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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
No installment of Countdown would be complete without the opening spiel, and Keith Olbermann trumpeted it at the maximum allowable decibel level: Sen McCain is "servicing the President", The Great Leak Case, Cheney is a liability, a sky diver murder mystery, and another incisive report on American Idol. The Hour of Spin never disappoints.
The show led off with the "gigantic opposition to escalation [Ding!]", which Olby likened in size to the Loch Ness Monster. How could he have forgotten to say "proverbial"? This is just a plan "to throw away more American lives in Iraq". KO informed his viewers that lawmakers are "warying of giving more money to that reconstrut-ton", and that Gen Keane "told members he was not only defeating the, that, not only, defeating the insurgency was never a US military objective", but the plan was to leave it to the Iraqis. A testy exchange between Sen Levin and Sen Richard McCain was spicy enough that Edward R Olbermann actually permitted a soundbite from a supporter of reinforcements to air, albeit one where he is being berated by someone else.
KO suggested to lefty Alter that McCain is pretty much "on his own", but Alter didn't agree, and reminded Fat Ass that all the wrangling is over a non-binding resolution. He then went on to Jay Rockefeller blasting Cheney, and in response to Olby's hope that the surge could be stopped noted that Hillary wants to cut off funding for Iraq's "mickey-mouse government". Great thanks.
In The Great Leak Case, Oralmann claimed that the trial is all about Cheney's credibility and that the Veep had previously said "he had virtually no knowledge about Wilson at all". To "prove" this he played a clip where Cheney says he has no idea who hired Joe Wilson. Um, non-sequitur much? Slippery Shuster gave one of his typically unreliable summaries of the day's testimony, the kind where he rattles off the prosecution's case but ignores the points made on cross-examintion. At Olby's urging, Slippery opined that after today Libby's defense is dead. Since this comes from David "Karl Rove will be indicted" Shuster, the Libby attorneys will be popping champagne corks tonight. Great thanks.
Next: how much trouble is Cheney in? He's in trouble? Well, on OlbyPlanet anyhow. Joe Biden doesn't like him [clip]. Richard McCain doesn't like him [onscreen quote]. KO wanted to get DeFrank to agree that the Veep might resign, but the newshawk called that "totally far-fetched".
Stop the tivo! It wasn't that long ago that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was flogging a story that Cheney would resign sometime in 2007. Here he is, raising the same subject. Only this time, he was careful to avoid any mention of his original source, the "right-wing slime rag" that only "mongrels" would use as a source: Insight Magazine. Har. Great thanks.
A Time poll shows Hillary leading all Dems, but losing narrowly to Rudy. Cillizza opined about Hillary's numbers: there's room for growth. Obama: as he becomes better known, he'll improve but his negatives will rise. KO asked if Giuliani's numbers will drop as the "mayor's ex-wives start hammering him in public". (That would be almost as bad as some slovenly political hack's ex-girlfriends ratting on his pathetic behavior.) Great thanks.
#2: A sky-diving murder (regurgitated NBC reportage), Nicole Kidman, Isaiah Washington, Tara Conner on the Today show (plug) and the Tonight show (plug). #1: Another American Idol analysis. In the Media Matters Minute, a radio station was slammed because a prize winner, who was an illegal alien, threatened to sue them and they in turn threated to inform on her to ICE. Reporting a crime: the latest bizarre qualification to be a "worst person". Plus Melanie Morgan (conservative; Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and "Fatso" (Olbersaurus) "comedian Rush Limbaugh" (conservative; Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), whom Olby claimed was a KKK-style bigot.
Quiescent canines: There's a danger when you get your Great Leak Case news from the team of Fat Ass and Slippery. The danger is that they will just leave out anything that doesn't fit the nighly talking points agenda. You will recall how yesterday they failed to mention a key moment in the cross examination of a witness. And there are more non-barking dogs in the Keith's koverage. Joe Wilson tried to give the impression he was sent at the request of the Vice-President, or the Vice-President's office, on his little mission, and repeatedly insisted his wife had nothing to do with it. Yet the AP reports that now we have sworn testimony that his trip was in fact "the brainchild of Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame". Why do you suppose the discredited sports guy refuses to report this? Could it be because he's afraid it makes the sainted Mr Wilson look a little bit disingenous? Ya think? Then there are the calls for Sandy Berger to complete the terms of his plea agreement and take a polygraph test, but the media (especially Herr Olbermann) avoid the story. Olby's still ignoring this SotU poll. We're still waiting for KO to apologize for lying about Simon Cowell, and to explain why he is entitled to report stories from Insight magazine, even reviving the meme of one of them again tonight, but when someone at Fox does it they become "worst person". And in the ongoing scrutiny of Naked Right-Wing Propaganda Masquerading as Entertainment, an episode of Alias involving a terrorist threat ran this morning. Keith Olbermann did not object. Alias is not on Fox.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name sunk even further to #7,855 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" rose to #136. The OlbyTome is #2,579 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #189 there, as well as being one of 2006's top ten best sellers. On Wednesday Olbermann once again was creamed by his Factor nemesis, though KO did eke out a distant second-place finish in viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]