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Host: Keith Olbermann
He's back, tanned (of course), rested and ready. The carrot-complexioned commentator bellowed the opening spiel: Maliki and Iraq, does Tony Snow believe in pixies?, Al Qaeda in Iraq isn't real Al Qaeda, Executive Privilege [Ding!], The Simpsons, and more. But as always, it's not what Bathtub Boy says that counts as much as what he doesn't say, and the Dogs That Did Not Bark tonight were significant and plentiful. So let's get The Hour of Spin out of the way with all deliberate speed.
#5: The round-up of bad Iraq news. A new poll: "Mister" Bush's "BS-ing" isn't fooling the people re the "escalation" [Ding!]. As you will see below, Herr Olbermann's poll reportage is the very definition of "cherry-picking". Jim Webb's (D) fumbling performance on Meet the Press described by Keithy as "speaking for the American people". Dana Milbank, absent arresting accutrements, was bombarded with phrases like "boy who cried wolf", the "desperate effort to delay", the "smokescreens and distractions". KO was talking about waiting until September before changing Iraq policy. Keep that in mind for later. Oh, and Gen Petraeus is being set up as "the fall guy". Great thanks.
Next: Al Qaeda in Iraq isn't really that other Al Qaeda, the 9/11 Al Qaeda. They're no real threat to us. Nothing to see here. Cressey rehashed this golden oldie and for his efforts was given Great Thanks.
#4: Olby and the Perfessor. The White House used Pat Tillman's death for "propaganda". Harriet Myers may be in contempt, unless she's not. Genius Olbermann asked if the House Republicans might "filibuster". Hahahaaaaaa! Filibusters in the House of Representatives. That ranks right up there with Olbermoronn not knowing who's in the cabinet! Great thanks.
#3: The 2008 election, with Olbermann's Brain. Dems raising a lot of money, Obama the most. Richard McCain campaign on the ropes. That creative wordsmith Keith Boy asked "did the wheels come off the vehicle?" Brain chortled and snickered. KO called Robert Novak a "bitter old man". Brain chuckled and sniggered.
#2: The new Harry Potter movie (regurgitated video from NBC), plus Lindsay Lohan, The Price is Right, Drew Carey (Olby said he'll be hosting Power of 10 on NBC--oops, another Olberflub, it's on CBS...Hahahaaaa!),. #1: The Simpsons. In the Media Matters Minute, Sirius radio was attacked (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos), and Robert Novak (conservative) was "worst person" for having good sources in the White House (Blue Blog Source: HuffPo). Olbermahn lectured him about "ethics". That was almost as good as filibusters in the House.
Dogs That Did Not Bark: On OlbyPlanet, they have the quietest pooches in the known 'verse. Note how they never even utter a whimper as the stock market hits another all-time record high. Those North Korean poodles were also mighty silent tonight. Olby slammed "Mister" Bush's "failed" policy re Korea, saying he alienated and antagonized that nation. But if it's a "failed" policy, then what about today when it was confirmed that the NoKos have in fact shut down their nuclear program? Hmm, that's not going to go over well on OlbyPlanet. And sure enough, the discredited sports guy said not one word about it. And he loves to slam "right-wing water carriers" if they dare compare anything or anyone to Hitler, Nazis, or the Third Reich. On The Hour of Spin he has slammed Glenn Beck, and Tom DeLay, and Melanie Morgan for making some sort of Hitler/Nazi comparisons. And yet, is anyone surprised for even one nanosecond that Fat Ass refuses to utter a peep about this?
Another breed of quiescent canine is the opinion poll. When Edward R Olbermann cites a survey, it's for one reason: it agrees with OlbySpin. Should a poll be impertinent enough to take a different point of view from Herr Olbermann's, then it is silenced. Because if Krazy Keith doesn't report it, that means it didn't happen! Case in point: the war in Iraq. Oralmann repeatedly draws on polling results that back up his spin. So when "Mister" Bush says he is not in favor of troop withdrawals, Rev Olbermann whips out a poll and sermonizes that the President is doing "the opposite" of "what Americans truly want". As he did here, and again. Polls, and more polls, and they're all citations that agree with Olbermann and disagree with some aspect of the Iraq war. The latest was just last week: citing more anti-Iraq sentiment in polls, Olbermoronn declares: "The President is not listening to any of us".
But don't get the idea that Bathtub Boy means what he says. He doesn't care about polling on, say, partial-birth abortion or immigration. Only Iraq. And for that matter, only Iraq polls that back him up. If a poll comes out that says something he doesn't like, he'll just spike it. To wit: the fact that a majority of Americans want Congress to wait until September before making any changes in Iraq policy. You'll note there was not one word about that survey on tonight's Hour of Spin. But why should there have been? When he was flinging poll numbers around just last week as cited above, Dan Olbermann pulled the same trick. He cherry-picked the responses he liked from the Gallup poll in question, while not reporting that there too a clear majority said: make no changes until the September report from Gen Petreaus. (Another finding in that same Gallup poll was an overwhelming opposition to impeachment. Funny, that didn't make it onto The Hour of Spin either.) This is how news is twisted on OlbyPlanet: the slovenly political hack just leaves out what he doesn't like. It's all the news that fits the tint!
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name sunk to #7,702 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #591. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains mired below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,263 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Friday, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann continued his "lock on second place" by finishing a humiliating fourth, crushed not only by The O'Kasich Factor but even by a Larry King rerun, in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]