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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
We have to say it: Keith bellowed the opening spiel yet again. A graphic reading "Presidential Theater: Funding Finger-Pointing". Another graphic reads, "So Long, Gonzo?" Plus a graphic about Bush and McCain on Iraq that read "Spin Zone". Why are we focusing on the graphics? Well just yesterday Keithy blasted a graphic put up during a Sean Hannity opinion commentary (though KO of course didn't reveal that it was a commentary) as being improper. It's good to know that on Countdown, the graphics are always fair and balanced.
UPDATE (Rcox): video and transcript
The Hour of Spin proper began with Oralmann complaining that the President cited Iraqi bloggers in a speech. Yeah, because Olbermoronn never uses blogs as a source. Because we don't point out nightly the blue blogs he lifts his stuff from, right? References followed to Nixon [Ding!], Orwell [Ding!], and Watergate [Ding!]. Clips of "Mister" Bush's speech, set up with ridicule, followed by Olbermahn's rebuttals. Unctuous praise for Pelosi (D), with a lengthy clip.
Dana Milbank, shorn of showy suits, showed up to face Krazy Keith's opening salvo: Bush is "out of touch", "in denial", it's "something clinical", like Nixon [Ding!] "talking to the paintings". Dana meandered unconvincingly, Olby offered some advice to the Democrats on what arguments to make, and a good time was had by all. Greatest Thanks!
#4 was an opportunity for another Olbermahn attack on Sen Richard McCain (R). The fair and balanced graphic here read: "'Progress' and Prevarication". Quotes from McCain, clip of Bush citing Iraqi bloggers: sneeringly described as "an unimpeachable source". On OlbyPlanet, only blue blogs are unimpeachable enough for citation. Rajiv Chandrasekaran was the guest expert: the Iraq situation is "grim", though "improved" in "certain places", and "incredibly dangerous". Monkeymann quoted from Gen Barry McCaffrey about the state of Baghdad. He did not quote from the General about why setting a timeline for withdrawal is a terrible idea. Quotes are always selective on OlbyPlanet. RC said it's too early to judge the surge a success, but Oralmann changed the subject to the bloggers at Iraq the Model, a "pair of dentists". RC gave liberal Olbermann what he wanted: "Those guys are idiots". What do you know? He got Great Thanks.
#3: GonzalesGate again. "Pure politics". Graphic: "Sampson and De Lie?" And of course the guest expert was none other than Olby's favorite felon: John Dean. Monkeymann sounded positively despondent as he rattled off some of the testimony Kyle Sampson would be giving, since Kyle's statement doesn't exactly comport with OlbySpin. So he didn't even allow the disbarred lawyer to react, but changed the subject to an email that mentioned--roll of drums--Karl Rove! [Ding!] The criminal speculated about contempt of Congress and "who will blink first". Edward R Olbermann came up with a Keith Klassic regarding a witness who may take the fifth: "Is it legal?" Um, Mr Olbermann, sir, why don't you take out your copy of the constitution (unless you left it some hotel room) and look at that amendment with the 5 next to it. That just might be a clue as to its legality. The felon speculated that giving immunity would be a way around it, and then made his own preposterous comment: that the Bar Association should look at her law license if she invokes her constitutional rights. There you have it: a disbarred lawyer telling real lawyers that they should go after a lawyer for asserting a constitutional right. You just can't get that kind of "legal analysis" anywhere except on OlbyPlanet. Great thanks.
#2: Another attempt to capitalize on the success of American Idol with Tom O'Neill. Olby avoided the attacks on Simon Cowell that distinguished his radio performance today, though he did reference the show's "slim veneer of credibility". Um, just to clarify, he meant Idol, not Countdown. O'Neill made some bizarre comment about O'Reilly being terrified of Sanjaya (huh?), Keithy took it seriously and eagerly asked for more details, leaving O'Neill to flounder with "I think... I don't know..." #1: Funny internet videos. The Media Matters Minute attacked Joe Lieberman (I) (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo). What, no Fox? No Republicans? Well, the week has two more days.
Silent schnauzers: Has any alleged "journalist" ever bent so far over backward to protect a rogue state like Iran? Again the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann spiked any mention of the hostage crisis, even though it has been top-of-the-hour news on his own channel throughout the day. And here is another archetypical object lesson in Keith Oralmann's hypocrisy and bias. Flashback to October 23 of last year when the discredited sports guy delivered one of his many diatribes condemning the use of fear in advertising, particularly the image of the mushroom cloud:
And now we have this cheesy commercial--complete with images of a faked mushroom cloud, and implications of 'mass death in America.'... It may be the oldest trick in the political book: scare people into believing they are in danger..."
Then you will recall he condemned a fictional tv series. It too showed a mushroom cloud. Now another ad has started running. Scary images of Bin Laden. Ominous, doom-laden music. And, yes, the mushroom cloud. "Man on Fan" Olbermann has not said a word about this ad. Not one. Why would this be? Take a guess.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name sunk to #16,764 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #332. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #3,561 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #215 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tuesday's Hour of Spin found Herr Olbermann in third place, while the 10 pm repeat tanked, coming in a humiliating fifth place--actually losing to Donny Deutsch on CNBC! (even "Oxy-Clean" beats Deutsch)--both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]
UPDATE (Rcox): video and transcript
Watch as Dana Milbank tries to answer a "question" from Keith