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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby's opening spiel couldn't have begun in a more predictable, cliched fashion: Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble...how clever. Plus a three-day cram course on Iraq, Obama, Kucinich, TomDelay.com, the Taco e coli scares, dangerous video games, porn star Mary Carey, and Nicole Ritchie. It's an action-packed Hour of Spin!
Herr Olbermann started out by noting that in meeting with retired Generals on Iraq, "Mister" Bush only asked them to give him their own viewpoints. Bad "Mister" Bush! He should have made them sit there and listen to him. Then the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann could have scolded the Prez for lecturing and not listening. Oh sorry, according to the nonpartisan Olbermann, it's really "the appearance of listening".
Since Kofi Annan (the superb UN Secretary General who presided over the Oil for Food scandal) took shots at "Mister" Bush today, he got clips on Countdown that never would have been shown otherwise. That was the cue for Dana Milbank, absent arrant accoutrements. KO objectively characterized the President's recent activities as "slight of hand and a few photo-ops", but DM suspects substantive changes may be in the works "because he has no choice". Olby lied about a survey, saying it shows "Americans backing the ISG recommendations two to one". It actually showed 39% for, 20% against, and 26% unaware. For the numbers to comport with Olbermann's lie, they would have to be 67% for, 33% against, and 0% unaware. Dana showed just how pitifully sycophantic he is, referencing the 26% unaware as "the Bill O'Reilly segment". Is there nothing he will not do to suck up to this repellent host? You know he was great thanksed.
Then it was on to Slater, of Bush's Brain fame. Olby: Bush is "outsourcing" just about every element of his administration. Slater: He's psychologically needy of historical vindication. Olby: He's the bubble boy. Slater: His circle of advisors gets "smaller and smaller". Olby: It's because it's his father's Secretary of State who headed the ISG and "Mister" Bush regards it as a "trip to the woodshed". Slater: You betcha, but he doesn't want to hear it. Olby: Great thanks.
#4: Time for Barack and Awe! Mr Humility claimed that Obama's plans may have "crystallized" when he appeared on The Hour of Spin. Keith, you're so vain you probably think this candidacy is about you. After a second mention of the Countdown appearance, recycled NBC reportage filled out the story. Then: Kucinich will run, and Tom DeLay's new website. Monkeymann ridiculed the fact that DeLay has someone who writes the posts for him--an interesting criticism, given the fact that while DeLay was open about it, Citizen Keith still hasn't admitted to the ghost writer responsible for the (few) original passages in his latest failed book (not to mention the ones who work on Countdown and the Speshul Komments). Tom's blog got a ton of negative and vulgar comments (thanks to an organized campaign), and Olby was only too happy to read a few of them.
After oddball (incorporating two more O'Reilly attacks), it was on to tainted food, easily spun in a leftward direction by citing what "critics say" (what critics? who?), and adding that's just what "Democrats" plan to do. Schlosser was happy to ramp up the spin: eeevil big business has too much influence. We need more regulations! Olby approvingly cites a Democrat, Schlosser concurs, and that's the least surprising string of phrases since someone recited the alphabet. Great thanks.
#2: Possible shuttle difficulties, Princess Diana may have been bugged by the US (Keith was careful not to mention that this would have happened during the Clinton administration), Mel Gibson's new movie. #1: Nicole Ritchie, Mary Carey, and Paul McCartney with Tom O'Neill.
Dogs that did not bark: It's big news when students in Iran protest in the face of their dictator, but not on OlbyPlanet. Of course, the Iranian convention of holocaust-deniers also went unmentioned by Herr Olbermann. Still nothing on the specific accusations of falsification and plagiariam against Jimmy Carter. Hamas announces that it secretly met with Democrats before the elections and got some interesting concessions from them. Silence. And the incoming chairman of the intelligence committee appears to be somewhat informationally challenged. He didn't even get a "worst person" nomination--slovenly political hacks like Fat Ass Olbermann protect their party at all costs. New developments in the matter of The Flying Imams were spiked, as usual. Edward R Olbermann ridiculed claims that Dems were behind some of the Foley leaks, so he has to keep this as quiet as possible. Finally, KO still refuses to tell his viewers how Jack Abramoff has implicated Sen Harry Reid.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name dipped to #461 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #25. The OlbyTome is #1,588 at Barnes & Noble, but O'Reilly's book is #25. Friday night the discredited sports guy was up against lesser competition. Even so, The Kasich Factor had more than twice Olby's audience. Krazy Keith was a closer second, but still lost, in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 6 [ELEVATED]