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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Another opening, another spiel: Graphic: "Playing Politics with Iraq"; Pat Tillman again; troops get an extra day off; Wolfowitz "on the ropes"; clips of Richard McCain, Bush, and Alec Baldwin. Ho hum. Casual Friday at Olbermann Watch. It's a kinder, gentler recap.
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
#5: Money for the troops: "give him the money now, debate whether to save their lives later". Harry Reid's comments earn criticism from Joe Lieberthal. "Mister" Bush "grossly exaggerating" the need for funds. (Note: it was just a few weeks ago when Olby was attacking Bush for "shortchanging" the troops and guest Reickhoff spoke of the "urgency" of the situation.) Lefty Alter brought up Keith's favorite definition of insanity [Ding!] and said the Dems are "turning the screws". Great thanks.
New details on Pat Tillman. Reickhoff did the hand-wringing over "damage control". Oralmann: "stupefying". He brought up troop reaction to Reid's "the war is lost"; Reickhoff said Reid wasn't going to win many votes among the military, and added that some briefing might have given information to the enemy ("a Geraldo moment").
#4: Election 2008. Attack on Richard McCain (R) for his bomb Iran joke and other comments. Clinton suggests Gore may run. Hillary panders to the Rutgers team.
#3: Paul Wolfowitz gave his girlfriend a raise. Is it "corruption"? Is it "stupidity"? Back in the day, Herr Olbermann would say "it's just about sex". Dana Milbank, sans splashy suits, talked about "mismanagement". Monkeymann wondered if anyone in the administration will emerge unstained. Great thanks.
#2: Supposed-to-be-funny clips, carefully cherry-picked from an appearance by "Mister" Bush (Blue Blog Source: HuffPo). Plus Imus's producer, and Larry Birkhead. #1: The Great Alec Baldwin Controversy (regurgitated video plus Savannah Guthrie).
In the Media Matters Minute, a hit on Tommy Thompson (R) coupled with another O'Reilly attack (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), plus "comedian Rush Limbaugh" (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), described as "delusional, paranoid, and disconnected from reality" [Olbersaurus Triple Update!]. "Man on Fan" Olbermann is going to name a liberal as "worst person"...when?
Dogs that did not bark: As usual, news that doesn't fit OlbySpin gets spiked. The market surges, hitting a record close. Reporting good economic news is not permitted as long as "Mister" Bush is in office. Of course Bathtub Boy has said not one word about the Supreme Court's partial birth abortion ruling, let alone the ignorant and hypocritical comments of Harry Reid. And don't hold your breath waiting for Herr Olbermann's apology to Opio Sokoni, let alone any correction for his using false information to slander "Mister" Bush.
And now our weekly assessment of Keith Olbermann's masculinity. Over the past week Olbermann has attacked Fox, CNN, and Limbaugh/right-wing pundits six times; Olby criticisms of MSNBC: zero. Meanwhile, his primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC five times. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -12 [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name rocketed to #6,503 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #296. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is unranked at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #389 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Poor Olby. His tabloid gunman video surge dissipated on Thursday. He had good ratings for one day, but when it comes to holding on to viewers, he just can't keep it up. The Hour of Spin was again in third place, both in total viewers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
UPDATE: Video & Transcript