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