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