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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Herr Olbermann was on his high horse as soon as he barked the opening spiel: Maliki smacks down Condi, George McGovern has a solution for Iraq, the Missouri kidnappings, another O'Reilly attack (why does he "still have a job?"), and the grand, overwhelming eeevil of American Idol. But the best was yet to come, as an Olby guest catches him pulling stuff out of his rearward orafice, and The Future of Television News stoops to doctoring a clip in order to lie about Simon Cowell. Man, you just don't get this stuff on reputable programs.
Krazy Keith was all over Maliki's comments, giving "context" with a heavily snipped quote from Condi, and running the usual clips of Tony Snow being hectored by the MSM, in particular the tonsorially-enhanced David Gregory. Dana Milbank, sans gaudy garb, says the Bush plan is dead anyhow, so this is just more headaches for the Prez.
After some grousing about the Attorney General, and more complaints that Bill O'Reilly should be fired, it was on to Gen Barry McCaffrey, a surge opponent. Monkeymann rattled off four generals who were against sending reinforcements, and the gullible viewers might have swallowed that had the General not pointed out that one of those four actually supports the plan. Yes, A-Mess-NBC's own expert catches Keith making up facts, live, on national television. One of the very small pleasures of having to sit through The Hour of Spin.
But there was more. When the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann brought up one of his favorite schemes, manipulating the funding to keep the surge from happening, the good General shot that down too: a "bad idea, it's probably not constitutional, it would be deeply resented by the armed forces". Word! Guess what the General didn't get? Great thanks.
The topic stayed on Iraq as KO resuscitated George McGovern, the failed Democrat Presidential candidate. Another Dem interviewed on Countdown? Stop the presses! Time to update The List, a stunning documentation of why this is the most biased hour of news on television. George immediately slobbered all over Krazy Keith, praising him for his "common sense", and promoted his
book plan to withdraw every single American in the next six months. Oddly, neither ace journalist Edward R Olbermann, nor the rejected candidate, bothered to explore what would happen to Iraq should George's plan be adopted. TMI. Instead, McGovern came up with a startling new insight all his own: Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11. Great thanks.
O'Reilly attack #142 began with Olby, naturally, twisting what Bill said (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters) about the Hornbeck kidnapping, taking a sentence out of context and ignoring everything else. Standard practice at The Hour of Spin, as is describing O'Reilly's "perversity" (pretty bold talk for "Man on Fan" Olbermann) and again calling for him to be fired. Well, that would be one way to stop losing to The Factor by anywhere from 3-1 to 9-1 night after night after night. The actual reportage on the kidnapping was recycled from NBC. Then a typical Countdown segue directly into Britney Spears, Buddy Holly, and Art Buchwald.
The #1 story was the Breaking News that American Idol judges can be mean. They've been mean for how many seasons now? Five? Six? Oh wait, isn't American Idol on Fox? Oh, OK. While whining about the "cruelty" of the program, Fat Ass Olbermann played a clip, where Simon told a shrieking singer, "Why don't you get a job down in the port?" Outraged, Olby bellowed, "Did she have to be told that she should go prostitute herself?" His "expert" guest had no clue, but in fact, this is just another small example of how Olbermann lies to his viewers. After Cowell made that statement, Randy asked him what he meant. Simon replied she could get work as a foghorn. Guess what? Edward R Olbermann cut the clip to take that part out, so he could pontificate without having to worry about his diatribe being reality-based. What a tool.
The Media Matters Minute was the usual assemblage of stuff filched from far-left, highly partisan websites. John Gibson (Fox slot) defending 24 (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser)--that really makes him a "worst person" contender, doesn't it? Bo Dietl (conservative) was "worser" (Blue Blog Source: the 9/11 conspiracy site PrisonPlanet), and "worst" was "Mister" Bush's Republican administration (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Surprise, all three slots filled!
Muted mongrels: Herr Olbermann loves to lift stuff from the New York Times. Yet today the paper reported some news that Olbermoronn completely spiked. Why was that? Could it be because it dealt with Iraq cracking down on Shiite militias, with some 400 arrests, and Olby doesn't want to report any kind of progress in Iraq? Ya think? He was so eager to spike this news that when he ran a clip of Tony Snow, he cut it off just at the point when Snow mentioned all this! Classic. The discredited sports guy pounded horrible poll numbers re the surge: only 17% support sending more troops to Iraq. But these numbers only get reported when they move in Olbermann's direction, and now that the latest poll says that support for sending reinforcements has more than doubled, it doesn't get reported on The Hour of Spin. Meanwhile, just as Krazy Keith covered for Sylvestre Reyes's unforgivable ignorance about the war on terror, he has pointedly avoided reporting how Reyes, like many other Dems, was for a troop surge before he was against it. And what about The Great Leak Case? Is Slippery Shuster still waiting outside the courthouse for that Karl Rove indictment? It's coming! Any day now!
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name has gurgled all the way down to #12,997 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #124. The OlbyTome is #2,665 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #222 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. Wednesday's cable news numbers were down, thanks to the eeevil American Idol, and KO just barely edged out Paula Zahn for a close second-place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]