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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith Oralmann delivered the opening spiel with his usual, shall we say, ardor: Subpoenas to be issued in "GonzalesGate", the "political purge", and how much of this "scandal" can we blame on Karl Rove? Plus Hillary's war plan isn't retreatist enough, police dash-cams, Britney's rehab, and Howard Stern's American Idol campaign. Not only would this be one of the most vertigious Hours of Spin ever, but Krazy Keith would show his hand when he took a story he has been hyping for days and tonight totally spiked it. Poof! Vanished! All because it didn't come out the way he wanted. It's indisputable proof of the bias and dishonesty of Keith Oralmann.
#5: All roads lead to Karl Rove in the "plot" to "purge" attorneys not "subservient" to the White House. Olbermoronn breathlessly reported on emails where Rove inquired about what would be done with the US Attorneys (USAs): replace some, replace all, what? This email is from January 2005. Yes, that's right. The beginning of the President's term, a time when every administration makes decisions about US attorneys (though Krazy Keith didn't mention that). A time when there was no thought of firing just the eight specific USAs who are the current bone of contention. Clip of Schumer (D) against the AG; clips of the media hectoring Tony Snow.
The Olbypocrisy came thick and fast as he railed about even thinking of dismissing all 93 USAs, yet still ignoring that Bill Jefferson Clinton did just that, less one. Then Olby quoted from Deputy Sampson's recommendations, leaving out parts of each sentence that dealt with performance issues, including those parts that reference policy concerns. More doctored quotes from Herr Olbermann. But wait, there's more. He quoted an email that Carol Lam was "a real problem", adding that she was prosecuting Duke Cunningham. But that email never mentioned the Cunningham case. Olby just threw that in to boost the spin.
KO complained that some of the proposed replacements weren't nominated by lawmakers, but by--gasp!--the White House itself. Um, there is no formal nomination process for USAs, in the constitution or in the law. The Congress doesn't do it, the state's Senator doesn't do it. Guess who "nominates" USAs? Nobody! They're selected by the President. Period. From whatever recommendations or suggestions he chooses to listen to. We know because we've been through the process. Olbermahn is either a fool or a liar. And he's not a fool.
Then, armed with a clip of Leahy (D), Fat Ass bellowed about Tim Griffin, a proposed replacement for one of the positions. He's a friend of Karl Rove. Oh My Gawd! We can't have that, regardless of his resume. (The resume, of course, was not reported by slovenly political hack Olbermahn.)
We can't recall when last the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has been this repellent in his naked propagandizing. Howie Fineman railed about dismissing 93 US attorneys as if it had never happened before, because he played along with Monkeymann's censoring of US history and the actions of B.J. Clinton. So naturally "Man on Fan" Olbermann awarded him with the much-prized Great Thanks.
#4: The flogging continued, this time focusing on Karl Rove. Why did he try to get "political appointees" into the USA slots? Keith, you blasted liar, the USAs are political appointees, and have been for longer than you've been sentient, assuming you are. The Brain guy was there to play armchair psychiatrist, talking about Rove being "obsessed". Olby called it a political invasion of the USAs, and his sock-puppet lapped it up. Great thanks.
#3: Elections '08. Hillary won't withdraw all troops from Iraq, and had to backtrack a bit on homosexuality. Olby wasn't pleased about either, but Cillizza talked "complexity" and said Hillary should be more plain-spoken. Oralmann then took a few shots at Richard McCain. Great thanks.
#2: Dash-cam videos (regurgitated NBC reportage), Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, Jason Timberlake. #1: More riding on the American Idol coattails, with some sucking up to Howard Stern tossed in (Olbermoronn is still trying to get Stern on Countdown, particularly since the guy has made multiple appearances on The Factor). In the Media Matters Minute, Olby attacked some marketing association that may honor "Fox Noise" for its "fair and balanced" slogan (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser).
Taciturn terriers: This is a classic. Keith has been flogging the story of the war debate for days. Remember yesterday's endless, interminable clip of Joe Biden (D)? This has been a huge story for Krazy Keith, night after night. So today the Senate voted, and the Dem proposal crashed and burned. Guess what? KO didn't even report that the vote failed. He spiked it. Completely! Not to mention the GOP resolution that pledges no cut-off of funds that passed overwhelmingly. Just as he completely ignored the news from the detainee hearings: the transcripts, the confessions, all of which, just like the Senate vote, were top-of-the-hour news--even on A-Mess-NBC itself! And still there were other dogs that did not bark. Another Iran-Iraq connection. Democrats advised to boycott The Colbert Report. No one will be surprised that Olbermoronn never said a discouraging word, not even a "worst person" nomination, about this. And here's one poll that poll-happy Keith ain't gonna report. As for Obama, KO doesn't want to touch this.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #9,488 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #555. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #2,670 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,008 there. Wednesday night's Countdown was truly counting down, at least according to Mr Nielsen. Not only did Olby lose to Mr Bill by more than three to one (as usual), he lagged behind another "worst person in the world", Nancy Grace. And in a humiliating slap to the infamous, deplorable one, Monkeymann sunk to a miserable fourth place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]