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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann bellowed the opening spiel in grand fashion. Gonzales "can't recall" 45 times! A "conservative Republican" calls for his resignation. Missing emails and documents. The Virginia Tech tapes. Simon Cowell rolls his eyes when a contestant honors the victims. Another O'Reilly attack (big surprise). Oh, and Sanjaya is out. Yes, it's time for the nightly rundown of the Big Four stories, plus American Idol. It's The Hour of Spin.
#5: The AG's testimony is full of "I don't recalls". Clips of anti-AG comments from: Specter, Feinstein, Graham, Coburn. Clips of pro-AG comments from: um, well, there weren't any. On OlbyPlanet every last Senator is against Gonzales, an easy picture to paint when not one soundbite of any other Senator is played. The Wolffe Man simpered as Oralmann called this a "tipping point" [Ding!]. Neither mentioned that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing in the USA firings.
Krazy Keith swerved into the Iraq War, and saw fit to quote Harry Reid (D) on the subject. (Other Harry Reid comments are relegated to our expanded "muted mongrels" segment.) Great thanks.
#4: This segment kicked off with a delightfully grotesque Olbermann Lie. Referencing the RNC emails, Olby claimed "the administration" is happy to have its emails read by "a political party", but not by "the people's representatives" in Congress. That's because the emails in question are not government emails. They are emails from and of a political party. RNC accounts, set up to honor the Hatch Act as has been the case for decades, are specifically created so as not to handle government business. Bathtub Boy won't tell you that. We did.
Then it was on to a litany of missing stuff (Blue Blog Source: Salon), that seem to come up in the midst of "scandals" [Dings!]. The list included "missing" documents that were actually found, and incredibly KO went back to "Mister" Bush's National Guard service! There was even a slap at Joe Lieberthal. Oh, the blue bloggers will be in ecstacy.
#3: Keith Olbermann's Criminal Rehabilitation Program is again in session, with convicted felon John Dean. The US attorneys "scandal" [Ding!] was the topic, as Edward R Olbermann claimed we are living under "a deeply un-American administration". Un-American. Remember this the next time "Man on Fan" Olbermann starts bloviating about people who impugn the patriotism of others.
So it was time for the "unique perspective" of the disbarred lawyer. KO wanted to know if GonzalesGate was incompetence or something more sinister. Also, whether Alberto the "houseboy" was still beating his wife. Felon Dean said the AG's "ploy" won't work, the Dems are doing great, Monkeymann suggested the White House was involved in a "cover up", and a repellent time was had by all. They brought up Nixon [Ding!] and Olbermahn gave the criminal Great Thanks.
#2: Reaction to the Virginia Tech killer's videos. Keith tried to mute objections to A-Mess-NBC using the videos as wallpaper by claiming inconsistencies, and stuck to The Company Line as to how wonderful it was for them to endlessly repeat video clips and psychotic slideshows. Regurgitated NBC reportage followed. #1: More trading on the popularity of American Idol.
In the Media Matters Minute, it was another slam at John Derbyshire, while tossing into the mix Michelle Malkin and Neil Boortz (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Plus an old favorite: Karl Rove (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). But Keithy had to feed The Greatest Olbsession of them all: Bill O'Reilly--even if he had to dig back to a story over a week old to do it! His crime was sending a producer out to talk to a tv writer in a parking lot. Of course Olbermahn had described this as the writer "writing something about Billo that Billo didn't like". Hey, tell the truth, Keith. It was more like accusing Billo of being a racist--based on nothing whatsoever--and being completely incapable of justifying the charge. In other words, it was a smear. And Keith Olbermann defended it. Expecting anything less would be like expecting a pig to reject truffles.
Muted mongrels: OlbyPlanet is, if nothing else, a place of wish-fulfillment. On OlbyPlanet, if you don't like a news story, you can just wish it away, and it never happened. And that's the modus olberandi on The Hour of Spin. The Dow hits an all-time new high for the second day in a row? It didn't happen. And what do military tribunals and abortion have in common? Well, for one, they both involve a corpus of a sort, and both have been affected by historic federal court rulings. But just as Bathtub Boy never reported on how the courts shot down his demagoguery on habeas corpus, he has also spiked the story of the Supreme Court affirming a ban on partial birth abortion. He had to wish real hard to make that go away, along with the ignorant and hypocritical comments of Harry Reid. Nancy Pelosi turns down a House briefing on Iraq from Gen Petraeus? The story goes straight down the news hole. How many times has the infamous, deplorable one linked global warming to hurricanes? Now it turns out the opposite may be true: global warming means fewer hurricanes! No, no, it can't be. So that goes away too. And heaven forbid Herr Olbermann should ever make a correction or an apology, no matter how many times he demands that of others. If you're Opio Sokoni, and Monkeymann libels you by showing your picture and claiming you said something you never said? Hey, he can rake O'Reilly over the coals for showing a wrong photo, but on OlbyPlanet he'll just wish his own slander away. Fat Ass can slam "Mister" Bush and blame him and the Republican Congress for the shootings at Virginia Tech, but when it turns out he used false information to create his slander? Well, let's just make that go away too, because on OlbyPlanet wishing makes it so.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name rocketed to #9,149 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #354. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is #4,930 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #902 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. The incessant tabloid repetition of the shooter videos on Wednesday made big numbers for The Hour of Spin--but not as big as Paula Zahn, and nowhere near Mr Bill. So Olby was still mired in third place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]
UPDATE: Video & Transcript