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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel began with Krazy Keith bellowing about the President's speech:
Now, only now, his demand that Congress make it all legal.
This was followed by a clip of the President asking for legislation to authorize military tribunals. (These have been legal since the time of Washington until a recent Supreme Court decision. That's why "now, only now".) The spiel also promised a report on an ABC movie that is "rewriting history" (translation: it dares to suggest that somebody other than Bush also failed to apprehend Bin Laden). No surprise here; it's the cause du jour on the blue blogs.
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann kicked off the hour proper with references to "'Mister' Bush's fear and tell show" and the "so-called war on terror". The latter we assume is the fallout from the so-called attack on 9/11.
After gloating over the Pakistan truce with local militants, Olby got to the President's speech, mentioning the adminstration's attempts to "circumvent" the Geneva conventions. After reminding veiwers about the Supreme Court ruling that applied Geneva conventions to terror suspects, KO added:
So now the President is putting the onus on how to define what legally fits under the Geneva conventions on Congress instead.
Hold the phone! Is this the same Keith Olbermann who rails about the executive branch usurping the rights of Congress? Now he's complaining that the President is not usurping legislative responsibilities? When the Wolffe man showed up, Olby was ready with one of his patented leading questions:
Did not the President rather circuitously admit in there that what his government has been doing with these suspects is almost everything his critics have accused it of doing, and not yet legal, by the way?
You may wonder how that question could have made any sense, since the President stated his conviction that his actions were within the law. That was easily finessed by KO not running those portions of the speech. OlbySpin continued:
Was there policy in there, or was it just politics?
After raising again the Pakistan "cease-fire" with Wolffie and giving him "great thanks", KO turned to Roger Cressey, who was supposed to be discussing terror politics. Olby marginalized the discussion by focusing on the Pakistanis; Cressey pointed out how a once-helpful ally was in effect now harboring a terrorist. Then we got tonight's Kountdown Konspiracy Moment:
Or B, somebody--forgive the paranoia here--deliberately wants him not captured, out there, offstage, like Goldstien in 1984?
To his credit, Cressey dismissed the conspiracy theory, and admitted that the CIA interrogations had been helpful and should continue. Despite that, he got a "great thanks", then Olby claimed that an upcoming ABC movie places most "if not all" of the blame for 9/11 on the Clinton administration. This was a teaser for commentary from the virulently partisan Benveniste, but first it was time to poke fun at Katherine Harris.
Olby's introduction to a montage of Harris embarrassments was notable mainly for marking the return of The Laughing Stagehand. Take the Olbermann Watch Challenge: name any time the discredited sports guy ran such a piece two months before an election about any liberal Democrat candidate (prize to be announced).
After oddball, KO again teased his blue blog-inspired expose of ABC's upcoming 9/11 film by lying about it:
It's a blatant attempt to shift blame for the nightmare to the Democrats and the Democrats alone.
He went on to say any similarity between the film and truth is "coincidental", and reported that "many who have seen the miniseries" say it "skims over 'Mister' Bush's culpability". Who are these "many"? KO didn't say. He certainly didn't claim to have seen it himself, but then if some theater critics could review plays they didn't bother to attend, why should Krazy Keith be forced to see a movie before he critiques it?
Citing his favorite impartial source, Media Matters, KO ominously noted that "teaching materials" included this deeply subversive, evil bit of propaganda:
The US government believed that Hussein had been developing weapons of mass destruction.
Ben-Veniste was identified by Keith as simply a 9/11 commissioner, with no mention of his extreme partisanship or the (D) that should have appeared after his name. He complained about a scene where an attack on Bin Laden was called off, saying "that just didn't happen". But neither noted that there were several Clinton era get-UBL opportunities that were nixed because of concerns about collateral injuries or potential retaliation. Then it turns out that B-V only saw a portion of the film, and therefore has no more idea than Krazy Keith does how it treats the Bush administration or its missteps. The difference between them is that Ben-Veniste admitted he doesn't know, and therefore has at least some integrity. Keith Olbermann does not.
KO replayed a Harry Reid (D) comment praising the wonderful "special comment" by whom? By Krazy Keith himself, of course. In the #2 slot, a piece on Steve Irwin addressed the angle of using animals for entertainment. It was a recycled video from NBC. Next it was off to Katie Couric, Jessica Simpson, and Cruise News with the creepy Michael Musto.
KO managed to concoct attack #109 on Mr Bill O'Reilly; Bill's crime was criticizing the media for inaccurate and overblown Plamegate reports. Note that Olby's snark did not address or rebut a single point in O'Reilly's commentary--he attacked Mr Bill not for speaking wrongly, but just for speaking! In fact, Olbermann flat out lied about what Bill said, but that's hardly news. The "worst person" was Karl Rove (R), because an unnamed source said the White House helped funnel money from contributors to Joe Lieberman's primary campaign (one of the most desperately lame outrages in "worst person" history). In addition to filling both the Republican and the Fox News slots, Olbermann managed to pimp
his book the book that bears his name twice in the course of less than two minutes.
The influence and power of Olbermann Watch were felt again tonight. We have been counting the obsessively demeaning uses of the phrase "Mister Bush". We noted yesterday as the citations rose to a record level, so today KO went out of his way to miss the "Mister". He did slip up a few times, but there can be no doubt that today's repeated references to "President Bush" and "the President" are a direct result of the impact of this site. That explains tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 (low).