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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
A fascinating document has found its way into our hands. The NSA domestic spying program scooped up an email. Naturally, it was immediately forwarded to Karl Rove, who personally reviews all such intercepts. Rove immediately arranged a conference call with Halliburton, Rupert Murdoch, and Lloyd Grove. It was decided that the email would be passed on to Fox News, and since they secretly fund this site, they forwarded it to us here at Olbermann Watch. Its content is self-explanatory.
With Mister Bush low in the polls, your Bush-bashing book is what made you a regular on Countdown. But your "performance" on Thursday night was unconscionable. The ground rules were clear: I pose the questions and you support what I say. What part of that didn't you understand? But instead, you used the opportunity to deviate from our agreement. You made your bones with the far right with your cheap-shot sandbagging of the foremost journalist on American television.
It can't be that you aren't familiar with our policies on Countdown. Tonight's show was example of how it's supposed to go. I blamed the Republicans for posting atomic bomb secrets on the internet. And you'll notice Cirincione didn't mess up the interview with any talk of how this showed Saddam had high-level atomic knowhow and could have built a bomb had he not been stopped. Cirincione followed the ground rules and spun everything my way.
Richard Wolffe didn't double-cross me either. I said this flap would hurt Republicans, and he agreed. He followed the ground rules.
I had David Shuster on again. He's been wrong more often than that evil O'Reilly, but he's loyal. I had unsourced breaking news: on Monday the military papers will be calling for Rumsfeld to go. Shuster immediately came up with a way it could hurt the George Allen campaign. I didn't even have to prompt him. He gets it.
I used Esther Kaplan tonight--she writes for The Nation. Did you notice how she maneuvered the Haggard story into a tract on how the Christian right is commandeering the policies of the White House? That's pure gold. She followed the ground rules.
But you used an unfair, ambush answer to sandbag me. Me, a journalist who has received a fake anthrax letter. Of course, Mister Ricks, you did not instruct your people to mail the letter. No, you did not.
And of course you did not roll over for the Bush crime administration either. No, you did not.
And it wasn't you who attempted to embarrass the winner of two Edward R Murrow awards on live television.
This is the state of journalism as you have redefined it, Mister Ricks. You are nothing more than the front man in a collective lie to break sticks over the heads of true Americans: the Democrats.
A brief reminder, Mister Ricks. You are not the Washington Post. You are merely a writer whose legacy will have been a willingness to cover-up for the far right fascists. You were too stupid to realize that Boehner was insulting the troops.
You must apologize to the troops, because you threw them under the bus.
You must apologize for contradicting my statements.
But you won't apologize. Not to the troops. And not to me.
Is there no line you will not cross Mister Ricks, sir?
Republicans are evil, sir.
If they say something it is wrong, sir.
And you must apologize, sir.
P.S. Would you be willing to sign my guest book?
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name inched up to #364 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #13. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome is mired at #2,694, and O'Reilly's best-seller stands at #17. Thursday's Countdown sunk like a stone, coming in last place--fifth out of five--both among all viewers and in Keith's coveted, all-important, critical, beloved "key" demo. Apparently the latest Speshul Komment left a bad taste in viewers' mouths. But then they all do.