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Host: Keith Olbermann
Once again Keithy Boy bellowed the opening spiel: Republicans "schemed to let the killing continue; Republicans not supporting the troops, supporting only the President". Terror risks are up, Al Qaeda won't take over Iraq, and another attack on Bill Orally. Yawn. Luckily we have a fine, fine Dogs That Did Not Bark segment to make up for the repetitive talking points fiesta that is The Hour of Spin.
#5: Republicans are hypocrites. Clip of the dynamic Harry Reid (D) decrying filibusters. Clip of Richard McCain (R). Nonpartisan Olby said this was legislation that "supports the troops" and the eeevil Republicans blocked it! Lefty Alter was...well...lefty.
Usually Keith applies OlbySpin to the news. But sometimes the news applies itself to OlbySpin. Follow: for months KO has been ridiculing the "so-called war on terror". Threats are overblown; attacks are by "morons"; it's all done to create "fear", etc. Just Friday Krazy Keith was telling his viewers that "Al Qaeda's ability to attack in the U.S. is lower than ever". But then those pesky Democrats had to go and take a different tack: the terror threat is greater now, and the threat from Al Qaeda has increased. Well, when the DNC speaks, Keith listens. The OlbyPlanet wisdom from just last Friday is tossed out without batting an eyebrow, and now Bathtub Boy is fully in harmony with the Dem talking points, personified by Crowley. There he was tonight, demanding that the administration "do something" about the alarming threat of terror attacks. Fear and more fear, coin of the realm on OlbyPlanet.
#4: Bush's prediction about what would happen to Iraq if we withdraw has been proven wrong. Um, how can that be? You see, they held some war games and Iraq ended up just fine. Oh, OK. Olby and Ricks agreed that getting out of Iraq would be just the thing to hurt Iran. KO talked about pushing Gen Petraeus under the bus [Ding!]. It wouldn't be complete without one of those. Great thanks.
#3: None of the Above leads GOP candidates. Where is the "much-vaunted Christian right?" Olby misuses the phrase "begs the question". Cillizza wasn't too bad, by Hour of Spin standards. Steam pipe breaks in NYC.
#2: Believe it or not, Oralmann reached back to last week to smear O'Reilly, this time over an interview with Miss New Jersey before the photos were published and Mr Bill was trying to determine if they were salacious or not. Nice little blipverts cut and pasted from the interview conveyed just what "Man on Fan" Olbermann wanted to convey. (You can see the interview for yourself and decide if, a week later, it merited such intense scrutiny on OlbyPlanet.) The real reason "Man on Fan" dug this up is because "fathead" O'Reilly reported yesterday on a lawsuit being filed against NBC's "Predator" series for the suicide of one of the guys caught on the show. And Herr Olbermann isn't going to let that stand! So he launched the personal attacks (including loofah and falafel references) once again. This from a man who buys cheap wine by the gross because you never know when you'll be going to an assignation in a hotel room. #1: Harry Potter.
In the media matters minute, Olbermoronn lied again about ratings, claiming that "only Fox Noise" uses the "old" ratings. In fact, it's MSDNC that uses the "live Plus" ratings that inflate Olbermahn's pitiful viewership. They are not standard elsewhere. But who expects truth from the discredited sports guy? UPDATE! Guess what? Herr Olbermann got it wrong again. The flyers he was complaining about were not circulated by Fox at all, contrary to his claims. Don't hold your breath waiting for a retraction or correction. The one thing Fat Ass never does is retract a smear against Fox.
Francis Townsend (R) was runner up, while O'Reilly again attacked as "worst person". Why? Because he compared comments on the DailyKos to Nazi hate. (Hmm, wasn't it just the other day Rep Ellison was comparing Bush to Hitler? That didn't make it into the Media Matters Minute, however.) To protect his blue blog buddies, Olbermann ranted about Bill's "stupidity" without mentioning even one of the things posted on Daily Kos that Bill was talking about. You know, like wishing people dead? You know, the sort of stuff Rev Olbermahn has sermonized about when someone on the right does it? KO is a good left-wing water carrier, protecting his Kossack corps to the very end.
Quiescent canines: There's always something. For the last several days, Edward R Olbermahn has been on a crusade to ridicule the importance of Al Qaeda in Iraq. He must. It's one of the Kos Talking Points. Ridiculing any notion that the group has connections with Bin Laden or Al Qaeda in general, Olby dismissed AQiI, describing its creation: "because a terrorist in Iraq was savvy enough to name his group al Qaeda in Iraq". And just Monday, he and his in-house "expert" Roger Cressey went back and forth about how AQiI is "very indigenous", how it's "false and misleading" to link them to Usama Bin Laden, and how they don't present a threat to the USA. But today the news broke that a top leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq has been apprehended, and guess what? He served as an intermediary between AQiI and UBL. And he revealed that UBL and the other leaders of Al Qaeda "classic" "continue to provide directions, they continue to provide a focus for operations, they continue to flow foreign fighters into Iraq". What's more, they invented a nonexistent leader, "Al Baghdadi", and hired an actor to play the part--to make it look like AQiI was "very indigenous" when in fact it was a heavily foreign operation. Hmmm. This doesn't exactly comport with what Keith has been saying. What to do, what to do? The answer is simple: KO reports that someone was arrested, goes on to "question the timing" [Ding!], and the drops it, saying nothing at all about what was learned from the guy! That always works on OlbyPlanet.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name plumetted to #14,495 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #1,421. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains mired below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,286 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Monday, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann continued his "lock on second place" by finishing third in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical "key demo". Last night's "Wendy Viller Is a Ho" edition did even worse. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]