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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The opening spiel focused on "the killer's manifesto". It seems that NBC News was the news outlet of choice for this psychotic mass murderer. In fact, the shooting case was all the opening spiel talked about. Could it be that an entire evening of OlbySpin was thrust aside because those damn producers forced Herr Olbermann to cover actual news? Yes, indeedy. How ironic that the eeevil O'Reilly found time to deal with the spate of bombings in Iraq but Olbermahn stuck with the campus shootings for the entire hour.
The killer's "manifesto", sent to NBC (can you imagine Olby's chortling if it had been addressed to Fox?). Pete Williams with details. Steve Capus boasted of how responsible NBC was ("we sat on this for hours"). Clint van Zandt opined that it would have been better for this stuff never to have been made public. But somehow he managed to praise the "integrity" of his employer NBC, who made it public. Taped reportage from Lisa Myers, with Keith giving the unspooling tape Great Thanks.
More clips from the "manifesto", analyzed by Greg McCrary, who also said this stuff shouldn't have been broadcast. Regurgitated reports on the heroes and victims. More analysis by Dr Susan Lipkins. The show was a bit repetitive; a full hour on clips and video that experts say should never have been aired? Other than that, not much one can object to in Olbermann's presentation tonight. It goes to show how much more like a newscast Countdown can be when the writing is taken away from Keith's kadre of Kos Kids and put in the hands of grown-ups.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name rocketed to #7,076 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #312. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,894 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,370 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Olby's one-day news-bump lasted, well, one day. On Tuesday he again lost to O'Reilly by more than three to one, and couldn't fare any better than third place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo".