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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The Hour of Spin was back on its axis tonight, as the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was once more running the carousel.
From the opening spiel:
Only half the suspects in the purported airline plot head to court, amid public concerns in England that the scope and scale of the alleged attack had been exaggerated.
Krazy Keith wants so badly for this terror plot to be a fake. You could hear the desperation in his voice. Note the use of the spin phrase "public concerns". That covers just about anything: even a guy standing on a soapbox yelling at people in Picadilly Square. We'll see just who was voicing these concerns, and how significant they were.
Oh, by the way, KO wasn't exactly breaking a sweat tonight. Remember the propaganda film (terror and politics) he replayed just about a week ago? Tonight he was able to fill out another entire segment by rerunning the rerun. But it was by popular demand. Translation: a letter flooded in. And it was signed "Katy".
After the obligatory JonBenet coverage, Olby cited a poll on Iraq to lead into a story on Iran. Then he quoted from "Mister" Bush and ran a clip from yesterday's press conference. Yesterday's? Like we said, Keith wasn't exactly trying tonight. Dana Milbank, sans splashy smocks, was there to dissect the Q&A. Wait a second, didn't the UnJournalist analyze the press conference just last night with a Washington Post scribe? Well, yes. So why are we getting yesterday's news? You'll have to ask Krazy Keith, who was tossing out phrases like "parsing-based reality" (huh?) and making lame attempts at spin. Example: he took the President's statement that Iraq and 9/11 weren't connected and tried to say that meant that Iraq and terrorism aren't connected.
After oddball, another tease for the "purported" bomb plot and the rerun of a rerun. The #3 story began with KO referencing "withering criticism" of the terror bomb arrests, but still didn't cite any source. Then Keith talked about the police press conference, held "despite claims that they hyped this plot". Claims by whom? Once again, Keith Olbermann cited nobody--nobody!--who made these claims.
Remember, today these people were formally charged in court with conspiracy to commit mass murder and terrorism. Just a few days ago KO was telling his gullible viewers that the bottom fell out of the case, and predicted that a successful prosecution would be all but impossible. Maybe that's why he had to invent all these "public concerns" and "withering criticisms" that he never got around to documenting.
The rest of the segment was devoted to the rerun of a rerun (Krazy's Keith's Konspiracy). Talk about phoning it in! But hey, it beats working. Then it was on to a regurgitated NBC report on Hillary Clinton's political future.
There were repeated teasers throughout the evening for something about Bill O'Reilly ("Falafel Factor"). This illness appears to be contagious. Dan Abrams likes citing O'Reilly so much he's having Joe Scarborough do it. (Last night, after heavy promotion, Joe reported on a totally fictitious "feud" between Mr Bill and The Daily Show. The only evidence was one clip of a joking exchange between O'Reilly and Stewart from an old 2004 interview!) Where does Abrams come up with these ideas? He's a promotional genius!
Keith Olbermann's Bill O'Reilly "news" proved to be something about a traffic stop where the driver told the cop he was listening to O'Reilly on the radio. Let's see: relentless hype for a Scarborough segment that proved to be nothing at all. Then relentless hype for an Olbermann report that had less substance than Scarborough's segment. Give Dan Abrams an Emmy!
Of course, the discredited Keith Olbermann was so busy concocting attack #106 that he just couldn't find time to report on the kidnapped Fox journalists, not even to urge their release or offer wishes for their safe return. Maybe someone will whisper that idea in his ear tonight, before her bedtime.