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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 in typical fashion, with Olby bellowing about justifications for the war, Joe Biden, Mars, internet videos, and "the best place to work". Tonight will answer the question: what's worse? A full hour of furious, intensive propaganda and spin? Or 60 minutes padded out with inane attempts at humor and tasteless dreck?
First was "Mister" Bush's surge, with clips from Sen Smith (R)--because he opposes the President, natch!--but no clips from supporters. Dana Milbank, sans splashy suits, offered the heretical opinion that Democrats would be "silly" to try to defund the war (exactly the course Olby has been hyping for weeks), but rebounded with talk of "true oversight". KO was miffed with Biden, who said there is no practical way for the Congress to take over the duties of Commander-in-Chief. Then Krazy Keith invoked Rule #1 to say that tapping Fred Fielding to replace Harriet Miers because his name "echoes of Watergate". No great thanks; only a "thank you".
Leftist (but not identified as such) P.J. Crowley joined the party to say Bush's benchmarks won't work. So there. What's more, the mission is unclear (maybe because it hasn't been announce yet), and we have no business being there. It's not a surge, said nonpartisan Keith, it's "indentured servitude". Huh? Don't try to make sense out of it. It's OlbySpin. But KO explained it all when he wrapped the interview, saying it's like "conducting a war in the middle of Alice and Wonderland". O.K. A brief recap of the Somalia airstrike followed.
#4 was Joe Biden, with lefty Alter. Clip of Biden saying he's going to be "the best Biden I can be", which should concern John Edwards, because he wanted to be Biden. Alter spoke of JFK, Biden's verbosity ("he talks too much"), and how he needs a "breakthrough". But he managed somehow to get the topic around to Iraq, and what a great opportunity for the country it will be to have Joe holding hearings (because of the "rubber stamp Congress", of course). That earned him great thanks.
Then we got the Mars landing and possible life on the planet, complete with supposed-to-be-clever animation and "funny" voices. Mr Pitts lent some erudition to the host's wacky antics. The "top 3 soundbites" was particularly incestuous, running a clip from "Tucker" where MSNBC's own "experts" talked about Olby vs O'Reilly (rather misleadingly, since the clip of O'Reilly was from an segment that wasn't about Olby).
The hard news continued with "the best employer in America" (per Forbes magazine, via recycled NBC reportage), Britney Spears, K-Fed, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and seven minutes on some internet dancing video. In the Media Matters Minute, Sean Hannity (conservative) and Geraldo Rivera (Fox) were both attacked. Olby claimed that a new Hannity segment ("Enemy of the State") was a ripoff of his "worst person" bit. Yeah, right. The Geraldo smear was just a rewrite of the comments noted here.
Dogs That Did Not Bark: Nothing about the Dallas restaurant catering to illegals by accepting pesos. Or Nancy Pelosi breaking another campaign promise. Or Hugo Chavez announcing that he is taking his country on the road to socialism. You'd think that the sentencing of someone implicated in the 9/11 attacks would be news--but not on OlbyPlanet. And the discredited sports guy continues to protect his party leaders; he has yet to report even one word about Sen Harry Reid's controversial bridge project. But the biggest dog that didn't bark is the absence of a retraction and apology for Olbermoronn's Friday night lie about Bill O'Reilly.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name continues to rocket at amazon.com: it's now all the way up to #3,539; Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" is #61. The OlbyTome slipped to #2,601 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #113 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. Friday's Hour of Spin: Bill O'Reilly beat our favorite discredited sports guy by nearly four to one, though Olby did eke out a second place finish in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]