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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby barked the opening spiel in his best proselytizer voice: the fallout over the Gates nomination, Bush on Jeb, 2008 polling, Katrina fraud, and living on the moon. Is that anywhere near OlbyPlanet?
Krazy Keith started the spin with Gates saying "we're not winning" in Iraq, as if it were stop-the-presses news, though Gen Peter Pace has said something so similar as to be functionally equivalent. After a clip from Gates saying the fatal words, there were soundbites from committee members: Levin (D), Bayh (D), Clinton (D), and...no Republicans. Wow, what a shocker. And KO didn't run Gates's later comments that we're not losing either, though he did a quick fast-talk-patter recitation. That's when The Wolffe Man entered to talk about how scripted Gates was.
The promos for tonight's Hour of Spin said Monkeymann was going to examine Gates's background, i.e. supposed involvement in Iran-Contra. He was visibly annoyed that the Dems didn't go into all that and said so, but Wolffie didn't want to go there and just talked about the Dems wanting to "play nice". Judge Keith ruled that Rummy's memo is "self-serving" and great thanksed The Wolffe Man.
Then Krazy Keith turned to Eaton, who pronounced Gates "a great change", obviously since he had been one of the handful of generals who had been agitating for years to that end. KO brought up the Rummy memo (again!) and his guest was happy to pile-on with approved OlbySpin. (That's why it was Eaton in the Seat of Honor instead of somebody else. More on that shortly.) Some not-very-illuminating chatter about the Baker commission and this uninformative, tedious parley was mercifully brought to an end with the ritual great thanks.
The #4 story brought the kind of propaganda that can only be generated by a discredited sports guy in the throes of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Because Bush 41 was reduced to tears talking about his son Jeb, but wasn't when talking about George W, that means he doesn't really like George! No, we're not making this up. You don't see the same level of emotion when he speaks of 43, said Sigmund Olbermann. We couldn't possibly imagine "analysis" this imbecilic anywhere except on The Hour of Spin. To put a stamp of approval on Keith's fevered fantasies, Moore took the stage.
Oh it's so "interesting", especially since 43 is now "calling on" James A Baker III to solve the Iraq mess, and he was Daddy's guy. Um, did President Bush select Baker to co-chair this commission? Did he even appoint the members? Does Moore know what he's talking about? Sigmund wouldn't let go of his armchair psychoanalysis of 41/43, Moore was happy to go along, and when they got into how 41 secretly feels "the wrong son" was elected President, we know it was such vacuous malarkey that it's not worth our valuable server space to waste any more bytes on it. Moore was great thanksed.
[UPDATE: Our clear-thinking Olbermann Watch reader cee has in fact identified the genesis of this preposterous drivel: Olby lifted the idea from Daily Kos. Edward R Olbermann's practice of filching material from the bluest of the blue blogs continues apace.]
After an ad for The Nation promoting its "liberal bias" (they sure know what niche audience the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann truckles to), an O'Reilly-attacking oddball segment, and more commercials, we got taped reruns from the network mothership on the missing Mr Kim and FEMA fraud. Plus Madonna, Guy Ritchie, celebrity Presidential polling, and some bragging about how he's closing in O'Reilly in the "key demo" ratings --using, of course, the phony, doctored numbers that nobody else uses (except TVN) because they artificially inflate his audience. (The genuine numbers, as always, are linked below). #1: a lunar base on NASA.
In the Media Matters Minute, Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann said neither Webb nor Bush looked that good in their recent exchange, but naturally it was "Mister" Bush who got the "worst person" nomination. Throw in a Republican Congressman and the streak of not naming Democrats or liberals continues to extend.
Muted mongrels: This was Olby's last chance, and he blew it: no correction or apology for his ludicrous smear of Bill O'Reilly. And then there's the case of Thomas Ricks of the Washington Post, who was a regular Countdown guest, at least twice a month in the runup to the elections. Then he appeared on November 2--what happened during that show's Olby/Ricks exchange is the stuff of legend. Mr Ricks hasn't been back since. Finally, we would be most remiss if we didn't point out that KO still 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 up a bit to #354 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #14. At Barnes & Noble the OlbyTome is a disappointing #1,428, while O'Reilly's book has risen to #17. And Mr Bill's literary triumph is still #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Monday is the strongest night for viewership and that propelled Olby to a second place in total viewers--though again The Factor bested Countdown by more than three to one. Despite the touting of nonstandard figures rejected by everyone not on OlbyPlanet, the truth is that The Hour of Spin barely escaped third place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]