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    October 31, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 31, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • ONE WEEK TO GO UNTIL ELECTION DAY: Dana Milbank, Washington Post national political reporter

    Olby wasted no time in batting clean-up for John Kerry. In the opening spiel he flat-out declared that Kerry was calling the President "stupid", but:

    that President's people claim the insult is directed not at the President, but at the troops.

    KO went on to suggest that the White House is "stupid" if they think Kerry was referring to the troops. More spielisms: Laura Bush is "in the gutter", and the Clinton/Wallace interview, which has a punchline "you will not believe". Well that's a pretty good bet, considering who's reporting it.

    The Hour of Spin proper kicked off with Olbermoronn again insisting that Kerry was calling the administration stupid:

    and they were too stupid to know he called them stupid.

    Stop the tivo! Herr Olbermann is pulling another fast one here. Consider this:

    Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry drew election-year fire from President Bush and other Republicans on Tuesday for saying college students could "get stuck in Iraq" if they do not study hard.

    That's not from the "stupid" White House. That's from the Reuters news agency. And consider this:

    Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs - "If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.

    That's not from the "stupid" White House. That's from the Pasadena Star-News, who broke this story. Now how is it that Edward R Olbermann doesn't call them stupid? Why isn't Krazy Keith slamming them all as too "stupid" to know any better?

    But we digress. KO gushed over the D-student's hyperbolic press conference and called in his first guest. Milbank, lacking lurid livery, at Herr Olbermann's suggestion, said this is a "made for Fox News" dust-up. Then Krazy Keith's insightful brilliance spotted something:

    There seems though to have been a pattern in this administration, uh, criticism of the administration is turned by the administration into criticism of the troops.

    Stop the tivo again! How is it that perspicacious Olby spots that pattern, but doesn't seen any pattern by Kerry, like, oh, calling US troops war criminals akin to Genghis Khan, or accusing them of terrorizing innocent women and children? That's not a pattern? Well, not on OlbyPlanet.

    Again, we digress. Dana said it's all "pretend" outrage, despite the calls for apologies from the American Legion, Veterans for Freedom and other groups. KO, of course, saw the whole thing as benefitting Democrats (Rule #1: whatever happens, it's bad for the Bush administration), and when Milbank didn't immediately agree, Olby reworded the leading question and took another swing. This time Dana's response more closely comported with Krazy Keith's talking points and he was accordingly great thanksed.

    Then it was off for more of those eeevil Republican "scare tactics" and poll numbers. Another great example of Olby Spin: KO read off various poll numbers showing tight races or (D) candidates leading. Until he got to Corker vs Ford, where the (R) was eight points ahead. Quickly Edward R Olbermann moved to insert an addendum he didn't use for any of the other results, adding:

    Other polls, however, give Mr Ford the slight edge.

    Huh? What other polls would those be? It ain't any of these. Does Krazy Keith have a secret survey that only he knows about? Maybe it's the much-respected poll by the Other Corporation. One might be tempted to say that Olbermann has no "other polls". That he just made it up. But that would make this another Olbermann lie.

    So whom does a slovenly political hack call in for an impartial analysis of these numbers? A political strategist for...the Democrats! Yes, Joe Trippi, again hailed by Monkeymann for his "successes" on behalf of President Howard Dean. [Updated: The List] We heard about hollow scare tactics, failed policies, desperation, "stupid", and how, of course, the Kerry kerfuffle is bad for Bush. Naturally, Herr Olbermann plugged his Speshul Komment for tomorrow night, how the President has broken some code or other.

    The #4 segment was a rerun of the Today show's free ad for Michael J Fox's political causes, but KO introduced it with shots at Rush Limbaugh and Laura Bush, of all people. The latter dared to state that it's "easy to manipulate people's feelings", and Rev Olbermann was in high dudgeon, because Mrs Bush was now "in the mire". The one-sentence clip was so heavily edited that it was impossible to know if she was referring to Fox, or the campaigns that ran his commercials, or people like Olby who get on their high horse when anyone dares to disagree with someone who has an illness. That sort of free speech (aka dissent) is not permitted on OlbyPlanet..

    After an "oddball" that included another attack on Bill O'Reilly (in the blue blog precincts this sort of stuff never gets old), Keith was back with the #3 story: the Bad News in Iraq segment. He claimed US troops were "under the command of Iraqi politicians", which we haven't checked out yet but are willing to bet is another Olbermann lie. (Because our commanders agree to do what the Iraq government wants, that doesn't make the Iraqis "commanders" of the troops.) Brought in to comment on the Pentagon, P.J. Crowley of the far-left "Center for American Progress". Wow, on Countdown you get the full gamut of viewpoints: everything from A to B.

    NAME

    Then it was on to the "unfair, ambush question" asked of B.J. Clinton, which was described by Clinton himself as "a perfectly legitimate question". Yes, Keith Olbermann revisited his great triumph of weeks ago, when he called Chris Wallace, a Jewish journalist, a "monkey", an anti-Semitic term widely used by jihadists. "Fat Ass" Olbermann again repeated his lie that Mr Wallace was violating ground rules of the interview (which specified how much time each subject could be covered, not the chronogical order of the questioning). There was a surprising punch-line to this, Olby claimed, in that Clinton agreed to sign the Fox News Sunday guestbook. This is big news, why? Because it shows B.J. Clinton wasn't as angry as he appeared? Olby didn't mention that possibility. Yes, this was the big story that A-Mess-NBC promoted all day long! KO must really be desperate to ingratiate himself with the Clintonoids. Then: Bob Barker, Madonna, and the #1 story: a treatise on "measuring for drapes". In the Media Matters Minute, some Republican was nominated, as was an abstinence-proponent in HHS.

    OLBY

    Muted mongrels: For the second day in a row there was no reporting whatsoever of the air strike at an Al Qaeda training center in Pakistan. Olbermoronn has devoted entire segments to the "failure" of our policy toward North Korea, but he deliberately refused to report on the news that North Korea has given in and will resume six-party talks. KO regurgitated his phony "sandbagging" charge against Chris Wallace, but not a word of criticism for how Wolf Blitzer treated Lynne Cheney. And he still has avoided any mention of Harold Ford's (D) outlandish claim that Democrats love the Lord, but Republicans don't.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #374 in sales at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" has risen to #8. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome is mired at #2,193, while O'Reilly's best-seller is up to #10. In case you're wondering why Krazy Keith has suddenly found a reason to schedule another Speshul Komment, just look at Monday's numbers. On what is usually his strongest night, Olby found himself back in third place again. Time to mobilize moveon.org and the blue bloggers! Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 6 [ELEVATED]


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (231) | | View blog reactions
    Olbermann Funnies

    A few links that deserve a bump up from the KO Mini-blog...

    Jessica deGraffenreid speculates whether KO's labeling of the Republican Party as the "leading terrorist group in this country" undermines his claims to be non-partisan:

    I have to go back to one of Olbermann's appearances on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in the summer of 2006 during which he stated that he had no "rooting interest" in who wins elections. I'm sorry, but calling one party a bunch of terrorists pretty much gives your agenda away.

    Gee, ya think?

    Meanwhile, KO continues his love affair with the blug blogs. OlbyWatch readers will recall that KO invited lefty blogger Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake on Countdown purportedly to discuss Clinton, Inc.'s outreach to lefty bloggers (she spent most of her time shilling for her pet candidate, Ned Lamont). Now, Jane is returning the favor by doing all she can to flog KO's hapless, unreadable "book". And, KO plans on returning THAT favor by "appearing" in the "FDL Book Salon" next week. All of which explains KO's choice of segue music last night - Bob Segar's "Fire Lake". To those not up to speed on the little games played in the political media, this is known as a "dog whistle" - few viewers would even notice what "bumper" music is playing on Countdown but Fire Dog Lake users would be sure to recognize the tune immediately and understand it as a sly little "wave" from Keith to his ardent, OlbyLoon admirers who frequent Hamsher's site. Of course, we all know that Keith denies coordinating with the MoveOn crowd so maybe this is all just coincidence!

    Elsewhere, Doug Ross sent over a couple of links of interest to OlbyWatch readers: a a journey into the brain of Keith Olbermann and The Einstein of the political age: Keith Olbermann. Doug also links to iowahawk who has a never-aired, first draft of a recent KO Special Komment.


    Posted by Robert Cox | Permalink | Comments (14) | | View blog reactions
    October 30, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 30, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek senior White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst; Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News and author of "The Architect"
    • WHAT REALLY IS GOING ON IN IRAQ?: Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

    Krazy Keith rattled off the opening spiel with near-maniacal intensity. He resurrected the old phone-lime jamming scandal of four years ago, bellowed something about secret letters from Iraq, and took a shot at "comedian Rush Limbaugh". But Olby saved his biggest blue blog applause line for the start of The Hour of Spin proper:

    The President is no longer charging admission for each of his campaign appearances. That's right, he's now lying for free.

    NAME

    Barking that "Mister" Bush's rhetoric was "divisive", Monkeymann gloated that some Republicans don't want the President's help. He cited a poll showing Steele (Michael, not Remington) behind 11 points; cleverly, KO failed to mention a more recent poll that puts the margin at five points. Must have been a mere oversight. Cue The Wolffe Man, who said Bush is a "stone around the neck" of GOP candidates. Olby wanted to know if it was too late to "trot out" the issue of gay marriage, and Wolffie was doubtful of its impact.

    After great thanksing The Wolffe Man, it was time to go after Karl Rove with the author of "Bush's Brain". Perhaps the book should be retitled "Mister Bush's Brain", in honor of the discredited sports guy. We got another of Keith's Kolloquial Kwotations, but the ace broadcaster had problems spitting it out:

    To, uh, to quote the late David Frye, those who, uh, those who are to blame lose their jobs, those who are not, uh, those who are responsible do not.

    Slater said there's something "almost delusional" about Rove, and Herr Olbermann brought up the NPR interview about math and used the phrase "whistling past graveyards" for approximately the 89th time. In response to a convoluted, undiagrammable double-helix of a query about a split Congress, Slater managed to make a question out of it and opined that the Rove machine will survive even a November loss.

    The #4 story revisited the 2002 phone-jam scheme that KO has been so fond of. It was recycled video from NBC, and not just there; it's been on A-Mess-NBC repeatedly throughout the day. So why not play it again, Olby? Another brilliant episode of "oddball" revealed that Fox News viewers are "zombies" [Olbersaurus updated].

    The #3 segment accomplished two goals: to attack the eeevil O'Reilly, and bring on lefty Rieckhoff to attack the administration. From soldiers' letters carefully selected by Time and Newsweek, Krazy Keith just happened to carefully select on that criticized Mr Bill. Shocker. KO asked his guest about the Army monitoring what troops are saying in "private blogs", referring to it as "a hint of censorship". Rieckhoff conceded security issues in the blogs, but said they present valuable information on what's going on there. He gave his usual analysis: if we stay it's bad, if we leave it's bad. The politicians don't care. Herr Olbermann picked out another letter to quote from: it included the magic words "Bush should be ashamed". Rieckhoff replied that it's the job of the military to "kill people and break their stuff". What would Olbermoronn have said had he known his guest was paraphrasing "comedian Rush Limbaugh"? There was also some talk about Rieckhoff's ratings of Congress (interestingly, his system counts a vote for a resolution supporting victory in Iraq as a "wrong" vote).

    MADMAN

    #2: Red Auerbach, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Ritchie, and Cruise News! #1: The Beatles divorce. And of course the Media Matters Minute. We here at Olbermann Watch were hopeful that we might get nominated. Instead, KO attacked the National Review (with the "funny" disrespectful touch of deliberately mispronouncing the writer's name) for their article on Olbermann's obsessive use of "Mister" Bush. Rather than defend himself, which might take a modicum of original thought, Keith just parroted the language on the Soros site. Come to think of it, that pretty much describes every episode of The Hour of Spin! A nomination went to a Congresswoman from Ohio. Amazing, it's another (R). And of course, the "nutjob" [Olbersaurus updated] "comedian Rush Limbaugh". KO excoriated him for his "lies", but then lied about what Rush said:

    Comedian Rush Limbaugh, who is now claiming that tv networks speeded up the video...

    Actually, Mr Limbaugh said nothing about tv networks; he referenced "cable outlets". But that's not all the discredited sports guy got wrong. Limbaugh never claimed anyone--networks or cable stations--were speeding up his video. What he said was some emailers had told him that, but added: "I haven't seen it". This is how desperate the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is to attack anyone on his enemies list. If the actual words someone says aren't useful enough for attack purposes, he'll just rewrite them. A doctored quote is so much better than the real thing, especially when nobody at Media Matters or in the MSM will ever go after Monkeymann for making stuff up. He just has all those artificial "facts" in his head.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: KO's insistence that the war on terror is "so-called" requires that he downplay real news on that front. That's why there was no reporting whatsoever of the air strike at an Al Qaeda training center in Pakistan. Because Olby loathes the military, he's not about to say anything the significance of the naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. For all the promos about dirty campaigning, KO didn't report on Harold Ford's (D) statement that Democrats love the Lord, but Republicans don't. And we've pretty much given up any hope that "Fat Ass" Olbermann will ever apologize for his disgusting smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #372 in sales at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" has risen to #10. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has submerged to #2,223, while O'Reilly's best-seller is at #26. With his nemesis taking a night off, Krazy Keith had a better than usual Friday night in the Nielsen numbers, narrowly edging Lou Dobbs for second place, but still losing handily to The Kasich Factor. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED]


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (150) | | View blog reactions
    Vince Flynn on Keith Olbermann

    Best-selling author Vince Flynn talked with Michael Medved last week, and the subject turned to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. In an earlier hour a caller also brought up the discredited sports guy. We have an mp3 file of the relevant excerpts for your listening pleasure.


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    Soros-funded "Media Matters" Attacks Olbermann Watch

    Ultra-left, Soros-funded, Media Matters for America is attacking Olbermann Watch for pointing out Keith Olbermann's disturbing habit of referring to the President of the United States as "mister" and monitoring Olbermann's behavior with the nightly "mister meter". Citing a profile of Keith Olbermann by media writer Stephen Spruiell of National Review, MMFA contrasts Olbermann with a few lines taken out of context from a column by National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. In neither case does MMFA provide working links to support its claims.


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    October 28, 2006
    The Olbersaurus

    As a service to our readers, the Olbermann Watch Research Division has assembled a comprehensive glossary of terms used by Keith Olbermann for his smears, insults, and personal attacks. Our lexicon includes specific examples, so that newcomers to OlbyPlanet can better understand Keith's usage patterns. The Olbersaurus will also serve as an invaluable resource for clinical study, offering a unique insight into the mind of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann.

    MADMAN

    The Olbersaurus:

    • adam's apple - from the Olbermann misogynism quiver, used on women to attack their appearance; example: Ann Coulter
    • airhead - from the Olbermann misogynism collection, an attractive woman who may actually be dumber than Olbermann; example: Paris Hilton
    • amoral - one who criticizes liberals; example: Brit Hume
    • bag - from the Olbermann misogynism library, an elderly woman; example: Lindsay Lohan's mother
    • big giant head - barb used against competitors with big giant ratings; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • boob - someone who disagrees with OlbySpin; example: Rush Limbaugh
    • brainless - used for those who don't think in OlbyLogic; example: John Stossel
    • bozo - insult line for conservative writers; example: Brent Bozell
    • bullshit - email term used to describe any action by "Mister" Bush; example: "totally wrong, bullshit everybody"
    • child bride - personal attack line used against men with young wives; unclear if this is still in play as long as KOKat is viable; example: Nicholas Cage; variant: Melana Trump
    • circular - clever villification for someone who is overweight; example: Roger Ailes
    • clown - see "bozo"
    • corrupt - see "amoral"
    • crazy - standard Olbermann attack line; examples: Michelle Malkin, Meredith Viera
    • creepy - favored slur for successful persons; example: Donald Trump
    • crypt-keeper - personal attack on the elderly; example: Rupert Murdoch
    • c-nt - from the Olbermann misogynism compendium, used to describe a female's private parts; example: "Ann Coulter's c-nt"
    • deranged - abuse line for someone who types a wrong name on a website; example: NewsBusters
    • delusional - not a liberal; examples: John McCain, Rush Limbaugh
    • deteriorating - becoming more conservative; example: John Gibson
    • dick - slang anatomical term, used to put down emailers; example: "you obviously have your head as well as your dick up each other's asses"
    • dim-witted - all-purpose invective especially useful when no factual basis can be found for an attack; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • disconnected from reality - see delusional
    • discredited - all purpose attack line, useful when there is no specific justification; example: "discredited columnist Robert Novak"
    • dumb - standard bash line; example: Rita Cosby
    • dumbass - variant of "dumb"; example: "case closed, dumbass"
    • evil - often applied to Fox employees; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • facist - ignorantly misused against talk radio hosts; example: Bill Cunningham
    • fat ass - attack line for overweight persons; example: Roger Ailes
    • fathead - characterization of competitors; examples: John Gibson, Bill O'Reilly
    • fatso - attack line for large-framed conservatives; example: Rush Limbaugh; see also "fat ass"
    • flack - slur used against reporters; example: Brian Wilson
    • fool - all-purpose gibe for conservatives; example: Michelle Malkin
    • fuck [noun] - used against enemies, restricted to emails; example: "evil fuck" Bill O'Reilly
    • fuck [verb] - retort to critical emailers; example: "go fuck your mother"
    • garbage - someone who criticizes Democrats; example: Bill Donahue
    • gaunt - see "stick-figure"
    • horse - personal attack used to demean women; example: Ann Coulter
    • idiot - people whose opinions differ from Olbermann's; examples: Dick Cheney, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck
    • insane - used for conservatives; examples: Ann Coulter, Leslie Sanchez, Michael Savage
    • infamous, deplorable - all purpose attack-line; example: "the infamous, deplorable Matt Drudge"
    • Jabba the Hut - see "fat ass"
    • jackass - term of nonendearment for competitors; example: Geraldo Rivera
    • kill yourself - used to conclude emails; example: "Save the oxygen for somebody whose brain can use it. Kill yourself."
    • lackey - one who works for a living; example: NY Daily News employee Katherine Thompson
    • liar - knock for one who does not speak in Democrat talking points; examples: "Mister" Bush, Bill O'Reilly, Tony Snow
    • Limpbaugh - personal attack line for persons using Viagra (but not Cialis, for obvious reasons); example: Rush Limbaugh
    • mister - obsessively used to demean and/or suggest illegitimacy of incumbent Republican Presidents; example: "Mister" Bush
    • monkey - insult most famously used against Jewish journalists; example: Chris Wallace
    • moron - slam for people Olbermann dislikes or envies; examples: Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly
    • nitwit - general use attack line on conservatives; example: Michelle Malkin, John Derbyshire
    • nutjob - jibe used to criticize conservatives, especially when using doctored or fake quotes to make a case; example: Rush Limbaugh
    • paranoid - used to compare conservatives to mass murderers; example: Rush Limbaugh
    • pig - all purpose attack line; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • pimp - intellectual journalistic analysis; example: George Bush pimping General Petreaus
    • poop - scatalogical insult; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • psychotic - retort to emailers and Republican Presidents; example: "if you really are that psychotic...", Bush is "psychotic"
    • racist - personal smear for use against conservatives; example: Neal Boortz
    • racist - one who believes immigration laws should be enforced; examples: Lou Dobbs, Mitt Romney
    • reprehensible - conservative; example: Melanie Morgan
    • schmuck - all purpose attack line; example: the mayor of Miami
    • sick - smear for non-liberals; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • Slappy - insulting nickname with racial connotations, derived from name of black comic Slappy White; examples: emailers, Bill O'Reilly
    • sleazy - not in agreement with OlbySpin; example: "Mister" Bush
    • slovenly political hack - see "deranged"
    • slut - from the Olbermann misogynism treasury, useful for attacking attractive females; example: Paris Hilton
    • stick-figure - from the Olbermann misogynism armamentarium, a personal attack on a thin woman; example: Nicole Kidman
    • stupid - another all-purpose slam; examples: John Gibson, "Mister" Bush
    • swine - someone who gets the best of Olbermann; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • tart - from the Olbermann misogynism collection, used to describe female entertainers; example: Britney Spears
    • Ted Baxter - moniker applied (without irony) to people deemed insufficiently deferential; example: Bill O'Reilly
    • toady - conservative; example: Robert Novak
    • toxic - slam for outspoken conservatives; example: Rush Limbaugh
    • unattractive - from the Olbermann misogynism reservoir, used to make a personal attack on a woman's appearance; example: Ann Coulter is "not as attractive" as Michael Moore
    • weird - see "creepy"
    • whore - attack line favored for use against more successful competitors; example: Fox News
    • yutz - Yiddish swear word, used to vilify conservatives; example: Glenn Beck
    • zombie - one who does not watch Countdown; example: Fox News viewers

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    October 27, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 27, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • DESPERATE, DIRTY POLITICS: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly columnist and MSNBC political analyst
    • VICE PRES. CHENEY SUPPORTS WATERBOARDING?: Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor and constitutional law expert

    Tonight, we break from our usual format to focus on one facet of Friday night's Countdown. One gigantic, hulking, overwhelming dose of Olbermann hypocrisy. The Hour of Spin of course is built on the altar of imposture, but this was so shameless and partisan that it demands we focus on it like a laser beam.

    NAME

    There were all the usual Countdown spin segments. Dirty campaign ads were bashed, but the only wrongdoers cited by KO and Olbermann's Brain were those eeevil Republicans. Dana Milbank helped Krazy Keith to focus on "desperate" ads, which coincidentally were also all by eeevil Republicans.

    After Olbermann Watch embarrassed Olbermoronn for not reporting on the California wildfires, he caved to our just criticism and actually ran a network rerun tape about them tonight. Olby and the Perfessor regurgitated all their mutual talking points to each other. KO lied again about the efficacy of waterboarding (which has saved thousands of lives) while The Perfessor yammered his usual. In the Media Matters Minute: a Republican, a Republican, and a Fox News employee (the last to Dennis Miller for criticizing Nancy Pelosi). All slots filled as per Mr Soros's instructions.

    But it was Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann's hyperventilating outrage over the George Allen campaign that served to epitomize the discredited sports guy's sleazy tactics. The circulation of passages from the novels of James Webb provoked exactly the sort of Pavlovian response that every self-respecting blue blog telegraphed the moment the news broke, and Herr Olbermann fell right into line:

    Novels from 30 years ago...written literally decades ago...

    Decades ago? How about the alleged "n-word" remarks by George Allen, reported on night after night? Did you dismiss them as being from "literally decades ago"? No, you brought in Slippery Shuster to devote an entire segment of the program to them. What's more, you had Slippery edit his tape, to snip out the fact that the accuser was a volunteer worker for the Democrats. That's how important you thought statements from "decades ago" were when they were being made by someone with an (R) after his name. So important that you had to doctor a report to make them sound as credible, and damaging, as possible.

    And that's not all Monkeymann had to say about the worldly Webb writings:

    the work of fiction, mind you...works of fiction...

    Yes, mere works of fiction. Not worthy of serious attention by any rational being. Yet again, Edward R Olbermann contradicts his own past practices for purely partisan purposes. What about Mr Bill O'Reilly? In one of his 110-plus attacks on his vastly more successful competitors, Krazy Keith found it convenient and opportune to go after Mr Bill for...his work of fiction! The book ("Those Who Tresspass") was just another excuse for Monkeymann to level personal attacks at his nemesis. After all, it has racy scenes in it! Olby pontificated that it was a "soft-porn novel" and cackled: "a real load in the pants". All this over a work of fiction, mind you.

    But there's more. As noted elsewhere, the infamous deplorable Keith Olbermann didn't exactly shrug off the meaningless, unimportant, irrelevant fiction writings of one Scooter Libby, during the height of Countdown's coverage of The Great Leak Case. Back in those glory days, when Karl Rove's indictment was coming. Any day now.

    Back then (less than a year ago), a "work of fiction" had deeply significant probative qualities. According to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, Libby's fictional novel gave us a:

    look into the mind of the vice president's former chief of staff

    Krazy Keith read at length from the book, lingering over its steamiest scenes, and detailing others at length:

    this is not just a book about bestiality. There's also incest and let's call them wooden prosthetic devices, and sex between women and fox spirits

    This work of fiction was so immaterial, peripheral, and inconsequential that KO dedicated an entire program segment, with interview, to analyze its sauciest chapters, and took the occasion to sermonize:

    Now we have beaten the hell out of Libby for this, and deservedly so. If a Democratic White House official had written this book, his head would be on a pike somewhere.

    Wrong! If a Democrat writes a book like this, "Fat Ass" Olbermann does not tell us how it is a "look into his mind". No, he rushes to disregard it as an off-subject, irrelevant diversion. Far from suggesting the writer's head be figuratively put on a pike somewhere, KO instead demonizes those who raised the issue. But who raised the issue regarding Bill O'Reilly's work of fiction? And who raised the issue of Scooter Libby's fictional writing? None other than Keith Olbermann, The Worst Best Hypocrite in the World.

    OLBY

    Muzzled mongrels: KO's continuing efforts to minimize and downplay any terror dangers affected his coverage of the new threats to gulf oil properties. There wasn't any coverage! Olby has also been pounding on stories about disagreements between Iraq's fledgling government and the US. So what does he do when they issue a joint statement of agreement on the need for a timeline? He ignores it! Just like he did the signing of the build-a-fence bill. No time for any of that; we need to run that montage of "stay the course" clips again! And through it all "Fat Ass" Olbermann still hasn't apologized for his disgusting smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name continues to decline: it's now #385 in sales at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is at #12. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to an humiliating #2,073, while O'Reilly's best-seller rose to #20. Krazy Keith was slightly improved on Thursday night, coming in his usual third place with total viewers, but eeking out a second place finish in his beloved "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]


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    Olbermann Enters Virginia Senate Race

    George Allen's campaign blogger has dragged Keith Olbermann into the Virginia Senate Race.

    Glenn Reynolds has a roundup on the conntroversy over some salacious passages in novels written by Jim Webb in which the Instapundit agrees that if Keith Olbermann thought it was fair to judge Scooter Libby based on his fiction writing then it must be pretty stupid to do the same to Webb.

    You can decide for yourself here.


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    October 26, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 26, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ POLITICS: Thomas Ricks, Washington Post Pentagon reporter and author of "Fiasco"
    • POLITICAL AD UGLINESS: Steve McMahon, Democratic strategist

    KO bellowed through the opening spiel touching on Iraq, "Bush's Brain", and the "racist" Tennessee commercial's "backlash". Olby believes if you say something often enough, it becomes the truth. Orange man falsely stated that the Bush administration "insults anyone" who asks about failing to meet Iraq targets. After rattling off casualty statistics, Krazy Keith claimed Rumsfeld said "any questions" about the Iraq plan were "politically motivated". A long clip (the best part of the show) included Rummy catching a reporter using a false premise in a question, but the purpose was to set up Ricks, author of a "definitive" (per Olby) book on Iraq.

    MADMAN

    Rumsfeld clearly nailed Miklaszewski in that exchange, but as can be expected, Monkeymann immediately started the spinning, saying of Rummy:

    He came as close to losing it as we have seen.

    Miklaszewski tried to worm his way out of a flawed question by claiming it was "too precise" (!). Olby had his own, more convoluted excuse:

    Is Mr Rumsfeld numerically correct about, uh, Iraqi defense forces in service, but realistically incorrect because of how many of those were not useful?

    KO and Ricks went on about benchmarks, unmet goals, Sadr City, and the administration blaming the media (something Olby is happy to do when it suits his purposes). Ricks said it's still a "fiasco" (book plug) and we could be on a slide to a civil war. But wait, The Great and Powerful Olb already declared it to already be a civil war--he did so just two days ago. So which is it? He never cleared that up. He did, however, tease an upcoming segment about "the Harol Ford miscegenation ad". This ought to be interesting: an ad that claims Ford is married to or living with a white woman (that's the meaning of the word). Was KO telling the truth, or was his description just another Olbermann lie?

    In the #4 slot, politics and the elections. A Zogby generic ballot poll was cited, and KO finally caught up with Karl Rove comments from some time ago and ran a clip. Lefty Jonathan Alter showed up to give his impartial, nonpartisan analysis. Olby compared Rove to Stalin (we kid you not), Alter explained (more or less) what Rove was talking about, and said the GOP has a better polling operation than the Dems. Plus Foley has run its course, and the election will be all about Iraq. He got great thansked before Olby again teased the "vile" Harold Ford ad.

    The propaganda came thick and fast in the #3 segment, all about those rotten, nasty, eeevil Republican ads. Keith misdefined miscegination as "a black man dating a white woman", just so he could falsely apply it to the "vile" anti-Harold Ford ad (hereafter the "vile ad"). Then a Corker radio ad that Olby preposterously claimed used "jungle sounding" themes whenever Ford was mentioned. Actually it uses the same ominous, generic backdrop music that ad creators license from production companies every day of the year. Is "Fat Ass" Olbermann losing it? We'd say he's off his meds, but the only meds we know of deal more with Katy's department.

    Instead of the Democrat McMahon (who apparently backed out so he could appear on a program that actually has viewers: Hannity & Colmes), KO brought on as his impartial, nonpartisan analyst the Democrat Lawrence ("Liar! Creepy Liar!") O'Donnell. Of course the discredited sports guy never identifyied him as a Democrat (no truth in packaging on OlbyPlanet). (We have updated The List accordingly.) The deranged one slammed the vile ad...wait, that doesn't make it clear who's talking. We'll try that again: the deranged guest slammed the vile ad and called it a "disaster", while Ford's response was "brilliantly done". Note that the brilliant ad was not an answer to the vile ad at all, but to a totally different ad (not shown) regarding gay marriage. The demented guest claimed that the brilliant ad could never have been made if the vile ad had not been run. Apparently, he was no more aware of the actual sequence of spots in this race than was his Giupetto, Olbermann.

    MADMAN

    #2: Super powers (recycled video from NBC), Madonna, Mariah Carey (the banner read "Carey Fisher"), the "super-thin" Kate Moss, and Heather Mills. #1: Celebrity gossip with the creepy Michael Musto. In the Media Matters Minute, the Ohio Republican Party got a mention (natch!), as did a Republican candidate for Congress (that's two). The "worst person" was "comedian Rush Limbaugh", who said all of Michael J Fox's ads were for Democrats. Olbermoronn sneered that Fox did one for Specter, the thought never entering his mind that Rush was talking about his current ads, not the ones from years ago. He also slammed Limbaugh for saying that Cardin had voted against stem cell research, which Cardin did. But don't expect Herr Olbermann to know anything beyond what Media Matters puts in their headline.

    OLBY

    Quiescent canines: The Dow Jones found the market hitting historic highs for the fourth day in a row. But Monkeymann can't be bothered with reporting any good economic news. Salacious scenes in James Webb's novels have suddenly become an issue in the Virginia race; somehow that never came up on The Hour of Spin. Wild fires raging through California? No time for that; we need more Madonna news! And "Fat Ass" Olbermann still hasn't apologized for his disgusting smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name has fallen to #368 in sales at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is at #14. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to an humiliating #2,139, while O'Reilly's best-seller stands at #38. Wednesday Nielsen ratings were not available at posting time, so we'll make them up. Olby finished third again in both total viewers and his coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo". If the real numbers prove to be otherwise, we will so note.


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    For HuffPo's Russell Shaw, this year's elections are not about the "the economy, stupid", or Iraq or the war on terror. It's all about the "O":

    I have some very real fears about what happens to this nation if the Democrats fail to capture the Senate and the House. Not the most, but not the least of them is that without a clear mandate for change signified by a Democratic takeover of both the House and Senate, heroic and harsh Bush critic Keith Olbermann's gig on MSNBC may have a narrow time horizon concerning the future.

    Meanwhile back on planet Earth, Jeffrey Lord of The American Spectator notes a curious exception in KO's recent "habeus corpus" rant

    October 25, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 25, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • PRES. BUSH NEWS CONFERENCE: Dana Milbank, Washington Post national political reporter
    • MICHAEL J. FOX VS. RUSH LIMBAUGH: Sam Seder, host of Air America's "The Sam Seder Show"
    • LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF ALABAMA IS CAMPAINING ON HER CLEAVAGE": Loretta Nall, Libertarian candidate

    The opening spiel actually featured a new "controversy": how many times did "Mister" Bush use the phrase "stay the course"? Plus "comedian Rush Limbaugh" and Madonna's baby. If this is the best the spinmeisters could come up with, it's no wonder A-Mess-NBC didn't even bother to patch together a new promo for tonight's Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    Olby began with the President's presser, noting that "Mister" Bush commented on troop deaths. At about this point, we noticed a shift in the audio. Yes, Edward R Olbermann was so concerned that he couldn't get through one paragraph without bobbling his words into an incomprehensible mess that he apparently pre-taped the few sentences of this report! Seconds later he was back live again, and in trying to say "we begin tonight"...he bobbled it!

    After clips that included the tonsorially enhanced David Gregory, Olby claimed that the Iraqi was outraged that coalition troops conducted a raid without consulting them. Then it was time for Dana Milbank, shorn of superfluous smocks. Rule #1: paint whatever happened as bad for the President:

    Did President Bush succeed in doing anything other than digging himself and his party into a deeper hole?

    What happened there? Olby forgot to say "Mister"! Be that as it may, Dana giggled and compared Bush to LBJ and said he's "moving the goal posts". Then KO invoked Rule #1 again:

    Did he not just make sure that any place where it was not, Iraq has become the top issue...?

    How did this guy win two Presidential elections when every move he makes is always the wrong one, at least on OlbyPlanet? KO brought up something about a flimsy "straw man" and added:

    Is anyone actually making a claim that we're not at, or involved in, a war?

    Oh, maybe some discredited sports guy who refers to a "so-called war on terror". But nobody listens to him anyhow. Then because the President talked about not letting oil reserves fall into the hands of radicals, Monkeymann reverted to Rule #1, saying this would "play into the hands" of critics. Because if a loss in Iraq lets terrorists get their hands on oil, that means Bush invaded Iraq for oil. Don't try to make sense of it; it's OlbyLogic.

    After great thanksing Dana, Krazy Keith decided to do his count of "stay the course" references, complete with video clips. Oddball preceded tonight's attack on "toxic" Rush Limbaugh, whom Olby claimed was imitating and "mocking" Michael J Fox. (Limbaugh says he was demonstrating what the clip showed for people watching his show on the internet, but since Olbermann can't be bothered to tell both sides of major stories, he sure ain't gonna do it for a more successful radio host whose audience dwarfs Keith's.)

    The #3 story was all about the "grace" of Michael J Fox, showing his ad while carefully avoiding any discussion of the accuracy of the claims, a clip of Limbaugh, and Fox's response. Olby cited a doctor saying that if Fox had gone off his meds it would have made him immobile, and would not cause gesticulations. This would seem to be contrary to the actor's own admission that he stops taking meds for things like Congressional testimony so that the effects of the disease will be fully appreciated. This is something else Monkeymann failed to mention.

    Seder, from the bankrupt Err America, was the guest analyst. Why bother? Is there anyone, even on OlbyPlanet, who could not predict Krazy Keith's Konspiracy theories (some mystery Republican "told" that "boob" Limbaugh to attack Fox), or Seder's rants on everything from Iraq to pages to eeevil conservatives? Just more one-sided propaganda with a guest who served as a human ditto machine for A-Mess-NBC's slovenly political hack. One notable moment: Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann denigrated a baseball player who made an ad opposing the Michael J Fox position, sneering that all the guy has is "blisters". Because on OlbyPlanet, one's right to participate in the national discourse is directly proportional to how bad your illness is? Because getting a disease makes you automatically smarter? Or automatically right? As we say, don't try to make sense of it. It's OlbyLogic.

    #2: Madonna and her baby (recycled video from ITV), Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Shaq, Dick Clark. #1: the well-endowed libertarian gubernatorial candidate. Brock will be most upset; the "worst persons" were all unknown civilians.

    OLBY

    There were too many muted mongrels to mention. Go to the Drudge Report or any news organization homepage and you will find dozens of stories that Countdown ignored in favor of counting phrases and calling names. So we'll stick to the old favorites. The Dow Jones found the market hitting historic highs for the third day in a row. Yet Edward R Olbermann dares not report it. As he is competing with the World Series, with baseball on everyone's mind, isn't it time "Fat Ass" Olbermann apologized for his disgusting smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry?

    NAME

    Amazon has already discounted Olbermann's book the book that bears Olbermann's name by almost 50%, and yet it is cratering at #338 in sales, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is back up to #12. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to an humiliating #1,945, while O'Reilly's best-seller stands at #19. While KO's numbers are still being inflated due to a strong election-season lead-in from Hardball, Tuesday's results nonetheless show Krazy Keith losing audience from Chris Matthews. Among all viewers, he could only manage third place , and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo", he actually fared worse, coming in fourth, behind a rerun of "Deal or No Deal". Perhaps Dan Abrams can recruit Howie Mandel to host Countdown. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]


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    October 24, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 24, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IS AN IRAQ "TIMELINE" THE GOP'S OCTOBER SURPRISE?: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and political columnist and MSNBC political analyst; Marine Sgt. Liam Madden, served in Iraq and wants the U.S. out
    • BALANCE OF POWER: David Shuster, "Hardball" correspondent
    • TOMKAT HAS A WEDDING DATE: Michael Musto, The Village Voice

    Krazy Keith bellowed Tuesday night's opening spiel: more on "stay the course", one of the "serving marines" who wants to leave Iraq, Hastert and the "Republican page sex scandal", "increased Democratic chances for the Senate", and, of course, Cruise News!

    Kicking off The Hour of Spin proper by calling Iraq a "civil war", Olby barked casualty statistics, recounted some administration statements, and then dragged in the shape-shifting pundit himsel. KO asked if all this talk about a timeline is "a change in name only". Hmm. Here's a stumper: will Fineman agree with Olby, or disagree? Let's see: "it's no real change in policy, it's just a change in tone". Monkeymann siezed on that:

    Do they not also to some degree abandon the central election year message from the White House...

    Howie didn't even wait for Mr Humility to finish: he was nodding "yes" as the question was being asked! That's a good Countdown Crony. As we have documented time and again, whatever move the White House makes has to be painted as a bad move, so Olby dutifully suggested that this change in tone leaves Republicans who had been loyal "out to sea". On OlbyPlanet it doesn't matter what George Bush does, because it's heads Dems win, tails GOPs lose. Just to put the finishing touch on it, the "timeline" spoken of by the administration now "misses the forest for the trees", according to The Great and Powerful Olb. As he spoke, Fineman was nodding. Perfect!

    After great thanksing Howie, Monkeymann moved on to the next item on his party's agenda. "Dozens" of active duty servicemen plan to ask Congress to withdraw troops and end the war. Cue Madden, as Olbermann swooned about the "risky" move he is making. Edward R Olbermann used a leading question to prompt Madden to take a shot at Tony Snow. Then--since Madden had said nothing substantive beyond he supports his fellow marines and opposes the war--KO remembered that he had a political agenda to promote. He suggested to Madden that it's the next Congress (i.e., when the Dems take over) that will "get something done", and the soldier rushed to agree.

    But to be fair, Olbermann did state that tomorrow he would bring on one of the majority of active service personnel who support the Iraq action to present the other side of the story.

    Yeah, right. The day that happens is the day water runs uphill. They don't call it The Hour of Spin for nothing.

    The #4 story was the "Republican page sex scandal". You know, like the "Democrat intern sex scandal". What, you don't remember Olbermann ever calling it that? Perhaps it's because he never did. Edward R Olbermann's objective report began with suggesting that Dennis Hastert's explanations are "borderline delusional", but left the details of the Speaker's appearance before the ethics committee to a taped report by Chip Reid. Yes, Olby thanked the tape when it concluded.

    After another tease for a "Democratic surge" in the Senate races and an inspiring, uplifting segment of "oddball", the #3 story took on the contests for the upper house. In a shocking, incredible development, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann actually uttered the phrase:

    Bob Menendez under investigation in New Jersey...

    Note that Olbermann Watch has been browbeating Krazy Keith for weeks on this very subject, and now he has been humiliated into acknowledging the rectitude of our just criticisms. Chalk it up as another victory for truth and justice. But that won't last long. Just seconds later there was another mention of Rick "Man on Dog" Santorum. Perhaps this is why David Kuo--of the infamous Kuo Quotes--who was Olby's hero for three days in a row ain't gonna set foot on OlbyPlanet. He is one of Santorum's strongest supporters.

    MADMAN

    Then KO rattled off poll numbers, and to interpret them, he called on the least reliable, most discredited pseudo-journalist in the Countdown armamentarium: David Shuster. First they tackled DeWine and Santorum (both appear to be in trouble); we thought Rick might be in trouble, but then Slippery Shuster declared that, barring some unexpected development, "Santorum will lose". Hmm. Rove indicted. Hastert out in a week. And now Santorum will lose. They must have been popping the champagne corks at Rick's headquarters when they heard Slippery's report. Conrad Burns makes "stupid" remarks. In Virginia, Shuster hastened to bring up the "n-word" claims about Allen (but did not detail any of the allegations against Webb) and talked about how if "more" comes out that could mean trouble. Neither he nor Olbermoronn mentioned that Allen is leading in every current poll. Corker vs Ford: KO ludicrously claimed an RNC ad "hits on racial fears" and hoped it would "give Ford a boost". Slippery piled on, claiming the comedic spot was trying to tell people Ford was engaged in "interracial" dating! To complete the spin, Olby added:

    We'll see if somebody backlashes, as we suggest, against it, that, may--, perhaps that, uh, we're not giving Tennessee enough credit.

    This was incoherent enough to leave any rational carbon-based unit mystified over its meaning, but our experience with OlbyLogic leads us to conclude the import was supposed to be: vote for Ford or you are a racist.

    The #2 story was about identifying remains at 9/11. More have been found. Those inept, incompetent city planners! If only they had followed Herr Olbermann's advice and built that building years ago, there would have been none of this bother of finding more remains and notifying survivors. The bones could have remained safely buried under tons of Olby-inspired concrete. This news was the excuse to rerun an old KO report on forensics at the 9/11 site. Heather Mills and Paul McCartney followed, then Anna Nicole Smith, Kevin Federline, Brittney Spears. Pride of Place (the #1 story) was Cruise News! with the creepy Michael Musto. Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann lied that his producers were "forcing" him to cover the story, but we know better. Encouraged by Krazy Keith's forced laughter, Musto yammered about shoe lifts, rotten eggs, and Suri. The talk was all TomKat; there was nothing about the rumored-to-be-rocky KOKat.

    MADMAN

    In the Media Matters Minute, Olby went after a gubernatorial candidate in Nevada (R). "Fat Ass" Olbermann knew it wasn't enough to fill the "Republican" slot in this "nonpartisan" segment; he also had to smear someone at Fox. So he launched another attack on Bill O'Reilly. What eeevil thing did Mr Bill do this time? He disagreed with a Harvard professor and said that the Taliban was not likely to take control of Afghanistan. The discredited sports guy has become so desperate that he attacks O'Reilly for opining that the US won't lose the war in Afghanistan. The logic of this indicates that Edward R Olbermann believes that such an opinion is bad, evil, and wrong. Therefore, according to KO, the only good opinion is the one that states America will lose. Why does Keith Olbermann hate US troops? Why does Keith Olbermann hate America?

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: Edward R Olbermann's determination to minimize terrorists threats, no matter where they may be, showed once more tonight. An AP photographer, kidnapped in Gaza, today was set free. And there was not one word of it on The Hour of Spin. The Dow Jones again found the market hitting historic highs today. Why is it that this is news everywhere except on OlbyPlanet? And with the World Series heating up, isn't it about time "Fat Ass" Olbermann did the right thing and apologize for his repellent smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, which he lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry? Or is expecting Krazy Keith to act in even a nominally responsible fashion asking too much?

    Amazon has already discounted Olbermann's book the book that bears Olbermann's name by almost 50%, and yet, despite the attempt to juice sales with another "special" comment, it has sunk to #195, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" strides along at #15. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has submerged to an embarrassing #1,918, while O'Reilly's best-seller has risen to #19. Monday is usually KO's most-viewed night (undoubtedly why the latest "special" comment was scheduled as it was), but the Nielsens found Countdown still mired in third place both among total viewers and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo".


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    MSNBC Steers Clear of New, More Accurate Ratings Data

    Heads up. ICN points us to TV Week which is reporting that after previously calling on Nielsen Media Research to produce data to measures the average viewership during the commercial minutes in individual shows, NBC Universal has now reversed course and says it will pull MSNBC out of the program - for now.

    Readers will recall that TVNewser has denied Olbermann Watch reports that he obsesses about "the demo" to help Keith Olbermann and his pals at MSNBC seem more competitive in the ratings race, claiming that he only focuses on "the demo" because that's what advertisers care about. We will be keeping an eye on this story to see when MSNBC's favorite blogger, Olbyapologist Brian Stelter, switches to reporting the new "commericial minute" ratings, a new formula that promises to be very much of interest to those advertisers.


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    October 23, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 23, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek senior White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst; AB Stoddard, associate editor of The Hill

    As we get closer to the election, we can expect Krazy Keith to become increasingly frenetic. So it is that the opening spiel tonight found Olby bellowing like an auctioneer on speed, hyperventilating about "stay the course", a Newsweek poll on impeachment, and a plug for his "special comment" [1]: how Republican ads "terrify Americans".

    The Hour of Spin proper kicked off with the President "flip-flopping" and another tease for the "special comment" [2]: why Republicans "do the terrorists work for them". But the lead item on the plate was Bad News from Iraq and the President backing off from "stay the course". This was intro for The Wolffe Man, who opined that the Iraq strategy "hasn't worked", and Karl Rove's script "hasn't got much legs".

    MADMAN

    Olby Great Thanksed him and turned to the latest Newsweek poll. He cherry-picked all the bad numbers for the Republicans, left out trends that may actually be moving in the GOP's favor, and made no mention of the fact that the poll surveyed "adults" (not even registered voters, let alone likely ones) or the GOP/Dem breakdown in the sample. Stoddard of The Hill didn't think it would be a Democrat tsunami, so Krazy Keith dutifully brought up the Foley scandal, which "only needs two more weeks of life" to have an effect. And KO is going to do his best to be sure it gets two more weeks of life. Upset that the eevil Rove is "ratcheting up the rhetoric" and spoiling all his election plans, "Fat Ass" Olbermann inquired:

    Is that an issue attacked [sic] against Pelosi or is it a gender-specific attack against Pelosi?

    Yes, you read that right. Keith Olbermann, to whom women are old "bags", or "sluts", or worse, or uglier than Michael Moore, is concerned about gender-specific attacks! It'll take more than that to get him back in good graces among feminists discontented with his misogynistic attacks on the females of the species. He changed the topic to the unelected Senator from New Jersey, Robert Menendez, while cheerfully avoiding all the ethical problems and investigations swirling around the guy.

    After Great Thanksing Stoddard, there was another plug for the "special" comment [3] (special in the same sense as one speaks of "special" education). Then, as a change of pace, he teased the upcoming special comment [4]. Finally we got to the #4 story, which could be entitled Barrack and Awe. Trying to make the news all about himself, Olby preposterously claimed that Obama actually let the cat out of the bag re his Presidential ambitions Friday night on The Hour of Spin. In fact, Obama made vague generalizations without breaking any news, and Edward R Olbermann let it pass. Tim Russert, on the other hand, nailed him down with a specific question ("But it's fair to say you're thinking about running for president in 2008?"). Russert knows how to conduct an interview and Krazy Keith doesn't, but Olby's ready to take credit anyhow ("Me and Russ") for news he didn't break. Rerun reportage from NBC fleshed out the story.

    Olby plugged his special comment [5] before a transfixingly brilliant chapter of "oddball". Next the #3 story: dirty politics. Hillary's opponent called her ugly. Allegedly. Wait, is that worst than being called a "slut"? Or a "c-nt"? Never mind. Then a round-up of nasty campaign ads, all, by amazing coincidence, run by the Republicans. Because Dems never run nasty ads. More talk of "raising fears". Ooh! Ooh! Is it time for the "special comment"? Um, no. This was merely an elongated plug for the s.c. [6], followed by another one of conventional length [7].

    MADMAN

    #2 was a piece on the World Series, plus the Chicago marathon, Madonna, and a tease of the special comment [8]. In the Media Matters Minute, the State Department was targeted, as was Sean Hannity. "Comedian" Rush Limbaugh was "worst" for his mild rebuke of Michael J Fox, inflated by Monkeymann into a crime against humanity. Krazy Keith found a new name for radio's #1 talk host: "Limp-Baugh". He said it twice. Well, he tried to say it twice, but bobbled one attempt so badly it was incomprehensible. Does anyone else marvel at Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann, who probably buys his Cialis by the gross, casting aspersions at someone else's "capabilities"? Yikes, hasn't he ever heard of Karma?

    OLBY

    Olby must be concerned that somebody out there might just make an effort to position themselves to his left, as daunting a task as that might be. What with CNN running a terrorist-produced snuff film, and launching a series of pre-election specials, the subtly-titled "Broken Government", KO is not about to let anyone make advances on his target audience. So that meant another "special comment"--you know, the "special comments" that Olby said you shouldn't do too often, because it becomes "insincere", because then you become "a caricature". Tonight's installment, his third polemic in less than a week, was fully up to the level (of hyperbole, hysteria, and hypocrisy) set in his previous installments. He revisited his phony claim that the football stadium threat involved New York, and launched into another beserk attack on the GOP and "Mister" Bush. It even had the now-obligatory Dramatic Pivot to Camera Three, timed and executed exactly as indicated in the script provided by his writers. [See APPENDIX below]

    With Olbermann, one can always expect a generous helping of hypocrisy, and he went to that deep well again tonight. The thrust of this latest tract was that the eeevil Republicans are campaigning using "fear" and "scare tactics". How so? They have the temerity to make an argument that Democrat policies might make us less safe, and more vulnerable to a terrorist attack. But how is it that the GOP is attacked in a "special comment" for making the identical arguments that Dems have been throwing around for months? The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee created a hard-hitting ad--using the image of UBL, no less--to claim that Republican policies are making the US less safe. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was so unconcerned that he never even mentioned it, even though it attracted significant press coverage. The Democratic party says America is less safe because of Bush. A-Mess-NBC's own resident radical, Ron Reagan, declaims that the GOP has made us "less safe". As does Olby hero Richard Clarke. And Harry Reid. And Countdown guest Jamie Gorelick. And John Kerry. And the Democratic National Committee. The Democrats declare that the US is now "vulnerable", thanks to the GOP. Howard Dean says the same thing. And Sen Ted Kennedy takes it a step further: the Republicans have left us vulnerable to nuclear attack. Mushroom clouds--the ultimate scare tactic! Just like the mushroom clouds KO brought up in his "special comment". Yet Monkeymann couldn't care less. Because on OlbyPlanet, scare tactics raised by Democrats don't even get a raised eyebrow, while Republicans are pummelled nightly by the discredited sports guy. Tonight's harangue proved again what a hypocrite Olbermoronn is. Which is a nice way of saying that this tendentious partisan pamphleteer is truly nothing more than a slovenly political hack.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: What does Edward R Olbermann do when news doesn't fit with his spin-o'-the-day? Tonight it was all about minimizing the terror threat, to make Republicans look bad for emphasizing it. So when Talibanistas go on the record promising attacks against civilians in Europe, Krazy Keith is silent. The Dow Jones again found the market hitting historic highs today, and gas prices continue to decline. Both of these were news when the trajectories were opposite, and both were summarily ignored tonight. Olby's great interest in alleged decades-old statements by George Allen (R) is to be expected, since it is a key talking point of the blue blogs. But KO's inquisitive nature quickly dissipates when a different senator (D) is found to have been conspiring with Communists at the height of the Cold War. It's pointless, of course, to expect Krazy Keith to admit when one of his exclusive "scoops" turns out to have been nothing of the sort, so it's no surprise thatOlbermoronn refused to correct or retract his repellent smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Amazon has already discounted Olbermann's book the book that bears Olbermann's name by almost 50%, yet it's only ranked #188 in sales, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #23. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to an embarrassing #1,920, while O'Reilly's best-seller is #24. With the "special comments" coming thick and fast, Herr Olbermann is desperate to get a number; Friday's returns show him in third place among total viewers, while (on a low-viewership night) eeking out second in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 7 [HIGH]

    APPENDIX: Keith Olbermoronn's Latest Special Komment:

    Tonight, a special comment on the advertising of terrorism - the commercial you have already seen.

    It is a distillation of everything this administration and the party in power have tried to do these last five years and six weeks.

    It is from the Republican National Committee;

    It shows images of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri;

    It offers quotes from them--all as a clock ticks ominously in the background.

    It concludes with what Zawahiri may or may not have said to a Pakistani journalist as long ago as 2001: His dubious claim that he had purchased "suitcase bombs."

    The quotation is followed (by sheer coincidence no doubt) by an image of a massive explosion.

    "These are the stakes," appears on the screen, quoting exactly from Lyndon Johnson's infamous nuclear scare commercial from 1964.

    "Vote--November 7th."

    There is a cheap "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" quality to the whole thing, and it also serves to immediately call to mind the occasions when President Bush dismissed Osama bin Laden as somebody he didn't think about--except, obviously, when elections were near.

    Frankly, a lot of people seeing that commercial for the first time, have laughed out loud.

    But--not everyone.

    And therein lies the true threat to this country.

    The dictionary definition of the word "terrorize" is simple and not open to misinterpretation:

    "To fill or overpower with terror; terrify. To coerce by intimidation or fear."

    Note please, that the words "violence" and "death" are missing from that definition.

    The key to terror, the key to terrorism, is not the act--but the fear of the act.

    That is why bin Laden and his deputies and his imitators are forever putting together videotaped statements and releasing virtual infomercials with dire threats and heart-stopping warnings.

    But why is the Republican Party imitating them?

    Bin Laden puts out what amounts to a commercial of fear; The Republicans put out what is unmistakable as a commercial of fear.

    The Republicans are paying to have the messages of bin Laden and the others broadcast into your home.

    Only the Republicans have a bigger bank roll.

    When, last week, the CNN network ran video of an insurgent in Iraq, evidently stalking and killing an American soldier, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mr. Hunter, Republican of California, branded that channel, quote, "the publicist for an enemy propaganda film" and that CNN used it "to sell commercials."

    Another California Republican, Rep. Brian Bilbray, called the video "nothing short of a terrorist snuff film."

    If so, Mr. Bilbray, then what in the hell is your Party's new advertisement?

    And Mr. Hunter, CNN using the video to "sell commercials"?

    Commercials!

    You have adopted bin Laden and Zawahiri as spokesmen for the Republican National Committee!

    "To fill or overpower with terror; terrify. To coerce by intimidation or fear."

    By this definition, the people who put these videos together--first the terrorists and then the administration--whose shared goal is to scare you into panicking instead of thinking--they are the ones terrorizing you.

    By this definition, the leading terrorist group in this world right now is al Qaida.

    But the leading terrorist group in this country right now is the Republican Party.

    Eleven Presidents ago, a chief executive reassured us that "we have nothing to fear but fear itself."

    His distant successor has wasted his administration insisting that there is nothing we can have but fear itself.

    The vice president, as recently as this month, was caught campaigning with the phrase "mass death in the United States."

    Four years ago it was the now-Secretary of State, Dr. Rice, rationalizing Iraq with "we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud."

    Days later Mr. Bush himself told an audience that "we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun, that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud."

    And now we have this cheesy commercial--complete with images of a faked mushroom cloud, and implications of "mass death in America."

    This administration has derived benefit and power from terrorizing the very people it claims to be protecting from terror.

    It may be the oldest trick in the political book: scare people into believing they are in danger and that only you can save them.

    Lyndon Johnson used it to bury Barry Goldwater.

    Joe McCarthy leaped from obscurity on its back.

    And now the legacy has come to President George Bush.

    Of course, the gruel of fear is getting thinner and thinner, is it not, Mr. President?

    And thus more and more of it needs to be made out of less and less actual terror.

    After last week's embarrassing Internet hoax about ‘dirty bombs' at football stadiums, the one your Department of Homeland Security immediately disseminated to the public, a self-described "former CIA operative" named Wayne Simmons, cited the fiasco as "the, and I mean the, perfect example of the President's Military Commissions Act of 2006 and the NSA terrorist eavesdropping program - how vital they are."

    Frank Gaffney, once a respected assistant secretary of defense and now the president of something called the Center for Security Policy, added, "one of the things that I hope Americans take away from this, is not only that they're gunning for us not just in a place like Iraq--but truly, worldwide."

    Of course, the "they" to which Mr. Gaffney referred, turned out to be a lone 20-year-old grocery bagger from Wisconsin named Jake--a kid, trying to one-up some other loser in an Internet game of chicken.

    His "threat," referenced seven football stadiums at which dirty bombs were to be exploded yesterday. It began with the one in New York City - even though there isn't one in New York City. And though the attacks were supposed to be simultaneous, four of the games were scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and the others at 4 p.m. ET.

    More over, the kid said he'd posted the identical message on 40 websites since September.

    We caught him in "merely" about six weeks, even though the only way he could have been less subtle, less stealthy, and less of a threat was if he'd bought an advertisement on the Super Bowl broadcast.

    Mr. Bush, this is the--what? – 100th plot your people have revealed, that turned out to be some nonsensical misunderstanding, or the fabrications of somebody hoping to talk his way off a water board in Eastern Europe?

    If, Mr. President, this is the kind of crack work that your new ad implies that only you and not the Democrats can do, you, sir, need to pull over and ask for directions.

    The real question of course, Mr. Bush, is why did your Department of Homeland Security even release this information in the first place?

    It was never a serious threat. Even the first news accounts quoted a Homeland spokesman as admitting "strong skepticism"--the kind of strong skepticism which most government agencies address before telling the public, not afterwards.

    So that leaves two options, Mr. President.

    The first option: you and your department of Homeland Security don't have the slightest idea what you're doing. Thus, contrary to your flip-flopping between saying "we're safe" and saying "but we're not safe enough," and contrary to the vice president's swaggering pronouncements about the lack of another attack since 9/11, the last five years has been just an accident.

    Or there's the second option: your political operatives leaked this nonsense for the same reason your political operatives put out that commercial--to scare the gullible.

    Obviously the correct answer, Mr. Bush, is all of the above.

    There are some of us who could forgive you for trying to run your candidates on the coattails of the Grim Reaper, for reducing your party's existence to "Death and Attacks Us."

    It's cynical and barbaric.

    But, after all, it may be merely the natural extension of the gutter politics to which you have subscribed since you sidled over from baseball, and the business world of other people's money.

    But to forgive you for terrorizing us, we would have to believe you somehow competent in keeping others from doing so.

    Yet, last week, construction workers repairing a subway line in New York City, were cleaning out an abandoned manhole on the edge of the World Trade Center site, when they stumbled on to the impossible: human remains from 9/11.

    Bones and fragments.

    Eighty of them.

    Some as much as a foot long.

    The victims had been lying, literally in the gutter, for five years and five weeks.

    The families and friends of each of the 2,749 dead--who had been grimly told in May of 2002 that there were no more remains to be found--were struck anew as if the terrorism of that day had just happened again.

    And over the weekend they've found still more remains.

    And now this week will be spent looking in places that should have already been looked at a thousand times five years ago.

    For all the victims in New York, Mr. Bush--the living and the dead--it's a touch of 9/11 all over again.

    And the mayor of this city, who called off the search four-and-a-half years ago is a Republican.

    The governor of this state with whom he conferred is a Republican.

    The House of Representatives, Republican.

    The Senate, Republican.

    The President, Republican.

    And yet you can actually claim that you and you alone can protect us from terrorism?

    You can't even recover our dead from the battlefield--the battlefield in an American city--when we've given you five years and unlimited funds to do so!

    While signing a Military Commissions Act so monstrous that it has been criticized by even the John Birch Society, you told us, Mr. Bush, "there is nothing we can do to bring back the men and women lost on September 11th, 2001. Yet we'll always honor their memory, and we will never forget the way they were taken from us."

    Except, of course, for the ones who've been lying under a manhole cover for five years.

    Setting aside the fact that your government has done nothing else for those five years but pat yourselves on the back about terror, while waging pointless war on the wrong enemy in Iraq, and waging war on the cherished freedoms in America;

    Just on this subject of counter-terrorism, sir, yours is the least competent government, in time of crisis, in this country's history!

    "These are the stakes," indeed, Mr. President.

    You do not know what you are doing.

    And the commercial--the one about which Zawahiri might say "hey, pretty good--we love your choice of font style"?

    All that need further be said is to add three words to Shakespeare.

    Mr. President, you, and that advertisement of terror, are full of sound and fury--signifying (and competent at) nothing.

    Olberverse Reax

    OlbyLoons

    Blue Herald: "Here you go"

    The World According to Kodos: just a link

    Crooks and Liars: "arguably his most powerful Special Comment yet"

    Daily Kos: "As usual, he hits it out of the park"

    AlterNet: just a link


    Clear-Thinkers

    Newsbusters: Olbermann Unglued

    Media Blog at NRO: "According to the dictionary, sophistry means 'A subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning.' For instance, using the definition of the word "terrorize" to imply that your opponent is guilty of "terrorism," as Keith Olbermann did last night in his latest deranged "Special Comment'"


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    Sun Sentinel: Olbermann "lazy and flaccid"

    ...his arguments that is, at least according to A.G. Gancarski who reviews Keith's "book".

    Elsehwere, Accuracy in Media thinks Keith has gone Over the Edge



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    October 22, 2006
    Feminist bloggers rally to dump KO over Paris Hilton "slut" segment

    First left-wing media blogs like DC Fish Bowl and HuffPo's Eat the Press turned on Keith and now the left-wing feminist blogs are doing the same.

    BlogHer: "Hits and Misses of Keith Olbermann"
    Feministing: "Cause calling girls sluts is always funny"
    Feministe: "Note to Lauren: 'I know you love your boy Keith as much as I love me some Anderson, but I think it's time to let him go'"


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    October 20, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 20, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • ONE-ON-ONE WITH SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Sen. Barack Obama, (D-Ill.)
    • GOP FIGHTING AND THE FEAR STRATEGY: Chris Cillizza, washingtonpost.com political reporter
    • WORLD SERIES PREVIEW: Christina Myers, auctioned herself off on eBay as a companion to anyone with World Series playoff tickets and got a taker

    Olby's opening spiel lacked that frenzied spark that it has on his best carnival-barker nights. Maybe it was Casual Friday at The Hour of Spin. We got Republicans losing, the great Obama, the GOP's "fear card", and the usual tabloidism. All of a sudden quotes from the American Conservative Union are news (because they are fearing a Republican loss). KO did his best to make it look like the entire GOP was furious, fighting, and fractured.

    MADMAN

    This was the peg on which to hang Olbermoronn's latest regurgitation of a familiar theme: eeevil Republicans playing "the fear card". It appears they dared to create an ad showing the image of UBL and suggesting that Democrats are not as aggressive in waging the war on terror and keeping Americans safe. A good excuse for KO to run (twice) an old clip of Bush on why he's not as concerned about UBL as he is about other players in the war. Krazy Keith dragged in Cillizza again, and exposed his hand with one of his trademark leading questions:

    The GOP...now aiming straight for our most base instinct: fear. What's the Democrats' best response here, ignore it and let people laugh, make their own version of it...

    Stop the tivo! Make their own version of it? How about an ad that uses UBL to accuse Bush of making America vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and concluding with the tag line, "Feel safer?". Isn't that the Democrats aiming straight for our most base instinct, fear? That's exactly what they did, months ago. And of course, at that time the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann led Countdown with the story, and slammed the eeevil Democrats for playing the fear card, right? Err, not exactly. He didn't even mention it.

    All of this is going to impel "Fat Ass" Olbermann to another "special comment" on Monday: GOP "terrorism". What is the over/under on how many times we will hear about "Mister" Bush? And what are the chances that any Democrat "scare tactics"--like the aforementioned ad--will get even a passing mention? Two chances: slim and none. And Slim just left town.

    But we digress. Cillizza said this was an effort to motivate the base, and out of the blue Monkeymann cited a comment from Dick Armey. Huh? When did he suddenly become a notable quotable on OlbyPlanet? The minute he opined that the GOP was in trouble. Oh, right.

    At this point, it was necessary to put boots on, because when Keith started to drool over Barack Obama, it really got deep. He will "replace fear with, of all things, hope". Gag. But here is where Edward R Olbermann showed his journalistic muscles, honing in with the incisive, penetrating interview skills for which he is known all over OlbyPlanet. His probing inquiries:

    • How does your party overcome the politics of fear?
    • Is there some, uh, some responsive punch required to just, to, to stop that Republican divide and conquer strategy?
    • Has the power of the President been kept in check, because it would seem to many, over the past six years, Congress has failed to do that job...
    • Does that level of hype that you're receiving now, the sheer height of the expectations, is it disturbing or scaring to you at all...?
    • Given the legacy...from the Bush administration, the legacy that, that that person inherits, why in the world would you or anyone want that job?
    • Do you have a criteria [sic], or a set of criteria, or a process in place for your own thinking on this, your own decision making, regarding 2008?

    Who says Keith Olbermann can't conduct a hard-hitting interview? After all, he didn't ask the "favorite color" question--that proves what a journalistic giant Keith is! For his part, Obama talked about terrorists "growing in numbers", lax Homeland Security, nuke developments, etc. Amazingly, Edward R never once asked him why he is using "scare tactics" and appealing to the base instinct of fear.

    After another Pulitzer-level edition of "oddball", we got a World Series preview and Christina Meyers, who found a guy to take her to one of the games. He contacted her via ebay, i.e. over the internet, and we can be sure that Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann had a deep understanding of how all that works.

    MADMAN

    #2: Vince Vaughan (recycled NBC video), Wesley Snipes, Keith Urban, and Nicole Kidman. #1: Wacky internet video. In the Media Matters Minute, Monkeymann attacked a Senator (R) for being a liar, and Rush Limbaugh (conservative) for saying the increased violence in Iraq shows the terrorists may be taking into view the November elections. Funny, when Thomas Friedman said something along the same lines in the New York Times, the discredited sports guy didn't make him a worst person nominee. And a former CIA agent on Fox News was "worst". Say, isn't it odd how often all three slots (Republican, conservative, Fox News) get filled, in this "nonpartisan" segment? Needless to say, the free publicity video of Herr Olbermann's latest attack will appear on the Soros-funded site by the close of the next business day.

    OLBY

    Of course we had the usual muted mongrels. Today it was revealed that a Democrat staffer on Capitol Hill has been suspended from any contact with classified information. The reason: he is suspected of having a hand in the unauthorized leak of said information to the media. Olby was obviously reluctant to report anything that might reflect poorly on his party, but perhaps another fact played a role. The suspect has already lawyered up, and whom did he hire to represent him? None other than The Perfessor himself: Jonathan Turley! For the second day KO has said nothing about the ruinous budget cuts looming for A-Mess-NBC. And even though Albert Pujols was mentioned during his World Series segment, slovenly hack Olbermoronn refused to correct or retract his repellent smear of Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is one step away from the $1 bins. Amazon has already discounted it by almost 50%, but it's only ranked #163 in sales, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #12. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to a humiliating #1,587, while you-know-who is #8. And O'Reilly's book is still #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers. Despite Herr Olbermann's frenetic eagerness to get a Nielsen number, Thursday's results showed little progress. He still only managed third place, both in total viewers and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo". No wonder another of those infrequent, rarely seen, few and far between, sporadic "special comments" is being readied for Monday.


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    OlbyWatch in the News: National Review

    "It's always better to know where the crazy guy lives - that way, you can avoid his house."

    Or so writes Steve Spruiell in his profile of Keith Olbermann (Oh, Olby! / Keith Olbermann goes bananas on MSNBC) in latest issue of National Review($), just out today. Spruiell has a teaser with an excerpt on his Media Blog on National Review Online.

    Olbermann Watch gets some nice ink along with J$ and yours truly. Clear-thinking readers will be sure to recognize some of our favorite memes over the years: KO's blackboxers after the '04 election, Keith's constant hectoring of the Bush administration, David Shuster's "predictions", Olbermann calling the president "Mr. Bush" instead of "President Bush", our fisking of KO's special comments and a recent OlbyWatch fave - KO handing a check to Bubba on camera saying "Here's eight more schools in Kenya...from me."

    Here is the pull quote for Olbermann Watch readers:

    The 2004 presidential election marked the turning point between Olbermann's early ambitions to do a hard-news show and his more recent efforts to resemble, as much as possible, a left-wing blog. And the conservative bloggers have responded. Olbermann's obsession with the election-fraud conspiracy theories circulating on the Internet prompted Robert Cox to create OlbermannWatch.com in order to document Olbermann's "careless reporting, reckless reliance on unreliable sources, and monomaniacal obsessions over lunatic fringe jihads." OlbermannWatch.com contributor Mark Koldys fact-checks Countdown each night, and tallies the references to "Mr. Bush" on his "MisterMeter."

    If you don't subscribe, you can pay for their website or pick up a copy of National Review at your local newstand. I am running out now to get my copy!


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    Another Olby Bomb

    On Thursday night's Countdown, Krazy Keith delivered a snarky attack on the Homeland Security Department regarding the hoax stadium bomb threat. At the same time, he adopted a supercilious, know-it-all approach, claiming he was on to the hoax from the start. It will surprise no one that this construct has proven to be another Olbermann lie.

    From the transcript, note how Keith attempts to skewer Homeland Security on the one hand, while promoting his own omniscience on the other:

    Nearly all media reported something about it today or yesterday. We did not, for reasons that will become obvious in a moment and should have been obvious the moment the story broke. Even with the caveat that authorities were giving it very little credibility as an actual threat, you put in on TV or the newspapers and people start worrying, needlessly....

    Of course that should have been obvious to anybody at the bureau or Homeland who knew a thing about football or geography or time. The seven supposedly threatened cities were the football stadiums "in New York, Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Cleveland, and Oakland."

    Except there isn't a football stadium in New York. There hasn't been a pro football game played in New York City since 1983. The nearest stadium is in New Jersey. The two teams are called the New York Jets and the New York Giants, but they play there in Giant's Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey about 10 mile from Time Square.

    Anybody plugged in enough to get radiological bomb or know of a plot about dirty bombs would have been plugged in enough to know that, too. That or they would have been driving around Manhattan all day Sunday asking, "Uh, where's the football stadium?"

    One might fairly wonder, if KO spotted this threat as a phony, why did he say nothing at the time? How is it that something so "obvious" to him on Wednesday was only reported by him on Thursday, after the official determination was made that it was a hoax?

    More damning to Herr Olbermann's attempts at self-aggrandizement is the fact that his entire argument is based on a false premise: the threat targeted "a foootball stadium in New York". Where he got this from is unclear, but published reports from real news sources tell a different story. The Associated Press and MSNBC itself stated:

    One of the stadiums allegedly targeted was Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

    CBS News reported:

    ...threats on a Web site about radiological dirty bomb attacks on Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and a handful of other NFL football stadiums this weekend.

    And NBC noted another salient fact that exposes Monkeymann's latest fabrication:

    The investigation was done out of New Jersey because one of the stadiums allegedly targeted was Giants Stadium in East Rutherford.

    Get that, Keith? The threat was not to a nonexistent stadium in New York. It was to Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Perhaps this "should have been obvious" to you because the Feds headquartered the investigation in New Jersey!

    So where did Edward R Olbermoronn get the idea that the threat was to an imaginary stadium in New York? He made it up! All the better to take a cheap shot at the DHS, and puff up his own ego to a size exceeding that of the average barrage balloon.

    And there are people that will believe him anyway.


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    October 19, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 19, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY: Dana Milbank, Washington Post national political reporter and MSNBC analyst

    The opening spiel began with Monkeymann bellowing about "Mister Macaca" and a Bush "faux pas" (saying: "victory in Iraq is not an option"). Olby sneered: "Victory is not an option?" Then FoleyGate, the football terror hoax (that KO didn't even cover the night it broke), and weird science. Keith kicked things off by noting that "Mister" Bush had to be "desperate" to campaign for "an admitted adulterer". Trivia question: how many times has the discredited sports guy ever made this point about those who supported Bill Jefferson Clinton? Or Ted Kennedy?

    Regarding George Allen, Olby claimed:

    Allen now neck and neck with challenger Jim Webb...

    MADMAN

    Yes, it's another Olbermann lie. Then we got to the Bush "faux pas", and guess what? This is yet another Olbermann fabrication, because what he said in its entirety is not a "faux pas" at all:

    There's only one position in the Democrat party that everybody seems to agree on. If you want to be a Democrat these days you can be for almost anything, but victory in Iraq is not an option.

    Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann focused on the Congressman who had been cheating on his wife before turning things over to Dana Milbank, minus multicolored mufti. Herr Olbermann brought up the Bush quote again and--with a straight face--asked Dana:

    Is that as big a gaffe as it sounds?

    Um, no, because It Isn't A Gaffe At All. Olby's desperation didn't convince Milbank, who immediately replied:

    Well, it's not a gaffe...

    Thank you. Not everybody on OlbyPlanet is as mentally diseased as Krazy Keith. Of course, Milly went on to add that "nobody's buying it any more". Immediately KO went back to Bush stumping for "an admitted adulterer". Gee, and A-Mess-NBC runs ads for a serial exploiter of women who dumps them with testy phone messages, shacks up with girls young enough to be his daughter, and tells a viewer to do anatomically repellent things to his mother, when he's not telling people to go kill themselves. But this has nothing to do with Keith Olbermann. Or does it?

    After further chit-chat about how the Dems will take control of at least the House, "Fat Ass" Olbermann great thansked Dana and reported on a tactic being used to "defraud" voters in an obscure California race. Was the offending candidate a (D) or an (R)? That's the least mysterious question since "what time does the six o'clock news begin?". A local reporter was interviewed to further hype the story, with Olby probing for any way this could possibly affect other, less one-sided, races. "An extraordinary event", claimed Reverend Olbermann.

    The #4 story was FoleyGate again. "What did Hastert know..." etc etc. Former clerk Jeff Trandahl testified, and we got to hear all about Foley's teenage contact with a priest. Keith even played an audio interview with the reverend in question. What is the news significance of this? Well, there isn't any, but it's a twofer: keep Foley's scandalous behavior before the public eye, and take a shot at the Catholic church. A writer for "The Hill" insisted that these salacious, decades-old details are "so interesting". KO relished in playing the priest's tape, but delicately skipped over the fact that Trandahl, Fordham, and several others in this seamy mess are homosexual.

    After another Emmy-worthy installment of "oddball", "Fat Ass" Olbermann went after the Homeland Security department, because a football threat that turned out to be a hoax included a stadium in New York. (New York teams actually play in New Jersey.) Edward R Olbermann preposterously claimed he was on to this from the start, which is why he didn't report the story on Wednesday. Oh yeah? Then why didn't you say so on Wednesday? He went on to make an incomprehensible and illogical point about how the attacks couldn't possibly be "simultaneous". (Why couldn't they? You attack EST zone stadiums at the end of the game, and PST zone stadiums at the beginning.) A recycled NBC tape covered the details of the non-threat.

    Based on nothing at all but his own Krazy Keith Kool-Aid, Olby added:

    Of course, the propaganda worked regardless; the term "dirty bomb" got back into the consciousness just 19 days before the elections.

    Yes, the kid who wrote up this threat is a secret tool of the eeevil Karl Rove. He probably watches Fox. Maybe he has an O'Reilly bumper sticker on his car. What's more, he may very well vote for someone who cheated on his wife. Hmm. We smell another "special comment" in the making.

    MADMAN

    #2: A correction (Loretta, not Linda Sanchez--now if only Olby could get around to correcting some of the lies we have documented, not to mention the habeas corpus fictions); Stingray attacks (more rerun video from the impoverished network mothership); O.J.; Anna Nicole Smith; Borat. #1: Scifi science with Derrick Pitts. In the Media Matters Minute, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann attacked America's PAC ("race-baiting tv commercials for Republicans), and to fill the Fox News slot: none other than Bill O'Reilly. His crime this time was criticizing bloggers.

    OLBY

    Canines who remained quiescent: It boggles the mind that the Dow Jones average could hit new record highs day after day without Edward R Olbermann giving the story even a passing reference. Today it closed over 12,0000 for the first time in history. Olby was silent. Another business story KO was careful to avoid: the drastic budget cuts looming for A-Mess-NBC. In the NoKo Nuke situation, China sent a high-level envoy to the North Koreans, but Edward R Olbermann continues to ignore the story. And disgracefully, Krazy Keith has allowed to stand his baseless smear of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name actually declined in sales in the wake of the latest special comment: it's #170 on amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" has risen to #10. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome ranks an embarrassing #1,488, while his nemesis is #17. And O'Reilly's book is still #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers. Wednesday's ratings must have sent Keith straight to the bathtub. Despite the round-the-clock promotion and frantic emails to the blue blogs, Herr Olbermann's audience was smaller than it was the day before! He still only managed third place in overall viewers, and just barely escaped a fifth place loss to "Deal or No Deal" in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]


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    Levin on Olbermann - Part Deux

    Constitutional attorney Mark Levin was asked tonight about Krazy Keith's lunatic rant on habeas corpus. We have an mp3 clip for your listening pleasure.


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    NBC News Falls Under Budget Axe

    In a statement released this morning, NBC Universal announced they will slash budgets by hundreds of millions of dollars and fire up to five percent of its work force. NBC executives spoke with The Wall Street Journal ($):

    Most of the initial layoffs will come in the company's 11 news divisions, and they will include on-air talent. Operations for the cable-news channel MSNBC in Secaucus, N.J., will be shuttered and moved to Rockefeller Center in Manhattan and another facility in New Jersey (emphasis added).

    Ominously, the Journal reports "GE Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt has informally talked with potential outside candidates in case [Jeff] Zucker [chief executive of NBC Universal's television group] doesn't revive NBC suggesting that no one should feel safe.

    And what does all this mean for Keith Olbermann?

    Who knows? That the long-rumored, previously denied, closing of Secaucus is now official suggests that the OTHER rumor may well be true as well - that Keith will join Chris Matthews in the latter's return to CNBC (longtime Hardball viewers will recall Hardball launched on CNBC). Don't be surprised if, to lower costs, MSNBC offers a combination of a low-cost, daytime news outlet mixed with nightly "doc blocks" in lieu of "cable talk" television.

    Long-term, this looks a lot like the first step towards dumping all of the higher-priced talent on MSNBC and end of efforts to compete with Fox News and CNN. With Keith's contract up next March, it's no wonder (a) Keith is now a regular on ESPN radio; (b) the lefties are pre-emptively putting out a conspiracy theory that Keith's "special comments" have angered the "fascist" GE brass who are now looking for an excuse to fire him. Everyone seems to be getting their ducks in a row for Kanning KO.

    UPDATE: Howard Mortman has his own thoughts on all this.


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    OlbyWatch Survey: What Does "NBCU 2.0" Mean for Keith?

    New question: What Does "NBCU 2.0" Mean for Keith?

    A. Great news
    B. Countdown to cancellation
    C. New "anchor desk": a phone booth
    D. No impact

    Previous Question: Is Keith Olbermann a misogynist?

    The answer is "Yes".

    4,083 answers have been submitted.

    A. Yes 57% (2329 votes)
    B. No 42% (1721 votes)
    C. Not sure 0% (33 votes)


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    October 18, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 18, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • GOP IN CRISIS: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly columnist and MSNBC political analyst; Joe Trippi, Democratic strategist
    • IRAQ'S POLITICAL FREEFALL IN THE U.S.: Thomas Ricks, Washington Post military reporter

    It's a big night. Herr Olbermann bellowed his way through the opening spiel: "Desperate HouseRepublicans", Hastert "on the ropes", Iraq "a helluva mess", "Mister" Bush in the polls, and the "highly improved" Bill Jefferson Clinton. And naturally, a plug for tonight's isnt-that-special comment [1]:

    The loss of habeas corpus

    KO wasted no time in getting the spin cycle on high:

    A politician like Dennis Hastert will say anything.

    Well, at least he won't lie about habeas corpus. But more on that later.

    Krazy Keith cited a new poll because it showed Bush below 40% (we noted previously how he hasn't cited polls that show him above 40%). Rove is confident. Barbara Bush says it's "a terrible year". The Hill says the GOP will focus on taxes and national security weakness and appeasement. Secret RNC reports show no dropoff. Say, isn't it time for Olbermann's Brain?

    Sure enough, Craig Crawford chortled his way into the seat of honor. Republicans are "panicking". The White House is "in denial". "This is [sic] bad numbers." At Olby's suggestion, Brain was happy to opine that the GOP fears Dem subpoenas more than Dems coddling terrorists, but added that "Speaker Pelosi" has ruled out impeachment hearings. Herr Olbermann asked of Hastert:

    Is there no sewer this man will not crawl through just to save his job right now?

    Craig chuckled that he wouldn't "put either party past" much in these political times, so Olby tried another tack, trying to give the impression that most people actually favor higher taxes:

    Has this equation, tax burden vs standard of living, somehow shifted into the favor of Democrats.

    Brain demurred again from Krazy Keith's spin, diverting the topic to turnout and special interest voters. Crawford, possibly because he didn't parrot every last syllable of OlbySpin, only got thanksed (no "great") as the discredited sports guy swung the topic to B.J. Clinton. KO all but had an Olbgasm introducing a lengthy clip of B.J.'s platitudes, and then introduced Trippi:

    ...known best, perhaps, for the successes he shared as campaign manager for Howard Dean in 2004.

    Successes? Oh yeah, we all remember Democrat Presidential nominee Howard Dean. And President Dean too. Herr Olbermann started slobbering again about B.J.'s comments (never once referring to him as "Mister" Clinton) re "discussion about actual ideas"; Joe likened it to his "common ground" speeches, a "stark contrast to Bush". KO sermonized about GOP plans to go negative and run an agressive voter turnout campaign, and Trippi talked about "playing the card of fear". He avoided lambasting voter turnout efforts, a wise move considering the "successes" he had with Dr Dean in that regard.

    All Keith was interested in was what the Dems could do to make sure they win. Is there turnout effort good enough? Should they borrow more money? We've never seen him express these concerns about Republican campaigns, but then, when was the last time he brought on a GOP political strategist to chew the fat? At least within the parameters of The List: NEVER!

    After great thanksing his Dem guest, there was another plug re the fictitious "loss of habeas corpus" [2], and the #4 story was about Democrat ads that feature Bush, who is "not a lame duck, but rather an albatross" (taped report recycled from NBC). Olby great thanksed the machine that played the video, before teasing again how "Mister" Bush was "signing away habeas corpus" [3] (lather, rinse, repeat--the credulous will swallow anything if you say it often enough). Then oddball and the #3 segment: the Iraq war and comments by James A Baker.

    Monkeymann tried to twist a Bush quote into comparing Iraq to VietNam, but Ricks backed away from that attempt. Baker's purported alternatives (stability vs withdrawal) were discussed, with Ricks predicting that stability will be the preferred path, even if it means a less democratic government. After Ricks, another plug [4] that included the lie:

    We have let the Bush administration destroy habeas corpus, and with it our freedoms.

    And then, yet another tease for you know what [5]. The #2 story: taped video on Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, and another plug for...whatever. [6] The "worst person" segment was baseball oriented, with KO ironically criticizing someone for "homophobic jokes". Even more bizarre, he slammed ABC for mistakenly putting the late Mr Lidle's year of death as "3006"--this from a slovenly hack who was denigrating the man just minutes after his death.

    MADMAN

    Then it came. "Fat Ass" Olbermann's staff of moveon writers must have worked overtime to create such a sanctimonious sermon, riddled with hyperbole and falsehoods, amounting to little more than a steaming pile of semantic dung. [See APPENDIX below.] Suffice it to say that habeas corpus is not "gone" and has not been suspended for any US citizen. It is blatantly false to claim that you have to "convince" someone to give you a "hearing" when every enemy combatant gets hearings, including appeals to the DC Court of Appeals and if necessary the US Supreme Court. And they are not the "lackeys" of Monkeymann's diseased fantasties. It's not "Mister" Bush who lied. It's Keith Olbermoronn.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: North Korea moves ever closer to a second nuke test, but Edward R Olbermann could care less. Gas prices lower, housing market stronger, and the Dow breaks the 12,000 barrier for the first time in history. New analysis of recent poll numbers suggests a glimmer of hope for the GOP; that's enough for KO to ignore the story. Just like the newly discovered Al Qaeda handbook. And disgracefully, Krazy Keith has allowed to stand his baseless smear of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name has sunk to #125 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #12. And O'Reilly's book stands at #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers. Tuesday's ratings could not have been encouraging for Krazy Keith: third place in overall viewers, and a miserable fourth place, in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 13 [DANGER!].

    ---

    APPENDIX: Edward R Olbermoronn's latest propaganda spiel:

    We have lived as if in a trance.

    We have lived as people in fear.

    And now--our rights and our freedoms in peril--we slowly awake to learn that we have been afraid of the wrong thing.

    Therefore, tonight have we truly become the inheritors of our American legacy.

    For, on this first full day that the Military Commissions Act is in force, we now face what our ancestors faced, at other times of exaggerated crisis and melodramatic fear-mongering:

    A government more dangerous to our liberty, than is the enemy it claims to protect us from.

    We have been here before--and we have been here before led here--by men better and wiser and nobler than George W. Bush.

    We have been here when President John Adams insisted that the Alien and Sedition Acts were necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use those acts to jail newspaper editors.

    American newspaper editors, in American jails, for things they wrote about America.

    We have been here when President Woodrow Wilson insisted that the Espionage Act was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that Act to prosecute 2,000 Americans, especially those he disparaged as "Hyphenated Americans," most of whom were guilty only of advocating peace in a time of war.

    American public speakers, in American jails, for things they said about America.

    And we have been here when President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted that Executive Order 9066 was necessary to save American lives, only to watch him use that order to imprison and pauperize 110.000 Americans while his man in charge, General DeWitt, told Congress: "It makes no difference whether he is an American citizen--he is still a Japanese."

    American citizens, in American camps, for something they neither wrote nor said nor did, but for the choices they or their ancestors had made about coming to America.

    Each of these actions was undertaken for the most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

    And each was a betrayal of that for which the president who advocated them claimed to be fighting.

    Adams and his party were swept from office, and the Alien and Sedition Acts erased.

    Many of the very people Wilson silenced survived him, and one of them even ran to succeed him, and got 900,000 votes, though his presidential campaign was conducted entirely from his jail cell.

    And Roosevelt's internment of the Japanese was not merely the worst blight on his record, but it would necessitate a formal apology from the government of the United States to the citizens of the United States whose lives it ruined.

    The most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

    In times of fright, we have been only human.

    We have let Roosevelt's "fear of fear itself" overtake us.

    We have listened to the little voice inside that has said, "the wolf is at the door; this will be temporary; this will be precise; this too shall pass."

    We have accepted that the only way to stop the terrorists is to let the government become just a little bit like the terrorists.

    Just the way we once accepted that the only way to stop the Soviets was to let the government become just a little bit like the Soviets.

    Or substitute the Japanese.

    Or the Germans.

    Or the Socialists.

    Or the Anarchists.

    Or the Immigrants.

    Or the British.

    Or the Aliens.

    The most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

    And, always, always wrong.

    "With the distance of history, the questions will be narrowed and few: Did this generation of Americans take the threat seriously, and did we do what it takes to defeat that threat?"

    Wise words.

    And ironic ones, Mr. Bush.

    Your own, of course, yesterday, in signing the Military Commissions Act.

    You spoke so much more than you know, Sir.

    Sadly--of course--the distance of history will recognize that the threat this generation of Americans needed to take seriously was you.

    We have a long and painful history of ignoring the prophecy attributed to Benjamin Franklin that "those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    But even within this history we have not before codified the poisoning of habeas corpus, that wellspring of protection from which all essential liberties flow.

    You, sir, have now befouled that spring.

    You, sir, have now given us chaos and called it order.

    You, sir, have now imposed subjugation and called it freedom.

    For the most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

    And -- again, Mr. Bush -- all of them, wrong.

    We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who has said it is unacceptable to compare anything this country has ever done to anything the terrorists have ever done.

    We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who has insisted again that "the United States does not torture. It's against our laws and it's against our values" and who has said it with a straight face while the pictures from Abu Ghraib Prison and the stories of Waterboarding figuratively fade in and out, around him.

    We have handed a blank check drawn against our freedom to a man who may now, if he so decides, declare not merely any non-American citizens "unlawful enemy combatants" and ship them somewhere--anywhere -- but may now, if he so decides, declare you an "unlawful enemy combatant" and ship you somewhere - anywhere.

    And if you think this hyperbole or hysteria, ask the newspaper editors when John Adams was president or the pacifists when Woodrow Wilson was president or the Japanese at Manzanar when Franklin Roosevelt was president.

    And if you somehow think habeas corpus has not been suspended for American citizens but only for everybody else, ask yourself this: If you are pulled off the street tomorrow, and they call you an alien or an undocumented immigrant or an "unlawful enemy combatant"--exactly how are you going to convince them to give you a court hearing to prove you are not? Do you think this attorney general is going to help you?

    This President now has his blank check.

    He lied to get it.

    He lied as he received it.

    Is there any reason to even hope he has not lied about how he intends to use it nor who he intends to use it against?

    "These military commissions will provide a fair trial," you told us yesterday, Mr. Bush, "in which the accused are presumed innocent, have access to an attorney and can hear all the evidence against them."

    "Presumed innocent," Mr. Bush?

    The very piece of paper you signed as you said that, allows for the detainees to be abused up to the point just before they sustain "serious mental and physical trauma" in the hope of getting them to incriminate themselves, and may no longer even invoke The Geneva Conventions in their own defense.

    "Access to an attorney," Mr. Bush?

    Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift said on this program, Sir, and to the Supreme Court, that he was only granted access to his detainee defendant on the promise that the detainee would plead guilty.

    "Hearing all the evidence," Mr. Bush?

    The Military Commissions Act specifically permits the introduction of classified evidence not made available to the defense.

    Your words are lies, Sir.

    They are lies that imperil us all.

    "One of the terrorists believed to have planned the 9/11 attacks," you told us yesterday, "said he hoped the attacks would be the beginning of the end of America."

    That terrorist, sir, could only hope.

    Not his actions, nor the actions of a ceaseless line of terrorists (real or imagined), could measure up to what you have wrought.

    Habeas corpus? Gone.

    The Geneva Conventions? Optional.

    The moral force we shined outwards to the world as an eternal beacon, and inwards at ourselves as an eternal protection? Snuffed out.

    These things you have done, Mr. Bush, they would be "the beginning of the end of America."

    And did it even occur to you once, sir -- somewhere in amidst those eight separate, gruesome, intentional, terroristic invocations of the horrors of 9/11 -- that with only a little further shift in this world we now know--just a touch more repudiation of all of that for which our patriots died -- did it ever occur to you once that in just 27 months and two days from now when you leave office, some irresponsible future president and a "competent tribunal" of lackeys would be entitled, by the actions of your own hand, to declare the status of "unlawful enemy combatant" for -- and convene a Military Commission to try -- not John Walker Lindh, but George Walker Bush?

    For the most vital, the most urgent, the most inescapable of reasons.

    And doubtless, Sir, all of them--as always--wrong.

    ================

    Olberverse Reax:


    The OlbyLoons

    Impolitic: "Keith speaking truth to power once again"

    The Blue Herald: "Olbermann is smoking hot..."

    Petulant Rumblings: "Once again, Keith Olbermann articulates rage better than anyone"

    Anysia: "Keith Olbermann lets him have it"

    The Raw Melos: ?...the bar by which future generations of journalists should be measured"

    Doug Krile: "special"

    The Apostates: "You might be surprised"

    Truth, Justice and Peace: "Now we know"

    Les Enrages: "American genius"

    Impolical "Must see Olbermann"

    AlterNet: "Bush signs, Olbermann mourns"

    Colorado Boob: "WOW .... I mean WOW ...."

    Relevent Torture: "There's nothing I can add"

    Newshounds: "Most Compelling TV Comment Since Murrow...not a partisan diatribe...Watch it and tell your friends"

    Oh Well: "another home run"

    Dad's on a rant again: "Maybe we should join him?"

    The Agonist: "will just blow you away"

    Online Journal: "Except for MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, few television news reporters have bothered to mention that the Military Commissions Act has changed the U.S. justice system and our approach to human rights"

    The Reid Report: "He sounds more depressed than me"

    Skpetical Brotha: "Keith Olbermann is the Bomb, for real though"

    Demokat: "I have always had quite a crush on Keith Olbermann, but after his commentary last night, I think I'm in sweet, sweet puppy love with the guy"

    HuffPo: "a heroic performance"


    Clear-Thinkers

    Newsbusters: "suggested Bush was as big a 'threat' to America as the 'terrorists.' "

    Hot Air: "Olbermann Watch debunked it before the show aired"

    The Spoof: President Bush: "Keith Olbermann is an Unlawful Enemy Combatant!"

    Time.com: "a clear example of the thinking that pervades this increasingly powerful part of the Democratic base"

    The Bullwinkle Blog: "Keith Olbermann (Warning: MSNBC link) is pushing fear-politics again"

    Red State: "I guess we'll never know how he managed to get control of his broadcasting studio long enough to send out this polemic"

    TV Squad: Olbermann too preachy?

    Ad PulpRighteous Indignation Is A Tough Sell

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    UPDATE: How far over the deep-end has Keith gone? When the John Birch Society sings your praises it's time to check yourself into rehab.



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    Hour of Spin Pre-Show Prep: Multimedia Edition

    Tonight, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann plans to regurgitate his long stream of lies about the military tribunals act by delivering another "special comment". As a service to the clear-headed readers of Olbermann Watch, we direct your attention to a few resources for truthful information on the new law. Availing yourself of some of these will instantaneously make you better informed than Krazy Keith, giving you the ability to spot each Olbermann lie as it is being spewed.

    Andrew McCarthy has a well-reasoned and readable explanation that shows Olby's habeas corpus claims to be sheer demagoguery.

    Legal scholar Orrin Johnson was not impressed with Monkeymann's last diatribe on this subject and lays out just how uninformed and propagandistic it was. Follow his links for further analysis.

    And for your listening pleasure, an mp3 file of constitutional attorney Mark Levin dissecting some of the phony alarms being sounded over this new legislation:

    Finally, just in case the discredited sports guy should decide to flog the Kuo Quotes for the sixth day in a row, you might want to give this a listen. In just the first five minutes, you'll learn something about Mr Kuo that you never heard from Edward R Olbermann.


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    Hopelessly Partisan Guide to...OlbyLoons

    Olbermann Watch sat down recently with clear-thinker Ken Berwitz who co-authored the new book, The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics with left-winger and honorary OlbyLoon, Barry Sinrod, a member of moveon.org.

    We asked Ken if he could apply the research in his book to help us better understand those afflicted with OlbyLoon Disorder, those disturbed people known the world over as "OlbyLoons".

    OlbyWatch: You did not actually study OlbyLoons per se but your book surveys attitudes and opinions of Republicans and Democrats and reports the conclusions you and Barry drew from the data. Can we use some your work to better understand OlbyLoons?

    Berwitz: When I wrote The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics I did not realize that the information we gathered would be so instrumental in understanding Keith Olbermann and his loyal following. But having taken a good look at the findings, I now realize that it offers a treasure trove of insight.

    OlbyWatch: Let's start with hygiene. OlbyLoons spend a great deal of time in the bathtub in order to emulate their hero, Keith Olbermann. What did you learn about the bathing habits of OlbyLoons.

    Berwitz: In "Hopelessly Partisan" we learned that, as a group, Democrats are less hygienic than Republicans. If Keith Olbermann spends a lot of time in the bathtub he may be trying to compensate and bring up the Democratic average. On the other hand, has anyone checked to see if he puts water in the bathtub? Maybe he likes the echo effect of dry porcelain, and stays in there to scream things like "BUSH CAN GO TO HELL" and "CUT AND RUN" in the hope that they will reverberate and sound like many people are screaming with him.

    OlbyWatch: Where in the U.S. do OlbyLoons feel most at home? Least?

    Berwitz: Both Democrats and Republicans agree that the city...among ten major cities around the USA...they would hate to live in is New York. And Olbermann, if I'm not mistaken, lives there.

    Now this could present a bit of a problem for Olbermann hardliners. New York is one of the most liberal cities in the country. Yet they hate to live there. This appears to mean that the key reason they hate to live there is that THEY'RE there.

    Is it possible that self-hate causes Olbermann himself to do an hour of virtually nonstop hatred every evening? Has anyone ever seen this man happy? He's one of the only people I ever saw who looks pissed off even when he smiles. The man works so hard at looking angry that if he ever has botox injections he can make an insurance claim for anger management treatment.

    Another possible explanation is that Olbermann suffers from an advanced case of O'Reillytis, This is a rare affliction characterized by pathological hatred of tall Irish men who consistently triple one's viewership.

    OlbyWatch: OlbyLoons, often unable to apply logic in an argument, resort to vituperation. Why?

    Berwitz: In "Hopelessly Partisan", we see that Republicans tend to use less offensive language now than they did years ago. Democrats, on the other hand, tend to use as much or more offensive language as they did in years past.

    Among the general Democratic populace, this probably is due to their decade-long losing streak in congressional elections. But for Olbermann fans in particular, it may be that they consider themselves and their positions so superior to those who disagree with them that they curse uncontrollably when voters demonstrate a preference for such lower-quality views. Sociologists might tell you that people who suffer from this level of self-defined superiority consider themselves "olbermenschen".

    OlbyWatch: What words do clear-thinking readers feel best describe OlbyLoons?

    Berwitz: This is a tough call. The book did not ask specifically about Olbermann fanatics. But it did ask how members of each party characterize members of the other.

    When Republicans...and we can safely assume that there are few "OlbyLoons" among them...are asked for words to describe Democrats, among their more choice selections are "knee-jerk liberals", "ignorant". "dumb",, "stupid", "idiots", "liars", "tree-huggers", "wimps", "loonies" and "whackos. If you think this is bad, you should see what Democrats call Republicans...but...if you want to see it you're going need to buy the book!

    OlbyWatch: You asked about elevator etiquette in your survey. Where would you expect Keith Olbermann to come down on this vital issue? How about the OlbyLoons?

    Berwitz: The research we conducted for "Hopelessly Partisan" shows that Democrats are more likely to stand in the front of an empty elevator, while Republicans are more likely to move to the rear.

    I speculate that Olbermann would prefer the front as well, because it would enable him to block access to someone who looked like he/she might have traditional American values or opposing political views. Mom and dad from Wichita would wind up waiting for another elevator to come. And if a swiftboat veteran tried to get on, he'd be lucky not to have to fight off a physical assault. By contrast, I am guessing Olbermann would back off and maybe even bow in honor if, say, Paul Begala or David Gregory were getting on. And if it were Cindy Sheehan and Lynne Stewart? He'd probably be asking for their autograph and begging for a date.

    OlbyWatch: Thank you for your time. Olbermann Watch readers can purchase a copy of The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics by visiting our new OlbyWatch Bookstore.


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    October 17, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 17, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • EVANGELICAL HYPOCRISY: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek senior White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • MADONNA'S ADOPTIVE SON: Michael Musto, Village Voice

    Welcome to Hyperbole City, as the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann kicked off his opening spiel by bellowing that the newly-signed Military Commissions law was comparable to the old Alien and Sedition Act, and the internment of Japanese Americans. Then another big, breaking story: the President met with six talk show hosts, along with a sex scandal update. In what might be a new record, Countdown managed to lie six times in about eight minutes.

    In the pointless reference department, Olby noted that 135 years ago today, President Grant suspended habeas corpus in South Carolina. Then it was on to KO's first fabrication:

    Your principal defense against imprisonment without charge and trial without defense thrown away without good reason. [1]

    Then he compounded the felony, saying that the new law:

    ...does away with habeas corpus, the right of suspected terrorists, or anybody else, to know why they have been imprisoned, provided the President does not think it should apply to you and declares you an enemy combatant. [2]

    MADMAN

    This is a flat-out falsehood concocted for the gullible cretins who labor under the mistaken notion that Monkeymann tells the truth. The law does not do away with habeas corpus for "terrorists or anybody else". We've gone through this before, but it's always worthwhile pointing out another Olbermann lie.

    Herr Olbermann went on to quote from Senators Kennedy (D), Leahy (D), and Feingold (D). He didn't note that the law passed with 65 votes in the Senate, meaning that a fair number of Dems backed it. And of course, there were no quotes from any of those who supported the measure, regardless of which side of the aisle they were on.

    At this point it was time for another episode of everyone's favorite sitcom, Olby and the Perfessor. Jonathan Turley's opinion is well-known to Herr Olbermann, and the Perfessor certainly did not disappoint. KO asked about the definition of an unlawful enemy combatant, and asked if that means "Mister" Bush could declare anyone as such. "It certainly does." Surprise. Then:

    ...under this law, ultimately the only thing keeping you, I [sic], or the viewer out of Gitmo is the sanity and honesty of the President of the United States? [3]

    "It does." [4] Surprise again. How odd that neither Olby nor the Perfessor mentioned 1005(e)(2), that gives federal courts power to review detention of enemy combatants. And of course the law clearly states that restrictions of habeas corpus only apply to aliens--not U.S. citizens. Once again, Olbermann and his enabler lie to their viewers by not giving all the facts. Instead, the Perfessor whimpered about "200 years of American principles and values"--without ever stating when in those 200 years this country ever fought a war that granted habeas corpus rights to enemy combatants. But "Fat Ass" Olbermann wasn't done, referencing again the "elimination of habeas corpus" [5] (does he think a lie becomes true if he just repeats it enough?), and the Perfessor squealed about how we have an "uber-President" who can hold anyone he wants without trial [6]. Fric and Frac reprised their golden oldie about "torture", Monkeymann suggested the threat we are really facing is "the threat of, uh, President George W Bush", and a good time was had by all. Except for the credulous OlbyLoons who think A-Mess-NBC is a reputable news organization.

    Then Krazy Keith was out to complain that the President met with five conservative radio talk show hosts. As if this were breaking news--it happened a month ago! And it was hardly a secret, since the people involved spoke of it at length on the air and on the web. But maybe KO only listens to Err America, and they didn't get invited. Nonetheless, this old ancient news was deemed vital enough to bring in Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions. Olby whined that the President was using the White House for "political purposes". What? There's politics going on in the White House? Herr Olbermann was shocked! Shocked! Howie opined that the President was "speaking to the choir", but neither he nor Olbermann explained what is so sinister about Bush talking to people in the media.

    Always looking to cast every Bush move as politically stupid, KO wondered if signing the tribunals act would actually "energize the Democrats or other critics"? Fineman obediently replied, "I think it may." He then went on to add that "it" applies to American citizens, again not telling that denial of habeas corpus is not part of that "it". Yes, it was another "culture of corruption" (Dem talking point and therefore OlbySpin phrase) report from the nonpartisan Olbermann.

    For this, we got another visit from Dana Milbank, sans splashy smock, who delivered "rumors" about a "16-year-old girl". He spoke of guilty pleas in the Abramoff matter (R), as well as the matters of DeLay (R), Libby (R), Foley (R), Weldon (R), and Hastert (R). Hmm, were there some corruption allegations that he neglected to mention? Maybe people with a (D) after their names? Nah, can't be. You would never get one-sided reporting on The Hour of Spin.

    After great thanksing Milbank and another brilliantly conceived chapter of the oddball saga, KO brought us tonight's installment of the Olbermann Vote Suppression Project. Evangelicals will stay home. And Olby had a little barb for Mr Kuo himself, who didn't like the way Countdown characterized his book:

    This is a newscast, and not Reader's Digest.

    A newscast? That's Olbermann lie #7. Then back to suppressing the evangelical vote. The Global Aids coordinator is gay. Condi Rice referred to his partner's mom as a "mother-in-law". The Family Research Council didn't like it. The Wolffe Man tittered about promises not delivered, Olby talked about worshipping two masters, and KO came up with another brilliant prediction of doom. After pounding home all the ways the evangelical vote was going to be suppressed, Krazy Keith decided he could eat his cake and have it too by adding that moderate Republicans might also "sit this one out". Even Wolffie didn't bite on this stale babka.

    #2: The resume that ended up on YouTube--how many weeks has this story been making the rounds? No matter, recycled NBC reportage did manage to fill some time until Wesley Snipes and the Crocodile Hunter. #1: Madonna and other big news with the creepy Michael Musto. The Media Matters Minute slammed Michael Savage: he's "just a moron". Wait, I thought O'Reilly was the moron. No, that was yesterday. And Rev Olbermann took pains to tell us that another of his infrequent, rarely seen, only occasional "special comments" is coming on Wednesday: the end of habeas corpus. Man, if he could lie about it six times tonight, imagine the fabrications he can spew by yammering for an entire segment. Clear-headed readers will want to bone up on the subject so they can anticipate Olbermann's lies before he disgorges them.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: North Korea may be preparing another nuke test, but Edward R Olbermann could care less. The KO "scandal watch" continues to ignore the ethical difficulties of Harry Reid (D) and the Governor of Illinois. And no outrage (phony or otherwise) at the New York Post; some things just hit too close to home. Disgracefully, Krazy Keith has allowed to stand his baseless smear of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #99 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #17. And O'Reilly's book stands at #2 on a list the OlbyTome never could crack: New York Times Best Sellers. Monday's Neilsens gave the No-Spin Zone nearly 2.5 million viewers; Krazy Keith did better than usual (648k), but still finished third, both in total viewers and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, key "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW].


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    It's Official: Murdoch v. Olbermann is ON

    If there was any doubt whether News Corp. was taking off the gloves in going after Keith Olbermann, take a look at today's New York Post. In its' third installment on the "karmabites1" blog, Page Six seeks to connect Cialis ads now running on MSNBC during Countdown with Keith's own sex life and reaches all the way to the bottom of the barrel by connecting the piece to Keith's new Lewinsky-aged galpal - Katy Tur. Ouch!

    We here at Olbermann Watch have sought to avoid this story but readers have demanded we cover it. We had hoped to split the difference but recent threats by Lloyd Grove, a serialized version of the "karmabites1" story in Page Six and rumors of a thick file floating around out there documenting KO's dirtier deeds have made that all but impossible . The story has become less Keith's personal life and more a question of how far News Corp. is willing to embarrass Keith.

    "Keith has been casting stones from his own glass house for a long time." one industry insider told Olbermann Watch over the summer "but there is a lot of dirt out there on Olbermann and the day is coming when the stories are going to start coming out."

    Are we witnessing the beginning of the "KO file dump"? If so, our sources telll us, it ain't gonna be pretty. Stay tuned...

    Olbverse Reax:

    Gawker: Page Six continues its bizarre feud with Keith Olbermann...

    Post Chronicle: The beleaguered newsie now has a new Karma in his life... Cialis commercials popping up during his Countdown show!


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    Kuo Disavows Olbermann take on Tempting Faith

    The MSM's full court press on keeping evangelicals away from the polls this November hit a road bump Monday when controversial author David Kuo spoke to former journalist turned OlbyFave Richard Wolfe and turned on Keith Olbermann. Taking his cue from KO, Wolfe asked "How are you dealing with the firestorm your book has sparked?"

    David Kuo: When this thing [excerpts from an early copy] started appearing on Keith Olbermann [on MSNBC], my jaw was just wide open. Every part of my 6 foot 5 inch body was on the floor. I've written a very profoundly personal, political and spiritual memoir here. This was a very, very hard book to write. It required an enormous amount of very painful soul-searching and I don't think it has been well captured by Mr. Olbermann and all the subsequent media.


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    October 16, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 16, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY: Chris Cillizza, washingtonpost.com
    • ARE DEMOCRATS GETTING AGGRESSIVE?: Frank Rich, author of "The Greatest Story Ever Sold"
    • ONE-ON-ONE WITH JOHN ASHCROFT: Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft
    • BUCK O'NEIL LATEST: Joe Posnanski, Kansas City Star

    Olby bellowed in his opening spiel about all the bad news for Republicans, highlighting the federal investigation regarding Curt Weldon (R). Funny, he was never that interested in the investigation of William Jefferson (D), and only reported on it long after raids and guilty pleas, and after weeks of hectoring from Olbermann Watch. Quotes from Clinton and Kerry were also part of the patter, and plugs for interviews with Rich and Ashcroft. Ashcroft?!? The things those producers force him to cover.

    MADMAN

    KO was rattling off all the bad news for the GOP so enthusiastically that he was approaching the mph of that fast-talking huckster who used to do the FedEx commercials. Weldon's matter was touched on, as was the report that moneymen were shying away from the DeWine (R) re-election campaign. Olby actually mentioned Rick Santorum's (R) name without his usual sarcastic appellation included.

    Krazy Keith asked Cillizza if electoral optimism from the White House was just "shoring up the base"; the scribe characterized it as "political pragmatism". He added that the RNC would be in Ohio for at least "one more week", and contributors were more optimistic about the chances of George Allen (R). Never one to avoid flogging a story, KO brought up the Kuo Quotes again. Would this be another installment in the Olbermann Supress the Vote Project?

    How worried are the Republicans that...they're going to lose just enough of the evangelicals to make a difference at the polls?

    Bingo! Keith great thanksed his guest, then plugged the next segment dealing with attacks on the Republicans by Clinton and Kerry:

    Did the Democrats just wake up?

    The break came early, so as to allow more time for the Rich Bush-bashing interview. KO led off the #4 spot by referencing "Republicans and their media lackeys" ("Fat Ass" Olbermann should know a media lackey when he sees one), and praising the attacks on Bush as showing "guts". Olby all but drooled while quoting Kerry's repeated claims of Republican "lies", and he and Rich engaged in mutual gushing over this new-found spirit. Hillary and Bill Jefferson Clinton were discussed, plus Katrina, what drama critic Rich called the tipping point. KO did something so unusual we don't think we've ever seen it happen before: he asked Rich for a question to ask Ashcroft in a later interview! After some extremely unnewsworthy chit-chat about potential 2008 candidates for the Dems the scribbler was thanksed.

    After a stunning, Pulitzer-level episode of oddball, the #3 segment was the interview with Gen Ashcroft, there apparently to promote his new book. All that was missing was Krazy Keith complaining this was "another story my producers are forcing me to cover". Hmm. Maybe this was the best gimmick A-Mess-NBC could come up with to try to blunt interest in the Bush/O'Reilly interview airing on another channel. KO led off with questions about the book (citing Republican 9/11 commission members who disagree with its premise), and Ashcroft detailed his reasons for dissenting. Ah, dissent. The lifeblood of a democracy. Olby basically reworded the same question, and then moved on to the famous Condi Rice briefing.

    Krazy Keith shifted to the detainee act, specifically the definition of "unlawful combatant", and asked if the law could be used to name anybody an enemy combatant. The General got across the concept of taking prisoners in war time, while he noting that he hadn't read the law (and thus didn't include the salient fact that American citizens are not treated to military tribunals and deprived of habeas corpus rights). KO suggested it makes us "a nation of men and not laws"; Ashcroft pointed out it's been this way for 200 years. All these opposing points of view had to be making Krazy Keith nauseous, and one could almost see the vomit creeping up his esophagus. But he managed one more question, regurgitating again--what else?--the Kuo Quotes, the ones whose significance he insists has been "snowballing". The General opined that Kuo's recollections do not comport with his experience.

    "Fat Ass" Olbermann never did ask the convoluted question suggested by Rich (regarding a terror arrest announcement made in Moscow), thereby allowing all its assumptions, premises, and distortions to remain unrebutted. Clever. And tricky. Very tricky.

    #2: Population figures (rerun video from NBC), Madonna, and Mel Gibson. #1: Olby's continuing crusade to induct Buck O'Neill into the Hall of Fame.

    MADMAN

    The Media Matters Minute opened with KO making the claim that the OlbyTome was #22 on the New York Times "political best sellers list"--which, if it has only 15 slots, means it's not on the list at all. A Republican got a runner-up slot, as did Paramount Pictures and Oliver Stone for daring to hire the author of "The Path to 9/11", the movie that Krazy Keith slammed unmercifully without having bothered to take the step of having seen it first. Why is this suprising? This writer has worked with Oliver Stone before, something Edward R Olbermann never reported, in his zeal to marginalize and smear the guy as some sort of eeevil Republican. The "worst person" was Bill O'Reilly, a "moron" for comments on abortion. Monkeymann adapted his commentary straight from the Media Matters website, and you can expect their free PR video to appear there within 24 hours. (And yes, both the Republican and conservative slots were filled in tonight's installment of this "nonpartisan" segment.)

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: Day after day the stock market hits record highs, but news that does not comport with OlbySpin does not get reported on OlbyPlanet. Keith has railed interminably about "Mister" Bush and "torture", but is it any surprise that this got no mention on The Hour of Spin? KO's "scandal watch" only seems to watch Republicans; otherwise, why are the legal troubles of Harry Reid, the unelected Senator Menendez, and the Governor of Illinois never reported on Countdown? Disgracefully, Krazy Keith has allowed to stand his baseless smear of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name has cratered: #178 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #15. And O'Reilly's book stands at #2 on a list the OlbyTome never could crack: New York Times Best Sellers. Friday night's ratings were not exactly stellar, with Edward R Olbermann once again finishing in a humiliating fourth place, both in total viewers and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, key "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW].


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    Lloyd Grove keep Olby email file at the ready

    Grove tells Gawker he's ready for Round 2 with KO:

    Gawker: KarmaBites1 writes on her blog that you are a "gentleman and a true journalist" for not publishing the Olbermann e-mails she provided you with. Question: Will you continue to bash Keith every chance you get? And what are the odds you will publish those e-mails one of these days? And by the way, are you dating anyone?

    Gtove: I blush. I have no wish to bash Keith Olbermann. I did once, some months ago, when he decided my twentysomething assistant was fair game, told a bunch of fibs about her on the air, and named her, on his precious show and on his odd little blog, "The Worst Person in The World." As for the emails, I think I will leave them locked in my bottom drawer for now. But I know where to find them if I need them.


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    Soros-funded Blogger Attacks Olbermann Watch

    Success always comes with a price, and with the rise of Olbermann Watch into the Top 250 blogs in the world (source: Truth Laid Bare Traffic Ecoystem) and as the #1 "Olbermann" blog in the world (sources: Google, Technorati), it is no surprise that the blue blogs and the far-left are lining up to attack OlbyWatch and its crack staff. Today, Media Matters for America's own Oliver Willis engages in a scurrilous attack, making the false claim that Olbermann Watch "makes up inaccuracies in order to justify their reason for being". Don't be surprised if this all part of an orchestrated campaign to "defend" Keith Olbermann by attacking this site, its readers and staff.


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    October 15, 2006
    Cornell Censors KO Crit in Wake of OlbyWatch Link

    In keeping with a long-standing Ivy League tradition, Cornell's student newspaper is now censoring comments to an error-filled, fact-challenged left-wing rant. Comments WERE acceptable on the Cornell Sun web site right up until Olbermann Watch linked the piece, pointed its many errors and mocked the writer and the paper. If you attempt to post a comment under the article you will not get the following message: "Your comment has been queued for moderation by site administrators and will be published after approval."


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    Former Colleague Cites Kuo-Olby Lies

    In a devestating piece, Howard Mortman, blogger and former staffer at Empower America, notes David Kuo's mendacious history and provides numerous examples of false statement by Kuo aired by Keith Olbermann last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    Regular Olbermann Watch readers will hardly be surprised to learn from Mortman that MSNBC's top political journalist incorrectly named Bush's top speechwriter. The departure of Michael Gershon was announced last June. Apparently, Keith never got the memo.

    Not surprisingly, the OlbyLoons have turned out in force to pour water on Mortman's expose in the comment thread. I, for one, intend to push back and add my voice to Howard's comment section. Feel free to join me.

    Olberverse Reax:

    Cable Gamer: C'mon Keith, we know you hate Bush -- but out of respect for your viewers, get your facts right--oh, wait. Never mind.

    ICN: Extreme Mortman does an "Olbermann Watch" and tries to clear up a few things about Keith Olbermann’s report on David Kuo’s new book…


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    October 14, 2006
    Most Bizarre Olbermann Article Ever

    UPDATE: Cornell is now censoring comments on their website in reponse to this post. See update below for more.

    In this article The Ultimate Trip, Senior Editor Kyle Sheahen produces what reads like a drug-addled caricature of one of those MSM KO Bandwagon articles we love to highlight here at Olbermann Watch. This is SO BAD it's actually funny. A "must read".

    More than 10 years after Murrow's See It Now program exposed Senator McCarthy's corruption, Keith Olbermann '79 graduated from our beloved Cornell.

    Besides the fact that McCarthy was never accused of "corruption" and that Murrow did not "expose" McCarthy , the famous "confrontation" between Murrow and McCarthy took place in 1954.

    Today, Olbermann is one of the most respected journalists in the country.

    OMFG. This kid really is delusional. I seriously doubt even Keith would agree with this claim.

    His Countdown with Keith Olbermann routinely trumps industry vets like Paula Zahn at CNN for the cable news ratings crown.

    The sad thing is that this "Ivy Leaguer" actually thinks this is true. For the record, Countdown has on a handful occassions gotten a bigger audience than Zahn over the past three years. I am not going to run the numbers but the figure is probably something like 99.5% of the time Zahn beats Olbermann.

    As for the "cable news ratings crown", Olbermann has NEVER EVER NOT ONE TIME EVER had the top rated cable news show in the hour, in the demo or overall. That this "senior editor" might actually think this is true is a sad commentary on the state of education in the United States. That said, he sounds like he has a real future working for a mainsteam newspaper.

    It only gets worse...

    ...in the over-hyped playland of sports broadcasting, Olbermann was a child with the biggest names and most expensive toys in sports at his disposal. And he looked miserably out of place.

    As St. Paul said, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child."

    Olbermann has now become a man.

    Ummm. This is joke, right?

    Nope, Kyle continues..

    Olbermann has emerged as a heavy-hitting news reporter

    Ol' Fat Ass may be "Heavy" but not "heavy-hitting" and certainly not a "a heavy-hitting news reporter".

    Olbermann was there on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York for 40 days of continuous reporting.

    Keith may have been in New York that today but, as I recall it, he was not REPORTING from the WTC site on 9/11. He took a job with ABC News in order to report from the WTC site AFTER the 9/11 attacks.

    He was in Iraq in 2003 when the United States launched its invasion.

    This is too easy. Just add your own observations here while I go get a paper towel to wipe the coffee I just spit all over my keyboard when I read this line.

    he has weathered intimidation and threats from the likes of Bill O'Reilly and the New York Post.

    You think we would have heard if O'Reilly or the Post threatened Keith. You can only wonder what this kid is possibly thinking about.

    Olbermann gave up every kid's fantasy in order to truly serve his country. He traded the Little League World Series for Mark Foley, the Final Four for evangelical voters and the Oakland Raiders for the White House

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

    On the five-year anniversary of Sept. 11 last month, Olbermann stood among the ruins of the World Trade Center and delivered a damning condemnation of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest.

    I don't recall Olbermann mentioning Cheney, Rumsfeld or "the rest" not do I recall Keith standing "among the ruins" of the World Trade Center. In fact, I don't recall there being any "ruins" at all because the last remnants of the World Trade Center were hauled out of "the pit" in June, 2002 (9 months after 9/11). Also, Keith broadcast from a roof top overlooking the WTC site

    This piece is so shoddy that not only should the editor of the school paper terminate this guy's column but the kid's parents should demand a refund of his tuition. It almost seems impossible that someone could be so stupid. That this kid got into Cornell should give home to every C student in high school today.

    UPDATE: In keeping with a long-standing Ivy League tradition, Cornell's student newspaper is now censoring comments to an error-filled, fact-challenged left-wing rant. Comments WERE acceptable on the Cornell Sun web site right up until Olbermann Watch linked the piece, pointed its many errors and mocked the writer and the paper. If you attempt to post a comment under the article you will not get the following message:

    "Your comment has been queued for moderation by site administrators and will be published after approval."


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    October 13, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 13, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • KUO QUOTES: Thomas Edsall
    • WAR IN IRAQ: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek

    Friday the 13th on The Hour of Spin? It's the viewers who are unlucky, but that's true of every night the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann haunts the screen. The opening spiel kicked off with Kuo Quotes again, with Olby desperately flacking for the "extraordinary new book", James A Baker re Iraq and how "the British plan to go home soon"...all that and more, on The Hour of Spin!

    The orange skin looked positively incandescent as KO tried to make his Kuo Quotes appear to be the biggest story of the day. Olby took responses from Tony Snow and put them up against more Kuo Quotes--no, not from Kuo himself, he still hasn't shown any willingness to get anywhere near Krazy Keith. KO just selected more quotes from the book, and then posits what he cherry-picks from the book as "answering" Snow (implying that the book is 100% accurate and Snow is a liar).

    For an expert, impartial analysis of all of Olbermann's propaganda, he called on Edsall, author of "Building Red America". Was the faith-based office political in how it advocated its initiatives? Edsall rushed to agree, because Snow admitted most expenditures went to blue states, and those are states you hope to win and not safe states. Of course, if it all went to red states, it would be just as convenient to claim it was to reward cronies, and build support for vulnerable incumbents. Edsall, ever the loyal OlbyDittoHead, pretty much painted all money disbursed to faith-based groups as corrupt. After all, some of them actually opposed abortion. Gasp! Then, it was time for another salvo in the Olbermann Vote Suppression Project:

    Do you think this is going to resonate with the people he's talking about? Do, are people going to come away from the evangelical right and the, and the religious right, and say we've been conned by the Bush administration?

    Keep hammering it home, Monkeymann. All those evanglicals who flock to your propaganda fest nightly will be sure to vote in favor of partial-birth abortion because Karl Rove used the F-word.

    Next Olby did another superb dramatic reading for one of his teases of an upcoming story on Iraq:

    And America's biggest alley is making--er, ally is making mumblings about pulling out from Iraq.

    #4: A commission that hasn't even reported yet suggests the Iraq war may not be winnable. A British general suggests they may leave Iraq soon, more or less takes it back, but according to Olby and the Wolffe Man, the damage is done anyhow. KO said somebody leaked the full draft of the Baker commissions report on Iraq, but Baker has been saying they haven't come to their conclusion yet. Krazy Keith didn't let that minor detail prevent him from doing his OlbySpin thing.

    Then, and we're not making this up, it was back to Kuo Quotes again. And the discredited sports guy said something so preposterous that it would have people calling for a competency test even on OlbyPlanet. Of his "exclusive" Kuo Quotes reports, Mr Humility stated:

    Obviously this snowball is gaining momentum.

    Is this something like the "growing" outrage over Bill O'Reilly and Malmedy? The outrage that never showed up in the nation's newspapers and magazines? Are the Kuo Quotes top of the fold, front page news? Did they lead off tonight's PBS News Hour? The bigger question: is Keith Olbermann truly so delusional that he thinks his little propaganda points are in fact "snowballing" through the rest of the news media? It's time for Olby to adjust his meds.

    After oddball, the #3 story featured Commander Charles Swift, the Navy lawyer who won a big detainee case in the Supreme Court. KO slobbered and gushed like he was in a clandestine hotel room with a pocketful of Cialis. Keith got exactly what every OlbyLoon desires: someone to regurgitate his own opinion right back at him.

    #2: Jet packs (rerun video from Reuters), Madonna, and Mel Gibson. #1: New calorie-burning Cola (recycled video from NBC).

    MADMAN

    The Media Matters Minute opened with another bit of OlbySurrealism. He crowed that he beat Bill O'Reilly on Thursday. For 15 minutes. In the key, selected 25-54 demo. For the first 15 minutes of the program. What Krazy Keith didn't crow about was how quickly people tuned out from The Hour of Spin, because, as our nightly Neilsen recap below indicates, by the time the show was over Krazy ended up fourth out of four in the "key" demo. That must have been one doozy of a fall-off. Greta van Susteren was "worse" for criticizing comments by CNN's John Klein--that covered the Fox News slot. She should count herself lucky--at least Olby refrained from calling her a "slut" or a "pig". The "worst person" was Dr James Dobson; he called poor widdle Keithie a leftist. That took care of the conservative/Republican position(s) as well. With all the requisite slots filled, KO was deeply satisfied, the sort of satisfaction he can only experience with someone he loves: himself.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: The Dow hit yet another all-time high today, but "Fat Ass" Olbermann refuses to report such positive economic developments. Radiation detected: the NoKo nuke test appears to have been real. Hey, there's no time for that. We need more Kuo quotes! Keith's favorite radio network, Err America, is broke and files for bankruptcy protection, but Olby, protecting his buddies to the end, spikes the story. And still Keith has not addressed his reckless slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name has sunk to #95 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" stands at #18. And O'Reilly's book is still #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Thursday night's ratings exhibited one of those odd anomalies that must drive Keith even Krazier. The numbers show that KO finished in second place in total viewers, though Mr Bill's audience was larger by a factor of three. However, in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, key "demo", he didn't do so well: fourth out of four. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW].


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    It's Official: Air America Files for Bankruptcy

    Intellectually and morally bankrupt from the start, Keith Olbermann's favorite radio network, finally completed the hat trick, declaring financial bankruptcy as well. While stiffing creditors, they will attempt to remain on the air, despite having squandered close to $40 million over the past two years. Brian Mulroney of The Radio Equalizer has the juicy details.

    You can savor the papers filed with the bankruptcy court at The Smoking Gun. Have an especially nice weekend!


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    Welcome Pat Campbell Listeners!

    Good morning Pat Campbell listeners in Central Florida and on the web. Check out my Examiner.com Op-Ed - When will the right recognize the cost of conceding Web 2.0? - which we discussed on the show.

    You can learn more about Olbermann Watch in our Frequently Asked Questions guide. You can catch Pat every Friday on MSNBC with Tucker Carlson in the "Beat the Press" segment.


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    October 12, 2006
    OlbyWatch Survey: Is Keith Olbermann a misogynist?

    Today's Question: Is Keith Olbermann a misogynist?

    A. Yes
    B. No
    C. Not sure

    Previous Question: Will David Shuster's Hastert prediction come true?

    [ed. Last week David "Rove's going to be indicted" Shuster emphatically declared that House Speaker Dennis Hastert will have resigned by 8:00 pm ET on Wednesday October 11, 2006.

    The correct answer is "B. No"

    325 answers have been submitted.

    A. Yes 8% (26 votes)
    B. No 54% (178 votes)
    C. Who is David Shuster? 33% (109 votes)
    D. Who is Dennis Hastert? 3% (12 votes)


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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 12, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • BARRY LYNN, Leftist Christian
    • HOWARD FINEMAN, Newsweek
    • MICHAEL MUSTO, Village Voice

    Thursday night's Countdown began with Olby bellowing his way through another predictable opening spiel: more Kuo quotes, the "Foley disaster", and Screech. Krazy Keith featured Karl Rove using the F-word. This one sentence from the book suddenly became words so monumental, so impactful, so reverberating through the very marrow of this nation, that KO declared:

    they could, by themselves, very well decide those midterms.

    With this bit of wish-fulfillment, KO introduced part two of yesterday's #3 story, which became the lead item on tonight's Countdown. "Mister" Bush would use anything for political gain. Rove is evil. Dastardly Republicans speak in "code words". Lather, rinse, repeat.

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann gussied up tonight's bash-Bush chapter with an appearance from far-left Barry Lynn, a real "expert" on the religious right. Lynn sermonized about how people in the administration referred to evangelicals with disparaging terms like "nuts". (In other words, they adopted terms Olbermann himself has used!) It's betrayal! It's a "Judas moment"! It's an "obscenity"! KO revealed the real purpose of these segments, by asking what happens when the religious right hears all this stuff and says:

    I don't wanna vote for these guys any more.

    Bingo! How best to insure a Democrat victory in November? Suppress the Christian right vote! Leave it to a slovenly political hack like Olby to let slip his real agenda in such a brazen manner. Lynn, of course, piled on to reinforce the idea that evangelicals might just "stay home", presumably because they would rather have partial-birth abortions than put up with Karl Rove using the F-word.

    There was more bantering between Olby and Lynn, sort of a blue bloggish version of "Can You Top This?", as each tried to up the propaganda factor of the other. Finally, KO's "expert" was great thanksed, and Krazy Keith promised a third (!) episode of selective quotes for Friday's Countdown. He also mentioned a "standing offer" to Kuo to appear. Obviously he has yet to accept.

    OLBY

    The #4 story: the Foley fuss, and to our great delight, the return of the discredited David Shuster. KO's first question to Slippery:

    What do we know about Kyle Fordham's testimony today?

    Hmm, that must be Kirk's twin brother. Shuster had more hot scoop from his top-secret sources, and we know how reliable they are. He claimed Fordham brought up Foley's behavior six years ago to the house page clerk (unnamed by Slippery). Shuster recounted the purported 2003 contact with Hastert's staff, and this time grudgingly included Scott Palmer's denial. However, Slippery added, "we've got sources" that Fordham was "talking about all this at the time, three years ago". Oh, those sources again! Shuster throughout kept referring to ex-pages as "pages".

    After another fine, fine edition of oddball, "Monkey" Olbermann called in Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions. Will the "Republican sex scandal" be Karl Rove's "undoing"? Is Chris Shays "desperate" because he dared to mention Chappaquiddick? Of course, he must be! On OlbyPlanet, you must never even allude to a Senator's having killed someone. Howie, with his shape-shifting ability to conform his replies to whatever any questioner desires, was a perfect looking-glass for OlbySpin. The discredited sports guy brought up Karl Rove's F-word again (obviously the prime talking point for this Thursday night), and Fineman obsequiously yammered that evangelicals are "skeptical" and "may stay home". Bingo again! The Olbermann Suppress the Vote Project scores another bullseye.

    #2: Investigation into crash that killed the "journeyman", "not a star" Cory Lidle (Keith thanked the machine that played the taped report), plus Anna Nicole Smith and Mel Gibson. #1: Brittney Spears, Kevin Federline, and Screech. Olby and the creepy Michael Musto talked about face cream, porn tapes, stretch marks, and boob jobs.

    MADMAN

    The Media Matters Minute was a classic. Ted Turner complained that when Bush said "either you're with us or against us", he didn't like it because he hadn't studied up on it and hadn't made up his mind. So Olbermann came up with a five-way tie: Sean Hannity, Brent Bozell, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, and Bob Zelnick, all critics of Turner's statement. They are all eeeevil because Turner was responding to a question about supporting the Iraq war, not the war on terror. KO claimed that the wicked Fox didn't show the question, only the answer. Cleverly stated, since the wicked Fox did report the wording of the question, it just wasn't part of the clip. And there was something else "Fat Ass" Olbermann left out. Bush's "for us or against us" quote--the one specifically referenced by Turner--had nothing to do with the Iraq war. It was a statement "Mister" Bush said just after the 9/11 attack. That's the statement Turner was talking about, regardless of how hard Olby tried to cover it up.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: The Dow hits another historic high; the budget defecit is cut by half three years ahead of schedule. Just no time to squeeze any of that in on The Hour of Spin. A terrorist pleads guilty to plotting to blow up US monuments and institutions; hey, that's not news on OlbyPlanet. We need more Kuo quotes! KO has given us a blizzard of polls in recent days, yet tonight completely ignored the latest one, showing that the Foley fuss has had little effect (with the Dem/GOP generic ballot gap actually narrowing slightly). And still Keith has not addressed his reckless slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    Now Keith's favorite part of our write-up, where we compare Olbermann's book the book that bears Olbermann's name with O'Reilly's. The OlbyTome has fallen to #86 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" stands at #14. And O'Reilly's book is still #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Wednesday night's Neilsens found Countdown with its usual third place finish. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 9 [SEVERE].

    Olbersphere Reax:

    Hot Air


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    OlbyLoon Slanders Olbermann Watch Readers

    I don't mind OlbyLoons taking verbal pot shots at me (it goes with the territory) but Jeremi over at Star Dog Cafe has crossed the line and had the temerity to accuse YOU - the loyal, clear-thinking readers of Olbermann Watch - of being responsible for some Olbermann video he posted on Google from being taken down. Now he really has gone too far!!!! I am very disappointed with him.

    I am being stalked by blogging assholes
    The Olbermann Watch assholes are at it again
    Robert Cox is a total fucking moron

    Meanwhile - we have inspired one OlbyLoon to start Hannity Watch

    Hi and welcome to the first post of HannityWatch.org! Let me tell you about the origin of this site. I was surfing the web today when I came across Olberman Watch from Mr. Robert Cox of The National Debate ("Where Politics, Policy and the Media Meet ."). It quickly became clear that the mission of this "Oblermann (sic) Watch" website was to attack and discredit one of the few honest and courageous men left in the mainstream media, Keith Olbermann...with the impetus provided by finding the OlbermanWatch blog, I decided to check the availability of "HannityWatch.com/.net/.org." Low and behold, nobody had registered any of them! I knew it had to be a sign, so I grabbed them all and here I am.


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    Klassy Keith

    As we noted in our Wednesday Countdown synopsis, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann appeared on A-Mess-NBC yesterday afternoon to discuss the death of Corey Lidle. Now HotAir has video of his bizarre comments. The irony is rich, as the late Mr Lidle is dismissed as "not a star" by perennial also-ran Keith.


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    My Latest Op-Ed for Examiner.com: When will the right recognize the cost of conceding Web 2.0?

    UPDATE: I was linked by Drudge. Hehehe!

    Some folks seem to like knowing when I write non-Olbermann Watch stuff so I am linking my latest Op-Ed for The Washington Examiner: When will the right recognize the cost of conceding Web 2.0?. In it I relate my experience over the past several years watching my friends on the left build and control most every "node" in the emerging Web 2.0 to the Michelle Malkin/You Tube controversy and how that is just the leading edge of a very broad sword which liberals are using to cut conservatives out of the online national dialog.

    Reax:

    Newsbusters calls it a "must read" and says "In today's DC Examiner, Olbermann Watch blogger Bob Cox sounds the alarm against what he (correctly) perceives as the conservative movement's failure to sufficiently become involved in creating the next generation of the internet"

    The National Review calls it a "must read" too. Hmmm. Then you had BETTER read it!

    186K is not so sure about my the premise for the piece.

    Outside the Beltway says " I don’t see how it much matters who invents certain technologies."

    The Real Ugly American says "I don't know if his fears are well founded or not but it certainly bares (sic) more attention."


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    October 11, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 11, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek
    • COMEDIAN LEWIS BLACK

    As Countown for a Wednesday night kicked off, Krazy Keith blasted through the opening spiel, hitting on the plane crash, "Mister" Bush "lying about the Democrats" and betraying evangelicals, and more. Three "Mister" Bushes in just the spiel alone: a new Countdown record!

    The lead story dealt with the NYC plane crash. Olby gave background on five baseball players who died in plane crashes over five decades. He did not reprise his description of the late Mr Lidle that he gave earlier today on A-Mess-NBC, calling him a "journeyman" pitcher, who was "not a superstar, not a prominent player".

    After reports from the scene KO interviewed an aviation expert who wondered why the plane's emergency parachute wasn't deployed. Others have opined that the craft was far too low for the chute to have been effective. Teaser for an upcoming segment claimed that "the Bush White House" "privately ridiculed" evangelicals while soliciting their support. The building did this? Everyone in it? How could "the Bush White House" ridicule anyone? All this from a "genuinely startling" book.

    OLBY

    The #4 story was not the resignation of Dennis Hastert. You will recall that, precisely seven days ago, David Shuster breathlessly told Countdown viewers at in a week, Hastert would not be Speaker. The discredited sports guy wisely avoided that topic, and turned instead to the Presidential press conference, via a taped report from tonsorially enhanced David Gregory. The Wolffe Man materialized to echo OlbySpin. Example: KO wanted to know if the White House was frustrated because, with foreign policy "failures" like North Korea, it's "not driving the political bus". Wolffie's response: "You bet that frustrates it." "Fat Ass" Olbermann quoted "Mister" Bush saying he's not criticizing the patriotism of those who disagree, adding:

    How does he do it? How does he say those things with a straight face?

    The Wolffe Man's reply: "Because he's had practice". [Cue the Olbermann phony chuckle.] Wolffie opined that the President is "fabricating", because when he says he's not questioning anyone's patriotism, "he's actually questioning their patriotism.... it's just nonsense." O.K.

    No Emmy-worthy edition of oddball tonight; instead a plug for the "jaw-dropping" expose of "Bush administration hypocrisy" re evangelicals. This much-hyped segment, fueled by email alerts to the blue blogs, was all about ex-adminstration staffer David Kuo who, just before the election, has a book out slamming "Mister" Bush and his people. Herr Olbermann questions the "timing" of terror alerts and bomb plots in England, but never Bush-bashing books.

    The report was a "Countdown exclusive": people in the White House spoke of evangelicals with "derision", they are "playing millions of American Christians for suckers". The pre-taped segment cherry-picked nuggets from the book that play into tonight's propaganda message: evangelicals, if the Foley fuss hasn't soured you on the Republican Party, "Monkey" Olbermann will spend an entire segment trying to finish the job.

    We expected to see Mr Kuo in an "exclusive" interview, but there wasn't one. All we got was Krazy Keith detailing selected snippets from the book. Was Mr Kuo invited? Did Olby deem him unacceptable, possibly because he has also blamed knee-jerk opposition from Democrats? Or did Kuo refuse to debase his reputation by appearing on The Hour of Spin? The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann never explained, but he did promise part two of his assiduously culled "highlights" of the book tomorrow.

    #2: Madonna's adoption (recycled report from ITV), Brangelina, Patrick Dempsey, and Isaiah Washington. #1 was a supposed-to-be-humorous round-up of political doings with the decidedly unfunny Lewis Black. Just by coincidence Mr Black also appears in a new movie, which Edward R Olbermann was happy to plug, complete with clip. And just by coincidence again, it happens to be a Universal picture. That's one way to keep those network bosses happy.

    MADMAN

    The "worst person" segment opened with KO again waving his book before the camera. A candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State (R) was ridiculed. It appears that some time in her past she had a sexually active "groupie" relationship with some of the Green Bay Packers. My, my, that must shock the puritanical Rev Olbermann. Or maybe he's just jealous that they managed to pull it off without having to stoop to clandestine assignations in hotel rooms and cheap bottles of wine.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: Night after night we hear about the "Republican sex scandal", but KO so far has refused to report on a Democrat financial scandal. How did that one escape the notice of Slippery Shuster? A federal grand jury issues a terrorism indictment; for the first time in a generation, a charge of "treason" has been levied. Not a word from Herr Olbermann. And still Keith did not address his reckless slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    In the competition for readers, Olbermann's book the book that bears Olbermann's name has fallen to #1,317 at Barnes & Noble, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" stands at #27. And O'Reilly's "Culture Warrior" is still #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. At press time ratings were not available for Tuesday's Hour of Spin, but does anyone really believe Olby will be any higher than third place again?. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 11 [DANGER!].

    UPDATE:

    Oh Well on Kuo.

    ICN: on Kuo

    Newsbusters Shuster prediction falls flat.


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    Left Turns on Olbermann over Paris Hilton "slut" tag

    The left giveth and the left taketh away - at least if you are Keith Olbermann. Reports of KO's misogynistic tendencies are well-documented:

    - his deplorable remarks about a female colleague at ESPN
    - his smashing an Ann Coulter doll to pieces on air while cackling maniacally
    - his characterization of Rita Cosby as "dumber than a suitcase full of rocks"
    - his incredibly vile references to Ann Coulter as a [slang for part of the female anatomy
    - referring to Lindsay Lohan's mother as a "bag"
    - there are at least two websites deveoted to discussing nothing but this very topic - and those are from his FANS!

    Keith's latest transgression against the fairer sex?

    Making a coarse sexual reference to Hilton, mocking her report of a criminal assault, and running the tagline "A Slut and Battery" throughout the segment - and it has raised eyebrows even on the left.

    Fish Bowl NY (with video):

    Yes, you heard Keith Olbermann correctly. In case you missed it, here it is again:

    Paris Hilton claims she was punched in the face yesterday morning at a nightclub in Hollywood [pause] 'Course she's had worse things happen to her face ...

    And yes, that is what he meant. Also note MSNBC's "A Slut and Battery" graphic — perhaps Page Six wasn't so Olber the line with yesterday's unflattering Olbermann sex story after all.

    The Huffington Post

    ...there is something really unseemly and misogynistic about that particular phrase - not only is it stunningly inappropriate for MSNBC and Olbermann (the recent holier-than-thou voice of America Wronged, lest we forget) to throw that label on anyone, but particularly in the context of a claim of assault, which diminishes the seriousness of an assault charge and suggests that assaults on 'sluts' are less worthy of serious consideration....a vile reference, and completely beneath what Olbermann holds himself out to be. Not exactly what one would call an Edward R. Murrow moment.

    Raw Story picked up the HuffPo piece, generating hostility from some of the OlbyLoon commenters.

    Sheeesh. And to think we defended Keith when the New York Post minimized a crime against him and showed some restraint on the KO sex blog.

    Olberverse:

    Inside Cable News

    Becky at Relevant Torture has up a terrifific post on Saint Keith of Secaucus:

    I was waiting for something like this, for all of those recent KO converts to discover Keith isn't the saint Left Blogslyvania is making him out to be. To wit, this unattributed bit from yesterday's Huffington Post.


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    A word on 'Live Plus' ratings - UPDATE

    A sensational new report from the widely-respected TV industry journal, MediaNewsDaily, finds that the inability of the TV networks to convince advertisers to accept the new "Live Plus" ratings data from Nielsen Media Research has cost the networks hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

    In the past, all advertising deals were based on a single set of ratings reported by Nielsen, but late last year, Nielsen began reporting delayed viewing from households using digital video recorders, and decided to release the data in three streams: "live," "live" plus same day of playback, and "live" plus seven-days of playback. The networks had pushed to include all the delayed viewing, but advertisers and agencies feared viewers zap commercials when playing back recorded programming and held the line for live-only ratings guarantees during the upfront.

    Regular OlbyWatch readers will recall that last July we caught MSNBC Flack and Olbyapologist Brian Stelter at TVNewser playing fast and loose with the TV ratings data posted on his site.

    When confronted by Olbermann Watch, Stelter first sought to sidestep the issue, then tried the "shoot the messenger" tactic but ultimately was forced to concede that he had, in fact, switched the ratings data he was reporting. Although he never did explain this to his own readers, he did begin to include a disclaimer in his ratings post to indicate that he he was using "Live Plus" ratings data (live viewers plus people who Tivo a show and watch it later that day).

    As you can see in those earlier posts, Brian defended his "bait and switch" on the grounds that the "Live Plus" data had become the accepted standard for measuring television audiences. At that time we pointed out that this simply false. That not only was "Live Plus" not a standard but was vehemently opposed by the advertisers. The irony here is that another tactic Brian has used to puff up MSNBC and Keith Olbermann has been to focus his reporting on the so-called "money demo" (viewers ages 25-54) because that was what the advertisers cared about. Brian then sought to complain that cable news executives used "Live Plus" data to evaluate their shows regardless of advertisers. This was also false. Fox News Channel owns most of the cable news audience and they do not use "Live Plus" data to evaluate shows or in their discussions with advertisers.

    So, the networks have given up on "Live Plus". Has TVNewser? Nope. Which brings us back to our original point - that the real purpose of sneaking in "Live Plus" data was just another sorry attempt to boost Keith Olbermann and his pals at MSNBC.

    Olberverse Reax

    Inside Cable News


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    October 10, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 10, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • FOUR WEEKS FROM ELECTION DAY: NBC News' Mark Potter
    • BUSH'S MOOD: Tom DeFrank, Daily News Washington Bureau Chief

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann delivered a "special investigation" tonight that was so fatuous, so shallow and moronic, that it may well stand as a nadir in the realm of public discourse. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

    Olby romped through the opening spiel: Hastert, more poll numbers, Katherine Harris, and "the murder of habeas corpus". Quoth the Olbermann:

    How he can now put you in jail, and throw away the key. [1]

    The Hour of Spin proper kicked off with poll numbers, always news when they are bad for the GOP. Mention was made again of the "Republican sex scandal" (trivia question: how many times did Krazy Keith refer to the Lewinsky business as the "Democratic sex scandal"?). Jordan Edmunds was interviewed by the FBI: he's the page whose identity was dug up by red bloggers, a report that was ridiculed by blue bloggers, but proved to be correct. In the run down of poll numbers. KO highlighted all the bad news for Republicans including:

    Gallup: Does your representative deserve re-election? Yes: 59%, No: 33%

    After mention of a fire at a Baghdad ammunitions "daypo" (as it is pronounced on OlbyPlanet), and negative Iraq-related comments from Olympia Snowe (trivia question: how often has Olby cited any of her comments that were not anti-administration?), KO gave passing reference to the possible 2nd Korean nuke test.

    Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post read the pre-election tea leaves, and talked about the write-in candidate for the Tom DeLay seat. He seemed to be under the impression that having a long name is a hardship (you need a name like "Ben Smith", he opined), apparently unaware that write-ins have, for at least a decade, been a highly organized affair, complete with mass distribution of peel-off stickers. In the Senate, Cillizza saw a possibility of a turn-over, an excellent excuse to dredge up George Allen and "macaca" again. He claimed this race was running "even", which would be accurate if your definition of "even" was Allen being ahead by more than 5%

    OLBY

    Cillizza got "great thanksed", and KO decided to do a bit on the "infamous" Katherine Harris, who is behind in Florida polls. Going into the first break, there was no mention of the "fact" (per David Shuster) that Denny Hastert has only one day left as Speaker of the House. Slippery didn't even show up to participate in the anticipatory festivities. Instead, Krazy Keith did another tease for his expose on habeas corpus, noting:

    That, in turn, kills nothing less than your bill of rights. [2]

    The #4 story was a New York Daily News report on the President's reaction to the Woodward book. Again mention of "the Republican sex scandal". Thomas DeFrank sat in the Seat of Honor, describing the book as:

    A lurid portrait of a chaotic, backbiting, dysfunctional administration...

    A nice turn of phrase, and in fact, turning to Mr DeFrank's article, we find him describing:

    A lurid portrait of a dysfunctional, chaotic administration...

    And what do you know, this afternoon's Countdown email newsletter promises that Mr DeFrank will tell viewers about:

    A lurid portrait of a dysfunctional, chaotic administration...

    O.K. As DeFrank went on, he referenced an "unflattering portrait" (apparently "lurid" was pretty much worn out by this point). The President doesn't like disloyalty, there's "a lot of friction", and the House Republicans are bunglers. "Monkey" Olbermann observed that "Mister" Bush is "frothing at the mouth" about "stuff that he has made up out of thin air", and DeFrank, who wants to hold on to some semblance of professionalism, retorted: "That's your characterization, not mine."

    DeFrank was great thanksed, and then came another installment in that pinnacle of journalism: oddball. Another tease for KO's "special investigation", and then finally the Great Moment arrived: Dr Olbermann's lecture on the bill of rights and the "murder" of habeas corpus, complete with a graphic of a tombstone. "Fat Ass" Olbermann began with a nonsequitur, using a clip of the President decrying people who leak classified information to imply that they would be subject to this detainee act.

    After a few juvenile smart cracks, Krazy Keith went into his pre-taped exegesis of habeas corpus. Clip of Bush taking the oath to defend the constitution. Quote from the constitution. Clip of Sen Leahy lying that the bill "eliminates completely" habeas corpus. Clip of Arlen Spectre. Clip of John Kerry. All clips sided with Dr Olbermann. Habeas corpus pre-dates the constitution. Quotes from the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, with Dr Olbermann using a red ink pen to cross off rights that no longer remain "for your protection" [3]:

    you lose your freedom of religion and speech [4]... you, you, you can't petition the government [5]... your right to bear arms [6]... you're not secure against seizures, searches and seizures [7]...

    Now what do all those numbers stand for? They represent each time Keith Olbermann lied about your habeas corpus rights. At least seven times--that's when we quit counting. Make it eight, if you include the pre-show promos. Even billing this vapid display of ignorance as a "special investigation" was a lie. What kind of investigation into this new law quotes from everything under the sun--except the law itself?

    The law carves out a limited exception to the general habeas corpus right. But here's the key: this exception does not apply to American citizens! Krazy Keith didn't want his viewers to know this most salient fact. Every time Herr Olbermann dishonestly claimed it was affecting "you" or "your rights", he was spinning like a top. This provision only affects aliens determined to be enemy combatants. It says so, in plain English, right in the law. And so the entire premise of Olby's latest ignorant rant is nothing but a cheap semantic trick, another thinly disguised Olbermann lie.

    After this embarrassingly uninformed fulmination, Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann covered Barbra Streisand (via a Monica Novotny report), Mel Gibson, Paris Hilton, Joe Torre, and The Runaway Bride.

    The Media Matters Minute opened without the usual book pimping. "Bill Orally" was named for opining that the Korean nuke test was timed to influence the November election. Such opinions are not permitted on OlbyPlanet, because they are not the approved opinions of Judge Olbermann. Michael Savage got the honors as "worst person". Watch for the free publicity video to appear at the Media Matters site within the next 24 hours--the same time frame during which Dennis Hastert will step down from his Speaker's post. We know that because Slippery Shuster said so.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: The stock market hit another historic high today, but good economic news is unwelcome on The Hour of Spin. Olby loves to cite Washington Post editorials--when he can use them to reinforce his spin. After Countdown's Blame Bush for Korean Nukes Fest, today's Post editorial took up the issue. But their conclusion ("the real leverage lies with South Korea and China") contradicted OlbySpin, so it was ignored. Similarly, Olby is quick to cite the editorial page of the Los Ageneles Times when it suits his purposes, but was careful not to refer to their latest commentary on Korea. And Keith still refuses to address his slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    On the amazon best-sellers list, the book that bears Olbermann's name has fallen to #78, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #19. And O'Reilly's volume is still #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. Monday's ratings: Krazy Keith still stuck in third place. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED].

    Olberverse Reax

    [ed. note: there has been a significant decline in blogs writing about KO's "special comments". Apparently they are no longer especially "special" anymore. Now his "special investigation" has been pretty much ignored. Is this a sign that KO has gone to the "special" well once too often? As you can see those few links that are out there are mostly people linking to the video on YouTube or C&L]

    Daily Kos

    They have a poll asking "when will Keith beat O'Reilly's ratings?" I voted for "when hell freezes over".


    Also...Truthdig, Crooks and Liars, Colorado Boob, Firedoglake, POVonline, The Reid Report, Resistance Intelligencer, qwstnevrythg


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    OlbyWatch Survey: Will David Shuster's Hastert prediction come true?

    On Wednesday October 4, Hardball correspondent David Shuster announced on Countdown that Dennis Hastert "will not be the Speaker of the House" by "this time next week". Tomorrow night is "this time" so the world wants to know...will Shuster be proven right once again?

    Today's Question: Will David Shuster's Hastert prediction come true?

    A. Yes
    B. No
    C. Who is David Shuster?
    D. Who is Dennis Hastert?

    Previous Question: Should Olbermann Watch cover the "karmabites1" story?

    The correct answer is "B. No".

    467 answers have been submitted.
    A. Yes 31% (145 votes)
    B. No 23% (109 votes)
    C. What the heck is "karmabites"? 45% (213 votes)

    As a compromise sure to please no one, I will not run a full post on it but I am going to link that crap here and if you really want to run down that rabbit hole be my guest.

    The New York Post' Page Six has taken another shot at Fox News nemesis Keith Olbermann (Rupert Murdoch owns both the NYPost and FNC) by running a story about an infamous "woman-scorned" blogger who goes by the moniker "Karmabites1".

    Olberverse Reax:

    Inside Cable News: Sigh…

    The Cable Game: "Keith Gets Low Ratings in Bed"

    Relevant Torture: Page Six

    Elsewhere...

    Post Chronicle: BloggerMann-Handled! Keith Olbermann Feels Bite Of Karma

    Paxalles: The Worst Person In The World (In Bed)?

    Doug Henwood Talks: Murdoch press strikes back at Keith Olbermann

    Men's News Daily: Keith “None and Done� Olbermann?

    Socialite: Keith Olbermann Apparently Sucks in Bed

    Wonkette: It's Better Than a Bullet In the Head

    VH1: Best Week Ever: SHOCKER… MAYBE THE DIRTY KIND

    Fish Bowl NY: Olber the Line? Page Six Slams Olbermann Sex Life

    Gawker: Four months after the fact, Page Six learns of Keith Olbermann's ex-lover's blog.

    Right Wing News: The New York Post's Page Six Sleazeballs Vs. Keith Olbermann

    Jossip: Keith Olbermann Prefers You Don't Read the Comments in KarmaBites' Blog.

    UPDATE: The New York Post now has a second Page Six story on "karmabites1" - in this one Keith's publicist actually responded which was probably a mistake.

    Becky at Relevant Torture is none too pleased.

    Cable Game: KO should sue kb1

    TV Squad: Keith Olbermann is no Casanova.


    Posted by Robert Cox | Permalink | Comments (7) | | View blog reactions
    The FAQ has been updated

    As always it is linked at the top of the home page - and here

    From time to time I update the FAQ. I pull questions from these posts so please use the comments section below to ask/suggest new questions for the FAQ.

    UPDATE: due to spammers this comment thread is now closed. If you want to submit an FAQ question send an email (see the top of the home page).

    Comments moved from original FAQ post...

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    Great -

    Maybe you can add some of his quotes & e-mails i.e I'm not biased, his many career failures, his attacks against others when he was

    As always great job

    After reading this quick snynopsis, the Olbyloons will look foolish defending this almost 50sih childless (thank God), wife less (thanks God again too), Democratic infomercialhour

    Posted by: CC at October 11, 2006 09:56 AM

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    Hilarious faq.. I am enlightened.

    Posted by: AndrewGurn at October 12, 2006 01:32 PM

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    Accidently stumbled here, and I must say....this site is truly pathetic. If you don't like it, don't watch it, and start living life. Sheesh. *rolls eyes*

    Posted by: Anonymous at October 12, 2006 04:42 PM

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    I would like to point out F&Q lie:

    Q. What's the deal with the labels on certain comments?
    A. As noted on the site "To assist clear-thinking OW readers we have implemented a color-coded warning system to quickly identify inane comments made by the tinfoil hat brigade. Kooky comments will be clearly marked easy-to-recognize Loony-Level warning icons. No longer will you need to spend your precious time trying to understand the nonsensical ravings of lunatic minds. When you see a Loony-Level warning icon just skip right down to the next sensible comment." Unfortunately, too many OlbyLoons took to posting gross images on the site so we had to disable to the HTML in comments and so those labels are no longer visible on the site. If we ever get new software maybe we can fix that.

    =========================================

    This website completely misses the fact that underneath of the long list of "liberal" offenses... there are two tags that merit conservatives. Why is it that this website can not continue placing the congratulatory tags as a part of the comment viewing process? I mean... at the very least... a lie... in the updated F&Q section!!!

    Posted by: Conservo at October 12, 2006 06:26 PM

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    Thank you for the site. I have been watching KO for a long time out of fascination for a clearly narcissistic exhibitionist personality that one would normally find in clinical practice. I caught his "have you no shame" retort and, for the first time saw the rage that GWB elicits from Marxist-Socialists-Liberal Democrats. I was so stunned by his body language that I started laughing out loud, frightening the household. My dog came running, barking in protest! I can see why people are fascinated by his very distorted, introverted rants. Keep up the good work!

    Posted by: Mark johnson at October 13, 2006 09:44 PM

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    Really! What is yer major malfunction? Were you in the army or something? If so I forgive you. Seriously. If not... well.. check your head.

    Posted by: chris at October 14, 2006 03:28 AM

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    I so glad there is now DSM IV diagnostic criteria for Olbyloon Disorder.

    It good that managed care services must now recognize this disorder so that these folks can get the help they need!

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    A few words on RATINGS REALITY...

    After serving up my regular critiques of the MSM OlbyLovers among the TV Critics Association to hundreds of thousands of loyal Olbermann Watch readers, many readers have written asking me how I can be so certain that these "OlbyLoons in journalists clothing" are manipulating the Nielsen ratings data and are playing fast and loose with ratings data to portray Keith in the positive possible light in order to justify their constant drumbeat of Keith Olbermann's supposed ratings juggernaut.

    I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the REALITY about Keith's ratings and put the constant hype in some context. For fun I am going to toss in some analysis of Keith's favorite bogeyman, Bill O'Reilly.

    Let's start with the real numbers...

    Fox News has apparently been kind of enough to send Brian Stelter of TVNewser that "Program Ranker" data for months, quarters and years including the most recent batch (apparently his whining that Fox News would not deal with him paid off). So, we have the full year data for 2004 and 2005. We also have the quarterly data for the first three quarters of 2006 and can use those both to analyze this year's data and create a "Year to Date" number to permit comparisons with 2004 and 2005 (we can do this again in a few months with the 2006 data is released).

    You can check for yourself but I have pulled share, P2+ (all) and Demo (25-54) data from each for The O'Reilly Factor (BOR) and Countdown with Keith Olbermann (KO):

    Third Quarter 2006 Program Ranker

    BOR 1.8 (2,057/478)
    KO 0.4 (391/152)

    Second Quarter 2006 Program Ranker

    BOR 1.8 (2,077/394)
    KO 0.3 (334/123)

    First Quarter 2006 Program Ranker

    BOR 2.0 (2,274/446)
    KO 0.3 (404/164)

    2005 Program Ranker

    BOR 2.2 (2,490/564)
    KO 0.4 (375/142)

    2004 Program Ranker

    BOR 2.1 (2,413/689)
    KO 0.4 (350/113)

    I don't know how to make HTML tables too well so until some kind reader sends me the code to make this format correctly you will just have to do your best to read through the table:

    Share 2004 2005 1Q06 2Q06 3Q06 06 YTD/Avg
    BOR 2.1 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.8 1.9
    KO 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.3
    RATIO 5 6 7 6 5 6

    ALL* 2004 2005 1Q06 2Q06 3Q06 06 YTD/Avg
    BOR 2,413 2,490 2,274 2,077 2,057 2,136
    KO 350 375 404 334 391 376
    RATIO 7 7 6 6 5 6

    DEMO* 2004 2005 1Q06 2Q06 3Q06 06 YTD/Avg
    BOR 689 564 446 394 478 439
    KO 113 142 164 123 152 146
    RATIO 6 4 3 3 3 3

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    Share 04 v. 06 YTD 05 v. 06 YTD 1Q06 v. 3Q06 2Q06 v. 3Q06
    BOR -10% -14% -14% 0%
    KO -17% -17% 33% 33%

    ALL* 04 v. 06 YTD 05 v. 06 YTD 1Q06 v. 3Q06 2Q06 v. 3Q06
    BOR -11% -14% -10% -1%
    KO 8% 0% -3% 17%

    DEMO* 04 v. 06 YTD 05 v. 06 YTD 1Q06 v. 3Q06 2Q06 v. 3Q06
    BOR -36% -22% 7% 21%
    KO 29% 3% -7% 24%

    *in thousands

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    As you can see there are numbers for everyone here. Depending on which time period you choose, Keith is either on the rise or in a spiral. O'Reilly is either collapsing or rebounding. There is no "right" answer to any of this which is my central point - that the MSM always - and I mean always - picks whatever time period or whatever data set is most favorable to Keith. In the past few weeks, the AP, USA TODAY and others have taken to comparing Keith's recent ratings with the historically low ratings from the week before Labor Day and have focused on the P2+ (all viewers) data. In the spring, when KO was edging out Paula Zahn at CNN in the demo all of the MSM articles focused on the demo numbers and Keith's relative success against CNN in this relatively small segment of the cable news viewing audience. When Keith's numbers began to collapse between April and June there was nary a peep in the TV press about Countdown's slide from 2nd in the demo to 3rd or that in the P2+ ratings he was bouncing off the basement floor with some nights behind Headline News and CNBC (i.e., coming in 4th or 5th place).

    Now, before anyone accuses me of being unfair to Keith, let me say that Keith is doing better than when we first starting covering him in 2004. Back then he averaged 350,000 viewers a night and this year, over the first three quarters, he is averaging 376,000 which is a nice 8% increase.

    Yet you will also note that last year Keith was averaging 375,000 viewers per night. So, with all the hype and hoopla about the KO Ratings juggernaut this year, he has grabbed a whopping 1,000 new viewers. See what I mean by hype?

    What about the vaunted "Demo"? As you can see, in 2004 Keith was getting a paltry 113,000 25-54 viewers. This year, so far, he is getting 146,000 which is a highly respectable 29% increase. Of course, in 2005 Keith had 142,000 viewers per night in the demo which is again a barely perceptible increase in demo viewership.

    You can play with the quarter-on-quarter data too. If you like, Keith is UP 17% from last quarter to this quarter. Or he is DOWN 3% from the beginning of the year. Or he is FLAT from last year. In the Demo, Keith is currently UP 29% compared to 2004 or he is DOWN 7% from the beginning of the year.

    Keith and his fellow OlbyLoons love to pick nits with O'Reilly so let's take a look there. Clearly, The O'Reilly Factor has lost viewers this year after getting 2,413,000 in 2004 and 2,490,000 in 2005. The YTD has dropped to 2,136,000 or DOWN 10-14% depending on which period you pick. The biggest change is in the demo where O'Reilly has dropped from 689,000 in 2004 to 439,000 this year-to-date or DOWN 36%. In fact, the number suggest that about 3/4ths of the drop in O'Reilly viewers has come in the demo. But those viewers have not left O'Reilly for Olbermann. In fact, O'Reilly has lost more demo viewers (250,000) over the past two years than Keith has ever HAD viewers in the demo (the high was 164,000 in 2005). Now, those viewers have tuned out altogether and gone elsewhere - but certainly not to Keith.

    Another area of comparison is "share" which measures households watching a show as a percentage of total households watching TV. This is a good number to use because it removes, to some extent, news-driven spikes in viewership. As you can see, Olbermann's share number has been remarkably constant over the years - hovering between 0.3 and 0.4. To my point, however, the reality is that KO's share number is DOWN 33% this year.

    Since O'Reilly likes to mention it, I also took a look at the "ratio" figures. O'Reilly has actually INCREASED his "share ratio" (from a 5:1 advantage to a 6:1 advantage). His "P2+ share" is down slightly but still a whopping 6:1 ratio. Where KO has made inroads has been in the Demo where he has cut O'Reilly's advantage from 6:1 to 3:1. Yet, the vast majority of that gap has come from O'Reilly LOSING audience in the demo not from Keith gaining in the demo.

    It is this data that I am looking at when I read articles pushing the MSNBC PR departments contortions to produce "analysis" purporting to show KO's "success" in the Nielsen ratings.

    A spin-free analysis of the data would tell you this:

    Keith has shown a modest increase, both overall and in the demo, over the past couple of years. During the current year, Keith showed modest improvement in the first quarter of this year courtesy of NBC Sports airing some Winter Olympic events on MSNBC thus serving as a lead-in for Countdown but was unable to retain that new audience. He saw his numbers drop significantly in the spring and has had a bit of a rebound during the last quarter.

    Compare that reality with the constant KO hype in the MSM and hopefully you can appreciate why I scoff at these absurd claims that KO is UP 33% or UP 69%. He is doing better than last year. He is not doing that much better. And compared to the beginning of the year he is doing worse. O'Reilly is doing worse but not that much worse. Compared to O'Reilly, Keith has narrowed the gap slightly but is still getting trounced by any measure you choose.

    More importantly, compared to himself, Keith has not been able to demonstrate any consistent ability to build and sustain an audience since his show first went on the air in 2003.

    The simple fact is that the bulk of the membership of the TV Critics Association wants Keith to succeed. They regularly bash O'Reilly and Fox News and go out of their way to find a pretext to boost Olbermann. Keith is well-known for "working" the TCA membership and his constant sucking up to them has paid off in gallons of positive ink in the mainstream press. We saw the same phenomenon with Air America Radio where the MSM lavished positive coverage on the nascent liberal radio network out of all proportion. And when Air America Radio went into an almost immediate tailspin - losing two of its first five stations in the first few months - the press was silent. Tell me how much positive coverage Rush Limbaugh got in the MSM for building a show now broadcast on over 600 radio stations. Not much. Tell me how many stories you've seen on Bill O'Reilly's unrivaled success in building an audience for his show. Few and far between.

    The bottom line is that Keith is constantly promoted by a liberal media determined to do what it can to "support" Keith so he can support their liberal agenda. Rush might call Keith the "Donavon McNabb" of cable news hosts.

    Who knows? It might just work.

    But for now, the facts suggest otherwise.


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #225: AP Goes to KO Well Again

    In yet another major AP piece on Keith Olbermann, David Bauder hails KO as "the latest media point-person in the nation's political divide".

    Since that first commentary, Olbermann's nightly audience has increased 69 percent, according to Nielsen Media Research. This past Monday 834,000 people tuned in, virtually double his season average and more than CNN competitors Paula Zahn and Nancy Grace. Cable kingpin and Olbermann nemesis Bill O'Reilly (two million viewers that night) stands in his way.

    Olbermann's audience has increased since August. So, why not just deal straight up with readers? Simple. They can't. (for more on why I would direct you to our rather thorough exegesis on the truth about Olbermann's actual ratings from earlier today)

    Olbermann has flirted with the #2 spot for a day or two in the past and always fallen back to #3 (or even #4 or #5). Keith is experiencing a spike in ratings but this kind of thing has happened before - in the weeks before the 2004 election, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when MSNBC was broadcasting parts of the Winter Olympics - and KO has never proven his ability to retain those audiences.

    As is typical of the MSM coverage of Olbermann, Bauder makes the most extreme comparison possible (the always low ratings week before Labor Day weekend v. the largest ratings night ever for Countdown) in order to hype Keith as much as possible. Bauder's piece is just one of hundreds of such articles from the MSM going back to 2003 and, as we have noted previously, if KO were to ever live up the exaggerated claims he would have numbers in the "Survivor" or "American Idol" range.

    With these MSM KO Bandwagon articles it is always important to check them numbers. My calculator shows Bauder using the L+S data so loved by MSNBC and TVNewser to come up with 834,000 viewers on Monday October 2nd. I have no idea what number he is using to arrive at 69% since there is no L+S data from August that, used as a benchmark, gives that percentage increase. The closest is the L+S ratings for August 30th (484,000) which comes out to 72%. Of course, the dog not barking here is that there is no mention of the "all important" 25-54 "money demo". As regular readers know, the lefty TCA-MSNBC axis has spent much of the past year telling anyone who will listen that TOTAL viewers "don't matter" and all that the networks care about is "the demo". Suddenly, when KO pulls a number edging close to 1 million total viewers the "demo" is out and total viewers is back in. Sheesh! Could these guys be any more transparent?

    At least the numbers add up this time so we do not need to call on the AP to publish another correction of an Olbermann puff-piece like we did a few days ago with USA TODAY.

    Keen-eyed (and eared) OlbyWatch readers will recall that a few days ago Keith referenced Locke's Second Treatise on Government on Countdown. Now, to the AP, he references Justice Holmes' dissent in Abrams:

    "The purpose of this is to get people to think and supply the marketplace of ideas with something at every fruit stand, something of every variety," he said. "As an industry, only half the fruit stand has been open the last four years."

    Sounds familiar? Yep, Keith has been reading OlbyWatch again! Of course, this is hardly the first time Keith has gleaned material from Olbermann Watch - this time from my Op-Ed in the Fort-Worth Star Telegram which I linked to this site three weeks ago. It surely won't be the last. Not that we begrudge Keith pilfering our ideas - after all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    There was another line in the article that caught my eye:

    Early in his second tenure at MSNBC, Olbermann said he wanted to do a segment on whether some of the more heroic elements of former POW Jessica Lynch's rescue were exaggerated. He was told by NBC News executives that he had to balance it with a commentary by conservative radio host Michael Savage, and he refused. He was prepared to walk, he said, but it never came to that.

    I have been digging around - and I know it is out there somewhere - but in a previous interview Keith said that as a condition of his return to MSNBC he was not required to "balance" a segment by having guests with competing points of view on Countdown. Now Keith is telling Bauder a different story - that AFTER joining MSNBC for the second time he stood up to NBC News executives and after his display of bravado they backed down and he has been doing the show his way (sans guests who disagree with Keith) ever since. If you can find the quote ping me and I will post an update.

    NOTE: Over the weekend we had a Welcome AP Readers post up where we noted that Olbermann Watch received a prominent mention in Bauder's piece. Although I am taking issue with the piece as part of our ongoing MSM KO Bandwagon series, the article is pretty good over all. Bauder obviously did his homework and spent a good deal of time looking at the "Olbermann Wars" in the blogs. So, while I am ripping him a bit, I'd have to say this one of the better articles on Keith in a while.

    UPDATE: This site offers a textbook example of why it matters when AP and USA TODAY and others play fast and loose with KO's ratings:

    In just over a month, since MSNBC's Keith Olbermann began a blistering attack on the Bush administration, his ratings have soared 69 percent, the Associated Press observed Monday, citing figures from Nielsen Media Research. According to A.P., the sudden rise in Olbermann's audience -- it now exceeds CNN's Paula Zahn in the time period but amounts for less than half of FNC's Bill O'Reilly -- can be traced to his Countdown commentary following Donald Rumsfeld's speech equating Iraq War opponents to pre-World War II appeasers.

    As we noted above, the "sudden rise" of "69%" is based on picking a real low number and comparing it to a single night that was a distinct ratings anamoly for Keith which was driven primarily off of the then-breaking Foley scandal. And Keith only beat Zahn on that one night. But how can the uninformed reader possibly be expected to discern the truth when the author cites unimpeachable sources like "Nielsen Media Research" and the "Associated Press" and the piece does not bother to explain how that number was calculated. After all, why would AP want to inflate Keith's numbers?


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    October 9, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 9, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • REPUBLICANS UNRAVELED: David Shuster, MSNBC correspondent; Jonathan Alter, Newsweek

    We predicted that a downturn in the polls would suddenly make survey results news again on The Hour of Spin. And, like Pavlov's dog in a bell-testing factory, Krazy Keith came through again. Cherry-picked poll results led off the opening spiel, followed by FoleyGate, and then he got around to North Korea. For the latter, KO scrounged up a Rumsfeld connection, which just happened to be a big talking point today on the blue blogs.

    Even with the Rummy angle, the North Korean threat still wasn't spinnable enough to kick off the show, so the Hour of Spin proper began with...poll results! You know, those polls that Herr Olbermann has ignored for weeks because they were going in the wrong direction. Sure enough, KO seized on the Newsweek poll: it has Bush down in the 30s. Nonpartisan Olbermann mentioned the adminstration's "do nothing diplomatic stance" re Korea (a preposterous characterization, but then, we are on OlbyPlanet), before moving on to the "Republican sex scandal".

    OLBY

    Time again for the notorious quote-doctorer David Shuster. Slippery cited the revelation that Congresman Kolbe knew about Foley's behavior back in 2000. At Olby's urging, he used this to suggest that Hastert's timeline was defective, everything has to be pushed back, etc. From the statements quoted in the press by Kolbe, there's nothing whatsoever about him ever telling anyone else in the House, let alone the leadership, about what Foley was up to. But to Slippery, that just raises "questions", and naturally they are questions about Hastert, not questions about Kolbe. Like could Kolbe have been attempting to protect Foley from the leadership. Why would Kolbe do that? A little factoid that didn't make Countdown: Kolbe, like Foley, is homosexual.

    They went on to talk about Congressman Tom Reynolds, losing ground in his re-election bid, and the House ethics committee. KO was hopeful that the committee's investigation would be completed before the election, while Slippery predicted it would get bogged down. Shuster did not reference his statement of last week which, if taken seriously, would mean that in the next two days, Speaker Hastert would be out of his job. We'll know about that soon enough.

    After great thanksing Shuster, Olby turned the seat of honor over to Alter. Krazy Keith worried that all this talk about a coming GOP disaster might be overstatement. Hello? Did "Fat Ass" Olbermann not even listen to his own opening spiel? Alter came up with the usual piercingly brilliant insights that have made him a Countdown fave: Politics changes quickly. A week can be a lifetime. Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. A stitch in time saves nine. Love means never having to say you're sorry. Life is like a box of chocolates.

    More "great thanks" followed, and to our great disappointment, a Krazy Keith "special report" on "the murder of habeas corpus" (the same habeas corpus that never been applied to enemy combattants in any prior conflict in our nation's history) was delayed until tomorrow. Oh, the waves of disappointment that flooded across the blue blogs.

    The #4 story was not about the Korean nuke test. No way, it was the "Christian right" and the "Republican sex scandal". But this was merely to intro a taped rerun from NBC. After a tease for Big Brangelina News came another segment of oddball that is undoubtedly headed for a place in the Museum of Television Arts and Sciences. And of course, the top three newsmakers, or as Olby announced it

    But first time for Countdown's lesst of, uh, the latest [pause] three newsmakers of this day.

    The Korean story was presented with the utmost OlbySpin: it's all "Mister" Bush's fault, because he called them evil and didn't talk to them. (Much like the Idaho lawmaker who, on hearing that Hitler had invaded Poland, said it wouldn't have happened if only he had been able to talk to Mr Hitler first--an obscure historical reference that you'll never hear from "Fat Ass" Olbermann.) Oh, and Rummy was part of a company that sold North Korea light water reactors, under the terms of the Clinton era engagement policies. But then, no slave to consistency, KO complained that "Mister" Bush did away with that policy. Don't try to make sense of it, it's OlbyLogic.

    Just to nail down the propaganda, Herr Olbermann dragged in a representative of what the rest of the world considers a failed policy toward North Korea, Clinton's ambassador Wendy Sherman:

    How could anybody not have seen this coming?

    Sherman's response was one that is heard repeatedly on The Hour of Spin: "I quite agree with you." The Korean problem is all Bush's fault. It's "terrifying". Multilateralism (the mantra for just about every other foreign policy situation) is out because the North Koreans want direct engagement. Things were great under Bill Jefferson Clinton, but now we're in a "deep hole". But wait, weren't the Koreans cheating on the sweet deal that B.J. Clinton made with them? On OlbyPlanet, that's not just the unanswered question, it's the unasked question. Another reason we call it The Hour of Spin.

    #2 : Brangelina in India (recycled NBC video), Paris Hilton, Nicole Ritchie, Anna Nicole Smith. #1: A tribute to Buck O'Neill, including mention of his attraction for younger women. (Olbermann has no shame.)

    MADMAN

    Book pimping again led off the Media Matters Minute. Krazy Keith waved his book the book that bears his name, bragging that among all political books sold just at Wal-Mart stores, he was #2 and "Bill Orally" was #3. It was a good start to attack Mr Bill himself, for criticizing the Cleveland Plain Dealer's review. KO: "Bill, your book sucks." Note that the newspaper agreed with the criticisms Mr Bill made, and printed a statement to that effect. "Monkey" Olbermann left that part out, but did work in a reference to Andrea Mackris. OK, that settles it. I vote "yes" in today's poll. If the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann can dish it out, he should be able to take it. Fox News was "worst person" for getting the party affiliations wrong on a graphic when reporting on a poll. Olby cleverly showed just a freeze-frame and didn't mention that the speakers made clear the correct identifications.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: KO loves bad economic news, like rising oil prices. But he said not one word as the price of gas continued to fall, according to surveys released today. Yet again Keith did not address his slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry. And the biggest muted mongrel: that salacious story in today's New York Post. Some things just hit a bit too close to home, eh Keith?

    NAME

    While the book that bears Olbermann's name languishes at #78 at amazon, Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #16. And O'Reilly's volume is #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. (KO didn't make any clever comparisons on this point, since the OlbyTome never made that list.) Friday's audience numbers found Krazy Keith in his usual poor third place. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED].


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    Olbermann Watch Image Gallery

    I have added an Olbermann Watch Image Gallery via a Flickr badge along the right-hand rail. The plan is to add images to that gallery from time to time and to announce the new images via a blog post.

    Here are two recent additions:

    An emailer found this on Free Republic:


    patriot_art


    OlbyWatch Contributor David Lunde of Lundesigns sent this one. I thought it was little over the top so I am displaying within the extended body but not on the home page:

    lundesigns.com (2)


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    OlbyWatch Survey: Should Olbermann Watch cover the "karmabites1" story?

    Question: Should Olbermann Watch cover the "karmabites1" story?

    We have made it a point NOT to cover the claims made by "karmabites1" because OlbyWatch confines itself to what Keith says and does on his show, in the news and otherwise in public. But after both the NY Daily News and NY Post have run stories about her, and posts by many bloggers, we find ourselves in the odd position of not reporting on something about Olbermann that has gotten wide public exposure. I am not sure whether we should continue to "embargo" the karmabites1 story and want too know what Olbermann Watch readers think we should do.

    A. Yes
    B. No
    C. What the heck is "karmabites"?

    Last Question: Who would you like banned from YouTube?

    1,677 answers have been submitted.

    The correct answer is "Neith Malkin nor Olbermann should be banned from YouTube".

    A. Michelle Malkin 35% (587 votes)
    B. Keith Olbermann 28% (470 votes)
    C. Both Malkin and Olbermann 4% (73 votes)
    D. Neither Malkin nor Olbermann 32% (547 votes)


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    October 8, 2006
    MSM KO Bandwagon #229: Fox 10th? Run Piece on MSNBC 10th

    Danny Hooley of the Raleigh News & Observer triple dips on the occassion of Fox News 10th anniversary by (a) IGNORING the FNC 10th; (b) celebrating MSNBC's 10th from several months ago; (c) quoting renowned "TV Analyst" Brian Stelter on the "amazing" MSNBC. And then there is the obligatory salivating over KO - "Olbermann mockingly refers to his 8 p.m. rival as the "Big Giant Head" and "Bill Orally." Once, O'Reilly got so steamed that he started an online petition to have MSNBC remove Olbermann from its schedule."


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    Welcome AP Wire Readers

    Olbermann Watch is getting some major league pickup in the news today courtesy of the Associated Press. David Bauder of AP wrote a piece on Keith Olbermann that features some nice ink for OlbyWatch. Bauder wrote:

    On the right, he's known as Krazy Keith and OlbyLoon, and the Olbermannwatch.com Web site is devoted to picking apart his words. "Look in the mirror, Keith," an Olbermannwatch.com blogger wrote. "You have become that which you claim to despise - a demagogue."

    That "blogger" was me in my post on KO's 9/11 rant :-)
    .
    We have been linked at Excite, Washington Post, Yahoo News, Forbes, San Jose Mercury News, CBS News, San Francisco Chronicle, Fox News, Miami Herald, The New York Times and many, many more!

    UPDATE: In an ironic twist, we have been linked from MSNBC itself.

    If you are new to Olbermann Watch and want to know more about us, click on our recent "welcome letter" to Michelle Malkin readers

    Olberverse Reax:

    Colorado Bob links the piece, reprints a large swath of it but some how leaves out the part about Olbermann Watch being in the piece.

    ICN links the piece, reprints a large swath of it but some how leaves out the part about Olbermann Watch being in the piece.

    Drunk with KO links the piece, reprints a large swath of it and INCLUDES the part about Olbermann Watch being in the piece. Yay for them!

    Other...

    Re Belle Nation: Suck Eggs Faux News O'Rielly and Hannity, Fair and balanced you decide.

    Kerry Fox Live: Olbermann News Commentaries Target Bush

    Kelly's MySpace: As a professional historian, I can tell you with major certainty that history will prove Olbermann right on just about everything he says.

    News for Gays, Gay Opinion blog, The Liberty Lounge, Brilliant But Cancelled.

    Impolitical: Fear not, Olbermann Watch, Keith's still behind your horse. But he's soaring, wouldn't you say? Those commentaries are doing the trick. And more power to him.

    UPDATE: Four days later, TVNewser gets around to linking the story. I suppose I can undertand Brian NOT linking the story at all but I don't get why he would like a story from Sunday on the following Wednesday.


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    Levin on Olbermann

    OLBY

    It's Sunday, October 8th, and there are just three days remaining in the David Shuster Countdown to the resignation of Speaker Hastert. As we wait to see if this will be another Slippery Shuster Karl Rove Moment, we are pleased to present a short soundbite about the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, courtesy of The Great One, Mark Levin.

    On his Friday program, Mr Levin was sounding off about media bias, and when that topic comes up, it is inevitable that the discussion turns to Krazy Keith--poster boy for propaganda and spin. Here, for your listening pleasure, is an mp3 clip:


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    October 7, 2006
    Welcome Michelle Malkin Readers

    We here at Olbermann Watch would like to thank the Fox News Firecracker for the kind "hat tip" to this site. We were glad to be able to provide her screen grabs demonstrating the highly insensitive language published by the New York Times.

    For those who are new to Olbermann Watch, this site was launched in 2004 to monitor the nonsensical ravings of Keith Olbermann when it became clear to us that "KO" was engaged in a strategy of turning his news broadcast into a platform for the Loony Left. At that time, Keith began to invite all manner of conspiracy theorists and cranks on to his show and to broadcast "news" reports (often false) lifted directly from blue blogs. Back then, few saw the need to "Watch" a first-rate sports anchor turned third-rate news anchor bellowing to an audience that could fit inside most college football stadiums.

    Over the past two years we have documented here the attempts by the far-left activists groups to organize petition drives to increase Countdown's viewership, of the lefty blogs to exhort their readers to watch his show, of the predominantly liberal members of the TV Critics Association to flack for Keith. Unfortunately, Olbermann was permitted to gain traction and has recently begun to show real signs of growing his audience for his far-left agenda - his "special comments" have stirred up tremendous buzz in the blogosphere, he has been making the rounds of the late night talk shows and his largely unreadable book edged perilously close to making the New York Times best-sellers list.

    We have often said that Keith Olbermann is the most dangerous man in television today - and the recent response to his "Krazy Keith" antics has only served to validate this belief. If you scroll down the right-side of the blog you will see that the OlbyLoons, as we call them, are apoplectic about the existence of this site. Keith himself has routinely attacked me and this site by name in print and over the airwaves.

    If you are new to this and concerned about this, we hope you will bookmark this site, add it to your RSS reader or, if you are a blogger, add us to your blogroll. Nothing angers the OlbyLoons (and Keith) more than the fact that this site is one of the top 3 search results in Google for "Olbermann" ahead even of Keith's own "bloggerman.com" blog. The OlbyLoons are determined to knock us down in the Google rankings, to move ahead of us in the Technorati "authority" rankings, and otherwise attack this site to prevent the truth about Keith Olbermann from reaching YOU. This is your chance to prevent the from doing that so bookmark or link Olbermann Watch today!

    Thanks,

    Robert Cox
    Editor
    Olbermann Watch - the #1 "Olbermann" Blog in the World

    PS, for all you clear-thinking readers who are joining us for the first time, please take a moment to scroll down and read the comment threads. We have open commenting and are routinely deluged by the Kossacks and DUmmies. This site provides a terrific opportunity to see OlbyLoons in their natural habitat - and to see their so-called "arguments" destroyed by the regular reader/commenters on this site. Enjoy!


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #217: WaPo Froomkin Plugs KO Rants

    Left-winger posing as "journalist" Dan Froomkin uses his share of pixels on WashingtonPost.com to praise Olbermann as a set up to publishing a large swath of a recent KO "special comment". Froomkin even manages to work in a mention of that whacko-lefty site, Crooks and Liars. Even better, the blue blogs weigh in to COMPLAIN about Froomkin calling Keith "shrill". I suppose on the left if you are going to write about Keith is had better be 100% uncritical OlbyLove or else.

    Elsewhere, Aaron Barnhardt at the Kansas City Star' TV Barn offers a rare bit of balanced commentary: MSNBC's Keith Olbermann actually crowed on his "Countdown" broadcast this week that he had beaten "The O'Reilly Factor" for a full 15 minutes in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic. It was a brazen bit of chest-thumping that made little sense...


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    October 6, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 6, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • FOLEY SCANDAL POLITICAL FALLOUT: David Shuster, MSNBC correspondent, Mark Klass, father of slain Polly Klaas
    • SEN. JOHN WARNER (R-VA.) THINKS IT'S TIME TO RETHINK IRAQ: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was somewhat subdued in his patented opening spiel. A more sour tone replaced the usual bellowing as he spat out Hastert, October surprise, flip-flopping, embattled President, "those who protected" Foley, and the "Republican sex scandal". KO didn't explain how you can have a sex scandal where nobody had sex. He couldn't have been talking about that IM that mentioned "oral sex", because we know from Presidential precedent that oral sex isn't sex.

    The hour began with Krazy Keith once again taking shots at Denny Hastert for "blaming the Democrats" and calling him "political kryptonite". And just to demonstrate how feckless and irresponsible those wascally Wepublicans are, Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann revealed the breaking news: "NBC News confirming" that Bush and Hastert are going to appear together. Stop the presses!

    OLBY

    Time for the disgraced David Shuster. Slippery claimed to have the goods on all the "false charges" being made. Being made by whom? Shuster didn't specify, but it will surprise no one that every last "false" charge discussed was by a Republican. Fancy that. Hastert: the Dems had this story first. Slippery: the source for ABC and The Hill was a Republican. As if that was "proof" that the Dems still could not have had the story first. Hastert: the GOPers worked to get Foley to resign. Shuster: the "timeline" says otherwise. Then "what did Hastert know and when did he know it?". Clip of Hastert: I learned about it last Friday. Shuster cited various people who claim they told Hastert about it earlier, including Kirk Fordham. Slippery did not mention any of the denials by Hastert's office--these statements were deceptively presented as uncontested and undisputed.

    After some chit-chat over an Abramoff-related resignation, KO great thanksed Shuster and turned to polls. Amazing! We have been noting how Herr Olbermann has been assiduously avoiding the "survey says" bit as GOP numbers have been creeping up. Now that he finds an issue that could drive them down, all of a sudden polls are headline news again on The Hour of Spin. Except of course for the one showing George Allen with a double-digit lead over James Webb.

    The Wolffe Man was asked if the scandal has "blown the mid-term elections wide open". Wolffie, never one to utter a discouraging word when presented with OlbySpin, had a predictable response: "Absolutely." Hastert is "damaged goods"; the ethics committee has "perceptions of problems" and is a "paper tiger". After great thanksing the Wolffe Man, KO picked up one of today's blue blog talking points to complain about the President issuing a signing statement, a practice that never bothered the Orange man until a Republican was in the White House. Then Krazy gave another self-plug:

    On Monday, we will show you how this administration has managed to take away habeas corpus from the detainee bill.

    That would be the same "habeas corpus" that has never existed in any previous war in this nation's history. No matter, it was on to the #4 story, "the incompetence of Congress" in dealing with Mark Foley. Taking a shot at "right-wing pundits", Rev Olbermann lectured his audience about what the scandal is "really about". Then Mr Klass appeared to talk about his work with Foley, complaining that the staffers were "standoffish" with him. KO, of course, wanted to know about how Congress ignored the "early warnings", and Klass was ready to deliver. Red flags. Warnings. A "massive coverup". Another repetition of Fordham's allegation with no disclaimer that its truth is in dispute.

    Then Rev Olbermann got up on his pulpit once again:

    It's still, it's still necessary to go and say hey, this doesn't look good, you need to stop it...isn't that the minimum that was needed earlier on?

    Stop the tivo! Isn't that exactly what was done? Didn't they go to Foley at the request of the page's parents and tell him to cut it out? The discredited sports guy is attempting to imply this never happened. Maybe not another Olbermann lie, but damn close to it. Klass was great thanksed, but he insisted at saying "one more thing":

    The Republicans came very, very close to getting away with this.

    Say what? Klass explained that if Congress had adjourned, Foley would have been able to come back and continue his nefarious conduct. Has Klass taken OlbyLogic pills? Follow: if Congress weren't in session Foley could just let all the IMs become public and then be welcomed back a few weeks later? Maybe on Bizarro Planet. "Monkey" Olbermann jumped at this, declaiming it to be "an excellent point". Welcome to Surrealism Theater.

    There was another Emmy-worthy edition of oddball, a slur against a Congressman (R) trying to "smear" his opponent, and then the #3 slot: Iraq. John Warner is not optimistic. Condi Rice is (but she was "repeating" the administration's "line" and blaming a "scapegoat"). Time for yet another leftist in the Seat of Honor: Jonathan Alter. KO accused Republicans of having a secret plan they're hiding until after the election. Alter disagreed. Not! Countdown Cronies know better than to do that. Herr Olbermann praised Warner for "listening to the military leaders" and being a true Senator. Alter disagreed. Not! Krazy Keith cited a purported Al Qaeda message that they don't want us to withdraw from Iraq (has he ever cited Al Qaeda messages that say the opposite?) and suggested that Al Qaeda and George Bush are "on the same page". Alter disagreed. Not! Olby worried that this blue blog insight might not get out "before the November elections", and Alter said this just "confirms" what the Dems have been saying.

    After a plug for upcoming Cruise News!, "Fat Ass" Olbermann ran a taped rerun on the North Carolina fire and gas cloud. Next: Terrell Owens and the eagerly anticipated (by KO anyway) Cruise News! #1 was the "Republican sex scandal" as comedy fodder.

    MADMAN

    The book hawking again led off the Media Matters Minute. Krazy Keith manically waved his book the book that bears his name before attacking his first victim: Leslie Sanchez (R). Next victim: the Wall Street Journal editorial board (conservative), because they criticized a Democrat (Nancy "Stretch" Pelosi). Worst persons: Newsbusters (conservative)--hey, it's another nonpartisan trifecta for Herr Olbermann! The newsbusters mistakenly wrote "Brian Williams" instead of "Brian Ross". Never mind that they corrected the error (something Rev Olbermann was sermonizing about just the other day, no?). According to KO, the Newsbusters are "slovenly political hacks". Hey, good phrase. We'll put that one into the rotation.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: Funny how eager Krazy Keith has been to harp on bad unemployment numbers. Yet today, as the unemployment rate dropped again, KO said not a word. Nothing either on the ethnic slurs directed toward George Allen (R), or the increasingly troubling North Korean nuclear situation. And of course, Keith did not address his slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    While Keith's book the book that bears Keith's name continues to lag (#94 on Amazon), Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" still soars (#6 on Amazon). In fact, O'Reilly's volume will enter the New York Times Best Seller List in the #1 spot. Funny how KO forgot to report that. Meanwhile, Olby's ratings spike is melting like the famed snowball in Hades. Truth be told, despite the all-day promotion from A-Mess-NBC and the Niagara of emails to all the blue blogs, Keith's "special comment" on Thursday found him back in a poor third place. Significantly, this particular show exhibiting KO at his most deranged turned out to be the one with KO's smallest audience of the week. At least until tonight's results come in.


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #212: KO's Rants? Blame Fox News!

    Always ready to fish around for ways to work KO into any story, MSM'er James Poniewozik of Time magazine takes the occassion of Fox News' 10th Anniversary to work in a little KO promotion:

    ...the Fox gestalt of insouciance, attitude, and even playfulness—has had a bigger effect on the news media than any Bill O'Reilly rant. Fox taught TV news that voice, provocation and fun are not things to be afraid of. And for better or worse, probably every TV news program outside of PBS has been Foxified by now...Keith Olbermann ranting at George W. Bush and O'Reilly on MSNBC's Countdown: that's Fox through and through, whether Olbermann would like to admit it or not.

    Newsbusters: Time Magazine Critic: Blame Fox News for Olbermann's Lunacy.

    Hot Air: Time critic blames FOX News for Olbermann's whacky behavior

    The Cable Game: "What Hath Fox Wrought?"


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    OlbyWatch Survey: Who would you like banned from YouTube?

    Who would you like banned from YouTube?

    A. Michelle Malkin
    B. Keith Olbermann
    C. Both Malkin and Olbermann
    D. Neither Malkin nor Olbermann

    Results from Previous Question: Who sent Keith a fake anthrax letter?

    "Keith sent it to himself"

    578 answers have been submitted.

    A. Former co-worker 3% (18 votes)
    B. Disaffected OlbyLoon Galpal 6% (39 votes)
    C. Crazed right-winger 46% (268 votes)
    D. Keith himself 43% (253 votes)


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    Malkin Fans Launch Anti-Olbermann Jihad on YouTube

    Virginian Heffernen of The New York Times is sick of the "Filipina Firecracker" and her cries of YouTube censorship - Malkin's account has been shut down due to complaints that her video rants were "offensive". She is even less happy that Malkinite My Pet Jawa has lauched a "turnabout is fairplay" campaign to get Olbermann videos banned from the popular video sharing site.

    I think I smell a WPIW nomination for Michelle.

    h/t Ian Schwartz

    UPDATE: Michelle's Hot Air photoshops the issue.

    UPDATE: Jeremi Tripp at Star Dog Cafe has convinced himself that Olbermann Watch and/or its readers are responsible for his Olbermann video being "yanked" from Google Video and that he is being "stalked" because he was linked by OlbyWatch in the past (for posting on KO's special comments and not for anything to do with his Google Videos):

    I was skeptical about Google yanking my Keith Olbermann video. There are plenty of Keith Olberman videos on Google video. In fact, the same video that I posted is right here on Google video. I then found out that I was linked at this crazy ass blog. Why would anyone who hates Keith Olbermann create a website called www.olbermannwatch.com/? I have a suspicion that some fan or fans of this ass-tard blog complained to Google, so Google yanked my video.

    Can I prove it? No.

    My question is, why are these idiots so enraged about Keith Olbermann? Is it because Keith speaks the truth?

    and

    Hey, OlbermannWatch, I sending you some free advice. If you do not like Keith Olbermann, then stop watching it. You will do yourself some good. You might be able to sleep at night, instead of tossing and turning about Keith's latest diatribe about The Decider.

    I left him a comment pointing out that he is confused, that My Pet Jawa issued a fatwah on Olbermann videos in retaliation for the same on Malkin videos and that we have NOTHING to do with that. In fact, quite the opposite since we here at Olbermann Watch want MORE people to view Olbermann's rants so they can see for themselves what kind of KOOK KO really is. My comment closed on this note:

    That you do not have your facts staight, that you make accusations based on baseless assumptions and that you then use your "conslusions" to make hyperbolic attacks goes a long way towards explaining why you are a Keith Olbermann fan and an "OlbyLoon" in good standing.

    If you REALLY want to "be like Keith", then DO NOT apologize for casting false aspersions aaand claim that what you wrote as "accurate" even if the basis for the claims were "fake".

    UPDATE:Apparently Jeremi is taking issue with my comment on his site.


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    Colorado Bob Needs Your Help!

    Hey OlbyLoons! We love having you hear but if you have not checked out Colorado Bob's new Thank You Keith Olbermann blog he needs your help. He wrote "The #1 site on the web relating to Keith by links {170} is Olbermann Watch. Their whole goal is to shut Keith up. I've been asking people to link this site, and frankly it's been slow...... 16 so far.....so help me pass the word." and added "I didn't want to get into a pissing contest with those guys. ...But Olbermann is way out on that limb now, and every bit of support is going to help."

    I left him a comment, assuring him that he has nothing to fear from Olbermann Watch and that we are happy to help him promote his site. Anything that helps America understand what Olbermann and the OlbyLoon Agenda is all about is a good thing. So jump on over and show a (OlbyLoon) brother some love!

    UPDATE: In typical OlbyLoon fashion, Colorado Bob deleted my comment on his site and came over to add a comment threatening Olbermann Watch readers. And these people wonder why they can't convince anyone of their radical left agenda? Ha!


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    October 5, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 5, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • FOLEY FALLOUT: David Shuster, MSNBC correspondent; Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly and MSNBC political analyst

    Hastert and Foley topped the opening spiel, with KO bellowing that the Speaker was engaged in a blame game. The patter also touched on Iraq and the eagerly anticipated "special comment" [1], titled "All the President's Lies":

    It is time to stop lying to us, "Mister" Bush.

    [Snicker! Snicker! "He said 'Lying'." Snigger!]

    The lead story began with references to Watergate and Richard Nixon in just the first sentence. A new Olbermann record, according to our archives. KO referred to Hastert's statement as "borderline hallucinations", and then gave everyone a pluperfect exemplification of OlbySpin:

    Some three years, though, after a senior Congressional aide says he told Speaker Hastert about Congressman Foley's behavior.

    How much propaganda and bias did Krazy Keith put into this one sentence?
    1. He reports this allegation as fact even though Hastert and his office say it never happened.
    B. Olby's own guest less than 24 hours ago dismissed this allegation as unbelievable.
    III. Olbermann didn't even tell the truth about Kirk Fordham's claim: he said he talked to people in the Speaker's office, not Hastert himself.
    Two instances of slanting and one outright falsehood. Not bad for just 18 words.

    "Fat Ass" Olbermann was really riled up about Hastert's comments regarding ABC and George Soros, ironically suggesting that Hastert had "no hard proof". As if proof were ever coin of the realm on OlbyPlanet. Impartial, nonpartisan Keith went on to reference Hastert's "empty apologies", apparently trying to make the point that the Speaker was not really "sorry" that this happened. Of course, for that implication, KO offered "no hard proof".

    OLBY

    Then it was time for notorious quote-doctorer David Shuster. He updated the story of the three new pages (actually they appear to be three ex-pages), adding that it was the same time as Hastert's staff was warned. (Note: Slippery Shuster, like KO, reporting a disputed, unproven allegation as fact.) Purported contradictions were pointed out, and Olby gave Shuster a chance to do some damage control and back off his prediction of yesterday (Hastert gone in a week). Slippery hemmed and hawwed but didn't renounce his fearless forecast. We'll know in six days if that was another Shuster "Karl Rove" moment. After relaying some Democrat talking points, Shuster was great thanksed and shown the door.

    Next up: Craig Crawford. The chuckling started immediately as Krazy Keith had another of his famous campaign suggestions for Democrats: run on the "Dennis Hastert is not stable platform". Olbermann's Brain bemoaned the fact that an even better Dem campaign issue, Iraq, is out of the spotlight. Using the phrase "whistling past graveyards" for approximately the 429th time, Herr Olbermann asked if this would be considered another "Macaca moment" for Republicans. Brain cackled that it's "a complete disaster" but opined that Hastert stepping down would cause more political damage than sticking it out.

    After another tease for the "special comment" about "Mister" Bush [2], there was another tease for the "special comment" [3]. Then the #4 story: Iraq tribulations, via a recycled NBC report. KO also snarked about Rep Peter Huke-struh (as it is pronounced on OlbyPlanet) and a planned but not scheduled victory party. Plus another plug for the "special comment" [4] about why Bush is a liar.

    After oddball and a grandiloquent tossing of papers all over the floor, the #3 story came into view: funerals of the Amish victims (more tape from NBC). Giving great thanks to the tape machine that played the report, Olby introduced yet another prerecorded replay from the network mothership. Would you believe what followed next? Another tease for the "special comment" about that "lying" Bush [5]. And just in case you weren't paying attention, still another plug [6] for you know what, addressed to you know who:

    Sir, it is time to stop lying. Again.

    We hope the Guiness people were paying attention. Assuming, that is, that they have a category for the most times a discredited sports guy accused a President of lying in a 60-minute period.

    #2: Lightning strikes (yet on top of that still another replay from NBC), Paris Hilton, Jennifer Anniston, and Vince Vaughn. It will surprise no one that the "lies, cheap, easily disproved lies" of the evil Bush got a mention in what was, we fervently hoped, the final plug for the s.c. [7].

    MADMAN

    The book pimping resumed anew in the Media Matters Minute. Krazy Keith waved his book the book that bears his name wildly before the camera, chorlting that O'Reilly's book isn't selling as well as some Lemony Snicket volume. And the point is...what? Don't ask. It's OlbyLogic. The Homeland Security Department was a runner-up, and as a bonus there was a mention of that "purported" terror plot in England. The "worst person" was Paul Weyrich, who just happens to be--ta da!--a conservative! Watch for the free PR video on Media Matters within the next 24 hours, before Hastert resigns even!

    The #1 story: something about a "special comment" about someone or other. Keywords: Lies, gutters, fabrications, slander, dishonor, venom, hatred, shameless, hackery, lies, hate, bullying, slandering, lies, war-lust, darkness, fear, cataclysmic, Oliver Cromwell, sell out, lies, more lies...[See Appendix]

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: Olby and The Perfessor made a big deal about the ruling against the NSA surveillance program. Now, much to their shock and amazement, a federal appeals judge reversed the lower court order, and "domestic spying" can continue pending further proceedings. Oddly, not one word about this on Countdown. The Dow hit record highs for the third day in a row, and KO spiked the story for the third day in a row. Nothing either on the ethnic slurs directed toward George Allen (R), but we understand why "Monkey" Olbermann might feel a little self-conscious reporting on someone else's anti-Semitic name-calling. And of course, Keith did not address his slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols, based on a discredited and retracted blog entry.

    NAME

    It was Olby who started the book sales comparisons, but all mentions on Countdown ceased when O'Reilly's tome actually hit the shelves. So we are picking up the slack. While Keith's book the book that bears Keith's name, even after Letterman, has sunk to #127 on Amazon (#212 at Barnes & Noble), Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" stands at #11 (#13 at B&N). In the ratings race, Nielsen numbers for Wednesday have been delayed, but should appear before too long at ICN. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 10 [SEVERE].

    APPENDIX: "Special Comment":

    While the leadership in Congress has self-destructed over the revelations of an unmatched, and unrelieved, march through a cesspool ...
    While the leadership inside the White House has self-destructed over the revelations of a book with a glowing red cover ...
    The president of the United States--unbowed, undeterred and unconnected to reality--has continued his extraordinary trek through our country rooting out the enemies of freedom: the Democrats.
    Yesterday at a fundraiser for an Arizona congressman, Mr. Bush claimed, quote, "177 of the opposition party said, ‘You know, we don't think we ought to be listening to the conversations of terrorists.'"
    The hell they did.
    One hundred seventy-seven Democrats opposed the president's seizure of another part of the Constitution.
    Not even the White House press office could actually name a single Democrat who had ever said the government shouldn't be listening to the conversations of terrorists.
    President Bush hears what he wants.
    Tuesday, at another fundraiser in California, he had said, "Democrats take a law enforcement approach to terrorism. That means America will wait until we're attacked again before we respond."
    Mr. Bush fabricated that, too.

    And evidently he has begun to fancy himself as a mind reader.
    "If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democratic Party," the president said at another fundraiser Monday in Nevada, "it sounds like they think the best way to protect the American people is--wait until we're attacked again."
    The president doesn't just hear what he wants.
    He hears things that only he can hear.
    It defies belief that this president and his administration could continue to find new unexplored political gutters into which they could wallow.
    Yet they do.
    It is startling enough that such things could be said out loud by any president of this nation.
    Rhetorically, it is about an inch short of Mr. Bush accusing Democratic leaders, Democrats, the majority of Americans who disagree with his policies of treason.
    But it is the context that truly makes the head spin.
    Just 25 days ago, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, this same man spoke to this nation and insisted, "We must put aside our differences and work together to meet the test that history has given us."

    Mr. Bush, this is a test you have already failed.
    If your commitment to "put aside differences and work together" is replaced in the span of just three weeks by claiming your political opponents prefer to wait to see this country attacked again, and by spewing fabrications about what they've said, then the questions your critics need to be asking are no longer about your policies.
    They are, instead, solemn and even terrible questions, about your fitness to fulfill the responsibilities of your office.
    No Democrat, sir, has ever said anything approaching the suggestion that the best means of self-defense is to "wait until we're attacked again."
    No critic, no commentator, no reluctant Republican in the Senate has ever said anything that any responsible person could even have exaggerated into the slander you spoke in Nevada on Monday night, nor the slander you spoke in California on Tuesday, nor the slander you spoke in Arizona on Wednesday ... nor whatever is next.
    You have dishonored your party, sir; you have dishonored your supporters; you have dishonored yourself.
    But tonight the stark question we must face is--why?
    Why has the ferocity of your venom against the Democrats now exceeded the ferocity of your venom against the terrorists?
    Why have you chosen to go down in history as the president who made things up?
    In less than one month you have gone from a flawed call to unity to this clarion call to hatred of Americans, by Americans.
    If this is not simply the most shameless example of the rhetoric of political hackery, then it would have to be the cry of a leader crumbling under the weight of his own lies.
    We have, of course, survived all manner of political hackery, of every shape, size and party. We will have to suffer it, for as long as the Republic stands.
    But the premise of a president who comes across as a compulsive liar is nothing less than terrifying.
    A president who since 9/11 will not listen, is not listening--and thanks to Bob Woodward's most recent account--evidently has never listened.
    A president who since 9/11 so hates or fears other Americans that he accuses them of advocating deliberate inaction in the face of the enemy.
    A president who since 9/11 has savaged the very freedoms he claims to be protecting from attack--attack by terrorists, or by Democrats, or by both--it is now impossible to find a consistent thread of logic as to who Mr. Bush believes the enemy is.
    But if we know one thing for certain about Mr. Bush, it is this: This president--in his bullying of the Senate last month and in his slandering of the Democrats this month--has shown us that he believes whoever the enemies are, they are hiding themselves inside a dangerous cloak called the Constitution of the United States of America.

    How often do we find priceless truth in the unlikeliest of places?
    I tonight quote not Jefferson nor Voltaire, but Cigar Aficionado Magazine.
    On Sept. 11th, 2003, the editor of that publication interviewed General Tommy Franks, at that point, just retired from his post as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command--of Cent-Com.
    And amid his quaint defenses of the then-nagging absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or the continuing freedom of Osama bin Laden, General Franks said some of the most profound words of this generation.
    He spoke of "the worst thing that can happen" to this country:
    First, quoting, a "massive casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western World--it may be in the United States of America."
    Then, the general continued, "the Western World, the free world, loses what it cherishes most, and that is freedom and liberty we've seen for a couple of hundred years, in this grand experiment that we call democracy."
    It was this super-patriotic warrior's fear that we would lose that most cherished liberty, because of another attack, one--again quoting General Franks--"that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass-casualty-producing event. Which, in fact, then begins to potentially unravel the fabric of our Constitution."
    And here we are, the fabric of our Constitution being unraveled, anyway.
    Habeus corpus neutered; the rights of self-defense now as malleable and impermanent as clay; a president stifling all critics by every means available and, when he runs out of those, by simply lying about what they said or felt.
    And all this, even without the dreaded attack.
    General Franks, like all of us, loves this country, and believes not just in its values, but in its continuity.
    He has been trained to look for threats to that continuity from without.
    He has, perhaps been as naïve as the rest of us, in failing to keep close enough vigil on the threats to that continuity from within.
    Secretary of State Rice first cannot remember urgent cautionary meetings with counterterrorism officials before 9/11. Then within hours of this lie, her spokesman confirms the meetings in question. Then she dismisses those meetings as nothing new — yet insists she wanted the same cautions expressed to Secretaries Ashcroft and Rumsfeld.
    Mr. Rumsfeld, meantime, has been unable to accept the most logical and simple influence of the most noble and neutral of advisers. He and his employer insist they rely on the "generals in the field." But dozens of those generals have now come forward to say how their words, their experiences, have been ignored.
    And, of course, inherent in the Pentagon's war-making functions is the regulation of presidential war lust.
    Enacting that regulation should include everything up to symbolically wrestling the Chief Executive to the floor.
    Yet--and it is Pentagon transcripts that now tell us this--evidently Mr. Rumsfeld's strongest check on Mr. Bush's ambitions, was to get somebody to excise the phrase "Mission Accomplished" out of the infamous Air Force Carrier speech of May 1st, 2003, even while the same empty words hung on a banner over the President's shoulder.
    And the vice president is a chilling figure, still unable, it seems, to accept the conclusions of his own party's leaders in the Senate, that the foundations of his public position, are made out of sand.
    There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
    But he still says so.
    There was no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaida.
    But he still says so.
    And thus, gripping firmly these figments of his own imagination, Mr. Cheney lives on, in defiance, and spreads--around him and before him--darkness, like some contagion of fear.
    They are never wrong, and they never regret--admirable in a French torch singer, cataclysmic in an American leader.
    Thus, the sickening attempt to blame the Foley scandal on the negligence of others or "the Clinton era"--even though the Foley scandal began before the Lewinsky scandal.
    Thus, last month's enraged attacks on this administration's predecessors, about Osama bin Laden--a projection of their own negligence in the immediate months before 9/11.
    Thus, the terrifying attempt to hamstring the fundament of our freedom—the Constitution--a triumph for al Qaida, for which the terrorists could not hope to achieve with a hundred 9/11's.
    And thus, worst of all perhaps, these newest lies by President Bush about Democrats choosing to await another attack and not listen to the conversations of terrorists.

    It is the terror and the guilt within your own heart, Mr. Bush, that you redirect at others who simply wish for you to temper your certainty with counsel.
    It is the failure and the incompetence within your own memory, Mr. Bush, that leads you to demonize those who might merely quote to you the pleadings of Oliver Cromwell: "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."
    It is not the Democrats whose inaction in the face of the enemy you fear, Sir.
    It is your own—before 9/11--and (and you alone know this), perhaps afterwards.
    Mr. President, these new lies go to the heart of what it is that you truly wish to preserve.
    It is not our freedom, nor our country--your actions against the Constitution give irrefutable proof of that.
    You want to preserve a political party's power. And obviously you'll sell this country out, to do it.
    These are lies about the Democrats--piled atop lies about Iraq--which were piled atop lies about your preparations for al Qaida.
    To you, perhaps, they feel like the weight of a million centuries--as crushing, as immovable.
    They are not.
    If you add more lies to them, you cannot free yourself, and us, from them.
    But if you stop--if you stop fabricating quotes, and building straw-men, and inspiring those around you to do the same--you may yet liberate yourself and this nation.
    Please, sir, do not throw this country's principles away because your lies have made it such that you can no longer differentiate between the terrorists and the critics.

    Olberverse Update:

    "Olbermann skewers Bush"
    - Impolitical

    "the best ten or twelve minutes of television commentary we've seen in a long time."
    - "On Topic" with Doug Krile

    "Give 'em hell, Keith"
    - PaganDancer Journal

    "Keith Olbermann is the man"
    - fbihop

    "outstanding, as usual"
    The Blue Herald

    "it sent chills down my spine"
    The Blue Herald

    "a voice of truth in the darkness"
    The Blue Herald

    "another great one"
    - blip.tv

    "really strong stuff"
    - ICN

    "one of the best"
    - Jeff's Brain Dump

    "like a minister continuring with a sermon while the holy ghost just appeared"
    - Glittering Muse

    "Another Stellar Keith Olbermann Special Comment"
    - The Garlic

    "Keith is rapidly becoming the "Edward R. Murrow" of this generation"
    - Star Dog Cafe

    "insightful, honest, emotional"
    - Intrepid Flame

    "every special commentary he does is demonstrably better than the last. How long until he passes sublime and turns into a science-fiction bodiless mass of sentient energy?"
    - Les Enrages

    "our generation’s Edward R. Murrow"
    - War...All the Time

    "Olbermann does that cronkite sincerity"
    - harano404


    Clear-Thinkers

    "his longest yet, clocking in at just over 11 minutes"
    - Newsbusters


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    October 4, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 4, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • FOLEY FALLOUT: David Shuster, MSNBC correspondent

    The opening spiel led off with Olby bellowing about FoleyGate, including this bit of breaking news:

    The conservative Washington Times calls for Hastert's resignation.

    This is how many days old exactly? More attacks on Fox, and another blast at Condi Rice were also part of the patter.

    NAME

    The Hour of Spin proper began with, what else, a Nixon reference. KO reported the claim by Kirk Fordham that he warned Hastert about Foley three years ago. Olby then claimed "the last new development" was the Justice Department asking that evidence be preserved. Well, yeah, it's the last. If you don't count the revelation that the minor involved in the emails that kicked off the whole scandal was actually 18 17 during early exchanges, 18 during later ones. Or the charge about Foley showing up drunk at the pages' dormitory and being turned away. (A-Mess-NBC actually got around to this story in the 9:00 pm hour, though it broke more than two hours earlier.)

    NAME

    Notorious quote-doctorer David Shuster claimed that Hastert "will not be the Speaker of the House" by this time next week. Gee, we might even take him seriously, if it weren't for that "Karl Rove will be indicted" business. KO whirled into wish-fulfillment mode, asking if there would be a "domino", and that there might be more resignations? Slippery was quick to agree. Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann suggested that the story will "keep getting worse", regardless of resignations, and Shuster knew better than to disagree. Slippery went on to say that there probably are no criminal charges that can be laid against Foley--which contradicts what legal experts have said elsewhere. Generally, where Slippery is concerned, you'll often get more truth by reversing everything he says.

    Then "Monkey" Olbermann decided it was time to explore who had a motive to cover-up Foley's actions, based on who needed his political cash flow. This was a lead-in to one of Krazy Keith's famous time-line pieces, starting with Rodney Alexander onward. The time-line piece took many of Kirk Fordham's claims at face value, without mentioning that some of them have been emphatically denied. Some of the clips he used came off the internet, so it's a safe bet that Olby has been trolling the blue blogs again.

    "FoleyGate" bled over into the #4 slot, where none other than Joe Scarborough was interviewed. Why Joe? Because he's already called for Hastert to be thrown down the stairs. Olby wanted to know how they could keep a lid on this for three and a half years, but Joe flat-out said he doesn't believe Fordham went to Hastert back then. In other words, he directly contradicted a "fact" in Krazy Keith's "timeline". Uh oh, The Great and Powerful Olb won't like his "facts" being called "spin". Joe went on to predict a landslide, and not for the Republicans.

    Then Krazy Keith talked about "damage control and spin" and "bald-face lying". What was the lie? Fox mislabeling Foley as a (D) for about three seconds on one program yesterday (as opposed to multiple dozens of times he was correctly identified). Then, with a straight face:

    O'Reilly's inaccuracy could have been a mistake; acknowledging it and apologizing for it probably would erase the lingering suspicions, though, that it was deliberate.

    Herr Olbermann talking about acknowledging mistakes? Yikes! We'll come back to this shortly. (Fox, of course, has acknowledged this mistake, but KO probably wasn't paying attention.) Then Olby crowed about beating O'Reilly for 15 minutes one night in a particular audience demographic. And we hear Countdown also beat The Factor for eight minutes among one-legged Rosicrucians between the ages of 35 and 42.

    After oddball, "Fat Ass" Olbermann turned his partisan guns toward Condi Rice. It's all about that June July 10 meeting again, with KO leaving out entirely the recollections of 9/11 commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, who has said testimony showed Rice did not fluff it off but was engaged and interested. A clip of John Ashcroft, where he mentioned a "domestic threat", reminded us that Olby has been misreporting this meeting all along as being about a possible attack on these shores, when in fact the threat assessment said nothing about it being expected in the USA.

    Richard Clarke crony Paul Kurtz made a repeat appearance, and he poured water on the notion that this meeting was a red flag about something markedly different than what had been seen up to that time. KO tried again to stick the shiv in Condi's back:

    If that's correct, and Dr Rice understood the gravity, did that, that gravity get turned off, did it disappear somewhere?

    Kurtz, seemingly perplexed by the premise of the question, disagreed, and said Rice's reaction (to notify Defense and Justice) was perfectly appropriate. He thought the problems were more at the strategic level. He added there was no real information there that could have helped anticipate 9/11. After Kurtz was great thanksed, apropos of nothing at all, KO quoted a statement by the President and decreed it to be "extraordinary" and "outrageous", adding:

    [it] calls into question the honesty, even the collective emotional health of "Mister" Bush's administration.

    Why did the discredited sports guy bring this up? Because it's going to be the subject of another "special comment" tomorrow. Get those book sales up! Hype those ratings! See if we can find a demo where we can beat Fox for more than 15 minutes on one isolated night!! We'll have the MisterMeter all oiled and ready.

    #2: Neil Armstrong's moon words (rerun from ITV), Nick Nolte (with contributions by The Laughing Stagehand), Madonna, and Mel Gibson. #1: The Rehab Excuse, expertly analyzed by the creepy Michael Musto. Roger Ailes was a runner-up "worst person" for saying Fox News would be fine even he got run over by a bus. (Olby: "But what about the bus?")

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: The Dow hits record highs for the second day in a row, and KO, who was always ready with a story on the economy when it was on the downturn, ignored it tonight. North Korea is going to stage a nuclear test...but Roger Ailes fat jokes are more important. The biggest muted mongrel: Keith's slander of Chris Mihlfield and Albert Pujols that was based on an anonymous rumor from an internet blog. Since then it has been retracted by just about everyone else on the planet who uncritically reported the false story--including the blogger who started the speculation going. But for the second night since the Los Angeles Times contradicted Olby's claims, there has been no apology or correction from Herr Olbermann. KO rails about how everyone should admit and correct their mistakes, but he would rather let a lie stand than acknowledge he was wrong, just as with his smears of Matt Drudge, Bill Frist, John Gibson, Bill O'Reilly... and the list goes on.

    NAME

    Krazy Keith has abandoned the nightly comparison of his book sales to those of Mr Bill O'Reilly, so it falls to us to note that according to amazon, Mr Bill's book stands at #11. Keith's book the book that bears Keith's name, even after plugs on his lame appearance with David Letterman, has sunk to #114. Meanwhile the industry standard--Nielsen BookScan--reports that "Culture Warrior" hit #1 in its opening week: 47,236 scanned. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW].[UPDATED with added links and strikethrough corrections]


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    OlbyWatch in Action: USA TODAY Corrects MSNBC's Phony KO Ratings Claim

    Peter Johnson emailed me this afternoon to let me know the USA TODAY decided to run a correction of his column last week which made the erroneous claim that Countdown's ratings had increase 33% since August 30 when Keith first began his series of "special comments". The original column has now been "updated" to reflect the change.

    Olbermann Watch readers will recall that last week we called on the paper to run a correction when we learned that the actual figure was 9-14% (it depends on how you define "week" in making the "week to week" comparisons which supposedly formed the basis for the relative increase in Countdown viewership).

    I wanted to link the correction here but could not. I was unable to find the correction on usatoday.com and contacted both Johnson and USA TODAY ombudman Brent Jones. I just got off the phone with Jones and learned that USA TODAY's policy is to run a correction in the paper and make a change to the online version of the story with explanation. That seems like an odd policy since it would be pretty simple to include an editor's note next to the web version of the story indicating any changes to the original but that is a battle for another day.

    Unfortunately, the "correction" is really only half a correction because Johnson somehow how came up with an 18% increase (more than double the actual). More to the point, the entire premise of the piece is that cable news hosts who "rant" on their shows get big boosts in ratings. That Keith got a SMALL boost in his ratings contradicts the premise.

    The real problem is that the "trend" in rant-based ratings growth does not exists. Of the four people mentioned - Lou Dobbs, Bill O'Reilly, Nancy Grace and Keith Olbermann - the only won who really "rants" is Keith. You can possibly make an argument for Grace. At least those two have seen some recent ratings growth. Two of the people mentioned - Dobbs and O'Reilly - have not had any measureable ratings growth recently and have been doing the same schtick for many years. So where's the trend? Simple - there isn't one. Even less so when one of the two examples (Keith) had only a minor increase in ratings. While I'm glad they ran a sorta-correction, either the piece itself should never have run or they should have left Keith out of it.

    Johnson assures me that he has no dog in this fight and I believe him. He also says he thinks that MSNBC made an honest mistake. I am willing to believe him. I am not willing to believe MSNBC which has been doing everything it possibly can over the past few years to create the illusion that Countdown has been some sort of ratings success or has some "new" momentum.

    As USA TODAY is not pointing out the change online let me direct your attention to the last paragraph of the column which now reads:

    Why he won't rant nightly: "Howard Beale (the "I'm not going to take this anymore!" anchor in Network) would come to me and say, 'Back off a little, pal.' " Olbermann's four "special comments" since Aug. 28 have driven ratings up 18% to 476,000. "You can't do it every night. It becomes insincere; people who do it become caricatures of themselves."

    I am not sure where that 476,000 figure came from because my calculations show that for the week of 9/18 Keith got 456,000 viewers. The original date used was Aug. 30 which is when the first "special comment" rant; by shifting to Aug. 28 they have now included two days when KO was not even on the air and that were BEFORE the first "special comment". Worse, that week was the week before Labor Day which is traditionally the least watched week of the year. You can read more of what is wrong with this fuzzy math in the original post.

    I suppose we should be happy that they at least pulled back on the absurd 33% claim.

    =================

    BTW - if anyone has today's USA TODAY and can find/scan that correction please email it to me. Thanks!


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    AOL Poll: Most Americans dislike Keith

    According to a recent AOL poll most people can't stand Keith Olbermann and find him too far the left. Asked "do you watch him", 60% said "no, I can't take him" and 63% said Keith was "too liberal". A majority found MSNBC to be "liberal".

    h/t OlbyWatch readers "Dave" and "Bryan"


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    Olbermann on Letterman

    Whoops. I was watching the Yankees post game show and forgot to check in on Letterman (Yankees beat the Tigers 8-4; Jeter went 5 for 5!!!). I managed to catch the tail end where Keith told the story about O'Reilly saying that a caller who mentioned Olbermann would be getting a visit from Fox security. At least he was dressed better than on the Ferguson show. I suppose some OlbyLoon will stick KO's appearance up on YouTube so I can write it up based on that. In the meantime, anyone who watched care to fill in the rest?


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    October 3, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 3, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Guest Host: Amy Robach

    Topics/Guests:

    • REP. FOLEY (R-FLA.) SCANDAL ROCKS WASHINGTON: Chris Cillizza, washingtonpost.com
    • POLITICAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT: Howard Fineman, Newsweek

    Taping Letterman, to pimp his tome,
    Krazy Keith far from Countdown did roam.
    Foley news he could duck:
    What incredible luck!
    Dirty emails hit too close to home.


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    Olbermann Owes Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfeld an on-air apology

    In light of a recent report in the Los Angeles Times and the failure of Keith Olbermann to promptly address the matter, Olbermann Watch is now calling on NBC News to intervene and direct MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams and MSNBC News Anchor Keith Olbermann to retract its false claims about Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfeld, his personal trainer and issue an on-air apology to Pujols and Mihlfeld.

    h/t to Frank Paynter who has been following this story for months. Details follow:

    Last spring, a baseball blog called Deadspin published a single-source, anonymous claim that a sports trainer named Chris Mihlfeld was named in an affadavit submitted by former MLB player Jason Grimsley in the ongoing federal investigation into steroid abuse in baseball. Keith ran with the story, repeating and expanding on the blog's claims, publishing a "mug shot" style photo of Mihlfeld, and repeatedly insinuating that Mihlfeld was lying when he told Sports Illustrated and others that he was not the trainer whose name was blacked out in the affadavit. He then further expanded on the meme in an interview with Jim Callis, Executive Editor of "Baseball America" while spending a good deal of time implicating St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols.

    The Deadspin story ran on June 8, 2006 and included a glarying qualifier about their source for the story:

    How reliable are these names? We feel pretty confident in them, but we can't go 100 percent, since the information is secondhand. We'll say this: If Bud Selig issuing a press release naming the names is a 10, and picking a player at random out of the Baseball Encyclopedia is a 1, we're at an 8. So. Let's do it then. Remember: Betting lines are for entertainment purposes only.

    Deadspin names Mihlfeld and notes his connection to Cardinals star Albert Pujols:

    We just report what we're told, folks. Ever hope your source is wrong? This is one of those times.

    Keith failed to mention ANY of these qualifying statements, did not speak directly to Deadspin's source or contact Mihlfeld, Grimsley or anyone eles for comment.

    Here is the June 9, 2006 transcript of Countdown which shows Keith all but convicting Mihlfeld on air" (see below for complete excerpts)

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    'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for June 9

    Updated: 10:58 a.m. ET June 12, 2006
    Guests: Jim Callis

    The biggest names in the baseball drug scandal, Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Albert Pujols? Try Chris Mihlfeld, personal trainer to the pitcher who admits to using human growth hormone, and personal trainer to the brightest star of the national league. But Mihlfeld says he's clean, Pujols is clean, and he knows nothing about Jason Grimsley using hormones for training, even though Grimsley admitted he used them for training, and Mihlfeld was his trainer.

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    OLBERMANN: Chris Mihlfeld is suddenly one of the biggest names in baseball. He's the personal trainer of the baseball pitcher Jason Grimsley, and Grimsley is the man who admitted to federal agents that he'd used amphetamines, steroids, and human growth hormone as part of his personal training. Those same agents believe Grimsley may have also distributed the illegal drugs to other players.

    But where it gets dicey is that the trainer Mihlfeld has also been the personal fitness guru, and to use Mihlfeld's sister's description, soul brother to Albert Pujols, superstar first basement of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the man widely nominated to lead baseball out of the steroid wilderness.

    In our third story on the COUNTDOWN, Mihlfeld speaks. In the affidavit filed by those IRS agents to get a warrant to raid Jason Grimsley's home, they quoted from their conversation with Grimsley in April, "Grimsley stated that (blacked out) a former employee of the (blacked out) and personal fitness trainer to several Major League baseball players, once referred him to an amphetamine source. Grimsley stated that after this referral, he secured amphetamines, anabolic steroids and Human Growth Hormone from (blacked out) referred source."

    Thursday, the blacked out name, the personal fitness trainer who Grimsley said led him to the source for amphetamines, steroids and Human Growth Hormone, was identify by unnamed sources of the sports Web site deadspin.com as Mihlfeld. Mihlfeld has now denied everything.

    To the "Kansas City Star," "They've got the wrong name on that deal." To the "Sports Illustrated Web site, "I've never been involved in any illegal steroids, amphetamines or HGH activity. Period."

    Mihlfeld also says both Grimsley and Grimsley's attorney have told him his name does not appear in that affidavit. Grimsley and Grimsley's attorney have not said that, though, to any reporters. And as to Pujols who hit 25 homeruns in this season's first 53 games before a strained oblique muscle, a lower back injury put him on the disabled list about a week ago, Mihlfeld recruited Pujols, coached him at a Missouri junior college in the late '90s. Still works with him so frequently that Pujols phoned Mihlfeld to set up the off-season workout program the day after the Cardinals were eliminated from the play-offs last fall. Mihlfeld insists Pujols is innocent even though he's only been the subject of speculation. Again to "Sports Illustrated, "He's just like me. He's got nothing to hide." To the Kansas City paper, "Albert won't even drink his protein shakes any more during the season because he's scared they're contaminated. That's been part of his training for the last five or six years, and all of a sudden he won't even do that. He's a great kid. Let him be great. He's clean.�

    To describe him as Pujols' trainer is to probably oversimplify that relationship. We'll get a closer look at that in a moment. First the other headlines in this continually burgeoning story.

    Senator McCain of Arizona, Congressman Waxman of California and Lynch or Massachusetts have suggested they may seek congressional hearings into Human Growth Hormone and baseball and my try to force the sport to adopt blood tests for those drugs.

    And in the still ongoing Barry Bonds part of the investigation, the lawyer for former companion, Kimberly Bell, has told the former U.S. senator who is conducting baseball's investigation that the feds don't want his client talking to anybody but them, because of the "pending criminal proceeding." Bonds, himself, as that suggests, is still a possible target of a grand jury, which is looking into whether or not he lied to another grand jury about his own drug use.

    And back at the start, to the man described in one place as "HGH Patient Zero." Jason Grimsley's agent he says his client will retire from baseball, but that may not stop baseball from punishing Grimsley. He may be liable for a 50-game suspension. Baseball's first big-scale drug suspension would go to a retired player? If that does not sum up this mess, nothing can. And it's likely to get worse before it gets better.

    Back to the subject of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfeld, the personal trainer who didn't know his other client was taking Human Growth Hormones or steroid as part of his personal training. "Baseball America" is the leading publication in the field; it focuses on the minor leagues, college, and high school ball, and is the bible for those trying to track the development of young prospects, which is what Albert Pujols was seven years ago. Its executive editor is Jim Callis and he joins us now.

    Jim, thanks for your time.

    JIM CALLIS, "BASEBALL AMERICA": No problem, Keith, glad to be here.

    OLBERMANN: Of Mr. Pujols' and Mr. Mihlfeld, is it indeed insufficient to call them trainer and client? Didn't Chris Mihlfeld essentially build Albert Pujols?

    CALLIS: Exactly. I think you're right, Keith. I think they're more than trainer and client. I think Mihlfeld's sister, as you mentioned, described them as soul brothers. Mihlfeld, in some ways, was the guy who discovered Albert Pujols, recruited him in Maple Woods Community College in Missouri when he was basically an unknown. For whatever reason, it's a little bit unclear, it was not the head coach, by the time Albert got there, but apparently began training him there. And less than two years later, he went from an unknown in a 13th round draft to pretty much the best hitter or the best right-handed hitter in baseball.

    OLBERMANN: Does anybody know, does anybody have the details, are there photographs, even, of what kind of physical transformation Pujols underwent between the time Mihlfeld got him into Maple Grove and when he literally came out of nowhere to hit the 37 homers as a rookies for the Cardinals in 2001?

    CALLIS: Not that I've seen. I've never seen a photo of Albert when he was at Maple Woods. It's not like if you're looking at Barry Bonds' baseball cards from the late '80s and now you look at a Barry Bonds baseball card and his head's three times the size. I know just from talking to scouts who, to be honest, most of the scouts missed the boat on Albert Pujols back in junior college. One of the things that works against Albert was that while some guys liked his bat, he had kind of, what they described him as a bad body, you know it wasn't skinny, but it wasn't you know, the muscular, chiseled Albert Pujols we know today.

    OLBERMANN: In baseball today, that who spectrum that you cover, from high school player - and Mihlfeld, by the way says he's now working with kids as young as middle school right through to the big leagues. How complete would a personal trainer's role be in the physical fitness regiments of an athlete like Albert Pujols or even Jason Grimsley? How much - control might be the wrong word, but how much influence over the day-to-day physical living of a guy would a trainer have?

    CALLIS: A lot more than they did, say, 10 or 15 years ago. At the Major League level, a lot of these personal trainers are full-time employees of one particular player. Mihlfeld, I guess, has also worked with Mark Sweeney, so I don't think he's necessarily, you know, Albert's - or Albert's his only employer. But these guys, it's not just, you know - in the past, where you gave a guy a workout regiment to follow, now it's, you know, you're telling him what to eat, what supplements, you know, legal or otherwise, in any case, to use. It goes far beyond a workout and it sounds like in this case, with Pujols and Mihlfeld, that you know, they're much closer than that. You know, as you pointed out, as soon as Albert Pujols' season ended last year, he was on the phone to Mihlfeld, you know, figuring out a game plan to get ready for the next season.

    OLBERMANN: Let's just clarify one thing, I think you said Mark Sweeney of the Giants, you meant Mike Sweeney of Royals.

    CALLIS: I meant Mike Sweeney.

    OLBERMANN: I just wanted to get that fact on the record, here. Whether it's Human Growth Hormone or it's Poptarts, is it plausible at this ultrahigh level that the athlete would not tell his Chris Mihlfeld, or whoever, that he's taking them, I mean, or is it plausible that the trainer wouldn't know?

    CALLIS: I mean, maybe you don't tell the guy directly what you're taking, although I would suspect - you know, if we're talking about performance-enhancing drugs, here or Poptarts, you know, if you have a trainer you're relying on very heavily, you're going to run everything by him. But even, let's say, you wanted to keep it to yourself and not tell him and you were going down some path that the trainer didn't know about, I would think if you were taking something that, you know, baseball has banned or, you know, you're not supposed to be taking, that your trainer would have to be pretty naive not to notice the affect it would have on your workout. So, I would think, in these cases, if you're using something you're not suppose to be using, to think that the trainer would not know would be pretty naive.

    OLBERMANN: Ultimately, Jim, this going to blow up as badly as people think it is?

    CALLIS: I think so. I mean, I think I'm kind of like you, Keith, I'm kind of cynical about this whole thing and I didn't think baseball was anywhere close to having cleaned up this problem. I think baseball hoped to maybe from a public relations standpoint, act like it had a handle on everything, but here we go, HTH. Everybody's speculated, you can't test for HGH, well if you're not going to take steroids, these guys have access to the best pharmaceuticals in the world. Major league baseball players make a lot of money and I'm sure a lot of these guys are using HGH, and you know, Jason Grimsley is almost about the worst guy you could have blow the lid off of this. Here's a guy who played for any number of teams, it's not like he was a career Diamondback who had been there for 10 years or whatever, this guy has played with just about everybody in the Major League. So if I'm a Major Leaguer, and I've been taking HGH, Keith, I'm wondering if I'm one of those blacked out names if the affidavit.

    OLBERMANN: In deed. Jim Callis, the executive editor or "Baseball America," great thanks for the insight. Thanks for joining us.

    CALLIS: Thanks Keith.

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    On October 1, 2006, the Los Angeles Times revealed that the trainer whose name was blacked out was not Mihlfeld but rather former Yankees trainer Brian McNamee who is described as the "personal strength coach for [Roger] Clemens and [Andy] Pettitte.

    On October 2, 2006, Deadspin published a retraction and apology:

    As many of you will remember, back in June, a source we thought was reliable leaked to us that one of the names in the infamous Jason Grimsley HGH affidavit was Chris Mihlfeld, who is the former trainer for Grimsley and the longtim trainer of Albert Pujols. As evidenced by the Los Angeles Times this weekend, our source was, sadly, wrong. And therefore, so were we: Mihlfeld appears not to be named in the document. So, a clearing of the decks, a mea culpa: We were wrong to trust our source's information, and we were wrong to print their claim that he was in the document. We apologize to Mihlfeld and deeply regret the error.

    On October 3, 2006 Keith went on the air knowing full well that neither Mihlfeld nor Pujols had been implicated by Grimsley but remained silent.

    The shoddy journalism exemplified in the Pujols-Mihlfeld report which ran last June - lifting material directly from web sites (often without attribution), not bothering to do the most basic fact-checking it, not contacting subjects and providing them an opportunity to reply, using highly questionable information to launch hyperbolic attacks - is precisely the kind of reporting that led me to launch Olbermann Watch in 2004. The sad fact is that Keith airs these kinds of phony reports as a matter of routine. Although we report on Keith Olbermann's erratic fact-challenged form of "journalism" on this site every day, this case is so transparently despicable and Keith's claims so egregiously slanderous that we are taking the unusual (for us) step of demanding that Olbermann stop side-stepping the issue and air a correction and apology TONIGHT!.

    UPDATE: Grimsley and his attorney are now claiming that the L.A. Times story naming Clemens and Pettite is inaccurate as to the names of the players named in the redacted affadavit.


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #198: KO Keeps Murrow Spirit Alive

    Brandweek's Matthew Grimm polishes up the old kneepads for another heaping pile of OlbyLove. This time, even OlbyLoons may gag as Grimm serves up round after round from the "We Love Keith" corner of the old MSM watering hole:

    When there's no one left to trust, trust the sports guy... the ex-SportsCenter anchor [Olbermann] is gaining deserved buzz and numbers for his MSNBC show Countdown, but not for shouting his own agenda at pointless guests, as do his Fox News and fellow MSNBC peers. No, he weighs the both mainstream newsmakers and -readers exhaustively against hard paper trails, reportage and their own words(sic). He invokes Ed Murrow in his sign-off, and keeps his spirit alive in his eloquent weighing of both O'Reillyan and Disneyfied propaganda and Couric fluff against-what a lark-fact and common sense.

    Water finds its level. Olbermann, even if buried on the cable spectrum, will keep building a niche on the strength of the simple measurement, per the mission, others have abrogated. And like [Jon] Stewart, soon enough, he'll be, if not big cheese, another one that keeps siphoning off the viewers and trust that Q scores alone can't hold.

    h/t Becky at Relevant Torture


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    October 2, 2006
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - OCTOBER 2, 2006

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • POLITICAL FALLOUT FROM BOB WOODWARD'S BOOK: Richard Wolffe of Newsweek and MSNBC. MILITARY FALLOUT: General John Batiste
    • TERROR WARNING IGNORED: Roger Cressey, counterterrorism analyst
    • REP MARK FOLEY SCANDAL: Craig Crawford, CQ Weekly
    • BASEBALL STEROID SCANDAL CONTINUES: T. J. Quinn, New York Daily News

    The opening spiel led off with Bob Woodward's book yet again, plus Mark Foley, with a reference to:

    ...his sexually explicit emails...

    Does Einstein Olbermann really not know the difference between emails and instant messages, or is he deliberately obfuscating? Note how Olby's wording corresponds exactly to talking points straight out of the Dems' playbook, even down to the conflation of emails and IMs. (H/T HotAir for the link.) KO added:

    Woodward's chilling report that Condoleeza Rice was warned of Bin Laden's plans to attack here...

    Note that it was reported today that the warning delivered in that July 10 meeting was of possible Bin Laden attacks, with nothing about time or the place, and no indication or evidence that they would be in the USA. So where did Olby get the idea that she was warned of "plans to attack here"? He made it up! "Monkey" Olbermann can create spin with just a single word.

    The lead story was Woodward's book: KO ticked off a string of talking points from the tome, and ran clips of Woodward's slow-motion "60 Minutes" interview. The Wolffe Man appeared, and Krazy Keith asked of White House criticisms:

    Is anybody going to buy that?

    KO wanted to know if "Mister" Bush might be ready to "throw Rummy under the bus", but Wolffie didn't think it would happen until after the election. Herr Olbermann raised the spectre of the vile Henry Kissinger, with a clip of Bob "Kreskin" Woodward stating that Kissinger's "fighting the VietNam war again". Olby great thanksed the Wolffe Man and turned to the next spin-meister on the agenda.

    Yes, it was Gen Batiste, on an encore visit to the Countdown Seat of Honor. Keith has had on ex-Generals like Eaton, Trainor, and Batiste (twice). But what about Tommy Franks? Or Richard Myers? Or any of the dozens who might not parrot Olby's propaganda right back at him? Silly question. After all, this is The Hour of Spin.

    Prodded by Olbermann's powder-puff questioning, Batiste regurgitated the same lines he used before. We need a new strategy, we need to change course, we had the wrong plan, etc. One of his perspicacous suggestions was that we need an ambassador in Syria. KO thought it was vital to revisit the aircraft carrier speech with the "Mission Accomplished" banner, and that gave the General the chance to reference "dysfunctional" processes, without ever explaining what he was actually talking about.

    The #4 story continued on the Woodward book, focusing on a reported meeting with Tenet, Cofer Black, and Rice. Krazy led it off by saying the Bush White House took "no concrete steps" before 9/11, and then went on to "Woodward's revelations". Krazy Keith introduced Richard Clarke buddy Roger Cressey as simply a "terrorism analyst". But KO has a habit of concealing the partisanship of those who parrot his spin. He regularly fails to identify Lawrence ("Liar! Crazy Liar!") O'Donnell as a Democrat. Melanie Sloane is presented without mention of her work for Joe Biden, or her current gig as attorney for Joe Wilson. Juliette Kayyem, a partisan Democrat, is routinely described as simply a terrorism expert. And just Friday, Countdown edited a pre-taped report solely to remove the identification of an interview subject as an active Democrat. Cressey has given thousands of dollars to Democrats (with no Republican donations on record), but his partisan bias is never revealed to Countdown viewers.

    As Krazy Keith started his grilling (not!) of Cressey, we noted how, unlike terror plots in England, he did not use the term "purported" for anything in Woodward's book. Not even once. KO zeroed in on a quote from Black where he believed he could have gotten Bin Laden if Bush had given him the cash and authority to do so, but even Cressey didn't buy that. Undeterred, Herr Olbermann brought up the 9/11 commission and why they didn't say anything about this meeting. Cressey blamed the commission, saying "they just missed it". Mr Merkle had one more swing:

    Where is Secretary Rice's credibility on this subject of pre-9/11 intelligence?

    The response to that was good enough to get Cressey a "great thanks" and send him on his way. Next came oddball, and then--pushed off to the #3 slot, after the halfway point--the topic turned to Rep Foley. He solicited persons much younger than himself via salacious internet messages, presumably seeking a boastful, passionate, whispering, masculine kind of love. Hey, sounds like Keith, except maybe for that last part.

    For whatever reason, KO jumped right into the more antiseptic issue of "accountability". All of a sudden Keith was citing David Bossie and Michael Reagan as authorities, because they called for Hastert to resign. (Actually, Krazy Keith did his usual sloppy scan of an internet source--the far-left Think Progress; Reagan didn't actually call for Hastert to step down.) The actual nuts and bolts of the story were fobbed off on a taped NBC report from Chip Reid. Olby gave "great thanks" to the playback machine, and then, entering Stage Right (because nobody could be more Stage Left than the discredited sports guy) was none other than Olbermann's Brain.

    Keith left all pretense of impartiality aside when he told Crawford:

    Michael Reagan is right about this, and Bossie's right about this... This was a system, a political system, closing ranks to protect one of its own.

    Judge Olbermann has ruled. How odd that it has been reported that many news organizations, possibly MSNBC itself, knew of the "over-friendly" email messages long ago, but deemed them not to be newsworthy enough to mention. If that's all Hastert knew until Friday, what is Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann basing his ruling on? Don't expect Brain to be able to wrap his head around any such questions. It's just those evil GOPers "sweeping it under the rug". For his part, Krazy Keith kept going back to "conservatives furious with Hastert": it makes a great spin point, even if not one of them even holds any elective office.

    Herr Olbermann:

    Will the Republicans need to throw Hastert under the bus to save their chances in the election?

    Another "under the bus" from the clever, smart Keith? Olbermann's Brain chortled and sniggered:

    If he fits, if the bus has a lot of clearance.

    Hey, it's not just "Fat Ass" Olbermann who can make fun of portly persons! But that's not surprise; Crawford is Olbermann's Brain, after all. Naturally, he got great thansked. There followed an update on the Amish school shooting: another taped report, and yes, Keith thanked the video machine. Then George Michael and a plug for Olby's Big Appearance with David Letterman. The #1 story was a new baseball doping scandal.

    MADMAN

    The book pimping continued apace in the Media Matters Minute, as "Monkey" Olbermann found a way to claim his book the book that bears his name is now #11 on the New York Times "list of political best sellers". There was a reference to Coultergeist, for no reason other than OlbyHate, and a reference to Limbaugh, because any time the term "Oxycontin" is spoken, KO has to mention Rush. It's part of the style book he gives his staff of writers. Bill O'Reilly and Matt Drudge were both named "worst persons" and "imbeciles" because of comments on the Foley case.

    NAME

    Since for some reason Krazy Keith has stopped comparing his book sales to those of Mr Bill O'Reilly, we have picked up the cudgel. Amazon tells us that the purported Olbermann-written volume is ranked at #94. Meanwhile, "Culture Warrior" stands at #22. And since amazon isn't the only mass market retailer, we also checked Barnes & Noble. They have O'Reilly's book at #15, while the OlbyTome limps in at #778. Ouch! Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW].


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    Olbermann Book Ads Limited to Liberal Blogs Only

    Ian Schwartz of Hot Air has noticed a striking pattern in the blogs select by Keith Olbermann's publisher in marketing his new book - they are ALL liberal blogs. Surprise!


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    OlbyWatch Survey: Today's Question: Who sent Keith a fake anthrax letter?

    Today's Question: Who sent Keith a fake anthrax letter?

    A. Former co-worker
    B. Disaffected OlbyLoon Galpal
    C. Crazed right-winger
    D. Keith himself

    Yesterday's Question: Does Chris Wallace deserve a public apology for being called a "monkey"?

    1,445 answers have been submitted.

    A. Yes, from Olbermann 11% (171 votes)
    B. Yes, from Dan Abrams and MSNBC 4% (59 votes)
    C. Yes, from both of the above 48% (694 votes)
    D. No, Keith was right 36% (521 votes)


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