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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Krazy Keith Returns! He bellowed the opening spiel with all the demagogic intensity required for The Hour of Spin: Rumsfeld's "wit and wisdom" (the memo), the tonsorially-enhanced David Gregory hectoring Tony Snow, Clinton/Kerry/Bayh, the "messed up" FBI, and a tale of two Simpsons. This is just too exciting.
Olby kicked things off with Rummy's memo, somehow making a comparison to Jacob Marley's Ghost. The timing of the leak was--all together now--"suspicious"! Rummy's many alternatives included one that Krazy Keith focused on: redeployment. See, Bush is a hypocrite because he campaigned against "cut and run". Rummy listed a bunch of alternatives, many of them inconsistent with each other. KO, of course, picked the one he could use against "Mister" Bush. A lengthy Gregory/Snow clip followed.
Cue Dana Milbank, shorn of slapstick smocks. Edward R Olbermann immediately returned to Jacob Marley's ghost. DM called it "cover your ass memo writing", leaked by Rumsfeld loyalists. Monkeymann leaped to the defense of John Madden Murtha, claiming the White House "mischaracterized" his suggestion that troops redeploy to Okinawa. Then it was on to how "Mister" Bush will reconcile this with his stated policy and the upcoming Baker report (see Dogs below). Dana was great thanksed.
In the #4 slot, a recycled NBC report about the "cluelessness of the FBI". Then oddball and the #3 story: Hillary and the Dem contest of 2008. (Though somebody was confused about all this since onscreen they thought it was the #2 story.) Lefty Carlson was great thanksed before she said a single word, but Olby knew she would toe the party line. Herr Olbermann managed to use the phrase "right-wing base" three times in one question (as in McCain is "kowtowwing" to it), and yes, he great thanksed her again at the end.
Fat Ass Olbermann also ran a clip of the News Watch correction. Hmm. The clip he ran was clearly from an internet posting; the compression artifacts were unmistakable, and looked very familiar. His clip did not show the Fox News ticker running on the bottom of the screen. How odd. Just like the clip posted here on Olbermann Watch. KO gave no acknowledgement as to where he got the clip. Aha! That clinches it.
After more rerun reportage on the Russian spy case, it was on to Britney Spears, David Letterman, Rip Torn, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Jessica Simpson was the #1 story, with the creepy Michael Musto as expert commentator, talking about nipples, cleavage, and vomit.
In the Media Matters Minute, Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann branched out from attacking his chief Olbsession to going after someone on his staff, for doing a survey of newspaper critics (Fox). Plus Michael Savage (conservative). Plus Condi Rice (Republican). Hey, another trifecta of tendency--all three slots filled!
Dogs that did not bark: The biggest bowser has got to be the non-correction and non-apology for Olby's deranged smear of one of his more successful competitors. That ain't gonna come until OlbyPlanet freezes over. The Democrats are breaking a campaign promise by rejecting one of the key 9/11 commission proposals that they claimed they would implement. Krazy Keith has been oddly silent. With tonight's talk about the memo, the Baker commission, etc., all Keith and Dana did was speculate about "Mister" Bush's reactions. That's because neither Olby nor Milbank bothered to reference the President's interview today, that touched on these very topics. Oh wait, that was with Brit Hume. Better to not report the news than admit it was made on Fox. 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 down to #496 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" has risen to #12. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome circles the drain at #1,822, while O'Reilly's book is #28. And Mr Bill's literary triumph is still #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The Speshul Komment hype for Thursday helped a little on Friday: second place in total viewers--though The Factor bested Countdown by more than three to one--and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]