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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith delivered a somewhat underpowered opening spiel: Sen Johnson's brain surgery, the Dems plan investigations, candidates in Iraq, the Diana investigation, the latest from Jib-Jab, and more. KO served up the latest on the stricken Senator, with some help from Chip Reid. Thus began an Hour of Spin that would prove to be even more boring than it was tendentious.
After some name-dropping (Ooooh! I just spoke with Hillary Clinton!), Krazy Keith turned to the Dems plans for "oversight" and "ethics". Needless to say, no mention was made of the ethics questions raised about Reps Jefferson (D), Mollohan (D), or Murtha (D). Then KO went to another of his impartial, nonpartisan "reporters" for "analysis". Oh boy, here we go again.
Yes, none other than Slippery Shuster, who kicked things off by comparing upcoming Dem investigations to "turning over a rock" and finding a "worm". Taking a leaf from the all-important (to Keith, anyhow) blue blogs, Monkeymann put forward the notion that the Dem plans are "not ambitious enough", Slippery waved the fright wig ("Halliburton!"), and great thanks followed.
#4 Political candidates go to Iraq, which quickly morphed into people (like Senators) attempting to "forge genuine diplomatic connections" (with our enemies) "being attacked by the White House". Earth to Olbermoronn: perhaps that's because diplomacy is the job of the executive branch, Einstein. We don't have 435 Secretaries of State and 435 unique foreign policies.
In the next segment, it was Princess Di and the conspiracies that swirl thereabout. After mispronouncing "clandestine" (as he has every time he has used the word), KO introduced some rerun video from NBC, followed by a talk with Gerald Posner. A knowledgeable guest, but it was still a yawn. #2: Jib-Jab's latest video, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton, Joe Francis. #1: Celebrities hired for Christmas parties (with Jeffrey Ross and entirely too much phony, forced laughter from the infamous, deplorable one). In the Media Matters Minute, Citizen Keith managed to attack Fox, and Michael Crichton (semi-conservative). What happened to Billo? Didn't Media Matters post anything on him? Well actually they did, but it came too late for Olby's writers to insert it into his copy. So, will this item appear in KO's next Media Matters Minute? Is the Pope Catholic?
Muted mongrels: It's ironic that yesterday the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann dedicated an entire segment of the show to clips from Tony Snow answering "I don't know" to various questions. Ironic because Edward R Olbermann still has said nothing about the miserably uninformed chairman-designate of the Intelligence Committee. Another historic high for the Dow Jones? Not on The Hour of Spin. KO has yet to say anything about the largest ever raid of illegal aliens. No time for that--we need more K-Fed news! No sneer, no raised eyebrow, and certainly no "worst person" nomination for Joy Behar, who, on national television, advanced the theory that Sen Johnson's illness was "man made" by GOP plotters. A NY senator is indicted for fraud and thievery. The New York Times protects him by not revealing his party affiliation (D). Krazy Keith goes a step further: he doesn't report the news at all! In his ongoing program to minimize all terror threats, Fat Ass spiked all reference to the FBI alert issued on news of the blind sheik's ill health. 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 #319 at amazon, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" rose to #15. The OlbyTome sunk to #1,751 at Barnes & Noble, but O'Reilly's book is up to #14, and is #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (a list KO's lame repackaging of old segments never even got on). In the Wednesday cable news race, Herr Olbermann ended up in third place, losing to The Factor by more than three to one, though he eked out a second place finish in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]