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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Tonight we break from our usual format, because the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has done it again. If we had an Olbypocrisy Meter, it would have to go to 11 to register his latest outrage. It's so egregious that it absolutely has to lead this report on tonight's Hour of Spin.
In the Media Matters Minute tonight, first Olby attacked Bill Kristol (conservative, Fox; Blue Blog Source: The Huffington Post). But he saved his most poisonous venom for Insight magazine, and the outlets (like "Fox Nothing Channel") that picked up their Obama/Madrassa story (one that they still stand by). Fat Ass whined that Insight reported using "unnamed" sources (a la Bob Woodward), and that because Obama and Clinton both denied the story, therefore it was a "lie" spread by the "right-wing slime machine". Of course the real point was not whether Barack was actually a student at a Madrassa, but that the Clinton campaign was leaking the story to damage him.
Now why is this the height of Olbypocrisy? Very simply because Olbermann himself has considered Insight a reliable source time after time after time. Stories from Insight, based on unnamed sources, have been reported uncritically by Olbermann as fact. We're not making this up. Insight has been a Monkeymann source on at least four occasions--as long as the stories are anti-Bush, or anti-Rove, or anti-Condi, or in any way anti-GOP. We ask Keith Olbermann to make a public explanation of why he is entitled to report stories from Insight, but Fox is not. And why he should not be named "worst person in the world" for doing the same thing that Fox and the NY Post did.
With that out of the way, we'll rewind to the top of the hour. It began with President Bush being "thrown under the proverbial bus". Sheesh! Does every hoary old cliche used by Herr Olbermann have to be (wrongly) called "proverbial"? Multiple clips and quotes from lawmakers who oppose sending reinforcements. Zero clips or quotes from lawmakers who support the surge. On Countdown you get the full gamut of opinion: everything from A to B. Olby bellowed (Webb's response to the SotU address will be the "strongest" ever!). The Wolffe Man whimpered. Great thanks.
#4 dealt with the Hillary announcement and the 2008 Presidential field. Recycled video of Hillary on NBC led into a chat with lefty Jonathan Alter, who seemed to like all the Dem candidates. KO's questioning was remarkably sane, at least by the standards of OlbyPlanet. For a little perspective on this, how much coverage did Monkeymann give John McCain when he announced his exploratory committee on November 13, or Giuliani? Answer: one sentence apiece. And how much coverage did he give Mitt Romney when he formed his exploratory committee on Jan 3? Answer: none. Oh, and Madame Clinton will be on Tuesday's Hour of Spin for a hard-hitting OlbyInterview. You know, just like McCain and Romney and Giuliani were. Not!
After another thrilling edition of oddball, the National Intelligence Estimate was on the plate: why is Bush daring to send in troop reinforcements before the NIE is released? (Blue Blog Source: TomPaine.com.) Olby asked Clarke if "Mister" Bush is playing politics; Dick said there are professionals behind the report. Then the latest Krazy Keith Konspiracy: the ABC News report about Iraqi Al Qaeda planning attacks in the US is just more propaganda timed to scare the American people before the SotU, a theory he first floated with the Wolffe Man. Clarke vouched for the story top to bottom, and you could hear Fat Ass grumbling and moaning as he did so.
#2: The SNL spoof of Hillary Clinton, and a "parody" of the new promos being run by what KO calls the "Fox Nothing Channel". (He's confusing it there with A-Mess-NBC, at least when it comes to ratings.) Plus James Brown, Sharon Stone, and the eeevil American Idol--again!
Dogs that did not bark: Oralmann's continued protection of his friends in Iran is stunning. A top Iranian cleric attacks Ahmadinejad. Iran conducts missile tests, and bars 38 UN nuclear inspectors. As usual on The Hour of Spin, stories that don't reflect well on Iran get spiked. Iraq's Prime Minister ceases protection of Al-Sadr's militia. Hugo Chavez tells the US to go to Hell, with plans to give himself the authority to make laws "by decree". And thousands marched in Washington against abortion. None of this is news on OlbyPlanet. Of course, the big dog that did not bark is Monkeymann's failure to apologize to Simon Cowell for using a doctored tape to smear him with a lie. And in the ongoing scrutiny of Naked Right-Wing Propaganda Masquerading as Entertainment, the discredited sports guy forgot to bash Numb3rs, whose Saturday night episode dealt with counter-terrorism. Numb3rs is not on Fox.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name is #3,489 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #141. The OlbyTome is #2,529 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #322 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. On Friday, Herr Olbermann got whomped again by Bill O'Reilly, but managed to pull out a distant second-place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]