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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Oralmann was fired up as he bellowed the opening spiel: the AG, the President, the Congress, Patrick Fitzgerald, Tom Delay, "political dominoes falling", the "GOP in crisis", that Hillary video again, the Grand Canyon, Fredo... oh enough already. The Hour of Spin commenced.
KO led off railing about "a President" saying his staffers don't have to testify in Congress under oath. Oh, you mean just like Bill Clinton did re Janet Reno and Jack Quinn? Just two minutes in and we got references to "scandal" [Ding!] and Nixon [Ding!]. Then the "cold", "calculating" plan to "dismiss" USAs. (Actually, dismissal would hardly be required. Their terms were expiring or had already expired. But "dismiss" sounds more sinister.) Clips of Schumer (D), clip of Bush "passing the blame" and "issuing veiled threats".
Oh joy, Slippery Shuster is back! He was there to expound at length about something Karl Rove said about Carol Lam that turned out to be incorrect. Sneered Slippery: "Some Democrats are charging" that Rove is a liar and things might be "even more nefarious" than they seem. He never got around to what "some Republicans" are saying. Patrick Fitzgerald not rated very highly in emails. Olby noted Slippery was at the "scandal" [Ding!] desk and Great Thanksed him.
Next up, lefty Alter, who brought up for what seems like the 78th time Bush's drunk driving arrest. Herr Olbermann again said Bush sounded "an awfully lot like Nixon" [Ding!] and Lefty chimed in with another "Nixonian" [Ding!]. Plus "Watergate", the Saddam-9/11 "link", and a whole passel of golden oldies straight from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Greats on OlbyPlanet. Great thanks.
After another mention of the "burgeoning scandal" [Ding!], it was time to attack Tom Delay and "comedian Rush Limbaugh". It's "The GOP Divided!". Clip of Delay (R) on that far-right propaganda organ for the Republicans, The Today Show. Clip of Ahnold (also recycled from NBC). To analyze what's going on in the GOP, Oralmann called on Sullivan, who should be able to opine to Keith's satisfaction, since he endorsed John Kerry, favors tax hikes, and slams the Republicans on a regular basis. Yep, that's an OlbyPlanet "conservative". Bush has "busted" conservatism. Sullivan wordbites: Drift, chaos, losing a war, spending, dead end, disaster, intolerance. Great thanks.
After O'Reilly attack #167, the YouTube Hillary ad. Again. Andrew Rasiej, who has a website about tech and politics, speculated about whodunit and the effects of do-it-yourself internet politicking. For a visitor to OlbyPlanet, he was remarkably fair. #2: A "boy scott" found alive (taped video from NBC). Plus Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith, Heather Mills, Dancing with the Stars. #1: The Grand Canyon skywalk and the Airbus (with more regurgitated reportage).
The Media Matters Minute was notable for yet another attack on Fox "Noise", this time John Gibson again, for criticizing Neal Gabler. And as much as we'd like to point to a Blue Blog Source for this item, instead we are pleased to report that it, indirectly, shows again the power and influence of Olbermann Watch. Monkeymann's source was our own posting of Gibson's comments, which includes all the context and detail that Olbermoronn blithely omitted. Not only does Keith obsessively read Olbermann Watch, now he's frequenting johnny dollar's place as well!
Quiescent canines: Keith Oralmann has lectured people about making comparisons to Nazis: "Just don't say 'Nazi' ever again in your life. There's no place for the reference in this culture.... Stop it, stop it now, stop it for good". And Olby jumps when anyone even slightly to the right of Noam Chomsky makes a comparison of something to the Nazis. Rick Santorum. Donald Rumsfeld. "Mister" Bush. All bashed by "Man on Fan" Olbermann for Nazi comparisons. Today, a proponent of global warming, in sworn testimony, compared the White House to Nazis. Did Keithy Boy make him a "worst person"? Did he berate the man and tell him to stop? Did he even report that it happened? No, no, and no. That's how "news" is spun on OlbyPlanet. Along with spiking stories like how the "surge" is working out.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #8,158 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #439. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #3,046 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,319 there. Monday's the strongest day for The Hour of Spin, and even though Olby lost to O'Reilly by three to one, he did manage second place both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The MisterMeter had the night off.