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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Just seconds into the opening spiel, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann referenced the "purported" terror plot in the UK, and wanted to know why Hillary Clinton's opponent hasn't withdrawn from the race for "comparing" her to Usama Bin Laden. Then it was off to the politicization of terror by the Republicans, including the President's "eternal" campaign, dubbed by Olby the "terror tour". Why is it that Democrats can claim that Republicans have "made America less safe" but the discredited sports guy never cites that as an example of politicizing the war on terror? Why does he only select (R) examples to bellow about on The Hour of Spin? For that matter, why is water wet?
Allen was of course a perfect Xerox machine for OlbySpin, and he rattled on about Republicans running "the national security play". KO made the claim that the prosecution of the terror plotters will "unravel" because they were arrested too early at the Bush adminsitration's suggestion. Olby went on to suggest if a Democrat ad used Bin Laden's image in some sort of comparison to Dick Cheney, he would be "run out of town on a rail". Well, Keith, get your track shoes on. Here's an ad that does use Bin Laden's image (as well as imply that hispanic border crossers are on a par with North Korean terrorists) to attack not just Cheney but the entire GOP. You can launch your withering attack on the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on tomorrow's Hour of Spin. We won't be holding our breath.
The teaser said, "Did the bottom just fall out of the liquid bomb plot?" Wow, is this something like the terror prosecution that Keith Olbermann wanted us to believe was "all but lost", and then when the guilty verdict came in he never reported it? That kind of bottom falling out? Olby wanted people to believe that the case is "thin", because the US has made it "impossible to convict anybody" by having them arrested too soon. The proof of this was to come in a recycled report from Lisa Myers, which began with the Al-Qaeda connections of some of the plotters. Hey, Keithie didn't even mention that part! As KO gave "great thanks" to the unspooling tape that played the report, we realized that nobody Myers spoke to or got a soundbite from said anything about it being the fault of the U.S.--which is precisely what Olby had claimed the report would focus on! Man, Olbermann can't tell the truth even when he's just introducing a tape.
In the #3 slot, The Man Tan Man went back to a Golden Oldie: Abu Ghih-raib (as he insisted on pronouncing it). Olbermann's eagerness to smear American troops had a rare intersection with an actual US soldier. This would be tricky. The topic itself makes George Bush's military look bad, but will this guy play along? Sgt Darby dismissed the notion that this was some sort of conspiracy or orders from higher up; it was just a "lack of supervision". Olby thought he saw an opening and struck:
Did you have a sense that this was because it was carte-blanche, that it had been, these sort of things had been authorized, without anybody ever telling you what sort of thing those sort of things were?
Um, no. Their duties were to house the prisoners, period. No interrogation whatsoever. Hmm. What's a discredited sports guy to do? Run a clip of Donald Rumsfeld praising Darby for turning in the participants, which apparently made public his involvement for the first time. Olby pounced:
How did you survive the rest of that tour in Iraq?
What is KO suggesting here? Does he hate our troops so much that he thinks they would take Sgt Darby out and lynch him, or burn him at the stake? Darby said 90-95% of his unit was fully supportive; only a small minority had a problem and they said nothing. Another dead end and at this point Krazy Keith basically gave up.
In the #2 slot, Monica Novotny reported on women in fantasy fashion leagues. Then it was on to Prince Harry, Prince William, and Cruise News! #1: Dell and its exploding batteries. Dogs that didn't bark: for the second day in a row, not one word about the kidnapped Fox reporters. Of course not. First of all, he'd have to call it the "Fox Cartoon News Network", and that just might seem a tad insensitive. And besides, it was done by Islamicists, and Keith just has to give them a break. After all, he will tell you, it was Israel's fault for starting this "pre-emptive" war in the first place!