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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olberman
NOTE: SEE UPDATE BELOW
Herr Olbermann bellowed the opening spiel: bring the troops home, Iraq worse than VietNam, secret government numbers, the spy poisoning case, and a monthful of oddball. How will we be able to contain our excitement?
"What will 'Mister' Bush' do in Iraq?' led of The Hour of Spin. The Wolffe Man said the Baker Commission's predicted recommendations are "wishful thinking" and "fuzzy". Monkeyman invoked Rule #1 to suggest that if Bush doesn't hug the Commission's report to his bosom and embrace, he hands the Democrats "an unbreakable club". Wolffie helpfully advised Dems to go after investigations to get a bigger, stronger club.
Olby then swerved into "domestic spying" and "the clutches of the Bush administration". What's he talking about? Homeland Security keep records of various factors to assign risk ratings to airline travelers. Oh, the horrors! KO also took a shot at the new X-ray devices that can see right down to the skin. Hey, a good opportunity for another episode of Olby and The Perfessor!
Herr Olbermann described the machine as "indecent" and "intrusive". The Perfessor wailed that strangers would be looking at an accurate image of people under their clothes, and this was an "unreasonable" search.
OK gang, here is another lesson in OlbySpin. What did the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann (and his sidekick) not tell us this time? Among other things, this machine would only be use for secondary (higher level) searches, so only a fraction of passengers would be involved. But the key salient point that was deliberately omitted is crucial, because it makes nonsense out of the Perfessor's claim of an "unreasonable" search. It's voluntary! Nobody has to go through it if they don't want to. It is a alternative to the pat-down, and anyone who doesn't like the machine can choose to have the long-standing pat-down instead. Now why do you suppose they didn't tell you that?
The Perfessor didn't like the risk ratings either. It's "easy to abuse". (So is letting policemen carry guns. Let's do away with that, too.) It's all aimed at the Islamic Faith, sez Turley. Or, to be more precise, his words were: "That's my guess." This is what passes for responsible journalism on OlbyPlanet. He's also worried about companies having to store emails--it's a "chilling effect" on privacy because everything you write will be preserved. Is he really this naive, or does he just play that on TV? First, it's a business, and not your personal home emails. And second, any email you write can be stored, distributed, or published by the person you send it to. No email is ever "private". There is always someone else who sees it, and can do anything they want with it. Even Krazy Keith noted that emails can get published on the internet. And boy howdy, does he know about that. For his services to propaganda and scaremongering, The Perfessor was great thanksed.
The #4 story dealt with the poisoning mysteries, with Rice offering expertise. Fat Ass managed to work Florida, 2000 into his "reportage" of the fistfights that broke out among Mexican politicos. Sheesh, let it go already. Then scam emails, handed off to Lisa Myers for some rerun video from NBC. Weather led off the #2 story (more tape--and yes, Keith thanked the machine). Then Lindsay Lohan, giving "Man on Fan" Olbermann a chance to brag about being at a GQ event. Page Six printed a report about Lohan's behavior, which Rev Olbermann insisted was all just "made up", even though others there (like Will Ferrell) apparently think otherwise. We're just lucky that KO didn't bring up Lohan's mom, also present at the event, who is, according to KO, an old "bag". Stonehenge lore, K-Fed, Danny DeVito, George Clooney, and a retrospective of November oddball continued the lofty intellectual subject matter that is so admired by his intelligent, well-educated audience.
In the Media Matters Minute, Monkeyman once again filled all the required slots. He attacked Mitt Romney ("right-wing" Republican), Mort Kondracke (Fox), and the winner? You don't even have to ask. Relying on the Soros site for his "research", Olbermoronn called Mr O a "liar", for never having said something he claims to have said. We wouldn't be surprised if Mr Bill did in fact say it, just not on one particular day. But no point in spoiling O'Reilly Attack #138. [SEE UPDATE BELOW]
Quiescent canines: Since Olby hands out "worst person" nominations when his name is misspelled, we deliberately did that throughout yesterday's recap. Sadly, we were not given the award, but we'll keep trying until our goal is achieved. As to more significant matters... The Pope's trip? Still not news. The Secretary of State in the Middle East? Still not news. Hezbollah out to topple a government? No time for that; we need more Lindsay Lohan coverage! The discredited sports guy spiked James Webb talking about punching George Bush in the face, and the Dems rejecting one of the key 9/11 commission proposals that they claimed they would implement. And still KO refuses to tell his viewers how Jack Abramoff has pointed the finger of corruption at none other than Sen Harry Reid.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name is #403 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" has risen to #12. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome sunk to #1,667, while O'Reilly's book is still #17. And nine weeks since it hit the stores, Mr Bill's literary triumph is still #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The Speshul Komment hype for Thursday night--relentless advertising, email to blue blogs, etc--helped a little, though viewership was lower than the night previous. Countdown just barely made third place, and narrowly eked out a #2 finish in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]
UPDATE: We thought there was something fishy about Herr Olbermann's "You're a liar!" attack on Mr Bill. We were right.