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