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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Another opening, another spiel: Subpoenas, executive privilege, "fired" US attorneys, Gore testifies, Imhofe "fumbles", Richard Engel in Iraq, another segment on American Idol, and more on a Tuesday Hour of Spin.
The Man with the Tan started out with a reference to Watergate [Ding!], "politicizing" prosecutors (who are political appointees), and "bullying". Nixon [Ding!] referenced! Twice! [Ding!] We aren't going to count the number of times Oralmann said "cover-up", and our bell can't take that much ringing. Clips of press hectoring Tony Snow.
Slippery Shuster returns to pour through the document dump. Few emails between late Nov and early Dec. Karl Rove mentioned in an email! Aha! Nothing about the President being told (he was out of town), but that ace scoopster Shuster revealed that Bush did do something regarding the Dept of the Interior during that same time frame. Aha Again! See! That proves Rove talked to him about the "firings". Or could have. Or did, unless he didn't. Breaking news on The Hour of Spin. Great thanks.
KO compared the White House to "used car dealers" as he introduced his impartial guest on the subject of the "scandal" [Ding!]: Sen Chuck Schumer (D). [Gaze upon The List and be amazed.] Olby's tough questions included:
Great Thanks. PS: There was no Republican lawmaker or anyone else interviewed to give the opposing point of view. Such are the rules on OlbyPlanet. Then it was back to Tony Snow again with The Wolffe Man, as Monkeymann immediately turned to Rule #1 and said the White House "painted itself into a corner", adding that the administration has given us "six years of whatever". Edward R Murrow would have been proud. KO came up with a gotcha on Snow, citing a column of his from the Clinton years. Well, he didn't really "come up with it" (Blue Blog Source: Eschaton). Wolffie declared that there is "no patience" any more among "conservative Republicans" and a good time was had by all. OlbyPlug: tomorrow the parallels of this "scandal" [Ding!] with Watergate [Ding!] will be explained by Olbermann's Felon, John Dean.
After Olbermahn went through "the list of the latest three newsmakers" that included another attack on the "far right" [Ding!], came the "far right" [Ding!] attacks on Gore and global warming. Fat Ass ridiculed James Imhofe (R) as part of the "smear campaign against Gore", and the ever-pliant Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions, was there to serve as Olbermoronn's personal dittohead. "Man on Fan" Olbermann called Imhofe's staff "venomous" (well, if anyone knows venomous, it's Herr Olbermann), and Howie pronounced Gore the "winner" of the argument. The exchange was as predictable as any that has been held on OlbyPlanet, and for that he was not Great Thanksed by Oralmann, but, oddly, Great Pleasured.
[ed. Sick of Al Gore's nonsense? Check out one of the finest documentaries ever made - The Great Global Warming Swindle. This film is a REAL example of speaking truth to power.]
#2 was an OlbyPlug for Richard Engel's special to air later tonight, followed by Anna Nicole Smith and Larry "Bud" Melman. #1: Another dissection of American Idol and a huge "scandal": an emotional audience member was invited to attend by the producers. ("She was an effin plant!" bellowed Fat Ass, approximately 34 times.) Olbermahn speaking truth to power again. In the Media Matters Minute, an attack on Sean Hannity (Blue Blog Source: Crooks & Liars). Fox and conservative slots both filled with one nomination: a twofer!
Taciturn terriers: Yesterday Keith Oralmann had a high old time ridiculing "comedian" Rush Limbaugh and chortling over how the Governator had dismissed him as "irrelevant" (minus, of course, the relevant context). But that was then, and this is now. Today, Ahnold got on the phone with the "irrelevant" Limbaugh and had an in-depth discussion of where they agree, where they disagree, and what exactly the context of "irrelevant" was all about. After all his chortling about it yesterday, how did Herr Olbermann report this today? The usual way: he didn't. And of course just two days ago liberal Keith was offering up a smorgasboard of theories about who's behind the anti-Hillary ad on YouTube, such as "someone looking to drive a wedge between Obama and Clinton", like for example "a conservative outfit". Rev Olbermann sermonized against these "viral attack ads", describing them as "almost Orwellian". Oops. No correction or even acknowledgement from Mr Humility about his peculiar speculations. Instead, Keithy proclaimed that the Obama campaign has been "vindicated", while leaving out the fact that the BlueState firm who employed the video's creator was founded by the guy who is currently Obama's Director of New Media. Funny how that detail didn't make it into Olby's script, eh? Plus there was the usual spiking of stories like conflict between the Clinton and Obama campaigns. New "surge" developments. North Koreans are near starvation.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #9,585 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #261. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #3,135 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,005 there. The Hour of Spin dipped a bit on Tuesday, and while once again Olby lost to O'Reilly by nearly three to one, he did manage second place both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]