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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby sounded a bit sour delivering the famous opening spiel: the Baker report is "all things to all people", the White House is blaming the media again, James Kim found dead, and a kid will get his eye shot out. Well at least there will be one good segment.
First up, the Fabulous Baker Boys Commission Report. A more superficial reportage of their findings could not be imagined. We were told that the recommendation are worthless "unless the President deigns to carry them out". KO's summary: we're not winning, Iraq is deteriorating, a slide toward chaos, stay the course is not viable...but he didn't mention that the FBBCR also seconded Bush's notion of stabilizing the Iraq government, and that it explicitly rejected the Murtha/Pelosi immediate withdrawal scheme. Cherry-picked clips from the news conference followed. A clip from "Mister" Bush was intro'd with Prof Olbermann claiming that he doesn't know the meaning of "bipartisan". And there was the obligatory footage of the tonsorially-enhanced David Gregory hectoring Tony Snow.
The Wolffe Man was first up to scrutinize the FBBCR. He said the report will be shelved to gather dust, though there was little in it that was offensive to the White House, and negotiations with Iran or Syria are unlikely. Monkeymann expressed the theory that Gates will use the FBBCR as his "road map", but Wolffie expressed doubts. Nonetheless, he was great thanksed.
To get an impartial analysis of the situation, Fat Ass Olbermann called in "statesman" Russ Feingold (D). This has to be a parody, right? Something like, oh, National Lampoon's Pravda Comes to Seacaucus? The string of Democrats, usually of the ultra variety, who appear on Countdown is becoming a sick joke. (And we have accordingly updated The List.) "Statesman" Feingold plopped into the Seat of Honor to spin the entire story as far left as possible. The FBBCR dared to note that failure in Iraq will embolden terrorists, and Olby was having none of that. The Statesman eagerly joined in, saying the FBBC was an example of right-wing bias because it didn't have any declared Iraq war opponents on it! KO delivered his usual piercing, analytical, challenging queries:
Would you agree with this, the, the country's focus, the government's focus should be on getting us out, uh, as quickly as possible, and, er, is there anything in the report that, that, that, uh, hastens that?
What will The Statesman say to that? Will he agree with getting out as quickly as possible? Man, that Krazy Keith sure knows how to make news with his interviews. The Statesman was great thanksed.
After oddball it was The Return of Ricks, just 24 hours after Olbermann Watch embarrassed Krazy Keith into asking him back. The latest deaths in Iraq were characterized by Olby as the soldiers "paying the price" for Bush's execution of the war. TR said the FBBCR is "devasating" to the Bush administration, and KO followed up:
What is the read of it going to be on the ground, um, by anybody in Iraq from the generals to the troops?
Did you catch that? Edward R Olbermann specifically referring to the generals and the troops as two different entities. Obviously, he's still smarting from the November 2 smackdown. He went on to cite The Statesman's claim that the report was biased against the cut-and-run option, claiming that this was the option that "a lot of the troops would most like to see". A Kountdown Keith Klassic: Herr Olbermann as the voice of the troops, the same ones he demeans as stupid! Once again, TR brought some perspective to The Hour of Spin, noting that leaving advisors and trainers behind without combat forces to defend them is an extremely risky strategy.
Is Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann off his meds? His Olbsession has become so severe that he's actually teasing the upcoming Media Matters Minute by telling the audience ahead of time that he's naming Mr Bill "worst person". He can't even hold out until the segment airs? His O'Reilly jones is worse than we thought.
There was some taped reportage from NBC about James Kim (and Olby gave the unspooling tape great thanks), followed by O.J. Simpson and Mary Cheney. A segment on the house from A Christmas Story was #1 (marred only by KO's insistence on showing off his knowledge by referencing all sorts of tangential movie trivia, and his stumbling, stammering delivery--in evidence throughout tonight's Hour of Spin). In the Media Matters Minute, the discredited sports guy once again attacked Bill O'Reilly (#141 if you're counting). Olby hasn't apologized for his earlier smear of Mr Bill, so what's another?
Quiescent canines: Krazy Keith made a big deal about The Flying Imams, without of course reporting any of the subsequent information that came out. So it's no surprise that when three separate investigations found that the airline acted properly in removing them from the plane, that news is spiked on Countdown. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was delighted to give Al Gore a fawning interview, not to mention running free ads for his movie, because he liked the global warming message. But on OlbyPlanet, news is not news if Herr Olbermann disagrees with it. So today's Senate testimony by distinguished experts about how the media have misrepresented the science of climate change was handled as all such inconvenient truths are on The Hour of Spin: it was ignored. 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 down to #426 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is up at #14. The OlbyTome continues to struggle at Barnes & Noble where it is a disappointing #1,614, but O'Reilly's book is #17. And Mr Bill's literary triumph is still #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. There's a reason Olby didn't do any crowing about Tuesday night's ratings. Using industry-approved numbers, not the phony inflated ones KO likes to throw around, he sunk to last place--fifth out of five--in viewers. Behind Nancy Grace and Paula Zahn. Way behind a rerun of Deal or No Deal. And way, way behind The Factor. His only consolation was a weak third place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]