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