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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Tonight's spielisms: The British Are Going! "Is it the end of the line for 'Mister' Bush?" The Great Leak Case, the "cockroach infested" outpatient center, the nightly Fox attack, Britney Spears, and Anna Nicole Smith. Four more years of this? Yikes.
First up: Blair to propose withdrawal of British troops from Iraq (1700 + 1500 later out of 7100). "Mister" Bush is "escalating" [Ding!] troops. OlbySpin: it will be seen as "The British are going home, why aren't we?" Fineman was asked that, and his reply: "If the British can go, why can't we?" They don't even bother to make Oralmann and his sock puppets sound different. KO hoped that this will get the Dems moving because "they've been stuck on the proverbial [Ding!] dime". Great Thanks.
Next "Man on Fan" Olbermann dealt with The Great Leak Case, and that means Slippery Shuster was there to talk about how "difficult" the case was for the defense, and how "today the prosecution got the final word". (Note to F Lee Shuster: the prosecution always gets the final word in criminal trials.) Slippery explained Libby's motive for lying (per the prosecution theory). Strangely enough, he did not even mention the defense theory that there was no motive to lie. But that's why we call him "Slippery". Great Thanks.
After a tease for a story about Richard McCain trying to "throw Rumsfeld under the bus" [Ding!], it was all about Democrats to the rescue of veterans at Walter Reed, while Republicans were "missing in action". Expert witness: Tammy Duckworth, a partisan Democrat politico [updated: The List] and favorite of the blue blogs. Rev Olbermahn pontificated about how veterans "are treated like this" after "six years of a Republican Presidency". Fat Ass Olbermann's concerns did not extent to Col Ken Allard. Great thanks.
Oddball allowed Citizen Keith to indulge his greatest of all Olbsessions: Bill O'Reilly (trivia question: how far away are we from Attack #200?). Then it was time to go after a decorated war hero: the latest battle in Olbermahn's War Against Richard McCain. McCain's crime: he criticized Rumsfeld. Herr Olbermann then twice misquoted McCain, who would never use the OlbySpin term that KO claimed: "escalation" [Ding!] [Ding!].
KO, to lefty Alter, compared McCain to "a forgetful old man". Stop the tivo! Didn't Oralmann just yesterday berate Brit Hume for criticism of John Madden Murtha's smarts? Remember, it's "do as I say, not as I do" on OlbyPlanet. Keith got in two more "escalation"s [Ding!] [Ding!]. Great thanks.
Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Sylvester Stallone, Anna Nicole Smith. In the Media Matters Minute, we called it an hour before it happened: Neal Boortz (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress); VietNam POW Sam Johnson (R) (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress); Rep Adam Putnam (R) (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo via Think Progress).
There is only one dog that did not bark tonight, not for lack of examples but because this one is such a towering demonstration of Olbypocrsy and propaganda. For months Keith Olbermahn has been repeating the lie about how "any American" or "your" habeas corpus rights have been killed. Olby and the Perfessor railed incessantly about the horrible tribunals act, and how deeply unconstitutional it was. Today the courts ruled. It got not one word of coverage on The Hour of Spin.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name rocketed to #3,648 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #246. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,610 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #421 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. We said The Hour of Spin would get crushed by The Malkin Factor and Friday's ratings showed just that. The discreted sports guy ended up in a humiliating fourth place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]