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Keith Olbermann will be the featured speaker tonight at the ACLU of Massachusetts "Bill of Rights Dinner".
Any loyal Olbermann Watch readers out there who can make their way over to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel with a camera, video camera or audio recorder and capture the events? The Reception is at 6:00pm with Dinner at 6:45pm.
Last night on Scarborough Country and again this morning on WFAN radio, after his Imus replacement show was no longer airing on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough went after Keith Olbermann for his embarrassingly obsequious interview. We are currently efforting the video from Scarborough Country which we are optimistic that we can get. The radio clip from this morning will be a bit tougher.
I did not see the comments on TV but was listening to WFAN this morning when Scarborough began slamming Keith, describing the Gore interview as "man love". Joe brought on "Al Gore" (it may have been Darrell Hammond) to talk about his interview with Keith.
It's been a few weeks since a mainstream media article appeared about Herr Olbermann. Hey KO--Did you forget to pay your publicist? Enter the Boston Globe to fill the KO newsvoid. This isn't a full-on profile of Olbermann, it's a Q&A session with his opinions on key questions (half of which are sports-related). But it does contain a nugget of interesting information. Guess who is the Keynote Speaker at the ACLU-Massachusetts Banquet in Boston tonight? Yes, that's right, the unbiased Keith Olbermann.
Best president? "Lincoln. Can't argue with turning the catastrophe of civil war into the emancipation of the slaves. Although I think James Polk is terribly underrated -- took the chance on California, managed to enrage the leaders of all the political parties.''
What????? A Republican that Olbermann actually likes? Oh, that's right, Olbermann only likes Republicans who have been dead for over a century.
Best member of the Red Sox? "Current: Terry Francona. Sitting in the dugout with him during an exhibition game this year taught me about 25 percent more baseball than I knew, and his light touch running the club was a delight to watch."
Wow--Olbermann actually admits he doesn't know everything about everything-that's got to be a first for him. He must have been in an unusually humble mood.
Best of all time? Johnny Pesky. Anybody who could still be working for the same organization 43 years after losing the manager's job is doing something right. Plus 10 years ago he ended an interview with me by giving a very warm handshake, which he promptly turned into a 'soul shake.' I am still in awe.
There goes KO again with the man-love for baseball players. He's probably still prefer a soul kiss from A-Rod though.
Best US foreign intervention? "Afghanistan. One can argue that World War I qualifies -- only our shipping was attacked, not the nation per se. But for pure justified bona fide 'world's policeman' work, going after the Taliban was inarguable. And incomplete."
Ah, Olbylogic. It's okay to go into Afghanistan to hunt down the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden but those terrorists in Iraq? Oh no, they should be left alone to kill us.
Best recent movie or book? "I loved 'The Echoing Green' by Josh Prager. A microscopic workup of the 1951 National League pennant race. 'Gettysburg Gospel' by Gabor Boritt is the same kind of writing: A specific event, researched to death, so detailed as to transport you to the time and place. Great written history should approach time travel; these do."
To show he's a real "intellectual", Olby has to mention books no one else has ever read or even heard of. Gee, do you think he shares his reading list with his oh-so-very-young live-in girlfriend, Katy Tur? Is she actually old enough to read yet?
Best guess right now on the Democratic and Republican nominees in 2008? "Al Gore and Mitt Romney. I think the far right will eventually recoil from Giuliani and pick Romney because he looks like a president and sounds like a Bing Crosby record. And I think Gore can have the nomination for the asking."
There you go. Olbermann has spoken: Al Gore will throw his hat into the ring any day now because Olbermann wants him to!
Bonus question: Odds that Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize? "3:1 -- and the odds are that he'll actually win it, but the odds it will go to somebody else on a recount are 3:2."
Yeah, it's always those pesky recounts that do Democrats in isn't it Olby?
On his radio program today, John Gibson scrutinized Keith Olbermann's blue dress interview with Al Gore. Gibby's detailed deconstruction of this repellent media spectacle should make him an odds-on favorite for the next round of WPitW nominations. We have the audio for your listening pleasure:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
This is very odd because last night Keith promoted the rest of his interview with Al Gore which was scheduled to air tonight. So, this is either an unexpected mid-week absence or the plan was to fill the front end of the show with the lovely Alison introducing KO on tape with Gore. So, for now consider this an open thread unless KO appears through the magic of video tape at which point I will recap the balance of the KO-Gore love fest.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
#5) Al Gore joins Keith to pimp his new book. If anyone knows about the "Assault on Reason" it would be Al Gore.
OlbyPocrisy Alert - Keith's first question is to get to the bottom of America's obsession with trivialities like "American Idol". Strangely, Keith neglects to mention that on 40% of Keith's shows since January the #1 story feature on Countdown has been...American Idol!.
So far Al Gore is doing a great job offering tendentious answers to simple questions which goes along way towards suggesting that Gore is, in fact, running.
Gore says he wants to put Presidential debates on "prime time" so people can get minute-to-minute and second-to-second updates on what is happening during the debates. Strange because as best I can tell
Ha! Now Gore is saying that 70% of the American public believed that the primary reason for invading Iraq was because Saddam was behind 9/11 and that this is an indictment of...the national conversation. In other words, American people's are basically idiots. I guess it sounds better when Gore says it!
Going in the break, Keith says "good news for Obama" in the polls. Funny because the latest poll from American Research said Obama was running THIRD in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Maybe the good news is that he is ahead of Bill Richardson.
#4) More Gore! Keith wonders whether Al Gore can do more for the country from the White House than that best seller list...something Keith would know nothing about since the book that bears his name never made it onto the best seller list.
SAY WHAT? Gore says "I don't think I'm necessarily very good at politics".
WOW...a rare REVERSE GREAT THANKS. Gore closes the interview by THANKING KEITH:
"Thanks for your passionate involvement for trying to address these issues".
Of course, Keith is a journalist so I've got no idea what Gore means by Keith's "passionate involvement" in "these issues". Unless perhaps Gore believes that Keith is a political partisan POSING as a news anchor.
Oddball - Spreading vile lies about Honest Abe. Miss Universe falls, Brits chasing a cheese wheel, women racing in bikinis on a horse track
Top 3 Newsmakers - a strange elephant, criminal falls asleep while robbing a house, a robber asks a victim for a date.
#3) 2008 Race - the good news is that in a THEORETICAL match up Obama does better
More social conservatives are willing to "sacrifice" principle for power. They support Guiliani just because he think he is the best chance for the GOP to win in 2008
Chris Cillizza continues to be baffled that even as Guiliani gets to be MORE KNOW by "social conservatives" (read evangelicals) the more the support him. When you've got people like Olbermann hoping Guiliani will fail to win the nomination that tells you one thing - VOTE FOR RUDY!
Keith is convinced that he got a real scoop tonight in the Gore interview because Gore did not categorically rule out running for President in 2008. Except that this is what he has been saying since the second of week of November in 2004.
WARNING...TRUTH ALERT...Chris Cillizza speculates that maybe the reason Gore will not rule out running is because he is selling a book and can get more attention by playing Hamlet. Ya think?
#2) Canned report on TB Scare
Keeping Tabs - Rosie, Britney Spears
WPIW - Paul Wolfowitz defends himself in an interview with the BBC, Bay Buchanan criticizes Hillary Clinton, Sean Hannity makes fun of John Edwards. [Ed will be providing blue blog sources for the Media Matters Minute later]
#1) Lindsay Lohan. Let me get this straight. After getting all serious with Al Gore on how the media is spending too much time covering trivialities Keith replaces the usual American Idol segment with a hard-htting story about Lindsay Lohan getting drunk and ending up in rehab. This followed by stories about Britney Spears come back, Miss USA falling down, Rosie videoblogging about The View, British people chasing cheese wheels.
Paul F Thompkins adds a dash of that "hilarious" VH1 humor. Yawn.
END NOTE: I wanted to get right to Al Gore so I held back Keith's shot at Peter Pace and his credibility (gotta love when Keith goes after someone else about their credibility). Keith lifted this one from Raw Story. I seriously doubt the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs does not know casualty figures for Central Command so most likely Pace is using an actual number such as combat-related deaths and Raw Story is using a large number such death in theater or something like that. Any readers care to chase this down?
Well the votes are in and the first five members of the "Great Thanks" Hall of Fame have been selected by the Olbermann Watch Writers Committee.
We will be taking the Memorial Day Weekend off but hope readers will take a few moments this weekend to propose additional nominees in the following categories:
On his Sunday night program, Matt Drudge again mentioned the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Calling his act "phony", Drudge dismissed Olby and his overheated Special Education Komments as nothing but "camp", and we have the audio clip for your listening pleasure:
UPDATE: You can also listen to part of this audio on the Center for American Progress blog, Think Progress, which has seen fit to lift the clip from OW without attribution. The comments are amusing as you can witness the limits of liberal tolerance towards homosexuals. We all know, libs are very tolerant of all those people who agree with them. Just ask self-professed "attention whore", Cindy Sheehan, who has "quit" the anti-war movement after waking up to the fact that she was being used by the Democrats.
It is, at least, one small wish come true for yours truly. I've been waiting for the time, waiting for the opportunity, for Keith Olbermann to prove me right. All it took was one silly little vote in Congress. Something about money. And the war. But, man, did it give KO the chance to turn on the Democrats. Yup, he turned on them big time. I, for one, was glad to see it. Not so much because they deserve it (and they do), but because I've always thought that he'd take on a failing Democratic administration just as ardently as he does the Bush Administration.
Granted, he did throw in a bit of Bush-Bashing, just for good measure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading through the comments after Robert posted the "Special Comment" summary, although my eyes do begin to glass over after watching certain people attack each other, rather than debate the issue. Thus is the simultaneous joy and despair of jumping into an online debate.
There was (in the comments) some criticism of Keith BECAUSE he nailed the Democrats, a move perceived as just "going along" with all of the liberal bloggers who were also upset. That, to me, is quite similar to criticising Bill O'Reilly for siding with the John Boehners of the world, who consistently champion the Iraq Occupation. I don't see much of that going on.
If the Dems live up to the chatter from their corner today, KO will be back beating on Bush before you know it. Then, all will be right with the world. You'll once again have your daily ration of fresh meat to devour. As for me, I'll continue to watch the debate, quietly shaking my head at all the ruckus, and waiting for the next chance for Keith to prove me right. If the Dems do get back on their predicted track, I may have to wait until 2009 to see if he lives up to my predictions on an ongoing basis.
I think he can do it. In the meantime, my next "milestone" will be when his first segment appears on NBC Nightly News. Will we see the "Special Comment" persona? Or a more demure KO for the parent network? I predict we'll see the first of those in the next month or so. The new Executive Producer has the segments on her "crazy person list". My vote? They'll let him have pretty much free reign, but I don't think he'll be allowed to hit the "bug-eyed" point that he's famous for. No, check that. I think he's smart enough to tone it down a bit. A BIT. But, they want him for the "edge" he can provide. Goodness knows, they need a bump right now. Something more than a new "World Headquarters" at 30 Rock can provide.
First, I want to thank the Anonymous Commenter who encouraged me to go back and look at Keith's comments on Wednesday. I only wish I had looked sooner. My bad. The good news is Anon was Spot On...
Watch as Keith Olbermann flat out lies in order to excuse Rosie O'Donnell calling U.S. troops in Iraq terrorists then twists HIS lie into a slap at Fox News for CORRECTLY reporting what O'Donnell said.
First, the OlbyLie...
OLBERMANN: Last week Miss O'Donnell said, quote, 650,000 people have died in Iraq. Who's the terrorists? It seems like an obvious reference to President Bush, but not on Fox noise, which decided she meant American troops.
What was actually said...
O'DONNELL: I haven't -- I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?
HASSELBECK: Who are the terrorists?
O'DONNELL: 655,000 Iraqis -- I'm saying you have to look, we invaded --
HASSELBECK: Wait, who are you calling terrorists now? Americans?
O'DONNELL: I'm saying if you were in Iraq, and the other country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?
HASSELBECK: Are we killing their citizens or are their people also killing their citizens?
O'DONNELL: We're invading a sovereign nation, occupying a country against the U.N.
By now you all know that Rosie O'Donnell's swan song at The View came three weeks earlier than planned
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
#5 Iraq War Funding Bill - Keith actually touches on one of the most significant aspect of the bill - it passed despite opposition from the Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader and a majority in both the House and Senate that opposed the bill. But as quick as it came the moment is gone as Keith explains John Boehner's comments during the debate on the supplemental as somehow a lack of concern about the troops in Iraq. Funny how Keith is all upset about how people are "twisting" Rosie O'Donnell's words (when she actually said what has been reported) but has no problem claiming that Boehner said something that he did not say and which is has nothing to do with the clip he ran. Keith managed to find a New York Times poll that says things he likes. Surprise!
Jonathon Alter stops by and immediately demonstrates why he was recently anointed one of Olbermann's "First Five" inducted into the Great Thanks Hall of Fame - saying Bush "knows that he is signing the death warrants of young men and women".
For those who have never been to OlbyPlanet, one of the coolest things about it is the "wayback machine". Anyone on OlbyPlanet is able to step into a television studio and be magically transported back in time so they can turn their own failed predictions into accurate ones. Alter took a brief trip tonight, so that he and other OlbyPundits always knew it was "unavoidable" that Bush would get his way because Democrats "never had the votes". Funny how this is the first time since the 2006 election that we've ever heard that on Countdown.
Alter reveals that his colleagues...whoops...the Democratic leadership...inform him that the Democrats have another trick up their sleeve that WILL success - cutting funding to Gitmo this coming July. I think I actually saw Alter noting the time he said it so he knows exactly how far back to go in the Wayback Machine come July when Bush argues that the Dems want to let the terrorists go free so they can harm innocent Americans - and the Dems cave again. No word from Keith or Alter on where the prisoners at Gitmo will be going once that facility is shut down.
Alter is, however, hopeful that the politics of Iraq will change over the summer so the Democrats can get their way in the fall. Hmmmm. How might the politics change? Hmmmm. Maybe if there are lots and lots of deaths in Iraq? Maybe that things get worse in Iraq? Now you know why Alter was a shoo-in on the first ballot for the Great Thanks Hall of Fame.
Whoops, Alter obviously strayed from the OlbyScript:
"remember, the brigades that were part of this surge, it takes them a while to deploy in country so after the all arrive at the beginning of the summer it will no longer be the excuse that "hey, the surge hasn't been implemented yet"
Wait? Check the tape! Haven't we been hearing how the surge is not working? But Alter says the troops have not even all arrived yet and even after they arrive it will take some time to deploy them in Iraq. Fortunately, it's Friday night on Memorial Day weekend and the OlbyLoons are far too stoned to sort out THAT contradiction.
Craig Crawford is definitely NOT a reliable OlbyPundit and it is questionable whether he will ever be on the ballot for the Great Thanks Hall of Fame. Sure enough, Crawford notes that Hillary has opened herself up to the Kerry Flip-Flop Charge.
Sure enough, only a mumbled, half-hearted "great thanks" for Crawford.
#4 - Spintel - Hold the presses, elements at the CIA did not support the war in Iraq! And there a report that said bad things might happen in Iraq if we invaded (duh!)
P.J. Crowley politely agrees with all of Keith's "questions".
My mind was wondering as Keith spent about 40 seconds asking an OlbyQuestion...whatever happened to that Chalabi guy? Last I heard he was accumulating all sorts of power in Iraq. I don't think I've heard an ominous report about that guy since the fall of 2006.
Oooh! A classic OlbyQuestion surfaces:
"The occasion of the Memorial Day Weekend is especially a somber one even to ask this question but 'is there a way to estimate how many lives were lost, just how many American families suffered because these CIA forecasts were ignored by the President and the warmongers who were around him?'"
I love this question because not only do you have the actual content of the question but you have to suspend disbelief long enough to ignore the reality that when George Tenet's book came out he was slamming the CIA pretty much every day for about two weeks for their pre-war "forecasts" (intelligence estimates).
Lindsay Nelson bought a suit in Hong Kong made of drapes.
Oddball - a thief on a motorized scooter, a stage dive to nowhere,
Top 3 Newsmakers - Jim Ruternberg does not have kids but Bush thought he did, stupid crook, a cop trades sex for favors
#3 - Canned report from NBC Dateline - Ann Curry slobbers all over Angelina Jolie as she promoted her movie with the fullest of cooperation of NBC "News"
#2 - Rosie leaving The View. Keith runs the clips of Elizabeth Hasselbeck of cleaning Rosie's clock but nothing about what Rosie ACTUALLY SAID.
Keeping Tabs - Star Wars convention, Paul Newman retiring from acting
WPIW - John McCain misses votes while campaigning, Fred Thompson says there are terrorists who want to kill Americans (gasp!), Doug Feith made a typo in a report several years ago.
#1 - Canned "American Idol" review.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
#5 - Bush Presser - Keith kicks off the show by demonstrating his ignorance of the framers intent in creating a four year term for the President and building in something called "separation of powers". On OlbyPlanet, the Congress holds "no confidence" votes, the President is more like a prime minister, and legislative elections require certain actions by the executive branch. Has Keith even READ the Constitution? Wow! Keith just surprised even me saying "just because Democrats in Congress appear to be willing to accept whatever CRAP the President gives them does not mean the reporters who cover the White House are...Mr. Bush meantime crapped upon both literally and figuratively in the Rose Garden this morning" Crap? Crapped upon? No wonder he is the Edward R. Murrow of our time!
Another OlbyLie about the CIA "disbanding the bin Laden unit".
Keith starts off asking Richard Wolffe "Why push the "fake terrorism" button?" Wasn't it just last week Keith was willing to admit there IS terrorism? Now its "fake". The spinning never stops.
#4 Bush's Credibility. Well now we truly are in Bizarro Olbermann where the discredited sports journalist will interview a convicted felon on someone else's credibility. You can't make this stuff up. I actually got out some popcorn so I can watch this segment and truly enjoy it.
We're off to a great start. Dean just said Bush's answer to David Gregory's "credibility question" was "about the weakest answer he could have given for the very reasons you STATE...in the...in the...question...Keith. Ha! Of course Dean knows that Olbermann does not ASK QUESTIONS in "interviews" he makes STATEMENTS to which disgraced former attorneys like himself are expected to nod in agreement, preferably while licking Keith's boot. Anything to stay to TV and continue to flog that masterpiece of fiction "Worse Than Watergate". Of course Dean wants something other than his own behavior to be "Worse Than Watergate" because he was one of the primary perpetrators of crimes in the Nixon administration so anything "worse" than what he did make his look "better" in the eyes of history.
Keith picked our "under the bus" language for the past couple of weeks and now he's using the Teddy Roosevelt analogy we began using the other day. Keep an eye out for Olbermann pilfering analogies from Olbermann Watch. You won't have to look hard. Keith is SHOCKED that the U.S. would both show force and engage in diplomacy at the same time. Hello? Has Keith even read a single book on negotiations or geopolitics?
I love how Dean begins every answer agreeing with Keith
- "about the weakest answer he could have given for the very reasons you STATE" (your points are spot on, Keith)
- "I don't know if anyone does believe him Keith (you're right!)
- "it will be very difficult (by Jove Keith, you're right again!)
- "I think it's not only fair I think its an accurate description" (you go girlfriend)
- "I think that's a very accurate prediction" (you are better than Sybil the Soothsayer)
Oddball - bun climbing, sand sculpture
Top 3 Newsmakers - internet piracy guy blows up toilet, an underwear thief, false alarm at a hospital
#3) Gonzo-Gate - Gonzales still in office, Congress adjourns without the oft-promised "no confidence" vote.
Jonathon Turley has made it 60 seconds into the segment without saying the word "impeachment".
Hey! Keith interrupted for "breaking news" - the vote in the Senate on the Iraq Funding Bill. REAL NEWS! Darn...just 10 seconds of it.
Turley has now been going for 180 seconds without saying "impeachment". This could be a new record.
Well that's a wrap and we witnessed a rare event - no "i-word" from Turley.
Back to breaking news.
More Stockholm Syndrome for me. I found myself laughing out loud when Keith said "Senator Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, ended the arguing about this by paraphrasing Churchill "the Democrats will never give in, never, never, never." Winston Churchill said something like that but one thinks perhaps Senator Reid was quoting Monty Churchill who runs a Waffle House in Nevada."
Another "crap" reference brings the poop and crap references to five tonight. We may need to begin a "crap count" for Countdown.
#2 - 60 year old woman gives birth to twins - I want to say a canned report from the Today Show but I saw this in the morning and Meredith Viera and she really let the woman have it for having in vitro fertilization at age 60.
Dammit. I did another spit take when Keith closed the segment saying "The twins go home on Saturday Mom goes to the retirement home on Tuesday"
Either I'm sleep deprived or Keith is on a roll.
Keeping Tabs - Tom Sizemore arrested for drugs (again), Paris Hilton going to jail, Michael Jackson
WPIW - a cop zaps a guy with a Taser Gun in the krogies, drive-thru booze, Department of Defense for firing gay Arabic translators.
I am definitely suffering Stockholm Syndrome because now I am actually agreeing with Keith's WPIW for the DoD. These people are gay? But we don't have enough Arabic translators? I think even Jerry Falwell would have made an exception on this one.
#1 - American Idol - another poop reference gets us to 7 before Mario Malito utters a word. Mario mentions the "Sanjaya Factor" and Keith slips in a Bill O'Reilly reference. Normally I would just skip this but Mario just made two incredibly stupid points. She has this idea that to make the show better by limiting the number of votes to one per household when AT&T is a sponsor at the whole point for them - and the show - is to have as many calls/votes as possible. So, there is no way in hell they would ever do this and if she understood the show at all she would know this. The other is that she is mad that you don't have to win to have a successful career. And? Should there be a rule that only the winner of the contest can continue as a professional singer? This is even more idiotic.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
This from Newshole: SPECIAL COMMENT TONIGHT: "COMPROMISED"
Keith Olbermann will deliver a Special Comment tonight on the "compromise" struck between the Democratic leadership and the White House over the latest troop funding bill...
Here's a preview...
"The Democratic leadership has, in sum, claimed a compromise with the Administration, in which the only things truly compromised are the trust of the voters, the ethics of the Democrats, and the lives of our brave, and doomed, friends, and family, in Iraq.
You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions - Stop The War - have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected youâ€¦ for a handful of magic beans."
SPECIAL COMMENT: "COMPROMISED"
5) Keith just can't seem to decide what to believe. During his recent Molly Ivins speech he conceded he was willing to admit there was some terror threat - except when anyone in the U.S. government does something about that threat. Today's example, Bush is "selectively" declassifying intelligence to foster "fear" by "claiming" that al Qaeda wanted to use Iraq as a base of operations for attacks on the U.S. mainland.
To recap the President's claims it apparently did not occur to Osama bin Laden that Iraq could be used as a safe haven until nearly two years after the Bush administration had paved the way by removing Saddam Hussein and installing chaos, the terrorists cited by Mr. Bush other than Osama bin Laden are all dead or in U.S. custody.
Ummm. Actually, that's not what he said but not to worry since Keith's Kossacks won't know the difference anyway and it SOUNDS good. It's not WHAT Keith says....it's how he says it that's so SCARY!!!
E.J. Dionne joins Keith and begins by quoting FDR's "only thing we have to fear" speech completely out of context. In 1933, FDR was talking about financial panic induced by a lack of confidence in the U.S. economy. In that case, FDR's speech made perfect sense. Today, when Bush is talking about the threat of terrorism, he is not talking about "confidence" but the REALITY that there are people hell bent on killing as many people as they possibly can to impose their warped vision on the world.
See the difference, Keith?
Hey, Keith slipped in the old "CIA disbanded the bin Laden unit" canard even though his own guests exposed that OlbyLie when it first served. Does Keith even listen to the answers to his own questions?
To wrap things up with Big Show vet Dionne, Keith slams the President for having too many plans for Iraq. Wasn't it just a few months ago that he was slamming Bush for not having a plan? Not be willing to change direction? Not listening to Baker-Hamilton? Jeez. How many sides does a fence have on OlbyPlanet?
Surprise, the L.A. Times found a couple troops who said something that sounded like they were not excited about the "surge".
Dana Milbank delivers the first real howler of the evening:
...if they are surprised they shouldn't have been surprised...look even we've been discussing this for a couple of months that this is likely where it's going there were all signs that the Democrats were going to make their point and then cave in which is exactly what they did.
Really? That's funny but I've been watching Countdown every day for the past couple of months and I don't recall ANY such discussion happening between Keith Olbermann and Dana Milbank or any other guest on the show. Mostly what we've heard is how Bush is up against it, that maybe he is irrelevant, that he is going to have to negotiate, that his own party was turning on him, that maybe it was like when Goldwater went to Nixon. I just don't recall these discussions about how the Democrats were full of it and Bush was going to get what he wanted at the end of the day.
#4 Gonzo-Gate. Keith kicks things off with a Monica (Goodling) joke much to the delight of the laughing stage hand. I watched some of the Monica Goodling testimony myself and there is nothing good to say about her and the fact that she got the job she held. She is so unqualified for her position that she is convincing even me that Gonzales needs to leave.
Oddball - Orangoutangs, old Indian wrestler
Newsmakers - homeless cliff dweller, naked tourist in Germany, Al Gore/Harry Sheaerer hilarity.
#3 - Canned report from Andrea Mitchell on naval exercises in the Indian Ocean near Iran.
#2 Rosie v. Hasselback on The View
Keith too traumatized by childhood to comment on shouting match between Rosie O'Donnell and that other woman.
Keebing Tabs - TomKat baby news, Dancing with the Stars
WPIW - executed guy, Devil Ray looney, Virginia (Keith says "the government of" but what he actually means is the "people of" since the people elect the people who make the laws he does not like).
SPECIAL COMMENT: "COMPROMISED"
Few men or women elected in our history executive or legislative, state or national, have been sent into office with a mandate more obvious or instructions more clear "Get us out of Iraq". Yet after six months of preparation and execution half a year gathering the strands of public support translating into action the collective will of the nearly 70% of Americans who reject this war of lies the Democrats have managed only this: the Democratic leadership has surrendered to a President, if not the worst President then easily the most selfish in our history who happily blackmails his own people and uses his own military personnel as hostages to his asinine demand that the Democrats "give the troops their money". The Democratic leadership has agreed to finance the deaths of Americans in a war that has only reduced the security of Americans. The Democratic leadership has given Mr. Bush all that he wanted with the only caveat being not merely meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government but optional meaningless symbolism about benchmarks for the Iraqi government
The Democratic leadership has, in sum, claimed a compromise with the Administration, in which the only things truly compromised are the trust of the voters, the ethics of the Democrats, and the lives of our brave, and doomed, friends, and family, in Iraq.
[turn to Camera 2, inhale slowly, pause then continue]
You, the men and women elected with the simplest of directions - Stop The War - have traded your strength, your bargaining position, and the uniform support of those who elected youâ€¦ for a handful of magic beans.
You may trot out every political cliche from the soft soap inside the beltway dictionary of boilerplate sound bites of how this is the begining of the end of Mr. Bush's carte blanche in Iraq. About how this is a first step. Well Senator Reid, the only end at its beginning is our collective hope that you and your colleagues would do what is right, what is essential, what you were each elected or re-lected to do beacuse this first step is a step right off a cliff.
And this President. How shamefully would it be to watch an adult hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so until he turned blue but how horrifying it is to watch a President hold his breath and threaten to continue to do so until innoncent and patriotic Americans in harm's way are bled white. You lead this country, sir? You claim to defend it? And yet when faced with someone calling on your stubborness, your stubborness which has cost 3,431 Americans their lives and thousands more their limbs you Mr. Bush imply that if Democrats don't give you the money and give it to you entirely on your terms the troops in Iraq will be stranded? Or forced to serve longer? Or what, have to throw bullets at the enemy with their bare hands? It is moronic.
We have defunded wars before sir and this isn't even close to a true definding. No harm has come to our troops/ How transcendently, how historically pathetic. Any other President, from any other moment in the panorama of our history would have, at the outset of this tawdry game of political chicken declared that no matter what the other political side did he would ensure personally first, last and always that the troops would not suffer. A President, Mr. Bush, uses the carte blanche he already has not to manipulate and overlap arriving and departing brigades into a second surge but to say in unequivocal terms that if it takes every last dime of the monies already allocated if it takes reneging on government contracts with Halliburton, he will make sure the troops are safe even if the only safety to be found is in getting them the hell out of there. Well, any true President would have done that sir. You instead used our troops as political pawns, then blamed the Democrats when you did so.
Not that these Democrats who had this country support and sympathy up until 48 hours ago have not earned all the blame they can carry home. We seem to be very near the bleak choice between war and shame Winston Churchill wrote to Lord Moyne in the days after the British signed the Munich Accords with Germany in 1938, "My feeling is that we shall choose shame and then have war thrown in a little later."
That's what this is for the Democrats, isn't it? Their Neville Chamberlain moment before the Second World War. All that's missing is the landing at the airport with the blinkered leader waving a piece of paper which he naively thought would guarantee "peace in our time" but which his opponent would ignore with deceit. The Democrats have merely streamlined the process. Their piece of paper already says Mr. Bush can ignore it with impunity.
And where are the Democratic presidential hopefuls this evening? See they not that to which the House and Senate leadership has blinded itself? Judging these candidates based on how they voted on the original Iraq authorization or waiting for apologies for those votes, that is ancient history now. The Democratic nomination is likely to be decided tomorrow. The talk of practical politics, the buying into the President's dishonest contruction "fund the troops or they will be in jeopardy". The promise of tougher action in September is falling not on deaf ears but rather falling on Americans who already told you what to do and now perceive your ears as deaf as closed to practical politics.
Those who seek the Democratic nomination need to for their own political futures and with a thousand times more solemnity and importance for the individual futures of our troops denounce this betrayal vote against it and if need be unseat Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi if they continue down this path of guilty fatal acquisensce to the tragically misguided will of a monomaniacal president.
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For ultimately at this hour the entire government has failed us Mr. Reid, Mr. Hoyer and the other Democrats have failed us. They negotiated away that which they did not own but had only been entrusted
by us to protect our collective will as the citizens of this country that this brazen war of lies be ended as rapidly and safely as possible. Mr. Bush and his government have failed us they have behaved venemously without dignity of course, that is all at which Mr. Bush is gifted. We are the ones providing surprise or shock here. With the exception of Senator Dodd and Senator Edwards, the Democratic presidential candidates have, at least so far, failed us. They must now speak and make plain how they view what has been given away to Mr. Bush and what is yet to be given away tomorrow and in the thousands of tomorrows still to come because for the next 14 months the Democratic nominating process, indeed the whole of our political discourse until further notice has with the stroke of a cursed pen become about one thing and one thing alone. The electorate figured this out six months ago
the President and the Republicans have not, doubtless will not. The Democrats will figure it out during the Memorial Day recess when they go home and many of those who elected them will politely suggest that they stay there and permanently because on the subject of Iraq the people have been ahead of the media, ahead of the government, ahead of the politicians for the last year or two years or maybe three. Our politics is now about the answer to a briefly worded question. Mr. Bush has failed. Mr. Warner has failed. Mr. Reid has failed.
So, who among us will stop this war? This war of lies. To he or she fall the figurative keys to the nation. To all the others Presidents and Majority Leaders and candidates and rank and file Congressman and Senators of either party-there is only blameâ€¦ for this shameful, and bi-partisan, betrayal.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
BREAKING NEWS: Democrats Drop Troop Pullout Dates From Iraq Bill
WASHINGTON, May 22 - Congressional Democrats relented today on their insistence that a war spending measure sought by President Bush also set a date for withdrawing troops from Iraq. The decision to back down, described by senior lawmakers and aides, was a wrenching reversal for some Democrats, who saw their election triumph as a call to force an end to the war. A Democratic effort to include timelines prompted Mr. Bush's veto of the original bill last month, producing a political impasse.
Be still my heart, Keith Olbermann is actually saying that the Democrats caved to President Bush: "how the hell is anything if the President can just waive the benchmarks". Of course, this is pretty easy to do when they've had their hat handed to them by Bush. No wonder the Dems hate Karl Rove so much. Keith says he's "stretching" to say the Democrats won. Keith calls it a "Democratic collapse".
And June 3rd is FAST APPROACHING.
Story #5: Iraq - Keith calls Dem collapse a "disaster" and "betrayal". Even Paul Rieckhoff has to admit the President framed the debate and got what he wanted.
Story #4: Gonzales - whoops, the vote of no-confidence on Monday, then Tuesday, is not unlikely before the Memorial Day weekend. Where IS Keith getting his information. Ah! Right on cue....here comes Slippery Shuster, fresh off his stakeout of the DC Courthouse where he's still lurking in anticipation of Karl Rove's indictment by Patrick Fitzgerald.
Oddball - Keith proves the Loch Ness monster could not possible be real. Keith then addresses his day off last night saying "I've been off, big whoop, wanna fight about it?" Also, drunks at horse race, cat stuck in a carpet.
Newsmakers - Chinese weather machine, jet lag treatment, high-tech underpants.
#3: Campaign 2008 - McCain curses, makes a snide comment about Romney, Guiliani in 3rd place in Iowa, Edwards leading Dems in Iowa.
Chris Cillizza - Edwards leading because he "never left" Iowa. Guiliani has to follow the game plan from 2000 and 2004 by going to Iowa, then New Hampshire, then South Carolina even though the entire primary season has been drastically remade. Independent campaigns? Bloomberg?
Top 3 Bites: Bush joking around, stuck ducks, Paula Abdul tripped and injured.
#2: Dog Bites Kid - Determined to remedy the hit his image took last week for laughing when a young child was kicked in the head, sending her flipping through the air and landing face first on concrete, Keith feigns concern over another child attacked by dog as he sets up a canned piece from NBC News.
Keeping Tabs - Porn star pays homage to Katie Holmes by taking the name "Katee Holmes", Oprah's dad, Vernon Winfrey is writing a book and Oprah's not happy, Paris Hilton on a list of heiresses,
WPIW - dumb crook, Bill O'Reilly, Limbaugh (with the added note that Keith was listening to Rush while sitting in the toilet...nice!)
#1: Paris Hilton - carrying a bible, going to jail, blah, blah, blah.
There was so much good (i.e., "bad") material to choose from in MSNBC's coverage of the first GOP debate we held back on this gem so it wouldn't get lost.
Keith is filling as the GOP candidates slowly walk down a corridor towards an MSNBC camera. Andrea Mitchell cracks wise and Keith gives a reply that was probably lost on most of the audience. Earlier in the broadcast Keith had referenced political novelist Michael Dobbs's character Francis Urquhart.
In the series Urquhart addressed the audience in asides, often quoting Shakespeare, or giving a knowing look to the camera. He would use the catchphrase, "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment," or a variation thereon, as a deniable way of agreeing with people.
As OlbyWatchers know Keith is a fan of British humor and fond of quoting Shakespeare, even in the most inappropriate settings, so it should be no surprise Keith is quoting Dobbs. In fact-checking this post, I was reminded of the context for Keith's favorite line from Shakespeare and took note of the categories assigned to this particular quote by the curator of the eNotes web site - "Anxiety, Dramatist, Forebodings, Sickness".
The line comes from the opening scene of Hamlet (Act I, Scene 1)
Francisco: For this relief much thanks. 'Tis bitter cold, And I am sick at heart.
Bernardo: Have you had quiet guard?
Francisco: Not a mouse stirring.
A piece of my mind
I'm sitting on Woody's couch watching some whore of an intern trying to fill in for Keith Olbermann, and failing miserably. But that's beside the point.
The adventures of Princess Megling...
Crap! No Keith tonight. And when I heard a girl's voice, I thought it might be Allison Stewart. She has subbed a million times. I recognized her from somewhere- but I wasn't interested. Lately though, I've been seeing her on 'The Green.' So my ears kind of perked up. But it's not. This Allison Notivotny (sp?) chick looks A LOT like Christy Harvey.
It's the Patriarchy!!!
In email this week, my mom posed the question, who are your living heroes? Here was my response: media figures Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann.
Fort Dix Six: Keith Olbermann, Kos, Left Work to Change Image
In his "style" of continuing to play down any and all Islamist threats, we have MSNBC's Uber-leftist Keith Olbermann telling his handful of viewers on the same day the on-our-soil Islamists were arrested: "The FBI arrested six morons." As other leftists, Olbermann seems genuinely angry that the would-be terrorism plotters did not accomplish their goal.
Today's starter, Keith Olbermann
The injury bug has spread from the Yankees' clubhouse to the press box. Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," reported to last night's game on crutches. He is battling a stress fracture in his right foot. "I'm ready to pitch for the Yankees," Olbermann joked.
Email to MSNBC
My mother has watched [Imus] on MSNBC since it was first put on the network. Because of this, we were introduced to other programs that we came to love and watch regularly, specifically Countdown. Much like Imus' program, we found that Olbermann's program was unlike any other on television today...She is especially upset by Keith Olbermann's lack of support in this matter. They obviously host two very different programs, but it is because of each host's choices to say things that everyone doesn't always what to hear that makes both programs so entertaining. This is why I am so upset that Keith Olbermann did not support a man on his network who truly made an impact on broadcast journalism.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Monica Novotny
[NOTE: Olbermann, unwilling to go toe-to-toe with the season finale of "24", comes up with the broadcasting equivalent of a hamstring injury and takes the night off.
Keith Olbermann laughs as he repeatedly plays a video of a small child kicked in the head, flipped head-over-heels, and landing face first on concrete. Even Olbermann supporters are turning on Keith over this one.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The convicted felon, Lefty Alter, Gonzo Gate [Ding!], quick shot of John Ashcroft interview (the one Republican ever) to pretend this isn't a far left venue, Valerie Plame (god that is old!), Al Gore running for President? (contain thyself keith), old body armor story, Tour De France - yawn, some morons calling 911 while high, another Friday in the Spin Zone of boredom.
#5: Richard Nixon [Ding!] right off the bat. 30 years ago tomorrow that Richard Nixon appeared on television and told an interviewer that when the President does it, it's not illegal. Nixon's former intern, Dick Cheney, is essentially the equivalent of such statements by Nixon according to Herr Olbermann. Following such an accusation, a close up of the Vice President taking the oath looking strangely like he's doing a Roman (Fascist) salute. Coincidence? Nah. Keith tries to contain his excitement over the idea that the House (Breaking News here folks) will have a vote of "no confidence" on the Attorney General Gonzales. Lest Keith forget, we don't have a parliament in the United States. We have a congress. Since Constitution of 1789, we have never had a no confidence vote in the United States congress - ever. Mind you, MonkeyMann fails to mention how we don't have a parliament. Bring in the convicted felon, liar and everything else John Dean. Great Thanks before the interview even starts. Dean opines that "conservative Presidencies" and "conservative courts" (aka, non activitist ones that comply with OlbyLogic) enhancing "immunity" for elected officials. Dean pretends that he is actually some authority on anything, given the fact that he isn't even allowed to practice law anymore. But appearing on Keithy's show means you are legitimate, loyal readers. If Keith agrees with you - you are the END ALL BE ALL. A lot of, "uh - uh - uh - what do you say? something something?" powerful questions lobbed at "Mister" Dean about "Mister" Bush. Keith declares all these wiretaps as illegal. Funny, they are not. Furthermore, Keith conveniently forgets that the Attorney General serves at the pleasure of the President and does as he asks. That's not to suggest he does illegal things, but that he finds a way to comply with the law while acheiving the President's goals. These "wiretaps" that Keith thinks are illegal incidentally were needed the DAY BEFORE the Madrid train bombings. I wonder why the administration and "Mister" Bush thought it was important? Greatest thanks.
Stop the presses! A Democratic Senator, Ken Salazar, calls for Gonzales resignation! No way? A DEMOCRAT CALLING FOR THAT? YOU DON'T SAY. Enter slippery Shuster on the "no confidence" vote. Is it a better vote in the House or Senate? Shuster, quite intelligently, realizes that there is no "parliamentary" way to stop the "vote" in the House. Gonzales trying to "steam roll" the Justice Department for visiting a "sick guy" in the hospital. Again, conveniently, Slippery Shuster forgets to mention that the authorization for those wiretaps EXPIRED while he was in the hospital. The President wants the support of his Attorney General on said wiretaps? Bad. Why? He was in the hospital. Enter in "throw under the bus" from Shuster parroting his Fuhrer. Great thanks.
#4: Body Armor AGAIN. Jesus H. Christmas, Mister Olbermann. Can you find something else new to talk about? This is the OLDEST DNC talking point around. Lisa Myers regurgitated video from the Mothership. The NBC mothership plays some insurgent videos to make the point about body armor whether or not it's the best. Thanks for giving the terrorists another way to show their videos. NBC claims Dragon Skin is better. This recapper is unable to find anything to counter it - it may be true. The Army, however, says otherwise.
Oddball: Moron making a stupid 911 phone call
Newsmakers: some dude who electrocuted himself while doing graffittii, someone proposes on Jerry Springer who he had a restraining order from, bitter ex girlfriend put her boyfriend's stuff in the harbor
#3: Keith hawks Al Gore for President. Everyone cares about global warming (except me). Unbiased Alter comes to play sock puppet. Is Al Gore undecided? Hard hitting. Right now he's not running, says Alter. No, really? You don't say? An "aide" says there is a 10% chance he'll run. Thanks for that info. Bash McCain for missing votes. Will it materially hurt him? Only his voters might care. Does Alter actually think that McCain won't win Arizona if he wins the nomination? Apparently, his campaign is not in good shape despite being first in South Carolina. Meh. Many thanks.
#2: Doping scandal on the Tour de France. Regurgitated video.
Keeping Tabs: Prince Harry not going to Iraq. Paris Hilton and Heidi Fleiss.
#1: D.C. Idol. A bunch of singing Senators and other filler.
In the Media Matters minute, some 8th grade teacher uses a bucket to capture a bat, the bat had rabies. Silver: Nuclear Management Company guy says he was a "government assassin" and got a job. Gold: Don Rumsfeld! We needed one eeeeeeeeevil NeoCon for trying to do something good. (Blue Blog source: The Carpet Bagger Report).
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's languished at #5,276 on amazon.com (necessitating a 70% off sale - ha!), but "Culture Warrior" is #872. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome continues its hilarious streak of not ranking; O'Reilly's book is #1,011 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Thursday's Hour of Spin managed a second place finish in total viewers as well as that "money demo" Olbsession. Yet, he managed that second in the beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo" by a mere 1k viewers. Whew, holding on for dear life for second. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [GUARDED]
Let's get one thing on the table right away: The Oddball segment with the little girl being kicked in the head by the break dancing dude was not a good idea. In fact, it was a stupid idea, even if the video did have 2 million views online BEFORE Keith showed it. Likely, the numbers are even higher today, whether from the Countdown airing or from folks like you racing to watch it so you can add it to your list of reasons to bash KO. Forever. However, that's just the tip of my rant...
I know this is an anti-Olbermann site, but PLEASE step back and look at the "big picture" sometimes. I know I've said that before, but it became painfully evident in reading through the comments to Robert's post about Thursday night's Countdown. One of the comment-posters made a point that I'd like to expand on - that there IS a lot of good reporting on Countdown that gets lost in the criticism. I know that simple statement alone brought some of you to your feet in anger and frustration. Let's walk through the show...
Lead story: There was criticism that KO only briefly mentiioned the Wolfowitz resignation, giving more time to an analyis of the Comey testimony. Two factors here: that is a perfect example of my statement in an earlier post that Countdown is not a "newscast of record" product. The resignation came late in the day, they'd already built their show with a solid piece on Comey as the lead, so Wolfowitz got nothing more than a brief mention. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Comey's story is right out of a spy novel and deserves the critical attention it's getting.
The Richard Wolfe interview was (by virtue of both the questions and answers) slanted against the Administration. But, there are so many easy targets in the Administration right now (as evidenced by questions at the press conferences), it's difficult NOT to take an aggressive tact. Until we all hear some "real" answers, the questions need to continue.
The White House's refusal to go along with the additional pay raise for our troops is darn difficult to defend. Bloggers on both the left and right are dumbfounded by the stance. Anybody care to defend it? Comments below. But, if all you're going to do is complain that KO is attacking the administration again, that's not going to cut it. The Administration's refusal is confusing, at best, and deserves more explanation that we've received. Again, there's not one darn thing wrong with that segment. If the Administration wants to trot out some charts to explain the stance, I'm sure they'd make an upcoming piece.
The report on carbon monoxide in the control tower was solid. Surprisingly "newsy" piece for Countdown. I was surprised; you don't see that kind of report on Countdown very often. If that's what they're going to use Novotny for, it's a good thing.
Yes, the Kennedy assassination piece was likely an NBC re-hash. Maybe it's just because the subject has always fascinated me, but I'll grab any updated thoughts on it that I can find. And, you have to admit, there wasn't much evidence of a "slant" in that story, either. What's up, folks? Legitimate, tempered reporting? On Countdown?
I've already said the Oddball segment was just wrong. I can live with the American Idol rehash, although I'm sure there are those who really appreciate it. Heck, even Headline News goes overboard with such stuff during Robin and Company.
Worst Person in the World is a signature bit; a niche. Call it an attack, if you want, but the point is usually well-made and, most-often, deserved.
Read back through the comments from Thursday night's post. Most people were all worked up about the Oddball segment and the missing words from WPITW segment. Let's see, that would be about three minutes out of the hour-long show.
Let me suggest that some of the more vocal critics can't see the forest for the trees....or don't WANT to.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
#5 Wolfie howls at every drop of that Olbygoodness that drips from Keith's hallowed lips as they marvel that Gonzales remains on the job at Justice. Meanwhile, after weeks of pounding away on the Wolfowitz - World Bank story, news comes that a compromise has been reached and Wolfowitz will leave in several weeks. And this get a 20 second mention on Countdown. Oh, any by the way the President brokered a compromise on an Immigration deal which will radically change the way the U.S. deals with legal and illegal immigration for decades.
#4 Bush hates the troops - and Todd Bowers of IAVA.org (another far left group posing as representatives of veterans) agrees. Oh, and did I mention that Bush hates the troops.
Oddball - a Watergate mention (surprise!), scary sheep, little girl kicked during break dancing.
I have to run to Staples and buy something called a "graphic calculator" for my son so he can do his homework. What the hell happened to a compass and a pencil! So, I can't watch the rest of the show and I am not able to Tivo the show until midnight so here's a few place holder notes which are probably about right. Maybe some folks can put the Keeping Tabs, News Bites and WPIW info int he comments
Keebing Tabs - Paris Hilton drops her appeal
WPIW - some people who do not agree with Keith
#1 American Idol Shocker - Mario Malito is surprised that her prediction from last night was wrong and she is really angry. Oh, and did I mention she's angry.
Several weeks ago, when Keith Olbermann denied porn star Mary Carey's statement to Leslie Gold, FREE-FM's Radiochick that Olbermann left her a "rambling" message asking her out on a "date" we asked Why is Keith Olbermann Lying About Porn Star Mary Carey?.
In a racy interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel, Mary Carey offers advice to Paris Hilton - rent her "girl-girl" videos and "warm up" to her "jailmates" - before expressing her disappointment that unlike Keith Olbermann who called her for a date, Cavuto has never hit on her.
TVNewser: Carey To Cavuto: "Why Don't You Call Me?" - of course, Brian dutifully turns the issue into an attack on Fox News rather than address the back story to her comments about Olbermann. Anyone surprised?
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Stockholm Syndrome "describes the behavior of kidnap victims who, over time, become sympathetic to their captors. The name derives from a 1973 hostage incident in Stockholm, Sweden. At the end of six days of captivity in a bank, several kidnap victims actually resisted rescue attempts, and afterwards refused to testify against their captors."
I think I may be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome because after watching Keith Olbermann on Countdown for six straight weeks I found myself agreeing with him last night. Uh oh!
#5 IRAQ WAR: Last night I found myself in the odd position of agreeing with Olbermann on the question of "what the hell is a War Czar and why do we need one now". This really strikes me as the dumbest thing I've heard coming out of Washington in a long time. I was there in DC yesterday for a conference (the reason this Countdown Roundup is late is because I was stuck on the tarmac for hours last night due to tornado warnings in New York and was too tired to stomach KO when I finally got home).
Wolfie and PJ Crowley of the far-left Center for American Progress came on for a bit to nod their heads in agreement as Keith asked "questions".
OLBYPOCRISY ALERT - Keith cited Intel Dump but qualified his source by identifying the site as a blog saying "not to take these things too seriously". As regular readers know, Olbermann lifts material from blogs EVERY DAY, rarely with attribution, and appears to take the claims of these blogs quite seriously even through much of the information is false or misleading and his sources are highly partisan and have zero journalistic credibility. So we know what kind of bloggers Keith does take seriously; what kind does he NOT take seriously? Take a quick look at Intel Dump blogger Phillip Carter's bio.
#4 - GonzoGate - John Conyers favorite Constitutional law expert once again calls for Bush's impeachment. Now he's back on the warrant-less wiretaps. Nothing new to see here...move along..move along.
#4 Wolfowitz - after predicting last week that Wolfowitz would be gone by last Tuesday, Olbermann is now predicting "sunny skies and a firing next week" which can only be good news for Paul Wolfowitz. Olbermann continues to say that "no one" is supporting Wolfowitz yet the White House, once again, came out in support of Wolfowtiz.
One person who you can be sure will NEVER be a guest on Countdown to discuss Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank is Andrew Young, Jimmy Carter's Ambassador to the UN. As we've said before, Olbermann is presenting an utterly one-sided, highly erroneous account of what's going on with the World Bank. A long-time friend of OlbyWatch directed us to Young's recent appearance on the PBS Newshour where he was interviewed along with a Wolfowitz critic who believes he should leave the World Bank.
You will note that even the Wolfowitz critic agrees that the current controversy has very little to do with the girlfriend, the issue is being used a pretext. Young points out that Wolfowitz originally asked the ethics committee at the World Bank to recuse himself. You understand that game right? They force him to make decisions about his girlfriend, even though he asked to be allowed to recuse himself, and then when he makes his decision they accuse him of being unethical because he has a conflict of interest.
Does anyone think that Andrew Young is a friend of the Bush administration?
Now, head on over to PBS.org and read through the transcript of Young's remarks. As we've been saying here, what this is really all about is bureaucratic resistance to change, fear of Wolfowitz' efforts to to shift more power to African nations and clean up corruption at the World Bank.
ANDREW YOUNG: I think who's on trial here is not Paul Wolfowitz, but that board. In a world where tolerance is required, where women in the Islamic world are the hope of the entire planet, for them to take their prejudices -- which I agree with -- against him on the war in Iraq and resurrect it to try to put it into the World Bank political scene is, in many ways, obscene.
It's sort of like Imus referring to these young women on the basketball team and ignoring all of the professional competence and all of the skills and talents that are at stake here. Paul Wolfowitz and Riza Shaha have tremendous things to offer the world. And I think, right now, staid bureaucrats who've been there 25 years bungling in the bank are trying to make him a scapegoat.
ANDREW YOUNG: Yes. For me, this is more like the scandal in the United Nations, where when Europe began to feel the influence of new coalitions in the third world threatening their dominance, they sought to get rid of the people who were pulling together these new coalitions.
I think the threat is that Paul Wolfowitz is pulling together a third world coalition that, while it doesn't have the money, it controls the markets of the future. And the old colonial routines of running Africa from Europe will no longer apply under Wolfowitz.
#3 GOP Debate - Keith gleefully reports that Republicans are criticizing each in debates and that this is good news for Democrats, that this is a reflection of the Democrats being satisfied with their candidates. Just what we need more campaign analysis from a guy who repeatedly embarrassed his network covering the two debates on MSNBC. John Harwood, having learned his lesson, nods as Keith delivers his pearls of wisdom.
#2 Prince Harry not going to Iraq - canned reported from Keith Miller of NBC News
KEEPING TABS - Sophia Loren striptease threat, Bob Schieffer/Tony Snow, DC Idol contest
WPIW - kid with gun, blind guy without a gun, vote fraud now important again
#1 American Idol with Mario Malito who is less "angry" today.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Over the past few weeks we've been using the phrase "throwing him under the bus" (mostly referring to Don Imus). As we've seen many times before, Keith Olbermann, a regular reader of Olbermann Watch, has adopted yet another one of our pet phrases so that during the first five minutes Keith used the word "bus" about a dozen times.
GonzoGate - Gonzales ignores Senate subpeona, tricked McNulty into signing off on firing the U.S. attorneys, and beat small puppies with a stick. Meanwhile George Bush attempted to get John Ashcroft to sign off on warrant-less wiretaps hours after major surgery. Did I mention that Bush doesn't care about the three soldiers missing in Iraq? Howard Fineman stops by, punches Keith's ticket and get an honor even greater than getting "great thanksed", he gets to come back for another segment.
WolfGate - once again we hear that no one supports Wolfowitz. Of course, last week he was going to be fired by Tuesday now its the day after the board got the ad hoc committee report and he's still there.
New War Czar - General Lute, last we heard about this no one wanted this job. More bus references.
#4 - Jerry Falwell - canned report from NBC News
Oddball - bears, dogs, robots
Lanny Davis resigns from "Bush's" board on civil liberties (of course, the board was created by Congress at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission so Bush actually had nothing to do with creating the board). How often did Lanny Davis appear on MSNBC's The Big Show? Back in the old Lewinsky days' Davis was actually on Keith's show more than Keith.
Newsmakers - some messed up people
News Bites - old guy getting beaten
Keeping Tabs - Lindsay Lohan named hottest woman by Maxim, Paris Hilton under stress over her pending imprisonment.
WPIW - Glenn Beck (surprise!), some guy, Dr. Laura
DC Idol - Keith's BFF Tony Snow wins a charity talent show in Washington prompting Keith to announce a "contest" so uninteresting that its not worth elaborating on further.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Ugh! I sat down to review Countdown on my TiVo and discovered that it recorded "House" on Fox for my wife so I am going to have to record the midnight show of Countdown and write up the show tomorrow.
Let me take a stab at it without having watched the show at all. Based on the guest list and a quick scan of the New York Times web site and Media Matters...I am going with this...
Keith Olbermann portrayed the search for three American soldiers in Iraq as another sign that the surge is not working. Dick Cheney alienated everyone he met in the Middle East and interfered with Condi Rice's diplomacy. The Bush administration is bad for planning high level meetings with Iran, Karl Rove wanted the U.S. Attorneys fired in order to suppress voter turnout among minorities.
Keith interviewed Dana Milbank on Iraq politics and worked in a question Mitt on Romney. Milbank agreed with everything Keith said and was "great thanksed" by Keith.
Keith interviewed John Harwood on Election 2008 with a focus on Mitt Romney who is, you know, a MORMON and a flip-flopper on abortion. Something about Bill Clinton helping Hillary probably with some b-roll of a Hillary 2008 ad - just another "donation" to the Clintons.
For sure the video of the reporter screaming at the guy from the Church of Scientology. Words of wisdom for Paris Hilton from Tori Spelling's mom and lots more on whether or not Paris will really go to jail with all the earth-shattering ramification which that entails.
WPIW Worse - Terry Keenan of Fox News Channel because she works at Fox, she's a woman and she said something less than supportive of "carbon credit", Worser - Neil Boortz for insulting a woman, Worst - Rush Limbaugh for blaming Bill Clinton for the Fort Dix Six.
Let me know how I did. I will have to a real write up tomorrow in the early AM.
UPDATE: OK I've watched the show. Looks like I did pretty well. I've added video.
Justice resignation (McNulty) - this broke too late for me to notice
Karl Rove involvement in GonzoGate - check
Cheney on Iran, contradicts Condi Rice - check
3 Missing soldiers - check
BBC scientology screaming match - check
O'Reilly's "newstalkers" - missed this one
Candy Spelling - check
Patti Hearst - missed this
Michael Jackson/American Idol connection - missed this
Pete Williams - unwilling to engage in OlbySpin, we learn that McNulty did not "step down" but rather announced he will be leaving in several months which he had indicated long before the current controversy existed. This was not sudden, no shock, coming for some time. No "great thanks" for non-cooperating witness Williams.
OLBYPOCRISY ALERT - Karl Rove "targeted" U.S. attorneys who were not cracking down on voter fraud. On OlbyPlanet voter fraud is the most urgent threat to our democracy and likened the 2004 election to the Ukraine and the Orange Revolution: here, here and here.
Joanthon Turley - Likens Gonzales to Capitain Queeg, there are "chalk outlines" on the floor in McNulty's office (except he is still there and will be there for several months).
Keith does report that the Wolfowitz report submitted to the World Bank board today. Keith does not bother to mention that last Monday he was reporting that the report would be filed "as soon as tomorrow" (must have been a tip from David Shuster). Last week Olbermann and his guests repeatedly portrayed Wolfowitz as lacking White House support yet the President, the Vice President and the White House Press Secretary have all done so and did so again on the day the report was submitted to the board. Keith failed (again) to mention ANYONE who has come out in support from Wolfowitz ranging from board members, leaders of African governments and administration officials.
4th story begins with a typical Olbermann cheap shot. President Bush spoke today in the Rose Garden about greenhouse gas omissions. Normally for Keith this would be a good thing for a President to do but on OlbyPlanet when Bush does its bad. Why? Because it means he doesn't care about the three missing soldiers in Iraq. Duh!
Meanwhile, Cheney is making a speech on on board the USS Stennis, an aircraft carrier "150 miles off the Iranian coast" and "warning that country the U.S. and its allies, if any allies there are left, will keep it from restricting sea traffic as well developing nuclear weapons". Just another version of an OlbyLie - a dash of truth, one fib and a lot left out.
This from the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command:
The USS John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSSG) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) Feb. 19 to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in regional waters, as well as to provide support for ground forces operating in Afghanistan working alongside coalition partners, including a French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its strike group.
A highlight of JCSSG operations thus far in 5th Fleet, was Stennisâ€™ interaction with the French nuclear powered aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle. Upon Charles de Gaulleâ€™s arrival to the region March 16, the two ships provided support to the ISAF on the ground in Afghanistan, and conducted bi-lateral exercises at sea and personnel exchanges between the strike group ships.
A trip down Olbermann Lane shows that following the release of the Baker-Hamilton Commission plan, Olbermann pilloried the Bush administration for not engaging Iran in diplomatic talks. When Bush begins exactly the type of dialog recommended by the commission, Olbermann portrays such talks as a bad thing. When Bush emulates Teddy "talk softly and carry a big stick" Roosevelt and uses the oldest trick in the diplomatic playbook - "carrot and stick" that's portrayed as "schizophrenic". Olbermann has been pushing for the U.S. to pay more attention to Afghanistan but when Cheney visits the carrier group that is supporting the mission in Afghanistan he leaves that part out. When the American and French navy conduct joint training exercises, Olbermann leaves that out altogether and snidely questions whether the U.S. even had allies.
So, let's see if we've got that right?
Democrats recommend talking to Iran - GOOD
Bush talks to Iran - BAD
Democrats recommend more attention to Afghanistan - GOOD
Bush pays more attention to Afghanistan - BAD
Democrats recommend following the Baker-Hamilton recommendations - GOOD
Bush follows the recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton plan - BAD
Democrats call for better relations with our European allies - GOOD
Bush fosters better relations with our European allies - BAD
Democrats for diplomatic initiatives in the Middle East - GOOD
Bush authorizes new diplomatic initiatives in the Middle East - BAD.
Glad we have Keith to clear all that up for us.
Dana Milbank - Cheney is a "loose cannon" undermining Bush foreign policy. A statement by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell shows that the White House is now contradicting itself except that McConnell is a U.S. Senator and not a member of the Bush White House and the White House sent Cheney to deliver the same message to the Iraqi government on his recent trip to Baghdad. Milbank explains that Bush had a "good reason" for talking about greenhouse gases today and apparently it has nothing to do with no longer talking about Iraq or not caring about the three soldiers missing in Iraq. He's "great thanksed" anyway so once again Olbermann is not actually listening to the answers from his guests.
Oddball - Samurai marathon, Indian police laughing
Newsmakers - Tommy Thompson on firing gay employee, Lisbon ad agency, guy arrested for marijuana
#3 Decision 2008 - Keith talks about Hillary getting the support of most of the top elected officials in her "native state....her 'current' native state", Romney did not have pre-marital sex but Romney's grandfather had five wives, Gingrich leaning towards running, Hagel talking to Bloomberg, voters who voted for both Bloomberg and Guiliani in New York favor Bloomberg for the White House (except that Bloomberg's not running).
John Harwood - Bill will overshadow Hillary but he's a great asset to Hilllary. Romney looks great the more he is seen.
Top 3 soundbites -Bush at Jamestown, Conan on Free Paris Hilton rally, Keith Olbermann promotes Football Night in America on NBC.
#2 - Church of Scientology shouting match
Keeping Tabs - Michael Jackson, Simon Cowell, Donald Trump
WPIW - Teachers that scared kids, Ann Coulter did not falsify her voting records (but more bashing of the FBI from Keith "save me from the soap flakes" Olbermann, Bill O'Reilly attack #183 for sending a producer to interview an elected official at the Vermont state house while he was (gasp) eating breakfast!
#1 - Paris Hilton gets advice from Candy Spelling and Patty Hearst
Paul F. Tompkins gets another try out as Michael Musto's replacement.
BONUS Countdown Roundup from Ed Schatz...
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann gave an incredibly long opening spiel. It was going to be a long night in the Spin Zone. Gonzales-Gate [Ding!]. Vice President Cheney on Iraq. A report on our missing soldiers in Iraq. Shocking. I wonder if Herr Olbermann will use it as a chance to beat up on the administration. Olbsession O'Reilly's "ambush." Scientology. Paris Hilton, Michael Jackson and puppet theater. Dear Lord, help me.
#5: Gonzo-Gate! Paul McNulty resigns. Devious links between the White House and the Justice Department on the "scandal" [Ding!]. Oralmann uses scandal more times than I can count. Olby mentions Sen. Schumer (Far Left-NY). Pete Williams from HQ comes to rescue Keithy from his ignorance on the story. Williams says McNulty never even planned to stay on the job for more than two years and that the consternation over the firings accelerated his departure. Of course, this is not what Fat Ass wanted to hear. It should have been: He resigned because he tarred by scandal! Olby asks a poignant question about how all of this is affecting the Justice Department. Much to my surprise, it's making business more difficult to conduct! Thanks for asking that one! I was so confused. Just a "thanks for staying late with us" Pete. Learn to be a better sock puppet.
The Perfessor comes into parrot Jabba's need to prove the eeeeeeevil conspiracy between Karl Rove, the White House, the Justice Department and everyone else at the RNC to supposedly only prosecute voter fraud that "seems" to benefit Democrats. Very upsetting for Keith when Democrats engage in voter fraud and don't get away with it. Back to McNulty, who was expected to leave and was not a shock, Keith states is a shock. Whatever. OlbyPlanet conforms to its own rules. The "decks are cleared" now that McNulty is gone with just Gonzales left. Great Thanks for some of your time.
Witz End? Adam's Apple manages to squeeze in a quick attack on Paul Wolfowitz and his girlfriend. Hm. The irony. I'll leave it at the end.
#4: Apparently, the administration is more interested in having wars than winning them, according to the esteemed Olbermann. The President talks about something very near and dear to a far left person like Olby, greenhouse gasses, but instead attacks "Mister" Bush for being more worried about said gasses than the kidnapped soldiers. Really? The President is getting regular updates. http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/1997591 Welcome Dana Milbank, sans splashy suit, here to mock the Vice President being on a battleship. Milbank manages to insult the Vice President's weight by saying they didn't have a flight suit big enough for him. Weight jokes are the pinnacle of good journalism. Edward R Olbermann and Milbank manage to have fun with each other saying not much of consequence. Everything is going to hell. Iraq is a disaster. More suggesting that talking about greenhouse gasses is really a "change in rhetoric." The President wants his own Oscar. Unusual for Milbank, he reminds Keith of how bad gas prices are and that the President might be concerned about that. Any more recapping will cause you to drop dead from boredom and redundancy. Great thanks.
Oddball: Samurai Marathon, Police in India (Keith reminds us he was on Family Guy - what an honor)
Newsmakers: Tommy Thompson, Lisbon Ad Agency, some guy who grows marijuana - but he has a funny last name - Stoner! HA!
#3: Bill Clinton out hawking his wife for President. BJ Clinton on YouTube - wow. So exciting. Isn't the entire world on there yet? We don't just get a clip of it - we get nearly the entire thing. Following, Mitt Romney attacks on his changing of views and even though Fmr. Gov. Romney has only been married once and hates polygamy, Mr. Merlot needs to tell us about the Governor's father and grandfather who had very different attitudes (they had multiple wives). John Harwood enters the Spin Zone; tries to be funny. Admitting it's an old question, but going with it anyway, Olby wonders how Sen. Clinton can keep BJ from overshadowing her. No news here.
#2: BBC vs. Scientology. If the BBC is biased against Scientology, I'm all for it. Regurgitated video from New York.
#1: Attacks on as many women as possible. Paris Hilton, her mother, Tori Spelling, her mother, Patty Hearst on and on and on. Unusual. Paul F. Tompkins help out in the mockery. Keith laughs. I don't.
Media Matters: Bronze goes to teachers who stage a fake. Silver: Anne Coulter not being charged with voter fraud. Gold: Bill-O's "minions" to "ambush" State Rep. Lippert. Oralmann clearly used this article as he claims the sex offender laws were just "tightened" though fails to mention that it's now a 5 year mandatory minimum, not the 25 years Jessica's Law calls for that Vermont has rejected repeatedly. Source: http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070513/NEWS04/705130395/1024/NEWS04 along with http://insidecable.blogsome.com/2007/05/14/ambush-interview/
Keeping Tabs: Michael Jackson asks Simon Cowell for help. Donald Trump has a grandchild.
Culture Warrior on Amazon: 730. Worst Person: 3,600 and selling for 6.99 (70% discount - ha!). Barnes and Noble #951, unranked, respectively.
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
Keith at the "upfronts" for Football Night in America
Last night on his radio show, Matt Drudge provided a compelling example of why we were so concerned last year that Brian Stelter of TVNewser surreptitiously changed the way he was reporting Nielsen data, a change which had the effect of inflating Keith Olbermann's ratings. Drudge read over the air the then-most recently available cable news rating data (Thursday May 10th) lifted from TVN and in so doing overstated Olbermann's viewers by about 10% in total viewers and over 30% in "the demo". This in an effort to prove wrong a caller who was arguing that Olbermann was a big success.
What was originally justified as a "slight" difference between traditional ratings data and a new set of ratings data called "live plus" has now mushroomed to the benefit of two shows (Countdown, Scarborough Country) on one network (MSNBC). Surprised? We're not.
Readers will recall that last July that we caught Brian Stelter red-handed fudging ratings data on TVNewser (read the comment thread for the exchange). We then provided a fairly technical analysis for ratings data as a follow up. At the time some questioned why we made an issue what Stelter described as a "slight" difference between the traditional ratings and the new "live plus" ratings he had slipped into his coverage of the cable news industry.
In the case of Olbermann, the issue is political. The far-left have gone to great lengths to promote Countdown in the hopes of using the show to counter conservative claims that there is "no place" for liberal talk in cable news or radio. Olbermann's ratings are constantly cited as "proof" that America supports a far-left political agenda. Their data source is always Stelter, a closet-lefty and admitted fan of Keith Olbermann, who is widely seen as a flack for MSNBC, in general, and Keith Olbermann, in particular. It has long been our concern that Stelter is a cog in a much larger far-left machine - his job to supply "proof" of Olbermann's success which can then be recycled on blue blogs, talk radio programs, television critics' columns and elsewhere in the liberal media.
As we pointed out last summer TVN changed from using LIVE ratings data to something called LIVE PLUS SAME DAY which is regular old Nielsen numbers plus people record and watch a show on their DVR/TiVo on the same day. This follows a previous switch away from featuring the traditional P2+ ratings (total viewers) and a focus on A25-54 ratings (viewers ages 25 to 54). In the latter case he defended the move by arguing that he was reporting the information ADVERTISERS cared about. In the former, he failed to even disclose that he had switched data sets. In both cases, the finagled data always managed to benefit MSNBC more than any other network and Countdown with Keith Olbermann was always among the biggest beneficiaries.
When Olbermann Watch called him out after months of misleading his readers, TVNewser began running a disclaimer but never went back and corrected many months of older posts or disclosed what he had done or issued any kind of clarification or correction on TVNewser. By that point, advertisers had soundly rejected the attempt by television executives to foist inflated ratings data on them; unable to defend the switch to LIVE + SAME DAY on the tired "it's what advertisers use" , Stelter was left to offer the utterly lame excuse that, according to him, MSNBC evaluated Olbermann's success based on LIVE + SAME DAY ratings so using L+S data was a good thing.
Our advice to Drudge and anyone else looking for accurate, "agenda-free" ratings data? Bookmark Inside Cable News which provides straight up reporting of the nightly cable news ratings and steer clear of TVNewser.
Recommended Reading: TVNewser's propaganda techniques
I meant to post this late last week, before leaving town. Things snowballed, just a bit, and I never got a chance to do it. So, the graduations are now history, but the post remains.
I'm headed out for a weekend filled with college graduation activities, but wanted to leave all of you with something to chew on while I'm gone. You've probably noticed all the reports lately about how Katie Couric is being trounced in the evening news race. Just in case you haven't been paying attention, allow me to present a couple of examples of the coverage and what commenters are saying. Then, I'm going to pick a fight...
Last week's CBS Evening News viewership was the lowest it has been since at least 1987. It's accurate to call it [...]
It surely wasn't what CBS dreamed about when Katie Couric was hired: the "CBS Evening News" last week recorded its smallest audience since 1987, and probably many years before that. It also didn't help that the average of 6.05 million viewers came at the beginning of the important [...]
In fact, I believe just the opposite may be true. I believe viewers are leaving the major networks because they are looking for something more exciting, more directed at their political view. This would explain the increase in ratings for both O'Reilly and, gasp, Olbermann (among others). I think the major networks have been stuck in their "comfort zone" far too long, afraid to venture out and take a chance. While they've been hunkered down in familiar territory, the cable folks have been challenging them with attitude.
I believe we're seeing a surge in political awareness, urged along by easy access to the internet and a wide variety of opinions. Blog posts, forwarded emails, controversial websites - they all contribute to the political knowledge of Americans and our neighbors around the world. Many of you watch O'Reilly because you agree with his positions on major issues; some of us watch that other guy (the name that can't be spoken) for much the same reason. That is the reason Olbermann's ratings continue to increase. I know a couple of you will come up with some numbers you believe show just the opposite. But, when you back off and look at the trends, it's been generally positive for Olbermann and Countdown. Sure, there are going to be ups and downs, as the political climate and the stories of the day change. If you really want to argue about it, I'll start pointing out that Olbermann's audience is younger and the viewers have something better to do some evenings than just sit on their backsides and watch TV.
Don't you see? It's a new ballgame. Questionable political actions that were once part of the daily routine in Washington, and could easily be lost in the blizzard of bureaucratic paperwork, are now being spotted. And questioned. Rather than get all hot and bothered by something Olbermann says, why not just watch the people you want, ignore him, and realize that the tables will be turned if a Democrat wins the Presidency in 2008. That, at least, would give O'Reilly somebody other than George Soros to pick on!
On his Sunday night radio program, Matt Drudge was talking about A-Mess-NBC's Joe Scarborough when several callers brought up the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Drudge had a lively exchange with one caller who claimed A-Mess-NBC and Oralmann are stunning ratings successes! We have the audio clip for your listening pleasure:
As an experiment I took the audio and made it into a "video" with images and text information added to make it an augmented audio. Let me know what you think.
Keith Olbermann makes his much anticipated (by him) appearance on Family Guy in the aptly named episode "It Takes A Village Idiot (and I Married One)". Rumor has it the name of Olbermann's character is an homage, in part, to the Managing Editor of Olbermann Watch.
When Lois runs for mayor of Quahog to stop illegal dumping by the evil Quahog Oil Company, she isn't the front-runner until she "dumbs down" her political views by repeating "9/11" over and over. Once in office, she's corrupted by the power and starts accepting bribes so that she can buy herself expensive trinkets. Meanwhile, Peter's enjoying being the "first lady" and all of the perks that go along with it. Olbermann plays Bob Groosebeard, the head of Quahog Oil. Keith's character co-opts Lois by buying her a fur coat. Lois has a change of heart about her political career.
Well what do we have here? Why it seems that Keith Olbermann's girlfriend has been uploading her video projects to CurrentTv.com's website. For those of you not in the know, this is the website branch of the Al Gore-owned cable network. Olbermann has previously described his girlfriend as a "Freelance Cable Producer", but judging from her work here we can easily see why that translates into, "Unemployed".
The theory behind Al Gore's little cable television project is that viewers submit videos to the on-line website, and that visitors to the website rate the videos or "greenlight" them. Once a video is greenlit, it is then considered for airing on the Current TV cable network. Now apparently young Katy Tur has been spending her time making "girlfriend on the street" interviews, which in Keith's mind, apparently qualifies her to be a "freelance cable producer".
What types of videos has she shot? Why there's coverage of the Circus Elephant Walk. She probably mistook the elephants for Olbermann's backside. Then there are political pieces, where she's obviously gained entrance into press events and the like for political candidates like McCain, Bloomberg, and Bill Richardson.
She seems to have let her hair go darker from her California Blonde party-girl days, perhaps to give her a more "serious" on-air look. And she seems to have ditched the square nerd glasses (most recently seen on her boy (okay, old man-friend), Olbermann. But what she can't seem to shake are the rampant head-tossing and Valley Girl twang.
And then there are the comments left by Ms. Katy Tur at her CurrentTV page:
I am not a journalism student, but I grew up in the business and I seemed to soak some of it in (much to my parents chagrin). Now I'm just freelancing, trying to get my foot in the door somewhere.
Foot in the door somewhere? Huh? Katy's parents are Robert and Marika Tur, who broke the story on the LA Riots, shot the Reginald Denney beating and found OJ Simpson on his infamous slow-speed chase. And before she moved to NYC, Katy did have a foot in the door, in fact, you might say that she had her entire body in the door as her first job out of college, sans journalism degree, was as a producer at KTLA in Los Angeles. We are going to take a wild guess here that not many kids straight out of college, without a journalism degree land a job working at a television station in the second largest television market in the U.S. But I guess even that wasn't enough of a forward push for Ms. Tur, she dumped her boyfriend and took up with one Keith Olbermann. And she's telling us that's not even helping her? Well the mystery isn't too hard to figure out if you watch these videos. It's reassuring to know that no amount of connections can buy you talent and Ms. Tur seems singularly lacking in talent. Perhaps her best talents are off-camera?
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC news anchor and co-host of the news channels recent coverage of the Democrat and Republican presidential debates, said in a speech Thursday "the people who are defending us" against the threat of terrorist attack are misguided or overzealous or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder". Olbermann drew nervous laughter for his remarks mocking law enforcement officials. Olbermann was speaking at the annual AAN Awards luncheon hosted by the Association of Alternative Weeklies in Manhattan. Olbermann received an award named for the late Molly Ivins.
This is the second time in three days that Olbermann has mocked efforts of law enforcement officials who arrested six men for allegedly plotting to carry out a terrorist attack at a military base in New Jersey. On the Wednesday telecast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he derided the efforts of law enforcement official in rounding up suspects dubbed the "Fort Dix Six", saying "the FBI arrested six 'morons'".
In his speech to the newspaper trade group, Olbermann said,
I sit there with no doubt that there's a threat. I have no doubt that there are terrorists. I have no doubt that many of the motivations of the people who are defending us against these things are absolutely sincere and many of them are at worst misguided or overzealous or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder
NOTE: We could have just as easily commented on Keith comparing himself to a firefighter rushing in to rescue people from a burning building, whining about being "attacked in every almost every imaginable way personally" or that he is "still waiting for somebody to come back with a rebuttal to the facts that I have tried to elucidate" but calling our troops "misguided, overzealous" and mentally ill was so obviously the low point in an otherwise shameful speech we had to lede with Keith disparaging the troops.
A full transcript follows.
TRANSCRIPT OF "IVINS AWARD" ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY KEITH OLBERMANN
While most people in broadcast and mainstream print media, I think, suspended their disbelief for a period of time after 9/11 for the most patriotic and important of reasons there was a danger of some sort facing the country, there was a government in power, we'll give them the benefit of the doubt. It became very evident, very shortly that this was not supposed to be a temporary arrangement but a permanent one and it is probably the only way out of the maze that we all find ourselves in to follow the bread crumbs left by alternate weeklies, monthlies, the blogs, the people who had some anger and some doubt and whereas they suspended their disbelief to some degree the same way we did, did not have to do so so publicly I guess is the best way to phrase it. I didn't plan to do this work or become eligible for the first Molly Ivins Award and it is overwhelming to me that I received it. It really was one of those circumstances I've used this analogy before I'll use it again. You're at a firefighters convention the building next door catches fire and everybody around you says you know I would go in there to the third floor and I'd bring seventeen trucks in for... well... no, no, no... you bring in fourteen trucks from over here go in through the fourth floor and you're standing there and you say are you going to go in and get the people out of the building and as they continue their technical discussion...you wind up saying "ahhhoom...I get it, I'm going into the building. I hope I'm good at it." Fortunately, my grandfather was a firefighter so the analogy is kind of apt and I just went in to see what would happen knowing that I might not get out, that there's enough power to the behind the people to whom we're trying to speak truth to know that it is very distinctly possible that you might not get out of that building but I thought "what the hell" to quote Archibald Cox if it worked great if not well at least I went down for a good reason so the only thing I can say this is testimony to is the necessity for everybody at every level of the media to think. Now this would seem to be a fairly evident, self-evident concept to sit there and think when you have a news story in front of you but apparently it isn't. I use to. I will use as an example for you this latest story about the current "terror plot" unquote to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey, posed as pizza delivery men, were going to shut off power and who decided to train and take videos of themselves in the Poconos and then have the video transfered to DVD at Circuit City. Anybody in the room see anything less than terrorizing (laughter), terrible in the plot or the individuals mentioned therein, anybody else but me see that and literally that's it, that's the whole thread, if it doesn't add up it's incumbent on all of us to just say you know the math just doesn't work here. I sit there with no doubt that there's a threat. I have no doubt that there are terrorists. I have no doubt that many of the motivations of the people who are defending us against these things are absolutely sincere and many of them are at worst misguided or overzealous or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder perhaps but still when we look at it we need to set aside the fear we might have, any anxiety, just look to see if there isn't something that doesn't add up. So several times last year these things came out in the form of "special comments" and I think it was prudent to show a short clip because I believe that one is nine minutes long. (laughter) I have to go find out if I have a broken foot or not at about one o'clock so I have to begin to wrap this up already...if we had shown the whole special comment here I don't think either you or I would have been able to say anything here. But as I said it's an extraordinary honor. Molly Ivins is a cross-over icon I would say would be the best description did all forms of media, the sort of person...another way I'd like to emulate her I think if I have...I don't recall her facts ever being attacked. I recall her being attacked which is something I got to experience in the last eight to ten months which i I have been attacked in every almost every imaginable way personally and I'm still waiting for somebody to come back with a rebuttal to the facts that I have tried to elucidate so I thank you greatly for the recognition and greatly for your work. It is, it may seem to some degree that you are hitting your head against the wall at sometimes when it comes to the mainstream media but as I've heard from so many of my colleagues jeez I wish I wish I could say what you said or something like it and I say well then you'll get an opportunity at some point to say something like it go out and do it maybe one second out of your year or one paragraph out of what you write but the opportunity will arise so that the those of us who've had that sense of banging our reads against the wall members of your organization included remember each time you do it you knock another brick out of place and make it easier for the next guy to get through so thank you kindly. I will treasure this. (applause)
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
Keith is off tonight so no Countdown Roundup tonight. According to Olbemann, he had a doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon to see if he had a broken foot (no word yet on how that happened). This may have been a scheduled off-day or his foot may have become a problem.
Do not forget Sunday night Keith makes a cameo appearance on Family Guy on Fox at 9 PM ET. We will have the clip up Sunday night with a post so readers can discuss Keith's voice talent.
On CNN Headline News, Glenn Beck excoriated Keith Olbermann for his cavalier dismissal of the arrest of the Fort Dix Six. As you listen you might hear echoes of the commentary that accompanied our original video post. You will also notice that Beck uses our video clip, posted on May 9th which got huge exposure thanks to our friends at HotAir.com
[note to Glenn's producers, contact me next time and I will be happy to provide a high-res version of the clip]
BECK: But first, the "Real Story." If you didn't know any better, you might be like me. I mean, I could be naive enough to believe that terrorism would be a bipartisan issue, right? Terrorists attack us? That's bad. We stop a terrorist attack? That's good. That's not politics. That's common sense. No.
And then you remember, "Oh, wait I'm in America in 2007," not in this country anymore, not with this media anymore. The real story is that you can now find somebody who is willing to go on television and disparage anything or anybody. You show me the story; I'll show you the critic.
On Tuesday, the day the FBI busted up a terror group in New Jersey that was in final preparations for a deadly attack on our soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, MSNBC journalist Keith Olbermann went on air with this, and I want you to pay very close attention to his choice of words.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
KEITH OLBERMANN, MSNBC ANCHOR: The ultimate premise of the war in Iraq and the ultimate premise, certainly, of the Republican campaign ahead, counterterrorism. The FBI claims it has broken up a plot to attack Fort Dix, in New Jersey.
The flaw, though, in the breathless reporting of the purported terror cell, the bureau infiltrated the six-person group after its members took video of themselves practicing with assault weapons, brought the tape to a photo store, and had it transferred to a DVD. The details of the supposed plot don't seem to hold together that well, either, though that did not stop extensive and entirely credulous coverage on TV, the Internet and print today.
The men supposedly had plans to gain access to the base disguised at pizza delivery guys, then cut the power somewhat, then, quote, "hit four, five, or six Humvees and light the whole place and retreat without any losses." And take the tape of yourselves practicing and have it copied at Photo Mat. In other words, the FBI has arrested six morons.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BECK: Wow, first it's all about the presidential campaign, and then it's six morons, huh, Keith? Is that really what we've come to? We can't even take one night to applaud law enforcement or the FBI for protecting us and our soldiers that are here and they're saving lives without launching into insults and politics?
You know, Keith, I've got an idea. How about I keep this video clip on file until the next time that we're attacked? And then you'll start blasting people for not being able to prevent the attack. And then I'll just play the clip and show what a hypocrite you really are.
Let's assume that you're right and these guys were idiots. I'll give you, they weren't too bright. Are you saying that only brilliant people can cause death and destruction? Wow. I'll bet the people in Oklahoma City or Littleton, Colorado, hey, how about Blacksburg, Virginia? I bet they'd have something to say about that, huh, Keith?
I have to tell you, I know Keith Olbermann likes to say, "Oh, I'm not a liberal or a Democrat." Sure. You know, I know his audience undoubtedly is, so let me ask them directly. Is this really who you are? Is this honestly what your great party, a party that once stood for hard work and values and compassion, has become? The party of my grandparents, this is it?
Keith, you know what? Maybe you're right. Maybe you're really not a Democrat, because I don't believe it. I don't believe that represents anything that like what Democrats really are. And, in fact, I know for a fact this isn't what any American, no matter what their politics, stands for.
This story is not about politics. It's about how powerful the public is when it comes to protecting this country. There are millions more of us than there are of all the FBI, CIA, DHS and ATF agents combined. We, we the people, are the best and sometimes only defense against terrorism. Remember, if it wasn't for one alert Circuit City employee, we might be talking about a completely different situation right now.
But the "Real Story" is, is that there are people and groups within this country working hard day and night to make sure that that public keeps their mouths shut all the time. Although their arguments are usually disguised under a very thin veil of racism and civil rights, the reality is that groups use these tactics to put us all on the defensive. Nobody wants to be called a racist or accused of discrimination, so we're scared into silence.
Now, before the e-mails start rolling in and I'm taken out of context, I'm not talking about real racism and real discrimination. Those absolutely do exist, and we already have laws in place to deal with those dirt bag offenders. What I'm talking about are the situations like the imams on the plane, who started acting suspiciously, like the 9/11 hijackers, situations where reasonable people make reasonable judgments based on what they're seeing.
But what message does it send when those people are sued as a result of those reasonable judgments? What if this hero from Circuit City had been wrong, these guys were turned in, and they were just messing around? Do you really think the ACLU and groups like that would not be out holding press conferences right now, claiming discrimination and threatening lawsuits, and somebody like Keith Olbermann would be on the air saying, "Look at these morons"?
Yes, you know what? If you really don't think that that would be happening, I bet Keith Olbermann would have a technical term for you, as well: moron.
We can't have it both ways. When it comes to public safety, we either put reasonable vigilance first or we want to cater to every person who plays the discrimination card to further their agenda. Considering that one of those options probably just saved an untold number of lives, I think the choice is pretty clear.
Don Clark, former FBI special agent in charge of Houston, and Congressman Peter King, he's a Republican from New York, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Don, let me just start with you. First of all, these guys, morons?
DON CLARK, FORMER HEAD OF FBI HOUSTON BUREAU: Absolutely not. Glenn, whether they were morons or not is immaterial. I mean, these people were trying to conduct a terrorist attack.
And first of all, Glenn, I've got to say, kudos to that gentleman at the Circuit City. That's what American citizens have to do to keep us from being attacked by terrorists. And, also, I personally formed that terrorist task force up in New Jersey some years ago, and I think they did a heck of a job for trying to work this out.
It's about vigilance. The two most used words today, vigilance and prevention, and we need to stick to that and do the right things, by the laws as we have them, and keep people alive in this country.
BECK: Hey, Peter, how come this story has not become -- one of these guys just converted over to Islam. Who has he been talking to? How did he become radicalized so fast? Where are the MSNBC investigative reports going out and talking to the people that, you know, helped him become a Muslim? How come we're not seeing the footage? How come the story is not about how three of them came across our southern border in the middle of the night? Why?
REP. PETER KING (R), NEW YORK: Because there's a terrible double standard. I mean, you saw it there with Keith Olbermann. There's a crowd in America which is always "blame America first."
When the FBI does something right -- and, by the way, this is a great victory for the FBI. I mean, not only do they stop the plot, but they were able to monitor it for 15 months. You know, that's not easy to do, is to stand back and resist that impulse to make the arrest. They let this play out. They did a thoroughly professional job.
The citizen from Circuit City should be given the Medal of Honor. I mean, this is what we ask all Americans to do. These people should be the heroes. These people should be being lauded and praised. Instead, there's this attempt to somehow diminish it or demean it and it's really, again, just a "blame America first" crowd, diminish what we do, praise what the enemy does, take whatever weaknesses or deficiencies we have, highlight them, focus on them. It's terrible.
BECK: Peter, do you have any doubt at all that, if this wouldn't have been that, and it came out that the ACLU or an organization like CAIR wouldn't be holding a press conference today ripping that guy at Circuit City to shreds?
KING: No, in fact, he would probably be risking a lawsuit. Or put it the other way. Let's just say these were some NRA gun owners who were plotting to attack innocent civilians and it was stopped. It would be front pages everywhere, and they'd be looking into the whole psyche of gun owners.
No, but you're right. If this had not worked out, if this information had turned out not to be totally accurate or if it turned out these guys were just playing in the woods, you would have had lawsuits. You would have had CAIR getting involved. It would have been absolutely terrible.
BECK: Don, I want to ask you what we should be looking for. I think this neighborhood in Cherry Hill was amazing. I read some place that one neighbor actually was walking down the street and saw a sedan parked down the street, where it was the FBI -- they were monitoring the House -- saw the sedan parked in front of the street, called the police, and said, "Hey, there is somebody hanging out, and they are here all the time back and forth. And something is going on in the neighborhood," and the police just said, "Zip it. Everything's OK."
I mean, this is a neighborhood that is on watch, a real neighborhood watch. What is it that we should be looking for, as regular people?
CLARK: Well, you know, Glenn, I think that neighborhood really set the example as to the things that we should be doing. And in order to tell somebody what they should be looking for, you know, the American citizens are pretty smart people. And they have a pretty good idea when something is not going right in their surroundings, in their area.
They can tell when something is added, a car is there, it shouldn't be there. They can tell when these types of things are happening. And I say don't be reserved about it. If you've got your facts, if you're looking at it intelligently, if you know that it's something different that's going on, call the authorities.
And now, with homeland security and so forth, it may be confusing a little bit, but I say call the FBI right away and give them particulars to the information, and I guarantee you that they're going to take a look at it.
BECK: Peter, I've only got about 30 seconds. Is your whistleblower legislation going to go through to protect people who are whistleblowers?
KING: Glenn, where it is, is there's a conference now between the House and Senate on the homeland security bill. The house bill has it; the Senate bill doesn't. We have to focus attention on the Senate to make sure they include it. Otherwise, citizens who come forward will be subject to lawsuits. We cannot allow that.
You can have the best FBI in the world, the best police department in the world, but they can't exist and can't function without the eyes and ears of millions of good public-spirited American.
BECK: That's the "Real Story" tonight. We'll be back in just a minute.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
If you thought last night was a romp, look at tonight's. The Lefty Sock Puppet. The esteemed and highly regarded convicted felon. Gen. John Batiste! Did he say anything about his contradictory statements? Did Keith grill him on such matters? Does Keith not have a man crush on himself? As if his Speshul Komment's were not self indulgent enough, we had a whole segment devoted to his "debut" on the liberal lovefest known as "Family Guy." Olbersturmfuhrer bellowed as if he never had before, well, not really. "Alarm Clocks" ringing, the President being read the "riot act" by the "gang of eleven." Clip of Tony Snow. Keith sympathy for Gen. Batiste. Gonzo-gate [Ding!]. "Greatest Family Guy ever," declares Olby.
#5: The "gang of eleven" trying to make themselves look good. The President now knows he has no credibility on Iraq. He's hoping for credibility by dropping by the Pentagon. Clip of the President acquiesing to benchmarks. Keith actually calls a measure calling for troops to come home in 90 days as "liberal." I nearly died. Bring in Howard Fineman opine that a "giant supertanker" is turning around inch by inch. Not much interesting going on here. Fineman departs, Oralmann quotes Tony Snow saying the meeting of the "moderate Republicans" with "Mister" Bush should not be viewed as the march up to Nixon [Ding!]. Funny, here comes the infamous felon John Dean! Keith tries to land a funny one about how they are not going to talk about "Mister" Bush leaving because it's clear the Attorney General is not going to resign. No, really, Jabba, please make more thinly veiled comments as to how you really feel. Your show is truly an objective hard news program as you suggest. Ted Baxter asks the Felon where the "truth is" regarding the meeting of the "gang of eleven" and whether or not it was "grandstanding" moment or the "proverbial watershed moment." HA! The Felon is going to tell us about the truth. Naturally the sock puppet agrees with what we know Keith thinks, it's grandstanding. The disbarred lawyer does not say that per se, but he says it's to help with their constiuents. The question really is, does any of it really matter to old Olby? Republicans are naturally grandstanding, but it's a watershed moment too. The cracks are forming in the Republican party, but they're really just pandering to save their congressional seats. Seems like they just can't win no matter what the truth. Where do Democrats fit into all of this? Never mentioned once despite their pandering just to get enough votes to pass a bill to "end" the war that will get vetoed anyway. Democrats never engage in that kind of grandstanding on OlbyPlanet. The Felon drops one of Keith's favorite words, escalate [Ding!] vis a vis Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam. Great thanks.
#4: Countdown exclusive: General John Batiste (Ret.). Keith implies that Batiste was forced out a la McClellan by President Lincoln. Adam's Apple Olbermann is honored by his presence on his show. He should be. Keith can barely get anyone to appear. KO reminds us that Batiste is a "die hard Republican." Gotta make sure the viewers are not yet convinced that the Republican party is collapsing. Sadly for Keith, the General is not terribly concerned with timelines and troop withdrawls. Rather, he is arguing that it was a failed strategy and is not part of anti-war group. Olbermahn's heart nearly broke. Though he did agree that the "gang of eleven" was a "watershed moment." Funny, 4 of those 11 congressmen were targeted by General Batiste's ads. So what is it? Watershed? Grandstanding? Aghhhhh I can't figure out OlbyLogic. Great thanks for your time and Great thanks for your service.
Oddball: Insult Britney now that someone "stupider" has been found. Nanny 911 on Fox has idiot viewers. Stupid phone call to 911 asking for a nanny coupled with a comparison to the Attorney General's staff.
Newsmakers: John Paul May, Rickey Henderson, The Love Bug 2 "marital aid." Perhaps he got one for Ms. Tur.
#3: Gonzo-Gate [Ding!. Comparison clips from April and may. Clip of very liberal Rober Wexler (D) going after Gonzales. Second clip. Wexler going hysterical. No clip of a Republican. Another clip of a Democrat. Craig Crawford makes a knee slapping joke. Takes a slap at Rudy on abortion as if that had any relation to the topic at hand. Democrats can't get the goods, if there are any (amazing admission by Mr. Crawford) to for the Attorney General out. Another snooze inducing Great Thanksed "analysis."
Commercial break: Keith applauds himself for being on Family Guy, Bill-O attack as a "cartoon always" (attack #170 some) who's going to be worst person in the world for that night.
#2: Regurgitated video from HQ on Mickey Mouse being used by Hamas to indoctrinate children.
Keeping Tabs: Kiki gets the boot from American Idol. Paula Abdul "claps like a seal" (attack on a woman #8 zillion), Dale Earnhardt Junior.
#1: Keith hypes his appearance on Family Guy as if anyone cares. Alex Borstein and Fat Ass have a lefty love fest. Keith calls Family Guy "brilliant." I wonder why Wikipedia has this: criticism. Is it because Seth MacFarlane is a vehement liberal who mocks "Mister" Bush as much as possible? Is it because the entire episode is really a thinly veiled attack on eeeeeeeevil oil companies and the supposed use of September 11th to further Republican attempts at getting elected. MonkeyMann agrees with Ms. Borstein that it's "scary how close to reality it is." Hm. I wonder. Keith hopes that a Bill-O cameo, not played by him, will make an appearance in the episode. Does it ever end with Olbersturmfuhrer? Great thanks.
In the Media Matters minute, the incredibly liberal News Hour with Jim Lehrer producers for having Melanie Morgan on to counter "our friend" Jon Soltz (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). "Chemical Warfare Department" (who?) for leaving toxins in Oklahoma (Blue Blog Source: Rachel Maddow Blog via the Associated Press). The gold: Olbsession Bill-O of "Fox Noise" - HA! - with funny voice for calling off his boycott of France (Blue Blog source: Media Matters) and bringing up a mistake O'Reilly made THREE YEARS AGO. Find new material Keith, for the love of god. At least smear O'Reilly with something different.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's plummeted to #4,275 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #619. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome continues its streak of not ranking; O'Reilly's book is #827 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Wednesday's Hour of Spin managed an impressive second place finish in total viewers (by 83k over Ms. Zahn). As we know, "Man on Fan" Olbermann prefers that "money demo" that he fantasizes about. Based on that, Wednesday's Hour of Spin fell even further to the laughable, embarrassing and utterly atrocious fourth place finish, in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo." Second, anyone? Speshul Komment, anyone? Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]
A loyal reader sent along this link from a 2006 post at a University of California Santa Barbara blog called International Flapjack Society:
I then stumbled upon this article written by Katy Tur in 2005 which ought to get a few chuckles from the Olbermann Watch faithful:
When are the people in charge going to realize that we, the youth, the ones who are in high school and college or who, like me, have just graduated, do not want to be read the news by another cheesy blonde anchor who looks like the girl who does keg stands and dances on coffee tables at frat parties? Respectable journalists don't wear hot pink and they don't die their hair blonde if they are Korean like Mia Lee, one of the anchors at KCAL. The women shouldn't have fake tits that are pushed up to their neck and the men shouldn't be orange. Do you respect the guy in your psych class that has frosted tips and highlights? No. Then why would you feel differently toward the guy reading the news?
Good question, Katy!
UPDATE: more photos...we'll take any you might find.
more photos courtesy of Save the Cats...
3 more courtesy of Miss Scarlett
One of TVNewser's tipsters sent along this rare photo of Keith with his girlfriend Katy Tur. We're not sure who's who in this photo but our crack staff tells me that Keith is on the right.
image courtesy of Roger at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
Fort Dix Plot: Right Wing Cheers, Left Wing Jeers
Leaning Straight Up
If you peruse the right wing blogs the details and congratulations to law enforcement are universal. But on the left....I wouldn't say the lefties are as mean spirited as they are about Cheney and Bush, but the general attitude is either a yawn, or some minimizing of the plot to make it no big deal...The Main Stream media has contributed to the jeering: Olbermannwatch.
Olbermann: Jersey Jihad a Hoax!
The problem Keith has with the F.B.I. story is that the six men arrested are "morons" and thus, in Olbermannâ€™s mind, not dangerous. Olbermann Watch presents the best argument against Olbermann and his moonbattery in this post.
Seditious Keith Olbermann Derides Ft. Dix Six Plot
Olbermann is proof that any liberal wacko can get a TV spot. I'll bet he sprang from the same alien space pod Rosie O'Donnell sprang from. I'll also bet he dresses up in women's clothing and make-up and pretends to be Barbra Streisand while singing show tunes during his evenings at home.
Keith Olbermann is the new Johnny Depp
Smart, fearless, dapper, intense, funny. I forgive him for not being a pirate.
Lady Raiders Coach Talks About Recruiting
The Williams and Hyatt Show Blog
A smattering of thoughts from the back of the media hospitality room while wondering how long it will take ESPN RADIO to dump Keith Olbermann from the Dan Patrick Show.
Olbermann: Bush Only Wants White Voters
To help make his case he brings in Rachel Maddow from Air America. Fair and balanced as always...
It was in this pre-event hour (sponsored by Cartier! it must be mentioned) that MSNBC general manager Dan Abrams, unsolicited, reminded us that he created Keith Olbermann's star (a joke, or at least a halfway joke)
THURSDAY'S LETTERS: Olbermann, Civilian Death Payouts, 9/11 Newspaper
Editor & Publisher
In today's letters, praise for Keith Olbermann, and comments on Greg Mitchell's recent columns about the newspaper on the morning of 9/11/2001 and payments given to the families of dead civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The Hour of Spin kicked into high gear tonight. Keith somehow managed to swing not only Mo Rocca but Dana Milbank, fresh off his fancy pants dinner. Oralmann bellowed about it "snowing" (Sen. Olympia Snowe) on Capitol Hill - ha! - now in favor of timetables, "Mr. Snow" saying the President will veto another bill "limiting his divine right of war." Perverted caption saying "See Dick Spin" under the Vice President's image, who says members of the military and Iraqi government agree with him and the President. "Thanks Dick" (pervert comment #whatever) from Olby - ha! Clips of a General against the war (funny how these showed up on DailyKos and other blue blogs). American "I-dull." Keith even brought out his cool, sparingly used glasses!
UPDATE: video & transcript below
#5: "It's game time," from the Vice President to the Iraqi government. What were the last four years, Dick, batting practice?" asks Keith. What's with the penis fascination? Regurgitated video from Tim Russert and Brian Williams already. Russert asserts Americans are ready for "defeat" according to Republican congressmen. Petreaus is now the front man on Iraq. Dana Milbank appears without his white suit for deep insight. Another "turning point" vis a vis Republicans breaking ranks. The President lacks credibility on the war according to Republicans as well. Keith wonders if anyone can convince the President he has no credibility at all!
John Boehner is implied as agreeing with notion of the timetable. If one examines his website and actual quotes, this is not what he said. "I used to run a small business. I owned a small business. I had benchmarks every month, but if I didn't meet the benchmarks, if I missed the profit margin, I didn't shut down the business. I didn't yank the funds and close up the door. I tried to figure out what do I need to do in order to meet those benchmarks. That's the whole point. I'm for benchmarks that are for success. I'm not for benchmarks with artificial timelines, yanking funds, trying to ensure that there's failure in Iraq." Rep. Boehner's website. This does not comply with OlbySpin. All Republicans must look like they are abandoning ship and in agreement that a timetable (read: Iraq is a failure) is necessary.
Did the President get the message? "That will be difficult to see," says Milbank. Milbank says these are "mainstream" Republicans but does add the caveat they are "vulnerable." Olbermahn uses the analogy of Goldwater going to the White House to tell Nixon [Ding!] that the Watergate [Ding!] gig is up with the Republican congressmen meeting with the President. Clip of "Dick" stating that sectarian violence down. Keith blathers. Another clip of "Dick" saying Iraqi officials should know it's important to work together. The Vice President is playing a video of "Wizard of Oz" says Keith. What?
Votevets.org (antiwar group) video clip of Gen. Batiste saying he left the army in protest. Why did he leave? Primarily because of a perceived lack of funding and insufficient troops. Doing rather pedestrian google-search, I came across an article about Gen. Batiste's claims per lack of funding. "The Wall Street Journal writes that when Paul Wolfowitz visited Iraq in June 2004, "Gen. Batiste said that his division had spent $41 million in three months on rebuilding. It had $23 million left for the remaining six months of the year. That wasn't enough, he says." Fast forward only two months later, to August 27, 2004. General Batiste held a press conference in Tikrit, Iraq to announce that $2 Billion had been earmarked for the Salah ad Din Province. "This is a huge amount of money and a gift from the U.S. taxpayers," Batiste said. Clearly that problem was solved. General Batiste presented a problem to his superiors and he got what he asked for. It is tough to see what General Batiste's beef is in regard to funding." Source. According to these sourced quotes from the Wall Street Journal and an official DOD website, Batiste claimed that $2 Billion was a massive gift from the taxpayers and had no problem with that. Gen. Batiste's criticisms, while probably genuine albeit misguided, are being hijacked by the far left as they are falling in line with Democratic talking points. Though his relevance has declined rapidly since the departure of Fmr. Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. He was frequently used by Democrats to force the Secretary out (which they eventually got). Why is he still appearing in video clips on OlbyPlanet? Because any officer, even though there were only three of them during the Democratic "oversight" panel in 2006, are welcome any time to bash the administration and its policies. Source. The fact that there are many other officers out there who are either do not disagree or respect the fact they serve the will of the United States government is irrelevant.
Bring in Jon Soltz, Army Captain. Jabba rattles off various names of Generals. Soltz says Wesley Clarke should be included. Wasn't Clarke running for President rather than being in Iraq? Surprisingly, this ad is aimed at Republicans. What about those Democrats who are against timetables too? Since they vote for Speaker Pelosi, might as well leave them alone. They'll probably fall in line as long as they get subsidies for their peanut farmers: Washington Post Editorial. Just demonstrate a collapsing Republican consensus (11 members of the House, known as the "Gang of Eleven" by Keith). Again, running out of questions, MonkeyMann asks if this is a "turning point." Soltz surprisingly doesn't think so. Musings on so-called "redeployment." Thanks for your time.
#4: All new developments, all new scandals! [Ding!] "Gonzo-gate!" [Ding!] Adam's Apple Olbermann's "research" has revealed that Gonzales testimony tomorrow is merely a repeat of his testimony earlier. Great work, Olby. Holy smokes, Slippery Shuster is back! He must have been pouring through those documents as usual, doing "research." Laughs shared about how the "testimony" is the same. Suspicians that eeeeevil Karl Rove was involved in the firing of US Attorneys. Does any of this matter? Not really. They serve at the pleasure of the President. But there must be a scandal somewhere. This is a "sensitive and fast changing scandal" [Ding!] opines Olbersturmfuhrer. Yet Shuster says that Gonzales delegated the job of firing the attorneys to subordinates. Isn't this "Gonzo-gate"? So who really is behind the firings? Wait, it doesn't matter! Because they can be fired at any time for any reason! Great thanks.
Newsmakers: Baseball dude: Vernon Wells. Some Aussies not paying their wedding tab. Michael Schreiber hanging out in a graveyard drunk. Serious news from a serious reporter.
#3: Reminder of Tornados. This is fourth story says Keith, whoops, third actually! Of course, this is not about protecting people from natural disasters. It's about insulting "Mister" Bush who is the "Cheerlearder in Chief." Only the Governor Sebelius (D) is interested in delivering substantive help. The President just wants to "touch people's souls." Naturally, it has some sexual innuendo in Keith's voice. Regurgitated video from the Mothership. Why hasn't Fat Ass gotten out from behind his desk and go to Kansas? He might miss a baseball game. Another taped clip from a mothership reporter. Keith thanks the tape.
#2: KO pretends to care about the children. Even MORE regurgitated video. Geeze. Robots and kids.
Keeping Tabs: Paris Hilton has a new attorney, petition to "free Paris Hilton." O.J. Simpson thrown out of a restaurant.
#1: Mo Rocca looking strangely like Keith's older brother. He just doesn't have the right glasses. Olby love of hating American "I-Dull" is even more exciting than ever. Snooze fest. Mo can't even save this segment, unless he announced he is Keith's brother.
In the Media Matters minute, Dick Morris of "Fox Noise" (ha! funnier! Blue Blog source: Media Matters). Another use of Dick. Penis Olbsession abounds. Silver to Phil Kent writing an Op-Ed for actually suggesting Media Matters is funded by George Soros. Throw in "Bill-O" attack #god knows what for also criticizing Media Matters. As regular Olbywatch readers know, Media Matters is Keith's primary source for nearly everything. As was the source for Mr. Kent: Blue Blog source: Media Matters. The gold goes Henrietta Holsman to replace the guy who left after the DC Madam Scandal [Ding!] for making racist sounding statements. (Blue Blog source: RawStory)
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's went through the roof to #2,609 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #478. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome sadly remains unranked; O'Reilly's book is #519 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tuesday's Hour of Spin eeked out a second place finish in total viewers (by 32k over Ms. Zahn). As we know, "Man on Fan" Olbermann prefers that "money demo" that he has a massive crush on. Based on that, Tuesday's Hour of Spin was stunningly third with a humiliating 127k viewers, in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo." That lock on second is as firm as ever. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [GUARDED]
UPDATE: video & transcript
Ever wonder who these OlbyLoons really are? BandanaSpin has the goods on Bill O'Reilly who is an "ass". No Spin Zone "my butt". MSNBC and Keith Olbermann "kick ass". YouTube is full of "asinine" comments from O'Reilly. Are we starting to detect a theme here. BandanaSpin is either a proctologist or a deep-seated fetish for men's behinds.
Keith Olbermann derisively dismissed the arrest of six men in an alleged terror plot to kill U.S. troops stationed at Fort Dix in New Jersey, choosing to portray the news as an attempt by the Bush administration to "terrorize" Americans with phony threats"
OLBERMANN: And one other note today. The ultimate premise of the war in Iraq and the ultimate premise, certainly, of the Republican presidential campaign ahead, counterterrorism. The FBI claims it has broken up a plot to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey. The flaw, though, in the breathless reporting of the purported terror cell, the bureau infiltrated the six-person group after its members took video of themselves practicing with assault weapons, brought the tape to a photo store, and had it transferred to a DVD.
The details of the supposed plot don't seem to hold together that well either, though that did not stop extensive and entirely credulous coverage on TV, the Internet, in print today. The men supposedly had plans to gain access to the base disguised as pizza delivery guys, then cut the power somehow, they, quote, "hit four, five, or six Humvees and light the whole place, and retreat without any losses." And take the tape of yourselves practicing and have it copied at PhotoMat. In other words, the FBI has arrested six morons.
Olbermann appears to believe that the arrests were part of a hoax perpetrated by the FBI at the behest of the Bush Administration, the Republican Party and the Guiliani campaign - all enabled by a "credulous" media. From the safety of his anchor desk, Keith "knows" the plot was not real, that there was no actual threat, because the suspects were "morons".
Keith conveniently ignores that just a few weeks ago there was a deranged "moron" who, acting alone, killed over 30 people with just two handguns. Zacharrias Moussoui was caught before he could carry out the 9/11 attacks because he was such a "moron" that he told flight instructors he only wanted to learn how to take off - yet 19 other "morons" killed close to 3,000 people. The 1993 World Trade Center bombers were such "morons" that one of them went back to the Ryder rental office to claim his deposit on the truck used to blow up the Tower One parking garage - after they had killed six people and injured over 1,000. A border patrol agent prevented the Millennium Plot because one of these "morons" was caught with a cache of explosives in the trunk of his car. A transatlantic flight did not explode over the ocean because Richard Reid was such a "moron" that he was unable to light the fuse for the bomb in his shoe before being tackled by an alert passenger and a flight attendant.
Apparently Keith Olbermann wants a new government policy to limit its investigations to terrorists with SAT scores over 2,000 and a 3.4 GPA.
All we can say is that it requires a special degree of malice to believe that any time a terror attack is successful its the U.S. officials who are the "morons" but when these same officials prevent an attack its just a scam to "terrorize" Americans cooked up by the Bush administration in cahoots with law enforcement officials and "the media" to arrest "morons" who are never a "serious" threat. Oh, except when the terror attack is directed at Keith Olbermann. In those cases, any threat - even laundry detergent shoved into an envelope - is so important that "journalists" must take to the airwaves to denounce anyone who does not take the threat as seriously as he and blame everyone who does not share Keith's political agenda.
Keith Olbermann explains the Second Amendment but leaves out the part where the "Bill of Rights" is adopted as a check on Federal power as part of an agreement to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
underline added for emphasis
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Keith did a segment last night based on a New York Times story entitled Deal Is Offered for Chief's Exit at World Bank which begins:
Leading governments of Europe, mounting a new campaign to push Paul D. Wolfowitz from his job as World Bank president, signaled Monday that they were willing to let the United States choose the bank's next chief, but only if Mr. Wolfowitz stepped down soon, European officials said.
True enough but what the rest of the article makes clear is that two of the major issues raised by Keith in his segment - European opposition to Wolfowitz and the long-standing policy of the U.S. President choosing the head of the World Bank - are old issues. What's really going on here is an attempt to use confusion over imprecise instructions given to Wolfowitz to carry out grudges against one of the key players in the Iraq War.
Despite Keith's best efforts to obscure the issues involved we were able to pull some truth out of the segment and set it to music.
It's been all of a week or so since the latest mainstream media lie regarding Olbermann's ratings. Enter Editor and Publisher which was more than happy to copy and paste a press release from a far-left group who is presenting Olbermann with an award today.
NEW YORK MSNBC's Keith Olbermann will receive the first Molly Ivins Award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies later today, according to AAN officials. "I'm utterly honored," Olbermann said in a statement, "largely because I'd still like to be Molly Ivins when I grow up."
But it's good to see that Olbermann is at least admitting he's immature and hasn't quite grown up yet even though he's pushing 50.
The organization, which represents 125 alternative publications, created the award to "honor those who practice the same bold, fearless journalism for which Ivins was renowned during her years as co-editor of AAN member The Texas Observer and as a syndicated columnist." Describing her own style of writing, Molly Ivins once wrote, 'Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.' That's the sort of journalism we recognize today, that which holds those in power accountable in the court of public opinion," said AAN President and Memphis Flyer Publisher Kenneth Neill. "Keith Olbermann speaks truth to power with wit and style, just as Molly did."
Apparently this radical leftist group hasn't really examined transcripts of Olbermann's program. Regular Olbermannwatch readers of course, known that his broadcasts are filled with errors, omissions, and flat-out lies.
Olbermann will receive the honor during a lunchtime event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, where the annual Newspaper Association of America convention is being held this week.
I'm sure Olbermann will fill right at home in a hotel setting. Hmm. Wonder if he's meeting any fans for a nooner?
Olbermann, a former ESPN broadcaster, hosts the nightly "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," which has gained ratings strength in the past two years. Ivins, the longtime columnist, died Jan. 31 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. AAN officials stated in a release that Olbermann's show "is notable for its literate writing, fast-paced delivery, historical and pop-culture references and the host's signature wit, all of which make 'Countdown' one of the most vital and colorful newscasts on the air."
Don't exactly see them praising him for his accuracy or integrity as a journalist though do you? And while it's true that Olbermann's ratings have increased, he's still stuck firmly in second place both in overall ratings and of course, the all important "key demo". Another ratings lie floated by a publication you'd think would know better than to photocopy a press release but when the ratings of Keith Olbermann are concerned, as we well know, the Mainstream Media can't be bothered to fact-check.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Republicans in revolt. Guiliani gave to Planned Parenthood. Wolfowitz not being supported by the Europeans. A supernova. Pardoning Paris Hilton.
UPDATE: video & transcript below
Iraq and Republicans in "revolt". Three weeks after General David Petraeus testified on Capital Hill that he would be able to judge the success of "the surge" in September and Republicans took the position that they would be willing to wait to evaluate the situation at that time Keith is pounding the Democratic talking point that statements made today to this effect somehow represents a shift, that Republicans are "in revolt". This is more of the Nixon analogy at play - that as Jonathon Alter pined for yesterday - when Republicans come to Bush and tell him he has to get out of Iraq the war will end. Howard Fineman seriously jeopardized his chances at getting "great thanksed" after uttering the words "the fact is he's probably right" referring to Bush's assessment of the risk of a quick pullout from Iraq. Whoops! Obviously Keith was not listening to Fineman's answers as he inadvertently "great thanksed" the heretical Fineman.
#5 2008 Campaign - Presidential Positions. Olbypocrisy Alert - on a given day Olbermann would be celebrating a Republican who had donated to Planned Parenthood but when that Republican is Rudy Guiliani that's bad. More flogging of a Chuck Hagel candidacy with Chris Cilizza advancing the counterintuitive notion that a Hagel run would hurt Democrats more than Republicans. Gore, Thompson and Gingrich.
Another terror plot thwarted but on OlbyPlanet it is all just a big hoax perpetrated by the FBI and enabled by a "credulous" media. Seems the FBI "claims" it broke up a plot to attack Fort Dix but really the six plotters were just "morons". Didn't we just have some moron, working alone, kill over 30 people with two handguns in Virginia? Wasn't that the way Zacharrias Moussoui was described. Didn't the FBI catch the 1993 World Trade Center bombers because one of the "morons" went back to the truck rental office to get back his deposit? Didn't a border patrol agent catch of the Millennium Plot bomber because the "moron" was caught with a cache of explosives in the trunk of his car, wasn't Richard Reid the "moron" who was unable to light the fuse in the bomb in his shoe? Does Keith have some special knowledge that the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were intellectuals? How about the 7/7 bombers in London? Or Madrid? Or Bali? Apparently on OlbyPlanet to be a "real" terrorist you have to have gotten a 2400 on your SATs.
Why is that any time a terror attack is successful U.S. Olbermann rushes to portray officials as "morons" but when these same officials prevent an attack its just a scam to "terrorize" Americans cooked by the Bush administration where the plotters always morons and the threats are never "serious". Oh, except when the terror attack is directed AT OLBERMANN. In THAT case, even if the "attack" is laundry detergent shoved into an envelope, a "special" comment is in order.
#4 Wolfowitz - at the top of the show we heard how the Europeans were so anxious to get rid of Wolfowitz they were willing to allow Mr. Bush to choose his successor. Moments later we hear that there is a "six decade tradition" of allowing the U.S. to pick the head of the World Bank. Well...which is it? Hey! This is OlbyPlanet where two diametrically opposed statements can both be true. Why? Because Keith says so that's why! Of course, Keith never stops to ponder why this "tradition" exists. In fact, it is a bit more than a "tradition" as we will soon learn.
Thankfully someone with more than a passing familiarity with the term "international monetary system" joined Keith before he made a bigger fool of himself - John Harwood of the Wall Street Journal. Turns out that when the U.S. created the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund they made a deal that the U.S. would pick the head of the Bank and the Europeans would pick the head of the Fund and that undoing one end of the deal would create many complications. This "tradition" might also have something to do with the U.S. being the primary source of funding for the World Bank. I suspect many Americans would be OK with allowing the Europeans to pick the President of the World Bank if they would also switch places with the U.S. on the level of giving to the "bank".
What we never do get here is an intelligent discussion of why exactly the Europeans want Wolfowitz out in the first place. It is surely not about this nonsense over his girlfriend. And nothing has been said about Wolfowitz supporters at the World Bank - the Africans. Prompted by Olbermann, Harwood offers that the reason viewers might care about the issue is that it is another example of "the rest of the world" not liking Americans. Of course, what he means by that is that SOME European governments are anti-Bush which is hardly news.
It's not until the very end of the segment that we learn WHY the Europeans are upset with Wolfowitz - that he has made a major push to reduce corruption at the World Bank. And who are the beneficiaries of this corruption? Hmmmm. Maybe the same people who benefited from the UN Oil for Food Scandal, the Olympic Games scandal and so on - the Europeans. All of which explains why the Africans are SUPPORTING Wolfowitz - less corruption means more money going to the people who need it and less of it ending up in numbered accounts in Zurich. Of course, on OlbyPlanet it would never do to report that the white Europeans are attempting to oust Wolfowitz and the black Africans are fighting to keep him as president.
OddBall - golf, sheep, cows marrying.
Newsmakers - John Facenda, amateur chemist, drunk driver takes road test.
Supernova - Derrick Pitts talks about a giant star.
Irony Watch - at least here in the New York market the segment on Paris Hilton was preceded by...a commercial for Hilton hotels with the tag line "travel should change your perspective/Travel should take you places". Ummm. You mean like prison?
#2 - Unusual sentences - canned report from Michelle Kosinski on a woman who was sentenced to wear a sign says she stole from Walmart and other unusual punishments.
Keeping Tabs - Sanjaya, Ty Pennington, George Michael.
Media Matters Minute (Worst Person in the World) brought to you by Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars - Chris Cox (no relation) of the NRA defending the rights of terrorists to purchase weapons (Daily Kos), Rep. Ted Poe of Texas quotes Nathan Bedford Forrest who was a terrorist (Crooks & Liars), Dick Morris of Fox Noise (it just gets funnier every time you hear it doesn't it?) who said the purpose of the war in Iraq was to make killing Americans more convenient for terrorists (Daily Kos).
#1 - Paris Hilton with Michael Musto on her pardon request. Creepy led off by gratuitously mocking her physical appearence by comparing her to a Georgia O'Keefe cowskull - apparently unaware or unconcerned that Maria Shriver worked for many years at NBC News. Keith had an odd reaction. I cranked up the volume on my TV pretty loud and was able to distinctly make out Olbermann humming along as Musto was talking. Weird. Musto was stinking up the joint so badly he was reduced to explaining to Keith "these are the jokes". Whoops. It just got worse. Musto went too far even for Keith saying that it would not be good for Paris to watch "The Simple LIfe" at the prison because the other prisoners will want to "melt down her gold fillings, and her dog and her vagina and stuff". Sure sounds like a clip for another "Great Moments" video.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name crash landed at #4,682 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #379. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) Another scratch for the OlbyTome went continues to be unranked at Barnes & Noble due to NO SALES!; O'Reilly's book is #1,005 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Monday's Hour of Spin eeked out a "win" over Paula Zahn in total viewers but Olby was crushed in Brian Stelter's favorite metric of success - the "coveted" demo. The tally: Zahn 202,000 v. Olbermann 138,000. Of course, both shows were CRUSHED by The O'Reilly Factor which had about four times as many viewers as Olbermann. This after KO was trounced Friday by a guest host (Michelle Malkin). Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [GUARDED]
UPDATE: video & transcript
Long before he had even heard of Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann had developed an unhealthy obsession with Roger Clemens. While he's never disclosed the source of his animus towards Clemens, his hatred of Roger Clemens is so intense that he abandoned bashing George W. Bush and Bill O'Reilly for almost 10 minutes to disparage Roger Clemens almost seven years after leaving the world of video-taped sports highlights as the co-host of ESPN's SportsCenter.
On Countdown last night, Olbermann repeatedly questions Clemens integrity and competitiveness, he derided Clemens as the supposed finest pitcher of our time, a 44 year old - soon to be 45 - pitcher who won only seven games last year, a pitcher who "surrendered" leads his teammates gave him, effectively a "500 pitcher" in the post-season who creates "wreckage of the fans" in cities he has played all while a graphic displayed the words "The Rocket Racket" implying Clemens is somehow a fraud.
To put this in context for those who do not follow baseball, Roger Clemens has won the award for best pitcher (Cy Young Award) in his league SEVEN times which is two more than anyone else in the history of the game. He is one a handful of players to win over 300 games (he now has 348 wins), and TWICE achieved the rare pitching "triple crown" (lowest ERA, most wins and most strikeouts). He is one of just four pitchers with over 4,000 strikeouts and is currently second on the all-time strikeout list. He has pitched in six World Series, played in 11 All-Star games and was named to the Sports Illustrated "all-time" team. He is universally acknowledged as lock for the Hall of Fame.
Yet according to Keith "for every success in Clemens career there is a parallel controversy".
There is NO controversy at all except in the mind of Olbermann so there is no "parallel". In a logic reminiscent of his warped mindset when it comes to all things O'Reilly, where others see greatness Olbermann sees "evil". As he done before, Olbermann put forward the absurd argument that Clemens is not really the great pitcher he has been made out to be because he has "made 33 starts and his team has lost 17 of those games and in 8 of those starts he has surrendered the leads his teammates have given him". In reality, Clemens has a very impressive 12-8 record in the play-offs for a .600 winning percentage.
Viewers listening to Olbermann would be perplexed why any team would want to sign Clemens because he is so old, last season he was "only" had a 7-6 record and he's effectively been a "500 pitcher" in the post-season. The only thing Keith got right is Clemens' age. Keith's guest points out a few facts worth noting, that "Roger Clemens had the best ERA in baseball last year, the last two years he's had the best ERA in baseball, and if you take the last three years he's had the best ERA in baseball...he is an amazing competitor...[teammates have] all kinds of respect...he has an incredible pitching aptitude...he knows how to win..." He might also of added that during those three years since he left the Yankees he won another Cy Young Award and led the Houston Astros to their first-ever World Series appearance.
In some bizarre attempt to make a case against Clemens, Olbermann recounts what he imagines is a blistering indictment of the Rocket.
- "1990 things aren't going well...got himself thrown out of a play-off game for the Red Sox against the A's"
- "came out on the second inning of play-off game where he was just getting rocked in Boston for the Yankees in 1999, there's some murky explanation of a bad back"
- "the unclear bat throwing incident with Mike Piazza in the World Series in 2000"
- "comes out a play-off game when he's losing in 2001 suddenly he's got this hamstring pull out of nowhere"
- "first game of the world series in 2005 he's got nothing...walking fine...no problem...suddenly as he reaches the dugout he starts to limp he's got another hamstring pull"
One can only wonder what type of OlbyLogic is required to include the Mike Piazza incident on this list as most people felt it exemplified Clemens' overwrought level of competitiveness, quite the opposite of Keith's supposed point. What we have left is that once in the first 15 years of his career Clemens "got himself" thrown out of a play-off game and that three times later in his career since he was taken out of game due to injury. That's a total of 1 play-off game out of 33 where Clemens was ejected for arguing with the umpire (something Clemens does quite frequently) and 3 play-off games out of 33 where Clemens left a game due to injury (all when he was well past the age of 35 by which time many professional baseball players are no longer even active).
As usual, Keith's "smoking gun" turns out to be a water pistol.
Long-time Olbermann Watch readers will recall it was back in February 2005, that we demonstrated Keith's embarrassing ignorance on a subject in which he supposes himself to be an expert - sports. At the time, the topic was college football and the faux-controversy Olbermann sought to generate over Bill O'Reilly's impressive college career as a football player at Marist College (O'Reilly was a scholarship athlete at Marist in basketball but played on the schools club-level football team where he excelled as a punter). More recently, Keith's has been made to look the fool again, this time in the one area of sports many thought he really was an expert - baseball.
How much does Olbermann despise Clemens? Back in the early days of Countdown, Keith compared Roger Clemens to Rush Limbaugh. Clemens' offense? He decided to come out of retirement to pitch for the Houston Astros after leaving the New York Yankees at the end of the 2003 season. In 2005, Keith sought to link Clemens to the burgeoning steroids scandal in baseball by attempting to tie together threads so tenuous as to be invisible - striking even by Olbermann's already low standards. Keith highlighted details from Jose Canseco's infamous tell-all book by quoting Canseco stating that he had NOT seen Clemens do steriods and that Clemens had NOT told Canseco he had ever used steroids but that Canseco knew pitchers used steroids and Clemens was a pitcher. During the baseball playoffs of 2006, Keith reported a false story from the L.A. Times that an ex-teammate, Jason Grimsley, had implicated Roger Clemens (per usual, Keith never ran a correction even after San Francisco U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, the man running the Balco/Barry Bonds investigation, took the unusual step of denouncing the story).
On September 11, 2006, Olbermann released a book that few read, "Worst Person in the World and 202 other contenders" which contained material lifted straight from MSNBC transcripts - apparently without even taking the trouble to fix glaring errors in the original transcripts. One section of the book, lifted directly from an Olbermann blog entry from Oct. 2, 2006, dealt with the future first ballot hall-of-famer. The entry entitled, The Case against Roger Clemens.
Obviously, Keith is enough of an expert on baseball to know that Aaron Boone (not his older brother Bret) hit one of the most famous home runs every by a player in pinstripes. So, exhibit 5 on his list is either an example of KO's usual sloppy "journalism" or how little effort went into his "book".
"2003 ALCS Game Seven at New York. Clemens is battered by the Red Sox for six hits and four runs in three innings, leaves the most important game of the season down 4-0. The crash will be obscured by the unlikely relief pitching of Mike Mussina and the even more-unlikely pennant-winning home run of Bret Boone."
Ironically, Bret Boone was in the stadium that day, doing color commentary for Fox Sports, one of the many broadcasting organizations that has fired Keith over the years.
Last night when I heard Keith launch into yet another anti-Clemens spiel, I recalled a Link Roundup post from last month where I had linked a great AOL Journal entry from December 2006 I Renew Correspondence With My Good Friend, Keith Olbermann. In it the blogger, who goes under the name "bads85", absolutely destroyed Keith's absurd argument that Roger Clemens is not really a great pitcher because he has supposedly been mediocre in post-season play. The dissection of Olbermann's argument is so devastating that I am taking the liberty of publishing it here:
Your opening salvo against Clemens is that his team have lost seventeen of the thirty-post season games he has started, even though Clemens is 12-8 in the post season. Perhaps you didn't learn this in your time at ESPN, but if the starter is not the pitcher of record, chances are his teammates are responsible for the loss. However, you imply that the reason Clemens' teams lost seventeen times is because Clemens had to leave the games early or because he blew leads.
Let's take a look at Clemens' no decisions that resulted in a team loss:
Game 4, 1986 ALCS -- Bullpen blows a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth, loses the game 4-3 in the eleventh.
Game 6, 1986 WS -- The Buckner game.
Game 2, 1988 ALCS -- Clemens gives up 2-0 lead in the seventh; Sox tie the game in the bottom of the frame, then Lee Smith loses it in the ninth
Game 1, 1990 ALCS -- Clemens leaves game with lead after 6 IP, bullpen gives up nine runs.
Game 1, 1995 ALDS -- Red Sox lose 5-4 in the 13th inning. Yes, Clemens gave up a 3-0 lead in the sixth, but the Red Sox also blew a save in the eleventh, plus they squandered scoring opportunities in extra innings.
Game 7, 2001 WS -- Rivera blows save
Game 4, 2003 WS -- bullpen loses game in 12th inning, 4-3.
Game 4, 2004 NLDS -- Clemens leaves with a 3 runs lead after 5 IP, bullpen gives up 4 runs. Astrosdon't score after the second inning.
Game 1, 2005 WS -- Clemens leaves after 2 IP with injury, giving up 3 ERs. Astros tie game in top of the third, but do not score the rest of the game and pen coughs up two runs to lose 5-3.
In most of those games, it is obvious that Clemens was hardly the reason for his team's defeat. To parade idea that Clemens was responsible for all of his team's seventeen losses is disingenuous. However, from there, you embark into complete stupidity, faulting Clemens for blowing 8 leads over the course of a game in 34 post season appearances (two of which were 1-0 first inning leads; the other six were 2-0 leads at various courses in the game). This shows a complete lack of any sort of baseball context. Clemens post season appearances are very equitable to what a starter would throw in a regular season in this modern era. Would you chastise a pitcher for blowing eight leads, including two 1-0 first inning leads, over the course of the season?
You then said Clemens was no Christy Mathewson or Bob Gibson. Mathewson's team was .500 in the post season when he pitched, just like Clemens. Let's see how these guys did with your dumb stat of "Blown" Leads:
Mathewson 11 Games 5 Games w/ "Blown: Leads - 45%
Gibson 9 Games 3 Games w/ "Blown" Leads - 33%
Clemens 34 Games 8 Games w/ "Blown" Leads - 24%
I don' think we need to spend anymore time on this silly stat rooted in ignorance. You thought you could build a case by counting, but evaluating performance is much more than counting, something they obviously don't teach at ESPN. You also said that "[Clemens] is a guy with a post season record slightly less than that of his journeyman teammate Russ Springer," an obvious attempt at hyperbole. Here is a tip, Keith, hyperbole only works in snark if it is grounded in some sort of fact. Russ Springer hasn't even started a post season game.
Your slam on Clemens was baseball analysis at its worst, riddled with factual inaccuracies and absurdly erroneous evaluations of performance. In other words, your piece was what passes for sports journalism these days in media throughout the country, which is quickly dismissed. However, since you sit behind your anchor desk with an air of snarky moral superiority, kind of like a grumpy Stan Laurel devoid of humor, you should be smacked around when you behave like Coulter or Limbaugh. The fact that you read a teleprompter at ESPN when you weren't occasionally being thrown in a dugout doesn't mean you learned much about sports, especially baseball. Sure, you are capable of belittling the dimwitted O' Reilly, but if you are going to talk baseball, you need to bring better stuff. The last thing baseball needs is an aging tall, skinny Coulter/Limbaugh offspring offering baseball commentary on lower tier cable.
Well said, bads85, well said.
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Olbermann Equals O'Reilly. Huh?
Another touch o' drivel from our sterling mainstream press, as noted by various commentators: Yesterday AP ran a story about Giuliani's complaint over Keith Olbermann's participation in the GOP "debate" broadcast. I guess since Olbermann hammered America's Mayor for going demagogic with 9/11 speeches (Giuliani, ole Mr. Police Riot Instigator, a demogogue?
Olbermann Not a "Democratic Partisan"?!
Gold-Plated Witch on Wheels
I'm always amazed when liberals try to tell you with a straight face that some journalist or other isn't liberal but is being "objective." In this instance, Walsh tries to whitewash Olbermann's screeds about the president by calling him a "Bush critic." This would be like saying Jeffrey Dahmer was a carnivore. Olbermann isn't just a "Bush critic." There's a website devoted to his nuttiness.
Keith Olbermann's Republican Debate Coverage Pulls in Loads of Viewers, Complaints
Keith Olbermann may be MSNBC's shining star - the shining star that network GNM Dan Abrams takes credit for - but he's also the source for their biggest headaches. The higher ups obviously thought having Keith host their Republican debate coverage would be a great idea for ratings. And it was: While Fox News won Thursday evening's overall ratings, MSNBC's 1.76 million was a win for The Peacock. But perhaps what they didn't expect is the same backlash Fox News receives when it lets Brit Hume anchor a newscast: Why the hell is the most infamous liberal show host anchoring what should be objective coverage of the Republican presidential debate?
Wait, Keith Olbermann Dated Stalked Rebecca Lobo?
This is one of those stories/rumors that you automatically do not believe, but I guess anything is possible. Keith Olbermann, who has taken a random hiatus from the Dan Patrick Show, has some issues with stalkers. That's not the crazy part....the crazy part is that Keith is complaining about her when he used to do the same thing (I learned it by watching YOU Keith!!!)
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Hm, apparently a repeat guest. News to me. Did you think he would mention that Copenhaver was an appointee of President Clinton? (Source) Of course he didn't. Lefty Alter for good measure. Attorney "Scandal" [Ding!] with the esteemed, non partisan Rachel Maddow of Err America who enjoys "arguing with conservatives." Shocker! (Source) The Hour of Spin was painfully typical. Hence why I went drinking.
UPDATE: video & transcript below
The President "warned." The administration "screamed at." 12% of the Kansas National Guard still deployed in Iraq (that makes for 88% still there, by the way). Reminder of Katrina, connection to Iraq and to Olby, an out of touch President. How do all of these connect, do you ask? Well, by one tornado, of course! Do not think that I, or this site, am making light of the tragic devastation caused by the tornado in Greensburg. Rather, ask yourself, why is it that Fat Ass feels the need to connect the deaths of 10 people in Kansas to his extreme left views? Someway, somehow, it's the President's fault, because 88% of the National Guard is still in Kansas, that these people died. The Fuhrer declares that the war in Iraq has made us "less safe" at home and made the tornado damage worse. Keith then admits that it's really half the equipment that's in Iraq and not a personnel problem. That equipment is to haul debris away. How has not being able to haul debris as fast made us less safe, one wonders? Only OlbyPlanet has the answer to that. The equipment will not be completely "in stock" until four years after "Mister" Bush is out of office. Is there anything more disgraceful than using a natural disaster to further your political views? Mr. Copenhaver could not have been a better sock puppet. Does he think that the National Guard being deployed in Iraq create a "domino" effect and diminish FEMA's abilities? Obviously. Katrina mentioned again. Copenhaver "at a loss."
Following up, somehow connected, oh right the National Guard, is the "abandon ship" that Republicans are suggesting vis a vis Iraq. Or so says Keith. Cue eyebrow raise.
Olby revels in the Newsweek poll that suggests Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama would beat all Republican nominees. Enter Alter who, like EVERY other time he shows up, regurgitates Keith's talking points (which are blogger talking points) while pretending to do political analysis.
#4: "Gonzo-Gate" [Ding!] with cute graphic. Attorney scandal [Ding!]. The scandal now is an attempt to deny Democrats the right to vote. Olbermahn conspiracy theories about Republicans trying to deny Democrats, minorities and so forth to vote. Adam's Apple Olbermann must have discerned this through the common known fact that Republicans hate all people who are not white. Rachel Maddow eats up Keith's question about whether or not Karl Rove was behind the so-called politicalization of the voting right's department at the Justice Department. Republicans can't win if "no one's cheating." Keith agrees and expands that by saying that Republicans are trying to end the two party system. Paranoia, anyone? Keith: Bradley Schlozman has a funny name that could have come from fiction - ha! There's a reason some people I know fall asleep when watching this show. Bad jokes could be it. More Republican bashing and conspiracy theories. As always, great thanks.
#3: Herr Olbermann's love of baseball. Roger Clemens return to New York. Is it a good baseball move? Whoopee.
#2: Paris Hilton. Cue pervert comment. She's grappling with a new kind of "pokey." Nice smirk on MonkeyMann's face. Any woman that he can make lewd remarks about is a godsend for Keith.
#1: The state dinner. More "jokes" at the President's expense. Dana Milbank with a splashy white tie suit. "Nice threads." Laughing stagehand laughs (I was beginning to wonder where she went). Cute banter ensues. It wasn't a complete disaster says Milbank. Keith makes weird sexual comments about the President and the Queen. More stagehand laughing.
In the Media Matters minute, some doctor for the bronze in the UK who made a misdiagnosis, Lou Dobbs earns the silver (Blue Blog source: ThinkProgress), and the gold goes to the Olbsession of the century, "Bill-O" (Blue Blog source: MediaMatters). Keith criticizes Bill for "insulting people" (what about all those women, Mr. Merlot?) and arguing that even though the university that did the "study" about O'Reilly insulting people got five million dollars from far-left billionaire George Soros, that doesn't matter. It's just coincidental and the university claims it was an unfunded study.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name crash landed at #5,526 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #386. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome went back to being embarrassingly unranked at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,269 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Friday's Hour of Spin finished in the usual Olby third place. Although, "Man on Fan" Olbermann prefers that "money demo" that he's always hawking as definitive and absolute. Based on that, Friday's Hour of Spin was - oh wait - still third, in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo." O'Reilly even had a subhost to boot. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]
UPDATE: video & transcript
"Olbermann Unscripted" provided its share of OlberBloopers, as Keith Olbermann demonstrated once again that once you take away his script he brings little to the table but is always good for a laugh - at his expense - as Gene Robinson and Chris Matthews demonstrate.
Media Double Standard Dept: Can you imagine what the reaction would be...
The Cable Game
Welcome to the world of double standards: MSNBC uses Keith Olbermann in last Thursday night's debate, and the MSM doesn't so much as notice. That left Rudy Giuliani to complain about Olbermann's role at the Reagan Library debate as reported by the AP's David Bauder.
Brit Hume is a "journalist"; Keith Olbermann is "partisan"
On Friday, the Associated Press -- in the course of reporting that the Giuliani campaign complained to NBC News that Keith Olbermann was assigned to cover the GOP presidential debate -- made certain statements which brightly reveal the current state of our political press. Think Progress has highlighted several misleading aspects of the AP story, and Joan Walsh today dissects several other glaring flaws with the story. I want to focus on what this episode so potently demonstrates about modern "journalism."
Olbermann's Anti-Bush Debate Coverage, Republicans 'Belligerent' Toward Iran
During Thursday's Republican presidential debate, which was dominated by questions that sounded like they were made up by liberal bloggers, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, known for his many anti-conservative and anti-Bush rants, got to anchor the cable network's debate coverage.
Did AP Stretch Traditional Notions Of Objectivity When It Repeated Giuliani Talking Points?
This line in an AP news article is, in itself, stretching traditional notions of journalistic objectivity past the breaking report. This sentence is an opinion, namely, the opinion of the Giuliani campaign repeated as a fact by an AP news report. It also misspells the word ideologue. Can the Associated Press, after this egregious breach of journalistic ethics, continue to cover the Giuliani Presidential campaign? Of course it can. It screwed up. It should admit its error and move on. Keith Olberman, by the way, did not screw up. He labelled his Special Comment um, a special comment, not news. AP did not label its editorializing as opinion. The AP needs a lesson in journalism it seems to me.
Time Magazine's List of Entertainers Who Shape Our World
I Am a TV Junkie
Surprisingly also not on the list, probably because MSNBC has a partnership deal with Newsweek, is Keith Olbermann. Also not listed, neither Colbert nor Stewart.
On the afternoon before the first GOP debate, White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asked Bush Press Secretary Tony Snow for reaction to MSNBC having Keith Olbermann co-host MSNBC's pre-debate and post-debate coverage of the event. Tony graciously side-stepped the question. The Republican Party, however, must take a closer look at the issue after the utterly deplorable, viciously negative jihad waged against Republicans by Keith Olbermann and his crew. As a site the wallows in the mire that is Keith Olbermann's brand of psuedo-journalism even we found ourselves shocked at Olbermann's behavior and saddened to witness the further debasement of a once proud broadcast news division.
After the debate on Friday, the Associated Press asks Can Keith Olbermann straddle the line between news and opinion?. To AP's credit they are at least asking a question the GOP should have asked BEFORE Thursday. In fact, this is the first MSM story we have seen that has even asked the question whether it is appropriate for Keith Olbermann to be co-hosting MSNBC's election coverage given his strident, anti-GOP credentials. It's about time MSNBC be recognized for what it is - a propaganda outlet for the Democratic Party. I am not recommending that Republicans emulate the Democrats who ran away from a debate sponsored by Fox News Channel with their tails between their legs but its time to start calling a spade a spade. And I sure hope some friend can take Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson and Pat Buchanan aside and ask them just how badly they need that check from NBC to willingly be part of the journalistic farce that MSNBC has become.
As the AP article makes clear, the people running MSNBC are PART OF the problem.
Olbermann knows to leave his opinions at home when he anchors events, said Phil Griffin, NBC News senior vice president. "Keith's an adult," Griffin said. "He can tell when it's appropriate to express himself in a commentary and when to be a journalist. That's one of his strengths. He knows exactly the tone and his role when he's doing anything."...For the most part, he introduced interviews and questioned MSNBC analysts on their own opinions of how the debate went.
Really? Take a look at this montage of clips from the pre-debate and post-debate telecast on MSNBC. Keith goes negative from the opening bell, the debate is teased as a chance to watch a "live on stage" meltdown of support for President Bush, Chuck "anti-war war hero" Hagel who has zero support among the Republican base is positioned as a "shadow" looming over the debate, Arnold Schwarzenegger is presented as object lesson for Republicans because he has governed as a "moderate", Andrea Mitchell joins the KO chorus claiming Rudy Guiliani "has very little to commend himself" other than his persona as "America's mayor connected to 9/11", the first question from Keith to the handful of candidates willing to sit still for an interview with Olbermann (Brownback, Huckabee, Tancredo, Hunter) is "were you making a veiled criticism of President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq" (answer each time was "no"). It's worth noting that none of the major candidates agreed to be interviewed by MSNBC.
The full nature of this absolutely disgraceful performance comes about 4 minutes into this clip when Keith runs a scripted piece called "Redefining Conservatism" which asks "what the heck is conservatism" (as if Keith is the guy to ask) and takes as axiomatic that all Republicans are conservatives (so much for libertarians, moderates, cloth-coat Republicans, Lincoln Republicans, northeast Republicans, or even Reagan Democrats or southern conservative Democrats). Incredibly, Keith actually appears to be pining for the good old days of Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign and favorably quotes Grover Norquist.
The nadir of the coverage appears about 4 minutes into the video montage below - the insertion of the infamous video of a 100-year old woman being beaten mercilessly by a mugger as Keith reads "today after six years of self-professed conservative leadership violent crime is on the rise". The message from the prepared piece is clear: when he is not busy killing our troops and putting Americans in concentration camps, President Bush is beating up old ladies in the hallway.
Now, what was that Phil Griffin was saying about Keith knowing to "leave his opinions at home when he anchors events". Uh....yeah, right.
Video: 7 min 30 sec
Having Olbermann anchor _ as he will continue, with Matthews, for big political nights throughout the campaign _ is the MSNBC equivalent of Fox News Channel assigning the same duties to O'Reilly. Fox has never done that, perhaps mindful of the immediate controversy that would result. Fox has tried to differentiate between its news operation and its prime-time opinion shows, even as its critics believe strongly that's bunk. In this case, MSNBC doesn't try to separate news and opinion people, even as it tries to separate news and opinion. "We're not hiding from it," Griffin said. "We're saying he can do both."
As Chris Matthews would say..."Ha!"
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
To say Keith was mailing it in tonight would be to disparage all letter carriers.
Republican candidates were too angry (McCain), too blase (Guiliani), too slick (Romney), the Los Angeles Police Department violates the "civil rights" of "immigration protesters", Paris Hilton going to jail and the eagerly awaited piece of fluff and filler, the Oddball Extravaganza - Plays of the Month.
UPDATE: video & transcript below
#5 - Clinton-Byrd bill to "deauthorize" the war. Jonathon Alter plays it straight in his political analysis. Zzzzzzzz.
#4 - Republican Debate - a political seance, "ten of the whitest guys your ever going to meet", Keith notes that Bush was not attacked during the debate (so much for Keith's fondest hopes as repeatedly expressed in his pre-debate telecast), a snide remark about the candidates talking about Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton ("at least they left Chelsea Clinton out of it") despite the fact that Olbermann's co-host of the debate coverage Chris Matthews is the person who ASKED THEM about the Clintons. Dana Milbank joins the discussion just in time for Keith to claim "Ronald Reagan trained the Taliban in Afghanistan". Really? That would be news since the Taliban did not even exist in the 1980's. Then on to serious stuff, the DC Madam case and a left-turn into...Jeff Gannon - complete with naked photos of Gannon in the b-roll.
#3 - GonzoGate linked to Karl Rove (yawn). Slippery Shuster with the usual prattle "Alberto must go", "Republicans turning on Bush", Blah, Blah, Blah.
#2 - An objective report on the riot that broke out in Los Angeles on May - "May Day Melee", "Question of Brutality?" "Excessive Force?" Canned report from Peter Alexander. We learn the latino mayor returned from a trip abroad to deal with the "crisis" (no mention of the interesting fact that the Latino mayor made it a point o be OUT OF TOWN for the May 1 "immigration" rally). Some journalists are now saying they will sue and this was then related to the Democratic National Convention in LA in 2000 when seven journalists sued and settled for "thousands of dollars". Hmmmm. Seven divided some number less than 10,000 so each journalist got a few hundred bucks or maybe a little more to go away. Pretty compelling analogy. In the last few seconds we learn that there are calls for an investigation into who first attacked police. Surprised that was even mentioned at all.
Top 3 Soundsbites - Ron Paul, Hillary Clinton clip from Daily Show, Bush honoring Mexican celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
BREAKING NEWS - Paris Hilton sentenced to 45 days. No "slut" crawl today.
Paul Thompkins joins Keith in time to observe (incorrectly) that "it's not like she's going to go to regular jail, she's going to go to rich white person's jail so it's all going to be OK". Actually, according to news reports she was sentenced to the L.A. County Jail which is reputed to be particularly unpleasant. Britney Spears appearance at House of Blues in West Hollywood so her outfit and lip-syncing was deemed news.
Keeping Tabs - David Hasselhoff drunk and Elizabeth Taylor "too sexy" for Simpsons wherein Keith offers his services to replace Taylor. Somehow I think Matt Groenig will pass on that one.
WPIW turned into a nice bit of Olbypocrisy - some guy who got drunk with an intern (we all know Keith hates bosses abusing their interns), senior career officials at the VA got bonuses (you mean like the career officials you've been championing in GonzoGate?) and a department store that uses a fire alarm to trick employees to leave the building so they could all be fired (we know important it is to Keith that employees be treated well).
#1 Story Oddball Plays of the Month - regurgitated montage of previously regurgitated segments from last month.
Mercifully the show ends in the usual fashion.
BREAKING NEWS in Book Sales: Olbermann Drops Completely Out of Barnes & Noble Ranking!
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name sank to #3,981 at amazon.com where the price has been cut 70% to $6.89. "Culture Warrior" is #333 is selling at just a 30% discount or $16.38. So, O'Reilly is selling about 5,000% more books at almost three times the price. The OlbyTome drifted down and OUT at Barnes & Noble where it is no longer rated at all; O'Reilly's book is #1,010 there, and been heralded as one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [GUARDED]
UPDATE: video & transcript below
As this gem from the Countdown to the Debate pre-show for the GOP Debate at the Reagan Library goes to show, "Olbermann Unscripted" rarely disappoints. Watch as Keith, terrified to be in the prescence of the worst terrorists in the world (Republicans), resorts to the old "airplane propeller to the deck of cards" analogy.
Video Clip Length: 22 seconds
Why I Didn't Watch the Debates
Low Man on Totem Pole
If the Democrats are afraid to face Brit Hume on a debate held on Fox News, then why in the world should I give any credence to a Republican debate held by Olbermann, and Matthews on MSNBC? Doesn't seem very "balanced" to me.
Can Keith Olbermann straddle the line between news and opinion?
Associated Press/Boston Herald
Olbermannâ€™s popularity and evolving image as an idealogue has led NBC News to stretch traditional notions of journalistic objectivity. The danger for MSNBC is provoking the same anger among Republicans that Democrats feel toward Fox News Channel.
Get off it Bill O'Reilly
I have mostly kept silent about Fox and their role as co-conspirators with the Bush Regime because I believe that the organization is too ridiculous to even waste ink or breath on. MSNBC, CNN and the networks are not much better, but they are not as openly pro-war or pro-BushCo as Fox. There are also fabulous internet sites (Media Matters and Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly) that do a great job of pointing out the errors and outright lies of Fox News. Robert Greenwald's Outfoxed and Al Frankens' Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them are great commentaries on the 'fair and balanced" network. O'Reilly is regularly Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" for his hateful and idiotic rhetoric.
MSNBC ignores Congressman Paul's opposition to the Iraq war
Ron Paul 2008
Olbermann continually ignores Congressman Ron Paulâ€™s position against the Iraq War. HE continually insinuates that all conservatives are for the war. When Olbermann May 2: Most Americans reject the war, but many conservatives do not. They vote in primaries, and they'll be watching Thursday's debate. "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann talks with Chris Cillizza of washingtonpost.com.
Keith Olbermann is so dreamy
The Screaming Giraffe
I was a bit confused when I tuned into MSNBC to watch the Republican Presidential debate tonight and found Keith Olbermann co-hosting with Chris Matthews. Matthews is only a sometimes liberal bias kind of guy. But if you want to talk about extreme political bias...let's talk about middle aged teenager Keith Olbermann. Many months ago this contemporary, well groomed, Abbey Hoffman wanna-be gave a four minute on-air hysterical inditement of George Bush for telling the American people not to think.
Thanks, Liberal Media
Most boring site on the web
"Ohh...Steve, there is no Liberal Media Conspiracy. That's just wing-nut delusional paranoia." Yeah? Then why won't the company that employs Keith Olbermann let me watch the Republican Debate? Conspiracy, I tell you! It's getting close to my early bedtime tonight (many things to do tomorrow) but I thought I'd checkout part of the Republican Debate before I went to sleep. Fire up a browser and head on over to MSNBC, click on the link... DENIED
This post is NOT addressed to folks who just happened to stop by but those who consider themselves regular Olbermann Watch readers. If you are a regular reader please click the MORE link and join the discussion in the comments thread.
If you are reading this then you are identifying yourself as a REGULAR Olbermann Watch reader and so I want to hear from you.
I recently mentioned that some "blocking" software at schools and businesses is blocking Olbermann Watch. I suspect this is because in having a free and open comment policy we have allowed ANY sort of language on the site and given the nature of OlbyLoons and far-left trolls, this has resulted in a good deal of "bad" words being on the site.
I am not sure whether it is possible to do a massive FIND/REPLACE to cull through the database and clean up the "bad" words but if it is possible then I propose to undertake that effort.
That issue got me thinking about some of the trolls on Olbermann Watch. They have always come and gone and it is always best to just deal with trolls by ignoring them. As they realize they are being ignored the motivation to post - getting a rise out of others - diminishes and they move on to some other place where they can display their pathological need for attention and validation for their pathetic lives.
It is possible using the Movable Type software to block IP addresses and there are ways to use black lists and white lists and some other new features of the software to discourage trolling, the use of bad language and other unwanted behavior. I have tested comment moderation options but was never happy with them - and the MT TypeKey thing is a pathetic joke. None of it is bulletproof and a motivated spammer or troll can always find ways to get to a site that is otherwise "open" as is the case with Olbermann Watch. At the same time, putting up various hurdles combined with a general "do not feed the trolls" agreement among regular readers can reduce (not eliminate) bad behavior.
My primary interest is to have as much discussion and debate as possible. I am NOT interested in suppressing liberal or Pro-KO or anti-GOP/Bush points of view. One of the things I personally enjoy the most on Olbermann Watch is reading the comments and those comments would be pretty dull if you had to pass some litmus test in order to comment. Further, there are enough times when the comment threads really click that the wide open policy justifies itself.
My concern is that things may be out of balance. That by allowing people who exhibit bad behavior or use objectionable language to keep posting comments we DO get new comments generated which APPEARS to increase the activity of the site. My concern is always about the dogs that are not barking. How many readers DO NOT comment or who are otherwise driven away from the site because of a few bad apples.
What say you, good readers of Olbermann Watch?
Watching the lead-up to tonight's debate, constitutional attorney Dr Mark Levin had some words on his radio program about the coverage. And yes, he did mention the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. We have the mp3 audio clip for your listening pleasure:
To kick of tonight's open thread for MSNBC's coverage of the Republican debate in California we have a clip from this afternoon's White House press conference where Bush spokesman Tony Snow was asked by White House correspondent Les Kinsolving about his "email pal" Keith Olbermann:
At tonight's Republican candidates debate, the pre-debate and post-debate coverage I read will be Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman of MSNBC, of whom there is a report that last October 23rd, Mr. Olberman said, "The leading terrorist group in this country is the Republican Party." And my question: Does the President know why this Republican debate is tolerating such a reported maligner, and does he believe they should?
h/t from our good friend, the always Extreme Mortman.
Ever wonder who these OlbyLoons really are? One of our most ardent and tenacious critics, who sometimes goes under the name "Dark Power", has taken to the YouTube airwaves with a 9 minute "special comment" denouncing Olbermann Watch, Richard Cox (that would be me) and Italian comic Jason Marsen (that would be Jewish comedian Jackie Mason), among others. It's long. It's really long. But trust me. It's worth watching in all its OlbyLoon Goodness. Enjoy!
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For those who might not be familiar with the Dark Power Show, Dark Power named me Worst Person in His World back in March, a withering attack from which I have yet to recover.
In the FNC-MSNBC Turf War, Nobody Loses, But Nobody Wins
Fox News features MSNBC's Keith Olbermann in b-roll footage. Keith Olbermann puts the footage in Countdown. Any questions on how the self-referential news cycle works? Didn't think so.
We're All Mad Here
It's the same thing at Media Matters; every article is either "[name of commentator/politician] is a lying jerk," "Keith Olbermann says [name of commentator/politician] is a lying jerk" or "[name of commentator/politician] attacks us for calling [him/her] a lying jerk."
Keith Olbermann Is Jesus
We Love America More Than Anyone
If I had a wife, I would want Keith Olbermann to impregnate her so I could pretend the kid was mine.
Sweetie, I almost forgot our anniversary
Keith Olbermann -- the man who ends every show with a tally of the days since the declaration of "Mission Accomplished" -- celebrated the 4-year anniversary of that infamous day in true style yesterday. Keith, on this anniversary, I would marry you all over again, man.
The Krile Files
...heard an interesting factoid about Olbermann this morning. Monica Novatny was on the Stephanie Miller show, talking about working with Olbermann. She mentioned that he writes almost all of his show himself! That's impressive.
Phil Giraldi on Hannity & Colmes Tonight
Phil Giraldi, who signed the letter to George Tenet along with Larry Johnson and other former CIA officers, will be on Hannity & Colmes tonight at 9pm ET on FOX News. Here's what Mr. Giraldi said on Countdown with Keith Olbermann Monday.
It was hardly a surprise that after we ran this story yesterday complete with screen grab...
...and were then alerted by a reader that the Countdown staff had posted the image on their Newshole blog on MSNBC.com...
...that Keith would give the story a mention on that night's Countdown.
...and that Jossip would then add our YouTube video to their site in a post decrying the self-referential nature of the media...
...and then Inside Cable News would update their post with our post containing the screen grab we took of the post Newshole put up containing the screen grab they took from Inside Cable News which was provided to ICN by Olbermann Watch.
Now, if the O'Reilly Factor will oblige by running a spot slamming Neil Cavuto producers for being so careless with their B-Roll footage we can run the cycle one more time. How about it fellas?
Of course, we blew it by tipping off the Countdown staff (my bad) BEFORE last night's show which gave them time t replace our image with a poor quality version lifted from MSNBC Flack Brian Stelter of TVNewser (who ALSO ripped off the story from us/ICN without attribution - must by something genetic among those on the far left... Olbermann, Stelter, Joe Biden, Diane Feinstein, Ward Churchill...etc.). That's the second time we've warned Keith off an embarrassing gaffe in the past month. I trust they are not expecting us to protect them like this every week.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann, alone in believing he can paint the failure of Congress to fund the troops in Iraq as Bush's fault, continued his "Bush holds troops hostages meme". No surprise Keith jumped on the chance to portray the attack on police by May Day protesters in Los Angeles as "excessive force" by the cops who were "out of contral - again" against something called "immigration activists". Last time we checked immigration was still permitted under U.S. law. Does Keith mean "illegal immigration activists"? In another shot against Don Imus, Keith equates a lawsuit from Imus against CBS over his firing to a $67 million lawsuit over a pair of pants lost by a dry cleaners in DC. And finally, more filler in the form of "coverage" of American Idol - this time "the shark has been jumped" because President Bush and the First Lady appeared to thank viewers for supporting a major fundraising initiative organized by Simon Cowell. Hmmmm. President Clinton runs a fundraiser and Keith hand him a check on-air. President Bush thanks people for supporting a charity and Keith attacks. Only on OlbyPlanet is thanking people for donating to charity a bad thing.
Anyone else notice Keith's increasing reliance on a new "voice"? It seems to have evolved shortly after his interview of Harry Shearer - a sort of gravely imitation of Shearer doing "Mr. Burns" of The Simpsons.
UPDATE: Video & Transcript below
#5 Story - Once again, if you support the War in Iraq you are mentally ill - "delusional". If you believe that al Qaeda is a real threat, or operating in Iraq, or wants to kill Americans, you are a terrorist. In a rather bizarre comparison, Keith asks whether Baghdad is becoming East St. Louis. I'm not sure where he was going with that but my family is FROM St. Louis and the only thing that comes to mind about East St. Louis is that for many years it was had a high crime rate and it has a rather large African-American population. Careful Keith! Remember Imus! Keith continues to be puzzled why Bush keeps "attempting" to link al Qaeda and Iraq on the same day MSNBC has been running stories about whether or not the head of al Qaeda in Iraq was killed and how al Qaeda is responsible for the most spectacular attacks in Iraq, all against Shia's in an attempt to foment civil war. Bush MUST be delusional if he is talking about the same thing being broadcast on NBC News. The highlight is Wolffe disparaging U.S. troops to Keith's nodding agreement:
"This is a conflict that American troops are not capable of fighting successfully and not trained for" - Richard Wolffe
Story #4 - The Republican Debate. Keith, once again demonstrating his political acumen, notes that new poll data showing McCain doing well among independents in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina is significant because they are "not just key primary states" (Iowa is a caucus not a primary) "they are also among the few where independents can cross lines and vote for a Republican or a Democrat in a primary or a caucus" (Keith corrects his first error but makes another - an independent voter does not "cross lines" to vote in a Republican or Democrat election; a Republican voting Democrat or a Democrat voting Republican is said to "cross lines"). This might explain why NBC is promoting the GOP Debate in California as "moderated by Chris Matthews" with no mention of Keith "I don't vote" Olbermann. KO has been reduced to hosting something called "Countdown TO THE DEBATE".
Story #3 - GonzoGate. ZZZZZ. The serious Dems and the MSM have all but given up on forcing the resignation of Alberto Gonzales but Keith twists Jonathon Turley's arm to get him to appear on television and proclaim more high crimes and misdemeanors from the Bush administration. Turley himself recognized what a sanctimonious bore he has become, prefacing his usual pollyannish spiel with "once again I feel like I'm a broken record". Apparently it never occurs to Turley to decline an invitation to appear on Countdown when he has NOTHING NEW TO ADD! Tonight, Turley discovers that the Bush administration has
Under the administrations of Washington and his successor, John Adams, only members of the ruling Federalist Party were appointed to the bench, and under the terms of the Constitution, they held office for life during "good behavior." Thus, when the opposing Republicans won the election of 1800, the Jeffersonians found that while they controlled the presidency and Congress, the Federalists still dominated the judiciary.
That damn Washington! Jeez, just imagine if Turley was appearing on Ye Olde Countdown back in the day. He could have really nailed that other George! In TurleyWorld, if not for President Bush, America would be a Utopian paradise where only the most pure, most talented persons (as determined by Turley, of course) would hold government jobs, ruled over by a Philosopher King (Olbermann?).
[note: I am adding the clip of this Q&A below because it such a remarkably naive and idiotic statement from Turley that readers deserve the pleasure of viewing it themselves]
NEWSMAKERS - Lo! and behold, Fox News made the list for accidentally airing video of Keith Olbermann during the Neil Cavuto show. Sharp viewers will note that after an alert Olbermann Watch reader caught the Countdown staff lifting content from Olbermann Watch without attribution (they later gave attribution), they ran the version of the screen grab put up by TVNewser. So, they dropped our high-quality image and replaced it with a faded, low-resolution, poorly cropped image. Darn! It appears we were a little too quick to point out the provenance of the screen grab as our version would almost certainly have been the one used on Countdown. Either way, no credit to the source of the image they used (TVN) or the source for the story (ICN and OW working jointly) in either case - typical Olbermann.
#2 - Imus Lawsuit. Forget the lawsuit for a moment, Keith Olbermann is STILL attempting to portray the decision by CBS Radio to fire Imus as somehow being driven by MSNBC's decision to fire Imus. Hello! Both MSNBC and CBS Radio fired Imus for the same reason - advertisers, pressured by self-appointed black leaders, bailed on Imus. Until that happened both companies were working WITH Imus to keep him on the air. Hey Keith, maybe you forgot but the week after the Imus comments your network SUSPENDED Imus and the GM of your network took over the April 9th 9 PM time slot to DEFEND the suspension as sufficient "punishment" for Imus' alleged transgressions. Your network also agreed to keep Imus on the air the rest of that week BEFORE the suspension would begin so he could do a fundraiser for his ranch in New Mexico (among other charities). Oh, and one last thing - you failed to even mention the Imus incident on your show until he had been suspended and even then refused to condemn him or MSNBC or CBS for keeping him on the air. So, can you PLEASE spare us the faux moral outrage on this one. Your usual special comments dribble attacking Republicans is more than sufficient to keep the frothing Kossacks content.
WPIW (today its really a Think Progress minute) - Bill O'Reilly gets attack # 179 (Think Progress), Chase Bank mimicking WTC "shafts of light" memorial (we have to agree with Keith on this one although we've not seen the ad itself), Paul Harvey (Think Progress). Paul Harvey? Isn't that like naming your grandfather WPIW?
#1 - President Bush on American Idol. Keith spent the remainder of the show attacking Bush for appearing on American Idol to "burnish his image" with the "only people still listening to him". Gee, most of the country saw President Bush and the First Lady make a good-natured appearance, poking fun at the President for his recent "dance" routine at a White House "awareness event", to thank supporters of a major charity drive by the show's producers which brought together some of the biggest names in entertainment and raised over $60 mm dollars. Keith just sees hate. Must be those new glasses. American Idol Prince Mario Malito was so angry she forget to vote! Wow! That IS angry. God forbid this self-important radio DJ and "incisive" media critic not vote for American Idol one week. She was also angry that last week Idol paired Celine Dion with Elvis Presley. And Presley is angry from the grave over Bush appearing on Idol (except that Presley was a Republican and a Nixon supporter when alive). And she is...well...just ANGRY!!! Simon Cowell, that bastard who used his show to raise tens of millions dollars for the less fortunate kissed a contestant. And she's angy about that too. Keith and Mario agree that Bush should not have appeared THIS week. He should have appeared LAST week DURING the charity drive. Of course, had Bush done so they would be this week talking about the charity drive only raised $60 million and, given Bush's poll numbers, that means that they could have raised $150 million but Bush "alienated" donors or some such dribble. It reminds me of how much liberals love Ronald Reagan and Bush 41 when they could find contrasts between them and Bush 43. Mario closes with her own version of "investigative reporting". She forwarded Keith a link to some YouTube video of Paula Adbul on QVC and from that she and Keith were able to deduce that Abdul was committing a crime while on-air; being under the influence of marijuana. What, no "allegedly"? Apparently on OlbyPlanet its OK to defame people so long as they were for Rupert Murdoch. At least Keith didn't label Abdul a "whore" or a "slut". And did I mention that Mario Malito is angry. Well he/she is!!!
And a programming note: There was a mixup last night and so this Countdown Roundup was actually produced the following morning (for good order's sake the time stamped was changed to last night). For those wondering, J$ has been in the process of moving to his new apartment at 200 E. 69th Street in Manhattan. He ought to be settled in by the weekend and back at the helm doing the Countdown Roundups by Monday.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name skyrocketed to #2,108 at amazon.com after the price for a used copy plummeted to $2.99. "Culture Warrior" is #278. Think about that. O'Reilly's book has been out for more than 7 months and is still ranked higher on Amazon that Keith's book was ten days after its initial release. Now that's staying power. The OlbyTome drifted down to #5,066 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #495 there, and been heralded as one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [GUARDED]
Video: Jonathon Turley says Bush has undermined CENTURIES of tradition of keeping politics out of government appointments. Huh?
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
Read the transcript to the Wednesday show
UPDATE: Never let it be said that the Countdown staff is nothing if not courteous. They not only posted my comment but provided a "hat tip" to ICN and Olbermann Watch (granted, they labeled OW as "the people that hate us"). I suppose with Keith off in L.A., they are all in a pretty good mood over there. I left another comment on the Newshole blog assuring them that we over at OlbyWatch don't "hate" the staff at Countdown - that it would be like hating the people that built the pyramids because the Pharaoh was a megalomaniac.
Updated screen grab from Newshole below:
Ever since the world learned on CNN that Rosie O'Donnell was leaving The View, rumors have been swirling around the daytime diva. Yesterday, Roger Friendman of FoxNews.com reported that NBC, along with CBS, was in the running to sign O'Donnell:
Rosie O'Donnell is walking away from "The View" the undisputed winner of what has been a nightmare situation for ABC. Rosie already has had offers from NBC and CBS for daytime shows to counter "The View," sources say.
In today's New York Daily News, Richard Huff reports that the cable television networks are also in competition to sign O'Donnell (including Fox News Channel) but that MSNBC makes the most sense sending shudders through the OlbyLoon Sisterhood.
Cable news insiders yesterday suggested she could talk to the Fox News Channel. An actual deal with Fox News might be a long shot, though, because that would put O'Donnell on the same channel as her nemesis Bill O'Reilly. However, giving O'Donnell a prime-time talk show on a news channel isn't such a wacky idea, says Syracuse University popular culture Prof. Robert Thompson. "If I were MSNBC, I would really be courting her to go up against O'Reilly," Thompson said. "For so long, they've been looking for a different perspective."
Michelle Malkin Creams Olbermann in Ratings - AGAIN
I'm sure the folks at Obermann Watch will have something to say about Michelle Malkin easily beating "Mr. NFL / NBC Contributing Analyst / Countdown Host" Keith Olbermann.
Tempest in a Teapot
I've been engaged in an experiment. For some time, I've felt that daily immersion in the blogosphere and friendly media outlets (hello, Keith Olbermann; nice to see you, Bill Moyers) produces a strange tunnel vision that could perhaps be the equivalent of what many in Left Blogistan suspect to be a miasma of smug, clubby insiderhood that settles over Georgetown like a pestilent fog.
Who's Running The Show?
The Yankee Despiser
At a visit to the owner's suite when the guest was former President Bill Clinton in June 2005, Steinbrenner demonstrated to Clinton how much he knew of Olbermann's career. "What I saw was the sharpness, but he couldn't remember my name," Olbermann said. According to a recent piece in the New Yorker quoted by "Gawker", George has Alzheimer's. This would explain the Olbermann incident.
"The Gates" to Close Tribeca Film Festival
The Gates is a site-specific art installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The artists installed 7,503 metal "gates" along 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in Central Park in New York City...They received a great deal of their nationwide fame as a frequent object of ridicule by David Letterman as well as Keith Olbermann, whose apartment was nearby.
Analyzing Bill O'Reilly...
Inside Cable News
Indiana University media researchers did a study of Bill O'Reilly's O'Reilly Factor program which will no doubt be controversial. But will O'Reilly comment on it? I'm sure Olbermann will.
You are music to my ears, Keith Olbermann
Relevant or True
And then it's the end of the show, which is lucky because - hey - they've got a Dodgers game to get to. Keith "Good night"-s us, and "Good luck"-s us as well, and then he lets Bateman throw the balled up piece of paper at the camera. Damn fine show tonight.
In a classic bit of Olbypocrisy, Keith Olbermann celebrates the four year anniversary of the declaration of the end of major combat operations in Iraq by first declaring that the mission WAS accomplished....then "counting" at the end of the broadcast as usual.
Whoops! Spud, our pal at ICN heard that Keith Olbermann made a cameo appearance on Fox News yesterday. Our own J$ dug out the video and provided this screen grab. Good teamwork from two great Americans.
It happened after the two interviews, during the roundtable discussion of the NewsCorp offer. While that was going on, they were running B-roll of various NewsCorp holdings. They must have used some really archival tape, though, since this popped up for about a half-second
UPDATE: Inside Cable News put up their post with this image earlier today. We put put the same image this morning. And soon thereafter, Brian Stelter claimed that a reader named "Geoffrey" sent him a screen grab which looks REMARKABLY similar to the one J$ grabbed from the video first thing this morning. What a coincidence that TVNewser managed to come up with this "get" shortly after the identical image (the Dow Jones Index in the bottom right corner is the only difference and could have easily been altered using even the most basic photo editing software) appeared on ICN and OlbyWatch. What are the odds?
UPDATE: a sharp-eyed reader notes that MSNBC Countdown staffers posted our image on the Newshole blog at MSNBC (sans credit, of course).
UPDATE: MSNBC Countdown staffers credit Olbermann Watch for the image and provide a rare link from the Countdown staff blog on MSNBC.com to OlbermannWatch.com
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
As if "Man on Fan" Olbermann could not have a more appropriate lineup for a busy Tuesday. Frank Rich, known smear artist. The Perfessor. Err America, the bankrupt and ratings deprived left wing radio network. Plus GonzoGate! [Ding!] All of House Boy's best friends ready to preach to the choir.
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
#5: Four years "after mission accomplished", "troops don't get funding and it's not his (the President's) fault. "Four years ago, it was widely perceived as one of the most macho moments in Presidential history...What was accomplished?" Keith reminds us of how many people have been killed and wounded in Iraq followed by a clip of the Senate Majority Leader (D) and House Speaker (D) with a clip of the President trying to "explain himself" why he vetoed it. Explain, in OlbySpeak, naturally means a lie or some kind of "hypocrisy" which is rebutted by a clip of Speaker Pelosi (D) using a quote of the President's from '99 on "timetables" and his agreement with it then. Speaker Pelosi suggests that is pertinent eight years later. The President vetoed a "war spending bill" (wait, what about those timetables and so forth? Nevermind) on the "anniversay of Mission Accomplished." More OlbySpin that is, naturally, unchallenged. Like last night, he mentions that the President actually stated the "end of major combat operations." Not exactly "Mission Accomplished." No matter, moving along. Herr Olbersturmfuhrer plays a series of clips of the "Mister" Bush over the years stating the same thing about the goal in Iraq, with Keith arguing that since the President's statements have been CONSISTENT about the progress, that somehow that means failure. At the same time, he says the goals have shifted yet every soundbite is that of the President talking about creating a democracy in Iraq. Fat Ass' logic and sound bites could have been contrived by the Laughing Stagehand as they seem to make no sense vis a vis what Keith is implying. Whatever. It does not matter as long as the President somehow looks bad. Always "looking forward" to another "milestone." Jabba would rather say that those in power want an indefinite war on the thinking that since the USA is helping create a democracy in four years, that is not FAST ENOUGH for old KO. Frank Rich chimes in on "selling the war." Of course, Frank Rich is one of the most partisan people around. Irrelevant. He's Great Thanksed before even saying anything! That should tell you something. Olbermahn feeds Frank a softball which he calls a "very good question." I nearly died from shock. Frank thought Keith's question was very good? You don't say? Frank muses on the idea that the real Al Qaeda is only in Afghanistan and that the administration suggested that any Al Qaeda in Iraq had something to do with 9/11. Funny thing is, Frank Rich by this very statement admits Al Qaeda was, in fact, in Iraq to begin with! The administration never asserted anything of the sort. Secretary of State has repeatedly stated they do not believe that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 despite reporting to contrary by a conservative publication (The Weekly Standard) suggesting Iraqi intelligence had contact with Al Qaeda. By far the most hysterical and stupid statement by the infamous, deplorable one occurred when he asked, "...the thing that really got me going tonight about that veto statement, he does not want the troops and the generals ordered around by politicians six thousand miles away from Iraq, the opinions of politicians, does the President, you think, no longer view himself as a politician? The members of his administration are not politicians? The Republicans who are in office, 'because of the war', are not politicians anymore, somehow?" Whoah! Stop the Tivo! I cannot find any higher point of Olbypocrisy than this statement right here. Not only does Olby seem to forget the fact that the President is in charge of foreign policy, regardless of whether or not he is a 'politician' (of course he is, he was ELECTED TO AN OFFICE. DUH). Keithy manages to sneak the idea that Republicans (unnamed of course) are elected to office solely on Iraq. Really? I thought 2006 was the watershed year where all those in favor of the Iraq war, e.g. Republicans, were wiped out? I guess they're still getting elected. Furthermore, members of his administration are not "politicians." They are not elected to anything. Now, Edward R Olbermann should know well enough the President appoints all cabinet level positions and nominates all Ambassadors and Judges. Are they all slovenly, political hacks that are part of the vast right wing conspiracy, Olby? Journalism at its finest, folks. It is clear that our beloved anchor understands all the inner workings of our government. Furthermore, he does not seem to complain when "politicians" from the House and Senate try to dictate foreign policy and what the generals should do via time tables and trips to Syria. Frank Rich continues to provide nothing to the discussion except the wholly original "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic," line. Interestingly, Frankie denies the Democrats are smart enough to get the President to veto the "war funding bill" on the anniversary of "mission accomplished." Olby reiterates lies about "body armor" and manages to use the disgrace of the Defense Department vis a vis Pat Tillman to attack the President. Keith concludes by suggesting that he once joked someone in the administration read George Orwell's [Ding!] 1984 but were merely too stupid to use it effectively. As always, "a pleasure."
#4: Keith launches into the hope that Democrats can override the Presidential veto. Not happening. "So called surge." Enter Howard Fineman, stage left. Fineman, with deep thought, thinks that the meeting between the President and Democratic leaders will be "chilly." No, really? I thought they agreed? Thanks for the heads up. Though that doesn't stop Fineman from prognosticating that there will be a much smaller number of Republicans following 2008 if no deal is reach. Ted Baxter asks if the President matters anymore because Congress is negotiating. No! Congress negotiating? Impossible! Keithy is a laser. Fineman mentions "Moveon.org" as the heart of the Democratic part. Eek. I'm not sure, even as a member of the vast right wing conspiracy, that would be good for the Democrats. KO hopes that someone in the Republican field will "fervently" come out against the President. Fineman drops Ron Paul's name. Great thanks.
Oddball: The great bed race. Futuristic car renderings with a crack on Bush (Internets).
#3: Gonzogate! [Ding!] "Gonzo" keeps digging a deeper hole. In a stunning move, "Gonzo" allowed people to fire attorneys which are political appointments to begin with! Sacrament! How dare he? Clinton only fired...well.....all of them. Welcome the Perfessor. It has been a while. Keith jokes about "Gonzo's" bad memory bringing about a smirk from the Perfessor who of course, agrees. The Perfessor even goes on to compare the current Justice Department to the old Soviet system of Kommisars. Why not just go to Nazis? They're just as bad. Perfessor asks what Gonzo does during the day, but apparently he can't remember. He's just an "empty suit." Apparently, to Monkey Man, the Justice Department has been polticized. I wonder if he ever thought the same of the Reno Justice Department. Despite the fact, it's not illegal to fire any of these attorneys for WHATEVER reason (even if your humble recapper would agree that firing people for prosecuting others they do not want to is wrong. There is no evidence to suggest such. If Sen. Feinstein had a problem with one of these attorneys, is she being political and therefore wrong? No mention of that. Moving along. This is a very "serious" matter to the Perfessor. More Soviet era references Olby agrees and adds a Watergate [Ding!] reference. As always, Great Thanks.
#2: DC Madam. Giving tips. Adam's Apple Olbermann getting excited over discussion about adult services. Monica Novotny from MSNBC contributes as to free KO from any work.
#1: To cap off another fantastic episode, Keith ranted about the "Mission Accomplished" speech once more. It appears he cannot move on past four years. Bring in the ever esteemed Rachel Maddow of Err America Radio which, last I recall, was a bankrupt disaster of left wing lunacy. She not only parroted everything Krazy Keith said, but she augmented it more than he could have ever imagined. This viewer was surprised he didn't lead off the show with Ms. Rachel Maddow as she could not be a better fit for KO than KO himself. Perverse jokes about what was in the President's pants, the transparent nature of the "Mission Accomplished" speech despite the fact we "fell for it", we knew it was "bogus" and the cheerleading was "disgusting." Most "tragic." KO found the event like Top Gun and "creepy." Hmm....."Man on Fan" should be careful about what he calls creepy. Rachel Maddow brings in Sanjaya from American Idol to relate to the President. Again, I'm lost. Perhaps I am simple minded. The whole event was a "disaster" and a "spectacle." Of course, Great Thanks for your time.
A special mention of the four years since "mission accomplished."
The Media Matters minute began with James Inhofe (R-OK), followed by Glenn Beck of CNN and paleoconservative Lou Dobbs topping the list. The funny part is that two of the "worst" dealt with Nazi references. That never stopped the Fuhrer from making his Nazi salute. All's fair that's unfair on OlbyPlanet. The bronze went to Sen. Inhofe for quotes taken out of context (surprise) about the media's desire to discredit the motivations for the war in Iraq (Blue Blog source: ThinkProgress). Silver: Glenn Beck, assumed conservative on CNN HLN for making an analogy that, as usual, didn't suit the Sieg Heiling Fuhrer (Blue Blog source: Media Matters). The gold was awarded to the Lou Dobbs of CNN, known paleoconservative, for suggesting some groups have used propaganda similar to that of the Nazis. Dobbs's fault was not so much the analogy as it was the person: he stated Goering instead of Goebbels. Tisk Tisk Dobbs, you should know your Nazis like Olby. (Blue News source: NYSun).
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name crept to #3,113 at amazon.com and is having a 70% discount sale, but "Culture Warrior" is #655. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome held on at #4,793 at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,006 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]
UPDATE: Video & Transcript
One defense often made of Olbermann is that when he gives opinion on Countdown the segment is clearly separated from news reports and the word "Special Comment" is displayed on the screen. Of course, we know this is baloney but last night was a particularly egregious example of Olbermann moving rapidly from what is ostensibly a news report to flat out opinion with a nary a disclaimer to be seen.
What is a Keith Olbermann conservative? Is there any such thing? As we have noted previously, the simplest way to understand Olbermann is to realize that he does not tell lies on Countdown. ALL he does on Countdown is tell lies. Every sentence is a carefully woven piece of propaganda that is infested with lies. The entire presentation of information by Keith is one big lie tied to together by lots of little ones
Last night I found myself particularly taken with how Olbermann attempted to present Philip Giraldi as a conservative on his program. Keith introduced and "great thanksed" Giraldi as a "former CIA agent" and contributor to "American Conservative" magazine. Throughout the interview, the caption beneath Giraldi read "American Conservative" magazine. All part of Keith's "even conservatives" no longer support Bush or the Iraq War meme.
I do not know much about Giraldi except that he wasn't booked on Countdown to offer dissent from the Olbermann party line. I could not find any mention of Giraldi's appearance on the American Conservative magazine web site but I did not find such a mention on the far-left site, Anti-War.com. Seems somewhere between working at the CIA and writing for Pat Buchanan (American Conservative is a Buchanan enterprise) Giraldi has been spending his time actively involved in the anti-War movement, working as a contributor to the online magazine of the Randolph Bourne Institute. The RBI bills itself as a non-profit educational entity promoting a non-interventionist foreign policy for the United States as the best way of fostering a peaceful, more prosperous world.. The primary purpose of the "RBI" appears to be running Anti-War.com because, according to SourceWatch, the RBI web site has not been updated since 2002 and they do not seem to do much else.
Giraldi is or was a partner in Cannistraro Associates which produces IntelligenceBrief. OlbyLoons will surely remember Vincent Cannistraro, a former top CIA official who, among other things ran the CIA's Contra operations during the Reagan Administration and used to pal around with Oliver North back in the day.
On any other evening, a former CIA operative who was on the payroll for the guy who ran the CIA's dirty war in Nicaragua might be in the running for a Worst Person in the World but on OlbyPlanet if you are willing to dish dirt on the Bush Administration from anywhere to the right of Nancy Pelosi Keith is more than happy to label you a conservative and slather up your every word.
I've noticed an increasing amount of traffic to Olbermann Watch from the Media Matters for America web site. Seems we've been added to their listed of "watched" media sites.
While there I found this exchange in the comments section of a recent post on Keith Olbermann naming John Gibson a WPIW. I was particularly interested in...
...the exchange after this comment:
You guys need to go to www.olbermannwatch.com It provides more facts than you want to know. * - CaseySpring / Monday April 30, 2007 03:29:37 PM EST
The next guy says "Unfortunately, I can't access via my work firewall to see what yer yammering about. It is apparently classified as a "hate" speech site."
This got me wondering whether other folks have found Olbermann Watch blocked work or school or anything like that. Of course, the MediaMattersLoon has it wrong, Olbermann Watch would not have been classified as a "hate" site but we may well have been flagged for bad language due to the constant use of bad language by the OlbyLoons. I'm not sure what it will take to "clean up" the site to remove words being flagged by blocking software but if I hear that this is not an isolated incident I might have to take some action.