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