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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
What excitement! It must have been the thrill of having Dana Milbank back for a second day in a row that inspired Krazy Keith to boom out the opening spiel in such embarrassingly hyperbolic fashion. Hoyer vs Murtha, Iraq plans, fascist police at UCLA taser a student of "Middle Eastern descent" (the only reason this story made the spiel), cancer screening, and--best of all--Cruise News! But Olby began The Hour of Spin with, naturally, spin.
It started with Bad Analogy Theater: why is it that the Trent Lott/Lamar Alexander contest wasn't framed by the media as infighting, like the Hoyer/Murtha contest was? Well, Einstein, it might be because Ms Pelosi went and put herself out on a limb, endorsing one candidate over another, and the two rivals were shooting at each other--publicly. Of course, what may have gotten Murtha defeated were the specifics of the ethics concerns ("alleged", according to Monkeymann), and since Olby refuses to report those specifics, he can pretend like the race was no different from Lott/Alexander. OlbySpin at its most elegant.
But The Great and Powerful Olb wasn't finished. He went on to claim that Pelosi as the "first woman speaker" is something that has been "largely lost" in the media coverage. Say what?!? The air really is thin up there on OlbyPlanet. He called in Slippery Shuster to back up his propaganda, and he obliged, noting that any damage from the contest is "not permanent at all". That Shuster, he's a true Nostradamus. And naturally Krazy Keith, who might as well be on Murtha's payroll, cooked up an angle for his loss:
It coult be argued that, as defense appropriations subcommittee chairman, he'll actually have, have more influence about what happens next in Iraq than he would have been [sic] as, uh, majority leader.
Murtha's a dope, according to KO. He went and ran for a position with less power than what he had. He was trying to demote himself! It will surprise no one that Slippery's rejoinder to this laughable construction was: yeah. Krazy Keith went on to provide another bit of spin that you won't find echoed in any reportage on the planet, except maybe that taken from the DNC talking points: Nancy Pelosi emerged with "the best of all possible worlds". Man, you just can't make this stuff up.
Shuster was great thanksed, and then Herr Olbermann turned to James Carville's call for Howard Dean to step down. Oh no, we can't have that! Dean has been great thanksed on Countdown! Quick, find a Dean apologist. It wasn't hard. Arianna Huffington would appear on infomercials with Billy Mays if he asked her. He didn't, and she had to settle for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. In her best Zsa Zsa accent, Huff threw Carville under the bus: he's "lost touch", he "hasn't said anything interesting about Iraq" for years, and (at KO's urging) she added that there's some positioning going on with Carville's remarks. And then, just to make it personal, Zsa Zsa went after Mrs Carville (Mary Matalin). Wasn't it Harold Ford who kept insisting: don't attack my family? Oh wait, that doesn't apply when it's Dems on the attack. Then Citizen Keith again raised his Bad Analogy (see above) since he had someone ready to jump on any drivel he spewed. Zsa Zsa complained that nobody pounded Trent Lott for his "racist remarks" of years ago. Hey, didn't you hear? That was just a "botched joke".
All this and we're not even at the first commercial break yet! Finally it came, with Olby saying Bush is sending more of our "boys and girls" to Iraq. "Fat Ass" Olbermann found more "metaphors", quoting the far-left (without identifying it as such) Guardian about Bush being "in denial". And there he was again: Dana Milbank, without weird wardrobe. They talked about the troops proposal, and it fell on Milbank, who despite everything has a few reporter's bones in him, to throw a little water on the verity of the Guardian story. KO found a way to invoke Rule #1, saying all this could "really benefit the Democrats". Krazy Keith must be reading this site, because he went to great trouble never to use the phrase "Mister" Bush. Haha, another victory for Olbermann Watch!
After another fine, fine edition of oddball, we got Olby's report on the UCLA tasering incident, immediately suspect because, while there are two versions of what happened, Mr Fairness gave the version told by the student as fact, not the one told by the police. Then, rather than talking with a reporter from the LA Times, whose account of this is considerably more balanced, KO went with Sara Talor from the student newspaper. Gee, who do ya think she's gonna side with?
#2: Dancing with the Stars and Cruise News! And another attack on Bill O'Reilly, which Mr Humility used to promote GQ naming him as something or other in their latest issue. And another of those special ratings reports that you can only find on OlbyPlanet, where KO claimed to have beat O'Reilly in some key demo for all of 15 minutes. Somehow he neglected to mention that Bill had over 2,000,000 viewers, compared to Countdown's 578,000. #1: The Great American Smoke-Out. In the Media Matters Minute, Rich Lowry (conservative) and some guy from the Dept of Agriculture (R) were singled out for attack.
Quiescent canines: Just a few days ago, Herr Olbermann was trumpeting a report from Time Magazine: "charges" of "war crimes" to be filed against Donald Rumsfeld. It was Big News, highlighted in the opening spiel. Now Time is reporting the whole thing is "unlikely to proceed". Do you think Olbermoronn reported that tonight? Hah! KO was happy to imply Rumsfeld was a war criminal, and he's not about to let any silly journalistic ethics about follow-ups or corrections spoil the effect. Again the stock market hit a new, historic high, and consumer prices continued to plunge, with the prospect of $2 per gallon gas by the end of the year. Ho hum, not news at all on The Hour of Spin. Monkeymann is still covering for his party leaders, refusing to report on Rep Murtha's ethical troubles as highlighted by C.R.E.W. and the National Legal and Policy Center. That's also why KO has yet to tell his viewers how Jack Abramoff has pointed the finger of corruption at none other than Harry "The Body" Reid.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name slipped to #321 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #13. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome plummeted to #756, while O'Reilly's book proudly stands at #26. And Mr Bill's literary triumph sits in the #3 slot on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Wednesday night's spinorama wasn't that well received by sophisticated cable news viewers. Keith just barely managed a fourth place finish, even losing to a rerun of Deal or No Deal, though he did eke out third place in his critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".