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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
What an opening spiel! There was just too much Big News even for one Hour of Spin. Don Imus Fired! Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton react! Rush Limbaugh called Obama "Halfrican-American". Where's the outrage?!? The Racist Right! Plus Big American Idol News! Whew! If you think it's exhausting just typing all these breathless headlines, just wait to see how tired you get of Krazy Keith trotting out a classic example of Olbypocrisy over and over.
Update: Transcript & Video
#5: Imus was fired not because advertisers were pulling out, but because the people at A-Mess-NBC didn't like him. That didn't stop Gregory, Russert, Fineman, and a fistful of others from going on Imus's show week after week, though. Did it? Capus, sporting the unshaven stoner look, heard Oralmann talking about how Imus made him "shudder" so many times. But of course we know that Olby was covering for Imus, so he held his silence all this time. Because he doesn't attack people at NBC. Oh wait, it's because he was leaving it up to the athletes to decide. No, strike that. Because management asked him to. Whatever. Anyhow, now that the I-Man is no longer an employee of A-Mess-NBC, Edward R Olbermann doesn't have to cover for him any more. Of course the dismissal was all about principle and the feelings of the A-Mess-NBC "team", not all the sponsors who dropped out. Of course.
Next up, Jesse Jackson. This is a "victory for public decency". So A-Mess-NBC has been indecent for all these years? Maybe Jesse's been reading Olbermann Watch! The Rev actually referenced the coarseness in popular music, which is more extreme than what got Imus fired. Then Herr Olbermann steered the topic to one of his oldies but goodies: Right-wing hate! Neil Boortz made fun of Cynthia McKinney's appearance. Why no outrage about him? Maybe because he wasn't getting three hours of NBC News airtime every day? Ya think? What's more, Olby regurgitated for the fourth time the "racist" comment by Rush re Obama: "Halfrican-American".
Stop the tivo! Just why is it that this particular Limbaugh comment is so horrendous that it must be repeatedly condemned by Monkeymann? What about Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Keith? What about their skit where they call Sen Obama: "Half-Black"? Limbaugh is an evil racist, but Stewart and the Daily Show gang never get one word of criticism from you. Where's your manhood, Olbermahn? Are you afraid to go after a liberal (Stewart) but ready to pile on an easy target like Limbaugh? Could this be Olbypocrisy? Is the Pope Catholic?
"Man on Fan" Olbermann bragged that he criticized Imus "behind the scenes" ("I can say that now"). Bwahaahaaahaaa. Since Jackson didn't take Olby's Limbaugh bait, Krazy Keith just went back and asked the question again. OK, so we'll just ask the question again of Bathtub Boy: What about Jon Stewart's Daily Show, Keith? What about their skit where they call Sen Obama: "Half-Black"? Limbaugh is an evil racist, but Stewart and the Daily Show gang never get one word of criticism from you. Where's your manhood, Olbermahn? Are you afraid to go after a liberal (Stewart) but ready to pile on an easy target like Limbaugh? Could this be Olbypocrisy? Does a bear pee in the woods?
Still the Reverend refused to be derailed and brought the topic right back to A-Mess-NBC yet again. The old divert and distract: Olby couldn't quite pull it off, could he?
#4: Vivian Stringer interview. Olby asked a question and she was off and running. He barely spoke thereafter. Great thanks.
#3: After promising updates on Imus's radio future through the rest of the hour, it was on to the search for a "war czar". "Mister" Bush's "failures", the "proverbial [Ding!] smell test", and administration denials. Olby asked The Wolffe Man is "Mister" Bush no longer Commander in Chief? Wolffie simpered in his usual obsequious fashion. Great thanks.
#2: Fat Ass dubiously took credit for debunking the story about Bush almost exploding at the hydrogen tank of a hybrid car. #1: American Idol. Again. Monkeymann teased this over and over as "sagging" and "plummeting" in the ratings; the truth is far less dramatic, but when has truth ever mattered to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann?
In the Media Matters Minute, Dick Morris was a runner-up (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). But of course the winner reflected Keith's undying, unquenchable Olbsession: Mr Bill himself (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). His crime? Speaking out against the killing of two teenagers by a criminal illegal alien, and speaking out against the killing of children in a fire by a city that didn't properly crack down on slumlords. On OlbyPlanet this is "exploiting" people for a "twisted political agenda". What's the matter, Bathtub Boy? Are you afraid Mr Bill might actually do some good? Get some laws passed? Save a few lives? Would you really rather have more people killed and murdered than let the eeevil O'Reilly succeed? Talk about twisted.
Muted mongrels: As always, Herr Olbermann's reporting is selective. Like how he spiked the blunt comments by Sec Hastings about leaks from the Pentagon. Keithy's reportage of the "so-called war on terror" (yes, that's really what he calls it--just like Al-Jazeera) means that he'll even avoid stories that make Al Qaeda look bad. In much the same manner, Olby never fails to protect his buddies in Tehran, no matter what. Note how deftly he avoided any mention of Fred Thompson's cancer, not to mention positive new developments regarding Tony Snow's illness. And while John McCain gave a major foreign policy address today, on OlbyPlanet it never happened.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is a stupdendous #19,072 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #282. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,676 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,009 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Alas, poor Olby. What happened to his "lock" on (a poor) second place? On Tuesday the best he could manage was third place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]
Update: Transcript & Video
Keith Olbermann interviews Steve Capus, Jesse Jackson and Vivian Stringer in one of his mos sick-making performances of all time. Caution: air sickness bag advised.