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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby was in great form bellowing the opening spiel: a snipe at Denny Hastert, another plug for cutting off funds supporting our troops, and a claim that "Mister Bush has authorized himself to read your mail".  Plus UFOs, meteorites, and "something strange" (no, not the KO/KT arrangement).
Monkeymann was positively giddy about this "historic" day, with a lengthy clip from "Stretch" Pelosi. Since yesterday Olby had on a Democrat Congressman (Barney Frank), tonight, fair and balanced, he brought on...another Dem! John Madden Murtha. The List, an ever-expanding documentation of Olbermann's overwhelming bias, has been updated accordingly. KO slobbered all over the unindicted co-conspirator, and immediately asked him to "turn off the spigot" (i.e., withhold money from our troops in harm's way), but he ducked the question and talked about "hearings" and "consaulting" with the Congress. It was on to "the generals", with JMM saying victory is "not achievable", talking about "Secretary Rumsfield", and silently thanking The Great and Powerful Olb for not raising any questions about ethics. Olby was worried about Sen Levin not following the game plan (he said he would consider supporting a "surge"), which gave us our first glimpse at the template Krazy Keith will use to claim that he is "nonpartisan": criticize Dems who aren't far left enough!
After great thanksing the unindicted co-conspirator, it was time for Dana Milbank, without weird wardbrobe. DM threw some water on Herr Olbermann's orgasmic fantasies, and pointed out just what we noted above: Murtha refused to commit to cutting off funds and ducked the question. Then Dana pointed out that the surge talk was premature, as there is "no set White House policy at this point". Huh? Didn't we just get a rambling, apopleptic Speshul Komment about the policy? And didn't Olbermann Watch sagely point out at the time that the so-called policy hadn't even been announced yet? Finally, The Hour of Spin catches up with what we said 48 hours ago. Fat Ass preposterously claimed that the honeymoon for the Dems has ended. Not on OlbyPlanet it hasn't!
After talk about the administration "demonizing" Stretch Pelosi, DM was great thanksed. Then it was on to the President "giving himself the right to open and read your mail whenever he wants".  After repeating that gem , he went on to say that Bush is claiming "a new claim of power" : to open the mail "of any American" without a warrant. This was all mere introduction to another episode of Olby and The Perfessor. But what do these [numbers] refer to? They count how many times Edward R Olbermann lied about the law. Because there is no "new power" involved. The law for decades has recognized exigent circumstances as an exception to the 4th amendment. Even the FISA law permits warrantless physical searches under some circumstances. So where did Olbermann get the idea that Bush claims the right to "read your mail whenever he wants"? Where did he get the idea that this was a "new claim of power"? He made it up! The technical term for this is: Another Olbermann Lie.
The Perfessor was off on his usual tear: Bush has an "obsession", his legal advisors are "radical", and then said that the White House contends:
You could take a citizen off the street, unilaterally strip him of all of his rights, hold him until you wanted to release him if at all.
The lessening of habeas corpus rights does not affect US citizens. It says so right in the law. Either the Perfessor is ignorant and doesn't know what he's talking about. Or he's deliberately spinning in order to suck up to "Man on Fan" Olbermann, which would make that statement Another Turley Lie.
To bring a different point of view to all this, Krazy Keith brought on...another Dem! Jay Rockefeller. Man, we couldn't make this up if we tried. Naturally, The List has been updated again. How can anyone defend the one-sided partisan propaganda-fest that is The Hour of Spin after consulting The List? But we digress.
Olbermoronn rattled off a list of possible investigations for Rocky to launch. But KO was more concerned with--guess who?--Carl Levin, for saying he would consider a "surge". Yes, it does appear we have a picture forming of the Olbermann of the Future. This was yet another anti-Polident interview (i.e. toothless), with all the usual OlbySpin points. Good grief, is the discredited sports guy so cowardly that he can't air even one interview with someone offering a different opinion? Is he that worried about getting "nauseous" in the presence of someone with a dissenting view? After all, he could have The Laughing Stagehand under the desk with a barf bag.
Next some regurgitated video about NY heroes, then Donald Trump and Miss USA: the latter may do a Playboy cover. It will surprise no one that Edward R Olbermann did not acknowledge where he lifted the story from: the eeevil bete-noir of all things Olbermann, Page Six. Aside from this semi-plagiarism, KO showed his class by mocking the way Trump speaks. Then the #1 story: UFOs and attacks from outer space. O.K.
In the Media Matters Minute, another attack on "dim-witted" O'Reilly (Olbersaurus update) for being critical of demagogues who claim the President is waging war just so profiteers can profit. But the "worst person" was Sen Richard McCain. Hey, wait a minute. Didn't KO make O'Reilly the "worst person" because he disagreed with Sen McCain? But now Monkeymann can slam McCain and...never mind. Don't bother to make sense of it. It's Olbypocrisy.
Silent Schnauzers: Still no mention of the Dems breaking a campaign promise regarding minority rights in the House. Just like he has spiked the uncomfortable video of Cindy Sheehan disrupting and shouting down a Democrat press conference. To be sure, he expertly avoided reporting "Stretch" Pelosi's boastful statement that she is the most powerful woman in America. He again protected his party by avoiding any mention of Hillary dissing Obama, not to mention the latter's drug use.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name continues to rocket at amazon.com: it's now all the way up to #5,757, while Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #101. The OlbyTome stands at #2,457 at Barnes & Noble, but O'Reilly's book is #533 there, as well as being one of the year's top ten best sellers per Nielsen's BookScan. On the night of his big-deal Speshul Komment Krazy Keith found himself in third place, coming in behind a rerun of Deal or No Deal. On Wednesday, when he wasn't insulting the intelligence of viewers with a "special" rant, the discredited sports guy actually did better and while still being crushed by The Factor, narrowly eked out a second place finish over Paula Zahn, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]