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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel dealt with the Virginia Tech shooting, but with a unique bit of OlbySpin. These kids died "violently, senselessly, pointlessly", but in the last ten days 30 soldiers died "violently, senselessly, pointlessly" in Iraq. Yes, on OlbyPlanet, our soldiers' deaths in a struggle to help a people are just as unimportant and meaningless and "pointless" as the victims of a psychopathic killer. Why does Keith Olbermann hate our troops? Plus the US attorneys "scandal" [Ding!] continues, and "damning" revelations. The Spin Starts Here.
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#5/#4: The campus shooting. with special emphasis on the purchase of the "pistule". Report from Kevin Corke. Interview with Aamer Madhani of the Chicago Trib. Background of the shooter with James Fox. Regurgitated NBC report on the victims.
#3: Rev Olbermahn's sermon on why Americans dying in Iraq are just as pointless as the victims of the campus shooter. Why are we suppressing our grief for the all the deaths caused by the Bush Crime Family? (Um, that's a paraphrase.) The Wolffe Man was brought on to amplify OlbySpin. Iraq has left us "hardened" to deaths; 9/11 "distorted" the costs we can bear; are future deaths "worth it"? Oralmann said the war opponents need to emphasize the casualties more. You know, like we did in World War II. Bathtub Boy wanted the campus shootings to influence the debate on Iraq. Wolffie said "sadly" that is unlikely to happen until we "wake up". Great thanks.
#2: The Gonzales situation: Monica Goodling may be offered immunity before Congress. Just like "worst person" Ollie North. Yes, time for the latest episode of Olby and the Perfessor, as Jonathan Turley skulked into the Countdown Seat of Honor. Ooh, Rove and Bush may have been involved in the selection of Presidential appointees. We can't have that! That's "improper"! Gonzales's written statement is "robotic". How can a written document be robotic? You'll have to ask The Perfessor. Again, Olby brings up those "conservatives" Bob Barr (of the ACLU) and "David" Vigurie (maybe that's Richard's Dad). As for those "damning revelations" that were promised? Conspicuous by their absence. Of course, the inevitable Great Thanks.
#1: Update and recap on the shooting. The Media Matters Minute went after John Derbyshire and Nathaniel Blake (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), as well as Debbie Schlussel (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Olby explained this segment is just "satirical social commentary", presumably to explain to befuddled viewers why the campus mass murderer didn't make the cut.
Dogs that did not bark: Because of the major focus on breaking news, we will again cut Keithy a bit of a break. However, we must reiterate that on Friday's Hour of Spin, Herr Olbermann gave a "worst person" nomination to Malik Shabazz, but put up someone else's picture by mistake. Oops. As he slammed Shabazz for calling Michelle Malkin a "prostitute", all that time the screen showed Opio Sokoni. One would think this would covered with a correction, retraction, or apology. Yet that dog did not bark on tonight's Hour of Spin. Ironically, it was just about a year ago that Oralmann spent an entire segment slamming Bill O'Reilly for--you guessed it--putting up an incorrect picture of someone.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is a stupendous #29,652 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #404. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome has no rank at all at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,422 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Monday's Hour of Spin got a breaking news bump, but still couldn't do any better than third place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".
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