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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith Oralmann must have really been turned on tonight. His bellowing of the opening spiel was invested with a special sort of mania: possible withdrawals from Iraq, the President's "skull", GonzoGate, Executive privilege, was Katie Couric "sandbagged", Dan Patrick, and The Simpsons! And yet, as is so often the case on OlbyPlanet, it's what he didn't cover, and has refused to report, that really exposes him as the slovenly political hack he is. We'll get to that in a special Dogs That Did Not Bark segment. First, let's dispose of tonight's Hour of Spin.
#5: Iraq not meeting benchmarks; "Bush administration double-speak"; Tony Snow is a liar; Reid wants a complete withdrawal. The Wolffe Man simpered about "changing the dynamic". Keith invoked Rule #1 to claim the White House "set itself up for a pummelling". Olby spun a Karl Rove comment as undercutting criticism of Bill Jefferson Clinton. (Absolutely. Loyalty to the Clintons is Job One on OlbyPlanet.) Great thanks.
The New York Times says the war is lost. RC from the Washington Post reiterated stuff that had already been stated (repetition, a key to successful propaganda). Getting out of Iraq will be "bloodier" than in Kuwait; it will be "violent and dangerous"; it's all bad, bad bad. KO brings up VietNam [Ding!]. We were worried that he might overlook that one. And then for what, the third time?, the fourth time?, back to benchmarks. RC pointed out that the Iraqi leadership don't want us to leave. Hey, how'd that get in there? Herr Olbermann ended the chat. Great thanks.
#4: After a plug for The White House in Crisis [Ding!], there was another plug for The White House in Crisis [Ding!], complete with a reference to Nixon [Ding!]. Then came, what else? The White House in Crisis [Ding!]. The eeevil "Mister" Bush invoked executive privilege. It's a "constitutional showdown"! Olby showed a Nixonian clock [Ding!] that showed "Mister" Bush was becoming more like Nixon because he invoked executive privilege.
Stop the tivo! Um, shouldn't that be a Clintonian clock? Nixon invoked executive privilege six times. B.J. Clinton claimed executive privilege at least 14 times (the number is probably higher: B.J. stopped making his request in writing). Plus B.J.'s claims were much wider in scope than Nixon's: he even tried to cover up for the disgraced Mike Espy by claiming the privilege for documents he (Clinton) never saw! But no, you won't see a Clinton clock on Countdown. Krazy Keith finds it all too komfy in that pocket of Bill and Hill's.
Olbermann's Criminal Rehabilitation Program had another meeting with their star pupil: convicted felon John Dean. The legal expert made an interesting claim: the further you get away from a direct conversation with the President, the weaker the privilege. Oh, so that means that conversations that are not directly with the Prez could be protected? Funny you should say that, Mr disbarred lawyer. Just a few months ago you insisted that only conversations directly with the President could be protected. We corrected you back then. Apparently you've been reading Olbermann Watch, as you have now come to realize that our analysis was correct and yours was, as usual, wrong.
The criminal went on to say that Nixon [Ding!] gave executive privilege a bad name. (But not B.J. Clinton? We presume you see the pattern here.) Just to pound it home, grainy video ran of--guess who?--Nixon! [Ding!] Dean didn't get Great Thanksed, but he did get Pleasured.
#3: Katie Couric's New York article: Olby kicks it off by suggesting that the author (Joe Hagan) is "a snake". Hmm. Could this be why? Nobody holds a grudge like our Keithy. Nonetheless, Monkeymann spent an entire segment on Hagan's piece with Battaglio. Fat Ass's demo numbers are on the decline, but he still cackled about Katie's viewers being "in their 70s". Great thanks.
#2: Miss New Jersey (with a "vaseline tooth smile") and Dan Patrick. #1: The Simpsons.
In the Media Matters Minute, we got Chris Cannon (R) (Blue Blog Source: Raw Story), and Karl Rove (R)(Blue Blog Source: Carpetbagger Report), garnished with another attack on Fox. Thank you Mr "I am not politically biased".
And now what you've been waiting for: Dogs that did not bark. This is a classic, because it demonstrates not only how the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann slants the news, but also how Coutdown's news coverage can't compare to what you get right here on Olbermann Watch. Set the Wayback Machine for August 17, 2006. On that day, Olbermoronn was hyperventilating about a Federal Court ruling against the NSA surveillance program. Olby called it "stunning" (precisely as we predicted), and a "judicial smackdown" to the Bush administration. Since Herr Olbermann spent an entire segment on the ruling, that meant a guest: none other than The Perfessor. He praised the "thoughtful" decision and used it to claim (yet again) that the eeevil Bush was committing "federal crimes". Now, compare all that with what we wrote right here on Olbermann Watch:
Turley quickly accused Bush of committing "a federal crime". We almost spit up our Diet Coke when the Perfessor described the opinion as "very thoughtful" (yeah, like how it completely fudged the issue of standing?).... Nobody mentioned the consensus of legal opinion that the decision will be reversed on appeal. Hell, if that happens, we'll be lucky if Olby even reports it!
On Friday, July 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals took Monkeymann's "stunning" decision and threw it out. Just as we said they would. A key issue in the court's decision was standing. Just as we said it would be. And--surprise!--Edward R Olbermann completely ignored the story and didn't report it. Not on Friday, and not today. Just as we predicted. As we said, the news you get from this website is fairer, more insightful, and way more accurate than the propaganda on The Hour of Spin.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name roars along at #12,351 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #1,058. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains invisible to the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,472 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Friday night, with O'Reilly absent, Bathtub Boy was able to eke out a second place finish, but still lost overwhelmingly to The O'Malkin Factor, both in total viwers and in the critical, beloved, all-important, coveted "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 7 [HIGH]