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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel: Five Million Emails re the US Attorney "scandal" [Ding!]; subpoeanas; Imus fans sending hate mail; free speech and the first amendment; Jackie Robinson; and more American Idol. Yes it's true as was suggested on these very pages. The show should be described as a countdown of four news stories plus stuff American Idol. Oh, and Keithy, desperate to sanitize his reputation, is going to defend Michelle Malkin. You know, that "right-winger" he recently libeled. What a crock.
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
#5: Did Karl Rove delete sensitive emails? Yes he did, unless he didn't. And they involved the US attorneys. Unless they didn't. Howard Fineman, Pundit for All Occasions and Imus-defender, was first up. He claimed that emails on RNC accounts had to be preserved by law because they represented "official business". Um, Howie, the separate RNC accounts (held by 22 political appointees in the White House) are set up by law due to the Hatch Act. They are used only for political communications, not official business. We have no reason to believe Olbermahn, who doesn't even know who's in the cabinet, grasped this himself. But if he did, of course he made no correction. More half-truths and distortions continued along the same line until the obligatory Great Thanks.
#4: How to find lost emails: "look harder". "Forensic expert" Ken Mendelson talked about servers, backups, and the like. A supposed-to-be-intriguing segment that was all about nothing, since the White House said today that there are backup tapes, etc, available. But Bathtub Boy still framed questions like: how could they lose five million emails permanently? OlbySpin never rests. Great thanks.
#3: Time to rehash the Imus case again. Oops, sorry, we meant to say, the MSNBC Scandal. After regurgitated NBC reportage, leftist (natch) Harry Shearer was there to bloviate and force Monkeymann to throw in a fistful of his forced, phony laughs. KO brought up Tom DeLay (R) and Mike Huckabee (R)'s comments on Rosie O'Donnell. Rosie O'Who? Is this the first time Herr Olbermann has reported, even tangentially, on this controversy? Alert the media! Olby immediately claimed DeLay's criticism of Rosie was somehow "defending racist views". Prof Olbermann threatened to expound on the meaning of the first amendment, but Shearer took over and saved us from that agony. Great thanks.
#2: Dolphins (more recycled video), Anna Nicole Smith, American Idol "scandal" [Ding!]. #1: Jackie Robinson. Surely that happened long enough ago that Fat Ass couldn't find a way to inject himself into the story, right? Err, no. "In 1997 I was part of an ESPN special..."
In the Media Matters Minute: Malik Shabazz got a "
bronze silver" [UPDATE: Edward R Olbermann put up somebody else's picture. Hahahahaaa!] for calling Michelle Malkin a "political prostitute". Sermonized Keith: that's "beyond the pale". Stick to OlbyPlanet-approved smears like "slut", "c-nt", "old bag", or claiming Ms Malkin is a terrorist by proxy. That's the Olbermann way. But have no fear, Olby saved "worst" for someone on the right: Bo Dietl (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). And Keithy got to say "Fox Noise" not once but twice. Because, you know, it just gets so much funnier every time he says it.
Taciturn terriers: Herr Olbermann has been obsessing over Don Imus and the wronged Rutgers basketball players for days. Yet you will notice that he has said not one word about the Duke Rape fiasco. Not one drop of OlbySympathy for innocent victims who have been living under a charge of rape for a year. Could this be because Edward R Olbermann believes these innocent students might just be Repubs? Or might it be that Bathtub Boy is just covering up for a corrupt, renegade prosecutor who happens to have a (D) after his name? Then there's reporter Karen Tumulty; "Man on Fan" Olbermann smeared her yesterday in the Media Matters Minute. She has responded to Olby's attack, and reputable journalists would report on such replies in order to give both sides of the story. Reputable journalist? Keith Olbermann is neither. If he were, he would have apologized by now to Gov Jim Gibbons (R) for repeating a slander that has been thoroughly debunked.
Now for our weekly assessment of Keith Olbermann's Masculinity. Over the past week Olbermoronn has attacked Fox, CNN, and Limbaugh/pundits nine times; Olby criticisms of MSNBC: zero. Meanwhile, his primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC eight times. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -18 [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is a stupendous #13,178 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #295. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,641 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,341 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Thursday The Hour of Spin was in its usual also-ran position: third place in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". The Malkin Factor beat Olby three to one. The MisterMeter is still serving out its two-week suspension, but may get a reprieve as early as this coming Monday.
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
Keith Olbermann interviews Harry Shearer of The Simpsons on Imus "Lessons Learned"
Keith Olbermann "defends" Michelle Malkin