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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
It's Monday and Keith Olbermann bellowed the opening spiel: Iraq, the statue of Saddam, did the Democrats "blink" [Ding!] because they aren't willing to cut off funds for our troops in the field? Newt Gingrich says Gonzo should go, Bernard Kerik, Mitt Romney the "hunter", Richard McCain "shooting from the hip", and Don Imus. It's a Monday Hour of Spin.
UPDATED with Transcript & Video of Keith Olbermann throwing Don Imus under the bus
#5: The pulling down of the Saddam statue was a fraudulent "stunt". Anti-US demonstrations in Iraq. Democrats are starting to "blink" [Ding!] re cutting off Iraq money. Olby complained to The Wolffe Man that the President won the funding fight and asked why did they blink [Ding!] now? Wolffie said it's a way to pin the war on the Prez. Olby said the White House was using "spin" to portray a successful surge. Great thanks.
Then it was on to the obligatory attack on Richard McCain (R). He asked Milbank (without weird wardrobe) if McCain was the new Bush. DM said McCain's Iraq position is damaging his credibility, and KO ridiculed McCain's claim of progress: "Who is telling him, who is advising him 'stay that course', no matter how many facts suggest to you and others that it's a delusion?"
Stop the tivo! This is the second time Monkeymann has called this decorated POW delusional. One of the reasons he gets away with it is because he screens his guest list so tightly that even A-Mess-NBC analysts can't get on to contradict him. Example:
That was Col Jack Jacobs, who used to be a frequent Countdown guest. Seems he is a bit "delusional" too, eh Olby? Then it was time to attack Mitt Romney (R) as "foolish", plus, for good measure, Giuliani (R). Hmm. How many (D) Presidential candidates did Olbermahn ridicule. Let's see...oh, zero! Many thanks.
#4: US attorneys "scandal" [Ding!] yet again. Gonzo is "not ready" to testify, even though he asked to have his testimony moved up. That means "sooner", KO. Don't let facts get in the way of OlbySpin. Newt Gingrich thinks Gonzo should go. That "worst person" Gingrich? That's the one. Flogging news from three days ago: Goodling resigned. Too many people in the administration graduated from a University that was founded by the eeevil Pat Robertson. Savage delivered the scaaaaaaary news. KO's dumb question of the night: "Are, are we, are we now seeing the rise of a new breed of public officials who have not been exposed, not merely not to public education but to non-sectarian education?" Right. Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Franklin--they were all products of our public school system. Even Savage wouldn't wholly swallow the OlbySpin that these schools turn out a bunch of inept incompetents, but he was happy to otherwise parrot his puppet-master. Many thanks.
#3: The Great Imus Controversy, about which Oralmann has said exactly nothing on Countdown since Wednesday, when the I-Man made his racist statements. How did he deal with it tonight? Krazy Keith bragged that hasn't appeared on the show since 1998 or 1999 because he thought Imus was making inappropriate remarks. But of course he never said so. And besides, "it's not my day to run the network". Hmm. Doesn't exactly sound like there's a "worst person" award coming up, does it? For the details of the story...you guessed it! Regurgitated NBC video!!
#2: Liner sinks (more regurgitated reportage), Anna Nicole Smith, Kristen Dunst. #1: Political myths (that quickly morphed into attacks on Romney, Giuliani, and Richard McCain) with the uproarious Mo Rocca. In the Media Matters Minute, Robert Turner (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters) and Tom DeLay (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos). Both Republicans, both conservatives. What a shocker.
Dogs that did not bark: Herr Olbermann always protects his buddies in Tehran, so it's no surprise that the latest from A-jad got spiked on The Hour of Spin. Just like progress in Afghanistan. No discouraging words (or pictures) about Sen Obama are permitted on OlbyPlanet either. Scandals are big news to Monkeymann, but not when the wrongoers are Democrats.
And of course the greatest non-barking dog is "Man on Fan" Olbermann's super-hypocritical failure to hold Imus to the same standard he holds conservatives or Fox employees. After all, Fat Ass declared Neil Boortz a "racist" for what? For making fun of Cynthia McKinney and her "Brillo pad hairdo". But Imus holds two get-out-of-OlbyPlanet-free cards: he's a liberal, and he works for A-Mess-NBC. So much for Bathtub Boy's "manhood".
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is an impressive #14,681 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #252. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,568 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,376 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Friday's Hour of Spin finished in an unimpressive third place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The MisterMeter had the night off. Maybe it's going on a two-week suspension.
UPDATED with Transcript & Video
Keith Olbermann throwing Don Imus under the bus