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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Brian Unger!
Once upon a time Aaron Brown covered news on CNN. Then there was the Space Shuttle disaster, and Mr Brown was nowhere to be seen. He had an important golf game. Nowadays he has a lot of free time to spend on the golf course. So it is that during the biggest news story of the year, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann just doesn't have time to anchor his own show. Jay Leno and the Hollywood crowd take precedence over that annoying business in the Middle East. In the tradition of Edward R Murrow, of course.
So we get another night off (for this relief, much thanks), and leave analysis of Unger's spinning to our clear-headed commenters. But that in no way means we can completely ignore Olbermann's latest lies.
Keith dismisses ratings as meaningless and unimportant, but if that's the case, why does he continue to lie about them? To wit:
In total audience, we can be beaten [by O'Reilly] on a given night 7-to-1, 3-to-1, somewhere in that range usually. Three-to-one is a good night that we're down by in total audience.
The O'Reilly Factor: 2,141,000
Countdown with Keith Olbermann: 286,000
O'Reilly Superiority Ratio: 7.5 to 1
But in that demographic number [25-54], we have in the last year moved from third place at 8 p.m., past CNN, into second place, which is, if not unprecedented at MSNBC, it is unprecedented in the last 100 years, 200? OK, five years. (Laughter.)
8:00 pm Cable News Race, 25-54 Demo, 2005 vs 2006:
June 2005 monthly ratings 25-54 demo:
The O'Reilly Factor: 511,000
Paula Zahn Now: 193,000
Nancy Grace: 191,000
Countdown with Keith Olbermann: 121,000
June 2006 monthly ratings 25-54 demo:
The O'Reilly Factor: 402,000
Paul Zahn Now: 167,000
Nancy Grace: 136,000
Keith Olbermann: 106,000
I'm a little loose with the numbers, as you can tell. On an average night, we might come in somewhere around 150,000, 250,000 in the demographic number. And O'Reilly is somewhere between 400.
Latest monthly [June] ratings in the 25-54 demo:
The O'Reilly Factor: 402,000
Countdown with Keith Olbermann: 106,000
Virtually everything Krazy Keith told the Kansas City Star about his ratings was a lie! O'Reilly's advantage in total viewers averages more than 7-1, not some fictional vague ground between 3-1 and 7-1. Olby wasn't in third place a year ago. He's not in third place now, and has certainly not moved up to second place. He's right where he was a year ago: fourth in a four-way race, both in total viewers and the 25-54 demo. Finally, his demo numbers do not come in between 150-250,000 on an average night. Try 106,000, Keith.
Olbermann has a habit of lying about his ratings, and the MSM have a habit of never calling him on it. But the spin stops here.