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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The spiel: Iraq study group, Hoyer vs Murtha, Clinton vs Giuliani, fake anthrax mailings and their connection to "far right wing blogs", Bill O'Reilly, and Cruise News! The Hour of Spin proper began with chaos in Iraq, which is--guess what?--a metaphor! For political chaos in the US. The ever-malleable Howard Fineman was first to occupy the Seat of Honor.
Howie said Dems are not going to rush anything regarding Iraq because "it's George Bush's war". The continued violence connects to Iran, and the world will go "hat in hand" to them for help. KO suggested the Iraq government and/or police force may be "totally corrupt"; Fineman opined that we are not likely to abandon the Iraq government. He was great thanksed.
Then Herr Olbermann swerved to the leadership battle in the House: Murtha vs Hoyer. After we excoriated the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann for refusing to report on the dubious ethics of Rep Murtha, Olbermann Watch enjoyed a small victory tonight as Krazy Keith actually made a passing reference to the controversy. Of course, he didn't detail any of the specifics, preferring instead to read a lengthy, vague, self-serving statement from Murtha. Stoddard, who discussed the charges at length earlier on A-Mess-NBC, didn't get the chance to do so with Keith. KO controls the questioning on The Hour of Spin, and he made sure she didn't go there. She instead talked about how "conservative" Murtha is on some issues. Monkeymann wanted to know if the warm reception given to Sen Joe Lieberthal was some sort of Democrat "appeasement", but Stoddard said it was the smart thing to do. She was thanksed.
#4: Clinton, Giuliani, and the 2008 race. The segment focused heavily on Hillary, and lefty Alter was happy to play along. It was a thrilling specularama, with Alter noting that independents "flock" to the Hillary Clinton banner, and elevating Obama to a "serious threat". Giuliani may be "formidable", McCain may look "old". In this segment, Citizen Keith repeatedly referred to "Senator" Clinton, but oddly never once used the phrase "Mrs" Clinton. Alter was many thanksed.
After "oddball", it was time for "Fat Ass" Olbermann to focus on "right-wing hate": the "rhetoric" that "inspired" fake anthrax attacks. Turns out it was all the fault of those eeevil "right-wing" blogs and, indirectly, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, and Laura Ingraham--because he praised them in some posted comments. Cook was asked to detail the "link" to the "right-wing blogs", and cited Free Republic (which is not even a blog) as his case in point. Cook said he praised these people in his profile there, even while admitting that there is no proof it really was the fake anthrax guy's profile, only "circumstantial" evidence. He then tossed in this stinkbomb:
I don't think we can always hold there people responsible for the actions of the least hinged of their followers, but I think it is clear that, that he was an acolyte of, of, of, of the Coulters and the Malkins, and I think that they clearly enjoy having acolytes...they certainly exhort their followers to let themselves be known.
KO was quick to claim he was not an acolyte, he was "emulating" Malkin, who published addresses "and other personal information" of antiwar protesters on her blog. Of course, Krazy Keith doesn't tell anyone that the "personal information" she published came right off the protesters' website, and could be found elsewhere on the internet as well. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it's the same slander he used against Bill O'Reilly for publishing a "private email adress" of a newspaper guy--an address that could be found right on the newspaper's website! "Man on Fan" Olbermann never lets the truth get in the way of a good smear. Cook chimed in about Michelle being "truculent", "thuggish", and "intimidating"; Coulter is "ludicrous" and "outrageous" and a "professional agitator". Cook suggested that maybe Ann really doesn't intend to incite violence, but Olby was having none of it:
Yeah, until, until it, you know, bursts into gunfire.
#2: Teacher/student sex (recycled NBC report), Madonna, Brangelina. #1: Cruise News! with the creepy Michael Musto. With jokes about Helen Keller and chastity belts, a good time was had by all--except the hapless viewers. In the Media Matters Minute, Michael Savage got a nod.
Muted mongrels: Another historic high for the stock market, but a booming economy doesn't fit OlbySpin, so it doesn't get reported. To cover for his buddies in Tehran, Citizen Keith also spiked the fact that the IAEA found plutonium and enriched uranium where there shouldn't have been any. Krazy Keith, so sensitive to GOP "scandals", has refused to report on the objections to Rep Murtha raised by C.R.E.W., a group that KO himself had on Countdown when they were criticizing Republicans. On OlbyPlanet, their objections to Dems just aren't news. As we predicted, Herr Olbermann gave us an entire segment on "right-wing hate" based on his fake anthrax letter, but the spinmeister never dealt with similar letters sent to a conservative talk station and to a right-wing talk show host--or the blue blogs whose "rhetoric" may have "inspired" the threats. Sometimes Monkeymann just makes all this too easy.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #213 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" rose to #16. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome sunk to #3,244, while O'Reilly's book moved up to #27. And Mr Bill's literary triumph sits in the #3 slot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. After his disastrous showing on Friday night, anything would have been an improvement, so Monday night, traditionally Countdown's most-watched day, found Krazy Keith in second place, both in total viewers, and in his critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Even so, the eeevil Mr Bill had 1,689,000 more viewers than the discredited sports guy--that's more than three times the viewership that suffered through The Hour of Spin.