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