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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
A Thursday opening spiel bellowed in Olby's trademark hyperventilating style: Don Imus fired again, is his career over, will others restrain themselves; Iraq cafeteria bombed; GonzoGate "missing" emails and the White House "excuse"; plus another attack on Richard McCain and more American Idol. Prepare yourself for an Hour of Spin for the record books, and for our special Gibbons edition of Dogs That Did Not Bark. Woof!
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
#5: Oralmann led off with the hot story of the night: the MSNBC Scandal. No no, he didn't call it that. Krazy Keith tosses the S-word around like confetti at a parade, as long as he's talking about his "enemies". But we know better, and from now on it is the MSNBC Scandal. One thing was suddenly made apparent. As Olbermahn read off a list of Imus crimes (he "reduced women staffers to tears"--note, see Suzy Kolber) anyone would have known that the I-Man was no longer an employee of A-Mess-NBC. Because all of a sudden, Imus was no longer under the protection of Edward R Olbermann.
Max Robins of Broadcasting & Cable said Imus was fired because of "the bottom line" and dismissed KO's claim that it was because of concern over coworkers. Naturally Olby tried to get the subject off the MSNBC Scandal and brought it around to Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Beck, and Savage (aka LOBS). Hey, never mind our employee of many years--look at those guys over there! Robins was an interesting choice, since Robins and his Broadcasting & Cable magazine voted Don Imus into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in November of 2002. Does this bring Olbypocrisy to new levels or what? Edward R Olbermann said nothing about it. Instead, Robins got Great thanks.
Next, on the phone, Bob Herbert, the far-left New York Times columnist. Imus is an "anachronism". What would have been more interesting: KO should have brought on Tim Russert and asked him about his dozens of appearances with Imus. Maybe he could ask him about going on Imus and laughing and joking with the I-Man even after the nappy-headed hos comment. Maybe Olby doesn't have Russert on his speed dial.
#4: Keithy told a story about seeing Imus drunk and/or stoned back in the 1970s. Boy, when that protective A-Mess-NBC shield is lifted, Olbermoronn gushes forth with the previously secret dirt like Old Faithful on steroids. To opine on the future of Imus, who better than someone with even lower ratings? Sam Seder, of Err America. Well, he might know something about being drunk and/or stoned. But is Olbermahn such a slovenly political hack that he has to turn to the same discredited partisan sources even on a story like this? Um, yes. Then it became clear why Seder was there. Olby tried to distract again from the MSNBC Scandal. He pulled a mini-LOBS and wanted to know why Savage and Limbaugh "get away with worse" than what Imus said. Sheesh! Again, it would have been a lot more interesting if he had asked Seder about one of his own colleagues: Randi Rhodes. Nope, no way that's gonna happen on OlbyPlanet. Great thanks.
#3: So far none of Olbermann's scheduled guests had appeared, and the show was more than half over! (It wasn't as bad as last night when Al Sharpton dumped Olby to appear in the No-Spin Zone instead.) It was on to the bombing in Iraq, Richard McCain, and Lindsay Graham. Finally somebody showed up who was supposed to: lefty Alter. (FYI: Lefty was on Imus's show dozens of times. Somehow that didn't come up.) Olbermahn teed up a softball for Lefty: doesn't the attempt to link this bombing to possible terrorist attacks in the US make Bush look "desperate"? Alter: "It does to me." What did Olby and his sock-puppet leave out this time? Al-Qaeda is in fact the primary suspect in this attack. But Alter says tying it to Al Qaeda is a "misrepresentation". This is what is called "news analysis" on OlbyPlanet. For that and some more bashing of Richard McCain Lefty got Great Thanks.
#2: Missing emails in GonzalesGate. Olby makes a Nixon [Ding!] reference and says the emails are "key evidence" in how "partisan politics" led to the dismissal of attorneys. Judge Olbermann has ruled. Leahy (D) gets a clip to say they're deliberately hiding the emails, without any evidence for same. Plus Anna Nicole, Howard K Stern, Willa Ford, Kurt Vonnegut. #1: More trading on a program that actually gets a number: American Idol. In the Media Matters Minute, reporter Karen Tumulty was attacked for daring to write something critical of Madame Hillary (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters).
Dogs That Did Not Bark: Special Jim Gibbons Edition
This canine was barking, two days ago. You will recall that Herr Olbermann named a "worst person": Gov Jim Gibbons (R). According to Olby, the Guv was propounding a theory that Democrats were paying money to have bad stories written about him. (See the video below.) As we pointed out that very night, the infamous, deplorable one didn't tell the whole truth. Olby omitted the part where the Governor said: "I don't give it any credence myself". Did KO leave that out to smear another Republican? Or because he just lifts stories from blue blogs, and in this case the blue blog itself left it out? Did he deliberately lie and slant the story, is it just another case of lazy pseudo-reporting: lifting from unreliable internet sources and calling that "journalism"? The reason this comes up again tonight is because of the Columbia Journalism Review. Fat Ass has been quick to cite the CJR in the past: to smear Fox. But this time the CJR is coming down on the press who mangled this story, including "Man on Fan" Olbermann. Krazy Keith's claim that the Governor was pushing this theory? False. The Guv had never said one word about any theory until a newspaper reporter asked him about it. That reporter turned his question into a phony story, lapped up by the blue blogs and dutifully sent through the echo chamber to Bathtub Boy. The CJR has taken Olby's "worst person" slam and thoroughly debunked it. Tonight was Edward R Olbermann's chance to correct the record. Retract the false report. Apologize to the Governor. But that dog--the one that corrects Monkeymann's mistakes and issues apologies--will never bark on OlbyPlanet.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is a staggering #28,270 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #255. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,699 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #151 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. The Imus bounce that benefitted A-Mess-NBC yesterday lifted all boats, so finally Olbermoronn eeked out a second place finish, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". But he didn't come anywhere near Mr Bill's 3.2 million viewers. Of course. The MisterMeter had the night off.
APPENDIX: Video of Olby's smear of Jim Gibbons:
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
Keith Olbermann interviews Sam Seder about Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh