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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"The Worst of Times"
The Mideast war was the top story tonight. Don't get excited, it's another one of those stories his producers are forcing him to cover. Keith was all set to spotlight the discredited Joe Wilson tonight, but that war got in his way once again.
After summarizing the day's events, Olby ran a lengthy clip of the President's street language to Blair, then a clip from Bill Clinton (recycled from the network mothership). An interview with Brian Williams followed; it was taped earlier, though KO pretended it was live. The spin started with Olby's first leading question, which, no surprise, took aim at the President.
Contrasting Clinton and Bush, KO asked:
Is there a sense there in Israel that President Bush has done done enough diplomatic work to help bring about peace in that reason, at least compared with his predecessors?
Williams didn't even dignify Olby's tendentious query with an answer, responding about something else entirely. KO asked about the President's expletive, and Williams said in Israel their minds are on other matters.
Much to our surprise, the #4 segment was still the war. Apparently those producers also forced the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann to bump the Wilson spot past the half-hour break. That's OK, since Olby had a chance to jab at Newt Gingrich for declaring that the current hostilities may be the start of World War III:
That there is a political benefit to raising the spectre of apocalyptic destruction not lost on Mr Gingrich...
Col Rick Francona, NBC military analyst, was there as KO tossed another of his leading questions his way:
Considering there are signs that Israel might be talking cease-fire here, is the, is the use of the phrase World War III at this point inflammatory, irresponsible?
Considering that Gingrich said that on Sunday morning, when there was no talk of a cease-fire, is Keith Olbermann's question dishonest and propagandistic? Bingo! Francona disagreed with Newt but, to his credit, went out of his way not to accept Olbermann's descriptive terms.
After oddball and the half-hour break, the much-hyped "exclusive" interview with the discredited Joe Wilson. Setting it up, Olby said Novak's original column "triggered a crisis of confidence" in the Bush administration. Then Keith pulled one of his little tricks. Citing Novak's statement that Novak didn't believe Valerie Plame was "covert", KO said:
That of course contradicts what the Special Prosecutor, Mr Fitzgerald, said.
Wrong! In fact, it may be another Olbermann lie. Fitzgerald's indictment, referred to by KO, said Plame was "classified". That is not the same thing as covert. In fact, when asked by the press if Plame was covert, Fitz flatly refused to apply that description to her. So Novak's statement did not contradict Fitz at all. OK, we convinced ourselves. It is another Olbermann lie.
When Keith questioned The Great Man, he did everything but put the words in Wilson's Mouth:
Is that the point, or a point, of this lawsuit, to clarify for the record who did what and why?
The Great Man spoke. Novak's not to be trusted. They were exacting "personal revenge" on him. He's been the object of threats. All in all, no news resulted from this agenda-flogging. No challenging Wilson on his inconsistencies with the Senate Intelligence Committee and the document it found proving Plame suggested him, contrary to his assertions. No questioning Wilson about how he claimed he spotted forged documents months before the documents were even discovered. KO's interview was more than toothless--he took his teeth out and put them in a glass under his desk (where he would crawl later to retrieve them).
#2: The heat wave (recycled report), tsunami, Barbaro. #1: The exclusive interview with Brad Pitt!
In the Media Matters MInute, Olby called Ann Coulter a "screaming fraud", blaming her for people who send white powder to the New York Times. KO, who relies on the Media Matters summaries (often misleading and inaccurate) apparently didn't actually check the transcript of what Annie said, and bellowed:
She went on another radio show to suggest staffers of the New York Times be executed.
Coulter's exact words:
And do you think there is any possibility any action will be taken against The New York Times for something that could have gotten them executed, certainly did get the Rosenbergs executed?
Annie suggested that legal action should be taken against the Times. That is a bit different from her inciting people to kill staffers at the Old Gray Lady. But such fine distinctions are lost on comedian Keith Olbermann, whose spin grows lamer and more desperate by the day.