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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel started off the Big News of the Day. This is Big. Really Big. It's That Big. Democrats sent a letter to President on Iraq. And Obama (D). And Biden (D). John McCain on the "far-far right". Plus Oddballs of the month. Herr Olbermann's noxious bellowing was the first indicator that this would be an Hour of Spin for the record books. And that it was, capped by yet another instance of Keith Olbermann lying about Bill O'Reilly.
"The Democrats" are opposed to a surge. Biden, being the great intellect that he is, says Iraq is lost and Bush is trying to fob it off on his successor. Reid (D) and Pelosi (D) oppose a surge. KO asked lefty Jonathan Alter if all hopes of winning over Dems evaporated (Rule #1), and the lap dog immediately agreed. He wondered if the Dems will cut funds from our troops, and Krazy Keith mumbled his agreement in the background. Great thanks.
KO reported: Chuck Shumer (D) said "there is no plan". Mary Landrieu (D) was also cited. (Are you starting to sense a pattern regarding whose comments are newsworthy and whose are not?) The Wolffe Man was asked if the President really didn't have enough time to make a decision. Huh? Monkeymann was complaining a few weeks ago that he was taking too long to make a decision! Don't try to make sense out of it. It's OlbyLogic. Biden (D) referenced again by KO. Wolffie suspects the plan is already in place, and (gasp!) Biden is overstating it. Tony Snow criticized for asking for the Dems to produce a plan ("ridiculous", sez Wolffie). KO: there's a sense "Mister Bush doesn't know what he's doing". Wolffe Man: Karl Rove strategy. Aha, he played the Karl Rove card.
Next a slam at Dan Burton (R) because he didn't vote for Nancy Pelosi's "ethics" bills (because he thought it was too weak). Olby slammed Burton's ethics because--get this--a far-left special interest group once wanted him to be investigated, but couldn't find one member of the House in either party who took their claims seriously enough to file a request. An archetypical OlbySmear--he's guilty because he was never charged with anything. Regurgitated NBC video on Pelosi & Co, and oddball, followed.
Then it was time for Keith's favorite kind of segment: the kind where he and a chosen sock-puppet join forces to attack one of Herr Olbermann's hated "enemies". And it wasn't hard to see this coming. When Bill O'Reilly disagreed with Sen McCain, Olby brandished the Senator like a whip, slamming Mr Bill for daring to disagree with the vaunted Richard McCain. But the problem with the Appeal to Authority (one of Edward R Olbermann's favorite fallacies) is: what happens when the Authority doesn't agree with you? In the case of Monkeymann, the answer is obvious: attack, attack, attack! During his Speshul Komment, McCain was ridiculed, with Krazy Keith even suggesting the war hero was losing touch with reality. Why did Olbermoronn claim the Senator was delusional? McCain dared to support a troop surge. Those who disagree with The Great and Powerful Olb must be destroyed, so KO fired another salvo, making Richard McCain a "worst person" based on cherry-picked quotes lifted (without attribution, of course) from Think Progress, an unreliable source. And since the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann takes a back seat to no one when it comes to obsessing over eeevil enemies and not letting go, tonight we got a whole segment designed to attack and defame the Authority who dared to disagree with the Fat Ass.
So it was on to condemning the "far-far-right" Sen Richard McCain with Madame Arianna, sounding more than ever like the spawn of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Count Dracula. "The wheels are coming off", bloviated Herr Olbermann; people don't respect him any more. HuffPo was the ideal Countdown guest--a human Xerox machine raising OlbySpin to the second power. KO: McCain is "gaming". HuffPo: it's all "calculation"; McCain doesn't know what he's talking about; Jack Murtha (D) has all the answers. KO: he's trying to pull off a "little dance" and he'll be associated with the "failed bloodletting that would follow a surge". (Note Olby's Kreskin-like ability to tell the future.) Plus McCain's a flip-flopper. HuffPo: "absolutely". To watch Olbermann throw a war hero under the bus merely reinforced the fact that if this were 1972, Keith Olbermann would be Jane Fonda.
Aging action heroes (more recycled video from NBC), Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey, and even more oddball. In the Media Matters Minute, this little item was made to order for some OlbySnark. But Kourageous Keith, who answers to no one, isn't about to bite the hand that feeds Dan Abrams. So instead we got another O'Reilly attack, this time for a respectful interview with Andrea Mitchell. Wait, that interview was on at the same time as The Hour of Spin. Doesn't that mean...? Right. Olbermann hadn't even seen it. What's more, Fat Ass claimed O'Reilly was "attacking Chris Matthews and me", "pushed around" Mitchell, and then told her "you're OK". In fact, O'Reilly never "pushed around" Andrea Mitchell, and, more to the point, he didn't attack, mention, or in any way reference Olbermann at all. He never came up in the interview whatsoever. Where did KO get the idea that he did? He made it up! Yes, it's Another Olbermann Lie.
KO also slammed Michelle Malkin for doing some investigative journalism about sources used by AP. So let's see. KO slams an interview without seeing it? Perfectly fine. Malkin seeks accountability in reporting? Eeeeevil. The inverted morality of Edward R Olbermann.
Taciturn Terriers: Let's see... Job reports better than expected, unemployment at a six-year low. Zawahiri issues a jihad to IslamoNazis in Somalia. Terror leader deported. National Guardsmen are overrun and forced to retreat at the Mexico border. (Hmm, if this had happened in Iraq, would Herr Olbermann, instead of spiking it, make it headline news? Ya think?) Illegal aliens may get social security benefits. U.N. troops reprimanded for sexual abuse. Bill Clinton authorized thief and liar Sandy Burglar's trip to the National Archives. Disgraced, under-investigation Congressman William Jefferson (D) gets a standing ovation. Why are these stories not news on OlbyPlanet? Because Countdown is the most biased hour of news on television. But you already knew that.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name continues to soar at amazon.com: it's now all the way up to #5,089; Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #74. The OlbyTome slipped to #2,551 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #539 there, as well as being one of the year's top ten best sellers. On Thursday night's spine-tingling, engrossing edition of The Hour of Spin, Bill O'Reilly beat our favorite discredited sports guy by nearly four to one! Viewers preferred Howie to Olby, as Countdown sunk to a miserable fourth place, behind Nancy Grace and a rerun of Deal of No Deal, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]