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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Krazy Keith kicked off the opening carnival barker pitch in his typical hyperkinetic fashion. Bush delays his Iraq announcement, Afghanistan is a mess, the new Senate Majority Leader "blasted" the Prez, Obamamania, the Ipswitch Ripper, the Wii video system, and Richard Gere with his Gerbil. It's deja vu all over again!
Herr Olbermann kicked off The Hour of Spin proper by complaining that the President's Iraq plan will be delayed. Declared Olby: anyone who thought "Mister" Bush didn't think the war through before beginning it had "those suspicions all but confirmed today". Because the speech was pushed back a few weeks! It's not a new way forward, it's "a new way to wait". How tiresome can this discredited sports guy possibly get?
After ticking off bad news from Iraq, KO read a statement from Harry Reid (D), then introduced a clip from Tony Snow as an attempt at "spin". No such snarky comment preceded Reid's quote, which is one more example of why Countdown is the most biased hour of "news" on television. A perfect time and place for lefty Alter.
Rev Olbermann was distraught. How many more will die just so Bush can get a speech together? He's actually treating the passage of two weeks as if there were some sort of Christmas deadline! Alter was philosophical: they're gonna die either way. Olby suggested there was no "bonafide reason" for the delay, but even Alter didn't buy that. More cherry-picked poll numbers, "failed policy", and great thanks.
For no reason other than that Sen Obama is the most highly rated far-left candidate on the horizon, Monkeymann served up a brief installment of Barack and Awe: he is still considering whether to consider running for President. Next some recycled reportage on Afghanistan, preceded by the usual tendentious and fact-challenged introduction (and repeating an old Olbermann lie re the Taliban that has was debunked months ago).
After a scintillating oddball that will immediately be forwarded to the Emmy committee for their consideration, it was more reruns (this time from ITV, re the "ripper" murders) and the memorial for Princess Di. The #2 segment was devoted to the Wii video game system (another rerun from the network mothership), including an in-depth interview with a cnet guy about a problem he admitted is not all that widespread. The number of people who are injured playing at simulated sports using Wii, compared to the number who are hurt or killed doing the real thing...well, that raises the question of why Edward R Olbermann devoted all this time to a topic of such empty vacuity rather than to the quiescent canines noted below.
Next up: Brangelina, Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Richard Gere, Sly Stallone, and a full segment with the creepy Michael Musto. KO's forced laughter at the lamest of Musto's lines convinced us: they made a Love Connection. In the Media Matters Minute, Olby went after an evangelical church; the pastor resigned when evidence surfaced that he had dated men. Citizen Keith laughably stated he "hates the sin of hypocrisy". Hates it? If OlbySpin were a religion, hypocrisy would be its most hallowed sacrament!
Quiescent canines: The Iranian convention of holocaust-deniers went unmentioned for yet another day by Herr Olbermann. The Islamist dictator is now keeping company with David Duke; perhaps Olby was reluctant to mention this because it turns out that Duke endorses the Olbermann/Democrat position on some issues. KO didn't report about armed forces recruiting goals. Like the slovenly political hack that he is, Olbermoronn goes out of his way to sweep a whole fistul of stories under the rug because they reflect badly on members of his party. Olby is so afraid to even mention the name of the most corrupt member of Congress that he ignored another rebuke to Rep Jefferson. The Duke rape case made news on Countdown, but the DA is a Democrat, so we're not surprised that Edward R Olbermann refused to report this. And Olby, who jumps on every slip of "Mister" Bush's tongue, remains silent about the incoming chairman of the intelligence committee, whose problem is not in how he elocutes, but rather the uninformed drivel that he speaks. Oh wait, he's a Democrat too. Krazy Keith, that great defender of privacy rights and opponent of unauthorized eavesdropping, predictably spiked this--another Dem protected by Olby. Still nothing on the specific accusations of falsification and plagiarism against Jimmy Carter. Finally, KO has yet to tell his viewers how Jack Abramoff implicated Sen Harry Reid.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name is still #461 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" rose to #21. The OlbyTome sunk to #1,652 at Barnes & Noble, but O'Reilly's book is up to #18. Based on today's radio program, we have updated The Olbersaurus with a new entry ("horse"). Mondays are usually the strongest night for The Hour of Spin, and the numbers show Olby in second place both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Needless to say, his audience was drawfed by that of Mr Bill, who had three times as many viewers. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]