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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith was spoilin' for a fight as he bellowed the opening spiel: Congress to propose pass resolutions (non-binding), a troop limit, and who will be the saviour: Hillary or Obama? Eeevil Bush is replacing federal prosecutors according to the law. "Domestic spying." Girls gone wild. James Brown. What, no segment on the far-right propaganda that suffuses Grease: You're the One That I Want?
The Hour of Spin proper began with Olby decrying a head of state who refuses to act in accordance with "elected lawmakers" or the most recent vote. On OlbyPlanet, you don't need a President. Just conduct a poll and there's your policy. Adoration of Chuckie Hagel, since he joined with Dems to oppose the troop
surge escalation. A general says the plan has a 50/50 chance of success. Well that's better than it got from the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann who before it was even announced decreed it would fail. Clips of lawmakers against the surge: Hagel, Biden, Clinton. Olby tossed in a "wonderfully" to describe Hillary's comments. Clips of lawmakers supporting the surge: [sound of crickets]. Another reason why The Hour of Spin is the most biased hour of "news" on television.
Olby asked the Pundit for All Occasions if non-binding resolutions can have any effect; Howie whined that the President "ignored the advice of Congress" and the "mid-term elections". Does that sound familiar? Yes, it is near-perfect parrotting of the OlbySpin that began the hour. Keith was worried that the Senate bill might be filibustered, and Fineman thought that might work. But KO brightened up because, see, the Dems really do have a plan for Iraq. Or two, or three, or four. Great thanks.
Then it was time to give some free PR to Hillary and Obama--that is, beyond the glorification they got in the first segment. Are they really electable? For that Monkeymann turned to Craig Crawford, aka Olbermann's Brain. He had a convoluted electoral analysis that boiled down to: if you get enough electoral votes, you win. KO tried to take any issue of experience off the table with both his approved candidates, suggesting it was "just a front for qualms about race or gender". It's a "code word". Brain, of course, chortled his agreement. He knows better than to do otherwise. Citizen Keith warned the Dems that they had better not nominate someone who appeals to red states because Brain has the math all worked out. So there.
After oddball and an attack on Fox and O'Reilly, came another episode of Olby and the Perfessor, this time about "Mister" Bush and his federal prosecutors. This "controversy" naturally emenates from a Blue Blog Source (Talking Points Memo). Apparently some prosecutors have resigned, and the real reason has to be not what the Department of Justice says, but rather what Fat Ass and his Kingsfield insist: payback for prosecuting politicians. What's more, they're using an outrageous method to fill the vacancies: they're following the law!
The "purge" of prosecutors is "frightening", according to Citizen Keith. They're "circumventing" the Congress, claimed The Perfessor, because they're following a law passed by Congress. Then The Perfessor went off on his usual tear: habeas corpus, they're acting "outside the rule of law", "violating the constitution". Edward R Olbermann wants Gonzalez impeached. Yada yada yada. You've heard it all before. Great thanks.
The girl-fight caught on video (regurgitated from a local NBC station), student tasered, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan (KO avoided calling her mother a "bag" this time around), O.J., and James Brown, whose body lies not amouldering, in a room somewhere. "Man on Fan" Olbermann was really concerned about why his family doesn't just dig a hole and put him in it, so much so that it took up an entire program block. In the Media Matters Minute, the "worst person" was Dinesh DeSouza (conservative), for making a rather sophisticated argument:
FDR gave away Eastern Europe through Yalta, and then the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the Muslims had to fight back and that's where bin Laden got his start.
To an anti-intellectual like Olbermoronn, of course, this is just high-browed, pointy-headed stuff; so he simplified the point to DeSouza "specifically blames" FDR for 9/11 (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress).
Taciturn terriers: Whatever happened to The Great Leak Case? Is Slippery Shuster still waiting outside the courthouse for that Karl Rove indictment? It's coming! Any minute now! The stock market hit another historic high today, oil prices continue to decline, $2 a gallon gas could be on the horizon, but you won't hear any of that on Countdown. Nothing on the indictment of the guy who ran the UN's Oil for Food program. An American Imam's hate speech is never going to get coverage from Herr Olbermann. Just like the top Al Qaeda militant killed, or the calls to pardon border patrol agents who fired on a drug dealer. And in the ongoing scrutiny of Naked Right-Wing Propaganda Masquerading as Entertainment, somehow the discredited sports guy didn't get around to railing against NCIS. On their last episode, the team disrupted an terrorist plot to set off a massive explosion in the DC area. NCIS is not on Fox.
Olbermann's book In the wake of his attack on Jack Bauer, the book that bears Olberman's name has sunk to #8,861 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #106. The OlbyTome is #2,714 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #94 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. The ratings for Tuesday have not yet been published, but you can take this to the bank: the discredited sports guy lost to his nemesis by orders of magnitude, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]