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