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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
How interesting that Olby would bring on The Daily Kos himself to "analyze" a race in which he has been a fervent opponent to one of the candidates. Before doing so, Olby confirmed that Lieberman's website was indeed the victim of computer hackers, and had an uncomfortable chat with Chris Matthews. Then the Big Moment as Markos himself appeared to give his impartial opinion.
Markos, it will be recalled, is the blogger who had a unique reaction to the US veterans whose mutilated bodies were hung from a bridge in Fallujah. To quite Daily himself: "Screw 'em!" No "worst person" nomination for him; instead he's the guest of honor on Countdown. Kos immediately spun a theory of his own: Lieberman's website crashed because he's "incompetent" and it was routine "increased traffic" that did him in. This is blatant bushwa, since the denial of service attack began in the overnight hours when traffic is lightest.
Kos suggested online that the real truth is that Lieberman didn't pay his hosting bill--there was never any evidence for this theory, and it turned out that all bills had been paid. But of course Olby never asked Kos to explain this bizarre accusation, let alone his cavalier dismissal of murdered American veterans. Instead he posited hard-hitting, incisive queries, such as:
Probably the clearest message in that entire campaign has come from your political end of the web, that it's not OK for Democrats to rubber-stamp the President, especially when it comes to Iraq...
Through the entire interview, Keith Olbermann never once identified Kos as a supporter of, and campaigner for, Lieberman's opponent. (This is why it's The Hour of Spin.)
UPDATE: Markos writing on Daily Kos says "I'll be on Countdown with Keith Olbermann at the top of the hour (8 p.m. ET) tonight. I turned down a lot of media tonight, but Countdown is a great show."
Time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown, identified by party affiliation):
After a tease for Cruise News and a break, the #4 story was about the pipeline breakdown in Alaska (regurgitated NBC report). Then oddball and a tease for American Idol doings. The #3 story was about a serial killer (more recycled video), with Clint van Zandt reacting. Hey, here's how we can beat Nancy Grace...more True Crime! Obviously the serious "news" on The Hour of Spin ended long before the half-hour break. Middle East war? Never heard of it, especially when there's Cruise News coming up (yes, there was another plug for same--in fact, two).
#2: Those conjoined twins again: easy to cover since it's more regurgitated video from NBC. Then the discredited sports guy brought us the latest on Michael Jackson and--yes! YES!--Cruise News! (More of his unfunny fake Suri Cruise video footage.) #1 was eight solid minutes all about American Idol. By this time it was hard to differentiate Countdown from E! Entertainment Television.
The "nonpartisan" worst person segment made George Allen (R) a runner-up. What was missing here was Olbermann's apology to John Gibson, whom KO smeared with a lie on top of a lie during Monday night's embarrassing display of egocentric conceit. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann can slander his competitors, doctor his own quotes, and lie through his toupee at will. But don't hold your breath waiting for the MSM to call him on his despicable tactics.