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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel was like the good old days again: the President is "holding the troops hostage", GonzoGate, the Don I-Mess with Big Breaking News, and who's the Daddy? All that and less, on a Tuesday Hour of Spin. Pretty routine stuff, but our special I-Man edition of "dogs that did not bark" will make it all worthwhile.
UPDATE: Transcript & Video of Keith Olbermann "avoiding" comment on Don Imus controversy
#5: "Mister" Bush's latest "propaganda campaign": "rhetoric" that tries to "foist" blame on a Congress that won't "rubber stamp" his requests. There's nothing tendentious about Olby's phraseology, is there? "Bush logic" about the "escalation" [Ding!] is "bluster" and a "house of cards". Clips of Bush (R), Reid (D), the latter by sheerest coincidence also using the phrase "rubber stamp". Olby and the Dems, singing from the same sheet of music.
Oralmann asked Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions and Imus defender, isn't it true "this makes no sense"? Guess his answer. Bush is "divisive", Dems are "emboldened", 9/11 rhetoric is "psychology", they're in a "bunker mentality". Great thanks.
#4: How the "escalation" [Ding!] hurts the troops. Longer rotations, earlier rotations, more deployments...made to order for another dose of Reickhoff anti-administration rhetoric. We're "driving our military in the ground", "to the point of exhaustion". Because things weren't going well when he was there, that means they can't possibly be going any better now. Bathtub Boy claimed it's all a ruse to keep troops there "indefinitely". His sock-puppet's predictable response: "Sure. Absolutely." Isn't he really "holding the troops hostage?" "Absolutely." Thanks for your time. Absolutely.
#3: The Imus controversy might not end with his suspension. Olby was teasing Big Breaking News on this front and finally it came: some sponsors are opting out. Clips from the Today show. Clips from the athletes' presser. To his credit, KO read critical statements from Ron Allen, NBC correspondent, and Al Roker, but was careful to note they don't necessarily reflect OlbyOpinion. My, was Edward R Olbermann straight-laced, prim, and proper. He's going to withhold comment, at the request of "friends in management". That story seems to have evolved a bit from a few hours ago when he was withholding comment to leave it all up to the athletes to decide.
#2: New subpoenas in Gonzo Gate (taped report courtesy of Slippery Shuster--snigger, "he said stonewall", snigger). Great thanks. Plus Girls Gone Wild (with video clips), Paris Hilton, Johnny Cash's former home. #1: Anna Nicole Smith and her baby.
In the Media Matters Minute, Glenn Beck (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and a combo award for Sean Hannity and Richard McCain (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters) regarding the murky claim that a reporter was laughing or heckling or something at McCain's press conference. This was an elegant bit of Olbfuscation that claimed nobody backed up this story whie neatly omitting the fact that some independent press reports did report exactly that sort of laughing.
The winner: Jim Gibbons (R) (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo). KO ridiculed the Guv for supposedly claiming that Democrats were paying to have negative stories written about him. Since Olby only reads the blue blogs, and even there not very closely, he didn't bother to note that the Governor went on to say: "I don't give it any credence". No point including that in an Olby attack. It just spoils the whole thing.
Dogs That Did Not Bark: Special I-Man Edition!
Since beginning Countdown on A-Mess-NBC, the same channel that broadcasts Imus every weekday morning, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has been absolutely silent. Never once has he called out in his "worst person" segment anything that Imus has said, even as Olby's primary source, Media Matters, has chronicled these excesses over and over again. We now know that "Man on Fan" Olbermann has been deliberately covering for Imus. He has been well aware of the antics of Imus and his cohorts, but has purposefully chosen to give them all a free pass, a years-long get-out-of-OlbyPlanet-free card. So what are some of these antics that Imus pulled during the Countdown era, antics for which Oralmann has served as his protector and enabler? Here are just a few:
All of these incidents, and more, have been covered up by Herr Olbermann, one of the "compromises" he made to sign a new contract with A-Mess-NBC. There's no question what the Olbermann Manhood Quotient is: [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name rocketed to #8,9141 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #250. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,614 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #856 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. There is weeping and gnashing of teeth on OlbyPlanet. Monday's Hour of Spin ended up in a humilitating, miserable fourth place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED]
UPDATE: Transcript & Video
Keith Olbermann "avoiding" comment on Don Imus controversy