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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Tonight we break from our usual format to explore a specific subject: the tangled web of connections, blue blogs, and undisclosed sources that combine to produce a Klassic Keith attack. It's almost like an investigation into money laundering, since the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will stop at nothing to hide his tracks. But first, a rundown of the rest of tonight's bilge from the discredited sports guy.
UPDATE (RCox): Transcript and Video
First Keith raised the possibility that the President knew how Tillman died days after it happened. His guest (deep blue Tod Bowers) flat out said Bush knew. In an egregiously corrupt bit of OlbySpin, Keith had cut something out of the breaking news report from AP:
White House spokesman Blain Rethmeier said Friday that a review of records turned up no indication that the president had received McChrystal's warning.
Instead of reporting the whole story, KO and his partisan guest both speculated that Bush had to know, without ever revealing that the records show otherwise. "Journalism" on OlbyPlanet. Then scandal, scandal, and...oh yes...scandal. Karl Rove. Walter Reed. The far-left "Veterans for America" described as a "veterans advocacy group". Olby said the entire administration is "politically corrupted" and nothing is as important as "the Democratic Congress". Lefty Alter slobbered in agreement.
Next, attacking Giuliani: he endorsed Kerik knowing that there were allegations that Kerik may have had mob ties. Neither Giuliani nor a supporter were invited to respond to the regurgitated NBC report or to Olby's attacks. Oddball included O'Reilly attack #171
#3 was an all-out attack on Fox, made necessary by the agreement of the Black Caucus to cosponsor a pair of debates with Fox. This must be stopped! The Blue Blog Source appears to be TVNewser, but as we shall demonstrate below, that's just a blind. Rachel Maddow of Err America was there to join Fat Ass in smearing FNC while warning Democrats to boycott Fox, repeating at least one lie from MyDD. The host of Meltdown compulsively used the phrase "Fox Noise" over and over, because every time he says it, you know, it just gets funnier!
Rounding out the longest hour in all of television: KO attacked John Boehner for mispronouncing "Tuskegee". This is the same KO who mispronounced Boehner's name! Of course he didn't mention that. After the usual celebrity crap, and before those hilarious internet videos (with attack #172), the Media Matters Minute slimed Michael Savage (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters) and Glenn Beck (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). The latter was for his criticisms of Hillary's voice ("it makes me want to kill myself"); Rev Olbermahn gestured encouragement for Beck's suicide.
Now to the subject at hand: Krazy Keith's latest attack on Fox: Olby's dogged investigative reporting and diligent sleuthing turning up yet another indictment of one of his eeevil enemies. But on OlbyPlanet nothing is as it seems.
We've been exposing Herr Olbermann's compulsive lifting from blue blogs for months. Because Keith doesn't like that sort of publicity (it militates against his claims to be "nonpartisan") he sometimes takes extraordinary steps to disguise his sources. So here's the scenario:
This poll was released on Thursday, and within hours it was being attacked on one of the bluest of blue blogs: MyDD. This particular publication has a documented history of lying about Fox, among other things, but it also sucks up to Olby, so it's no surprise that Olbermoronn would hang out there and swallow every word as gospel.
MyDD's objections to the Opinion Dynamics polls are not very specific. All they come up with is that sometimes Fox will "stick in a ridiculously loaded question". No examples are provided, but remember: Olbermann Watch had just criticized Monkeymann for ignoring the poll. So to Krazy Keith, the MyDD article is like finding a wallet on the street. If he looks hard enough, he'll come up with something he can use to try to discredit the poll.
Olbermahn, or one of his crack staff--maybe even The Laughing Stagehand--pore over the raw data and think they've hit paydirt. They're ready to run with it, but there's a catch. The footprints are going to lead right back to a hyperpartisan, dishonest blog with connections to moveon.org. So it's time to muddy the waters a bit.
"Man on Fan" Olbermann, or one of his Seacaucus toadies, looks for a compliant water-carrier, and they don't have to look very far. At 1:17 today, TVNewser suddenly publishes an article about the questions in the Fox poll. A subject that, to our knowledge, Mr Stelter has never before addressed in his "blog". TVNewser headlines: "Interesting Poll Questions", and goes on to credit "an emailer" for bringing this to his attention. The "emailer" (guess who?) bloviates about how inappropriate the questions are.
Now Olby wants it clear that while he may be picking up something from that "respected" TV news blog, he won't be a suspect in providing it to TVNewser in the first place. Here the Countdown blog comes into play. At 3:29 The News Hole does a piece on the "biased" questions in the Fox poll, and is careful to include links to suggest that the story came from somewhere else. The links go to where? MyDD? The desk of Keith Olbermann? No. They go to TVNewser. Twice.
So a story that began in a discredited blue blog goes to A-Mess-NBC and Olbermahn, they reverse leak it to another blog under strict conditions of anonymity, TVNewser obediently runs it, then Countdown picks it up from them as if they had no hand in it whatsoever. And the involvement of MyDD and the moveon crowd has been successfully obfuscated. Well, in this case, not exactly "successfully".
Quiescent canines: We don't have to tell you that, for eight days, Edward R Olbermann has spiked any news--even a passing mention--of the hostage crisis that has 15 coalition soldiers kidnapped and held hostage by Iran. We leave it up to you to determine why Keith is so desperate to cover for the mullahs in Tehran. And we remind you that while he has railed about the importance of the Geneva Convention at least a dozen times, now that there's an actual, living, breathing violation of its terms happening on the world stage, all of a sudden he says nothing. Geneva Conventions? What Geneva Conventions? Lots of scandal talk tonight, but our favorite slovenly political hack spiked this news completely. Finally, it's time for our weekly measure of Keith Olbermann's masculinity. Over the past week Olbermann has attacked Fox, CNN, and Limbaugh/right-wing pundits thirteen times; Olby has criticized MSNBC: zero times. His primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC seven times. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -26 [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name has cratered at #27,358 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #241. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #3,630 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,435 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Thursday's Hour of Spin sunk like a rock, third place overall and a humiliating fourth place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Uh oh, looks like we need another Special Education Komment. Get those writers to work! Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]
UPDATE (RCox): Transcript and Video
Keith interviews Rachel Maddow