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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
In the Thursday night spiel, Olbermann thundered about the President:
What's come off now, his wheels?
Keith barked that the Republicans are the "party of Bush and torture", took a shot at Dennis Hastert, and cited as an example of things getting "worse" reports that Bush has received advice from Henry Kissinger. Oooooh, that's scary.
The Hour of Spin proper kicked off with the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann complaining about the fact that the President has the power to detain non-citizens "forever". Then based on a Bob Woodward tidbit, Olby added:
And the President can now evidently lie about how frequently Americans are attacked in Iraq, and bring in Henry Kissinger...
Summing up the legislative debate, Keith stated:
When Democrats in the House voted to support our history and values instead of the President's expediencies...
Unbiased, impartial Olbermann. He cited Patrick "Leaky" Leahey, who wants to "preserve" the rights of habeas corpus.
Stop the tivo!
It's a prerequisite when preserving anything that it has to be there in the first place. In what war did our prisoners ever have habeas corpus rights (the right to go into civilian courts and demand to be charged or released)? Did our German or Japanese POWs have that right in WWII? Did our VietNam prisoners have that right? How exactly can Olby claim to want to preserve a "right" that has never, in all our history, existed?
Back to the tivo. Herr Olbermann stated this right is needed because what if the government:
...decides you are not the upstanding American you thought you were but a terrorist.Stop the tivo again! This bill has nothing to do with regular Americans. It's about detaining combattants during war. How many times do we have to explain this to Krazy Keith?
He showed a clip of Leahy (D) arguing that the bill would "eliminate" habeas corpus (shameless disregarding of facts and truth). A clip from the other side of the argument, maybe someone pointing out that prisoners of war have never had habeas corpus rights? Something about how there are more legal protections than in the court martial system that applies to our own troops? Oh, apparently there wasn't time to squeeze any of that in.
Then it was off to relay Bob Woodward's report that things are worse in Iraq than anyone thought. Um, is this the same Bob Woodward that Olby has blasted for his "mistakes"? The same Bob Woodward he has accused of being unethical? Yup. Same guy. He was a villain then, but in the ever-flexible judgments on OlbyPlanet, tonight he's a hero.
KO asked the Wolffe Man about "Mister" Bush and Kissinger, making an immediate parallel to VietNam. Then it was time for Keith's Kampaign Korner, the nightly segment when he telegraphs to the toadies in his party what tack they should take:
Should the Democrats be running this campaign by portraying what the President sees as strength, as instead some kind of dangerous unwillingless to confront the reality of the situation on the ground there?
Herr Olbermann groused about the Dems giving up too much in exchange for a handful of amendments, went after the President for not being nonpartisan (six weeks before an election), and great thanksed Wolffie. There were references to Jack Abramoff, and then--again!--we got the deranged Lawrence ("Liar! Creepy Liar!") O'Donnell for a round of impartial analysis.
Crazy Larry focused on Abramoff as the epitome of scandal in DC. (How quickly they forgot William Jefferson, the most corrupt man in Congress, according to one of Olby's own guests.) He went on to trumpet the brilliance of Bill Jefferson Clinton, and then it was damage control time for Keith Olbermann. When his own expert guest yesterday shot down his latest tin-foilery (the Taliban offered UBL to Bush and he didn't take him) as based on less than nothing, KO had to try again. So he regurgitated it anew with someone who has no anti-terrorism expertise whatsoever: Crazy Larry.
Olby demanded to know why the Democrats aren't running his incriminating tape (an obscure, unknown reporter asking a question at a presser--yes, that is the sum total of the "proof" for Herr Olbermann's premise). Larry yobbled about how the tape is a "reflection" of something or other, and added that no one in the adminstration is talking about it. Aha! More proof!! Keith put his kampaign hat on again:
Why haven't the Democrats jumped on any of those facts?
Crazy Larry said the public isn't interested in whose fault it is, but because it's a "post-Katrina" world "those kinds of statements from Ari Fleischer" have more impact. (The incriminating Fleischer statement was basically: I don't know what you're talking about, but I'll look into it.) Olby great thanksed Crazy Larry, again calling him a "political analyst" and deliberately leaving out his party affiliation. But Olbermann Watch is on to those tricks, and we have updated The List accordingly.
The #4 slot was dedicated to Bad News from Iraq, specifically a taped video rerun from NBC. After oddball, a Monica Novotny report on the flick "Jesus Camp". Krazy Keith's intro equated charismatic Christians with murderous terrorists, which is close to a new low even for Keith Olbermann. Monica's report was far above Countdown standards. But then, anything on the show that doesn't involve Olbermann automatically raises the journalism level.
Olby made reference to the "right-wing Family Research Council" (a favorite label on The Hour of Spin, much more so than the infrequently spoken "left-wing"). Then he mentioned "George Allen of macaca infamy". We expect no less from Keith Olbermann of "monkey" fame. Krazy blasted the Values Voter Summit:
Bishop Wellington Boone, of Wellington Boone Ministries. He got up on stage just about an hour and a half after Mr Snow, spewed vulgar, anti-gay epithets, then suggested that the Anti-Christ is homosexual.Stop the tivo!
Where is Keith getting all this from? Why naturally, from another left-wing site: the discredited Think Progress. Needless to say, he doesn't credit them for his "research". But what happens when you lift stories from left-wing blogs and don't fact-check them? Bishop Wellington Boone's "vulgar, anti-gay epithets":
Back in the days when I was a kid, and we see guys that don;t stand strong on principle, we call them "faggots." A punk is--and our people, I'm from the ghetto, so sometimes it does come out a little bit.... "You're sissified out!" "You're a sissy!" That means you don't stand up for principles. And I just believe that God hasn't called us to be sissies on a principle level.
And what about the Bishop's statement about the Anti-Christ? Um, there wasn't any. He never said it! Now someone else did, at a different session, much later in the day--at least that's the claim of a left-wing blogger. But it wasn't the Bishop "an hour and a half after Mr Snow". Olbermann gets it wrong again.
KO's impartial expert to analyze the movement was the author of "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America". Olby described it as "essential". Need we say more? No, but we will. Reverend Olby was ready to preach:
What does, uh, the fact that the spokesman for the leader of, uh, of, uh, the country got up on the same stage with somebody who spouted hate speech about gays tells us about the power this movement has over this administration?
Hate speech? It's easy for Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann to call it that, especially when he didn't bother to quote what was said. But reading a teleprompter is apparently not so easy for Olby:
White evangelical Christians compromised 23% of the electorate...
Hedges delivered talking points about "the assault on the middle class" and the "Christian totalitarian state". Not a surprise, given his affiliation with The Nation, Democracy Now, and other far-left outfits. Of course, the discredted sports guy completely hid his politics from the viewers. No point in spoiling propaganda with truth.
#2: the Colorado high school tragedy (recycled video from NBC), Naomi Campbell, Roger Ailes (and his "Ministry of Truth")--this last with KO trumpeting how in his specialized "key demo" MSNBC beat Fox and the rest at midnight. Midnight! What key demo was he using, vampires? Left unreported was the fact that his witching hour total audience is still way below that of the competition. #1: fake comedian journalist Borat at the White House.
More pimping of
Keith's book the book that bears Keith's name was again the lead-in to the Media Matters Minute. He got in a slam at the New York Post (again), and picked as "worst person" radio talk show host Marc Williams. Why? Because George Soros and David Brock told him to. "Monkey" Olbermann then went on to berate, apparently, Dan Abrams for permitting conservative Williams to appear on his network. He thinks every hour on A-Mess-NBC should be just like The Hour of Spin! Look for the free publicity video of brave, courageous Olby to appear on Media Matters within the next 24 hours.
Given that KO found a way to mention again his white powder scare, while slamming the New York Post for its flippant treatment of same, there was a curious dog that did not bark tonight. Why did Herr Olbermann not report on the suspicious envelope full of white powder sent to the office of Sen John Cornyn? He was certainly vocal about such stunts yesterday. And if the Post handled it all in an unserious fashion, what of the Democratic Underground, where they "joked" that with luck there would be no Cipro to treat the Senator, suggested that it was probably his cocaine, and accused Republicans of setting the whole incident up. Where was Keith Olbermann's righteous indignation about treating a "terroristic threat" with such impudent scorn? He was totally silent on this. And before some Olbypologists asks why KO should speak out on what appears on DU, keep this in mind. He advertises the "worst person" book on just a handful of carefully selected sites, including DailyKos, Talking Points Memo, and...Democratic Underground. "Monkey" Olbermann has decided this is a forum that he is proud to associate himself with. So let's hear it, KO. We're waiting for you to blast them like you blasted the Post. And remove all advertising from their site. Yeah, yeah, it'll be a long wait.
his book the book that bears his name, Monkey Man was pimping it again tonight. Yep, it's down to #74 on amazon. Mr Bill's is still in the top ten (#8). And in case you're wondering why the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann cited Neilsen numbers from the wee small hours of the morning, but not primetime, it may because at 8:00 pm he was back in fourth place again. Even worse, in that same "key demo" he was celebrating, Countdown finished fifth. He even lost to a rerun of Deal or No Deal on CNBC. Yikes! Time to have his writers whip up another special comment for sure. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED].
Newsbusters: He proceeded to seriously tout as meaningful how, in the 25 to 54 years-old demographic, the midnight EDT repeat airing of Countdown the night before beat FNC's re-run of Brit Hume's show -- by a bare 16,000.
ICN: Olberman Watch has a point. Unless MSNBC wants to only count ratings for repeats (though it was primetime on the West Coast), this amounts to damning with faint praise.
Hot Air: Keith spun the ratings as best he could tonight, to the great amusement of Johnny Dollar and Spruiell, who has video.
186k Per Second: It is absolutely hilarious that Olbermann was beaten by a Howie Mandell - Deal or no Deal re-run!
National Review: Tonight, Keith Olbermann tried desperately to convince his viewers that they are not alone. He had to dig deep to do so, but he managed to find a time slot in which he wasn't completely dominated by Fox News â€” 12 a.m. ET.