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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Did Olby look a little down tonight? This should have been his moment of triumph, with Lieberman defeated and bad poll numbers over the Iraq war. But did he seem to be somewhat preoccupied? The opening spiel was bellowed in typical Olbermann style, as he talked of the "circular firing squad" where? In the Republican Party of course. And naturally he teased the serious news: British tabloids, Cruise News, and the Coultergeist.
The lead story was the "snowball" effect of Ned Lamont's victory. Olby claimed that the White House said "Democrats cause terrorism", which is, to say the least, a very loose paraphrase of Tony Snow's actual words. But we know Keith Olbermann is not one to take great care over accurate quoting, even of his own words. Cillizza rushed to agree with Keith's take on Tony Snow, as nonpartisan Olby referenced "logical flaws" and claimed Snow was "accusing the voters of fostering terrorism". Chris's gee-whiz, eager-to-please attitude should have cheered up the grumpy sports guy, as he told Krazy Keith that Howard Dean had the right approach for the Dems all along. "Lessons learned", he intoned.
Next up was Joe Trippi, who, like Kos the night before, sung from Olby's choirbook. The Lieberman campaign is "losing air", he won't win as an independent, Lamont is a "giant killer", this was "people power politics", blah blah blah. Last night KO presented Kos as an analyst without revealing that he had campaigned for Lamont. Of course Kos used to work for Trippi, and the latter participated in the Kos blogapalooza, but none of this got any mention from Olby. Time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown, identified by party affiliation):
Every time we gaze at that list we marvel at how fair and balanced The Hour of Spin is. The entire political gamut: everything from A to B.
After another tease for the bash Coulter segment, the #4 story cited "the conservative magazine Insight" (when has he ever cited "the liberal magazine anything"?) for a story that Condi Rice disagreed with George Bush on Middle East policy. Gad, who does that Bush think he is, the President or something? Mike Allen was called in to discuss what Olby had hyped as a "circular firing squad", and revealed that KO's hype was mostly just that: hype. There just isn't that much daylight between Condi and George--they have different jobs, after all.
Then another Keith Kountdown Klassic, as he repeated the ignorant claim he made to Jay Leno:
If we dictate a policy that says the United States can preemptively go after terrorists, for however long it takes, it's not very likely that we would be saying to our allies at any point, hey we can enforce this, we can have this policy, we can have this stratum, but you can't.
Yes, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann actually believes Israel started this conflict. Never mind the years of Hezbollah rocket attacks. Kidnapped soldiers? What kidnapped soldiers? KO knows better: Israel is fighting a pre-emptive war, against poor innocent Hezbollah which never lifted a finger against them. As we said, another Keith Kountdown Klassic.
At 24 minutes into the hour the break comes, and more teases for Cruise News; then oddball. Next: teases for the Coulter attack and Vince Vaughan news. No this can't be right. Less than half way into the hour and he's not even covering the massive developments in the Mideast war? Not even an old, prerecorded report he can pretend to talk to? Does he really believe attacking Annie takes precedence over war?
Answer: yes he does. It's that vaunted Olbermann News Judgment at work again! First, another victory for Olbermann Watch. We scolded the discredited sports guy for spiking the story of the newspaper vote that retained Coulter's column, and tonight he quickly tossed that factoid into his latest attack on Annie. Then it was off to cite Media Matters as an authority on Ann Coulter's footnotes because they found some of them to be incorrect or inaccurate. Apparently the only way we'll ever get Olby to talk about his own fake quotes and lies is to get Media Matters to write them up. Yeah, right. Self-admitted liar Brock was there to repay Olby for all the work he has done to promote the Soros site's partisan viewpoints. Said Keith:
Does anybody check any of this stuff any more?
Two days after doctoring and falsifying his own words to smear a more successful competitor, Rev Olby is sermonizing about fact-checking? It's loony time on OlbyPlanet. Teasers followed for tabloids, the Royals, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Cruise News! But does Krazy seem a bit disheartened? Why?
#2: Tabloids and the royal family (recycled network video), Paul McCartney, Heather Mills, Robin Williams, Peter Gammonds. #1: Brangelina and Cruise News, with the creepy Michael Musto (who called Ann Coulter "a female bastard"). 'Nuff said.
Once again, less than half of Countdown contains anything resembling substantive news. The rest is celebrities, videos, attacks, and King Creepy. As the hour ends, Keith probably headed straight for his bathtub. No liquor store, no cheap bottle of wine, no disposable tie tonight. There was no reason to celebrate. The reason for Olby's doldrums? His pal, his buddy, his close friend, his inamorato was disloyal. Seditious. Traitorous. Yes, John Dean went and did an interview with...Bill O'Reilly.
Is there anything so sad as unrequited love?