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"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