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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Another opening, another spiel: The Brits withdraw, The Great Leak Case, "cooking the books" on terror stats, the obligatory Fox attack, Britney Spears, and Anna Nicole. All that and less on another dreary Hour of Spin.
To start things off, Oralmann reflogged yesterday's story about the Brit withdrawal of "some or all of its troops" from Iraq. Cheney. Halliburton. [Ding!] "Mister" Cheney again. Fineman talked a lot, didn't say anything except that he thinks the Brits don't trust the "competence of the American military". Why do Olby and his guests hate our troops? KO cited Blair's statement that his remaining troops will be in a support role as something that would "strengthen the hand" of Democrats (Rule #1). Great thanks.
Then Big News in The Great Leak Case: "A possible guilty verdict". (Unless it's a possible not guilty verdict. Or a possible hung jury.) To discuss "Republican spin" up popped Dana Milbank, devoid of dramatic duds. There was no discussion of "Democrat spin" of a possible not guilty verdict. Keithy Boy hypothesized about a possible post-conviction deal to "go after" Cheney. DM: "not very likely". Olby: "That mud's gotta stick somewhere". Great thanks.
Then terror stats being used to "erode civil liberties". The impartial expert was David Boies, a Democrat attorney [The List]! They're scaring the public, they're driving their agenda! Great thanks.
After oddball, it was the obligatory Fox attack, this time on the pilot they ran for a comedy news program. Another impartial guest expert: Huffington Post blogger Richard Lewis. KO talked about the ratings, noting that the "heavily promoted" program did well for its timeslot. In fact, it did well for Olby's timeslot, with at least twice as many viewers as KO gets. He claimed of the show's viewers: "most of them started to leave 11 minutes into the show". Only the stats he cited were 1. not about total viewers, and B. did not show "most" of even that subgroup leaving the show. In other words, Another Olbermann Lie.
"Man on Fan" Olbermann claimed to Lewis that you can't create comedy that's "conservative" or "liberal". (Considering Countdown, he may have a point.) Lewis didn't buy that, and changed the subject because he hadn't seen the program in question. (Neither had Fat Ass, but he was too dishonest to say so.) Lewis yakked about Limbaugh, Olby brought up Rush's prescriptions, Lewis rambled on about blacks, jews, and whatever came into his head, and a painful time was had by all. Even The Laughing Stagehand didn't chuckle, though Monkeymann's forced laughter was phonier than ever. Great thanks.
#2: Jet Blue (regurgitated), Britney Spears, #1: Anna Nicole. Media Matters Minute: O'Reilly attacked again for promoting Jessica's Law on Oprah. Oprah attacked for having him on and not grilling him (like Oralmann grills the sock puppets on The Hour of Spin?). This must really frost Olbermahn, and for that we give Oprah Great Thanks.
Muted mongrels: Despite having an actual reporter from the Post on hand, Herr Olbermann was careful to make no mention of this story. Olby gets on his high horse about Laura Ingraham etc "inciting" their "acolytes" to violence, but in this case he was silent. When Democrats erupt in a war of words, everybody covers it. Except for our favorite slovenly political hack, protecting his party once again. Citizen Keith loves to cite polls, but not this one. Then there's the alleged, purported, so-called London terror plot. And Olbermahn still spikes the news of a federal court ruling because it makes him look stupid. Or stupider. One or the other.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name plummeted to #6,764 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #254. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,638 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,459 there, and is now in its 20th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. On Tuesday the discredited sports guy just couldn't get it up to second place, finishing third again in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".