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