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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith Oralmann was revved up and ready to rumble as he bellowed the opening spiel: the AG and the USAs, someone is going to take the fifth, recycled AG interview, the Tillman case, Tom DeLay "plays the Nazi card" (Special Education Komment plug), Elizabeth and John Edwards, and the Keithy internet video awards. Another Blue Monday on The Hour of Spin.
UPDATED: Special Comment Video and Transcript
#5: GonzalesGate again. Clips of anti-AG lawmakers: 3. Clips of pro-AG lawmakers: zero. Monica Goodling is going to take the fifth rather than testify; Rev Olbermahn compared that to what criminals do. Quote from Leahy (D). Email discrepancies with the AG's claims. Clips of press hectoring Not-Tony-Snow.
Next up was a smorgasboard of regurgitated video: an NBC interview with the AG. No, of course it wasn't Olbermahn doing the honors. Do you want him to get nauseous? Instead, he ran clips from the mothership so he could inter alia snipe at Gonzales's "incompetence" and suggest he's a liar--all while Gonzales wasn't there to defend himself. That's what they call "courage" on OlbyPlanet.
The Wolffe Man sauntered in to hear "Man on Fan" Olbermann compare the AG to a "7-year-old" and (Rule #1) decreeing the AG's answers to be "disastrous". Wolffie reinforced every syllable of OlbySpin: incompetence, simpleton, and more. They discussed the vote to reinstate Congressional authority to confirm USA replacements, and The Wolffe Man simpered that "the President has dug himself in". Oddly, neither mentioned that the White House is going along with this reinstatement. Great thanks.
In the #4 segment, a moved-up Special Education Komment [see APPENDIX below] (moved up presumably because nothing was important enough to bump the #1 segment on funny internet videos). It was hardly Special at all: just a few lines, and no camera pivots. Is Olbermoronn trying to lure the loons with a promise of a stemwinder but delivering just a mouse? Is it bait and switch? The trigger for all this: something DeLay said in his new book. OK, class, how many of you believe that Olby actually read Tom DeLay's new book? Bueller? Anyone? Of course he didn't (Blue Blog Source: Huffington Post). It seems Mr DeLay's crime was to make a comparison of liberals to Hitler, and...
Hey, wait a minute! Stop the tivo! Did we hear that right? Olbermahn objecting to Nazi comparisons? You mean like Dick Durbin's (D)? Well no, that never got reported on Countdown. But Herr Olbermann is in a great position to decry Nazi comparisons. To wit:
Yeah, you're the one to bloviate about people making the Nazi comparison. Aren't you, Mister Olbermahn, sir?
#3: The Pat Tillman controversy. Far-left Soltz made a return visit to OlbyPlanet in order to hammer Rumsfeld, Bush, and anyone else in sight with an (R) after his name. Oralmann asked a tough question: is all this eeevil stuff something new with this administration? Wow, a real stumper. Of course it is! And just to prove it, Soltz expounded on the firing of attorneys. A typical Countdown exchange between one slovenly political hack and another.
#2: The Edwards family on the campaign trail (regurgitated from NBC). Plus Anna Nicole Smith, Britney Spears, Harry Potter. #1: Funny internet videos (including O'Reilly Attack #169). In the Media Matters Minute, "comedian Rush Limbaugh (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Supposedly Rush said the decision to reveal Mrs Edwards's cancer was to "jump-start" the campaign. The trolls that Olby laughingly calls his staff are getting sloppy. What Limbaugh said was that telling Politico.com that he would be suspending his campaign might have been done to increase awareness of the press conference and jump-start his campaign. Not the same thing, Olbermoronn. What's more, Rush said that back on March 22, and Keithy already gave him a WPitW for that! Looks like the Kos Kidz who write Countdown didn't read very carefully. They took a back reference to the March 22 comment and thought it was something new, and of course Krazy Keith never fact-checks anything. Har. There was also a bit about the 9/11 remains (Blue Blog Source: Crooks & Liars) which Olbermoronn was able to twist into a smear against Giuliani (R). What a surprise.
Dogs that did not bark: Oralmann was too busy sermonizing about Tom DeLay, so he naturally couldn't report that an aide to Sen Webb (D) was pinched carrying a loaded shooting iron into the Capitol. And you know he will continue to spike any mention of the latest outrages from his buddies in Tehran. New developments re the maker of the YouTube ad, but they are not the kind Monkeymann is likely to report. More Taliban killed. The Iraq Vice-President speaks out on redeployment. And Tony Snow went into surgery today. Edward R Olbermann couldn't care less.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name sunk to #12,086 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #475. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #3,538 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,009 there. On Friday Krazy Keith lost overwhelmingly to Mr Bill. Herr Oralmann finished in third place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The MisterMeter had the night off.
APPENDIX: Keith's Latest Speshul Education Komment
The quote, with the context sucked out from around it, is astonishing.
In a new book, former Republican leader of the House Tom DeLay writes:
"Liberals have finally joined the ranks of scoundrels like Hitler."
But, restore the context, as with anything else, and you change the meaning of any quote.
In this case, you make it worse.
Mr. DeLay is comparing how he's been treated to how the world was treated by Hitler and the Nazis.
The book is called "No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight."
It has been officially out for nearly two weeks, and it has not cracked The New York Times top 30.
So the fact of this one quotation, first noted only last week by The Jewish Daily Forward, could have easily slipped through the cracks.
But even though nobody seems to be reading his book, Mr. DeLay is nonetheless referring to what he calls a lie -- the accusation that he violated campaign-finance laws in Texas, for which he was indicted.
And on page 156 he writes:
I believe it was Adolf Hitler who first acknowledged that the big lie ...
Look, stop right there, Mr. DeLay.
If you're going to throw around Hitler's name, research the reference, huh?
As suggested on The Huffington Post, we have many useful Internet search engines now.
If you type in "Big Lie, Hitler" into the one called "Google," you get 1,320,000 results.
I believe it was Adolf Hitler who first acknowledged that the big lie is more effective than the little lie, because the big lie is so audacious, such an astonishing immorality, that people have a hard time believing anyone would say it if it wasn't true.
You know, the big lie -- like the Holocaust never happened or dark-skinned people are less intelligent than light-skinned people. Well, by charging this big lie about money laundering, liberals have finally joined the ranks of scoundrels like Hitler.
[Eye roll, shoulder shrug]
OK, where do we start here?
Let's try the gentlest interpretation.
Mr. DeLay believes that the accusation that he violated Texas campaign finance laws is on some kind of par with claims that light-skinned people are more intelligent than dark-skinned people.
Now that's the gentlest one.
The somewhat less kind interpretation?
He's equating anybody, charging him -- just him -- with anything, even if it were a lie, with the Nazis.
Just by going after Tom DeLay, you are like that old "scoundrel" Hitler.
So Tom DeLay is as important as -- what? -- democracy in 1930s Germany?
Poland in 1939?
The Jewish people?
So Mr. DeLay, go back to your Google and type in the name "Tom DeLay" and the phrase "Delusions of Grandeur."
And you get 11,500 results.
Alert readers will note the line "[No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight] has been officially out for nearly two weeks, and it has not cracked The New York Times top 30" and recall how Keith and his OlbyLoon pals sought to spin Olbermann's failure to make The New York Times bestsellers list as some sort of accomplishment.
The "Top 30"? "nearly two weeks"?
Like all self-serving Olbermann propaganda one has to know the background, know the truth and be able to parse through OlbySpin. Let's give it a try here:
The book bearing Olbermann's name was released (famously) on September 11, 2006 and was listed by the Times as "also selling" (as opposed to actually being on the "Best Sellers" list) on October 1, 2006. The book was ranked #18 for a week and then disappeared the next week. It never cracked into the New York Times Best Sellers List which is the Top 15 books being sold at a relative handful of bookstores around the country. Since Keith never made the Times' best sellers list he is reduced to claiming the book was in the "Top 30" even though the Times does not publish a "Top 30". He then goes on to "dis" Delay's book because it did not make Keith's made up "Top 30" list and notes (as if it should have made the list by now) even though it has been out for "nearly two weeks".
But OlbySpin is more subtle than that. Not only is Keith oh-so-subtly reminding viewers that "hey...my book was in the "Top 30" (as if that means something profound) but acting as if he is making an "apples to apples" comparison between The Worst Person in the World: And 202 Strong Contendersand No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight. Of course, he is not.
No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight was released on March 14, 2007 so the book is not even eligible to be on The New York Times best seller list (or even on the so-called "Top 30" list) until this coming Sunday. Typically, publishers get a heads up on Wednesday before if one of their books is going to be on the list so they can...wait for it...take out ads in the Sunday Times!
To recap, there is no such thing as the "New York Times Top 30 list", Keith never made it on to the New York Times Best Sellers list, his book spent one week at #18, 3 spots shy of cracking the list, Delay's book is only this week eligible to be on the list, if he is on the list no one will know that until Wednesday.
Now, I have no idea whether Delay's book will be on the Times's best seller list (or even in the so-called "Top 30). I do not care in the least. But I do know that Keith is providing a great example of what NBC now believes constitutes good journalism - talk fast enough to people too dumb to care and maybe some of them will believe you.
UPDATE (RCox): transcript to the Monday show
UPDATE (RCox): Video of Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on Tom Delay