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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
Oh Well on Kuo.
ICN: on Kuo
Newsbusters Shuster prediction falls flat.