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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The spin started in the opening spiel, with Keith bellowing that the President wants to "legalize torture". Then it was on to the next talking point: "torture does not work". Plus a promise to bring lefty Jack Rice back to the Seat of Honor. It's an action-packed Hour of Spin!
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann looked like he had positively bathed in Man-Tan as he again used his dishonest phrase "rewriting the Geneva conventions". Once more he brought up Perfessor Turley, who had eagerly bought into Olby's notion that Bush is trying to legitimize torture he's already committed. Cue Dana Milbank, minus mangy mufti. KO wanted to make a big deal out of GOP "party leaders avoiding cameras", and Dana volunteered that "it's even worse". Then regarding a close vote on interrogation policy:
How much conscience are we actually seeing here, and how many people in Washington have never seen it before or don't recognize it?
Then it was back to The Perfessor and what happens when the detainees talk to the Red Cross. What if they say they were tortured? For that matter, what if people don't believe what they say? Just because Krazy Keith takes terrorists at their word doesn't mean regular Americans do.
Then Olby gave us one of his most elegantly spun fabrications:
Beneath all the debate over torture, and all the willingness to sell out this country and what it has stood for, is the far simpler to understand and virtually unanimous conclusion: torture does not work.
KO raised the case of a innocent man who confessed to something in a Syrian dungeon to intro Jack Rice, who just happens to hold the same views on torture as Rev Olby:
You torture somebody, and basically he will tell you whatever it is he thinks you want to know?
Rice's predictable answer: "Absolutely". He went on to claim that coerced questioning is "useless" and a "waste of time". KO brought up Abu Zubaydah and used him as an example:
You torture suspects into lying, and at the end you end up spreading information that scares Americans.... The President wants torture or a nice euphemism for torture, and all he'll get out of it is made-up information...
Now at this point we must pause the tivo and switch over to the other tuner. The reason? To do a little fact-check on Keith Olbermann's lie that his view of aggressive interrogation is as "unanimous" as he claims. Over on that other channel, we found the top investigative reporter from ABC News, Brian Ross, winner of an award for the CIA secret prisons story. What did his sources have to tell him about interrogations?
OK, KO, tell us about the "virtually unanimous" position that you have been trumpeting. Oh, it's "virtually unanimous" on Countdown. Hell, it's totally unanimous on Countdown, because not only will you never let someone like Brian Ross on to contradict your propaganda, but you won't even tell your credulous viewers about the interrogations that did work and led to arrests and disrupted attacks.
It doesn't matter whether one thinks Ross is right, or Olby. The point is, the evil O'Reilly will put Ross on to give his report, and then have Human Rights Watch on to give the other side. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will cherry-pick his "news" and screen his "guests" so that facts contrary to his un-American propaganda never get heard. This is why it's The Hour of Spin.
The #4 story dealt with The Clintons, who have teamed with Laura Bush for a global humanitarian project. But this was only a thin reed on which to dangle Olby's interview about "progressive" blogs with Jane Hamsher, proprietor of a website that's really progressive: it's out there where the busses don't run. Hillary hired a blogger. Bloggers met with Bill Clinton. Olby mentioned Senator Lieberman. Hamsher mentioned Lieberman. Olby deliberately did not mention Hamsher's shamefully racist smearing of Lieberman. Surprising? Hardly. There was a reason for that, as we will see.
This was as empty and vapid an interview as the worst Michael Musto chit-chat, but it filled the time before another episode of that pinnacle of journalistic excellence, "oddball". Then it was #3: the Matt Lauer/Jim McGreevey interview, rerun from NBC. But only with Krazy Keith did it come via a cheap shot at Dick Morris.
#2: The space shuttle (more recycled reporting from the network mothership), Steve Irwin, Peter Gammonds (with clips from Olby's low-rated radio show because Gammonds praised Countdown). #1: Ludicrous animal videos and breaking ostrich news.
his book the book that bears his name again, KO trumpeted his #70 sales rank at amazon, said O'Reilly's book, "just out", is #119, and cackled maniacally. Alert Olbermann Watch readers will realize that when Olby mentions his nemesis, he's probably speaking with forked tongue. The truth: O'Reilly's book is not "just out", and won't be out until September 25. Yes, it's another Olbermann lie.
Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez got a mention, but only as an excuse to take a shot at Pat Robertson. Bill O'Reilly was "worst" because the FBI told him that he is among several media people on an Al Qaeda death list. We're confused. If Ann Coulter was a "worst person" for making a joke about shooting Lincoln Chaffee, why is it OK for Krazy Keith to crack wise about killing Bill O'Reilly? No, the intended victim becomes the "worst person". On OlbyPlanet, standards are nothing if not malleable.
Of course no mention that oil prices, which Krazy Keith railed about when they were going up, are now at their lowest point of the year. Nothing about the kill-Bush movie either. But he had time to devote an entire segment to a content-free blab session with a blue blogger. Why? And why did he treat her with kid gloves, never even alluding to her history of racially insensitive postings? Perhaps a visit to firedoglake.com will explain how she came to be booked on The Hour of Spin. There we will find this:
Keith knocks another one out of the park
Yesterday, Keith Olbermann really lit into the Bush Administration in his commentary--if you haven't seen it, you should. He really brought some heat.
Keith is a genuine hero who does a show of exceptional qualilty [sic] night in, night out and has given us all hope during the dark nights of cable news when it looked like all was lost.
...and, most especially, this:
...earlier today we posted a link to his book The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contenders on Amazon and asked people to buy it. It subsequently moved from #19,000 on the sales ranking list to
#99 #60#25. Thanks so much to everyone who helped to push it up there. From us to you, Keith. Our way of saying thanks.
Yikes! If all it takes to get a softball spot on The Hour of Spin is to slobber all over Keith Olbermann, how long will it be before Keith interviews Katy Tur?
HotAir: official nutroots mascot Keith Olbermann welcomed Jane Hamsher of firedoglake to the program tonight to regale his three viewers with the inside scoop on the Clinton blogger meet-up. Did he seize the chance to ask the lefty blogosphereâ€™s most notorious race-baitrix whether she was pleased to find no bloggers of color there muddying the waters? No, he did not, for reasons Johnny Dollar will be only too happy to explain.
Confederate Yankee: Olbermann. Proved a fool again.
Hot Air: ...in four short minutes Brian Ross utterly explodes that particular article of quasi-religious faith (that harsh tactics do not produce reliable information) as fantasy...Across the dial, right about the same time that Oâ€™Reilly and Ross were talking about this, smug halfwit Keith Olbermann was blithely asserting that "torture" doesnâ€™t work. You picked the wrong night, jerky.
Ace of Spades HQ: Pretty sad when your idea of a big ratings booster is inviting on a nitwit who can likely deliver an additional 40,000 viewers. An additional 40,000 viewers? Wow. Breakin' out the big guns now. Must be sweeps week.