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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
As Keith Olbermann bellowed his way through the opening spiel, its dependance on Democrat talking points was more evident than ever. Murtha is mad. Obey is mad. Those damn Republicans dare to disagree with a Senate committee. KO was fired up. He had a rare bump out of fourth place on Tuesday and he was determined to stoke the "momentum" for all it's worth. (Never mind that yesterday's show actually had less propaganda than the typical Hour of Spin. Keep in mind we're dealing with OlbyLogic here.)
Keith led off with "yet another call today on Capitol hill" for Rumsfeld's resignation. Yes, another of those meaningless "resolutions" that have no force of law. Wait, isn't this what Herr Olbermann has condemned repeatedly as "politicizing" the war? Not on OlbyPlanet it isn't. A lengthy clip from Murtha talking about his resolution to be rid of "Rumsfield". Hey, where's our snarky Keith, who makes fun of people when they make embarrassing public bloopers, like getting the name of the Secretary of Defense wrong? That Keith never shows his orange face when it's a (D) showing his stupidity.
After all that free time for Murtha, KO showed his impartiality and balance by running a clip from David Obey (D), who raised the spectre of Joe McCarthy. Then
Countdown the campaign ad for the Democrats continued with Olby promoting a website set up to oppose "George 'Macaca' Allen" and running its video, free of charge.
At this point, it was time for Countdown Crony Dana Milbank, minus mangy mufti. KO immediately cited the new NBC poll: Congress's approval rating is a meager 20%. He asked a wish-fulfillment question suggesting the low ratings are really more for Republicans than Democrats, and Dana dittoed, while noting that there are trends "in the Republican direction". Krazy Keith, eager to reverse any such trends that exist, wondered if Murtha had "the right idea": get the talk off national security and back onto Iraq, and cited the "powerful" internet ad he had just given free airtime to. Then we got a classic Olbermann leading question:
When the speaker of the House says Democrats don't know who they enemy are, is there not some chance that a statement that outrageous might actually hit home with people who'd say, what in the hell are you talking about?
In Keith Olbermann's America, Richard Durbin can liken US troops to Nazis and Communists, and Harry Belafonte can call the President the "world's greatest terrorist" without a peep from Edward R Olbermann--because statements are never "outrageous" when there is a (D) after the speaker's name. Going into the break, Olby teased his upcoming story, calling Cheney, Rice, and Tony Snow liars for daring to disagree with a Senate committee about Iraq and Al Qaeda. Krazy's on a roll tonight!
In the #4 slot, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann sang the praises of "facts" (this coming just two days after his preposterous "special comment" that had the same relationship to facts as a lightning bug has to real lightning). Intoned Rev Olby:
The persistent lie of a link, a pre-existing link, between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
Clips of Condi talking about "ties", the Veep talking about CIA testimony of a "relationship", and Snow stating there was no "operational relationship, but there was a relationship" (tightly edited to remove the rest of what he said). To give an impartial, nonpartisan "analysis", who better than Jonathan Alter? They have "zero" credibility, "they've lost", it's like the "commies" in the Cold War, yada yada yada. Alter's spin couldn't have been more predictable: Keith took his party's line with every query, and the egg-headed pundit regurgitated it right back. KO got to use one of his pet phrases ("faith-based reality"), and a good time was had by all.
After the break ("Countdown with Keith Olbermann is brought to you by Verizon...") came an Emmy-worthy dose of "oddball". All of this was bad enough, but with the #3 story Olby went on a voyage to the bottom of the barrel. Yes, the discredited sports guy reran Matt Lauer's interview with loathesome rapist and child abuser Deborah LaFave, who was all decked out in fancy clothes and a new hairdo.
Why, exactly, are the self-serving excuses of a sexually disturbed criminal considered "news" on Countdown? Even if this interview hadn't already played, over and over, throughout the day on A-Mess-NBC, would it have been any less repellent? What if the situation were reversed, and it wasn't an attractive female? What if it was an older man who exploited much younger women for sleazy sexual trysts? Would Dan Abrams permit him to appear on Countdown? Oh, wait. Bad example.
#2: The Canadian school shooting (relegated to recycled video from NBC), Anna Nicole Smith's son, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Tucker Carlson, and Meredith Viera (lots of clips from Today, an NBC property, natch). #1: Celebrity shopping, and the "lonely girl" internet hoax.
Krazy Keith has fallen all over himself to give Air America free PR, inviting its hosts on The Hour of Spin for fawning interviews on multiple occasions. (He has had conservative talkers on his show too--but not in person, only as "worst person" targets.) Tonight, he was conspicuously silent about the impending bankruptcy of the leftist network he has himself appeared on over and over.
There was another dog that didn't bark. Remember when KO would track every downward tick of the President's approval numbers in every poll he could get his hands on? Down to 40. Down below 40. Down below 35. Since then reports of Presidential ratings became increasingly scarce on The Hour of Spin. We can't remember the last time Olby trumpeted Bush's approval numbers.
Today there was a new NBC poll. We know because Keith Olbermann reported on it. Or more accurately, he reported on one question from the poll (about Congress). NBC's poll has the President's approval rating up over 40% now, as do several other surveys. Yet none of these get so much as a word from Edward R Olbermann. Another reason why it's called The Hour of Spin.