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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Oh, Keith Olbermann doesn't try to appeal to liberals. He is totally nonpartisan, don't you know? That's why, in tonight's opening spiel, he introduced a clip of Hillary saying:
Now there are two Clintons telling truth to power.
Olby told the "sandbagging" lie again, and in a classic Olbermann moment, played the George Allen "macaca" clip.
Stop the tivo!
We haven't ever yelled "stop the tivo" this early into The Hour of Spin, but we have to now. This is the same Keith Olbermann who just 24 hours ago sneeringly referred to a Jewish journalist at Fox as "a monkey". The same Keith Olbermann who not that long ago was banging on Allen for "macaca", stating this was a term that could refer to "a genus of monkey found mainly in Asia...a derogatory racial reference for African immigrants.".
Well guess what? "Monkey" is a term that refers to monkeys! And it's also a derogatory racial reference for Jews. How can anyone so arrogant be so immensely oblivious?
Back to the tivo. Olby looked orange and curiously sour as he delivered the lead story: another salvo at the President. After a few carefully selected clips from today's presser, and a few even more assiduously cherry-picked quotes from the NIE, it was on to Condi Rice. Her great offense was to say the Bush administration worked just as hard as the previous one during its first eight months. Then clips from Senator Clinton, "telling truth to power". Through all of this Olbermann's verbiage was about as even-handed as a MoveOn internet ad.
Cue Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions. Keith tossed everything from ABC's 9/11 film to the results of last night's football game into a heady stew, lumping them together as the efforts of the "Bush adminstration". He asked if those dumbells in the White House were really so stupid as to think the their aggrieved Democrat victims would not rise up in righteous anger over these despicable smears. OK, we're paraphrasing. But not by much. Howie said this signals "a change in attitude" by the Dems, with a lot more "confidence". Then, with a straight face, Olby talked about, of all things, fact-checking!
...if you can fact-check them and prove them wrong within minutes of a statement being made public...
We know exactly what that's like here at Olbermann Watch. It's what we do. Fineman said Bill Jefferson Clinton "comes off as the more truthful one", the White House is "bailing water", and George Bush "smirks". After crypto-liberal Fineman, KO left all pretense behind to introduce the deranged Lawrence ("Liar! Creepy Liar!") O'Donnell. Olby asked him about the release of the "NIA", and Larry called it "the smoking gun". Krazy Keith, eager to aid his party, suggested what the Democrats should do next (keep pounding on the NIE), while Crazy Larry said they should pound on Iraq.
You would think Iraq was the only topic covered by the "NIA" since it's the only aspect KO even mentioned. One part of the document that Keith never got around to quoting:
Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, or be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the [terror war].
In one of those amazing synergies of talking points that seem to be commonplace on The Hour of Spin, Larry echoed Howie, talking about how "credible" B.J. Clinton is, and how Bush was "asleep at the wheel". [Note: Time to update The List.] As a special treat, KO promised that tomorrow he would "strip away the politics" to tell the truth about the first eight months of the Bush administration. Blue bloggers, start your engines!
Teasing before the break, "Monkey" Olbermann referenced the well-known "venom" of that poisonous snake, Chris Wallace. But the #4 story was about allegations regarding George Allen. He is said to have used the B-word, so named for its use by Robert Byrd (D), an incident that never got much play on The Hour of Spin. Slippery Shuster delivered a taped report, and the fact that Larry Sabato claims he heard it himself does not help the Senator's case.
NOTE: See important update below.
It was almost surreal when Slippery said "Macaca is a term that can refer to monkeys". That makes it shocking, explosive, headline-worthy news, you know. Actually calling someone a monkey? Hey, no big deal. Olby thanked the tape machine that played Shuster's report.
After oddball, Krazy Keith found an excuse to regurgitate part of his blue dress interview with B.J. Clinton. He preceded it with a clip from the "ambush" (Olbermann lie) and "sandbagging" (Olbermann lie) by Fox News, while gushing anew at the wonder that is B.J. Clinton. Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann told viewers they could see his entire Clinton one-an-one on the internet. As if anyone would be interested in that exercise of mutual onanism when they could see the interview that actually made news.
#2: Dolphins (recycled NBC tape), Paris Hilton, Sumner Redstone. #1: Star Jones, Liza Minelli, and more, with the creepy Michael Musto talking about toilet seats and herpes.
KO's beserk kowtowing to the blue bloggers on Monday produced its usual one-day spike. He actually came in second, while still losing to his Fox nemesis by more than three to one. The idea was also to bump those book sales: he's at #48 on amazon. But, oh no, Culture Warrior is currently #6. Did
Keith's book the book that bears Keith's name ever make it that high? Heh. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW].
UPDATE: The clip shown of Larry Sabato in David Shuster's report had him saying that he knew "for a fact" that Allen had used the racial slur. Shuster stated that Sabato went to school with Allen, thereby reinforcing the notion that Sabato had heard it first hand.
However, the facts are quite different. Sabato never heard Allen use the B-word, the N-word, or any other racial slur. This was reported earlier today, long before Countdown aired. So what we had was another Shuster/Olbermann hit-job. We have been most remiss. We actually took a report from Slippery Shuster, aired by Herr Olbermann, as if it were reliable journalism from honest reporters. We apologize to Olbermann Watch readers for this lapse in judgment. It will not happen again.