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"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