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