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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann, from Ground Zero
The fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is obviously an occasion for remembrance, for sober reflection. And an award-winning "journalist" like Keith Olbermann knows this somber moment should not be politicized. Or does he?
The opening spiel began with Keith a bit more subdued vocally, but still capable of false advertising...
The President gets contentious with Matt Lauer.
...and still willing to truckle to the blue blogs in the hope of hyping ratings and book sales:
A President who has turned 9/11 into a campaign slogan and a photo-op, and forgotten its real meaning.
KO began The Hour of Spin proper by claiming the nation has never been this "fractured" since the Civil War, taking shots at Cheney, Rice, and plugging his "special comment". After dispensing with the commemorative events of the day with in about a minute's time, Keith complained that Condi was talking about links between Iraq and Al Qaeda, and that contradicted the Senate committee report "composed by Republicans". (Actually, the main work on that report was done by a staffer who campaigned for John Kerry, hired by Republican Senator Hagel.)
Then Olby described Vice-President's "extraordinary" statement that they would have gone to war with Iraq even if the WMD situation had been known in advance, adding that it was "the most truthful thing 'Mister' Cheney has ever said". After some clips from the Cheney/Russert sitdown, KO went on to Matt Lauer's interview with "Mister" Bush, preposterously characterizing it as "pretty tense".
The Wolffe Man showed up and said the White House doesn't want to look like it's playing politics, but "it's all political". Then it was time for Olbermann's Fun with Numbers. An NBC poll asked are we safer since 9/11. The results:
More safe: 42%
As safe: 32%
Less Safe: 23%
So how does Krazy Keith spin this?
Fewer than half of those surveyed, uh 42%, think that as a country we are more safe than we were before 9/11; 55% combined believing we are as safe or less safe.
Of course, the same figures could be split up differently: only 23% think we're less safe, while an overwhelming 74% think we are as safe or even safer. Or Keith could have tried something really novel: just report the numbers as written! But then it wouldn't be OlbySpin.
Wolffie nattered on about how "extraordinarily difficult" it is for the President to make his case, and KO suggested that keeping Iraq out of the headlines is "the game plan". Olby again came back to the Matt Lauer interview, talking about "strain and friction", and the Wolffe Man played along. After giving his guest "great thanks", Keith again plugged his special comment:
An empty pit, mirroring the empty promises of this adminstration to unite us, and also its unmistakable lies.
The #4 story was the hunt for Al Qaeda, via a rerun taped report from Lisa Myers; Keith managed to work in a reference to that "wretcherd [sic] ABC miniseries". Oh, and he also mispronounced "clandestine" yet again. Somebody buy Edward R Olbermann a dictionary.
There followed still another tease for the "special comment":
The President turns 9/11 into a club to use against political opponents, and on occasion against free speech itself...
The #3 story was about "Iraq: the great distraction". Al Qaeda's increasing control of a province in Iraq was the pretext to bring in Max Cleland (D), who Olby told us is "busily campaigning for fellow veteran Congressman John Murtha". Cleland got a "great thanks" both at the start and finish of his interview. Rest assured this chat never got "contentious", and there wasn't a hint of "strain and friction" in the softballs lobbed by Krazy Keith. Cleland declared "this is George Bush's VietNam", and it's time to "redeploy the forces" (to Okinawa?). "They" are trying to "slime" Jack Murtha, and Olby allowed Cleland to turn the segment into a campaign commercial. When Cleland put out the website address to recruit volunteers and raise some cash for Murtha, Keith figured that wasn't good enough, and repeated the URL himself in his next question! Then Cleland went on to extoll how wonderful it will be with Murtha heading up the appropriations committee, and decried the "lies" that got us into Iraq.
Once again it's time to update The List (partisan politicos and strategists interviewed on Countdown, identified by party):
Again a tease for that #$@#!@% special comment, followed by still another. This is getting worse than those headache commercials. Olby's Special Comment--Apply Directly to the Forehead!
In the #2 position, respiratory problems among survivors of 9/11. Clip of Christy Todd Whitman blaming it on New York (and by inference, potential Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani); no clip of Rudy's response. Up close and personal report on John Graham via Monica Novotny. And still more promotion of guess what?
My special comment on what this President has wasted: the unity and support that we and the people of the world granted him.
In best milk-the-ratings fashion, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann held his "special comment" until the last possible Nielsen minute. But it was posted online before he even read it on the air. This was Olby demagoguery in its most virulent form. Imply the President is an "idiot" (attn: blue bloggers), make veiled references to the "mechanics" of his election (attn: black box buffoons), attack the movie you didn't watch for its "bald-faced lies" (attn: David Brock), and raise the spectre of impeachment (attn: Olbyloons everywhere).
Oh, there was something else in this "special comment": the hole in the ground in New York City that has yet to be rebuilt. It got a passing mention or two during Herr Olbermann's diatribe, but was merely a rhetorical function on which the discredited sports guy hung his sophistic harangue. Note that while the "preview" on the web focused on the true subject--attacking Bush and suggesting impeachment--MSNBC's on-air promos for tonight Countdown led viewers to think something else:
Five years later, where's the new building? Where's the memorial? Keith asks these difficult questions in his latest "special comment".
Dan Abrams is not completely incompetent. He knows that Keith's internet bread is buttered with the blue bloggers, but he doesn't want to scare away regular Americans who might be watching A-Mess-NBC during the day. Therefore, the two-track PR approach: focus on impeachment and election fraud for the netroots crowd, but promise a reasoned commentary about rebuilding the WTC site to the unsuspecting tv viewers.
So Keith Olbermann, who lectures the adminstration about calling people who disagree "un-American" but himself used that very term to describe "Mister" Bush just a week ago, delivered his hypocritical sermon. The discredited sports guy who howls about other people "politicizing" the war on terror and 9/11, himself turns his program into a political rant. The MSM will fall over themselves with awe and reverence. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED].
UPDATE: The reviews for KO's 9/11 Rant are trickling in from OlbyLoonLand...
"perhaps his most powerful monologue ever"
- Truth Dig
"another amazing Keith Olbermann commentary, delivered from Ground Zero"
- off time signatures
"Olbermann stepping up again"
"leaves no stone unturned..."
- Crooks and Liars
"Olbermann's reply to the President's Address on 911"
- Athene Biz
(ed. KO's "reply" aired BEFORE Bush's speech)
- Jesus' General
"Words can't describe this..."
- The Babbling Academy
"probably the most powerful commentary I have ever read/heard"
"A most eloquent editorial"
"he does it better"
- The Supreme Irony of Life...
"reminding us of the incompetency and impeachability of the Bush administration"
- Seven Generational Ruminations
- The Age of (un)Reason
"I'm damned grateful for the courage that Keith Olbermann showed"
- The Enlightened Hillbilly
"It Ain't Over"
- Jane Hamsher, Firefdoglake
"made me cry"
- Dependable Renegade
"a powerful commentary"
- God is for SUCKERS
"Is it time to modify the boycott to allow for Keith's show Countdown"
"There are no words to describe Keith Olbermann tonight"
- Shakespeare's Sister
"fits into the history of brave moments in journalism"
- Daily Kos
"Take Keith's words, print them out, and send a copy to the pResident at the White House"
- Daily Kos
"another biting commentary"
"Keith Olbermann does it again"
- The Democratic Daily
"hit one out of the park"
"it gave me chills"
" I'm not courting the liberals...I don't think in these issues that I'm a liberal"
- Keith Olbermann quoted in Salon.com