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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
"For This Spin, Great Thanks"
He had to look long and hard, but the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann found some spin to spout in the opening spiel:
Is anybody happy with the administration's stance toward the hostilities? A conservative think tank now blasts Mr Bush's foreign policy.
#5 began with Olby noting a television interview with Nasrallah, "the Secretary-General of Hezbollah", as KO put it. Keith gave much play to Kofi Annan's call for a cease-fire, but Mark Potter dismissed it. After Potter's report ("Again Mark, great thanks"), a taped report from NBC about the evacuations. Olby followed it with a few clips from the recently returned. One Tarek Dika talked about the bombings in outraged terms, but KO didn't bother to tell viewers that the guy is a radical pro-Palestinian political activist (Vice-Chair of "Students Allied for Freedom and Equality").
The #4 slot began with yet another clip from Kofi's UN speech, a response from John Bolton, and an alleged Condi Rice summit to plan for a cease-fire. For honest, down-the-middle, spin-free analysis, Olbermann dug up a newspaper reporter...from a Lebanon newspaper! Gotta hand it to Olby--he'll scour the earth to find someone to parrot his spin. And there's no question it's his spin, since KO stated flat out to Hisham Melhem:
Unfortunately, we have no indication that Israel is anywhere near seeking a cease-fire.
Whom would a cease-fire benefit? The terrorists and the aggressors who attacked Israel in the first place. So KO wants to do exactly that which would most help their cause. As for the return of the hostages? To quote OlbyFave Kos: Screw 'Em! And let's not forget to find something here that's bad for Bush:
Right now it does not seem to be overwhelmingly evident that the Bush administration is overwhelmingly interested in influencing anybody in the region...what risk does that put the Bush administration at in terms of, of having influence on what happens yet?
Melhem delivered anti-Israel talking points, and KO was, of course, awed by his perspicacity ("Great thanks for your insights tonight, sir"). Gag! Next came a taped report from Pete Williams on Hezbollah in the USA. KO was appreciative ("Pete Williams in the Washington newsroom, great thanks"). Um Keith, Pete was on tape. He couldn't hear you.
The #3 story was about the horrible situation the conflict has placed Bush. Yes, that's right, we're back to it being "Mister" Bush's crisis again. A Vice-President of the American Enterprise Institute is mad at the administration, and on OlbyPlanet that means the entire right wing of the party is deserting him. This one person's statement in an interview is what KO elevated to an opening spiel headline. And now that can be seen to have been a lie. It was not a "conservative think tank" that spoke out against Bush--it was one person. Sometimes it's instantly obvious, sometimes it takes a while, but eventually every one of Keith's untruths will be exposed as another Olbermann lie.
So frantic was Krazy Keith to concoct anti-administration propaganda, he tried to spin the catastrophic situation in Darfur. Today "Mister" Bush called on Sudan to approve a UN peacekeeping force, but to KO it was a chance for a cheap shot:
You know things are bad when the administration's global crisis of choice is Darfur, the one eclipsing all others in terms of sheer carnage.
So if "Mister" Bush ignores Darfur, that's bad. If "Mister" Bush focuses on it, then "you know things are bad". Heads, Olby wins. Tails, "Mister" Bush loses. Krazy went on:
In another sign of desperation perhaps, "Mister" Bush finally addressing the NAACP.
With Fineman present to conform to the planned spin of the night, loaded questions were hardly necessary, but KO never could resist:
Is there anyone firmly in the President's corner these days?
Have we ever seen an administration facing so many different kinds of crises all at the same time?
No attention paid this week to the, to the blocking of the inves-, the revelation that the President blocked the investigation by the Judicia-, the, uh, the Department of Justice into the NSA spying...is there some cover that's been provided the President inadvertently here?
After the interview concluded ("As always sir, great thanks for your time"), it was time for Barry Bonds Is Still Not Indicted. Sort of an analogue to Krazy's fevered Karl Rove coverage, who is also still not indicted. KO interviewed TJ Quinn ("As always sir, great thanks for your time"). Then on to head-butting and the two-faced kitty.
In the Media Matters Minute, Mr Bill again because blah blah blah, and it's blah blah blah. Brock put up Olby's video from yesterday right on schedule, so tonight's deathless commentary will appear within the next 24 hours, as contracted.