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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Krazy Keith rattled off the opening spiel with near-maniacal intensity. He resurrected the old phone-lime jamming scandal of four years ago, bellowed something about secret letters from Iraq, and took a shot at "comedian Rush Limbaugh". But Olby saved his biggest blue blog applause line for the start of The Hour of Spin proper:
The President is no longer charging admission for each of his campaign appearances. That's right, he's now lying for free.
Barking that "Mister" Bush's rhetoric was "divisive", Monkeymann gloated that some Republicans don't want the President's help. He cited a poll showing Steele (Michael, not Remington) behind 11 points; cleverly, KO failed to mention a more recent poll that puts the margin at five points. Must have been a mere oversight. Cue The Wolffe Man, who said Bush is a "stone around the neck" of GOP candidates. Olby wanted to know if it was too late to "trot out" the issue of gay marriage, and Wolffie was doubtful of its impact.
After great thanksing The Wolffe Man, it was time to go after Karl Rove with the author of "Bush's Brain". Perhaps the book should be retitled "Mister Bush's Brain", in honor of the discredited sports guy. We got another of Keith's Kolloquial Kwotations, but the ace broadcaster had problems spitting it out:
To, uh, to quote the late David Frye, those who, uh, those who are to blame lose their jobs, those who are not, uh, those who are responsible do not.
Slater said there's something "almost delusional" about Rove, and Herr Olbermann brought up the NPR interview about math and used the phrase "whistling past graveyards" for approximately the 89th time. In response to a convoluted, undiagrammable double-helix of a query about a split Congress, Slater managed to make a question out of it and opined that the Rove machine will survive even a November loss.
The #4 story revisited the 2002 phone-jam scheme that KO has been so fond of. It was recycled video from NBC, and not just there; it's been on A-Mess-NBC repeatedly throughout the day. So why not play it again, Olby? Another brilliant episode of "oddball" revealed that Fox News viewers are "zombies" [Olbersaurus updated].
The #3 segment accomplished two goals: to attack the eeevil O'Reilly, and bring on lefty Rieckhoff to attack the administration. From soldiers' letters carefully selected by Time and Newsweek, Krazy Keith just happened to carefully select on that criticized Mr Bill. Shocker. KO asked his guest about the Army monitoring what troops are saying in "private blogs", referring to it as "a hint of censorship". Rieckhoff conceded security issues in the blogs, but said they present valuable information on what's going on there. He gave his usual analysis: if we stay it's bad, if we leave it's bad. The politicians don't care. Herr Olbermann picked out another letter to quote from: it included the magic words "Bush should be ashamed". Rieckhoff replied that it's the job of the military to "kill people and break their stuff". What would Olbermoronn have said had he known his guest was paraphrasing "comedian Rush Limbaugh"? There was also some talk about Rieckhoff's ratings of Congress (interestingly, his system counts a vote for a resolution supporting victory in Iraq as a "wrong" vote).
#2: Red Auerbach, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Ritchie, and Cruise News! #1: The Beatles divorce. And of course the Media Matters Minute. We here at Olbermann Watch were hopeful that we might get nominated. Instead, KO attacked the National Review (with the "funny" disrespectful touch of deliberately mispronouncing the writer's name) for their article on Olbermann's obsessive use of "Mister" Bush. Rather than defend himself, which might take a modicum of original thought, Keith just parroted the language on the Soros site. Come to think of it, that pretty much describes every episode of The Hour of Spin! A nomination went to a Congresswoman from Ohio. Amazing, it's another (R). And of course, the "nutjob" [Olbersaurus updated] "comedian Rush Limbaugh". KO excoriated him for his "lies", but then lied about what Rush said:
Comedian Rush Limbaugh, who is now claiming that tv networks speeded up the video...
Actually, Mr Limbaugh said nothing about tv networks; he referenced "cable outlets". But that's not all the discredited sports guy got wrong. Limbaugh never claimed anyone--networks or cable stations--were speeding up his video. What he said was some emailers had told him that, but added: "I haven't seen it". This is how desperate the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is to attack anyone on his enemies list. If the actual words someone says aren't useful enough for attack purposes, he'll just rewrite them. A doctored quote is so much better than the real thing, especially when nobody at Media Matters or in the MSM will ever go after Monkeymann for making stuff up. He just has all those artificial "facts" in his head.
Dogs that did not bark: KO's insistence that the war on terror is "so-called" requires that he downplay real news on that front. That's why there was no reporting whatsoever of the air strike at an Al Qaeda training center in Pakistan. Because Olby loathes the military, he's not about to say anything the significance of the naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. For all the promos about dirty campaigning, KO didn't report on Harold Ford's (D) statement that Democrats love the Lord, but Republicans don't. And we've pretty much given up any hope that "Fat Ass" Olbermann will ever apologize 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 is #372 in sales at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" has risen to #10. At Barnes & Noble, the OlbyTome has submerged to #2,223, while O'Reilly's best-seller is at #26. With his nemesis taking a night off, Krazy Keith had a better than usual Friday night in the Nielsen numbers, narrowly edging Lou Dobbs for second place, but still losing handily to The Kasich Factor. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED]