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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
What a shocker. Keith led off the opening spiel with "GonzalesGate", bellowing about Freud, Karl Rove, the Gonzales "political purge", the (latest) Dem Iraq proposal, O.J. Simpson, Pete Rose, Richard McCain, and another American Idol "scandal". Looks like it's time to pump up the fluff and tabloid content again on The Hour of Spin.
Gonzales was the lead story, along with John Sununu (falsely described by Olby as "ultraconservative"). The AG's defense is full of holes, he's an idiot, and so forth. Clip of the AG (recycled from NBC). Comments from "Mister" Bush were "talking points" [Ding!]. Clips from the Pres presser. Clip from Sen Clinton (D), quote from Leahy (D), both anti-AG. No clips or quotes from lawmakers who are pro-AG.
KO asserted to The Wolffe Man that things have gotten "worse since the last time we spoke". For the record, that would have been 24 hours ago. Any more appearances by Wolffie and the union will demand his name be included in the credits. Wolffe Man insight: "it's the tip of the iceberg". You can tell that man is a professional writer. Never one to let a lie go unembellished, Monkeymann claimed that it's "extremely rare for even one US attorney to be dismissed during a President's term". Say what?!? Such errant nonsense is nothing new from tv's greatest propagandist. Great thanks.
#4: "Man on Fan" Olbermann continued to flog this "scandal" [Ding!] by exploring the "curious friendship" between the President and Gonzales. This time the impartial, nonpartisan expert was James Moore, the Bush's Brain guy, there to explain the most burning question on Olby's agenda: how did Gonzales get "Mister" Bush out of jury duty back in Texas? JM explained how Bush had some sort of need to find minorities so he latched on to Gonzales, who became his "legal house boy".
Stop the tivo! Calling a Hispanic attorney a house boy? Hey, you can get away with that on OlbyPlanet, as long as you serve Herr Olbermann's propaganda needs. Not taken aback for one second, Krazy Keith liked that slur so much he repeated it. Twice. Needless to say, Moore got Great Thanksed for his "insight" and "perspective".
After an attack on Giuliani (Blue Blog Source: Raw Story), the "war of words" over Iraq. But it wasn't much of a "war" on Countdown because Olbermahn only permitted one substantive clip to be shown: a lengthy diatribe from Joe Biden (D), described by nonpartisan Olby as "remarkable". KO again referenced Republican "talking points" [Ding!] and put together a bunch of short soundbites using the phrase "micromanage". Instead of being happy that Khalid Sheik Mohammed has confessed to a number of terror-related charges, Monkeymann sneered that it was "the politics of distraction". Stoddard bloviated. Great thanks.
#2: O.J. Simpson's book (regurgitated reportage from NBC), Britney Spears (story source: The National Enquirer), Pete Rose, and an attack on Sen Richard McCain (he's offering prizes on his website for the best NCAA predictions). KO insisted this conflicted with McCain's opposition to gambling on college sports. But Olbermoronn is misleading his gullible audience again. "Gambling" requires a bet: something you put at risk for the chance of a reward. Entering a free contest to get prizes is not gambling. But the truth doesn't matter on OlbyPlanet. When the Great and Powerful Olb decides you are an enemy, honesty goes out the window.
#1 was another attempt to trade on the success of American Idol, and since it included the creepy Michael Musto, there was no danger of any well-balanced viewers sticking around. It says something when two cretins spend nearly ten minutes analyzing the Seacrest-Cowell shtick as if it were holy writ, to find the "clues" that Seacrest is--snigger, snigger--gay. Hey, at least he's not a Hispanic house boy! Monkeymann's forced laughter at the creepster's gay Anderson Cooper joke was freakishly disturbing. The Media Matters Minute was a bunch of boring nonentities.
Muted mongrels: What happened to Mr McKay? Perhaps he visited this site and decided not to soil his reputation by appearing with the likes of Fat Ass. Meanwhile, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will do anything to avoid embarrassing his party, like spiking this story. After Nostradamus Keith peered into his crystal ball and said the "surge" would result in nothing but "failed bloodletting", he has carefully avoided anything about the security crackdown in Baghdad. Like the signs of progress that even the Associated Press has noted. Like the fact that Al Sadr has fled to exile. But largest muted mongrel has to be the total lack of any correction, explanation, or apology for his indefensible lie of Tuesday night. But nobody really expected better of the slovenly political hack.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #6,861 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #461. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,667 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,006 there. Tuesday night's Hour of Spin didn't do so hot, losing to Nancy Grace and coming in a weak third place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]