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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby began the hour trumpeting "breaking news" that actually broke nearly three hours beforehand. How stale was this "breaking news"? Richard Engel mentioned it in his report--and his report was, like most on Countdown, taped earlier in the day. KO talked live to Mark Potter, and did a segue to a chat with Brian Williams, pre-taped for your viewing pleasure. It felt strange to see a first segment with so little OlbySpin, which was the case mainly because Olby did so little talking.
In the #4 slot war coverage continued with the plight of Americans trapped in Lebanon, an evacuation that was "very slow to get started" and "seems confused even now". He ran soundbites from several upset people who had not yet been evacuated, but none from the thousand-plus Americans who are safely out of the troubled land. Nothing NBC's Dawn Fratangelo said supported Keith's claim that the evacuation was "confused". In fact, she told KO that things seemed organized, with "no sense of panic". Those damn journalists, not parroting OlbySpin. As soon as this war is over, it's back to John Dean and Michael Musto.
#3: The US has avoided any direct diplomatic involvement, like sending Condi to the region. Olby managed to put his own spin on it by using a value-judgment-loaded phrase: "diplomatic foot-dragging". Andrea Mitchell politely declined to use KO's wording, preferring to characterize it as "rope-a-dope". Keith, of course, was concerned about whether Israel's military response is "proportional".
In the #2 slot, KO was back in his element. Bush did something to please the "radical right" (stem cell funding), and it will backfire on him somehow. It was all "scientific doublespeak", according to Olby, who added:
Mister Bush appearing to be confounded by exactly which rights are endowed by the Creator in the Declaration of Independence.
Then KO played a clip where "Mister" Bush stated: "We are all created equal, and endowed, by our Creator, with the right to life."
What the Declaration of Independence says: "All Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life..."
Maybe we're missing something here, but how exactly was "Mister" Bush "confounded" about "which rights" are endowed by the Creator? Doesn't the Declaration clearly say Life is one of those rights? What in the Wide World of Sports was Krazy Keith talking about?
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann went on to chat with Milbank (lacking splashy threads) about what a bad move this was for "Mister" Bush, "bordering on hysteria". Afterward the topic changed to hockey and Cruise News! #1 was even more from the exclusive, Pulitzer-worthy Brad Pitt interview.
In the Media Matters Minute, O'Reilly was back as a runner-up, thereby filling the Fox News quota for the evening. KO ridiculed Mr Bill's suggestion that Rush Limbaugh's customs detention was "a set-up". To do so, comedian Keith Olbermann conveniently ignored the fact that Bill was not talking about someone else putting the medicine in the trunk (as Olby falsely claimed) but rather the near-instantaneous leaking of the details to local and national press. If we were counting, this would be O'Reilly Attack #102. But we're not counting. Really.