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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Another speech, another Olby "special comment". Is this going to be a new nightly feature on The Hour of Spin, sort of like Keith's very own, very personal "oddball" segment? Well, he does have a book to sell.
The opening spiel got off to a crackerjack start, as the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann bellowed:
Linking Al Qaeda media to American media?... A special comment on "Mister" Bush's speech!
KO kicked off the hour stating that Bush branded his critics "as Nazi appeasers". After another plug for his "special comment on 'Mister' Bush's speech", Olby ran a few clips, but none of them linked Al Qaeda media and American media. Maybe Keith will document that in his "special comment".
Who should show up at this point but Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions. KO brought up an ABC report about a possible deal between UBL and the Pakistan government, and immediately used it as a weapon:
Did that just take the air out of what the President was saying today, if not his entire credibility on this point?
KO complained about the rhetoric, the "drumbeat" about Nazis and appeasers. We can understand why he might be a little sensitive about Nazi references these days, what with the ADL and all. Fineman decried "name calling", while finding a way to work Karl Rove into the discussion, and that made Olby's day.
Then Reverend Olbermann gave his meager audience a sermonette on what Democrats do and do not dispute. It served as an intro for another appearance by the "terrorism analyst" Juliette Kayyem. We've seen this protege of Gephardt and Janet Reno before, and just like last time, her partisan background was carefully withheld from unsuspecting viewers. Olby noted again the Pakistan report: "Didn't we just punt?"
Then KO started playing clipettes from the Bush speech, asking his expert guest questions like "Can you turn that on its head"? The crypto-Democrat intoned that the President's comments are "so far from reality" and "unhelpful". Olby: "I saw a disconnect." Kayyem: "Right, they are inconsistent." Olby: "These are not the droids you're looking for." Kayyem: "These are not the droids I'm looking for."
And then the moment all the blue blogs had been waiting for: an isn't-that-special comment from the discredited sports guy himself. Bush is trying to tie those who disagree with his policies to Nazis. The President quoted a UBL letter where the terror leader called for a media campaign to create a wedge between the American people and their government:
Make no mistake here, the intent of that is to get us to confuse the psychotic scheming of an international terrorist with that familiar bogeyman of the far right, the 'media'. The President and the Vice-President and others have often attacked freedom of speech and freedom of dissent and freedom of the press. Now "Mister" Bush has signalled that his unparalleled and unprincipled attack on reporting has a new and venomous side angle: the attempt to link, by the simple expediency of one word, media, the honest, patriotic, indeed vital questions and questioning from American reporters with the evil of Al Qaeda propaganda. That linkage is more than just indefensible. It is unAmerican. "Mister" Bush and his colleagues have led us before to such waters. We will not drink again.
Stop the tivo! Where in the wide world of sports did George Bush compare Al Qaeda propaganda to American reporters, despite the amount of evidence Krazy Keith gives him each night? Don't bother reading the text of the speech. He made no such link--Olby just made it up! Merely use the word "media" and Herr Olbermann decides its a secret attack on Katie Couric. And what's with Olby impugning the President's patriotism? Tonight's comment certainly was "special". It had a loony, nonsensical, preposterous, over the top irrationality that is special to no one other than the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann.
Even then he wasn't through. He continued to lecture "Mister" Bush about references to Nazis (physician, heal thyself), and issued a stern warning to the "easily manipulated" American populace. And as the capper, the obligatory Joe McCarthy reference: "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"
In the #4 slot we finally learned what it takes for a Republican to break into Olby's all-blue club. Tom Kean Jr (R) called for Rummy to resign, and all of a sudden, for the first time in months, a Republican gets invited onto The Hour of Spin. He's only a candidate for Senate, but that was good enough for Keith. Oddly, while everyone, even inanimate spooling tape machines, gets "great thanks" from Olby, Mr Kean only got a "thank you for your time". Time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown, identified by party):
After oddball: a segment on Steve Irwin, followed by sports dads attack (regurgitated local affiliate video), soccer, and O.J. Simpson. In the Media Matters Minute, the worst person was both a Republican and a conservative. Wow, who coulda predicted that? Newt Gingrich's crime was saying something about appeasing terrorists. Wait, isn't that a lot like what Olby was talking about regarding Pakistan?
The longest hour on television stumbled to an embarrassing conclusion with the creepy Michael Musto, who "joked" about colonoscopies and, of course, Cruise News! The "great thanks" count: three (it would have been four if Olby hadn't stiffed Kean). Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 9 [SEVERE].