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    February 28, 2007
    Countdown Clock Ticking Down...

    We are an hour away from the final ticks off the OlbermannWatch Countdown Clock and we hear at OlbyWatch are still wrestling with our big decision.

    I think this may be farewell.


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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 28, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • INTELLIGENCE: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek
    • WALTER REED HOSPITAL: Kelly Kennedy
    • ELECTIONS '08: Anne Kornblut, Washington Post
    • HARRY POTTER IN THE BUFF
    • "24" AND TORTURE: Jane Mayer

    Liberal Keith Olbermahn bellowed the opening spiel: UBL and training camps, the "right-wing" [Ding!], Walter Reed, "24" again, the "torture doesn't work" lie, Anna Nicole Smith, and Harry Potter nude (he "shows us his magic wand"). Such excitement.

    MADMAN

    #5: Intelligence. The Wolffe Man purred, liberal Olby cited Hersh and brought up Iran-Contra, and remote controls all across America began clicking furiously. Great thanks. KO Key Words: squander credibility, manipulate intel, spin, talking points, softballs (liberal Keith's favorite passtime, to judge from his blue-dress interviews), cherry-picking, unraveling, secrecy.

    #4: Walter Reed (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). KO Key Words: disingenous, disconnect.

    #3: Politics '08. Obama ahead of Clinton among backs, Guiliani ahead of Richard McCain. KO Key Words: carrying Bush water, twice-divorced, evangelicals, counter-intuitive, self-fulfilling prophecy [Ding!].

    #2: Harry Potter (regurgitated video), Anna Nicole Smith, her dog SugarPie, American Idol. #1: "24" and torture (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). KO Key Words: Fox Noise channel, rationalization.

    In the Media Matters Minute: the "reprehensible" [Olbersaurus!] Melanie Morgan (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters).

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: The following perfectly encapsulates the bias of "Man on Fan" Olbermann. While he has avoided reporting the decrease in killings since the Baghdad crackdown commenced, liberal Olby has eagerly trumpeted every piece of bad news he could scrape up. Just yesterday, he bellowed: "18 young boys died when a bomb blew up at a soccer field in Ramadi." Today it turns out that report was, to say the least, accuracy-challenged. Did liberal Keith update the story tonight? Did he tell his credulous viewers that his report may have been in error? That doesn't happen on OlbyPlanet. Just as liberal Oralmann won't mention this, he won't even report the good news that 18 young boys weren't killed at all. They name streets after guys like Olbermahn: "One-Way". Finally, in our assessment of Keith Olbermann's masculinity, this week liberal Olbermann attacked Fox, CNN, and right-wing pundits five times; Olby criticisms of MSNBC: zero. His primary sources (Media Matters/Think Progress) criticized MSNBC three times. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -12 [limp].

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name is #4,425 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #261. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,566 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,007 there, and is now in its 21st week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Tuesday's Hour of Spin lost to The O'Reilly Factor by nearly four to one, but eeked out a second place finish both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". And though it had the night off, we wish to take this opportunity to thank The MisterMeter for its many months of yeomanlike service in documenting the insufferable superciliousness of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermahn.

    Yours truly, Johnny Dollar


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    Glenn Beck Responds to Liberal Olbermann

    Tonight on CNN's Headline News, Glenn Beck returned fire at Keith Oralmann, who attacked Beck in a recent interview. We have the video for your viewing pleasure.

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    February 27, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 27, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN BOMBINGS: Dana Milbank, Washington Post; Ben Venzke
    • SURGE SUPRESSION: Patrick Murphy (D)
    • AL GORE DAMAGE CONTROL: Chris Cillizza
    • INTERNET VIDEO HOAXES

    Why did the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann delay a story for an entire day before he reported it? That answer is coming, but first... Rev Oralmann mounted the pulpit and delivered the opening spiel: the attack on Cheney, "Blame the Media!", the military is not ready, Al Gore attacked by "right wing water carriers", fat children, Barry Bonds, and internet videos.

    MADMAN

    First up: the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan, Bad News from Iraq, an attack on Laura Bush for criticizing the media. Dana Milbank, without weird wardrobe, talked about CYA and resurgent Talibanis. Liberal Olbermann asked "where's the credibility?" Great thanks.

    Peter Pace says military readiness declined. Obligatory clips of press hectoring Snow. To discuss the "escalation" [Ding!]: Patrick Murphy (D). [Updated: The List: it's really getting ridiculous!] When was the last time somebody who supported sending reinforcements was interviewed on The Hour of Spin? Let's see, that would be...NEVER! Liberal Monkeymann demanded to know what the Congress would do "bindingly" to lose the war. Murphy said we need more troops in Afghanistan. Wait, isn't that an "escalation"? No, on OlbyPlanet it's only an escalation if it's in Iraq. Great thanks.

    #4: The Taliban spring offensive, analyzed by Venzke, who is not exactly a favorite of the Kos kids. His analysis was shockingly straightforward for The Hour of Spin, so liberal KO dispensed with him in record time.

    Though he hasn't reported the 31 all-time record highs the Dow has hit since October, after oddball liberal "Man on Fan" Oralmann served up this (regarding the stock market fall): "Fox Noise insisted the dropoff was because of the assassination attempt on Vice-President Cheney". Another Olbermann Lie, and we have no idea what Blue Blog was reckless enough to print this fabrication. But it was obviously a good enough "source" for liberal Olbermahn.

    The next segment raised the question: why did liberal Keith wait 24 hours to report a story everyone covered yesterday? A two-part answer. A) Olbermann Watch slammed him for spiking Gore's energy usage yesterday and he was shamed into dealing with it today. B) It took 24 hours for Olby to get the spin together to blame it all on--all together now--the "right-wing!" (Blue Blog Sources: Think Progress and Media Matters). Everything reported by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research was therefore "a lie". That's called "journalism" on OlbyPlanet. Cillizza pandered. Great thanks.

    #2: Fat kids (regurgitated video), Anna Nicole Smith, Barry Bonds, baseball cards; #1: Internet videos. Media Matters Minute: Ann "Coultergeist" (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters).

    OLBY

    Quiescent canines: Not much of a surprise here. Even thought it's co-written by frequent Countdown guest Jim VandeHei, this article got spiked by the infamous, deplorable one. Meanwhile, while Monkeymann has railed loud and long against "hate speech" by the eeevil "right-wingers" and "neocons", guess whose hate speech he has been totally silent about? And c'mon, Keithy Boy--be a man. Report this.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name sunk to #8,516 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #317. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,540 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,163 there, and is now in its 21st week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Even with all the hype and frenzied emails to the usual blue blog echo chamber, Monday's Countdown, with its pivot-happy Special Education Komment, lost by more than three to one to the eeevil Nazi swine O'Reilly. The Hour of Spin just barely eeked out a second place finish both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".


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    OlbyLoons Turn on Each Other

    A reader sent along this post which might help some newcomers better understand the pathology of OlbyLoons.

    Keith Olbermann Org (KO.O.) :: View topic - QuickTopic board: With fans like these, who needs Bob Cox?

    You may see the name "Quanlin" listed as a Site Admin in the Ko.o site . Her she joins in knocking the "gal pals" as psychos yet she herself was a regular on the same "QT Gal Pals" discussion list just a couple years ago. Go figure.


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    February 26, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 26, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ & IRAN: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek; Lawrence Korb
    • AMERICAN IDOL: Whatever
    • CONDI RICE: Keith puts her in her place with a Speshul Education Komment

    The infamous, deplorable, liberal Keith Olbermann bellowed the opening spiel: Cheney's "odd warning" to Pakistan, Condi is "rewriting history" (Speshul Education Komment alert), The Great Leak Case, a Hollywood moviemaker finds "the lost tomb of Christ", Judge Larry, American Idol, and more. It's Dreary Monday on The Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    #5: "Mister" Bush is secretly funding Al Qaeda (according to that paragon of accuracy, Sy Hersh). Secret plans for attacking Iran. Condi Rice is stupid, liberal Keith Oralmann is smart! The Wolffe Man purred OlbySpin like a kontented kitty kat. Great thanks. Liberal Korb, again identified as "from the Reagan administration", was happy to join liberal Olbermann in demanding hearings and taking everything from liberal Hersh as proven fact. More great thanks.

    MADMAN

    #4: The Great Leak Case. One juror kicked out. Deliberations continue for yet another day. How can this be? According to Slippery, Libby's defense was "dead" on the first day of trial. Why is it taking them so long? Slippery did not explain. Many thanks.

    Oddball (incorporating another O'Reilly attack); #3: American Idol. #2: James Cameron found "the bones" of "Jesus H Christ himself" (more rerun video); plus Al Gore's Oscar and Anna Nicole Smith. In the Media Matters Minute, attacks on the NRA (Blue Blog Source: Huffington Post) and a White House press guy (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress).

    MADMAN

    Finally, held for the last possible Nielsen minute, the latest Speshul Education Komment, complete with all the scripted camera pivots and staged dramatics (see APPENDIX below for the putrid details). It included this great moment:

    There is, obviously, no mistaking Saddam Hussein for a human being, but nor is there any mistaking him for Adolf Hitler. Invoking the German dictator who subjugated Europe; who tried to annihilate the Jews; who sought to overtake the World--is not just in the poorest of taste, but in its hyperbole, it insults not merely the victims of the Third Reich, but those in this country who fought it. And, defeated it.

    Izzat so? We don't recall Oralmann spewing an irate Speshul Komment when Robert Byrd (D) compared Republicans to Hitler. Or when Dick Durbin (D) analogized the actions of US troops to Nazis. For that matter, we're still waiting for Herr Olbermann, who called the Bush administration a "new form of fascism", to apologize to the ADL for this:

    MADMAN

    But Olbypocrisy runs too thick and deep for that ever to happen.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: How many days of coverage did Fat Ass give to Ted Haggard? And yet not one minute of coverage to this. Lots of praise for Al Gore, but no mention whatsoever about these inconvenient truths. Rumblings of dissatisfaction in Iran. Tony Blair sends more troops to the war zone. And still Olbermahn spikes the news of a federal court ruling that proves him to be a slovenly political hack.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name is at #7,360 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #239. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,494 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #746 there, and is now in its 21st week on the New York Times bestsellers list. On Friday the discredited sports guy once again came in third in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". No wonder he had his writers crank out another Speshul Education Komment. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]

    APPENDIX: Keith's Latest Speshul Education Komment

    OLBY

    And finally as promised, a special comments on the remarks yesterday by Secretary of State Rice.

    We already know about her suggestion that the president could just ignore whatever congressional Democrats do about Iraq.

    Just ignore Congress.

    We know how that game always turns out. Ask President Nixon. Ask President Andrew Johnson.

    Or ask Vice President Dick Cheney, who utterly contradicted Secretary Rice on Monday when he warned President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan about what those mean congressional Democrats could do to his foreign aid.

    All of this, par for the course.

    But about what the secretary said regarding the prospect of Congress' revising or repealing the 2002 authorization of the war in Iraq:

    Here we go again! From springs spent trying to link Saddam Hussein to 9/11, to summers of cynically manipulated intelligence, through autumns of false patriotism, to winters of war, we have had more than four years of every cheap trick and every degree of calculated cynicism from this administration, filled with Three-Card Monte players.

    But the longer Dr. Rice and these other pickpockets of a nation's goodness have walked among us, waving flags and slandering opponents and making true enemies--foreign and domestic--all hat and no cattle all the while, the overriding truth of their occupancy of our highest offices of state has only gradually become clear.

    As they asked in that Avis commercial: "Ever get the feeling some people just stopped trying?"

    Then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld thought he could equate those who doubted him with Nazi appeasers, without reminding anybody that the actual, historical Nazi appeasers in this country in the 1930s were the Republicans.

    Vice President Cheney thought he could talk as if he and he alone knew the "truth" about Iraq and 9/11, without anyone ever noticing that even the rest of the administration officially disagreed with him.

    The president really acted as if you could scare all of the people all of the time and not lose your soul--and your majority--as a result.

    But Secretary of State Rice may have now taken the cake. On the Sunday morning interview show "Of Broken Record" on Fox, Dr. Rice spoke a paragraph, which if it had been included in a remedial history paper at the weakest high school in the nation would've gotten the writer an "F" — maybe an expulsion.

    If Congress were now to revise the Iraq authorization, she said, out loud, with an adult present: "...it would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change, then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that, so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."

    The secretary's resume reads that she has a master's degree and a Ph.D in political science. The interviewer should have demanded to see them, on the spot.

    [Direction: EYEBROW RAISE]

    Dr. Rice spoke 42 words. She may have made more mistakes in them than did the president in his State of the Union Address in 2003.

    There is, obviously, no mistaking Saddam Hussein for a human being. But nor is there any mistaking him for Adolf Hitler.

    Invoking the German dictator who subjugated Europe; who tried to exterminate the Jews; who sought to overtake the world is not just in the poorest of taste, but in its hyperbole, it insults not merely the victims of the Third Reich, but those in this country who fought it and defeated it.

    Saddam Hussein was not Adolf Hitler. And George W. Bush is not Franklin D. Roosevelt--nor Dwight D. Eisenhower. He isn't even George H.W. Bush, who fought in that war.

    [Direction: SHOULDER SHAKE & HEAD BOB]

    However, even through the clouds of deliberately spread fear, and even under the weight of a thousand exaggerations of the five years past, one can just barely make out how a battle against international terrorism in 2007 could be compared--by some--to the Second World War.

    The analogy is weak, and it instantly begs the question of why those of "The Greatest Generation" focused on Hitler and Hirohito, but our leaders seem to have ignored their vague parallels of today to instead concentrate on the Mussolinis of modern terrorism.

    But in some, small, "You didn't fail, Junior, but you may need to go to summer school" kind of way, you can just make out that comparison.

    [Direction: PIVOT!]

    But, Secretary Rice, overthrowing Saddam Hussein was akin to overthrowing Adolf Hitler? Are you kidding? Did you want to provoke the world's laughter?

    And, please, Madame Secretary, if you are going to make that most implausible, subjective, dubious, ridiculous comparison; if you want to be as far off the mark about the Second World War as, say, the pathetic Holocaust-denier from Iran, Ahmadinejad--at least get the easily verifiable facts right: the facts whose home through history lies in your own department.

    [Direction: PEER DOWNWARD]

    "The resolution that allowed the United States to" overthrow Hitler?

    On the 11th of December, 1941, at 8 o'clock in the morning, two of Hitler's diplomats walked up to the State Department--your office, Secretary Rice --and 90 minutes later they were handing a declaration of war to the chief of the department's European Division. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor four days earlier, and the Germans simply piled on.

    Your predecessors, Dr. Rice, didn't spend a year making up phony evidence and mistaking German balloon-inflating trucks for mobile germ warfare labs. They didn't pretend the world was ending because a tin-pot tyrant couldn't hand over the chemical weapons it turned out he'd destroyed a decade earlier. The Germans walked up to the front door of our State Department and said, "We're at war." It was in all the papers. And when that war ended, more than three horrible years later, our troops and the Russians were in Berlin. And we stayed, as an occupying force, well into the 1950s. As an occupying force, Madam Secretary!

    If you want to compare what we did to Hitler and in Germany to what we did to Saddam and in Iraq, I'm afraid you're going to have to buy the whole analogy. We were an occupying force in Germany, Dr. Rice, and by your logic, we're now an occupying force in Iraq. And if that's the way you see it, you damn well better come out and tell the American people so. Save your breath telling it to the Iraqis--most of them already buy that part of the comparison.

    [Direction: PIVOT! AND PEER DOWNWARD]

    “It would be like saying that after Adolf Hitler was overthrown, we needed to change then, the resolution that allowed the United States to do that, so that we could deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."

    We already have a subjectively false comparison between Hitler and Saddam. We already have a historically false comparison between Germany and Iraq. We already have blissful ignorance by our secretary of state about how this country got into the war against Hitler. But then there's this part about changing "the resolution" about Iraq; that it would be as ridiculous in the secretary's eyes as saying that after Hitler was defeated, we needed to go back to Congress to "deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after he was overthrown."

    [Direction: PIVOT!]

    Oh, good grief, Secretary Rice, that's exactly what we did do! We went back to Congress to deal with creating a stable environment in Europe after Hitler was overthrown! It was called the Marshall Plan. 

    Marshall!

    Gen. George Catlett Marshall!

    Secretary of state!

    The job you have now!

    C'mon!

    Twelve billion, 400 thousand dollars to stabilize all of Europe economically--to keep the next enemies of freedom, the Russians, out and democracy in! And how do you suppose that happened? The president of the United States went back to Congress and asked it for a new authorization and for the money. And do you have any idea, Madame Secretary, who opposed him when he did that? The Republicans!

    "We've spent enough money in Europe," said Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio.

    "We've spent enough of our resources," said former President Hoover.

    It's time to pull out of there! As they stand up, we'll stand down!

    [Direction: PIVOT! & ROLL EYES]

    This administration has long thought otherwise, but you can't cherry-pick life--whether life in 2007, or life in the history page marked 1945. You can't keep the facts that fit your prejudices and throw out the ones that destroy your theories. And if you're going to try to do that; if you still want to fool some people into thinking that Saddam was Hitler, and once we gave FDR that blank check in Germany he was no longer subject to the laws of Congress or gravity or physics, at least stop humiliating us.

    Get your facts straight. Use the Google!

    [Direction: POWERFUL SILENT PAUSE STARE & PIVOT!]

    You've been on Fox News Sunday, Secretary Rice. The Fox network has got another show premiering Tuesday night. You could go on that one, too. It might be a better fit. It's called "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?"


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    The Two Faces of Keith Olbermann

    NAME

    To say Keith Olbermann is two-faced is like discovering that water is wet. And nowhere does he get tied up in contradictory knots like he does when talking about his favorite topic: himself.

    His masquerading as an "impartial" newsman is the oldest trick in the Olby playbook:

    I have no more interest in the political outcome of an election than I did in the winner or loser of any ballgame I ever covered.... If a reporter's work in turn winds up criticizing a candidate or party in some cases, and praising that same candidate or party in others, he's as close to neutral as he can be. If not, he's a partisan.

    That makes sense. While Olbermahn criticized the Republican Party as the greatest terrorist threat in America, that's balanced out by when he praised the Republican Party for...

    For... um...

    But back to Oralmann, who just recently told the world--again--that he has no political biases. None at all! Which brings us to today, when once again he was singing a different tune, and let it slip that he is precisely what Olbermann Watch has been claiming for years [mp3 audio]:

    Krazy Keith the Liberal. The Olbypologists have denied it, Monkeymann himself has contested it, but now the truth is out. One of the most important goals of this site, since the day it was inaugurated, was to strip away the phony facade of Citizen Keith the Impartial Journalist, and expose the real facade of Olbermahn the Liberal Hack. Now that KO himself has admitted his biases, that goal has been achieved.

    Of course, the Olbypologists will still try to dispute Olbermoronn's words, and seek to rationalize and justify and argue away their hero's own admission. But there should be one point on which all, clear-thinkers as well as Olbyloons, can agree, one comment from Keith himself that no one can argue with:


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    February 23, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 23, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • CONGRESS AND THE WAR: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC political analyst; Anne Kornblut, Washington Post national political reporter

    The opening spiel: Dem attempts to undeclare the Iraq war, if Lieberman turns (R) can he be recalled, Walter Reed again, another O'Reilly attack and a slam at Oprah, Anna Nicole, yada yada yada.

    MADMAN

    #5: The "military galavanting in Iraq". Endless blather about undeclaring the Iraq war (when a nonbinding resolution couldn't even get 60 votes). Lefty Alter delivered Dem talking points, i.e. he parroted OlbySpin. Great thanks. Lieberman talks about changing parties. Oh gawd, no! We can't permit that on OlbyPlanet! Kornblut said it's a possibility, though remote. KO: If Joe flips, there's really a "silver lining" for Dems. Anne flat-out laughed at that spin. Olby warned Lieberthal that if he switches, it "will not be a pleasant situation for him". Threats, from Monkeymann? Great thanks.

    #4: Walter Reed (regurgitated NBC video). Oddball.

    MADMAN

    #3: The latest O'Reilly attack (Hornbeck again): "fraud", "ethical garbage dump", plus a smear of Oprah. KO claimed Bill said the teenager "preferred being raped", and recycled that same first-night clip yet again. Marc Klaas was there to criticize Oprah for not grilling O'Reilly. Klaas never explained why, when he was on with O'Reilly just Wednesday, he "grilled" Mr Bill thusly: "I appreciate your having me. I think you're exactly right". Klaas opined that it was "unconscionable" to invite O'Reilly to speak at that damn dinner Keithy Boy keeps bringing up. But it's not "unconscionable" for Klaas to go on O'Reilly's show? This disconnect is brought to you by OlbyLogic. OlbyLogic: apply directly to the forehead. Then it was back to Malmedy again! "Man on Fan" Olbermann at his most repellent. Great thanks.

    #2: Racism at the Oscars (regurgitated reportage), Britney Spears, Conan O'Brien, CBS profile plug. #1: Anna Nicole Week in Review. In the Media Matters Minute: KO himself for not plugging his radio show on Conan; and a Washington Times columnist (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters).

    OLBY

    Muted mongrels: This pornography arrest was certain to get spiked by Fat Ass, considering who was arrested. (But Mr Bill wasn't afraid to run it.) Nothing about credit cards for illegal aliens. The Brits redeploying some troops from Iraq has been Big News for days, but this hasn't been mentioned once. And Olbermahn still spikes the news of a federal court ruling because it proves him to be a slovenly political hack. Finally our weekly assessment of Oralmann's masculinity. Over the past week Olbermann has attacked Fox, CNN, and Limbaugh/right-wing pundits nine times; Olby criticisms of MSNBC: zero. Meanwhile, his primary sources (Media Matters/Think Progress) criticized (MS)NBC four times. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -10 [limp].

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name plummeted to #13,112 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #213. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,687 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #309 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. The discredited sports guy came in third in total viewers, but eeked out second in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Hey Dan Abrams, are you getting your money's worth? Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #313: Rolling Stone

    Rollling Stone is hailing Keith Olbermann as "The Most Honest Man in News". In yet another hard-hitting look at the media-anointed superstar, Mark Binelli finds little not to like about KO.

    "Since August, the show's nightly audience has increased by sixty-three percent" (for new readers, this is the standard trick of measuring KO's audience growth from the day after the Rummy Rant - the Friday before Labor Day weekend, the lowest ratings night for Countdown all year - to whatever day gives the biggest possible number)

    "Last June, the Daily News printed e-mail exchanges between Olbermann and hostile viewers...Though the e-mails were meant to embarrass Olbermann, they only served to underline what people already know and like about him."

    Arianna Huffington says "Keith's importance, to me, is as a truth teller"

    "President Clinton recently sent him a handwritten note of congratulations."


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #312: CBS News Sunday Morning Profile

    As part of CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING’s ongoing “Cable Guy” series, 48 HOURS Correspondent Susan Spencer sits down with MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to hear his thoughts on everything from the media to reflections on his life and career. The revealing profile will be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 25 (9:00-10:30 AM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    Olbermann is surprisingly self-deprecating towards his style and admits to Spencer that he didn’t expect his ardent political views to be widely received.

    Spencer baits Olbermann humorously, “I remember seeing your first commentary. And my reaction was, you know, watch it now, because you're not going to see it tomorrow.”

    “Funny, funny things happen sometimes. The wages of sin are sometimes not what you expect,” Olbermann replies.

    From a career that started in local sports and took him to ESPN, Olbermann confides to Spencer that he did not truly arrive emotionally in the news business until the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 when he got a call in his New York City apartment and was asked to report live for a Los Angeles radio station. After 40 straight days of covering the terrorist attacks for local L.A. radio, his broadcasting career had taken a massive turn - and it had a major impact on him.

    “For 40 days, I was their street reporter, the best kind of therapy that you could get, as you know,” Olbermann said.

    About newscasts, Olbermann tells Spencer, “You need to make a newscast that looks like life: very serious, very angry, very stupid.” Olbermann laughs and goes on to say that newscasts actually need to be, “Very silly, very snarky, very much about pop culture…”


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    GUEST POST: Olby on Conan

    Bryan, our late night correspondent reports that Keith Olbermann was on Late Night with Conan O' Brain on NBC tonight where he talked about getting renewed for four years, "Worst Person in the World" and his baseball card collection.

    On "Worst Person in the World", Olby says they "don't shoot low on this", that it "more political" that the REAL worst people are taking over planes or shooting people so they are the real "Worst Persons in the World". His WPIWs are fake but doesn't shoot low.

    Keith had some thought on health care, calling our medical system bad, but "not as bad as Serbia"

    There was, of course, the gratuitous shot at Bill O'Reilly who Keith called an "idiot" (hasn't Keith said he has bigger things to worry about? guess he noticed his ratings have slipped again).. To Conan's credit even though he brought up the subject he changed it quickly.

    Olbermann was more interested in baseball - spring training and his own baseball card collection. Keith showed cards of his collection, one flicking off the camera with a bat in front of it and another with his fly open. Then another with the words "Muck race" But it was the F word.

    Keith was then followed by the "Bread Professor" who was far more interesting


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    February 22, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 22, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • BASRA WITHDRAWAL: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek chief White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst; Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (ret.) and MSNBC military analyst
    • HILLARY CLINTON VS. BARACK OBAMA: Chris Cillizza, washingtonpost.com

    The opening spiel was bellowed in typical fashion: the Brits are declaring victory and "going home" (even though most troops are not leaving the region--could this be Another Olbermann Lie?); Hillary vs Obama; Britney Spears; Anna Nicole Smith case concludes (described as a "non-decision decision", another Olby snark that just shows how bone-chillingly ignorant he is).

    MADMAN

    #5: Basra isn't ready for transition; Blair lied about it (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Brits redeploying could cause more bloodshed in what they leave behind. (Oralmann never makes that point about US troops leaving). The Wolffe Man and Col Jacobs were there to echo OlbySpin. They did. The Army is broke. The Marine Corps is broke. Everything is broke. Bush must be stopped. Great thanks and great thanks. Brief mention of The Great Leak Case, that open-and-shut slam-dunk that is still without a verdict, described by Monkeymann as being all about "how the Bush administration lied".

    #4: The Pakistan border (regurgitated NBC video). Oddball. #3: Dems planning to write some legislation about Iraq that will never be enacted into law, and are fighting over money. Cillizza painted Hillary as the schemer in this one, and Olby claimed it was a victory for her. Surprise. Great thanks.

    #2: Britney Spears, Prince Harry, James Brown. #1: Anna Nicole decision, where Fat Ass repeatedly displayed his ignorance by claiming the judge "passed the buck" and asking "how did he pass the bar?" A short course on Florida law for the slovenly political hack: possession of the remains passes by statute to the next of kin: Anna Nicole's daughter. Because she is not old enough her guardian will handle arrangements and decide where the burial site will be (Bahamas, as it turns out). The judge followed the law, moron. The Court has no authority to itself select the burial site, moron! Sheesh, Olbermahn, you are a moron. In the Media Matters Minute, KO attacked NYU College Republicans (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos) for their "catch an illegal alien" game.

    OLBY

    Silent schnauzers: Protecting his Tehran buddies, Herr Olbermann ignores this. He never reports news from Iraq that isn't negative. Muslims threaten attacks in Somalia. And Olbermahn still spikes the news of a federal court ruling because it makes him look stupid. Or stupider. Or stupidest. We think it's door #3.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #3,495 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #165. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,680 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #848 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. The discredited sports guy came in third on Tuesday, and then came in third again on Wednesday, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Hey Dan Abrams, are you getting your money's worth?


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    February 21, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 21, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • BRITISH WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL: Dana Milbank, Washington Post political reporter and MSNBC political analyst
    • COMPARING LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE HUMOR: Richard Lewis, comedian

    Another opening, another spiel: The Brits withdraw, The Great Leak Case, "cooking the books" on terror stats, the obligatory Fox attack, Britney Spears, and Anna Nicole. All that and less on another dreary Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    To start things off, Oralmann reflogged yesterday's story about the Brit withdrawal of "some or all of its troops" from Iraq. Cheney. Halliburton. [Ding!] "Mister" Cheney again. Fineman talked a lot, didn't say anything except that he thinks the Brits don't trust the "competence of the American military". Why do Olby and his guests hate our troops? KO cited Blair's statement that his remaining troops will be in a support role as something that would "strengthen the hand" of Democrats (Rule #1). Great thanks.

    Then Big News in The Great Leak Case: "A possible guilty verdict". (Unless it's a possible not guilty verdict. Or a possible hung jury.) To discuss "Republican spin" up popped Dana Milbank, devoid of dramatic duds. There was no discussion of "Democrat spin" of a possible not guilty verdict. Keithy Boy hypothesized about a possible post-conviction deal to "go after" Cheney. DM: "not very likely". Olby: "That mud's gotta stick somewhere". Great thanks.

    Then terror stats being used to "erode civil liberties". The impartial expert was David Boies, a Democrat attorney [The List]! They're scaring the public, they're driving their agenda! Great thanks.

    After oddball, it was the obligatory Fox attack, this time on the pilot they ran for a comedy news program. Another impartial guest expert: Huffington Post blogger Richard Lewis. KO talked about the ratings, noting that the "heavily promoted" program did well for its timeslot. In fact, it did well for Olby's timeslot, with at least twice as many viewers as KO gets. He claimed of the show's viewers: "most of them started to leave 11 minutes into the show". Only the stats he cited were 1. not about total viewers, and B. did not show "most" of even that subgroup leaving the show. In other words, Another Olbermann Lie.

    "Man on Fan" Olbermann claimed to Lewis that you can't create comedy that's "conservative" or "liberal". (Considering Countdown, he may have a point.) Lewis didn't buy that, and changed the subject because he hadn't seen the program in question. (Neither had Fat Ass, but he was too dishonest to say so.) Lewis yakked about Limbaugh, Olby brought up Rush's prescriptions, Lewis rambled on about blacks, jews, and whatever came into his head, and a painful time was had by all. Even The Laughing Stagehand didn't chuckle, though Monkeymann's forced laughter was phonier than ever. Great thanks.

    MADMAN

    #2: Jet Blue (regurgitated), Britney Spears, #1: Anna Nicole. Media Matters Minute: O'Reilly attacked again for promoting Jessica's Law on Oprah. Oprah attacked for having him on and not grilling him (like Oralmann grills the sock puppets on The Hour of Spin?). This must really frost Olbermahn, and for that we give Oprah Great Thanks.

    OLBY

    Muted mongrels: Despite having an actual reporter from the Post on hand, Herr Olbermann was careful to make no mention of this story. Olby gets on his high horse about Laura Ingraham etc "inciting" their "acolytes" to violence, but in this case he was silent. When Democrats erupt in a war of words, everybody covers it. Except for our favorite slovenly political hack, protecting his party once again. Citizen Keith loves to cite polls, but not this one. Then there's the alleged, purported, so-called London terror plot. And Olbermahn still spikes the news of a federal court ruling because it makes him look stupid. Or stupider. One or the other.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name plummeted to #6,764 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #254. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,638 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,459 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. On Tuesday the discredited sports guy just couldn't get it up to second place, finishing third again in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".


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    The Black Hole

    NewsHole is the new "blog" from Countdown's "cast and crew" (excluding, apparently, Oralmann himself). It is now accepting comments but strangely enough we didn't see any that showed the slightest bit of criticism, or even skepticism, of Countdown or its infamous, deplorable host. Any such opinions submitted seem to vanish in a cyberspace black hole.

    We want to keep track of what is going on there. If you post a comment to one of their entries, please put a copy in our thread here, along with the date and time of your post. And let us know if it shows up there, or if it gets sucked into the NewsHole black hole.


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    February 20, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 20, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor

    Tonight's spielisms: The British Are Going! "Is it the end of the line for 'Mister' Bush?" The Great Leak Case, the "cockroach infested" outpatient center, the nightly Fox attack, Britney Spears, and Anna Nicole Smith. Four more years of this? Yikes.

    MADMAN

    First up: Blair to propose withdrawal of British troops from Iraq (1700 + 1500 later out of 7100). "Mister" Bush is "escalating" [Ding!] troops. OlbySpin: it will be seen as "The British are going home, why aren't we?" Fineman was asked that, and his reply: "If the British can go, why can't we?" They don't even bother to make Oralmann and his sock puppets sound different. KO hoped that this will get the Dems moving because "they've been stuck on the proverbial [Ding!] dime". Great Thanks.

    MADMAN

    Next "Man on Fan" Olbermann dealt with The Great Leak Case, and that means Slippery Shuster was there to talk about how "difficult" the case was for the defense, and how "today the prosecution got the final word". (Note to F Lee Shuster: the prosecution always gets the final word in criminal trials.) Slippery explained Libby's motive for lying (per the prosecution theory). Strangely enough, he did not even mention the defense theory that there was no motive to lie. But that's why we call him "Slippery". Great Thanks.

    After a tease for a story about Richard McCain trying to "throw Rumsfeld under the bus" [Ding!], it was all about Democrats to the rescue of veterans at Walter Reed, while Republicans were "missing in action". Expert witness: Tammy Duckworth, a partisan Democrat politico [updated: The List] and favorite of the blue blogs. Rev Olbermahn pontificated about how veterans "are treated like this" after "six years of a Republican Presidency". Fat Ass Olbermann's concerns did not extent to Col Ken Allard. Great thanks.

    MADMAN

    Oddball allowed Citizen Keith to indulge his greatest of all Olbsessions: Bill O'Reilly (trivia question: how far away are we from Attack #200?). Then it was time to go after a decorated war hero: the latest battle in Olbermahn's War Against Richard McCain. McCain's crime: he criticized Rumsfeld. Herr Olbermann then twice misquoted McCain, who would never use the OlbySpin term that KO claimed: "escalation" [Ding!] [Ding!].

    KO, to lefty Alter, compared McCain to "a forgetful old man". Stop the tivo! Didn't Oralmann just yesterday berate Brit Hume for criticism of John Madden Murtha's smarts? Remember, it's "do as I say, not as I do" on OlbyPlanet. Keith got in two more "escalation"s [Ding!] [Ding!]. Great thanks.

    Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone, Anna Nicole Smith. In the Media Matters Minute, we called it an hour before it happened: Neal Boortz (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress); VietNam POW Sam Johnson (R) (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress); Rep Adam Putnam (R) (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo via Think Progress).

    OLBY

    There is only one dog that did not bark tonight, not for lack of examples but because this one is such a towering demonstration of Olbypocrsy and propaganda. For months Keith Olbermahn has been repeating the lie about how "any American" or "your" habeas corpus rights have been killed. Olby and the Perfessor railed incessantly about the horrible tribunals act, and how deeply unconstitutional it was. Today the courts ruled. It got not one word of coverage on The Hour of Spin.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name rocketed to #3,648 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #246. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,610 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #421 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. We said The Hour of Spin would get crushed by The Malkin Factor and Friday's ratings showed just that. The discreted sports guy ended up in a humiliating fourth place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]


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    February 19, 2007
    Colonel Allard Speaks!

    Col Ken Allard publicly announced his leaving NBC after Keith Olbermann endorsed the anti-military comments of William Arkin. Today the Colonel spoke of the circumstances of his departure and other matters with constitutional attorney and talk show host Mark Levin. We have the mp3 audio for your listening pleasure:


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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 19, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • POLITICS: Dana Milbank
    • AMERICA'S WAR OF TERROR: Michael Scheuer
    • THE GREAT LEAK CASE: Slippery Shuster

    The opening spiel: Revisionist history, poll numbers, cockroaches in Walter Reed and military officials "do not care", Anna Nicole Smith, the latest attack on Fox, plus Britney Spears. All that and less on another interminable Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    The Republican Party "slanders" critics, Democrats want to place restrictions on the authorization for war (because there have been so many times in our history when Congress has un-declared war). Quotes from Levin (D), Reid (D), clip from Reid (D). Brit Hume attacked for criticizing Murtha (D). (Flashback: Keith Olbermann was praised for saying John McCain was delusional.) People are calling John Madden Murtha's plan a "slow bleed" (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters. Multiple clips of (R)s using the phrase. Clip of G.W. Bush.

    Oralmann asked Dana Milbank, sans splashy suit, why Republicans are obsessed with "catch phrases". Like "escalation"? Or "throw under the bus"? Or "good night and good luck"? Not exactly. DM disappointed Keith: not enough votes to cut off funds or undeclare the war. KO wondered if attacking a decorated war veteran would backfire on the Republicans (Rule #1 again). He didn't ask if attacking a decorated war veteran would backfire on a slovenly political hack masquerading as a newsman. No point to it; the question would have stumped Milbank. Great thanks.

    Then the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann appropriated a literary device from his hero, William Arkin. Monkeymann spoke of America's "War of terror." Pause. Smirk. "ON terror. Sorry." After calling our troops terrorists, Olby introduced Michael Scheuer to discuss the current strength of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. To be sure, he didn't dare ask Scheuer about Clinton's missed chances to get UBL. The subject stayed on Afghanistan and Iran, areas where the two are entirely sympatico. Scheuer did get a good comment in about how we don't treat the Islamic threat seriously. When he did, it was immediately time for Great thanks.

    MADMAN

    No testimony in The Great Leak Case today, but Slippery was there with speculation about what Cheney "may have known". If Libby is convicted, "sources" say Fitzgerald may go after Cheney. If the stock market doesn't go up, it may go down. If a bullfrog had wings, it wouldn't bump its butt. Great thanks.

    "Man on Fan" Olbermann introduced oddball with a laughably ignorant phrase: "the Lexus of politics and entertainment". Do you suppose he meant "nexus"? Or maybe he was thinking of his luxury auto? Oh wait, that can't be. He bumped his head and can't drive. He says. Plus more attacks on Fox News (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress).

    #3: Walter Reed Army Medical Center (regurgitated NBC reportage). Jon Soltz of votevets.org was the impartial expert. Their website reads: "VoteVets.org, with Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, is leading the charge against the President's escalation of the war in Iraq". Oralmann brought up the "nonsense" of veterans being spat at; Soltz replied by attacking the Republican budget, and praising John Madden Murtha. Just when you thought Herr Olbermann couldn't possibly be any more biased.

    MADMAN

    #2: Anna Nicole Smith, the "reprehensible witch" Nancy Grace (for an email joke about who's the father of Anna's baby--never mind Fat Ass Olbermahn's on-air jokes, those are exempt from criticism), Prince Harry, JFK, plus Britney Spears with the creepy Michael Musto. In the Media Matters Minute, Oralmann named O'Reilly because the New York Daily News issued a correction when they understated his ratings (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser). Correcting falsehoods and replacing them with facts never goes over well on OlbyPlanet. A Republican Congressman was "worst" for something about Davy Crockett (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Fox and Republican slots: both filled.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: A Muslim cab driver ran over two infidels. Iran launches war games. Terrorists at the India-Pakistan border kill 66 people. The Brits arrest a suspect in the letter bombings Krazy Keith never reported. Olbermoronn still hasn't told us what the bloggers wrote.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name plumetted to #8,479 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #222. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,604 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #263 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. No ratings available for Friday's Countdown so we'll make them up, and they'll still be correct! The Hour of Spin lost overwhelmingly to The Michelle Malkin Factor. As it should be.


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    SPECIAL ALERT: Has the time come to shut down Olbermann Watch?

    ***SPECIAL ALERT***

    With the recent announcement that NBC Universal has signed Keith Olbermann to a new multi-million dollar, multi-year contract, the time has come to consider whether Olbermann Watch continues to serve a valuable role as a watchdog site. We may have to consider that as the most prominent and most important Keith Olbermann web site in the world, we have actually helped Keith by raising awareness of Countdown and keeping Keith's name in the public eye.

    Keith's current contract expires on March 1, 2007.

    I would ask all clear-thinking readers to consider the matter between now and then and take a moment to register your opinion in the new OlbermannWatch Poll posted in the right rail. During this difficult time, I would ask that the OlbyLoons please refrain from commenting on this post or spoofing the polling data so we can come to an accurate understanding of the views of our loyal supporters.

    Answer to previous OlbermannWatch Poll: How much is Keith Olbermann worth to MSNBC?

    7,322 answers have been submitted.

    $4 million a year sounds about right 16% (1218 votes)
    $1 million a year, his current contract, was fair 2% (177 votes)
    Keith is priceless, give him whatever he wants 51% (3769 votes)
    Keith is worthless, fire him 29% (2158 votes)

    The correct answer is Keith is worthless and should have been fired.


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    WOW Losing Steam

    After a promising start, the most important blog in the world - the one dedicated to ME!!! - has posted just once in the past 10 days. Sadly, I discovered why. The blog has been revealed as yet another pathetic attempt by the old "Gal Pals" clique to continue their long-standing campaign to silence OlbermannWatch. Longtime readers will recall that the "Gal Pals" are a group of frustrated spinsters obsessed with imagining that Keith Olbermann is expressing his love for them by wearing different color ties and blinking in Morse code before going to commercial break. Before OlbyWatch was even launched they attempted to organize a campaign at Democratic Underground, Air America Radio and elsewhere to flood OlbyWatch with troll comments and vile personal comments about me any my family. As you can see, going on year three, their campaign has worked wonders. Olbermann Watch is the number one Keith Olbermann blog in the world and our traffic is up 4,542% since we first launched the site in November 2004.

    Thanks girls! Keep up the good work!


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    February 16, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 16, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • HOUSE VOTE ON IRAQ RESOLUTION: Anne Kornblut, The Washington Post
    • IRAQ WAR FUNDING: Robert Greenwald, "Iraq For Sale" producer
    • NASCAR SCANDAL: Godwin Kelly, Daytona Beach News-Journal

    It's casual Friday on The Hour of Spin, but then Oralmann has always been casual about things like truth, fairness, and the facts. The opening spiel: the non-binding resolution "about which the President could not care less", Murtha's plan to cut funding, Republicans are "terrorists", money "squandered" in Iraq, snow, the pizza man case, Anna Nicole, Britney Spears, a cure for baldness (hey, just get a toup like Olby!), and "Bill Orally". Yep, this looks as casual as ever.

    OLBY

    The Hour of Spin proper led with the non-binding resolution, destined to "go down in the history books". It "passed easily", despite Republican "scare tactics". Clip of Virgil Goode (R), Brown-Waite (R). Herr Olbermann asked Kornbluth about the "politics of fear", and said this of the fact that only 17 Republicans voted for the resolution:

    The Republicans trying to spin this, uh, this vote today as fewer GOP lawmakers voted with the Democrats than expected

    Stop the tivo! Time for an Olbermann Reality-Check. Here is what the infamous, deplorable one himself said about the vote--twice--just yesterday:

    As many as 60 Republicans said to be intending to vote for it

    Fat Ass Olbermann, caught red-handed in his own OlbySpin. Great thanks!

    Then it was on to John Madden Murtha's attempts to bleed money from the troops, and John Boehner's opposition. KO's impartial expert for this discussion? Arianna Huffington! Keith makes this so easy. Still sounding like the illegitimate offspring of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Count Dracula, Huffy delivered all the talking points, made only slightly more palatable in that her accent made them practically indecipherable. Monkeymann mentioned Republican "ilk", and we wondered when was the last time "Man on Fan" Olbermann interviewed someone who supported sending reinforcements? Oh, let's see... Never! Great thanks.

    MADMAN

    Next, money missing or unaccounted for in Iraq. The guest expert here? Greenwald, the brilliant auteur responsible for that great achievement of American cinematic art: Xanadu. It's all "an obscenity", said the Hollywood filmmaker (no, he wasn't talking about Xanadu). Corporations shouldn't be profiting during wartime. Besides, they're thieves who are committing treason. This is routine DailyKos stuff, but Olby slurped it up like it was a bottle of his precious Merlot. Great thanks.

    Another plug for the segment where KO is going to slam Bill "Orally" for mispronouncing "Olbermann". Does anyone see the irony in this? Or the hypocrisy? Bueller? Anyone?

    #3: Snow and ice (regurgitated video from NBC), car crashes caught on tape. #2: The mall shooting (more regurgitated reportage), the collar-bomb case, Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, and...none other than Bill O'Reilly. Olby replayed some of Bill's Greatest Hits as a prelude to discussing Bill's reading part of Col. Allard's column. Here are the words Olbermahn used to describe the Colonel:

    He never had a contract with the company, and hasn't been on our air in about a year

    Compare with the statement TVNewser obtained from an anonymous NBC "spokesperson":

    Mister Allard is not under contract to NBC and hasn't appeared on our air in nearly a year.

    MADMAN

    We report, you decide.

    Fat Ass went on to claim that somehow O'Reilly didn't know the name of Olbermahn would even be in the bit he read, pretty amazing given that it was right on the screen and the teleprompter, and it was Mr Bill who selected that part of the column to read. Then the discreted sports guy suggested O'Reilly was "drunk on the air" [hey, there's The Laughing Stagehand! We've missed you, buddy!]. Yes, Krazy Keith knows O'Reilly is a teatotaler. As we said, Olbermahn is always casual with the truth. Especially when tossing around such stinkbombs is enough of a distraction that he still doesn't have to report what William Arkin wrote, which Keith embraced as "valid criticisms".

    Other than a segment on baldness, all that's left to cover is the Media Matters Minute: it was another hat-trick of hatred for Herr Olbermann. O'Reilly (again!) plus Dennis Miller (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), Sean Hannity (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), and Congressman Don Young (R) (Blue Blog Source: Crooks & Liars). Let's check and see if the slots were filled. Fox? Check. Republican? Check. Conservative? Check. Olby gets a gold star from David Brock. He can show it to Michael Musto, perhaps over a bottle of Merlot.

    OLBY

    Silent schnauzers: We are three days into Operation Law and Order and Herr Olbermann is still spiking the story. The man identified as the most corrupt member of Congress is set to assume a seat on the Homeland Security Committee. Iranian fighters are deeply enmeshed in Iraq. Olbermoronn still hasn't told us what the bloggers wrote. Over the past week Olbermann has attacked Fox, CNN, and Limbaugh/right-wing pundits nine times; Olby criticisms of MSNBC: zero. Meanwhile, his primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC seven times. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -11 [limp].

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name slipped to #5,297 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #195. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,758 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #910 there, and is now in its 19th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. On Thursday Olbermoronn could only manage a third place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".


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    TVN: Journalism at its Finest - Part XVI

    TVNewser had studiously avoided any mention of Colonel Ken Allard's smackdown of Keith Olbermann and NBC. We wondered why, and today the answer became apparent.

    HERO

    An hour ago Brian Stelter finally broke his silence--now that he has been armed with some quotes from NBC he could use to spin the story. His brief posting includes a few lines from Col Allard's column, while carefully omitting the part where Allard criticizes Keith Olbermann. (Could he be any more transparent?) An unnamed NBC source is cited as saying: "Mister" Allard was never under contract to us. ("Mister" Allard? Does that sound familiar? Any guesses on who this NBC source really is?) "Mister" Allard was only paid per appearance. (But he was paid.)

    Then Brian quotes his NBC source saying that Allard "hasn't appeared on our air in nearly a year", with no further explanation. What is he leaving out? That Col Allard had a stroke and has been recovering for most of this past year. That's why he hasn't been on the air during that time.

    Spinning the news to favor one side? Leaving out key details to hookwink the gullible? Completely ignoring the central controversy (incendiary anti-military remarks by an NBC analyst)? TVNewser doesn't just flack for Olbermann; now he's adopting his tactics.


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    Keith Kontrakt Kongrats from Laura

    On her radio program today, Laura Ingraham offered her own special congratulations to Keith on his new contract. We have an mp3 audio clip for your listening pleasure:


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    February 15, 2007
    Citing Olbermann, Ken Allard Quits NBC

    The fallout from Keith Olbermann's embrace of the sordid anti-military statements of William Arkin continues. Now one of NBC's military analysts has formally severed his relationship with the network, and cited among his reasons: the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann.

    HERO

    In his latest column for the San Antonio Express-News, retired Colonel Ken Allard, author of Warheads, decries NBC's "precipitous retreat from journalistic and ethical standards". And who shows up as one of his examples?

    Not only were no apologies given and no pink slips issued for Arkin's outburst, but on his MSNBC show last week, Keith Olberman went out of his way to defend this "valid criticism" of our military.

    Allard's closing comments:

    But sometimes the only way to show where you really stand is to vote with your feet. And so with great reluctance and best wishes to my former colleagues, with this column I am severing my 10-year relationship with NBC News.

    Our best wishes to Col Allard on his future endeavors, with our hope that he is able to continue imparting the wisdom of his experiences and insights in a venue that is more fair and balanced.


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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 15, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ AND IRAN: Dana Milbank, Washington Post national political reporter and MSNBC political analyst; Larry Johnson, fmr. deputy director of the Office of Counter Terrorism at the U.S. State Department
    • SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL: Stanley Brand, defense attorney
    • ANNA NICOLE SMITH LATEST: Michael Musto, Village Voice

    Keith Olbermann is adroit at avoiding news that contradicts his spin, and tonight he showed the agility of the Indian Rubber Man in censoring one story after another that would have exposed him for the slovenly political hack that he is. The opening spiel: "Remember Afghanistan?... President Bush finally does". More troops being sent there (how come Olby didn't call this an "escalation"?). Condi Rice, past predictions for Iraq, "comedian Rush Limbaugh" and "right-wing water carriers", Anna Nicole Smith, and some self-promotion for the new Keith Kontract. With such juicy news to crow about, you'd think there would have been a little more spring in his delivery, but tonight's spiel sounded, well, limp.

    MADMAN

    The Hour of Spin proper began by telling us how Bush "abandoned" Afghanistan and "neglected" it. Olbermann lied about the "lack of evidence against Iran" (see terriers, below) and said, by talking about Afghanistan, Bush "changed the subject". After referencing "neocons" [Ding!], KO talked about sending more troops to Afghanistan, comparing the numbers to the "escalation" [Ding!] in Iraq. Then a discussion of "the level of delusion" at the White House, plus clips of the press hectoring Tony Snow. On to the Congress debate on Iraq, John Madden Murtha, Harry Reid, Chuck Hagel, Olympia Snowe...hey, isn't every last person Olby mentioned on the same side of the issue? On OlbyPlanet, there is only one side.

    Dana Milbank, less lurid livery, suggested that they're playing games with the vote so it won't make Friday's edition of The Hour of Spin. Monkeymann's description of the White House changed from "delusional" (he has to save that for Richard McCain) to "divorced from reality", and Dana again talked about evidence against Iran (he also neatly avoided the item referenced in terriers, below). Great thanks.

    Olby introduced his next guest without, of course, saying anything about who he really is: Larry Johnson, a partisan Democrat who actually delivered a Dem weekly radio address, was the Nostradamus who, two months before 9/11, said the US had "little to fear" from terrorism or from Bin Laden. And this is Monkeymann's Great Expert! Based on this distinguished track record, how could anyone discount Larry's brilliant insights? Iran's only responsible for 8% of the fatalities. Hey, that's only 240 US soldiers. Why should that be a big deal? What, do you think murdering US servicemen is an act of war or something? Keith talked about blatant "misinformation", Larry called Condi Rice a "liar"... Really, Johnson's drivel requires no further comment. So it got Great Thanks.

    Note: There was no testimony in The Great Leak Case today. But The Great Leak Case somehow was made the #4 story. Instead of Slippery, Olby sought a different point of view by bringing in a different "expert", lobbyist and longtime Democrat attorney Stanley Brand. Of course, KO didn't note these slight details in the man's background, calling him just a "Washington defense attorney". So much for truth in packaging, but then that went out the window with Johnson. Brand's brilliant insights included: either they think they'll win or they think they'll lose; it's the latter; the defense blundered; etc. "Man on Fan" Olbermann demanded to know why Cheney hasn't been charged (oh, it might be because he has the authority to declassify, moron!). Brand opined that the reason was that they didn't have a case on Cheney. After Brand parroted Olby again about how dire things are for Libby, he got Great Thanks.

    Next up: "comedian Rush Limbaugh" for joking about Rev Barack Obama (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). KO started by lying that Rupert Murdoch admitted that he runs a "house organ" for "right-wing politicians". Then it was on to Rush, and--in a stretch, even for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann--Fox's upcoming comedy news program, which will include a sketch about Obama. Clarence Page didn't think much of that example, but he was happy to pile on Rush. Oralmann even dragged Glenn Beck into the discussion because Beck said he takes no regard of Obama's color. All this "racism" so upsetted Monkeymann that it took up an entire segment, but still not one word about the religious bigotry of those bloggers (see terriers, below). Great thanks. After that, KO devoted a few sentences to the Hardaway anti-gay statements . That's called proportionate on OlbyPlanet.

    #2: The "abuses" on American Idol, but, funny, nothing about Michael Jackson (see terriers, below). Then Mr Humility bragged about his Big New Kontract, without saying how much it was for. Plus Brittney Spears, then Anna Nicole Smith with the creepy Michael Musto. The Media Matters Minute was boring.

    OLBY

    Taciturn terriers: Monkeymann was especially adept today in spiking a number of inconvenient truths. Tonight he again pooh-poohed the notion that Iran is involved in Iraq. You'll note he took special care not to report this. After attempting to damage American Idol by hyping a website's "prediction" as a news report for two days straight, well what do you know? Turns out Michael Jackson is not going to be on the show. Did Edward R Olbermann retract his phony story? Take a guess. Even though his own network thought it was big news, Herr Olbermann took pains not to report that the wounding of the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. New developments in the six-party talks that Olby and his sock puppets insisted were doomed to failure. Olbermoronn still hasn't told us what the bloggers wrote. And we're waiting for Herr Olbermann, who slams Bill O'Reilly for comments about Iraq, to do the same to the man who called for the bombing of the holy city of Mecca. He won't, and that's why the Olbermann Manhood Quotient remains: limp.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #5,002 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #171. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,685 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #965 there, and is now in its 19th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. On Wednesday Olby & Company couldn't compete with Mr Bill's audience of nearly three million viewers. The discredited sports guy could only manage a third place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]


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    February 14, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 14, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • PRES. BUSH PRESS CONFERENCE; HOUSE DEBATE ON IRAQ: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • "AMERICAN IDOL": Maria Milito, Q104.3 radio host

    The opening spiel started right off with Keith bellowing an attack on "Mister" Bush, plus patter about Hillary Clinton, The Great Leak Case, Oliver North on "escalation" [Ding!], Anna Nicole Smith, more American Idol, baseball cards, and more. The Hour of Spin is here!

    MADMAN

    KO kicked things off by claiming Bush said he "doesn't need evidence" to take action regarding Iranian weapons in Iraq (Another Olbermann Lie, since there is plenty of evidence). Intoned Olby: "Scared yet?" Obligatory clip of the tonsorially-enhanced David Gregory. Fat Ass continued his "reporting" on the presser: Bush said "he does not really know what is going on in Iraq" (Another Olbermann Lie). Plus "Mister" Bush's humor was "strained" (not on the level of puppet theater for sure). More clips.

    Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions, agreed with Oralmann's spin. We realize this statement isn't surprising, and isn't news in any way. We report it yet again as part of our duty to chronicle the spin. Naturally, Olby had to shoehorn in the "news" that comedian Al Franken wants to run for Senate, and Howie played along, hyping comedian Franken as "very very very smart" and a real threat in the race. Great thanks.

    MADMAN

    The Great Leak Case got its usual coverage, meaning Slippery Shuster was there to paint as vivid a picture as possible of Libby's certain conviction (a la Rove's certain indictment). He rattled off the same misinterpretations as previously.

    #3 Troop morale and how "Mister" Bush "waves" it for political purposes. This led into the Big News about a comment by Oliver North that the troops he spoke to didn't think more combat soldiers were needed. (KO showed a silent clip of North speaking, an MSNBC logo at the bottom, and the image zoomed in to hide the Fox News logo.) Why is it that something said by Oliver North, and on the eeevil Fox no less, is suddenly a headline on The Hour of Spin? Well, there are two criteria. 1: He has to have said something that can be used against Bush administration policy. (Check!) And 2: Olbermann has to know about it, so that means some left-wing website has to pick it up so Olby can lift it from them. (Check! Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Bonus points if you take one sentence out of the man's comments and ignore everything else because it doesn't fit OlbySpin. (Check!) It's Olbypocrisy in its most virulent form. Never mind that "worst person" North is, according to Edward R Olbermann, a person who's been "lying for 19 years". Never mind that he said it on the eeevil FNC. If it's something that benefits OlbySpin, then bingo! All of a sudden it's reliable and makes "news" on Countdown. (The Insight Magazine rule.)

    Paul Rieckhoff was the guest expert; he was there to lobby for more benefits for veterans and troops. Oh, and Oliver North is right: the troops don't want reinforcements, and the surge won't work anyhow (see mutts below). Plus the troops are being used as "shields" by policy makers. OlbySpin accuracy rating: 100%. Then Anna Nicole Smith, Howard Stern (the radio one), and the new Topps baseball cards (is Olby still on their payroll?).

    The #1 story was American Idol, and was based on an internet rumor that Michael Jackson would be appearing on the show. "We're still waiting for confirmation" on that, bleated Olby, further flogging a dead horse that was expired when he first dealt with it yesterday. See, this whole Jackson bit is from a reality tv website that didnt "report" it, it "predicted" it. You know, like Survivor sites predict who will be voted out on the next show. This is what "Man on Fan" Olbermann is reduced to in an attempt to do something, anything, to inflate his moribund ratings.

    In the Media Matters Minute, Al Qaeda's Zawahiri was "worser" for statements about Bush. No, wait, it's not what you think. Oralmann's point was to use this as an excuse to say he's "as stupid as Bill Frist" (R). Whew! For a minute we thought Olbermoronn was suffering from temporary sanity. The "worst person" was "moron" Frank Gaffney for a Washington Times column.

    OLBY

    Muffled mutts: Krazy Keith loves Maureen Dowd. He invites her onto The Hour of Spin. When she criticizes "Mister" Bush Olby rushes to quote her on the air. So why hasn't Keithy Boy quoted from this? Maybe KO is waiting for it to appear in Insight magazine so he can call it "right-wing slime". A top Taliban leader was the target of a NATO airstrike. The markets soar to an all-time record high thanks to economic growth and low inflation. Olbermoronn still hasn't told us what the bloggers wrote, or the effect of the surge that "won't work" on Al-Sadr. And we're waiting for Herr Olbermann, who slams Bill O'Reilly for comments about Iraq, to do the same to the man who called for the bombing of the holy city of Mecca. He won't, and that's why the Olbermann Manhood Quotient remains: limp.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #5,229 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #182. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,694 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1440 there, and is now in its 19th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Tuesday Hour of Spin once again found itself on the short end of the ratings stick. Olby & Company lost to Mr Bill by four to one, coming in a weak third overall. What's worse, the infamous, deplorable one sank to a humiliating fourth place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". So how are those kontract negotiations going? Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 7 [HIGH]


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    Keith Brags About His Appeal to Women

    Today on ESPN Radio, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann talked with Dan Patrick about the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. It didn't take long for Olby to inject himself into the story, telling about the night he went out drinking with an under-21 (if published dates are to be believed) supermodel. Later the discussion turned to young women who fall for old "toads", and we have the mp3 clips for your listening pleasure:


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    February 13, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 13, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • HOUSE DEBATE ON IRAQ: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC political analyst
    • REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN 2008: Chris Cillizza, washingtonpost.com political reporter

    Olby didn't wait to inject his own spin into tonight's Countdown; he stuck it right in his hyperbolic bellowing of the opening spiel. KO asked when Dems and war GOPers "do you intend to do something". Subtle. Plus The Great Leak Case, Mitt Romney announces ("do you have any idea what he stands for?"), whom will Hollywood support, and Anna Nicole Smith. Yep, it's unmistakably The Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    The show kicked off with Oralmann again plantively asking why all this non-binding stuff. Gallup poll results and clips from the House debate: Pelosi (D), Conyers (D), Dreier (R), Blunt (R), Lantos (D), Hunter (R), Murphy (D), Burton (R) ("not on the golf course today", snarked nonpartisan Olby). It's shocking: he actually played some (R) clips--after Olbermann Watch has been exposing his unbalanced clip selection night after night. Lefty Alter was the unbiased analyst for all this, as Monkeymann preposterously asked if Republicans were "hamstringing the Democrats". (The real story about who was hamstringing whom was, of course, not reported by Keith, and can be found in "canines" below.) Alter adopted the William Arkin Keith Olbermann position on supporting troops vs the mission, but then strayed off the reservation, agreeing with the GOP that the consequences of withdrawal must be part of the debate. Keith immediately changed the subject to poll numbers, and ended up giving Alter Great Thanks.

    MADMAN

    We blasted Mr Merkle yesterday for spiking any news of the North Korean talks; that shamed him into giving it a few sentences tonight. Then it was on to The Great Leak Case, where the purpose was to spin today's testimony to make Libby look dishonest. Slippery Shuster was there to assist in that cause, and moan along with Olby that they said Libby and Cheney would testify and now they won't. Wah! Wah! (Olbermann Watch has pointed out repeatedly how Slippery has been hyping the Cheney appearance, much in the manner of how he hyped the Rove indictment.) Shuster used his vast legal expertise to note that ten years ago, Jim Guy Tucker didn't take the stand and he was convicted. Oh wow, so why bother even instructing the jury? Slippery has this one figured out too. Amazingly, Shuster, who never even bothered noting the cross-examination of prosecution witnesses, spent more time on the cross of this defense witness than he did on his direct testimony! We don't call him "Slippery" for nothing. Great thanks.

    #3: 2008 electoral politics. KO's roll call of the top three GOP candidates: "A Mormon, or someone who openly criticized Jerry Falwell and is now trying to get his support, or someone who once married his own second cousin". See? All you Olby haters? You claim Olby is biased? Yet that's the exact same type of description he uses to describe the top three Dem candidates. Isn't it? Well, isn't it?

    The formal announcement by Mitt Romney (R) was represented by a brief montage of clips, a mere fraction of the lengthy selection he ran of Hillary's announcement. KO called the GOP trio "an odd shopping list" and suggested to Cillizza they can't possibly win, because satisfying the right will lose them the middle. The Post scribe explained to Keithy Boy how pragmatism works in politics; KO brought up Richard McCain, and Cillizza said the Senator is walking a fine line between maverick and establishment. Next Oralmann turned to Giuliani: "He's one straw away from being broken". Note how every OlbyComment about every GOP candidate is a negative one. Just like he did with Hillary, Obama, and Edwards. Isn't it? Well, isn't it? Great thanks.

    Olbermann has interviewed Obama, and he had a two-day blue dress chat with Hillary after her announcement. So tonight he plugged his extensive interview with Mitt Romney to air for the next two nights on Countdown. Not! Only Democrat candidates get invited onto The Hour of Spin.

    #2: An irrelevant reference to Eisenhower's "military industrial complex" intro'd a regurgitated NBC report on Democrats appealing for funds in Hollywood. Plus speculation about American Idol (lifted from a website), O.J. Simpson; #1: Anna Nicole. In the Media Matters Minute: Duke Cunningham (R), and Joel Surnow, producer of 24, for allowing his show to depict something that is true: torture can work (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress).

    OLBY

    Quiescent canines: Oralmann has insisted that he can see the future, and sending reinforcements to Iraq will result in nothing more than a "failed bloodletting". So when this news breaks, Olby does the only thing he can: he spikes it. High-tech rifles sold to Iran are turning up in the hands of whom? Why, Iraqi terrorists. Funny how that didn't made the cut for The Hour of Spin. Hostilities among Congressional Democrats have resulted in their breaking a promise to allow Republicans to offer alternatives, yet Olby claims the it's the GOP that "hamstringing" the Dems! Only a classless hack like Citizen Keith would deliberately refuse to report on the death of a US Congressman. Olbermoronn still hasn't told us what the bloggers wrote. And if Herr Olbermann can slam Bill O'Reilly for comments about Iraq, why has he remained silent about the man who calls for the bombing of the holy city of Mecca? It's why the Olbermann Manhood Quotient remains: limp.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #3,547 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #195. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,668 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #170 there, and is now in its 19th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Monday's Hour of Spin limped behind Nancy Grace and almost got beat by Paula Zahn. Countdown's tepid third place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo", isn't what the discredited sports guy wants to see as the deadline for the Keith Kontract approaches. What's the over/under on how many days until the next Speshul Education Komment?


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    February 12, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 12, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL: John Dean, fmr. Nixon White House counsel and author of "Conservatives Without Conscience"
    • BARACK OBAMA VS. HILLARY CLINTON: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek chief White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • ANNA NICOLE SMITH LATEST: Paul F. Tompkins, VH-1's "Best Week Ever"

    The opening spiel focused on The Great Leak Case and the "16 words", Ari Fleischer the "liar", Cheney the "shadow President", Barack vs Clinton, the man who survived a nonfunctioning parachute, and, of course, Anna Nicole Smith. This Hour of Spin is going to be a bumpy ride.

    Leading off with "Mister" Cheney, Olby claimed he "dominated the trail" today. KO tossed off the key defense testimony by six reporters--that Libby had never discussed Plame with them--by suggesting it was irrelevant ("never mind that he is on trial for perjury, not the leak itself"). Heaven forbid he actually explain that the purpose of the testimony was to rebut the prosecution's theory that Libby was point man in a deliberate effort to leak that information, and as such could hardly have forgotten it. Those six witnesses rebut that claim, which is precisely why Monkeymann tossed off the importance of their testimony with no explanation other than a snarky jab. It's why we call it The Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    Instead, Fat Ass redirected the discussion to the "16 words". Um Keith, Libby isn't being charged with writing, approving, or having anything to do with the 16 words. Never mind, to Olby it's proof of another elaborite White House lie. Slippery Shuster popped up. Now what exactly did he have to say about those six reporters and the import of their testimony? All together now: Nothing! All the unreliable hack did is blather on about the 16 words, Richard Armitage, Dick Cheney, and how the White House lied. How clever. How elegant. When the day's testimony makes points that favor Libby, ignore them and change the subject! Great thanks.

    When KO's favorite criminal, felon John Dean, slithered in, Herr Olbermann (ironically) asked if it's possible Cheney "acted illegally" in declassifying information. Even the disbarred lawyer remembered that Cheney had that authority by executive order and dashed Olby's hopes. Keithy Boy got him on friendlier ground with talk about Cheney's "shadow Presidency", and the felon hoped to see the Veep "stumble" on the stand. There was more talk about "bashing the media" (initiated by the same Keith Olbermann who does exactly that just about every evening at 8:48 pm) and a good time was had by all. Great thanks to the disbarred lawyer.

    MADMAN

    #4: the new intel about Iran's weapons in Iraq. Here's a stumper for you: will Edward R Olbermann accept the photos and evidence provided by the US military, or will he side with Iran's dictator who insists none of this is true? Take your time; we know it's a tough call. OK, you know he sided with Ahmadinejad, and dragged in far-lefty Juan Cole to pooh pooh the whole notion that Iran is an enemy, that they would ever give weapons to terrorists in Iraq. For crying out loud, does every guest on Countdown have to parrot the same opinion: Olbermann's? Sheesh.

    After making a joke about his despicable slander of Albert Pujols, rather than apologizing for it (which he never did), we got the latest on Hillary and Obama but not Giuliani, Romney, or McCain. PM Howard of Australia, a country that has been a steadfast ally of the US, was bashed as trying to "shape the American agenda" of the next election because of his critical words about Obama. Olby twice emphasized that Howard's son campaigned for Bush. Aha! Clips of Hillary (D), Obama (D) and no Republicans. Immediately Quiche suggested to The Wolffe Man that Howard was simply a "proxy" for the GOP, and Wolffie praised Obama's "zinger" back at Howard, which is the type of "diplomacy" KO approves of when it involves a "right-winger down under". Olby reminisced again about "when I interviewed" Hillary, and neither mentioined the Obama statement referenced below (Dogs that did not bark). We thought there were Republicans running for President too. Must be our mistake; there was nothing in this discussion to that effect. Great thanks.

    #2: A skydiver survives despite a failed parachute (regurgitated video from The Today Show), O'Reilly mentioned at the Grammies, the heroic Dixie Chicks, and 2007 baseball cards. #1: Anna Nicole Smith. In the Media Matters Minute, Bill Donahue was deemed to be "garbage" [Olbersaurus!] and his Catholic League "notorious", because Donahue wants two religion-hating bloggers fired from the Edwards campaign. As is typical, "Man on Fan" Olbermann, rather than telling us what the bloggers wrote that was so incendiary, instead dug up a years-old quote from Donahue to change the subject to him! (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters) The spin starts here.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: For months Olbermann has delighted in speculating about how the six-party talks with Korea would fail, inviting in guests who made the same dire prediction. Today there was a breakthrough, and, with the same predictability as the law of gravity, Krazy Keith spiked the story. Other news that Olbermoronn censored: An Egyptian MP wants to nuke Israel. John Kerry insists that Iranian weapons are being transported to Iraq. Barack Obama just told every gold star family that the lives of soldiers killed in Iraq have been wasted. Oil prices fall, and revenues rise cutting the federal deficit in half. Finally, Herr Olbermann has attacked Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly for making statements about the war, such as Mr Bill's comment that Iraq should be ruled with an iron hand, Saddam-style. Yet one talk show host has gone way beyond that, advocating the bombing of the holy city of Mecca! You will note Olby has carefully avoided mentioning this, let alone handing out a "worst person" award. And you know why. Just another reason why the Olbermann Manhood Quotient remains: limp.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #3,851 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #216. (It's gotta be that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,716 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #601 there, and is now in its 19th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Oh my. On Friday The Hour of Spin finished in a humiliating fourth place both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". How long will it be until Keith's writers fire up another Speshul Education Komment? Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]


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    February 10, 2007
    Two Words That Slander Our Troops

    Keith Olbermann's biases are well known. His loathing of Fox. His Olbsession with Bill O'Reilly. His contempt for the current administration, and particularly its efforts in Iraq. The latter has sometimes taken him to the edge of respectable discourse. And while he has left indirect implications that disparage US troops, Keith Olbermann has been careful to avoid leaving fingerprints. Until now. Until the two words that end all doubt about his attitude toward our American servicemen and servicewomen.

    MADMAN

    The date: Friday, February 9, 2007. The segment: Worst Person in the World. In order to analyze the import of what Herr Olbermann said, it is helpful to hear it yourself [mp3 audio]:

    Keith's comments about Anderson Cooper are remarkable on several levels. It was less than two weeks earlier that Olby lambasted Fox for running an ad about Cooper that was nowhere near as vitriolic as his own broadside. It is not known whether Cooper's recently signed contract, reported to be quite lucrative, is Olbermann's real impetus for his denunciation. But in any case, this portion of the segment, while it sets the stage, is not our concern here.

    More to the point are Olbermann's comments on Bill O'Reilly, Col Ken Allard, and William Arkin. This last is a blogger on washingtonpost.com and a military analyst for NBC and MSNBC. Comments he has made online and in interviews have been highly controversial, to say the least. For that reason, it is important to know precisely what he said.

    On washingtonpost.com, Arkin wrote:

    I've been mulling over an NBC Nightly News report from Iraq last Friday in which a number of soldiers expressed frustration with opposition to war in the United States....

    These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President's handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect. Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform....

    We don't see very many "baby killer" epithets being thrown around these days, no one in uniform is being spit upon. So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?...

    The recent NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.

    He later added a follow-up:

    I was dead wrong in using the word mercenary to describe the American soldier today. These men and women are not fighting for money with little regard for the nation. The situation might be much worse than that: Evidently, far too many in uniform believe that they are the one true nation. They hide behind the constitution and the flag and then spew an anti-Democrat, anti-liberal, anti-journalism, anti-dissent, and anti-citizen message that reflects a certain contempt for the American people.

    Arkin next appeared in a live interview, where, among other things, he stated:

    I nowhere suggested that the troops shouldn't have the right to speak up. I merely said we shouldn't put them on such a pedestal that they are above criticism if they say stupid things!... The fact that these guys in uniform don't understand that tells me that they are badly schooled...

    Then Col William Allard, former NBC military analyst, wrote a column for the San Antonio Express News:

    As soon as they read the blog--or at least gauged popular reaction to it--I figured NBC News would lose no time firing Arkin, a colleague during our occasional television stints together as military analysts. There has long been an unwritten but well-understood policy governing outside experts appearing on TV: Hold any opinion you choose, but don't do anything to embarrass the network....

    But it is becoming increasingly apparent that Arkin won't be fired despite having gone well beyond those bounds--and not for the first time. In 2003, for example, he tried to blacklist a decorated Green Beret general as a "Christian jihadist." In 2005, he published an astonishing primer on deciphering American military code names and covert operations.

    Naturally, controversy helps boost ratings. But NBC executives now appear determined to avoid any appearance that the public is somehow being stampeded into supporting the war--by troop surges, Iranian aggression or anything else.

    When the war had broad popular support, the network relied on commentary by distinguished generals such as Barry McCaffrey, Wayne Downing and Bernard Trainor: Now that it is going badly, they simply find Arkin a convenient receptacle.

    Bill O'Reilly invited Col Allard to discuss his column on The Factor. The interview (which can be seen here) was informative and respectful. Yet Olby claimed that O'Reilly "dragged" Allard onto the air, and KO asserted Allard was a "personal friend" (never a good sign). Keith accused the "swine" O'Reilly of "forcing words" into Allard's mouth, adding that the latter had a stroke last year. Olbermann's suggestion seems to be that stroke victims are stupid: mere mental midgets who can be manipulated like a ventriloquist speaks for his dummy. (In fact, KO called O'Reilly a "ventriloquist"!) How then does Keith explain Allard's column? Of course, as the interview demonstrates, the stroke did not impair the Colonel's intelligence one iota. It did not make him simpleminded. Allard's insights, as valuable as ever, were imparted with eloquence and dignity.

    And yet, it was not enough for Keith Olbermann to imply his "personal friend" was mentally impaired as a pretext to vilify O'Reilly. As fanatics often do, he went too far. Quoting from the WPitW again, here are Keith's words on the writings of William Arkin:

    valid criticism by a military analyst

    "Valid" criticism. Not "arguable" or "debatable". Not even the weasel-word "controversial". Keith Olbermann's semantic choices are not random. He went out of his way to embrace Arkin's arguments as "valid". Cogent. Correct. True.

    With those two words, Olbermann has shown his hand. He believes it: US troops are being given "obscene amenities". They should be "grateful" that they get any respect at all despite "every rape and murder" they commit. Soldiers hold the American people "in contempt" because our troops are "badly schooled". They should count themselves lucky: after all, they are not being spat upon.

    We don't know how NBC will resolve its situation with William Arkin. But should not the same standard be applied to those who subscribe to Arkin's "reasoning", embrace it, and proclaim--on Peacock air--that it is "valid"?


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    February 9, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - February 9, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • COOKING THE BOOKS: Dana Milbank, Washington Post
    • IRAN: Philip Giraldi
    • PELOSI'S PLAME: Blame the Media
    • BILL O'REILLY: The "Bullslinger" won't speak
    • ANNA NICOLE SMITH:

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was in rare form as he bellowed the traditional opening spiel: "cooking the books" of pre-war intelligence, anatomy of a smear from the "Moonie paper", Bill O'Reilly "axed", Al Gore, and yet another story on Anna Nicole Smith.

    MADMAN

    First up of course, Douglas Feith "cooked the books" because he was critical of the murky, unclear answers the Intelligence Community came up with regarding Saddam's connections with Al-Qaeda. Olby announced a clip of Carl Levin (D) but somehow a clip of Feith came up, complete with Levin's name under it! Some tape operator is about to get fired. KO thundered that Feith "marched us off to war" (Keith's obsession that it was WMDs that marched us off to war was conveniently inoperative tonight). To salvage this fiasco, in came Dana Milbank, minus multicolored mufti. KO referenced the administration's "adversarial relationship with the truth" and whined that "nothing is going to happen". Not everyone agrees with Oralmann's spin on this, but don't worry, Milbank didn't dare express an opposing viewpoint. Fat Ass: what about all those people who say the administration acted unlawfully? Um, what about that report you just cited that finds they did not act unlawfully? That didn't come up. Great thanks.

    KO mentioned Gates's report that Iran was involved in supplying arms to insurgents, merely to ridicule it. Then he introduced Philip Giraldi (the banner spelled it "Garibaldi"), identified as from American Conservative Magazine. Very tricky. That's Pat Buchanan's isolationist publication that totally agrees with Herr Olbermann--but of course, the infamous, deplorable one didn't tell his viewers that. You know he got Great Thanks.

    Then it was off to the story of Pelosi's Plane envy, which Monkeymann blamed on the "Moonie" Washington Times. Why would anybody take that publication seriously, anyhow? Well, you might just ask the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann about that. He has used the Washington Times repeatedly as a news source; here are just a few examples:

    And not once did he mention that it was a "Moonie" paper. We really need to get an Olbypocrisy meter, but it would have to go to 11.

    Olby rattled off people who gave what he called "misinformation" on this subject, but didn't include David Gregory and Matt Lauer (so much for Olbermann's manhood). This was the cue for Craig Crawford, aka Olbermann's Brain. It was all the doing of the minority party, snickered Brain. KO relied again on Rule #1 (this is bad for Republicans). Brain chortled, sniggered, and chuckled his way through the usual empty cliches, and naturally that earned him Great Thanks.

    After oddball (including a claim that Bill O'Reilly is Joe McCarthy reincarnated--trivia question: what # attack is this?), it was 2008 politics. A.B. Stoddard (The Hill) gave an extreme-right-wing-neocon-fascist analyst. Well, it seemed that way compared to the parrots who repeat OlbySpin. Actually she was pretty down-the-middle, despite Monkeymann all but drooling to get Al Gore into the 2008 contest, and again making the story all about "Me! Me! Me!". Of course, Olby only asked about the Democrats.

    Next up, the lie that O'Reilly "repeatedly" said that kidnapped boy enjoyed his captivity. "Billo chokes on his falafel", said "Man on Fan" Olbermann. That apparently is worse than spilling Merlot in a cheap hotel room, isn't it, Limpy? Once again Fat Ass ran the same clip from the first night of kidnapping coverage, highlighting the "grotesque" comments, and nothing else. Then he was off on another rant. Same-O Same-O. Followed by James Brown, and another segment on Anna Nicole Smith.

    In the Media Matters Minute: the cartoon network (the Aquateen Boston fiasco), "tv personality Anderson Cooper" (whom he ridiculed as "an experiment in mass marketing"--gawd, what did Cooper do to rattle Olby's cage? Whatever it is, do it again!) (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser.

    MADMAN

    And the "worst person"? A classic case of Olbsession devolving into terminal dementia. It was, of course, Bill "Orally", because he dared to "drag Ken Allard" (former NBC analyst) onto the air. (What, did he have him in chains? Was he kidnapped at gunpoint?). Olby's rationale for this? Allard had a stroke last year, and O'Reilly was "trying to put words into his mouth". That, of course, makes O'Reilly a "swine" [Olbersaurus]. Note what Edward R Olbermann doesn't tell you: Bill was very complimentary to Allard for his stroke recovery, and Allard, as eloquent and well spoken as ever, thanked him for his kind words. (See for yourself.) So why is Monkeymann so worked up? Because he's losing it, and Bill has found the exact, precise chain to yank. Allard giving O'Reilly the ammunition to expose NBC just made Citizen Keith's blood pressure go that much higher. Glorious.

    OLBY

    Taciturn terriers: Once again Olbermoronn didn't bother to note that Pelosi was trying to get military flights to partisan Democrat functions. Eight insurgents killed. UK police arrested a suspect in the case of the letter bombings that Herr Olbermann never covered, and five suspects are charged in the UK beheading plot that Herr Olbermann never covered. Barack Obama's rivals are doing opposition research. And it's time for our weekly computation of Keith's masculinity. This week he attacked: Fox (7 times), CNN (2 times), Limbaugh/right-wing pundits (2 times)--pretty impressive, considering he had a 4-day week. Oh, and zero criticisms of MSNBC. Yet Olby's primary source, Media Matters, had 13 criticisms of MSNBC. This week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -13 [LIMP].

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #4,199 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #136. (It's gotta be that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,721 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #294 there, and is now in its 18th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Thursday's Countdown was a disaster; Herr Olbermann lost to every other cable news channel except CNBC (and it would have lost to them too if they hadn't been so kind as to move Howie Mandel to a later hour). The Hour of Spin limped in at fourth place both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".


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    February 8, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 8, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • 7 KEY REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE SAYING THEY BACK THE WAR DEBATE: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent
    • SPEAKER PELOSI'S PLANE CONTROVERSY: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly columnist and MSNBC political analyst

    The spiel made Anna Nicole Smith the top story of the night promising "full coverage", plus Senate Republicans, the great "distraction" of Pelosi's plane (blamed on "comedian Rush Limbaugh"), The Great Leak Case, and the maybe murderous astronaut. All that and less on this edition of The Hour of Spin.

    Just to take a stroll down memory lane, let's make note that during dozens of Countdowns that featured coverage of Ms Smith, Edward R Olbermann portrayed her as crazy, a drunk, a drug user, and made jokes about her uterus. Tonight, of course, "Man on Fan" Olbermann wasn't making with the misogynistic snark, and listened politely as his guest analogized her to Marilyn Monroe. Olby teased the plane segment: Republicans "more worried about that than worried about Americans dying in Iraq". Pretty ironic, given that Monkeymann himself was more concerned with Anna Nicole Smith than with Americans dying in Iraq.

    NAME

    Next The Great Leak Case, which also concerned Oralmann more than Americans dying in Iraq. Clip of Russert with Brian Williams regurgitated from NBC, which did not mention Russert's violation of confidentiality. Slippery Shuster showed up and actually talked about cross-examination, possibly because there wasn't any direct testimony and Olby had to have a segment. But Slippery didn't disappoint. Russert was "badgered", "ridiculed", "attacked", and even--gasp!--"interrupted" by a lawyer who "thundered". Bias, much? Amazingly, Slippery didn't go into any details about these exchanges, and instead played more of the Libby Grand Jury tapes, which weren't even part of today's testimony! And just to put the cherry on the sundae, Slippery, at KO's urging, gave a recap of the prosecution testimony in the trial thus far, witness by witness, naturally omitting the cross-examinations. You know that earned him Great Thanks.

    MADMAN

    Post oddball, the "Republican machine and possibly the Pentagon" are trying to "throw Nancy Pelosi under the bus" [Ding!]. It's all fantasy and fiction, according to Citizen Keith. But first he dealt with the debate over Iraq. Clip of Harry Reid (D), clip of Tony Snow. Then the "great distraction" of Pelosi's plane envy. KO tried to make it look like it was all the doing of the Sgt at Arms, and asserted that it's those "right-wing pundits" who are claiming Pelosi requested an "extravagant" plane.

    Stop the tivo! Right-wing pundits are saying it? Here are Matt Lauer and David Gregory this morning, neither of them "right-wing pundits":

    Clip of Pelosi (D) asserting her rights "as a woman" and blaming it all on Rumsfeld! No clips of Pelosi-Plane critics. Time for Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions. Olby's first question invoked Rule #1: It's Bad for Republicans, Because. In this case, because they'll be seen as unserious. Naturally Howie agreed (despite Lauer and Gregory, above). Great Thanks.

    #2: The maybe murderous astronaut; #1: More on that crazy, drunk, drug-using person with a funny uterus. In the Media Matters Minute, Jonah Goldberg (conservative), for a bad Iraq prediction, and for not paying off on a bet that the other party (Juan Cole) never accepted (Blue Blog Source: Wonkette).

    OLBY

    Silenced schnauzers: Once again, The Great Leak Case coverage was sanitized to protect Tim Russert. You can pore over some of these live summaries to get an idea of just how much Olby & Company left out. For all his fulminating about Da Plane, Da Plane, Olbermoronn never reported that Nancy Pelosi wanted the military to fly her not just to and from the Congress, but also to partisan Democrat events, even ones only three hours' drive away. Herr Olbermann is still protecting Jimmy Carter and John Edwards. He is loyal to his Party Leaders. Other news spiked by "Fat Ass" Olbermann: Iran threatens strikes against US interests. Scooter Libby gets support from an unexpected source. North Korea agrees to disarmament talks.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #5,504 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #156. (It's gotta be that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,737 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #216 there, and is now in its 18th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Wednesday's Countdown did better than average, coming in a decent second, though still utterly clobbered by The Factor in total viewers, and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".


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    February 7, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 7, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Topics/Guests:

    • THE GREAT LEAK CASE: Tapes reveal the secret role of Dick Cheney!
    • MORE OF THE USUAL LIMP OLBERMANN CRAP

    Sure enough, evening the opening spiel led with The Great Leak Case. The tapes are "the smoking gun" for "Dick 'Deadeye' Cheney", the Blackwater victims didn't have armored vehicles, Rupert Murdoch is eeevil, American Idol, and the astronaut arrest case. All that and more on an especially despicable Hour of Spin.

    NAME

    KO started out by saying Bush's 16 words have been "debunked", they were "lies", and he has the tapes! Well, the tapes don't prove either of those claims, but Olby played lengthy excerpts regarding The Leak. Slippery himself came on to serve up the same prosecution-oriented summaries he always delivers. He also summed up Tim Russert's "twelve minutes on direct" and, in a passing nod to fairness, actually mentioned the cross. But he did it Schuster-style: the defense "went too far", the "body language" of the jury proved that, they were "picking out words" and trying to "impeach his credibility". No, really? Not one specific exchange was described by slippery (see also: mongrels, below). Great Thanks.

    Wait! Stop the tivo! Slippery Shuster reporting on the testimony of his DC boss, Tim Russert? Isn't that a slight conflict of interest? NBC thought so, and they declared that, without any doubt, people who report to Russert will not be reporting on his testimony. Izzat so? Apparently, on MSLSD, even the most minimal standards of ethics can be dispensed with, if it helps advance the spin of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann.

    MADMAN

    When Richard Wolffe showed up, Olby impartially asked if these tapes don't "take the air out" of the administration's "credibility". And won't these tapes affect the 2008 elections? (Welcome to Wish Fulfillment Theater.) The Wolffe Man of course agreed. Oh, and John Warner committed a "flip-flop". Great thanks.

    #4: Chopper downed in Iraq: Oralmann suggested that the downing of choppers could mean the insurgents have "developed" new technology. It is beyond his comprehension that someone (Iran) might be giving to them. Blackwater contracters murdered because they didn't have armor? Regurgitated NBC video covered the latter story.

    The entirety of #3 was an attack on Rupert Murdoch and Fox. Nothing new there, but why did Olby unearth a story from almost two weeks ago, and play that card now? We'll let you figure that out. This was all about an off-hand remark by Murdoch that got big play in the usual precincts (Blue Blog Source: News Corpse). Did NewsCorp influence the Iraq war agenda? Murdoch: I don't think so; we tried... We basically supported the policy in the Middle East, but were critical of its execution. Rachel Maddow of Err America was the impartial expert called in to analyze. Olby bragged that he had a tape of the statement, but didn't play it. We'll let you figure that out too. Monkeymann: "I don't know anybody at Fox Noise" who admits they were "critical" of the policy. Hmm, let see. Alan Colmes. Shep Smith. Col David Hunt. Wesley Clark. Geraldo Rivera. That's five right there. Does that make this five Olbermann lies? Nah, we'll count it as one. Fat Ass Olbermann compared Fox News to the tobacco companies, Maddow likened them to Father Coughlin-style demagoguery, and a good time was had by all--at least all who subscribe to Herr Olbermann's most insatiable obsession.

    Then another story about the "mean" American Idol, noted by Oralmann as a Rupert Murdoch product, Snickers ads, Britney Spears, and the maybe murderous astronaut. In the Media Matters Minute, "Man on Fan" Olbermann avoided controversy (segment #3 satisfied his Fox fixation) and named three unknown civilians.

    OLBY

    Muted mongrels: Today's Great Leak Case coverage was as one-sided as ever, with the additional element that it was sanitized to protect Tim Russert. How sanitized was it? Olby & Co went into his direct testimony in great depth, but just read how badly Russert was hammered in the cross-examination (you know, the part of the testimony Slippery Shuster neglected to detail). Herr Olbermann understandably did not report on Jimmy Carter's slashing attack on--of all people--the Simon Wiesenthal Center. And not just because he shares Carter's biases, but also because he would have to explain the controversy over Jimmy's book, something he has steadfastly avoided on each and every edition of The Hour of Spin. Keith Olbermann always protects his Party, so naturally he spiked any discussion of this. Other news censored from The Hour of Spin: the Mayor of DC wants to put that city's handgun ban on hold. Another major American city has made English its official language. An Iranian television program claims Zionism comes from Nazism. Venezuela isn't keen on fighting the war on drugs. Al-Qaeda operatives caught in Afghanistan. Letter bombs in the UK.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #5,524 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #177. (That 2-for-$25 sale again!) The OlbyTome is #2,737 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #311 there, and is now in its 18th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Tuesday's Countdown used to struggle against the rerun of Deal or No Deal, which regularly dumped Olby into third or fourth (sometimes fifth) place. But to protect The Future of Television News, CNBC quietly moved Howie Mandel to an hour later and slotted a low-rated financial show in the 8:00 pm hour. So KO got second place, though The Factor audience outpolled Monkeymann by more than four to one in total viewers, and two to one in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The MisterMeter had the night off.


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    Matthews Drop F-Bomb on Imus

    It's not just about Keith over at MSNBC...

    MSNBC continues to eat away at the tattered remains of the credibility of the NBC News brand - this time as MSNBC News Anchor Chris Matthews drops the F-Bomb on the Imus in the Morning show. The Imus show is on a 5 second delay on the radio but the MNSBC broadcast goes out live so there was no bleeping of the word "fuckin'" - used in this case as an adjective not a verb. And we have the video links.

    Imus had asked Matthews about Guiliani. In the course of his typically long-winded response, Matthews said that he liked Guiliani the way he liked Ed Rendell. That they were "city guys" and that he (Matthews) was sick of these guys from the south with these "fucking ranches" (i.e., Bush).

    Here are links to the video in RealPlayer format, Windows Media, and mp3 audio, courtesy of our friends at NewsBusters.


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    February 6, 2007
    Levin on Olbermann - Part VI: Mommy Complex!

    Constitutional attorney and talk show host Mark Levin continues to keep tabs on the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Does Olby have a mommy complex? What do the emails received by Dr Levin have to say tonight? We have the audio.

    This brief update also includes a call in from our friend Ian at HotAir. Here is the mp3 file for your listening pleasure:


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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 6, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • THE SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL: The "Secret Tapes" revealed
    • ANOTHER LAME O'REILLY ATTACK: Can you guess the # of this one?
    • THE USUAL LIMP OLBERMANN CRAP

    The bellow was back as the spiel claimed "the Republicans blocked a vote" on a non-binding resolution, clip of Leahy (D), clip of Mikulski (D), a friendly fire killing in Iraq, The Great Leak Case and "strongarming the media", the latest O'Reilly attack (complete with a clip from the first day's coverage of the Hornbeck case, as we predicted), and the astronaut arrest. The Hour was spinning for sure as the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann rejoined the Countdown.

    MADMAN

    Olby started out with the non-binding resolution, and how the Secretary of Defense is "speculating" about the "escalation" [Ding!]. Dem lawmakers are looking to pass legislation, but Republicans "blocked debate". This is dangerously close to Another Olbermann Lie. The GOP agreed to debate as long as their resolution on troop funding would be considered as well. Edward R Olbermann, however, asserted that the Repubs wanted their Gregg resolution "instead" of the anti-surge measure. Wrong! They agreed to debate both. Can't this slovenly political hack tell the truth about anything? Clips: McConnell (R), Reid (D), Leahy (D), Mikulski (D), Dorgan (D), Boxer (D). Fair and balanced.

    Chris Cillizza of the Post was first in the Seat of Honor. It's not likely that any withdrawal measures can get through the Senate. Better chance for a non-binding resolution in the House. Repubs up for election in '08 could get a vote through, even in the Senate, but lanuage would probably be watered down. Great thanks.

    Next, friendly fire cockpit video obtained by the British paper The Sun. KO was so eager to show US troops making a mistake that he forgot to mention that The Sun is owned by the eeevil Murdochian Empire. This is merely fair balance for all the stories Olby runs of US troops doing good, defeating the enemy, and operating heroically. Not!

    NAME

    The Great Leak Case had a "milestone day", said Oralmann. Tapes of grand jury testimony were played. Of course this means Slippery Shuster makes another worthless appearance. Rundown of Libby saying he heard about Plame from Tim Russert. Plus Slippery Shuster's famous anonymous source (possibly the same one who broke the news to him of the Karl Rove indictment) claiming that Fizgerald is "cautious and conservative" and should have charged "criminal conspiracy" (Olbermoronn grunted at this!). Toss in some sturm-und-drang about how Cheney desclassified something without telling Condi Rice (which is his legal right) and you have a perfectly orchestrated symphony of spin. Great thanks.

    The #3 story was O'Reilly attack #150, and it's no surprise that Olby took his marching orders on this one directly from a Soros site (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). O'Reilly "blamed the abducted" teen, yet the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has dared to allow the eeevil O'Reilly to speak there, and Olby demands an apology! As predicted, Oralmann ran a clip from the first night of the coverage where Mr Bill gave some theories on the case that didn't prove out, and dragged in Catherine Crier to pile on. Olby cited a "hypothetical" (i.e. making a slur without being able to prove he's lying) about someone "repeatedly" blaming the victim, and CC of course joined right in, or she wouldn't have been there in the first place. Olbermann, more repellent than ever, cited a question Mr Bill asked about possible defenses in the case as a "peek into his soul". And the fun continued until the Great Thanks.

    Hey, Olbermoronn. There's a reason why the eeevil O'Reilly was invited to speak at the Center, and you weren't. You might ask John Walsh, who founded the Center:

    O'REILLY: Now 25 out of the 50 states would have been successful with Jessica's Law. You've watched our coverage on these judges from Ohio and Vermont.
    WALSH: It's been phenomenal.
    O'REILLY: Can you believe these judges?...
    WALSH: ...Don't realize these guys have the highest rate of recidivism of any sex offender.
    O'REILLY: How could they not realize?
    WALSH: I don't get it. But at least--you know what I said? You're doing God's work on Jessica's Law.

    But getting John Walsh onto The Hour of Spin wouldn't be your style, would it, Olbermann? Someone who might not be a sock puppet and parrot all your bilge back into your face, well you can't risk that. It might make you nauseous. You might need that barf bag, and then you'd demand to be taken to the hospital. What a dirtbag.

    Finally, Ted Haggard's conversion to a hetero, O.J. Simpson, Jeff Zucker, and the arrested astronaut. In the Media Matters Minute, Rudy Giuliani was named because he appeared on Hannity and Colmes but agreed to be interviewed only by Hannity (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser). Olbypocrisy Alert! When Robert Byrd, and Bill Clinton, and John Kerry, and John Edwards all appeared on the same show but agreed only to be interviewed by Alan Colmes, did any of them get a "worst person" nod? Answer: No! Olbermann is still the same slovenly political hack he's always been.

    Bill "Orally" also got dinged (attack #151, Blue Blog Source: TVNewser) for criticizing William Arkin, as Fat Ass repeated his outrageous lie that Bill defended Nazis. Cliff Kincaid of AIM was "worst" for stating that if a Republican had said what Joe Biden did (Obama is "clean" and "articulate") he would have gotten a whole lot more media backlash. Oralmann, in another stunningly lame analogy, claimed the President did the same thing Biden did, because Bush said Obama is "attractive" and "articulate". Of course, Monkeymann glosses over Biden's incendiary use of "clean", and completely leaves out that Biden was talking about Obama as the "first" African-American to be "clean" and "articulate", while the Prez made no such insulting suggestion. Like we said, "Man on Fan" Olbermann is a slovenly political hack.

    OLBY

    Dogs that did not bark: An Islamic school in England teaches its children that Christians are pigs--of course Herr Olbermann is not likely to report that. But when the story goes on to note that the school also tells its children that Jews are apes, that made Olby's spiking of the story a certainty. After all, it was KO himself who famously described a Jewish newsman as a "monkey". In other stories ignored on The Hour of Spin: "Foreigners" are arming Hezbollah. More threats from Iran. Finally, Herr Olbermann has said not one critical word--not even a "worst person" mention--about the NBC analyst who called US troops "mercanaries"--this from the discredited sports guy who pontificated that if you criticize others, then you must "take your own network to the same degree of task" or else you have no "manhood". Right now, Olbermoronn's manhood quotient is nonexistent. Limp, we hear.

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #2,875 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #264. (That 2-for-$25 sale again!) The OlbyTome is #2,758 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #322 there, and is now in its 18th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Monday's Countdown without Keith Olbermoronn came in a stronger second than KO usually manages (when he's not third or fourth or fifth), though The Factor was far and away the winner both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The MisterMeter had the night off.


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    A Krazy Keith Klassic: "I'm Not Politically Biased!"

    You have to hear it to believe it. And we have the mp3 audio so you can do exactly that.

    It should by all rights be The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day. It happened on ESPN radio, in between attacks on Bill O'Reilly, and just after making fun of Katie Couric. Listen as the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann tells one of the biggest lies of his sorry career:


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    February 5, 2007
    Levin on Olbermann - Part V: Update

    On his radio program today, Dr Mark Levin had a brief update on his Keith Overbite project. And we have this short clip in mp3 format for your listening pleasure:


    Note: Make sure you visit Dr Levin's site for a screenshot of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann you probably haven't seen before.

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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 5, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Topics/Guests:

    • SHOWDOWN ON THE HILL: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor
    • IRAQ WAR RESOLUTION: Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)
    • PRINCE'S SUPER BOWL HALF-TIME SHOW: Michael Musto, Village Voice

    MADMAN

    Krazy Keith was quite shocked when he woke:
    Mark Levin slammed each word that he spoke.
    He could not take the shame,
    Called in sick--pretty lame.
    Then went into the bathtub to soak.


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    February 3, 2007
    Levin on Olbermann - Part IV: Smackdown!

    MADMAN

    On Thursday, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann named constitutional attorney and talk show host Mark Levin the Worst Person in the World. On his Friday program, Mr Levin replied to Oralmann's attack. The entire first hour was a blistering response to Krazy Keith, almost certainly the most scathing, devastating denunciation of the discredited sports guy that has ever aired. And we have the audio for your listening pleasure.

    We have condensed the 60 minutes of Dr Levin's commentary into two files of about ten minutes each. In part one, Levin examines Keith's life and career, describing him as a "pervert" and a "predator" (click on the image to listen):

    In part two, Mark Levin talks about ratings, takes calls from Keith detractors and supporters, and warns Herr Olbermann about the dangers of the legal process known as "discovery":


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    February 2, 2007
    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 2, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON IRAQ: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek chief White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst; Tyler Drumheller, fmr. CIA agent and author of "On the Brink"
    • SCOOTER LIBBY TRIAL: Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

    Friday's opening spiel, bellowed with Olbermannian resonance: The National Intelligence Estimate, Iraq is "worse" than a civil war, "Mister" Bush is wrong again, Cheney is Tony Soprano, Global Warming is real, tornadoes in Florida, San Francisco's mayor, and a month's worth of oddball. As if one segment wasn't enough.

    MADMAN

    Leading The Hour of Spin proper, the NIE. The President is "demanding rewrites" for portions he doesn't agree with. Why won't that @$$%@@! White House use the NBC-approved label "civil war"? Gates "denying" that there is a "grand plan" for Iran. Keith Olbermann "denying" he is a slovenly political hack. Film at 11.

    When the Wolffe Man skulked onto the scene, Oralmann asked about the "escalation" [Ding!] and cracked that the White House must be relying on fortune cookies. Wolffie whimpered in the appropriately doom-laden key. Olby claimed the Republicans "all of a sudden" are talking filibuster in the Senate (as if they hadn't done so weeks, even months ago). Monkeymann talked about "cherry-picking", Wolffe Man sang from the same sheet of music, so there were Great Thanks.

    Then Drumheller (another OlbyParrot) stepped in. KO asked a typical question: didn't the same sort of "manipulation of intelligence" happen in the lead-up to the Iraq War? Whatever will he say? That's the least mysterious question since: Is water wet? The one-sided agit-prop continued until the ritual Great Thanks. An edited internet video of a humvee driving in Iraq filled out the rest of the first interminable block.

    Next up, global warming, according to Olbermann the cause of the tornadoes in Florida. Source? Ummm, how about Krazy Keith's rear orafice? Olby was all atwitter about "bribes" from a think tank to write studies critical of the report (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Just like A-Mess-NBC gives Fat Ass Olbermann "bribes" to slant the news every night. KO claimed AEI is "funded largely by Exxon-Mobil", and that Exxon provides "much of the funding", but that comes close to being Another Olbermann Lie. AEI only gets 17% of their income from corporations, and only a fraction of that 17% is from Exxon. Recycled video from NBC covered the Florida weather, and Keith gave Great Thanks to the tape playback machine.

    After oddball: The Great Leak Case, focusing on how it has affected "Dick Deadeye Cheney". Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann gave a Shuster-style recap of the week: all the direct testimony allegations, with none of the cross-examination. Remember that discussion yesterday that may have occured, unless it didn't? The "jaw-dropping" one? KO regurgitated that again tonight, using it as an arguing point as if it were gospel truth. The WaPo scribe compared Cheney to Tony Soprano, after all but finding Libby guilty as charged. Here's to you, Mr Robinson: Olby loves you more than you will know. Great thanks.

    #2: Olbermann Watch noted how Mr Merkle had avoided the news of the San Fran mayor (D) who was bedding his campaign manager's wife. This site scored another victory as tonight Krazy Keith relented and covered the story, though he relegated it to more recycled NBC footage. Followed by Turner Broadcasting's apology, James Brown, and oddballs of the month.

    In the Media Matters Minute, Oralmann went after the Department of Defense (Blue Blog Source: True Blue Liberal), and attacked "24" (again!) along with Cal Thomas of "Fox Noise" (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Note how, because Thomas appears on Fox for 30 minutes a week, Olbermoronn goes out of his way to connect something Thomas writes in his newspaper column to his eeevil competitor. Krazy Keith was upset that people are taking 24 seriously. Um, isn't that exactly what he did? Don't try to make sense out of it. It's OlbyLogic.

    As Edward R Olbermann famously stated, if you criticize others, then you must "take hour own network to the same degree of task" or else you have no "manhood". So we tally this week's inclusions in the worst person segment to see how Olby lived up to his own words. Fox News: 7 times. CNN: 1 time. KO's primary source (Media Matters) has cited MSNBC 8 times this week; Olbermann himself has cited MSNBC: zero times. Manhood indeed.

    OLBY

    Muted mongrels: Keith Olbermann continues to protect his party. The head of the Democrat Hispanic Caucus had an altercation with an aide to Howard Dean, lunged at him, and twice called the African-American aide "boy". But Oralmann covered up for him. Just like he never reported on the bitter internicene battle between Congressional Dems. HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton, not Hugo Rafael Chavez) intends to confiscate the profits from oil companies and their shareholders. For all the talk about the NIE, the discredited sports guy still managed to leave out any details that didn't comport with OlbySpin, like its warning about the dire consequences of troop withdrawal. Iran has begun work on more advanced uranium enrichment. A UN whistleblower is fired for exposing a fraud scheme. Finally, Herr Olbermann has said nary a word--not even a "worst person" mention--about the continuing controversy over the writer who called US troops "mercenaries".

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name stands at #3,316 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #132. (That 2-for-$25 sale again!) The OlbyTome is #2,696 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #417 there, and is in its 17th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Hour of Spin benefitted from its typical Thursday bump, managing a second place finish, but again being mercilessly clobbered by you-know-who, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]


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    February 1, 2007
    AJR Asks "Is Keith Olbermann the Future of Journalism? "

    or is he a "dagger at the heart of genuine journalism."

    It must be a good article because I can't decide if I love it or hate it.

    I love that THIS quote made it into the piece:

    Far from being the Edward R. Murrow he likes to present himself as, he's the Walter Winchell of journalism.

    I take issue with the line below - and not because it spawned just such a blog:

    The problem is that no one yet has started a watchingcoxwatcholbermann.com to sift the wheat of his truth from the chaff of his opinion.

    I had pointed Lisheron to several posts including my reply to Keith's 9/11 Rant from Ground Zero which contains links to Countdown transcripts and documentation backing up the points made in my post. Beyond that, OlbyWatch has a VERY active comments section where Olbermann fans regularly debate our posts and provide CONSTANT fact-checking.

    This next line is not only wrong but the opposite of what I told Lisheron:

    Olbermann has chosen to ignore Cox directly, but told the New York Observer that his critics are "belligerently uninformative.

    I told him how Olbermann attacked me personally...by name...on the Bob Kur Show in a joint appearance with Howie Kurtz last spring on the WTOP. He also told the Hartford Courant that he was being "persecuted" by Olbermann Watch. We were also indirectly awarded a "bronze" for Worst Person in the World when Keith gave the award to Steve Spruiell of NRO's Media Blog for words that Steve had excerpted from OlbyWatch. Olbermann has also lifted copy from my posts and aired audio copied from OlbyWatch. Keith also made some vague threats about suing me over a commenter who posted an email exchange he had with Keith into Olbermann Watch (a story that also ties back to TVNewser's Brian Stelter).

    And speaking of Brian, the anti-Stelter faction over at Media Bistro has been having a field day with the AJR piece.

    What to make of the line

    Stelter suspects that, based on Olbermann's name recognition, many more viewers are going uncounted by Nielsen.

    As a typical OlbyLoon, Stelter sees a conspiracy to undercount Olbermann's audience where a real television reporter and journalist, Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald sees cold, hard reality saying "Olbermann is a media cause célèbre and a popular flop". People have heard about Olbermann because his friends at the Television Critics Association blast his name from the pages of one major newspaper after another. His ratings do not reflect the hype because except for a handful of far-left OlbyLoons, Countdown is unwatchable.

    Speaking of conspiracy theories, Stelter goes on to say"

    I'm excited that there's someone out there not following the cues from the government the media usually follows." Whoa. That's deep dude.


    Perhaps the funniest part of the whole piece is Mark's observation that Olbermann would not speak to him and Griffin's rationalization as to why:

    Although I interviewed him for a previous AJR piece, Olbermann would not speak to this turn for himself, or about anything else, in spite of repeated requests for an interview for this article. Griffin says that maybe he doesn't want to jinx the tremendous roll he's on. Olbermann is famous for being funny that way, Griffin says.

    Yeah, right.

    It could be that or it could be that the last piece Lisheron wrote for AJR contained lines like this:

    Because of roadblocks Olbermann builds, which sometimes only he can see, it can be difficult for others to discern where creative restlessness leaves off and petulance takes root
    ESPN staffers grew tired of the "soap opera" that was Olbermann's relationship with the network
    In addition to the bluster around the studio and the sometimes withering humor, there were what some staffers considered affectations, like pipe smoking

    You don't have to be a psychotherapist to know that KO knows how to hold a grudge.


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    COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN - FEBRUARY 1, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ AND POLITICS: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • BOSTON "TERROR" FIASCO: Roger Cressey, fmr. National Security Council staff member and MSNBC terrorism analyst
    • "AMERICAN IDOL": Maria Milito, Q104.3 radio host

    The bellow was back, as Oralmann rattled off Thursday night's spiel: The President's "escalation" [Ding!] might be more than 21,000... The Great Leak Case... "The fleecing of America in Iraq"... Boston toon trouble... and American Idol, with Olby suggesting Paula Abdul is a "freak" (misogynism alert!). All that and more on The Hour of Spin.

    MADMAN

    Bush "cooked the books", because the CBO says non-combat support troops will swell the number to 30,000 or more, and they can just as easily be "killed or maimed or psychologically ruined" as any of the others (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Ace military expert Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions, was asked by KO if the administration will "catch hell for this". Always agreeable with OlbySpin, Howie agreed, and yammered about "credibility" and "dealing from the bottom of the deck". Monkeymann expressed hope that this will move Republicans away from supporting it. Huh? There are lawmakers who support the surge? You'd never know it from watching The Hour of Spin. Great thanks.

    Then Larry Korb, introduced as "from the Reagan administration", the same hoary old trick Herr Olbermann uses every time with this guy, to keep people from knowing that he is no more a Reaganite today than is David Brock. There is no truth in labeling on OlbyPlanet. Citizen Keith asked tough questions, like isn't this just going to strain, even break, the military, and won't that make it easier to "escalate" [Ding!] the conflict into Iran? Larry rattled off all the usual palaver from the Center for American Progress, a talking-points factory for the Dems. Don't hold your breath waiting for Edward R Olbermann to ever interview a supporter of sending reinforcements--or even report their words (see mongrels, below). Great thanks.

    MADMAN

    The Great Leak Case: "Jaw-dropping", "bombshell testimony" that there was a conversation about Plame between Cheney and Libby. Well, there might have been. Or maybe not. But there could have been. Unless there wasn't. Have you picked up your jaw yet? Slippery Shuster recapped developments in his own distinctive style, which means he said nothing whatsoever about any of the cross-examintion. The jury "may be thinking" that Libby lied. Or they may not. It has to be one or the other. Oh, and Dennis Hastert will resign within seven days, the NIE says nothing about uranium, and Karl Rove is going to be indicted. Dave never fails to deliver.

    After oddball, Fat Ass turned to the "Boston terrorists". KO wanted to know why Boston and not the other cities? Cressey said there was an overreaction; Olby invoked "paranoia" and blamed city officials for "at least 50% of the panic". Great thanks.

    Next the "massive fleecing of America" (regurgitated NBC video), led into with Monkeymann citing a story that senior Iraqi generals may have been involved in the Karabala killings. This report was a Fox News exclusive, but Olbermoronn just couldn't bring himself to say so. Instead, he barked that "even the Fox Noise Channel is reporting" it. See, he can insult them, mislead his viewers by not telling them that Fox broke this story, and still leech off the work of their reporters. Keith Olbermann, a real class act.

    Then: Harry Potter, Miss USA, and another shot at American Idol. In the Media Matters Minute: Bill "Orally" (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), Glenn Beck (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and Mark Levin (KO must be still smarting about this). Amazing: all three slots again are conservatives or Fox News personnel. Another hat-trick of hatred.

    OLBY

    Muted mongrels: A Democrat caught in a sex scandal? And you expect the discredited sports guy to report it? That's not news on OlbyPlanet. Just like Madame Pelosi trying to get carte blanche on military flights. Plus a bitter internicene battle between Congressional Dems. The ceasefire in the Gaza Strip has been shattered. Iran continues to be defiant in its quest for nukes. Britain is sending more troops to Afghanistan. As noted above, Krazy Keith spikes news about people supporting the President's Iraq plan, so it's no surprise that he did so again when Gen Casey announced his support for the surge and got not one word on The Hour of Spin. New developments in the UK terror plot, a plot that Olby refuses even to acknowledge. And the poll-happy Olbermann will never tell you that Americans believe that the antiwar resolution he's been pushing will embolden the enemy and hurt troop morale, by almost two to one.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name stands at #3,246 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #171. It must be that nonexistent 2-for-$25 sale. The OlbyTome is #2,688 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #716 there, and is in its 17th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Hour of Spin exhibited the usual mid-week slump, this time barely making second, but falling to third place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]


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    WOW - the Most Important Blog EVER!!!

    It's about time! Finally, an OlbyLoon has come to see the importance of a blog dedicated to ME and nothing but ME (OK, he also mentions J$ too, darnit) ! ! ! Actually this is the second such blog but imitation if the sincerest form of flattery.

    Be sure and check out the new Watching Olbermann Watch blog where you will find KO's new right-hand man (or woman), Lieutenant OlbyLoon, Jr. keeping watch on the man who is...

    ...widely recognized as running one of the most virulently right-wing presences on the internet

    He is looking for dirt on either me or KarmaBites1 (apparently in OlbyLoonLand all KO Critics are blogging from under the same "grassy knoll") so me sure to drop Lt. OlbyLoon a message at watchingolbermannwatch@gmail.com.


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