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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The Spiel kicked off with Olby bellowing about Republicans "furious" re the Rummy timing, a lawsuit in Germany featuring the "scapegoated commander" of Abu Ghee-rhaib, Ken Mehlman (with the sly graphic "Mehlman Out"), why isn't Karl Rove out, the political honeymoon, and a plug for Arianna Huffington who will respond to right-wing spin on the election. What right-wing spin is that? It certainly isn't any heard on Countdown, which hasn't had interviewed anyone on the election results who is substantially to the right of Fidel Castro.
First on the agenda of spin, bipartisanship. Olby showed a clip of a White House meeting and man, did he have trouble trying not to say "Mister" Bush:
President--eh--Present--President Bush offering praise...
After clips from the meeting, The Wolffe Man appeared to talk about what KO called "the show for the cameras". He was skeptical. Olby bragged about how he exchanged emails with disbarred lawyer and convicted felon John Dean. Then he complained that Gates resigned from the Iraq commission so he won't be at the next meeting. Well, that's what usually happens when you resign. Monkeymann also mentioned John McCain--KO showed amazing restraint, not calling him a liar this time. Wolfie's responses to all this were predictable, cliched, and thoroughly unprofound. So he got great thanksed.
Then it was time to set the spin a'churnin hard to the left. Arianna, that great political thinker, was next in the Seat of Honor. Herr Olbermann asked tough questions, like citing Republicans who said many of the electoral winners were centrist, then firing off this devasatating query:
You have argued that is complete nonsense. Can you explain why?
Using her best imitation of Zsa Zsa Gabor, Huff declared the election was all about Iraq. She prattled on about her "hero", John Murtha, and endorsed the unindicted co-conspirator for majority leader. She went on to blame Ned Lamont for losing to Joe Lieberthal--Ned wasn't far left enough. Talk about spin! More great thanks.
#4: What next for Iraq ("quagmire") and Rummy ("war crimes trial"). A mention was made of the tape from Al-Qaeda, but "Fat Ass" Olbermann left something out (see our nonbarking dogs below). Rerun video from NBC covered the Iraq Study Group, and then KO was back to promoting the "war crimes trial" over Abu Ghee-Raib.
After another stunning "oddball" (the tape is already on its way to the Emmy committee), it was Republicans "at each other's throats". Krazy Keith said "Fox News" was claiming that "conservatives actually won" on Tuesday. Huh? His proof was a screen-grab (lifted from the blue blog at Think Progress) that showed a promo for an upcoming segment; it read: "Conservative USA?". Note the question mark, and ask yourself how teasing a discussion that asks a question equals "Fox News" stating "conservatives actually won". The answer is obvious: it doesn't. Just another Olbermann lie. (Monkeymann didn't even use a question mark when he bannered a woman as a "slut".) Lefty Alter loves to speak in Olbylogic, so the two of them batted the same ball back and forth, and a good time was had by all.
#2: A YouTube video of an arrest leads to an investigation of police brutality, plus Borat, Denise Richards, and--ta-da!--Fox News. Yes, KO, with a straight face, bragged about ratings, conveniently summing up several days, leaving out election night, but including his one big night on Wednesday, to make sure that MSNBC's numbers were properly inflated for the gullible. He also picked out one of two hours where Fox lost to CNN in the coveted key demo, without ever mentioning that Fox was way on top of both CNN and A-Mess-NBC for the rest of the day. Neither did he point out he was using the non-standard L+S numbers that overstate A-Mess-NBC's audience. #1: Comedy clips, introduced with shots at liar Bush and liar Limbaugh.
In the Media Matters Minute, the discredited sports guy attacked Fox again: NewsCorp sent out invitations to a holiday party. Because that conflicts with Bill O'Reilly who prefers Christmas parties. And apparently, on OlbyPlanet, commentators are not permitted to disagree with the policies of their network bosses. He probably thinks that because he works at A-Mess-NBC.
Quiescent canines: The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is all about GOP "scare tactics" and the "race card". How odd that he has kept from his audience the controversial ad run in Fulton County Georgia, that states Republican rule would be worse than the dogs and firehoses of the Bull Connor era. Not even a "worst person" nomination? Olby, your slant is showing. You also know how totally disinterested Herr Olbermann is in the terror war, except to ridicule and minimize it. Perhaps that is why he chose not to report on the news from MI5 of five major terror plots foiled just since July 2005. Not to mention the 30 ongoing investigations involving over 1,600 people. Which is exactly the approach Olby took: not to mention it. Even though it was one of the top stories virtually everywhere else. And since Olbermoronn slammed "Mister" Bush and any number of eeevil white crypto-fascist neocon pigs for daring even to imply that terrorists just might prefer a Democrat victory in the recent elections, it will surprise no one that he once again censored the news to fit his spin. His "reporting" on the terror tape from Al-Qaeda in Iraq conveniently omitted how the terrorists praised American voters for electing Democrats. Olbermann slant the news? Who'da thunk it?
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name declined to #970 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" rose to #10. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome sunk to #2,916, while O'Reilly's book stands at #27. And Mr Bill's literary triumph sits in the #3 slot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. As predicted here yesterday, The Hour of Spin's viewership numbers declined significantly on Thursday. While they managed a second place finish, they did so with a much smaller audience than the day before, both in total viewers and in Olby's critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]