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    June 29, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 29, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • WAR ON TERROR POLITICS: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC political analyst; Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, U.S. Navy defense lawyer
    • LONDON BOMB THWARTED: Evan Kohlmann, MSNBC terrorism analyst and founder of globalterroralert.com
    • REPUBLICANS AND PETS: Mo Rocca, TV personality and author of "All the Presidents' Pets"

    The opening spiel began, of course, with the shocking, unexpected news that Democrats are against the Iraq War. Top story of the night on OlbyPlanet. Plus Gitmo, featuring a lawyer who defends terrorists. The London bomb "scare": see, it wasn't interrogation or wiretaps, it was found by happenstance. Therefore, we don't need to interrogate? OlbyLogic. Another attack on Rupert Murdoch--in which we catch Edward R Olbermann lying to his gullible viewers once again-- and why Republicans hate pets. No, we didn't make that up. It could only be concocted on a casual Friday at The Hour of Spin.

    Bathtub Boy

    #5: Democrats are against the Iraq war. Dan Olbermann asked Alter what happens when the President tries to "demonize" Democrats. Even on a Friday, OlbyPlanet is always spinning. Lefty said "the surge isn't working", based on his on-the-ground observations and intelligence sources far beyond those of Gen Petraeus. Great thanks.

    Then, "White House in Crisis" [Ding!]. The Supreme Court will hear arguments from Gitmo detainees. Terrorist defender Swift thinks it's a great idea for prisoners of war to get trials. Just like the hundreds of thousands in World War II did, right? Just like all the POWs we captured in VietNam, right? Um, well, that didn't come up. No time, because it's the "White House in Crisis". Swift wants to close Gitmo too, because it's the "White House in Crisis".

    #4: The so-called, reported, putative, ostensible, claimed, unproven, alleged, purported bomb plot. What are those people in London so concerned about? You call that a bomb? The most it would have been was a car fire. Only a slovenly political hack like Oralmann could twist news like this to fit his propaganda purposes. You will note that Evan Kohlmann, MSNBC's own terrorism expert, was scheduled to appear. But his appearance got cancelled. Maybe Oralmann got a look at his website and decided he was a bit too reality-based. Instead we got another installment of Lefty Olby and Crazy Larry, with the deranged, discredited Larry Johnson (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos). As predicted, Olbermoronn deliberately refused to report the connection to Al Qaeda; instead Mr Humility painted himself and his delusional guest as the only informed commenters because all those other terrorism experts you see on tv have a "vested interest in there being terrorism". Um, Mr Kohlmann, Krazy Keith is talking about you. Only Edward R Olbermann would cancel and then insult his network's own experts because their views aren't acceptable to the blue blogs! 'Nuff said.

    #3: Rupert Murdoch attack part two. KO pretended like this was his own reportage when actually he just lifted stuff from the New York Times. Of course, since it's Fox, Fat Ass has to twist, distort, and misrepresent. He can't help it. It's in his nature. So when Murdoch says Brit Hume on Special Report gives the news "absolutely straight", Olby pulls out a clip of Hume giving an opinion on something. What is Edward R Olbermann not telling us? The clip was not from Special Report, but from an entirely different program where Hume was a guest and was asked his opinion on something. Another Stinking Olbermann Lie. Will the Olbypologists defend this too?

    #2: The iPhone, Britney Spears, Joel Siegel. #1: Republicans hate pets, with the uproarious Mo Rocca. In the Media Matters Minute, CNN because they're letting Glenn Beck fill in for a week (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and "Coultergeist" (virtually verbatim Blue Blog Source: TV Newser).

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    If it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Olbermann's masculinity. Over the past week Monkeymann has attacked Fox and right-wing pundits 18 times. His primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC six times, but Olby criticisms of MSNBC totalled: zero. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -36 [limp].

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name roars along at #3,583 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #583. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains buried below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,128 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]


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    Levin on Olbermann - Part XIII

    On his Thursday radio program, constitutional attorney Mark Levin had a few comments about the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, specifically his appearance with David Letterman. We have the audio clip for your listening pleasure, enhanced with Keithy's theme song:


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    June 28, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 28th, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • WHITE HOUSE CRISIS: David Shuster, MSNBC political correspondent; John Dean, fmr. Nixon White House counsel and author of "Worse Than Watergate"
    • IRAQ: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek senior White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • Big line up tonight. Slippery Shuster, Felon Rehabilitation, the "White House in Crisis." Stop the tivo! Where have we heard that before and with whom was Olbersturmfuhrer speaking? Let's do an OlbyFlashback:

      • White House Crisis. The US Attorney scandal [Ding!], GonzalesGate [Ding!] ( 22 March 2007)
      • White House in crisis. The president says his government thwarted a terrorist plot against the tallest building in Los Angeles. (9 Feb 2006)
      • This week could bring indictments against senior members of his administration... is it, in fact, the White House in crisis?(24 Oct 2005)
      • A White House truly in crisis. (13 Mar 2007)
      • The White House in crisis. The president's crisis, what to do about the fresh hell of the Middle East. (17 July 2006)
      • The rundown for tonight's show was given a title by our producer that shook me. The title simply was, "White House in Crisis." (20 Oct 2005)

      Is the White House ever NOT in crisis on OlbyPlanet? Not any day I can recollect. I welcome the hour of spin with champagne in hand.

      8PM - P2+ (25-54)
      The O'Reilly Factor - 2,543,000 viewers (491,000)
      Paula Zahn - 610,000 viewers (189,000)
      Countdown w/ Olbermann - 690,000 viewers (245,000)
      Fast Money - 227,000 viewers (60,000)
      Nancy Grace - 1,015,000 viewers (331,000)

      Keith "Solid Second" Olbermann strikes again. Keep up the good work.

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      Bathtub Boy bellowed as ususal. The Bush Administration is fighting subpoenas citing "executive privilege" - god forbid! Dan Bartlett shares his "regret": Keith's favorite: Mission Accomplished. Rupert Murdoch aka Fox "Noise" attack; even more Paris Hilton coverage and a plug for Keith's apperance on Letterman. Oh boy.

      #5: Olbersturmfuhrer is in swivet over the now defunct "warrantless domestic surveillance program" which actually went after international phone calls. Clip of TV hog Chuck Schumer (D) citing Nixon [Ding!] Bring in Slippery Shuster, Mr. Countdown to Resignation that never happened. Discussion of Solicitor General Paul Clement citing Executive Privilege, something something and another. Deep conspiracy here that this humble and not intoxicated correspondent does not terribly grasp. This may be a lefty blogosphere conspiracy. President Cheney is still not doing as the House asks. Some measure to take away funds was a lot closer than many expected. Whoopee. Great reporting. Slippery Shuster slips in some "anonymous" Republican sources who are dumbfounded by the Vice President's behavior. Great thanks.

      MADMAN

      Bizarre Keith Olbermann graphic to plug himself bringing in the esteemed felon John Dean who Hauptmann feels "privileged" to be with. Standards are getting low these days at Countdown. Jabba opines that since the attorneys are appointed by the President are not able to be independent and if they were they'd be fired - thus! - the entire government is stacked in favorite of the White House! Such logic! Forget the fact that tons of positions need to be approved by the DEMOCRATIC Senate. It's a massive right wing conspiracy. Dean advocates calling a Special Counsel which we know Democrats love (hence why the whole idea of a Special Counsel was killed a few years back). Adam's Apple brings up the "Saturday Night Massacre" as if that happened now. A watershed [Ding!] Nixonian [Ding!] moment has been reached. Bringing up "Dick" Cheney and polls which um, have nothing to do with anything, suggest that the VP should be impeached. The Felon Parrot totally agrees. The felon further asserts that the charges against B.J. Clinton were "trumped" up. Dean is now a "veteran" of the "White House in Crisis" (#9000xxxxx). Great thanks.

      #4: More cute graphics and music about the "White House in Crisis." Dan Bartlett has an apparent "mea culpa" vis a vis the "Mission Accomplished" speech which were never spoken. Major combat operations were over, not the war. But that matters not on OlbyPlanet. Mr. Bartlett calls it a benign mistake. Wolffe Man comes to play sock puppet. Some back and forth about who was at fault behind the banner. Wolffie opines that Iraq is a POLICY problem, not a PR problem. Gee. Really. Anything more incisive Wolffie? Perhaps all of the leftists thought it was a policy problem? More rapport on being "out of touch." Fox Noise attack that Roger Ailes might be part of the PR campaign out of the White House. Wolffe believes it's all about exit, not about success. Questions abound how the White House deals with "Cheney comma Dick." Surprisingly, Wolffe Man does not see what the big fear is which prompts Olby to make a joke about the VP's accidental shooting.

      Oddball: Some golfers come across a stripper on the course. Perv joke on "divots." Police chase. Rupert Murdoch teaser of "part 1 of the investigation."

      Newsmakers: Someone from Indonesia on marijuana. Dumb criminal. People who stole a cell phone.

      #3: NewsCorp, the most eeeeeeevil monopoly on the planet trying to sway people to conservative causes. Subtle anti capitalist themes here because the buyer of a newspaper might be a conservative. "Man on Fan" uses a dying man from 1994 to prove his point about how eeeeeevil Mr. Murdoch is. Clip of Bill-O who is "libeling" NBC as "left-wing." Really? That's libel? What are you Olbermann, not liberal, just "right?" Of course, that's what you said. Citing of the NY Times as more proof of how evil Murdoch is. Keithy gets quite intolerant at the idea of even more capitalist behavior of buying newspapers and other media outlets. Accuations of "towing the Chinese line" which is quite surprising given that Mr. Murdoch is some far right wing extremist. Which one is he, Fat Ass? An evil capitalist or an opportunist? Another plug of Keith on Letterman.

      #2: Nearly finished my champagne, I am managing through this story. Surprisingly, an advertisement for the liberal "The Nation" magazine before story #2. Keith admits this story has no value whatsoever (aka filler) but he shows clips of himself from his appearance on Letterman. Ask yourself, is it cheapness? Is it ego? Is it both? Who knows! Keith makes more pervert jokes on Letterman on blow dolls (sorry, not glory holes).

      Keeping Tabs: Spice Girls reunion. Lindsay Lohan's DUI shows alcohol and cocaine in her system when she had an accident.

      #1: Breaking News: Paris Hilton is boring. Attacks on Ms. Hilton for appearing on a program that absolutely destroyed Olbi-Wan-Kenobi in the ratings. Strange silence ensues on Oralmann's program. He fills in his inability to have anything meaningful to say with clips with Paris. Enter pervert glory-hole fan Michael Musto. He plays sock puppet and insults Paris as much as possible. Fortunately, Mr. Musto admits his book sucked too but he at least wrote it. Congrats. If I give you any more of this perv interview, you might vomit. Have a good night. Ok, I have finished my bottle. I am done for the evening. Thank you for reading.

      In the Media Matters minute, I, Robot corporation for some dopey reason. Silver: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for daring to question Gen. John Batiste for appearing in VoteVets.org ads. I couldn't find Olby's source for this. Gold: Bill-O! We needed one eeeeeeeeevil would be conservative for his commentary. Apparently, suggesting that associating with people who are chaotic and dangerous is bad for you somehow means you are arguing you are responsible for your own murder. Of course, Mr. O'Reilly said nothing of the sort. He was merely making the point that one has to be careful with whom they associate. But on OlbyPlanet, that means are suggesting they are responsible for their own murder! (Blue Blog source: Walktaken).

      NAME

      Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's rocketed to #3,577 on amazon.com (necessitating a 70% off sale - ha!), but "Culture Warrior" is #661. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome continues its hilarious streak of not ranking; O'Reilly's book is #1,121 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Wednesday's Hour of Spin managed a laughable and typical third place place finish in total viewers as well as that "money demo" Olbsession. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]


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    June 27, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 27, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • V.P. DICK CHENEY: Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor and constitutional law expert; Eugene Robinson, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC analyst
    • PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RUDY GIULIANI ATTACKS PRES. BILL CLINTON: Wayne Barrett, senior editor of Village Voice and author of "Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Giuliani and 9/11"
    • PARIS HILTON: Chuck Nice, VH-1's "Best Week Ever"

    Just seconds into the opening spiel and we got the first "dick" reference, and a "St Rudy" bit that absolutely demands detailed analysis.

    Bathtub Boy

    Rudy dared to criticize Bill Jefferson Clinton, a huge no-no on OlbyPlanet. Rudy said B.J. treated the first trade center attack as a crime rather than an act of war. Aha! Olbermahn's got him now, and cackled about how Rudy didn't treat it as an act of war either. Um, is Keithy Boy really this stupid? Does he believe mayors of cities can engage in warfare with foreign enemies? Do they have armies? How exactly would the mayor of New York pursue this "war"? Does Bathtub Boy spend even ten seconds on the logic of what he says, or does he just spout whatever sounds good to the gullible blue blog buffs?

    But we digress. The spiel also brought us funny babies, the iPhone, Paris Hilton, and other noxious trivia. Yeah, it looks like it's time to lard on the celebrities and embrace the fluff. Those Nielsens have to be elevated somehow; they are entirely too limp.

    #5: The White House won't release documents about "warrantless eavesdropping"; Olbermoronn doesn't mention that this program was discontinued months ago. Then he bitched a bit about why President Cheney doesn't have to turn over documents to some archivist, a lead-in to tonight's episode of Olby and The Perfessor. Predictably, the Perfessor found another "federal crime" he could pin on Bush--it wouldn't be a Perfessor appearance without him cooking up something on that stove. We'll tell you what neither of these Einsteins bothered to mention. Neither the Vice-President nor the President has to turn over documents to an inferior executive officer. It's a little thing called chain of command. Lesson over. Great thanks. More Cheney bashing with Robinson followed.

    #4: Rudy throws Bill Clinton "under the bus" [Ding!]. Yes, it's back to Project Rudy, Herr Olbermann's attempt to SwiftBoat Giuliani, tonight with the help of a rabid, long-time Rudy basher. Real journalists, media critics, and people who believe in the true legacy of Edward R Murrow might wonder why Oralmann never actually talks to Giuliani. Or a spokesman. Why doesn't anyone ever get to says anything in defense of Rudy? Ah, but then you see, you wouldn't have propaganda. You'd have journalism. And that isn't allowed on The Hour of Spin. So we get Sir Olbermahn riding in on his white horse to do a hatchet job on Rudy, who committed the unpardonable sin: he criticized Bill Clinton. His Rudy-hating guest (identified as someone who "covered" Giuliani, concealing his own blatant partisanship) played along. It got to the point where Olby started quizzing his sock-puppet about Giuliani's personal religious faith. Hey, nothing is beyond the pale when a Monkeymann target has an (R) after his name. Of course, no interview with Giuliani. Or a supporter. Or a spokesman. Or anyone to say even one word in his behalf. That is against the law on OlbyPlanet. They name streets after guys like Oralmann: "One-Way".

    #3: Another Will Farrell funny baby video, with an embedded O'Reilly attack (#202, if anyone's counting). Yes, that was the #3 story: the "funny" video (in its entirety) and a slam at Mr Bill. #2: The iPhone (regurgitated video from the ratings-challenged NBC News). Plus baseball cards (that'll grab viewers in that coveted, all-important, beloved, key demo!), and a plug for Olby on Letterman. #1: Paris Hilton.

    Bathtub Boy

    In the Media Matters Minute, Rupert Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch (Blue Blog Source: Raw Story), and--yes--the Olbsession manifests itself for the 203rd time. The last included a marvelous Olbermann lie, where he claimed O'Reilly "authenticated" the Swift Boat charges against Kerry. He did no such thing, of course, but the statutes of OlbyPlanet state that making stuff up is permitted if it's to smear Bill O'Reilly.

    It's Another Olbermann Ratings Triumph!

    That lock Herr Olbermann has on second place? It looks like Nancy Grace has learned the combination.

    Tuesday night 8PM - P2+ (25-54)

    The O'Reilly Factor - 2,376,000 viewers (484,000)
    Paula Zahn - 536,000 viewers (122,000)
    Countdown w/ Olbermann - 624,000 viewers (195,000)
    Nancy Grace - 901,000 viewers (332,000)

    MisterMeter

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name roars along at #7,314 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #657. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains sunken below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,098 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]



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    June 26, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 26th, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • V.P. DICK CHENEY: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.); Barton Gellman, Washington Post
    • SEN. RICHARD LUGAR (R-IND.) TURNS ON PRES. BUSH: Dana Milbank, national political reporter for Washington Post
    • PARIS HILTON RELEASED FROM JAIL: Paul F. Tompkins, VH-1's "Best Week Ever"

    More "Dick" for Keith. Bring in a partisan Democrat on that. Thanks a lot "Dick." Seriously, is this guy ever going to get past his penis fascination? A Republican "turns" on the President (all he said was that he didn't think the current strategy was not working, not that he would vote with Democrats to end the war) and pervert comments galore on Paris Hilton! Glory holes anyone? More Bill O'Reilly attacks to bring up abymssal ratings. Updated And when I say abymssal, I mean it. Here are Monday's numbers:

    8PM - P2+ (25-54)
    The O'Reilly Factor - 2,717,000 viewers (529,000)
    Paula Zahn - 683,000 viewers (198,000)
    Countdown w/ Olbermann - 624,000 viewers (200,000)
    Fast Money - 261,000 viewers (99,000)
    Nancy Grace - 1,000,000 viewers (311,000)

    Fourth overall and barely clinging to third in the demo. Number Two Olbermann strikes again.

    Source

    MADMAN

    #5: Apparently, on OlbyPlanet, the Vice President has declared that he is no longer part of the Execuative Branch. I'm not terribly clear where Olby and has Laughing Stagehand got their information on "Mister" Cheney declaring such, but he has anyway. Moving along. Keithy expresses tacit sympathy for disgraced and indicted Congressman Jefferson because "Mister" Cheney played some role in his indictement. What the role is is not clear, either. None of that matters. The Spin Zone is all about innuendo. Bring Rahm Emanuel in who does not disagree with ANYTHING Olbersturmfuhrer asserts. Emanuel gets to filibuster like any Democrat does in OlbyLand. Of course, they sneak in the idea that Cheney is Bush's brain by suggesting he makes "every decision." Enter Keith the constitutional scholar asserting the Vice President, again, acts like the President. Of course says Emanuel. Could the parrot get any better? I'll be honest, I am not in the mood to really dissect this whole "affair" that Olby stole from the Washington Post. The funny part is that Hauptmann failed to mention all the criticisms that Washington Post leveled against the do-nothing Democratic Congress. Great Thanks.

    Bring in Mr. Barton Gellman for more buttressing of Fat Ass's fascination with the eeeeeevil Vice President. Mr. Gellman SHOCKINGLY asserts that the Vice President aligns himself with the President's innitiatives despite not agreeing with them on No Child Left Behind and such. NO WAY. THE VICE PRESIDENT? THE MAN WHO IS PICKED TO BE ON THE TICKET? I am blown away. Throw in a cute baseball reference on Cheney's "batting average." I don't get it. I think I am too simple minded for Fat Ass. More blabbing on what the office does. Again, to be honest with you readers, I don't have the patience to dissect this whole thing. It seems to me that Olby and his lackeys have completely stolen this story from the Washington Post which he (Olby) has muddled into some evil conspiracy by the Vice President to hide documents or something. Really, it's an examination on the role of the Vice President. Jabba wants to make it out like a grand conspiracy of the Vice President's to hide something. Whatever. Thanks for your time.

    #4: WHOAH - right off the bat. Logic - OlbyLogic - suggests that taking soldiers out of Iraq is the best way to protect them. Thanks Keith. I'm glad you said that because you treated the Fort Dix story like it was a joke. No danger presented there at home. Without a doubt, Iraq is more dangerous. But in my opinion, Adam's Apple is not really interested in the "soldier's safety", but rather ending what he sees as the great crime of the century - the Second Gulf War. It will makes us safer as a nation too, to bring them home. Sen. Richard Lugar is mentioned because he is concerned about the current policy - not that he has changed his position on the war cause. The number four story would naturally make it sound like Senator Lugar is interested in ending the war, which his office said does not mean he is joining Democrats on their policy. Mr. Dana Milbank chimes in to play sock puppet as usual. He gets himself over "gradual defections" like that of Sen. Chuck Hagel. There's a surprise he mentioned him because that's about all the real "defections" there are. Sen. Voinovich was thrown in there for good measure (vulnerable Republican Senator from Ohio). Milbank admits that the Democrats still don't have the votes to cut off funding. They are looking for a "middle ground." Keith thinks Democrats are playing this "relatively cautiously" which is code for not being radical enough for the DailyKos crowd. Milbank responds by saying that the Republicans leading an anti-war movement was as likely as Keith hosting the O'Reilly factor - ha!. He concedes there are only 6 or 7 "opposition" Republicans. Great thanks.

    Oddball: In Peru, dressed up Guinea Pigs. Elvis impersonators.

    Newsmakers: Residents of Louisville, some Police Officer, someone making crop circles in the Netherlands.

    #3: Oralmann continues his Olbsession on Bill O'Reilly. Keith is incredibly excited that O'Reilly did not get into the Mets clubhouse. Wow, how important! Adam's Apple Olbermahn and his team of Laughing Stagehands play a clip of someone trying to portary O'Reilly's book as "pro-drug." Of course, why include anything refuting that? Just play anything that has someone attacking O'Reilly. I'm surprised the teleprompted didn't tell Keithy to start dropping "Dick" every other second. Olby is depressed O'Reilly was a keynote speaker at an event for journalists which naturally, Olby would never get. He only gets to speak at far left events or canceled interviews with his hereos like Valerie Wilson. Five minutes later, it's quite clear how desperate Man on Fan Olbermann is for ratings - he's still talking about O'Reilly - much to the delight of Moveon.org. Really lame "brain room" joke. This is why I am through a bottle of wine at this point.

    #2: Tom Cruise does not get to do his film on Claus Von Stauffenberg - the man behind the 1944 attempt on Hitler's life. I don't really mind this segment because I think Scientology is a joke as well.

    Keeping Tabs: Rosie is not going to be the Price is Right. Self promotion appearing on a Late Night Show. Congrats.

    #1: Paris Hilton is freed, reunited with Tinkerbell. Thank god for this story. Tons of regurgitated video - even from MSNBC. Is Keith finally critcizing his own network? Doubtful. Michael Musto comes in to be the usual misogynist, glory hole and genital herpes referencing creep. Olby makes a "sucking up" joke and then cuts himself off. HA! I get it. Something Oralmann loves. He's in a suit tonight though - classy. Good night.

    In the Media Matters minute, the silver goes to Pat Roberston for saying people agreed that Hugo Chavez should be "killed." Guess what the source was: Media Matters! Gold: oh so clever and original, Coultergeist - saying that Sen. Barack Obama should avoid words that sound bad in conjuction with his middle name: Blue Blog Source. She does not link him to terrorists, rather shouldn't use certains words. I'm not saying I agree with this assertion, but you can figure out the OlbySpin applied here. Edward R. Olbermann has not moved past his usual targets. What about all those offensive things Joe Biden said about minorities, Olbersturmfuhrer? *cue cricket sound*

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name came in at a strong position of #8,040 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #1,037. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is sadly, almost painfully, unranked at at Barnes and Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,097 there. Reliable numbers for Monday night were unavailable at this time. I am confident Olby landed in either third or fourth. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]


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    John Gibson Rips Keith Olbermann as "Off the Charts"

    On his radio program Monday, John Gibson discussed the current state of (MS)NBC News. In doing so he had a few comments about the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Here is an example:

    The full clip can be heard here.


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    June 25, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 25, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • V.P. DICK CHENEY: John Dean, fmr. Nixon White House counsel
    • 9/11 - WHITMAN VS. GIULIANI:  Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC political analyst
    • JESSIE DAVIS MURDER: Clint van Zandt, fmr. FBI profiler and MSNBC analyst

    Another opening, another spiel. "Dick's World": he's "the de facto President". The latest Giuliani attack in Olby's ongoing Project Rudy. The Ohio murder case, the great Pants suit, and Harry Potter. A pretty thin bowl of soup...maybe explains his recent ratings.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    #5: KO bumbled his way through the intro about why this is really the Cheney Administration. There's "empirical evidence", sez Olby. He threw around phrases like "legally questionable" and "morally reprehensible" and whined that Bush claims he doesn't have to obey his own executive order. Of course he doesn't, Olberdunce! It's Bush's order, and he can amend it, repeal it, interpret it, or make a new one any time he feels like it. The Wolffe Man skulked in, simpered about how secretive the Veep's office is, used his pet word "extraordinary", and then detailed that "empirical evidence" mentioned by Bathtub Boy. Well, no he didn't. So Olbermann laid out the "emperical evidence". Um, not exactly. They must have been short on time. As the banner read "Fun with Dick and Dick", Wolffie got Great Thanksed.

    Next up, Keith Olbermann's Criminal Rehabilitation Program met again to minister to KO's favorite felon, John Dean. The disbarred lawyer claimed Cheney was the "senior partner" in the administration, because Bush knew he couldn't handle the job. No transparency, it "got out of control", so Fat Ass compared "Dick" to Al Capone, summing it all up with the phrase of the day: it's "the ultimate scandal" [Ding!]. The criminal got Great Thanksed.

    #4: Project Rudy continued, playing up a disagreement between Giuliani and Christy Todd Whitman. Oralmann's task here is simple: flip 9/11, Rudy's greatest strength, and make it a liability. In other words, SwiftBoat him! According to Olbermahn, "Saint Rudy" is desperately attempting to 'salvage" his reputation. Lefty Alter was an enthusiastic puppet, tossing in the lie that Karl Rove was behind the SwiftBoating of John Kerry! That's the sort of thing they love on OlbyPlanet ("Snigger Snigger...He said Karl Rove...Snigger!").

    There was a top newsmaker where "Man on Fan" Olbermann creepily slobbered over some schoolkids who compiled a bunch of talking points from blue blogs. He even applauded them, in a limp, sissy sort of way. So followed #3: the Ohio murder case, analyzed by Van Zandt. #2: The Pants suit (regurgitated video from the future home of Rosie O'Donnell), plus Paris Hilton. #1: Keithy's theory on how the Harry Potter saga will end. We don't care about his theory.

    In the Media Matters Minute, Senator Inhofe (R) was attacked (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo), with juvenile name-calling against Fox tossed in (to the delight of The Laughing Stagehand). Plus a bonus! Another Republican senator (Kyl) was attacked because he liked some ideas on the immigration bill he heard on eeevil talk radio (which is any talk radio to the right of Err America) (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Shame on Kyl for listening to that "right wing water carrier" Hugh Hewitt! Keith Olbermoronn, of course, is fair and balanced. Uh huh. Keith's not a left-wing water carrier--he lifts the jugs by the gross with a forklift! Only they're Kool-Aid.

    Stories Olbermann refuses to report

    Dogs that did not bark: This one is so obvious it's a wonder how he gets away with it. Oralmann has repeatedly attacked "Mister" Bush's Iraq policy, and sermonizes that the President is going against "the will of the people". But polls on OlbyPlanet are fickle; if they don't comport with OlbySpin all of a sudden the "will of the people" becomes irrelevant. So when surveys show that "the people" do not want the latest immigration bill, does Herr Olbermann launch a diatribe, blasting the Congress for contravening the desires of the American citizenry? Nope. He just ignores the issue.


    Latest Keith Olbermann Ratings Triumphs!

    Thursday: another stunning fourth place finish in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo":

    O'Reilly: 2,572,000 (demo: 507,000)
    Nancy Grace: 1,070,000 (demo: 345,000)
    Paula Zahn: 518,000 (demo: 176,000)
    Keith Oralmann: 579,000 (demo: 168,000)

    Friday: a craptacular fourth place finish again!:

    O'Reilly: 1,907,000 (demo: 386,000)
    Nancy Grace: 841,000 (demo: 255,000)
    CNN SIU: 483,000 (demo: 199,000)
    "Man on Fan" Olbermann: 551,000 (demo: 179,000)

    MisterMeter

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name roars along at #6,908 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #669. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains sunken below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,093 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]



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    June 24, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 22nd, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • GITMO END GAME: Neal Katyal, Georgetown University Professor and lead attorney in Salim Ahmed Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
    • CHENEY OF COMMAND: Dana Milbank, MSNBC Political Analyst, National Political Reporter for the Washington Post
    • JEWELS OF DENIAL: Reurgitated video on CIA activity in the 70s
    • MOURNERS IN CHIEF: Rachael Maddow of Err America
    • TONIGHT'S PARISIAN POST: Michael Musto of the Village Voice

    8PM - P2+ (25-54)
    #1 The O'Reilly Factor - 1,907,000 viewers (386,000)
    CNN: Special Investigations Unit - 483,000 viewers (199,000)
    #4 Countdown w/ Olbermann - 551,000 viewers (179,000)
    Fast Money - a scratch with 90,000 viewers (a scratch with 35,000)
    Nancy Grace - 841,000 viewers (255,000)

    Source

    The "Gitmo meeting" is canceled but Gitmo has not. Apparently something is going on "beneath the surface" about it because the President said he wanted it closed. Day two of the "autonomous nation" of CheneyLand - is that like OlbyPlanet where stuff is made up? Presidential candidates show up to pay respects to deceased firemen in Charleston - is it politicking? Clips of Republicans - naturally. Penis joke on the "family jewels" on the CIA. Paris Hilton's shrink! Hold on to your chairs folks, Friday is no day off for Olbermahn. And a bad demo day too.

    Updated

    MADMAN

    #5: Apparently the Bush administration cannot shut down its operations in an "occupied foreign territory." Note to Laughing Stagehand and those who write Jabba's material: it's not occupied land. In fact, it's legal U.S. territory under a lease agreement setup with the Spanish after the 1898 Spanish American war. Agreement Terms. Not that this lie within the first 10 seconds matters to slamming the Bush administration at every chance he gets. No exit strategy for Gitmo at the Whie House. One criticism cited of the detention facilitiy - oh my! That never happens during a war! Neal Katyal, lead attorney for Salim Ahmed Hamdan's team in the case against Fmr. Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld chimes in. While I have no doubt as to the man's intelligence and legal ability, it should come as no surprise that Olbersturmfuhrer would have someone on who feels the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility is illegal - or at least its methods. Olbermann can't come up with a question, merely recaps the fact the administration wants to close Guantanmo Bay and that they stated they want to send them back to their home countries - only they won't take them. OH WAIT, there's the question. Hardball time: "Is this an attempt to palm off any legal responsibility for these people on those other countries or what is it?" Thank you for the powerful question. Katyal plays right into OlbyLogic that the eeeeevil Vice President and the Attorney General are "afraid of the constituion." Bottom line: Gonzales is afraid of the greatest document the world has ever known. He's afraid of the Federal Court system. Everything can be explain by that simple idea! Ok, I take back what I said about Mr. Katyal, he seems like a straight up partisan. Katyal opines you can never trust the administration - Guantanamo is a legal black hole. Funny how the Congress made it legal which Olby hates when the Congress exercises its congressional duty that disagrees with OlbyLogic. Now it's just unpatriotic to Katyal. Ok fine. Great. Is it illegal what congress did? Not necessarily. Just unpatriotic. He whines some more about how no legal proceedings have happened at Guantanamo - no trials. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because you are too busy litigating against it making it impossible to hold said trials? More complaints about the evil Vice President. Great thanks.

    Cheney again, this time above the law. Who IS DICK Cheney? hehe - Dick. It gets funnier every time. To be perfectly honest, I have no idea what this segment is about. Something about Cheney being a shadow government. Was Fat Ass done with the penis jokes? Of course not. Caption below the welcomed Dana Milbank, sans splashy suit, read "Private Dick." What is it with Olby and this fascination with male genitalia? I don't think I want to know. Cue incisive question: Has the Vice President evolved into a higher being beyond our understanding? Maybe for you, Keithy. Milbank thinks it's like trying to understand the holy trinity. Yeah....ok. I understand it just fine but whatever. Milbank decides to mock the Vice President's heart condition by stating that the Mr. Cheney regards the law as he regards arterial plaque - you just push it aside and put in a stent - like the law. What kind of analogy is that? Did you spend your time in the green room thinking of that? What do heart conditions and stents, which are meant to keep blood flowing, have to do with the law? This whole matter is about documents. No one is checking whether Mr. Cheney's office is in compliance. In compliance with what, you ask? I still don't know. It's all just evil sounding. Great thanks and have a great weekend. Nice.

    #4: Good news, I now can rely on CIA agents leaking classified information to expose evil doings. Regurgitated video from the Mother Ship. CIA doing evil things. Why is Olby complaining? He's getting exactly what he wants - more "dirty laundry." But there is always some way to spin it to make that organization look bad.

    MADMAN

    Oddball: Fox Noise attack saying the Hearst news organization was the Murdoch of its time. Connection: Murdoch causes suicides like Hearst. A man shot himself over the evil smear machine of Hearst. Fireworks on a dummy. Tokyo Robot in the shower. The friendly skies: women in lingerie - Olby can barely contain himself!

    Newsmakers: Some arm wrestling guy tries to cheat. Tony Blair's retirement and wearing shoes every time he did Questions for the Prime Minister. A guy carrying a machete.

    #3: Exploitation of deceased fire fighters. Are politicians going to the funeral using it for politics? First clip: Sec. Chertoff mentioning things that are dangerous - including terrorism! Gasp! Giuliani, who was invited to the speech, but the International Association of Firefighters did not want him there. Funny, Olbermahn left out one tidbit on who the IAF is associated with - THE AFL-CIO. The IAF is a labor union! You don't say? Now, do you wonder why this was omitted on OlbyPlanet? Clear thinking readers don't. They know that the AFL-CIO is one of the biggest backers of the Democratic Party and their economic nationalist, anti free trade and and labor union loving friends. Giuliani is a Republican. That must mean he hates American workers, or something. Of course he's going to be disinvited. Although, this ruins that idea that the International Firefighters Association, which sounds very grand, rejected him without any partisan reason. More here. Welcome Rachael Maddow of the far left and bankrupt Air America. Olby concedes that Chertoff had some reason to be there - being connected with first responders. But he DID mention terrorism once - evil. Maddow plays sock puppet and attacks Giuliani for "wrapping himself up in 9/11." Well, it's shocking that he would talk about since it happens to be one of the biggest moments of his time as Mayor. Maddow goes into a filabuster and Olbermann simply shuts up and lets her rant about the evil Mr. Giuliani. Again, Olby gets himself in a swivet on the IAF hatred of Giuliani but keeps forgetting their ties to the AFL-CIO and the fact Giuliani was invited by the South Carolina Association Fire Fighters. This segment barely mentions the Democrats who were there and just goes on and on about how horrible Mr. Giuliani is for showing up at the memorial. Great thanks.

    Sound bites: Baby named 4-Real in New Zealand. President Bush on Black Music Month. Jon Stewart.

    #2: After Olbermann's attacks on O'Reilly for covering bears, here comes the biggest story of the evening - Thomas the Train! More regurgitated video from New York. Oh wait - it's on lead paint on toys from China. Glad to see Adam's Apple cares about the children. I guess bears don't pose a danger.

    Keeping Tabs: Britney blames her mother for her issues. Eddie Murphy is the father of Scary Spice's child. Spice Girls will reunite.

    #1: Olbermann mocks Paris Hilton for a bit making a high pitched voice and commenting how she hears keys jingle (which aren't really keys says Olby - hehe). Creepy Musto makes references to glory holes, pokey and other perverted trash. Edward R. Murrow is so proud right now. Musto keeps using slurs against women while Olby and the Laughing Stagehand nearly die. Viewers have probably died from boredom at this point. Update: I'd like to thank Josh Cone via Johnny Dollar for something I missed during Friday's pervert fest. It seems Olbermann asserted that Paris's doctor was not a medical doctor (emphasis mine):

    Well just maybe because the doctor, who's been so adept at getting Ms. Hilton out of tight spots, is not an M.D. and may have lied a little bit about his credentials. Radar Magazine reporting that Dr. Charles Sophy is not a medical doctor, but rather an osteopath, a doctor of osteopathy, focusing on alternative treatments.

    Well, there you go again Fat Ass. The reason I say that is it's clear your lackeys are too lazy to do any actual research. Sort of like that using of Star Magazine as a source, but this time Radar magazine. In fact, no one can be a psychiatrist without being an M.D. Osteopaths are in fact D.O.s which are also Medical Doctors, with slightly different training. Reading and information. More here. Thus, another either outright OlbyLie or just lazy journalism. It also has to do with his favorite target of perversion, Paris Hilton. Coincidence? You decide. Thanks again for the information.

    In the Media Matters minute, the bronze goes to the British Ministry of Defense on UFOs for not releasing enough information on some recent sightings. Silver: oh my god, John Travolta for siding with Tom Cruise on psychotherapy! I actually agree with this nomination. Gold goes to Glenn Beck for getting "desperate" - ha!. Funny Olby calls anyone desperate when you keep landing in third and fourth. We haven't seen Olby use his favorite source in quite some time: Media Matters. Edward R. Olbermann asserts that Glenn Beck is doing more damage to the world every day than any suicide bomber could dream of. Are you saving the world, Hauptmann?

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name is #1,534 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #697. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is noticeably unranked at at Barnes and Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,032 there. As predicted, Thursday's Hour of Spin was mired at fourth Place in the Man on Fan beloved, coveted all important "key demo" along with the usual kick out the door of barely finishing third overall. Perhaps one of the worst weeks in a long time for der Fuhrer. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]


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    June 22, 2007
    OlbermannWatch Contributor's Note

    As I am in charge of posting recaps this week, I apologize for not having Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's. Needless to say, they have all been DVRed. Unfortunately, I have to head out of town tonight and will not be back until the wee hours of Sunday morning. You can expect full recaps for the missed days on Sunday, including Friday. My apologies again, thanks for reading. Comments are open to whine about me.


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    June 20, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 20th, 2007

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • General Wesley Clark, former FNC contributor who 'left' the network for ultra left MSNBC. Now he is on Herr Olbermann's show. Coincidence? I think not
    • Requisite attacks on Bill O'Reilly who destroyed the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann last night in the ratings and that 'key demo.'
    • Nothing else, Olby can't get any guests that don't parrot him.

    8PM - P2+ (25-54)
    The O'Reilly Factor - 2,133,000 viewers (488,000)
    Paula Zahn - 559,000 viewers (185,000)
    Countdown w/ Olbermann - 577,000 viewers (171,000)
    Fast Money - 165,000 viewers (54,000)
    Nancy Grace - 833,000 viewers (278,000)

    Source

    Man, that lock on second is so firm I might choke. Nearly 500k in that 'demo' to 171k. Media Matters better go into overdrive. I hear tears hitting the floor over at Daily Kos HQ. MoveOn is at DEFCON 1. Congrats to "Man On Fan" Olbermann.

    The opening spiel was as lame as ever for Olbermahn this evening. The usual targets: Iraq dividing the country, dividing the Democrats (!), the Mayor of New York might run for President, soldiers in Afghanistan want to kill children, Abu Ghraib, Bill O'Reilly "gets the war wrong again." Olbermann's Olbsession knows no bounds.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    #5: Keithy admits that the liberal base is unhappy with Hillary Clinton. The Liberal "Take Back" conference. Olbersturmfuhrer surprisingly uses the word "liberal" in his fifth story spiel. Must be trying to recoil from all those third and fourth place finishes. Nancy Pelosi shouted down by anti-war activists. Jabba can hardly contain his excitement of the very liberal Bloomberg leave the Republican party. Welcome to Craig Crawford! Does the Democratic party know how vital getting out of Iraq is? "They know that now!" Wow, thanks for that insight. Dispariging remark about Pelosi having a "tin ear" (!). Something is amiss at Olbermann Spin Zone. Olbermann opines that perhaps people are "angry" at Congress for capitulating on the war. Of course they are. Or maybe on OlbyPlanet they are and at MoveOn.org. No matter, Olby knows all.

    The most "prominent" mayor leaves the Republican party. If he runs, who does he hurt? Yawn. Bloomberg was a Democrat up until his run for Mayor. The man is no eeeeeeevil Republican. He is and always has been a liberal but that doesn't stop Keith from getting super excited over someone "leaving" the Republican Party. Great Thanks Craig.

    Ah, the real story of the evening. Soldiers in Afghanistan killing children. They knew they were in there despite the fact a high value Al-Qaeda target was in there. Keith praises his network (never criticises) for reporting this story. Welcome Wesley Clark, still wanting to be President and still a member of the loony left. Why is he on Olby's show? I leave that to clear thinking readers. Olbermann clearly cares about the children here. Nevermind the children blown up and killed in Iraq, we are just going to portray the US Army as out to get the kids. "Does this not underscore the need for consistent reporting?" asks Olby. Of course, says the General who was fired for reasons that are still unknown today He manages to praise himself for his actions in Kosovo while discussing Afghanistan. Gen. Clark surprisingly agrees that the idea of reporting on terrorist attacks helps terrorists is bad. It's borderline censorship despite the fact the NETWORKS MAKE THE DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES - NOT THE GOVERNMENT. "Amen," says Hauptmann in response to Clark. Keithy asks a poignant question, "Are we devoting our resources to fighting the war on terror properly?" (paraphrase) Clark goes into some spiel about Saddam not being connected to 9/11 despite the fact that the President has stated on NUMEROUS occasions that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. Again, on Olby Planet, irrelevant. Massive love fest ensues. Much easier for Clark to handle than O'Reilly. Jabba is extremely proud to have the fired general.

    #4: Abu Ghraib again. HOW BLOODY OLD IS THIS STORY? Olby believes that the President knew about everything despite lacking any evidence. He brings in General Karpinski who has been demoted and reprimanded for her behavior at Abu Ghraib. But I am willing to bet she thinks the President knew about everything that was happening. That's why she's on OlbyZone! Blab blab blab. Karpinski gets to talk for a while about nothing new. Donald Rumsfeld's name gets dropped a few times to suggest he was behind "torture" and "gitmoize" Abu Ghraib. Where was General Karpinski in all of this? Did she protest? Did she file complaints? Apparently not. She just received a demotion and reprimand, not to mention a book deal. Moving along. She has been unable to appear on a program that is not sympathetic to anti-Bush/Rumsfeld sentiments since her interview with O'Reilly way back when. Great Thanks.

    Oddball: Three point shot. Norwegian kids messing around with high speed train.

    Newsmakers: Some hotsauce thing. Some woman didn't win the lottery. Woman gets three days in jail for grabbing an officer's genitals and driving drunk. She's an aspiring model. Guess what kind of model says Olby? Hand model! Ha! The laughs never end.

    #3: Incredibly deep story about slander on the internets. It's nice to see Adam's Apple Olbermann concerned about nasty comments made about women. Not that he has ever said anything about Paris Hilton and her face. Karl Kronenberger comes in to help Constitutional Scholar Olbermahn with the first amendment. Not much happens here in the way of the vast left wing conspiracy. I'll spare you the inane nature of the interview. Great thanks.

    Keeping Tabs: Paris Hilton in jail and references to her face. Nancy Grace "driving Melinda Duckett" to suicide. O'Reilly not covering bombs in Iraq!

    #2: Um, there never was a number two story. Go figure. Maybe there was not enough vast right conspiracy material.

    #1: Finally, the most important part of the evening, more on the premier Olbsession of Mr. O'Reilly. You know, that guy that destroys him every night in the ratings despite getting no help from far-left websites like DailyKos and MoveOn.org? Olby fantasizes that O'Reilly upset he did not have the credentials to be in the Mets clubhouse. It's all about baseball. As usual, Olbermann and his Laughing Stagehand managed to pull about every clip of "stuff that does not matter" that "Fox Noise" thinks is important to prove Fat Ass's point. The funny part is that every story that Olbermann brings up is from the END OF THE SHOW. Sort of like how they do thing on OlbyLand with the women hating segments at the end of the show? O'Reilly does not do woman hating segments, but rather lighter ones. He saves the real stories for the first like any other news program. But you wouldn't know that the way Olby spliced everything together in his #1! story. Bring in FAR-LEFT Arianna Huffington to pleasure Keith's conspiracy theories. Of course, the sock puppet plays right into Adam's Apple Olbermann's profound questioning and Arianna suggests that O'Reilly has been talking about Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith's baby. Funny part is - HE NEVER DID! That was Greta Van Susteren - with all due respect. Again, a usual left love fest. I'd love to see Arianna on O'Reilly's program to actually get questioned rather than the softballs Olbermann comes up with. Arianna says O'Reilly is pretending to be a journalist. HA! The discredited Sports Guy, who never did anything except work on Sports Center and make not witty comments is somehow a real journalist? Ugh, I can't take it anymore. Really. I'm done for this evening. Watch it for yourself if you can stomach it.

    In the Media Matters minute, some guy flushing two items blocking a pipe (bra and underwear), thank you Keith for that. Someone named Woody for the silver - yeah ok whatever, DailyKos must be asleep this week. Gold: Newt Gingrich! There were way too many sources for this recapper to track but I found the right one: Think Progress. I should have checked there first. At least the Laughing Stagehand managed to find one conservative for tonight.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name collapsed at #4,539 on amazon.com (necessitating a 80% off sale - ha! HA!), but "Culture Warrior" is #375. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) You can have it for $4.59 - ha!. The OlbyTome is still limp and can't rank; O'Reilly's book is #1,039 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tuesday's Hour of Spin managed a dismal, humiliating and MediaMatters backing lacking third place finish in total viewers coupled with a laughable fourth in that "money demo" Olbsession. Fourth Place. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]


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    June 18, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 18th, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    June 15, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 15, 2007

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Topics/Guests:

    • SEN. HARRY REID (D-NEV.) CRITICIZES GENERALS PACE AND PETRAEUS; FINAL SURGE OF TROOPS ARRIVE TODAY: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC political analyst
    • ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALES: Dana Milbank, Washington Post national political reporter and MSNBC political analyst
    • SPACE STATION PROBLEMS: James Oberg, fmr. NASA engineer and MSNBC space consultant

    This week there was something amiss:
    No Olby at all--it was bliss!
    Next week there's no sub,
    Keith crawls out of his tub.
    So get ready to mock and to hiss.


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    Today's Game: Where's KO?

    It's gonna be a l-o-n-g summer. I guess KO gets a lot of new vacation time, thanks to his new contract. I know there's not as much "news" during the next couple of months. And, honestly, it's not that I dislike looking at either Amy Robach or Allison Stewart (didn't she leave MSNBC for NPR?) A little freelance work for Allison, perhaps? Or, is MSNBC running out of "pinch hitters", thanks to the staffing cutbacks? I've been scanning the media sites, looking for some information on KO's time off and the replacements, but there seems to be very little chatter.

    Hey, it's not as if his audience crumbles when substitutes sit in. This week, Amy finished in third place Monday and second place Tuesday. We're talking 25-54 numbers, of course. Wednesday, Allison finished second, again.

    Still, it's just not the same with Keith's caustic attitude, no matter how hard the subs try. So, Mr. Olbermann, suck it up and come on home. By now, you've had plenty of time to tan, relax and read up on what's happening in Washington. That's your strength. Focus, Mr. Olbermann. Focus! I know the cute and funny segments will stay. Heck, I actually really enjoy "Soundbites of the Day" and "Worst Person in The World". I understand pacing and variety. It's all good.

    Well, ALMOST all good. There's this Paris Hilton story. Here's one fan who seriously hopes that we get the "old" Countdown back when you return, Mr. Olbermann. I believe it's time for you to put your editorial foot down and give us back our Countdown. Read your own Newshole Blog. The inmates are restless. A little Paris is enough. Mention it/her and move on. I don't care whether it's exclusive video from TMZ or Puppet Theatre. I've seen enough.

    So, come on home, Mr. Olbermann. Welcome back to the "big chair". Let's talk politics! And world events. Please.


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    June 13, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 13, 2007

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Topics/Guests:

    • SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE; IRAQ; BUSH APPROVAL RATINGS: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek senior White House correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • BILL O'REILLY'S VIEW OF MSNBC AND CNN IRAQ COVERAGE: Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (ret.) and MSNBC military analyst
    • DRYCLEANER LAWSUIT: Emil Steiner, washintonpost.com
    • BRITNEY SPEARS; PARIS HILTON: Christian Finnegan, VH-1's "Best Week Ever"

    Once again Keith gives viewers the snub,
    Tells his boss to go call in a sub.
    Can't use Gibby no more,
    So it's Ally's encore,
    While Herr Olbermann soaks in his tub.


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    June 12, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 12th, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)"

    You Had Me At Merlot

    Guest Host: Amy Robach

    Still sitting in for Keith Olbermann. David Gregory, Wolffe Man, Chris Cilizza and more. But no Fuhrer.

    While Keith soaks,
    he's in no position to boast
    Friday was a complete slaughter,
    Will Olby continue to falter?

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name inched its way to #2,355 on amazon.com (still necessitating an 80% off sale - ha! HA! You can have it for $4.59 - ha!), but "Culture Warrior" is #201. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome ranked - oh wait it didn't; O'Reilly's book is #91 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Monday's Hour of Spin we will leave alone as Bathtub Boy needed a good soaking after last week's shellacing in the ratings (example: Fourth Place).


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    Logical Conclusion to TVNewser Sage; Stelter Joins New York Times

    Brian Stelter, newly graduated from Towson University, is going to work for The New York Times. As of 11 AM this morning, Stelter was still posting at MediaBistro where he write the TVNewser blog which he founded in 2004 as "CableNewser". The newspaper of Jayson Blair, Rick Bragg and Maureen Dowd appears to be the perfect fit for the fact-challenged, far-left blogger.

    Brian Stelter, the TVNewser blogger, is joining the Times next month as an 8i reporter to cover the media world for NYTimes.com and for the paper. He will report to media editor Bruce Headlam, and will work closely with Business Day reporters and with our friends in Culture, including television editor Steve Reddicliffe and reporters Bill Carter, Jacques Steinberg and Ed Wyatt.

    For new readers, here are links to past installments of our long-running series on Stelter entitled "TVN: Journalism at its finest" which documents a few examples in his long history of playing fast and loose with the facts, manipulating ratings data and otherwise misrepresenting the truth.

    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part I
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part II
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part III
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part IV
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part V
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part VI
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part VII
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part VIII
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part IX
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part X
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part XI
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part XII
    TVN: Journalism at its finest - Part XIII


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    June 11, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 11, 2007

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)


    Guest Host: Amy Robach

    Topics/Guests:

    • GONZALEZ NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN SENATE: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC political analyst
    • COLIN POWELL BREAKS HIS SILENCE: Tyler Drumheller, fmr. CIA officer and author of "On the Brink"
    • PARIS IS STILL IN JAIL: Michael Musto, Village Voice


    Missing in action is Keith,
    with the ratings that no one's beneath.
    From his show he'll divorce;
    it's his only recourse
    when again he's caught lying through his teeth.




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    June 9, 2007
    OlbyLoons Revolt on Countdown blog as More OlbyPocrisy Revealed

    It's been less than two weeks since Keith Olbermann's man-love interview of Al Gore in which Olbermann sycophantically sympathized with Gore's criticism of "the media" for covering "trivialities" as part of a propaganda effort by the Bush Administration that allowed "catastrophes" like Iraq and Global Warming. Flash-forward to last night's wall-to-wall coverage of world-class triviality, Paris Hilton, and we find the OlbyLoons who frequent Countdown's Newshole blog "shocked, shocked" to find the Keith is a hypocrite.

    I've enjoyed seeing the show become more overtly liberal over the past year or so, and I've appreciated how your increasingly frequent Special Comments have provided a much-needed counterpoint to all the noise coming from the Right. I have a lot of respect for you and for the show. But you make it harder every day to hang onto that respect...would [Edward R. Murrow] have quoted National Enquirer stories about them as if they were part of the news? The National Enquirer, Keith. When did the basement floor of journalistic standards settle so deep that a notorious gossip tabloid - quoting unnamed sources - was worthy of quoting on a national television news program?...please at least have enough respect for your viewers to stop pretending you hate doing those stories, or that you're not part of the problem.

    - db, anderson, sc (Sent Friday, June 08, 2007 10:03 PM)

    What I love about Countdown is that it expects more from it's audience and doesn't treat us like we're idiots. When there is more entertainment content than news, there is a big problem.

    - KS, Dallas, Texas (Sent Friday, June 08, 2007 8:21 PM)

    Please take some time to read Al Gore's new book. I counted on you to give real reporting and insigngt to what is going on in the world and the government, (at least for the beginning of your show). To dedicate the entire first portion of your show to Paris Hilton, tells me you are a sell out to the "keep the attention diverted" crowd. I am disappointed in you now and feel let down by someone I trusted to give us real insight to the real happenings in the Government and world.

    - Jo-Ann Shimola, Scottsdale, AZ (Sent Friday, June 08, 2007 9:08 PM)

    You know what? You're lucky I even kept watching tonight after that gleeful "I lied!" You don't know what kind of expletives I wanted to use tonight (and am refraining from using now). To be quite honest, Keith, I hope the ratings for tonight's show go right into the toilet where they belong.

    - Tru M., Cleveland, Ohio (Sent Friday, June 08, 2007 9:41 PM)

    I wonder what Edward R. Murrow would be reporting today? The two-tier justice system is definitely worth mentioning but unfortunately coundown is part of the problem in the publics overall disconnect with a little something formerly known as um... REALITY when it endlessly goes after ratings at the sake of um... OUR VERY DEMOCRACY.

    Chris Eldridge (Sent Friday, June 08, 2007 11:06 PM)



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    June 8, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 8, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    • PRES. BUSH: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC political analyst; Neal Katyal, Georgetown University law professor
    • 2008 ELECTION: Chris Cillizza, washingtonpost.com
    • "THE SOPRANOS": Alan Sepinwall, Newark Star-Ledger television critic

    ============================
    Once again Keith is 4th (dead last) in the demo.

    Cable News Ratings - June 7, 2007
    8PM - P2+ (25-54)

    1st Place) The O'Reilly Factor - 462,000

    2nd Place) Nancy Grace - 256,000

    3rd Place) Paula Zahn - 235,000

    4th Place) Countdown w/ Olbermann - 171,000

    ============================

    The last opening spiel of the week: Paris Hilton leads the rundown, portrayed in puppet theater. Plus the g-8 is "sick of President Bush", what was he drinking, the Pentagon wants a "do-over" (translation: they are appealing a decision), and how will the Sopranos end. Ho and hum. It's casual Friday at Olbermann Watch.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    #5: Gee, the lead story is Paris Hilton. "Man on Fan" Olbermann must be desperate to get those ratings out of the toilet. Even this story was totally skewed, with clips and guest (O.J. mouthpiece Robert Shapiro) all whining that the sentence was excessive. Shapiro said the sheriff did everything right, conveniently overlooking the provision in the California Penal Code that says the trial judge and only the trial judge can authorize home confinement. Shapiro even raised the red herring of prison overcrowding--a red herring because there was no overcrowding in the women's section, and anyhow Paris wasn't released due to overcrowding. Man, you can't believe The Hour of Spin even when they're talking about fluff! Great thanks. A lengthy clip show of A-Mess-NBC's Parisian coverage followed.

    #4: "Mister" Bush at the G-8; his administration is in "perpetual crisis" and makes "you sick to your stomach". Peter Pace "forced to resign", two Republicans "break ranks" with "Mister" Bush. Lefty Alter. Need we say more? Great thanks.

    #3: Military tribunal cases: F Lee Olbermann claimed when a judge makes a decision you don't like, you can either accept it or change the law. What Cracker Jack box did he get his law degree from? You can also appeal the decision, or ask the judge to reconsider. Because all this is beyond Oralmann this segment was even stupider than the usual Hour of Spin crap. Katyal, partisan Democrat and defender of terrorists and enemies of the USA, was obvious a welcome guest on OlbyPlanet. This is about "basic fairness" that the US extends to "prisoners of war". Oh? Did all those German POWs get lawyers while the war was still ongoing? Did we hold 1,000,000 trials? More habeas corpus lies. Olby compares the US to "Stalinist Russia". Yikes, what nonsense! Great thanks.

    #2: Oooh, oooh, The Sopranos is ending (Monica Novotny handled the report while a split screen showed Olby, reluctant to be spoiled, listening to an iPod). #1: Dana Milbank and Paris Hilton Puppet Theater (this being casual Friday, we opted out of sitting through this juvenalia). In the Media Matters Minute, it was the usual conservative/Fox suspects: Robert Bork (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), someone affiliated with James Dobson (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and, yes, attack #195 on Bill O'Reilly (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Could there be anything more partisan and predictable? Yawn.

    Stories Olbermann refuses to report

    Mute mongrels: This will surprise no one, but Bathtub Boy continues his spiking on the case against William Jefferson (D). Recall how every last hiccup was featured on The Hour of Spin when it was all about Bob Ney (R), or Duke Cunningham (R)? Now the House Ethics Committee has decided to expand its investigation of Jefferson, who had his first court appearance. When any of that happens to an (R), it's all over the OlbyPlanet news. When it happens to a (D), Edward R Olbermann's coverage basically amounts to this.

    Stories Olbermann refuses to report

    And since it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Olbermann's masculinity. Over the past week Monkeymann has attacked Fox, CNN, and Limbaugh/right-wing pundits ten times. Though his primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC six times, Olby criticisms of MSNBC totalled: zero. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -20 [limp].

    MisterMeter

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name roars along at #3,900 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #329. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains sunken below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #480 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Thursday "Man on Fan" Olbermann further solidifed his "lock" on second place by finishing fourth in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 6 [ELEVATED]


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    Keith Olbermann Smears Bill O'Reilly with Lies...Again

    It never fails. When the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has to feed his Olbsession, truth really doesn't matter. So it is with Herr Olbermann's latest smear: built on selective editing, and furnished with lies.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    Keith dealt with a libel suit: a Boston Herald reporter misquoted a judge and lost the case. At one point, this reporter had appeared on the air with O'Reilly. Aha! Ripe material for another Olbermann hatchet job. In genuine Countdown fashion, Olby invited one side of the controversy (the attorney for the judge) but no one from the other side.

    The thrust of this latest slander was that O'Reilly should have been sued for libel too because he put the reporter on the air to make his false statement (that the judge had told a rape victim: "tell her to get over it"). Olby runs a clip of O'Reilly asking the reporter

    Are you absolutely, 100% sure that the judge said that the rape victim should get over it?

    The reporter says yes. Olbermann goes on to suggest that O'Reilly is responsible for alleged death threats to the judge, and adds:

    The crusade against a judge for saying something controversial that he never said, doesn't that really rise to a more deplorable crime than just libel. I mean, doesn't it border on reckless endangerment?

    Is Olbermann telling the truth here? Not quite. The disputed statement was an aggravating aspect, but in fact O'Reilly's beef with the judge was that he sentenced a man who raped a 14-year-old girl to probation. Does it strike you as odd that this probationary sentence was never mentioned by either Bathtub Boy or the lawyer? Olby had no choice. In order to lie about the reason for Bill's crusade (a statement that was never made) he had to hide the real reason (probation for rapists) by making no mention of it. But it gets even better, as "Man on Fan" Olbermann asks:

    Did O'Reilly ever apologize to the Judge?

    The lawyer responded that he hasn't apologize or retracted his reporting. But wait, could it be that there's something else Edward R Olbermann isn't telling us? Yes it could!

    That clip that Olby ran of O'Reilly with the reporter? It was very carefully edited. Edited to leave out this part:

    Judge Murphy turned down our request for an interview, but he did tell "The Boston Globe," which competes against "The Herald," that he never said any such thing, and that he's the victim of intimidation.

    Say what? O'Reilly asked the judge for an interview but the judge declined. More to the point, O'Reilly actually gave the judge's side of the story, including the fact that the judge adamantly denied making the controversial statement.

    But Olbermann can't show that part of the tape. After all, how silly would he look demanding an apology from O'Reilly for telling both sides of a story? Instead KO just snips that out, pretends like Bill never said it, and presto! He has a nice, shiny new smear.

    So an entire segment of The Hour of Spin is based on misrepresentation and lies. Olbermann and his parrot demand O'Reilly apologize based on a carefully edited slice of an interview, while they deliberately leave out O'Reilly giving both sides and reporting that the judge denied making the statement. Krazy Keith must really hate the concept of telling both sides of a controversy, because it has led him to serve up another irresponsible, propagandistic, hack smear job. It's Olbermann who owes an apology.


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    June 7, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 7th, 2007

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • V.P. CHENEY URGED WIRETAPPING PROGRAM: Howard Fineman, Newsweek senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC political analyst; Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor and constitutional law expert
    • WAR CZAR HEARINGS: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly columnist and MSNBC political analyst
    • BILL O'REILLY'S ROLE IN JUDGE'S LAWSUIT: Howard Cooper, lawyer involved in the case
    • PARIS HILTON OUT OF JAIL: Michael Musto, Village Voice

    ============================

    Cable News Ratings - June 6, 2007
    8PM - P2+ (25-54)

    1st Place) The O'Reilly Factor - 428,000

    2nd Place) Nancy Grace - 266,000

    3rd Place) Paula Zahn - 196,000

    4th Place) Countdown w/ Olbermann - 179,000

    ============================

    4th in the beloved, all important coveted "key demo" for Olby? The blue bloggers are mobilizing. Olbersturmfuhrer is in full force tonight. Cheney, O'Reilly attacks, the Perfessor, creepy Musto on Paris Hilton (read: misogynist), we had a crazy show tonight!

    MADMAN

    Who pressed for "illegal" wiretappings? Who told the Justice Department they were wrong to object? Who precipitated for the "mass resignation" at that Department? Cue penis joke: Thanks Dick! ha! Who is trying to get habeas corpus back? Specter and Leahy. Lute hearings. Clip of funny. O'Reilly "slammed" by a judge. "Bill-O" targeted the judge. Slandering an innocent man. Blah blah blah. Paris Hilton attacks. All that and more! This reporter was spun like a record this hour.

    #5: Der Fuhrer has a somewhat husky voice this evening. Something about Fred Thompson being compared to Dick Cheney. Olbermann's joke is lost on me. Cheney is playing a lawyer and is an actor? Ooo funny one. Olbermahn goes on and on about evidence of proving nothing. He still can't prove anything was illegal - he just doesn't like why it was done. Ok fine. But this is a hard news program, right? Enter Howard Fineman and that hardball from Olby. "Do these events not show the amazing power an old Washington power like Vice President Cheney has...?" WHOAH! Ease up there buddy. We don't want to hurt our poor guest like Bill-O does. In a profound fashion, Fineman agrees. Blabbing about Cheney and going over to see "poor old Ashcroft" in the hospital. Wasn't Keith criticising them for seeing Ashcroft in the hospital? He lets a snarky comment about a guy who was IN THE HOSPITAL go by? Amazing. They go on for some ten minutes about the Vice President. Never doubt an Olbsession. Fineman makes funnies using pop culture references. Great Thanks.

    The President and the REPUBLICAN Congress "pushed through" the military tribunal commission act. Keith, acting as if HE'S a lawyer (even though last time I checked), he's not, states that everyone is guaranteed habeas corpus. Really Keith? Really? When did you become a constitutional lawyer? I think I should start a show and make fun of you. Oh wait, I'm here! Enter the Perfessor with some weird burn or really bad make up. Perfessor takes lobs from Olby about habeas corpus being the foundation of the Republican. Cue attacks on nuts like Sam Brownback (R). Keith ponders if it's understandable if "scared" Americans are feeling ok with the revocation of habeas corpus. The Constitution was designed to be "idiot proof." Hint Hint - Clue Clue. Since Keith won't admit he's really not a lawyer, he has his sock puppet and brain. The perfessor goes lengthy spiel. Fat Ass wonders why people don't get more fired up about Habeas Corpus. Maybe because no AMERICANS are being denied Habeas Corpus Olby? Nah. Ah, FINALLY, he mentions not being an American citizen. What does that mean? Nothing really. Everyone gets it. Great Thanks.

    #4: Iraq. "War Czar." Gen. Lute has his doubts about the surge. No clips of an opposing "hopes" per the surge. One nameless General calling the results of the surge "mixed." Craig Crawford chimes in but decides not to be a parrot. Are Republicans going to break with the President and make it official instead of whispers? Hm. Don't know of the whisper campaign. I know what people say. Irrelevant. Ok, maybe he'll play with Olby a little bit. More inconsequential speculation. If there were something interesting to say here, I'd tell you. You'd be better off watching plaster crack.

    Oddball: Funny masks people wear at the beach of G-8 leaders. People protesting the summit getting hosed down. Boat ride aka more protesters being sought by the police. O'Reilly attacks of essentially nearly taking a man's life. Michael Musto is coming to talk about Paris: yay!


    News Makers: Some guy with a chainsaw. Someone staring at a police dog and making faces at it. Mayor in Illinois makes appearance in the bark of a tree who is since deceased.

    #3: Uh oh. Here it comes. The big bad story about the eeeeeeeeeevil O'Reilly. Keith, never one to do his own research, found this story from here. Jabba makes several slanderous statements about O'Reilly until finally playing a clip from 2002 of O'Reilly actually QUESTIONING his guest to make sure he is ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that the Judge told a rape victim to "get over it." The Boston Herald reporter confirms this. What is O'Reilly supposed to do? Waterboard him? We know that doesn't work on OlbyPlanet and is illegal. Nevertheless, O'Reilly is responsible for the Judge's near death experience. Apparently, Mr. Wedge (the reporter) is not responsible for his comments, O'REILLY IS. Because he appeared on his show to be questioned. Something Adam's Apple Olbermann would never do. The Judge's lawyer shows up. Keithy asks if O'Reilly bears as much responsibility as Wedge and why wasn't O'Reilly pursued? Well, they simply didn't have any evidence to do so because the lawyer actually admits that the statements came from the paper and the reporter, not O'Reilly. No matter, this is a huge story. Did O'Reilly apologize? No. On and on and on asking questions about O'Reilly, not the reporter Wedge. Why? Because Olby is desperate for anything to take down the man that clobbers him 3-1 nearly nightly in the overall and perhaps the beloved demo! Is critcizing a judge borderline reckless endangerment? OlbyPlanet it is.

    MADMAN

    Sound bites: Pat Buchanan on Paris. Seniors of Summer. Football fanatics.

    #2: Bob Barker retirement. Regurgitated HQ video.

    Keeping Tabs: Britney, Akon (four days late) throwing a kid off a stage. More teasing of Michael Musto's appearance.

    #1: The creeeeeepy Michael Musto on Paris Hilton. "First she's in, then she's out, then she's in again. This must sound awfully familiar." hehehehe. Sex joke. Oh Keith, you're so bad. Musto speculates whether or not her herpes have spread to her brain. Edward R. Olbermann finds that funny too. Musto tells us he went to an Ivy League school. Great for you. Great Thanks.

    In the Media Matters minute, some Police Department, thank you Keith for that. The Silver: Joe Lieberman. A former (D) so it's OK to criticize him. Blue Blog Source. Gold: Can you guess? Can you contain yourself? Wait for it.....wait for it......BILL ORALLY. Guess the source? Media Matters. Because he called Cindy Sheehan a coward for not appearing on his show. I dare say Olbermahn is a coward for not having a dissenting point of view.

    NAME

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name crash landed at #2,504 on amazon.com (necessitating a 80% off sale - ha! HA!), but "Culture Warrior" is #280. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) You can have it for $4.59 - ha!. The OlbyTome didn't rank as usual; O'Reilly's book is #1,402 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Wednesday's Hour of Spin managed a dismal, humiliating and blogger lacking third place finish in total viewers coupled with a kick out the door of fourth in that "money demo" Olbsession. Fourth Place. No really, I mean it, HE'S GOT SECOND GUYS. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [GUARDED]


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    June 6, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 6, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • 2008 ELECTION: Dana Milbank, Washington Post national political reporter
    • SCOOTER LIBBY: John Dean, fmr. White House counsel

    Herr Olbermann bellowed the opening spiel: Scooter Libby (yes, again), Bloomberg minimizes terror threats (i.e. "calm, common sense"), Princess Diana, the Olympic logo, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Roger Ailes, and more. We estimate the actual amount of news on this "news hour" will be approximately 13%. Give or take.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    #5: "Mister" Bush was the "clear loser" at the debate because he got thrown "under the bus" [Ding!]. He's in Germany, but nobody there was happy to see him. A selection of anti-Bush clips from the debate. How many clips about policy? Well, none; there just wasn't time. The anti-Bush clips were more important. Dana Milbank, minus mangy mufti, echoed OlbySpin. KO brought up the GOP "attempt to trot out" the Iraq study group. Monkeymann never uses loaded language, does he? Great thanks.

    Then KO claimed it wouldn't be Countdown without him scrutinizing the statements at the debate. He began with an attack on Mitt Romney's debate answer on Iraq, framed by comparing it to how much better Hillary Clinton did. No, we're not making this up. Tancredo was ridiculed for criticizing bilingual countries; Olby thought it a silly statement since Canada has universal health care. Then Sam Brownback was taken to task and... Hey, wait a minute. It wouldn't be Countdown without all this snarky editorializing? He did no such segment making fun of the answers at the Dem debate. So that wasn't Countdown? Well, maybe not. It was The Hour of Spin, where only Republican debaters get skewered, while Dems (especially those for whom Media Matters is in the tank) get held up as the gold standard of comparison. Keith Olbermann: what a slovenly political hack.

    #4: Another meeting of the Olbermann Criminal Rehabilitation Program, with convicted felon John Dean there to discuss the merits of "law and order". Believe it or not, it's another day about Scooter Libby and the possibility of a pardon. Under attack: Bill Kristol, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani. The disbarred lawyer got Great Thanksed before he even uttered his first word of "legal analysis". Nostradamus Dean predicted no bail for Libby pending appeal, while Fat Ass waxed eloquent about the evils of lying under oath that never occured to him back in the Clinton days, so many of which he spent in the bathtub. The criminal make the ridiculous assertion that talking to the President about pardons could be "obstruction of justice" (has he ever read the constitution?), citing Richard Nixon [Ding!]. How odd. No mention of the Bill Clinton pardon controversies. Silly rabbit, we are on OlbyPlanet, after all. Then Herr Olbermahn showed he could be even more ignorant than the felon:

    According to justice, uh, uh, pardons are supposed to come after release, after the convict has shown contrition, cooperated. If the President were to do an end run around those requirements, where would a Libby pardon stand in the context of history?

    The felon compared it to pardons of Hoffa and Nixon [Ding!] and not "in the tradition of the pardon power".

    Stop the tivo! This is such a steaming pile of bullcrap. There are no "requirements" for a pardon. The power is constitutional and absolute. They can come at any time, not just after conviction. And neither Fat Ass nor the disbarred lawyer, who brought up Nixon again [Ding!] could bring himself to mention Mark Rich? The crook pardoned by Bill Clinton while evading justice who was never even brought to trial, let alone convicted and contrite, two of the "requirements" from Olbermann's Rules of Justice? So naturally, the even more slovenly political hack gave his sock-puppet Great Thanks.

    #3: The Fort Dix plot was a "fantasy", like the JFK terror plot. So why hasn't Chief Olbermann called up the FBI and told them to drop all the charges and let these people go? Praise for Bloomberg because, eager to avoid NYC getting an unsafe reputation, he downplayed its dangers. An editorial in Investors Business Daily was "screeching" and "paranoid", while the left-leaning Newsday was favorably quoted for revealing such tidbits as the fact that one of the conspirators was homeless, and another was a drug addict. Because neither homeless people nor drug addicts pose any danger. C'mon, Olby, call the FBI and tell them to release these poor innocents! Terrorism expert Arianna Huffington explained the "imaginary plots", adding that Giuliani is "fear-mongering". Aha, so that's why Zsa Zsa is tonight's terrorism expert. It's all part of Olby's Project Rudy: attack Giuliani at every opportunity, because he's the candidate Hillary fears most. Great thanks.

    #2: Recycled reportage on Princess Di, London Olympics, Larry David. #1: Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

    In the Media Matters Minute, Melanie Morgan's show (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters) "throwing" someone "under the bus" [Ding!], the National Guard (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos), and Roger Ailes of Fox "Noise"--yes, he regurgitated that knee-slapper again--(Blue Blog Source: TVNewser).

    Stories Olbermann refuses to report

    Quiescent canines: Since his 60-second newsbrief about William Jefferson (D) on Monday, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has totally spiked the story. Remember all the (R) lawmakers Olby has skewered? Every time someone called for an (R) to resign it got reported. Often the caller would get an invite to The Hour of Spin. Ethics committee involvement? Good enough for another couple of days on Countdown. Now with Jefferson, the Ethics Committee is launching a probe. And, yes, numerous members of Congress have called for him to step down--including many with a (D) after their names. But on OlbyPlanet, those stories aren't news. There's no time for any of that when you're bought and paid for by the Democrat Party. We need more talk about Scooter Libby!

    MisterMeter

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name sunk to #4,228 at amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #378. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is still unranked at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #582 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Poor Olby. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]


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    Keith Olbermann Lifts More Material from Olbermann Watch

    It was back in the earliest days of Olbermann Watch when we first discovered just how closely Keith was monitoring our site. In an exchange with one of the looniest of the original OlbyLoons, galpal Marisa McNee, I explained to her the concept of a logical fallacy (it's the 8th comment in the thread):

    A logical fallacy is an error in logical argument which is independent of the truth of the premises. There are various type of logical fallacies. An ad hominem argument is a type of logical fallacy that involves replying to an argument or assertion by addressing the person presenting the argument or assertion rather than the argument itself. A fallacious ad hominem argument has the basic form: A makes claim B; there is something objectionable about A, therefore claim B is false.

    Later that night, Olbermann opened Countdown with material lifted directly from Olbermann Watch - explaining the concept of a logical fallacy:

    Good Evening...the logical fallacy is that knee-jerk part of life in which Event A occurs and then Event B follows and the natural...and usually wrong assumption...is to conclude that event A caused event B. Our fifth story in the countdown tonight...it's not always wrong...for the ninth time in six years a statement from the al Qaeda second in command Ayman al-Zahwiri was followed by...in short order...a terrorist attack.

    And now here it is, going on three years later, and Keith is still relying on OlbyWatch's resident expert in forensics and the study of logical forms. Keith introduced is inane 16-minute epic, "Nexus of Terror" with almost the same words:

    We remind you again that coincidences can happen that the logical fallacy insists that just because Event A occurs and then Event B occurs that does not automatically mean that Event A caused Event B.

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    Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy

    KhalidShaikhOlby2.jpg [image courtesy of Lundedesigns]

    On Monday, Keith Olbermann presented a 12 minute video which purported to find nefarious connections between news related to the war on terror and seemingly unrelated events such as political debates, testimony on Capitol Hill, and tornadoes. The "connections" - so tenuous, to idiotic, so disjointed, that Olbermann's montage seems a parody of itself - were too much even for CBS News which said Olbermann had "squandered" his "earned media capital". Perhaps the worm is slowly turning as actual journalists begin to examine more closely the closeted summer-stock thespian playing the role of "informed reporter" and "news icon" over at NBC News' cable channel.

    Because the entire segment ran for 16 minutes and YouTube files are limited to 10 minutes we've broken the video into three parts: the intro/conclusion, the first set of "links" and the second set of "links". All three videos follow...

    Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy - 01

    This is the intro/conclusion video

    Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy - 02

    This is the first set of "links"

    Keith Olbermann's Nexus of Lunacy - 03

    This is the second set of "links"



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    June 5, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 5, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • SCOOTER LIBBY SENTENCE Lawrence O'Donnell, "Law & Order" producer and MSNBC analyst
    • GITMO DISMISSALS: Neal Katyal, Georgetown law professor
    • OBSCENE LANGUAGE IN MEDIA: Rachel Maddow, Air America radio host

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    Keith Olbermann: A Tale of Two Indictments

    Keith Olbermann boasts that he is not politically biased. He calls his show a news hour, and fancies himself the reincarnation of Edward R Murrow. Clear thinking OlbyWatch readers know better. For the uninitiated, here's a graphic demonstration of the bias you find every day on OlbyPlanet.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    Monkeymann works overtime to keep conservatives and Republicans from having a voice on The Hour of Spin (see: The List). He regularly highlights news favorable to his friends (liberals and Democrats) and spikes and/or diminishes stories that go the other way.

    Yesterday, after a lengthy federal investigation, a multi-count indictment was returned against William Jefferson (D). On last night's Countdown, the phrase "culture of corruption" was never uttered in the brief snippet allocated to this news, though on The Hour of Spin it has been used well over a half dozen times referring to Republican lawmakers. In truth, the infamous deplorable Keith Olbermann has done his best to avoid the Jefferson story all along, while trumpeting every possible investigation, genuine or rumored, into Republicans.

    We did a search through the A-Mess-NBC transcript archives to compare the attention KO has given to Jefferson (D) with that of an indicted Republican Congressman: Bob Ney. The results were instructive, but not unexpected.

    Pre-indictment Olbermann references to the Bob Ney case:

    • dec 26 2005
    • jan 13 2006 - segment with mike allen
    • jan 26 2006 - full segment report
    • april 17 2006
    • may 8 2006
    • may 24 2006 - segment with david shuster
    • may 31 2006

    Pre-indictment Olbermann references to the William Jefferson case:

    • may 24 2006 - mentioned in discussion with Milbank
    • sept 21 2006 - mentioned in discussion with Sloane of CREW

    The Ney investigation got nearly four times the attention that the Jefferson case did. More than that, actually, since three of those instances were extended reports and/or full segments about the case. By contrast, Olby didn't do any full segments or even extended reports on the Jefferson matter. He brought it up just twice. One of these was a passing mention with Ms Sloane of CREW. The other reference is an OlbyPlanet Klassic: the flap over the search of Jefferson's office was used as a frame to have Dana Milbank discuss a rumor that the FBI was investigating Dennis Hastert, and that's why Hastert was opposed to searches of Congressional offices! Yes, the famous Hastert indictment. It's coming any day now. Isn't that David Shuster standing outside the courthouse, waiting for the papers?

    It sounds ridiculous now (come to think of it, it sounded ridiculous then, too), but it served its purpose--dilute the damage and divert from the investigation of a liberal. For months Olby all but ignored the allegations of corruption swirling around Jefferson, and never reported on the guilty pleas from his aides and others involved in the case. And when indictments came down, he made it a 60-second blink-and-you-miss-it footnote. After all, he was in a hurry. He had to leave time for Michael Musto.


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    MSM KO Bandwagon #332: CBS Public Eye

    What's this? Wait-it's not a MSM KO Bandwagon piece! Someone has finally gotten it right about the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann!

    Keith Olbermann has developed a reputation- he's earned media capital, if you will - by raising serious questions about the political climate in America. But last night, he squandered a bit of that account in a 16-minute segment in which he attempted to make the case that the JFK terror plot was little more than a cleverly-timed political ploy by the Bush administration.
    The segment went through chapter and verse of how curious the timing has been of many Bush terror alert announcements and arrests--how they frequently seem to follow and swallow, news that isn't friendly to the White House. There has been rampant discussion of the consistencies of these coincidences in the media over the years. It's a concern. But Olbermann stretched that concern to a very thin and tenuous extent last night.

    Hot damn! Someone in the MSM finally thinks that KO is over-playing his liberal loon act a bit much!

    His point? That Saturday's press conference announcing the JFK terror plot occured the day before the Democratic debate to take away from its impact. Also, that the arrests were announced by a Bush-appointed US Attorney amid the current scandal surrounding the apparently politically-motivated firings of US Attorneys. And--hold on to your seats--also present was the New York City Chief of Police . . . the father of a Fox News Correspondent!

    It's always those bastards at Fox isn't it Keith?


    Said Olbermann: If merely a reasonable case can be made that any of these juxtapositions of events are more than coincidences, if that case can be made on this, the very day that a military judge at Guantanamo Bay dismissed all terror charges that have kept Salim Hamdan jailed there for five years, it underscores the need for questions to be asked, and asked continually in this country--questions about what is prudence and what is just fear-mongering.

    Yes Keith, we know you and Rosie and the rest of the Loons think that there are no terrorists. But the CBS blogger sees it a bit differently:

    So his point is that if any of them are true--even if, ahem, last night's seemed a bit far-fetched--that we need to ask questions. Amen to that Keith. But aren't we already asking questions? Aren't you? And if the Hamdan decision was of such import, why didn't you devote 16 minutes to the case of the legal environment at Guantanamo Bay? Hammering away at things that aren't there--or barely there--is a surefire way to dilute your message. Though the likes to point out this political tendency whenever possible, Keith Olbermann is beginning to make the same mistake.

    Hmm. This echoes what Brian Williams said yesterday:

    "I think you get one of those a career in my line of work," he said. "[Walter] Cronkite chose to use his chit on the Vietnam War that he witnessed. But I think you only get one."

    Maybe it's the beginning of a whole new "media bandwagon" where the infamous, deplorable, biased Keith Olbermann is concerned.


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    Keith Olbermann violates "Tony Soprano rule"' brings O'Reilly's wife into KO-BOR Feud

    Just when you thought Keith Olbermann could not descend further into his warp, twisted, misogynistic, pursuit of ever-elusive ratings glory, he goes and does this...

    At what point does someone at NBCUniversal stop to consider whether it is appropriate for a "news anchor" on its cable news network to begin making personal attacks against a public figure's wife?


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    My Op-Ed in Today's Washington Examiner: Make room on Mount Rushmore

    Clearing-thinking readers will be eager to read my later Op-Ed piece for the Washington Examiner: Make room on Mount Rushmore for another face.

    Looking for a connection to Olbermann? There is none. Just pure shameless self-promotion.


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    Liberal Loon Love for Keith Olbermann

    No official accounts of Keith Olbermann's appearance at the annual Boston ACLU banquet have surfaced as of yet.But "Lori" at "Truth and Progress" has provided details of an encounter she had with Olbermann prior to the event (and no, it wasn't of the Karmabites variety).

    So, why weren't you there last night? Busy blogging? Tuning in to Countdown only to find, much to your dismay, no Keith Olbermann? Well, last night he was mine. Mine, mine, mine, and that of 800 Boston liberal legal types at the ACLU's sold-out "Bill of Rights" dinner at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. It was such a megadose of hope in such constitutionally bleak times--especially with the ghost of Molly Ivins hovered overhead--that it must be shared. Do you think we've just defined Hell for Bill O'Reilly?

    "Mine, mine, mine?" How old is this woman? 17? Well that would be in Olbermann's dating demographic.
    And last time I checked the U.S. Constitution was alive and well, but what can you expect out of an Olbyloon who seems to think that ghosts are hovering above them?

    Through a miracle of time and space, hubby and I were able to chat with KO right as we and he walked in the door. He's a long tall drink and even more of a thoughtful presence in person than when he's in the little box on my kitchen counter.

    Yeah, that KO is just so dreamy. Again, how old is this woman? And didn't she get the memo to leave the hubby at home since Olbermann has already shown an willingness to spend some time with fans, just so long as they are very young and attractive?

    We chatted about the Red Sox, Truth & Progress, and how the whole family watches "Countdown" every weeknight at 8:00 p.m. on MSNBC. We do! He said he hears that he has quite a following among teens
    .

    Well that explains her teen-like prose in this account. And how Olbermann manages to meet comely young women willing to date an old geezer.

    I thanked him for his recent interview with Al Gore and we discussed the possibility that Gore will make another run. Then he shared a funny story with me. About a year ago after he had wrapped up an interview with Al Gore (AG) he leaned over and said to AG, "So, do you think you'll run again?" AG said, "Should I?" KO said, "yes." Gore said, "OK then." Then KO leaned over to the camera man and said (jokingly), "Camera's still rolling right?" He said Al was suddenly ashen. My only comment after hearing this story was "That would be one valuable piece of B-roll now!" What I wish I said is that it would be incredibly valuable not just for Countdown, but for the rest of the nation.

    Too late Lori. We know all about Olbermann's man-love for Al Gore. Because as everyone knows, that's what fair and impartial journalists do--endorse potential political candidates and encourage them to run for office. Oh yeah, that's why Keith Olbermann is just the Edward R. Murrow of his time--Not! But according to Lori, he is just all that and a bag of chips!

    Keith was totally genius and I'm sure Edward R. Murrow would have been proud.

    All we can say is that apparently Lori has a very low threshold for what she considers to be "genius".



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    June 4, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 4, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Host: Keith Olbermann

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ: Craig Crawford, Congressional Quarterly and MSNBC political analyst
    • JFK TERROR PLOT: Mike Boyd, aviation security expert
    • PARIS HILTON GOES TO JAIL: Michael Musto, The Village Voice

    Keith barked the opening spiel in true carnival barker fashion: Hillary Clinton won the debate! The abstract [Ding!], hypothetical [Ding!] terror plot, equated to trying to blow up the moon with Mentos. "So-called" terror plots timed for political purposes (uh huh, that again). Plus Paris Hilton, baseball, and more. Oh, and the William Jefferson indictment. Oops, sorry, that didn't make it into the spiel. Yes, Olby is back: tanned (of course!), rested, and ready.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    #5: The indictment of William Jefferson (D). Um, no. For some reason, though it was a top-of-the-hour story today even on A-Mess-NBC and got scads of live coverage, it didn't lead The Hour of Spin. Instead, more Bad News from Iraq, and "Mister" Bush "fomenting" another Cold War with Russia. Clips from the Dem debate, focusing on Hillary with a slap at Wolf Blitzer.

    To analyze all this, who better than Olbermann's Brain? KO: Hillary won the debate (again). Craig Crawford chortled agreement in his best Floyd-the-Barber style, and delivered insights like: "The top tier is still the top three." And we got another patented Olbermann run-on question:

    Um, as to more of the substance than the styles and the impressions and the effects of what we saw, the, point from, from John Edwards about the recent war vote which we made as it was happening, will that prove to be, uh, enough for Mrs Clinton and Mr Obama, that they voted no on the war funding legislation, that amounted to a blank check for President Bush, given that they didn't give any indication of where they were going to go beforehand, that they did not, as, as Mr Edwards's words, uh, included, lead on the issue, that they didn't cast their votes till the, the thing had been already decided?

    Whew! No one likes the sound of his own voice more than Edward R Olbermann. News from Iraq is "relentlessly awful"; Brain chuckled about troop deaths. After an oblique Orwell [Ding!] reference: Great thanks. Recycled NBC report from Iraq. And a quick (60 second) postscript: William Jefferson indicted.

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    #4: The alleged [Ding!] JFK terror plot: they could never have succeeded. Because the only terror plots that are real terrorism are the ones that involve sending a tablespoon of Tide to Krazy Keith. He knows so much better than law-enforcement after all. Boyd played along with Keithy about how hard it would be to get the fuel burning, yada yada yada, while Fat Ass suggested that when it comes to airport security, we keep focusing on the wrong things. Hello? Earth to OlbyPlanet: we just disrupted a terror plot. Doesn't that sound like we were focusing on the right things? The sock puppet got Great Thanksed.

    #3: To take the above to even higher levels of tinfoilhattery, Herr Olbermahn used all this as an excuse to rerun his fictional "nexus" between politics and terror. Yes, the whole thing, plus addenda about "so-called" [Ding!] terrorists who are morons. Zzzzzzz. Of course the "so-called" JFK plot [Ding!] was just another Bush trick, designed to distract people from (get ready for this!) Sunday night's Dem Debate (Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo via American Street). Why was the "so-called" [Ding!] plot revealed by "the father of a Fox News reporter?" Because, dimwit, that father happens to be the Police Chief of New York City! Oh, and he had another brilliant insight, a devastating point that even the skeptic must see as definitive: this news breaks "just 18 months" before an election. Say what?!? With that broad a canvas to paint his conspiracy theories on, there's no date in the calendar Bathtub Boy can't find a "nexus" for.

    KO did not explain why the eeevil Bush didn't pull this stunt before the first Dem debate, since first debates generally pull more viewers than rematches. Plus it would have had the extra benefit of distracting from the participation of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann! But we're dealing in OlbyLogic here; don't try to make sense out of it.

    #2: The Media Matters Minute, prefaced with references to Andrea Mackris and loofahs. (And Olby wonders why people make fun of his private life. Enjoy your glass house, moron!) Two O'Reilly attacks tonight, for disagreeing with Keith about immigration (Blue Blog Source Media Matters) and for expressing unapproved opinions about the TB Man (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Then he again brought up Andrea Mackris and, in a new low even for the repellent Olbermann, dragged O'Reilly's wife into his hateful diatribe. My God, Olbermahn, have you no shame?

    After that display of verbal filth, we couldn't stomach any more, especially when the creepy Michael Musto is involved. We quit. We're taking another hiatus.

    Stories Olbermann refuses to report

    Dogs that did not bark: Remember all the David Shuster "scandal watch" exposes that somehow only talked about GOP scandals? Tonight we should have had a whole segment on a sitting Congressman's indictment. Instead we got virtually nothing. The dog didn't bark; it didn't even whine. We got a miniscule whimper and Monkeymann quickly dropped the subject. To be sure, he wasn't about to report that the Dow hit a record high today (again!), or that the S&P 500 did the same. When a key Al Qaeda leader is killed in Iraq, Olby spikes the story. Mr Freedom of the Press remains silent about the crackdown in Venezuela. Just like KO covers up for his Tehran buddy A-Jad--who declared the destruction of Israel is near. Oh, we should mention that Olbermoronn gloated that all charges were dismissed against a terror suspect, and used this to suggest his indictment was nothing more than "fear-mongering". So why are we bringing this up in the non-barking canine section? Because Keith is a slovenly partisan hack, and it's what he didn't say that is key. Edward R Olbermann omitted the most salient point: the case was not dismissed because of a lack of evidence, only because of a jurisdictional issue. In other words, the case will proceed, but in a different court. Is there a more partisan, biased, and irresponsible hour of "news" on any channel?

    MisterMeter

    Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name roars along at #3,167 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #555. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome has fallen below the ranking radar altogether at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,016 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Friday The Hour of Spin had to make do without Bathtub Boy, yet still finished in second place (third in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo"). Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]


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    June 3, 2007
    MSM KO Bandwagon #331: The Chicago Tribune

    This one is not strictly an article or interview with Olbermann, but he is discussed. It is a profile of Brian Williams, NBC Anchor who vents to the writer, Phil Rosenthal about his personal opinion of the NY Yankees. Then the discussion veered into the propriety of news anchors sharing their opinions with their viewers on-air.

    "I think you get one of those a career in my line of work," he said. "[Walter] Cronkite chose to use his chit on the Vietnam War that he witnessed. But I think you only get one."

    Hmm. Maybe he needs to clue Keith Olbermann in on the one-opinion limit per career that real news anchors get. Olbermann seems to think he's allowed one with every newscast.

    Williams confirms in the article that Olbermann is still expected to do "essays" on Nightly News. But it's been how many months now since Olby signed his new contract deal and he still hasn't shown up yet on the Mothership? What are they waiting for?

    Opines the Chicago Trib:

    But if Williams himself has had the urge to go Full Metal Olbermann, he has resisted it on the air, saving his commentaries, such as they may be, largely for the privacy of his home."Ask my wife. She's the only one who gets to hear that. I'm not sure it's great," said Williams."

    Sounds like Brian Williams is one journalist who understands you don't mix opinions with your job as a news anchor. Now if Olbermann would only get that memo, then perhaps he'd be as well-respected as Williams is.


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    June 2, 2007
    FBI Arrests More "Morons"

    Associated Press is reporting "Three people were arrested and one other was being sought Saturday in connection to a plan to set off explosives in a fuel line that feeds John F. Kennedy International Airport and runs through residential neighborhoods, officials close to the investigation said. The plot, which never got past the planning stages, did not involve airplanes or passenger terminals, according to the two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the arrests had not yet been announced."

    What? No airplanes? Only at the planning stages? One guy was a baggage handler?

    Sounds like another waste of government resources, right?

    Keith Olbermann dismisses terror threat against U.S. troops
    Keith Olbermann Ridicules FBI, Brands U.S. Troops "misguided, overzealous" and mentally ill
    Glenn Beck Unloads on Keith Olbermann over Fort Dix Six Snark


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    A Warning to Brian Williams About Keith Olbermann

    John Gibson was commenting tonight on Chris Matthews when the topic turned to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. We have the audio clip for your listening pleasure:

    There are also a couple of references to Bathtub Boy in this discussion of The Great Ooga-Booga Controversy.


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    June 1, 2007
    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - June 1, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Topics/Guests:

    • PRES. BUSH'S INNER CIRCLE: Richard Wolffe, Newsweek senior White House correspondent; James Moore, co-author of "Bush's Brian" and "The Architect"
    • COUNTDOWN TO 2008: Jonathan Alter, Newsweek senior editor

    NOTE: Once again, as his ratings continue to tumble, Keith has abandoned ship.


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    Countdown with Keith Olbermann - May 31st, 2007

    "COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
    MADMAN

    Guest Host: Alison Stewart

    Topics/Guests:

    • IRAQ: Jon Soltz, votevets.org and Iraq War veteran
    • 2008 ELECTION: Howard Fineman, Newsweek
    • THE MONSTER PIG MYSTERY: Jack Hanna, animal expert