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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel was grave and laden with portentious tones of doom. "Two more Republican Senators jumped ship." More lawmakers who oppose the surge. No mention of or clips from any who support it. Heavens, Keith was about to have the an attack of the vapors as he announced it's the "Countdown to 'Mister' Bush's Address"!
The Prez will use the "m-word" ("mistake"). The surge is like a stairmaster "that never, ever stops". More clips of people opposing the surge. No clips of anyone supporting it. Olbermoronn tells the tonsorially-enhanced David Gregory it all sounds familiar, it's more of the same. Great thanks.
More talk of Repubs opposing the plan; no mention of anyone supporting it. Krazy Keith komplained to Richard Wolffe that the Dems' opposition seems too symbolic, brought up the battleship (for the second time), and again cited the Repubs against the plan. The Wolffe Man opined that he's said it all before. AGAIN Olby rattles off the Repubs opposed to the plan. When in bloody hell is he going to talk about someone else?!? Great thanks, and a plug for a guest tomorrow: John Madden Murtha (D). The List will be updated.
Another episode of Olby and The Perfessor: how can the Dems stop the Commander in Chief from sending reinforcements to Iraq? Jonathan Turley says Bush can't wage war if Congress cuts off funds or restricts their use, if they have the "intestinal fortitude". Non-binding resolutions are "insulting and ridiculous". Great thanks.
Then a cherry-picked poll, and Olby's use of Dem talking-point term "escalation". Recycled video from Iraq. Great thanks. Asinine moment of the day: Fat Ass lecturing Michelle Malkin, who apologized for a mistake, something Monkeymann never does. How many of his 2006 lies has the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann apologized for? Zero!
Next another lecture, this one a list of "Mister" Bush's war rationales and mistakes, as Krazy Keith, of all people, raised the question of credibility. Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions, sucked up in true sycophantic style (gushing "Wow!" after Monkeyman's laundry list). Bush has no credibility; nobody trusts him; comparisons to Nixon and Johnson. He can't buy any time. Great thanks.
Rieckhoff was next, to discuss what Olby called the "loss, pain, and strain" on the military. YET AGAIN KO brings up a Repub against the plan. Reickhoff: "It won't work". It's a "half-cooked plan" and "stupid". Divorce rates are up; so is post-traumatic stress disorder. Herr Olbermann makes a VietNam comparison. Great thanks. #1 segment featured Chrissie Matthews, with "Man on Fan" Olbermann mentioning for what seemed like the 89th time the Republicans opposed to the plan, but not anyone in support. No wait, make that the 90th time--he rattled them off again while talking to Matthews, and then Matthews repeated the names again. Lather, rinse, repeat. It will be nothing but bloody casualties. Hey, viewer, are you getting the message?
There was still time for the Media Matters Minute: "delusional bigot" Glenn Beck (conservative; Blue Blog Source: TVNewser), John McCain (R; Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), and Gretchen Carlson (Fox; Blue Blog Source: Think Progress and TVNewser). Another trifecta: all three slots filled!
The dogs that did not bark tonight were all of one breed. Every quote cited by Edward R Olbermann was from an opponent of the President or the plan. Not one soundbite, not one quote from anyone in support. The lawmakers against the plan were cited over and over ad nauseam--but not one second of coverage for supporters. Not one guest argued for the plan or the President. Every person on the program, including the host, argued from the same anti-Bush, anti-surge platform. By comparison, on The O'Reilly Factor there was opinions in favor of the plan (Dan Senor, O'Reilly), and opinions against (Col David Hunt, Gen Wesley Clark, Dick Morris). Olbermann thinks Bill O'Reilly is eeevil incarnate, but at least Mr Bill understands the difference between balanced analysis, and rank propaganda in the style of Radio North Korea--Olbermoronn's stock-in-trade.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name sunk to #5,640 at amazon.com; Mr Bill's "Culture Warrior" rose to #85. The OlbyTome slipped to #2,794 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #332 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. On Tuesday's Hour of Spin, the discredited sports guy slipped comfortably into a typical third place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 7 [HIGH]