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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Olby's dulcet tones invoked Jimmy Swaggert as he rattled off his carnival barker patter: John McCain criticizes Iraq policy! Biden announces with foot in mouth. The Great Leak Case. The Boston bomb scare. Harry Potter delivers the full Monty. "Mister" Bush: is he planning to attack the peace-loving nation of Iran? All this and more, on The Hour of Spin.
KO claimed "Mister" Bush has "lost" Sen Richard McCain as an ally, and by talking about the economy, is making "an obvious attempt to change the subject". Anytime someone discusses something that isn't the lead story on Countdown, it's "changing the subject" on OlbyPlanet. "Mister" Bush was "condescending" (clip from Cavuto interview--why does Fox even let Monkeymann use their clips?). Congressional wrangling about the non-binding resolution.
Then it was on to Joe Biden's sterling campaign kickoff. Dana Milbank, minus multicolored mufti, nattered about Biden's bloopers, while KO blamed "the conservative media establishment: Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge thing"--they're all trying to "inflict damage" on a Democrat. (OlbySpeak translation: Biden is the victim, he didn't inflict damage on himself.) After some chit-chat about Richard McCain: Great thanks.
And big, BIG!, news. Al Franken may run for the Senate. Or maybe not. He might, but who knows? It's possible, but then again it's not confirmed. OlbySourcing: even worse than Insight!
The Great Leak Case: another witness "throwing Scooter Libby's memory under the bus" [Ding!]. Another chance for the most disreputable reporter on all of television, Slippery Shuster, to gum up the works. Once again it was all about the Prosecutor's direct examination, this time of Matt Cooper. (See Hounds below for some of what Slippery left out.) Great thanks.
After oddball, "Mister" Bush's language on Iran sounds like "Mister" Bush's language on Iraq. Yawn. He's trying to "convince the world" that Iran aids terrorism. And Oralmann finds any such suggestion intolerable. Leverett pandered to Krazy Keith, parroting the spin about the "rhetoric". How silly of "Mister" Bush to suggest the peace-loving goverment in Tehran could be a nuclear threat. (Something here was left out too, as you will see below.) As to Iran's involvement in the Karbala killing of US troops, Leverett was happy to proclaim the absence of "hard evidence", while Bush orders the "killing or detaining of any Iranian found in Iraq". Great thanks.
Next Herr Olbermann took on the phony bomb scare in Boston, and relayed what sounded like a made up story (complete with comical satire "breaking-news" video) that an arrest had been made. (In fact, an arrest was made, though it's unclear if Olby knew about it yet; if he did, he didn't bother to tell anyone who it was.) Then Miss USA (plug for Today show appearance) and Sidney Sheldon. #1: Harry Potter in the nude (regurgitated NBC report), plus more sickening blather with the creepy Michael Musto.
In the Media Matters Minute: James Imhofe (R) (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), and Julie Banderas (Fox) (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser). Her crime was misspeaking NBC instead of ABC; otherwise she was arguably correct (Peter Jennings did leave his broadcast before he died, and her reference to "Tom Brokaw's show" makes sense, because she was referring to the ratings when Brokaw was there). Fat Ass even worked in an attack on O'Reilly, and carefully avoided mentioning the incestuous nature of this particular blue blog lift. (A-Mess-NBC flack sends an anti-Fox piece to TVN; TVN runs anti-Fox piece; Keith picks up the TVN piece on The Hour of Spin. Spin indeed; this leak formed a complete circle, ending up where it started, at A-Mess-NBC!) But no matter: KO got both an (R) and a (Fox) in, and so the requisite slots were filled.
Hushed hounds: Consistent with his intent to minimize all terror threats as phony, Monkeymann gave great play to the false alarm in Boston, and completely spiked the real terror plot in the UK. Why do Slippery and Olby only report the Prosecution testimony in The Great Leak Case. Why do they deliberately leave out the cross-examinations? Iran is just a few years from having the bomb, a slight fact unmentioned by KO or his sock puppet guest. The Co-Chairman of the Baker Commission supports sending reinforcements to Iraq, and dissed the idea of passing a "nonbinding resolution". A second, equally shady land deal from Harry Reid. The US economy takes a huge upswing. Hugo Chavez assumes dictatorial powers in Venezuela. NATO troops kill 30 Talibanis. And no retraction or apology for his latest lie about Bill O'Reilly. Finally, in the ongoing scrutiny of Naked Right-Wing Propaganda Masquerading as Entertainment, yesterday The Unit found themselves tracking and apprehending a terrorist threatening an attack in the USA. Keith Olbermann did not rant. The Unit is not on Fox.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #2,781 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #158. No doubt the discredited sports guy would explain that by pointing out amazon's nonexistent 2-for-$25 sale. The OlbyTome is #2,718 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #123 there, and is in its 17th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. All the Tuesday Speshul Education Komment hype helped Herr Olbermann manage a distant second place finish, though once again he was creamed by the eeevil O'Reilly, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 9 [SEVERE]