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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Tonight, we break from our usual format to focus on one facet of Friday night's Countdown. One gigantic, hulking, overwhelming dose of Olbermann hypocrisy. The Hour of Spin of course is built on the altar of imposture, but this was so shameless and partisan that it demands we focus on it like a laser beam.
There were all the usual Countdown spin segments. Dirty campaign ads were bashed, but the only wrongdoers cited by KO and Olbermann's Brain were those eeevil Republicans. Dana Milbank helped Krazy Keith to focus on "desperate" ads, which coincidentally were also all by eeevil Republicans.
After Olbermann Watch embarrassed Olbermoronn for not reporting on the California wildfires, he caved to our just criticism and actually ran a network rerun tape about them tonight. Olby and the Perfessor regurgitated all their mutual talking points to each other. KO lied again about the efficacy of waterboarding (which has saved thousands of lives) while The Perfessor yammered his usual. In the Media Matters Minute: a Republican, a Republican, and a Fox News employee (the last to Dennis Miller for criticizing Nancy Pelosi). All slots filled as per Mr Soros's instructions.
But it was Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann's hyperventilating outrage over the George Allen campaign that served to epitomize the discredited sports guy's sleazy tactics. The circulation of passages from the novels of James Webb provoked exactly the sort of Pavlovian response that every self-respecting blue blog telegraphed the moment the news broke, and Herr Olbermann fell right into line:
Novels from 30 years ago...written literally decades ago...
Decades ago? How about the alleged "n-word" remarks by George Allen, reported on night after night? Did you dismiss them as being from "literally decades ago"? No, you brought in Slippery Shuster to devote an entire segment of the program to them. What's more, you had Slippery edit his tape, to snip out the fact that the accuser was a volunteer worker for the Democrats. That's how important you thought statements from "decades ago" were when they were being made by someone with an (R) after his name. So important that you had to doctor a report to make them sound as credible, and damaging, as possible.
And that's not all Monkeymann had to say about the worldly Webb writings:
the work of fiction, mind you...works of fiction...
Yes, mere works of fiction. Not worthy of serious attention by any rational being. Yet again, Edward R Olbermann contradicts his own past practices for purely partisan purposes. What about Mr Bill O'Reilly? In one of his 110-plus attacks on his vastly more successful competitors, Krazy Keith found it convenient and opportune to go after Mr Bill for...his work of fiction! The book ("Those Who Tresspass") was just another excuse for Monkeymann to level personal attacks at his nemesis. After all, it has racy scenes in it! Olby pontificated that it was a "soft-porn novel" and cackled: "a real load in the pants". All this over a work of fiction, mind you.
But there's more. As noted elsewhere, the infamous deplorable Keith Olbermann didn't exactly shrug off the meaningless, unimportant, irrelevant fiction writings of one Scooter Libby, during the height of Countdown's coverage of The Great Leak Case. Back in those glory days, when Karl Rove's indictment was coming. Any day now.
Back then (less than a year ago), a "work of fiction" had deeply significant probative qualities. According to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, Libby's fictional novel gave us a:
look into the mind of the vice president's former chief of staff
Krazy Keith read at length from the book, lingering over its steamiest scenes, and detailing others at length:
this is not just a book about bestiality. There's also incest and let's call them wooden prosthetic devices, and sex between women and fox spirits
This work of fiction was so immaterial, peripheral, and inconsequential that KO dedicated an entire program segment, with interview, to analyze its sauciest chapters, and took the occasion to sermonize:
Now we have beaten the hell out of Libby for this, and deservedly so. If a Democratic White House official had written this book, his head would be on a pike somewhere.
Wrong! If a Democrat writes a book like this, "Fat Ass" Olbermann does not tell us how it is a "look into his mind". No, he rushes to disregard it as an off-subject, irrelevant diversion. Far from suggesting the writer's head be figuratively put on a pike somewhere, KO instead demonizes those who raised the issue. But who raised the issue regarding Bill O'Reilly's work of fiction? And who raised the issue of Scooter Libby's fictional writing? None other than Keith Olbermann, The
Worst Best Hypocrite in the World.
Muzzled mongrels: KO's continuing efforts to minimize and downplay any terror dangers affected his coverage of the new threats to gulf oil properties. There wasn't any coverage! Olby has also been pounding on stories about disagreements between Iraq's fledgling government and the US. So what does he do when they issue a joint statement of agreement on the need for a timeline? He ignores it! Just like he did the signing of the build-a-fence bill. No time for any of that; we need to run that montage of "stay the course" clips again! And through it all "Fat Ass" Olbermann still hasn't apologized for his disgusting smear of Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfield, lifted from a discredited and retracted blog entry.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name continues to decline: it's now #385 in sales at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is at #12. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has sunk to an humiliating #2,073, while O'Reilly's best-seller rose to #20. Krazy Keith was slightly improved on Thursday night, coming in his usual third place with total viewers, but eeking out a second place finish in his beloved "demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]