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"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.