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"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.