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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby's opening spiel lacked that frenzied spark that it has on his best carnival-barker nights. Maybe it was Casual Friday at The Hour of Spin. We got Republicans losing, the great Obama, the GOP's "fear card", and the usual tabloidism. All of a sudden quotes from the American Conservative Union are news (because they are fearing a Republican loss). KO did his best to make it look like the entire GOP was furious, fighting, and fractured.
This was the peg on which to hang Olbermoronn's latest regurgitation of a familiar theme: eeevil Republicans playing "the fear card". It appears they dared to create an ad showing the image of UBL and suggesting that Democrats are not as aggressive in waging the war on terror and keeping Americans safe. A good excuse for KO to run (twice) an old clip of Bush on why he's not as concerned about UBL as he is about other players in the war. Krazy Keith dragged in Cillizza again, and exposed his hand with one of his trademark leading questions:
The GOP...now aiming straight for our most base instinct: fear. What's the Democrats' best response here, ignore it and let people laugh, make their own version of it...
Stop the tivo! Make their own version of it? How about an ad that uses UBL to accuse Bush of making America vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and concluding with the tag line, "Feel safer?". Isn't that the Democrats aiming straight for our most base instinct, fear? That's exactly what they did, months ago. And of course, at that time the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann led Countdown with the story, and slammed the eeevil Democrats for playing the fear card, right? Err, not exactly. He didn't even mention it.
All of this is going to impel "Fat Ass" Olbermann to another "special comment" on Monday: GOP "terrorism". What is the over/under on how many times we will hear about "Mister" Bush? And what are the chances that any Democrat "scare tactics"--like the aforementioned ad--will get even a passing mention? Two chances: slim and none. And Slim just left town.
But we digress. Cillizza said this was an effort to motivate the base, and out of the blue Monkeymann cited a comment from Dick Armey. Huh? When did he suddenly become a notable quotable on OlbyPlanet? The minute he opined that the GOP was in trouble. Oh, right.
At this point, it was necessary to put boots on, because when Keith started to drool over Barack Obama, it really got deep. He will "replace fear with, of all things, hope". Gag. But here is where Edward R Olbermann showed his journalistic muscles, honing in with the incisive, penetrating interview skills for which he is known all over OlbyPlanet. His probing inquiries:
Who says Keith Olbermann can't conduct a hard-hitting interview? After all, he didn't ask the "favorite color" question--that proves what a journalistic giant Keith is! For his part, Obama talked about terrorists "growing in numbers", lax Homeland Security, nuke developments, etc. Amazingly, Edward R never once asked him why he is using "scare tactics" and appealing to the base instinct of fear.
After another Pulitzer-level edition of "oddball", we got a World Series preview and Christina Meyers, who found a guy to take her to one of the games. He contacted her via ebay, i.e. over the internet, and we can be sure that Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann had a deep understanding of how all that works.
#2: Vince Vaughan (recycled NBC video), Wesley Snipes, Keith Urban, and Nicole Kidman. #1: Wacky internet video. In the Media Matters Minute, Monkeymann attacked a Senator (R) for being a liar, and Rush Limbaugh (conservative) for saying the increased violence in Iraq shows the terrorists may be taking into view the November elections. Funny, when Thomas Friedman said something along the same lines in the New York Times, the discredited sports guy didn't make him a worst person nominee. And a former CIA agent on Fox News was "worst". Say, isn't it odd how often all three slots (Republican, conservative, Fox News) get filled, in this "nonpartisan" segment? Needless to say, the free publicity video of Herr Olbermann's latest attack will appear on the Soros-funded site by the close of the next business day.
Of course we had the usual muted mongrels. Today it was revealed that a Democrat staffer on Capitol Hill has been suspended from any contact with classified information. The reason: he is suspected of having a hand in the unauthorized leak of said information to the media. Olby was obviously reluctant to report anything that might reflect poorly on his party, but perhaps another fact played a role. The suspect has already lawyered up, and whom did he hire to represent him? None other than The Perfessor himself: Jonathan Turley! For the second day KO has said nothing about the ruinous budget cuts looming for A-Mess-NBC. And even though Albert Pujols was mentioned during his World Series segment, slovenly hack Olbermoronn refused to correct or retract his repellent smear of Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is one step away from the $1 bins. Amazon has already discounted it by almost 50%, but it's only ranked #163 in sales, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #12. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to a humiliating #1,587, while you-know-who is #8. And O'Reilly's book is still #2 on the New York Times Best Sellers. Despite Herr Olbermann's frenetic eagerness to get a Nielsen number, Thursday's results showed little progress. He still only managed third place, both in total viewers and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved, key "demo". No wonder another of those infrequent, rarely seen, few and far between, sporadic "special comments" is being readied for Monday.