wolffie enough of a Countdown Crony to go along with something this farcical? Yup:
This has been the problem really from the get-go.
Then KO tried to get the Wolffe Man to agree that Bush hasn't been "paying enough attention" to the region, but Wolffe talked about how the international community in general has been "tolerating these kinds of behavior from Hezbollah for far too long", and all of a sudden, it was "Great thanks, sir".
When was the last time Olby squeezed two long-form stories into the first block of The Hour of Spin? Two entirely different, unrelated items? We can't recall, but it happened tonight. In the blink of an eye, with no commercial break, he went from Israel and Lebanon to The Great Leak Case. Why?
Olby introduced Chemerinki, conventiently leaving out the fact that he is a Democrat partisan who will change positions on a dime. What, we exaggerate? Judge for yourself. Back in 1997, when Bill Clinton (D) was President, Erwin wanted to abolish the US Senate filibuster, even claiming it could be unconstitutional. Just eight short years later, the President is an (R), and all of a sudden, the filibuster is a treasured tradition of history, and any attempt to do away with it is nothing more than "power politics". Is that hypocritical and partisan enough for you?
Erwin claimed that even though the Supreme Court ruled that one cannot sue the President, this is way different. It's the Vice-President. Based on Erwin's chameleon-like ability to reverse core convictions, we wonder what opinion he held on this in 1997. He went on to note that this lawsuit has "always been planned", it's not a "political case", it's about an "abuse of power", and he wants to expose "the sordid story". Then another plug for The Great Man himself, due to appear on Countdown next week. With the Wilsons suing so many people, how hard could it be to ask one of their lawyers to appear on The Hour of Spin too? If you believe the discredited Keith Olbermann would ever do that, you need a new tin foil hat.
In the #4 slot: Huh? We're back to the Mideast again, complete with recycled network reports. Now it becomes clear why Krazy Keith stuck two unrelated stories in the first program block. KO so badly wanted to flog the Wilson story by giving it pride of place, but that damn war was getting in his way. So he interrupted coverage of the top story of the evening, just to get Erwin and his one-sided propaganda fest in before the first commercial break. Olbsessions take precedence over the breakout of war: only on OlbyPlanet.
After oddball, it was time to bring up Ann Coulter again, with the obligatory references to Joe McCarthy. A small newspaper in Cedar Rapids dropped her column. How small is this paper? Well, its circulation (about 63,000) means it has fewer readers than Olby has viewers. That's small! KO conducted a flimsy interview with the heroic editor, who had very little to say to almost everything Keith asked. Why air such uninformative chit-chat? Remember the overriding goal: flog the story, advance the spin.
The #2 block was another fine example of Keith Olbermann's eagerness to cross-promote. This time it was generous excerpts from Tom Brokaw's "global warming" special (just like he did for Al). Then Barry Bonds and Peter Gammons, and then #1--surely the highlight of the evening for Keith--Cruise News! And with the disturbing Michael Musto yet!
In the Media Matters Minute, it was time to attack Fox again: Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera for joking about the Mafia hit intended to rub out Geraldo ("Couldn't he have killed Jerry Springer?"). Jokes about shooting tv people are not funny, sermonized Olby. Libertarian John Stossel was "worst" for his views on organ transplants. Yesterday's segment made it onto Media Matters before noon today (as predicted by Olbermann Watch), but it's a weekend coming up, so video of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will probably not make its inevitable appearance on the Soros site until after the start of business on Monday.
A week of putting up with OlbySpin has left us drained. So here's a homework assignment for our clear-headed readers. Are Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera the only people on television who have made frivolous comments like the Springer quote above? Has KO himself done so? How about his pals at Air America? We'd like to know if comedian Keith Olbermann has lectured them as well. Meanwhile, we've got 71 Olby-free hours to enjoy. For this relief, much thanks.