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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith bellowed the opening spiel in his typical fashion. Gee, it led with Matthew Dowd's unfavorable comments about "Mister" Bush. What a surprise, there. Not! Plus McCain, a "special guest" who's running for President (guess which party?), Will Farrell, Britney Spears, and more. Hmm. Do you get the idea that there are still several dogs who won't be permitted to bark on OlbyPlanet?
UPDATE (RCox): Video & Transcript
Leading off The Hour of Spin: Big News. Big, BIG, BIG!! News. "Mister" Bush did not throw out an opening pitch at a baseball game today. Besides, Matthew Dowd said something critical about "Mister" Bush, and that means that Dowd's comments are suddenly headline-worthy. Then it was on to the latest attack on Richard McCain, back to Bush's non-appearance in a baseball field, and then on to Keithy's "special guest".
The latest partisan politico to be given a blue-dress interview on Countdown: none other than Joe Biden. [Who can deny the stunning indictment of Herr Olbermann that is The List?] Once again Edward R Olbermann honed in with his perspicacious, scalpel-like questioning:
Biden wiped the stain from his pants; he was not Great Thanksed, but was Pleasured.
#4: No doubt this will be where Krazy Keith gets into the outrageous story of the movie Tron and the eeevil Bush administration. Isn't that Roger Cressey on screen? Oh wait, no. This is about candidates and fund-raising. Anne Kornblut of the Washington Post bloviated in a fashion far too even-handed for OlbyPlanet. Great thanks.
The #3 story finally got around to Monkeymann's expose of the reckless Homeland Security Department and an old Disney movie. Oh wait, no it didn't. It was about a Supreme Court decision on global warming, courtesy of regurgitated video from NBC. Funny, there was another Supreme Court decision that didn't get reported. But we'll leave that for the non-barking dogs. KO thanked the unspooling tape machine.
Now we'll get Roger Cressey analyzing the crackdown on Tron? Oops, no. Instead: Will Farrell (more recycled video), Trump, Warren Beatty. #1: The greatest fools in the country, with Paul F Tompkins.
In the Media Matters Minute, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann levelled another attack on Matt Drudge (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), plus a Congressman (R) (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo). Plus we got O'Reilly attack #173 (Blue Blog Source: TVNewser). A reference to "Joe McCarthy" [Ding!] as Keitho claimed O'Reilly cut a guest's mic because "he didn't like what she was saying". He only cited the tail end of the interview, ignoring the discussion that took place in the rest of the lengthy segment. Though you'd never know it on OlbyPlanet, there is another perspective [mp3 audio]:
Dogs that did not bark (special Katy Turic edition):
The President's strongly disliked.
Olby gets so upset that he's psyched.
But his habeas rants
Are indeed biased slants.
So another court ruling gets spiked.
Olby's news judgment is so dead-on.
He spends time on where Britney has gone.
When it comes to import,
Other news just falls short.
So again no report on Iran.
Krazy Keith on Iraq has been tough.
No more money for war, it's enough.
But he won't say a word
When Obama demurred
And said threats to cut funds are a bluff!
So where was the breaking news story about the Bush administration trying to sieze all copies of Tron? The one that the Countdown staff promoted this afternoon as one of their top two stories? The one that Roger Cressey was set to expound on? The one "Man on Fan" Olbermann no doubt was ready to make into a Special Education Komment about the eeevils of "Mister" Bush? Oh that one? As we know, it was a hoax. Completely made up. But just like the wackiest far-left blogs, Monkeymann fell for it and was ready to launch into OlbyPlanet HyperboleDrive. Luckily for him, Olbermann Watch warned him off this story and another humilitating Great Moment in Journalism was avoided. But we've done our good deed for the year. The next time you're about to step in it, Fat Ass, we will not intervene.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is an impressive #30,154 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #301. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #3,944 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,283 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Oh dear. Friday'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". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED]
UPDATE (RCox): Video & Transcript