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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Who knew when this hour began that Krazy Keith would ascend to new heights of casuistry, envy, and sheer hypocritical chutzpah? But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Olby bellowed the opening spiel with Bush and Condi Rice, Barack Obama's announcement, and then--in a real stretch--why "24" isn't entertainment, it's propaganda designed to keep people scared and thinking about terrorism. Plus more on the kidnappings and Donald Trump.
The Hour of Spin proper started out with Iraq, sectarian violence, and why the President's attempt to "sell" his policy is going "from bad to worse". We got bombings, Saudis, Condi Rice, and the Bush/Lehrer interview. Obama announces he will consider announcing. Fat Ass started out with lefty Alter by impartially stating how he is "speechless" at Bush's "bundle of disconnects" and "tone deafness". Alter was more incensed at Bush not raising taxes, spewing the exact line of talking points approved by the DNC. Olby was pleased that with Jim Webb giving the Dem response next week, his party would finally give a "passionate" response to the eeevil Bush. He also talked about Obama, but neither Fat Ass nor his Pinocchio explained what exactly about the guy makes him Presidential timber.
In an elegant bit of OlbySpin, KO brought up a rumor about why Hillary had cancelled a press conference, denied by Hillary, and suggested that this shows how "Republican talking points" worm their way into news coverage. Um, what evidence is there that the rumor had anything to do with the GOP? Well, none. This, like the infamous Drudge leak from the White House (not!), is just Edward R Olbermann pulling stuff out of his usual repository. Even Alter didn't buy into this bit of tomfoolery. So why did Olby waste any time with it? Of course he didn't come up with this "controversy" on his own; he lifted it from a Blue Blog Source (Media Matters). And, in deference to Dan Abrams, Keith "I answer to nobody" Olbermann neatly left out that this rumor-mongering of a supposed "Republican talking point" finding its way into news coverage? It happened on A-Mess-NBC! What a tool.
The next enemy in Monkeymann's sights was the eeevil tv show, "24". It must be eeevil, it's eating into the meager Hour of Spin ratings. He contrasted the reception the show gets to the reaction to Al Gore's movie. Attention Krazy Keith: Gore's film is supposed to be a documentary. "24" is fiction. It's not real. You know, like Sponge Bob. You should say to yourself it's just a show, you should really just relax.
Olby's intro talked about using fear to scare people to vote the way they want (yeah, that Kiefer Sutherland is on Karl Rove's payroll), and KO took special note of the mushroom cloud, citing it as the administration's "imagery" for the Iraq War.
All right, stop the tivo! Is Keith really this much of a nitwit, or is he dishonestly pretending this is something new? America was attacked by nukes on tv decades ago in The Day After. How about the recent movie The Sum of All Fears? More to the point, just last season a series ran called Jericho. On this program, multiple US cities were hit with terrorist nuclear attacks. You can see an image from this show to the right. Where was Citizen Keith with his moral outrage? How many times did he condemn this on The Hour of Spin? Here's a hint: Never! Of course, Jericho was on CBS. Could that be why the discredited sports guy ignored it, but is now blasting a show on Fox that affected his ratings? Ya think?
From his stock company of repertory parrots, Olby chose Robert "Xanadu" Greenwald as his expert on quality entertainment. Hahahaaa! Immediately "Man on Fan" Olbermann described dramatizing terrorist incidents as a "fear tactic". Funny, he didn't complain about Sleeper Cell on Showtime. Could this be more Olbypocrisy? Ya think? Mr Xanadu launched into an attack on Fox News and "this administration". Not to be outdone, Olby said 24 is "naked brainwashing". Mr Xanadu complained that the show depicts torture as working, but it doesn't work (we won't even go into debunking this ancient Olbermann lie; just search for Brian Ross in the archives). KO launched into a diatribe about Sen Richard McCain, Sen John Cornyn, "comedian Rush Limbaugh", but neglected to attack huge fans of the show on the other side of the aisle, like Barbra Streisand. More Olbypocrisy? Ya think? Mr Xanadu whined about "blurring the fact with the fiction", but he was in the wrong venue for that complaint--Countdown does it every night.
After such a zenith of farcical sophistry, everything else was anticlimactic. Oddball, the kidnappings (lengthy regurgitated video from the Today show), airport delays (more recycled NBC reportage), Naomi Campbell, Anna Nicole Smith, Brangelina. #1 was all about Donald Trump, with the creepy Michael Musto.
In the Media Matters Minute, the White House Correspondents were slammed because they didn't pick someone "edgy" for entertainment at their annual dinner (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos). The Department of Defense was "worst person" for an auction (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress).
Quiescent canines: The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann made no mention of Russia delivering missiles to Iran. No point in Olby getting on the wrong side of his buddies. And of course, with oil prices continuing to fall, the stock market hit another all-time record high--everywhere except on OlbyPlanet. Then there's the story of Bevan Sevan, former head of the UN's Oil for Food program, who has been indicted in federal court. Censoring this story is a twofer for Herr Olbermann--he can cover up not just the crimes of Saddam but also UN corruption with just one spike. Just like the elevated terror alert in Russia. And still nothing, not even a snarky "worst person" nomination, for the speaker at the MLK service in Atlanta who compared the hanging of Saddam Hussein to the crucifixion of Christ.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name has dwindled to #5,856 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #101. The OlbyTome is #2,594 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #206 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. The ratings for Friday's Hour of Spin were yet another humiliation for the Orange Man. He finished in a dismal, embarrassing fourth place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]