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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Keith Oralmann bellowed the last opening spiel of the week: Craig will resign, Snow in two weeks, plug for the felon, Diana remembered, and a rerun (!) of the Craig dramatization. Yes, that is as boring as it sounds. So to spice things up, more dogs that did not bark, and our weekly assessment of the discredited baseball collector's masculinity. It's Casual Friday at Olbermann Watch.
#5: Craig will resign, so let's bring up a charge from 25 years ago against the "belligerantly far right" Craig, one dismissed as groundless by a committee headed by Joe Califano (D), and recanted by the accuser. This is The Hour of Spin, after all. The accuser's lawyer thinks the accuser might have been truthful. Would that be truthful when he accused, or truthful when he recanted? No matter, any smear in an OlbyPlanet storm. Cillizza didn't take that bait. Great thanks. Next: Milbank, absent audacious accoutrements. Monkeymann relied on rule #1 (whatever happens, it's bad for Republicans) by claiming getting Craig to quit is "self-defeating". It's the fault of "the right" for "injecting shame and criminality" into sexual orientation. Protesting a little too much there, Bathtub Boy? Re Tony "Snow Job" (tm K Olbermoronn) Krazy Keith was all fake sympathy, claiming this was a "great loss"--after having attacked him for months. Olbypocrisy exemplified. Oh, and the new press gal will probably be "overmatched" according to Fat Ass. Great thanks.
#4: Craig will resign, so Olbermann's Criminal Rehabilitation Program meets again, with its star patient, John Dean. How ironic: a felon commenting on a Senator who only committed a misdemeanor. KO brings up Vitter (R), Stevens (R), Craig (R)... yeah, we are on OlbyPlanet. The criminal parroted Olby's description of Republican senators as "lame ducks" who are preventing "checks and balances", then incongruously adds that back in the Bill Jefferson Clinton years they were "abusive" for "beating up" on B.J. Only (R) Presidents deserve to be checked and balanced, according to the disbarred lawyer. He was both Great Thanksed and Great Pleasured.
After a reference to Nixon [Ding!] Olbermoronn bragged about ratings, using unpublished numbers that can't be verified, inflating them with DVR use, and using an all-new coveted, critical, all-important "key demo" that suddenly replaced the previous coveted, critical, all-important "key demo" that Krazy Keith has trumpeted in the past. Plus two references to "Fox Noise" [Ding!] [Ding!]. Update: No, I'm informed that the "key demo" KO referred to was the same one he has been using all along (25-54). So The Hour of Spin did edge out The O'Kasich Factor in that demo, inflated with DVR users. We said that was his purpose for working on what is normally an off-week. Olby also got a bump in total viewers but, alas, lagged far behind The O'Kasich Factor there. So props to Bathtub Boy for beating (that wasn't exactly beating) Mr Bill (who wasn't Mr Bill).
#3: Did you know, Craig is going to resign? He repeated yet again the "breaking news" of tomorrow's announcement in Butte, Idaho. Yes, he said Butte. Damn those producers, why couldn't they put "Boise" on the teleprompter? On to Iraq with The Wolffe Man, who simpered about how Petraeus was interviewed by a Murdoch [Ding!]owned Australian newspaper. Mr Merkle wondered "who is supposed to believe this?" (a better question for the previous segment). Great thanks.
#2: Craig will resign--jeez, how many times is the guy going to resign anyhow? Plus Princess Diana, #1: Craig will resign. (AAAIIIEEEEE! Make It Stop!!!!) Then that marvelous dramatization of the Craig arrest is regurgitated. Um, so does this make Olby's Craig (R) coverage quadruple what he did about rest-stop roamer Jim McGreevey (D), or just triple? To end The Hour of Spin: Breaking News! Craig will resign.
In the Media Matters Minute, Bathtub Boy decided to pick on the US military (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). But the "worst" honor was reserved for Tom DeLay (R) (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos, the guys Olbermahn raises money for). Cackled Keith to Tom: "At least I'm still in politics". Whoaaaa. How did that slip out? Here we thought he said he had no rooting interest in the outcome of elections, and now he admits what we've said all along: he's a slovenly political hack.
Quiescent canines: It's day three of a scandal touching a top Democrat Presidential candidate, a scandal so major that it has received day after day of front page coverage in both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. So why, for the third day in a row, has this story been totally spiked by Edward R Olbermann? Why the news blackout on OlbyPlanet? Because it's a (D) scandal, and more specifically a (D) scandal that involves Hillary Clinton. Herr Olbermann will go to any lengths to protect his candidate, including censoring any news not favorable to her. Yes, Keith Olbermann is a left-wing water carrier.
If it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Krazy Keith's masculinity. Over this week Monkeymann attacked Fox and other broadcasters 12 times. But of course he completely avoided the controversy that erupted over Tucker Carlson and Dan Abrams. Bathtub Boy's primary source (Media Matters) mounted a crusade of criticism at Carlson, but Edward R Olbermahn has remained silent. In total this week, Olby's source criticized MSNBC 12 times, and again, Keithy protected his corporate masters with zero criticisms. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -24 [really, really limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is#26,919, while "Culture Warrior" is #5,103. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) Barnes & Noble still can't find a ranking for the dud OlbyTome; O'Reilly's book is #1,803 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
What will Keith bark at me tonight? The Bathroom Tapes are released! "Tales from the toilet." Will he quit? Will he sink the Republicans? If they force him to, will that sink the Republicans? "Cooking the Books" - GAO report leaked! How dare anyone leak anything! Except things critical of evil Republicans. Senator John Edwards and co. criticize Hillary Clinton - sacrament! Fred Thompson and Britney Spears - she forgot her pants! Whoopee!
#5: Larry Craig (R) and "Republican BUTT covering" (Get it? hehe BUTT! Like something a homosexual might engage in! OH YOU CLEVER LACKEYS). Audiotape of said Senator Larry Craig in the toilet. The chorus grows calling him to resign. Krazy Keith can't wait to play the tape - he's excited. He can hardly contain himself at the playing of this tape of dirty stuff in a bathroom. Minutes pass by of this stuff that is not really necessary to make the story. But on OlbyPlanet anything that is bad for Republicans is worth playing in full. Great Thanks, Dana Milbank in boring attire. "Grand Old Potty" caption. Get it? hehe - GOP! HILARIOUS! Milbank agrees with the Sgt. that we're all "headed down the tubes" because of Craig's lying. Whenever there's an opportunity, take it. Analysis of Craig's various defenses. David Vitter (R) mention because no one called for his resignation (nevermind the fact it happened before he was a Senator and was never convicted of anything). Milbank calls it the Foley (R) "hangover." Milbank speculates that the ONLY people turning on Craig are "vulnerable" Republicans; like Mitch McConnell? Clip of Tom DeLay talking to unbiased Matt Lauer. Fat Ass cackles at Milbank's statement that we should be "thankful" that we have Tom DeLay to come back at times like this in our nation's history. Clever. Wit is plentiful on Countdown. Bob Ney (R) and Duke Cunnigham (R) mentions. Great Thanks again.
#4: OlbyPlanet "Reality on the Ground" aka what the Laughing Stagehand writes for the teleprompter. "Strikingly negative" report on what's going on on the ground. Unbiased Keith says the White House is watering down the report. GAO leak = good. Supposed leak of Valerie Plame's nonexistant covert status = bad. Fired Gen. Wesley Clark, great thanks for some of your time, says Olbermahn. Keith's first question is "exactly right" according to Gen. Clark. Stunning. Benchmarks confirm what's really happening - nevermind all the evil WPITW who say otherwise, NIE, Democratic Senators like Carl Levin, etc. Gen. Clark lays a smack on Joe Lieberman (Independent - D) alone for basically stopping the Senate from doing anything. Since he's no longer a total (D), better criticise him as much as possible. God forbid he doesn't tow the DailyKos line. The administration is "hiding behind Gen. Petraeus." Brit Hume is in a "position to know" about a funding request. Apparently, that means that either Brit Hume is a vastly more respected and talented journalist than the discredited baseball card collector, or he is a Republican hack. I imagine the Laughing Stagehand would say the latter, but I believe the former. Great thanks.
Oddball: Someone takes off his clothes to steal beer. Really strong teeth pull train. Karl Rove spent seven years "punking the nation" while someone punked him. No one cares about Fred Thompson, supposedly.
Newsmakers: Some Scottish teen speeds. Tag is banned. Leona's housekeeper.
#3: Countdown to 2008. Fred Thompson entering the race. Sheriff Olbermann comes in to regulate Sen. John Edwards and his cancer stricken wife who criticised Senator Clinton. Mrs. Edwards agrees that Senator Clinton as a candidate will drum up "right wing fringe hatred." Bring back Reverend Ana Marie Cox and ultimate arbiter of who is Christian. Karl Rove is evil. Keith thinks Ms. Cox's analogy - whatever it is - is on the money. Un huh. Ana Marie Cox essentially states, in this writer's opinion, that Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are "going for broke" (Ana's words) because she is implicitly dying. So, from what I gather on Hauptmann's program, Mrs. Edwards "inoperable cancer" (aka, she's going to die) coupled with "going for broke" means break out the big guns and evil slanderous lies because they want to have a "life they're proud of" and "thinking long term." Horrifying. "They don't care" if they win or not. I wonder why in her view. John Edwards "colors in the lines" according to Fat Ass and he tried to "reign him in" during the non-debate debate (! according to Olby) but was told off by Edwards when he said "I'm finishing this." Bashing of Edwards for taking money from evil Rupert Murdoch's company. Olby doesn't understand a poll as usual. It does not meet with OlbySpin because Edwards leads in Iowa; not Clinton! Great Thanks.
#2: Princess Diana regurgitated video.
Keeping Tabs: Letterman going on Oprah. Owen Wilson's attempted suicide. Keith plugs himself on Sunday Night Football. Faith Hill sings songs. Another plug for himself.
#1: Paul F. Thompkins on Britney Spears pseudo nudity.
In the Media Matters minute, someone in Bud Selig's office regarding uniform tops. Something baseball related. Silver to "Fixed Noise" [Ding!] for horrible attacks on Katie Couric vis a vis ThinkProgress. Apparently, it's horrible to question whether or not a woman whose children have already lost their father should go to a dangerous place like Iraq. Katie Couric herself said she wasn't going there - a year ago - because of the danger. Hm. Jon Porter over something about Iraq thanks to TalkingPointsMemo.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olberman's name reached into the heaves and managed #31,873 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #5,039. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is below the radar at Barnes and Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,803 there. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 4 [GUARDED]
On Wednesday night's Countdown, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann took his jihad against Republicans one step further. He now uses his show to impugn their religious faith! It was Herr Olbermann, of course, who famously smeared John Gibson with a false charge of "religious intolerance" and bellowed that Gibson should be taken off the air. But on OlbyPlanet, Krazy Keith is above all the rules he imposes on mere mortals. Wednesday night, leftist Ana Marie Cox was his guest, and she proceeded to pass judgment on the Christianity of Mitt Romney. Keithy permitted her to do his dirty work for him, and then Great Thanksed her for a job well done. Here is the video of Olbermann's Inquisition:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Krazy Keith roared the opening spiel...but due to a DVR glitch we were spared hearing tonight's carnival barker patter. We'll count ourselves lucky and soldier on with the rest of The Hour of Spin. Along with our recap, we'll have another sterling example of Olbypocrisy and another installment of those non-barking dogs. Plus see how Countdown now fancies itself the arbiter of which religions are true Christian religions! Only on OlbyPlanet. It's hump day at Olbermann Watch.
#5: Katrina and "Mister" Bush. The White House "claims" money was spent, but a liberal Democrat study disagrees. Must be because it's a "Democratic" state. Of course no responsibility on the Democrat governor or the Democrat mayor of New Orleans! Krazy Keith asks lefty Alter, ungrammatically: "Who does he think he's fooling?" Lefty says Bush's administration is over, it's just photo-ops. Oh, and Gov Barbour (R) of MS used to be a lobbyist. Ooooooh! Lefty and Olby agree, it's "Mister" Bush "punishing" Democrats. Great thanks.
Time to swerve further left--bring on the Huffington Post! Shearer wants "independent peer review" for the Army Corps of Engineers. KO wanted to know if any Dems are to blame for "Katrina apathy", and shockingly, Harry said they haven't stepped up to the plate either. Then, to get back in Oralmann's good graces, he did a brief, absurdly bad W impression. "An honor", gushed the discredited sports guy.
#4: The "escalation" [Ding!] in Iraq. Bush wants to keep the escalation [Ding!] going despite a "lack of progress". What leftist can Krazy Keith dig up to spin this story? How about E.J. Dionne? "Huge amounts of money", bellows Olbermoronn (an argument that just by coincidence happens to parrot talking points send out this very morning by moveon.org). Don't blame the Dems, sez E.J., since "they don't really control Congress". He was not Great Thanksed, but he was Great Pleasured.
#3: More on McGreevey, used as an excuse to...attack Mitt Romney! That's why AMC was there. She wrote an anti-Romney column so--presto!--she gets invited onto The Hour of Spin. Olby made the incomprehensible allegation that Romney was trying to "fake conservatism" (don't try to make sense of it, it's OlbyLogic). Then he added it was "blatant dishonesty" for Mitt to take Larry Craig references off his website. For her part, AMC rattled off her words like an auctioneer on speed, all the better to sneak in stink-bombs like "Mitt Romney is not himself Christian". So now Countdown is in the business of deciding which religions are true Christian religions? This sort of intolerance sounds an awful lot like "worst person" material. Oh wait, if it's said on OlbyPlanet, then it's above criticism. Sorry.
#2: Leona Helmsley and her 12 million dollar dog. Plus Dancing with the Stars. #1 was the Larry Craig "dramatization". Herr Olbermann is certainly enjoying this Craig story. The Olbypologists will insist that he's not politically biased, and would cover a Democrat in a similar situation in just the same way. Would he? Yesterday, Edward R Olbermann analyzed Craig's situation by bringing in a Craig opponent: Rachel Maddow. Now set the wayback machine for back when rest-stop roamer Jim McGreevey (D) was embroiled in his own closeted scandal. When that story broke, Olbermann analyzed McGreevey's situation by bringing in a McGreevey opponent? No, he brought in a McGreevey supporter: Arianna Huffington. Yesterday Oralmann dismissed Craig's announcement (a "strange" choice of words) and his honesty ("implausible"). Back then, McGreevey's statement was "extraordinary", "singular", and "believable". Today Bathtub Boy's follow-up coverage was a snarky dramatization of the police report. But when it was a Democrat, his follow-up coverage was to bring on a guest who gushed sympathy for McGreevey. Olbypocrisy? In spades.
In the Media Matters Minute, the Federal Mine Safety Admin (Blue Blog Source: Huffington Post), Fidel (for endorsing Hillary--how dare he reveal her ideology in that way?), and the "winner", Glenn Beck (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). Aw, nothing from Media Matters? Brock will be so disappointed.
Dogs that did not bark: You know how it works on OlbyPlanet. Let a Republican be charged with something--anything--and the propaganda machine swings into action. Someone on the Giuliani campaign is charged with cocaine? It makes the Hour of Spin News. Twice! A GOP indictment for a "phone-jamming scheme"? Stop the presses! Bring in Slippery Shuster! Scandal among Republicans is a "cottage industry"! Someone on the McCain campaign gets arrested? Olby doesn't miss a beat, and it even came up again last night.
But what happens when it's someone on the other side of the aisle? Someone who happens to work for Bathtub Boy's Giupetto: Hillary Clinton? Someone who was not merely arrested, not merely indicted, but actually found guilty of grand larceny? And then fled the jurisdiction? A felon at large, working as a fundraiser for a Presidential candidate? There was no mention of this story tonight on OlbyPlanet. It was just too dark for Fat Ass to see the story with his head fully inserted into Hillary's usual orafice. Besides, the discredited baseball card collector will do whatever it takes to protect his candidate. If that means spiking a story he would have trumpeted for days against a Republican, then so be it. That's why it's called The Hour of Spin.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name has soared on amazon.com, all the way up to: #14,827, while "Culture Warrior" is #3,255. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains so low at Barnes & Noble that their ranking meter can't even find it; O'Reilly's book is #1,831 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. All we know about Monday's ratings is that Herr Olbermahn lost badly to The O'Malkin Factor not only in total viewers but also in the coveted, pivotal, much-beloved, critical, all-important "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 3 [GUARDED]
Wow, it's a first for TVNewser! TVN actually decided to print some honesty about Keith Olbermann's ratings-but not before running a glowing press release straight from the MSNBC PR department first:
MSNBC Delivers Strongest Growth of Any Cable News Net in Total Day and Primetime. Countdown with Keith Olbermann Maintains Momentum, Beating CNN at 8 PM in Total Viewers and A25-54; NBC's ratings growth continued this summer, as the network delivered the strongest growth of any cable news net in August in total day (M-Sun), weekday primetime (8-11 pm) and in sales primetime (M-Sun 7pm-2am) in both total viewers and the Adult 25-54 demographic, compared to August 06. "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" continued its success for the network, finishing #2 ahead of CNN at 8pm in both A25-54 and total viewers and up an astonishing 55 percent in the A25-54 demo and 67 percent in total viewers compared to last year. Countdown with Keith Olbermann (M-F 8pm) continues to gain traction, up an amazing 67 percent in total viewers versus last year (721,000 vs. 431,000) and up 55 percent in the A25-54 demo (259,000 vs. 167,000). "Countdown" beat CNN by a comfortable 17 percent in A25-54, and also enjoyed a three percent advantage in total viewers. Both CNN and FNC saw declines in the A25-54 demo at 8 p.m.
Something, God knows what, got into TVNewser however and they later decided to take a closer look at MSNBC's ratings claims. Here is the REAL story about the "success" of Keith Olbermann:
August Ratings: The 8pm Picture Keith Olbermann's year-to-year growth may be the story at MSNBC, but Countdown was still #3 at 8pmET. Even with CNN's hodge-podge of a schedule at 8 (Paula Zahn's last days, Out in the Open, CNN Special Reports, and an airing of Larry King) Olbermann trailed CNN in total viewers and the 25-54 demo.
But but but. . . didn't TVN run that first piece claiming what a "ratings success" Keith Olbermann was? That would be because MSNBC is using the numbers that are most flattering to their ego-inflated "star" which would be the Live Plus ratings, which are the same ratings that TVN posts on a near-daily basis, not the Live numbers which clearly do NOT favor Olbermann. How do we know this? Read on as TVN scrambles to explain:
These are Nielsen LIVE numbers only, so they do not include DVR data, which Countdown generally benefits from.
Here for the record are the REAL ratings for the 8pm hour in August.
FNC (O'Reilly): 2,096,000
CNN (Various): 727,000
MSNBC (Countdown): 638,000
And in oh-so-coveted "demo"?
FNC (O'Reilly): 420,000
CNN (Various): 242,000
MSNBC (Countdown): 218,000
But the question remains, why did TVN post the initial press release from MSNBC without bothering to clarify what ratings data set that MSNBC was using in calculating their misleading ratings claims? All networks use data that is most flattering to them of course but as a website that purports to cover TV News isn't it an obligation of TVN to do a little more than just run press releases? But we have to give them credit, this may well be the first time ever that TVN has decided to look beyond the press releases and more closely examine the true ratings story regarding the 8pm hour.
By the way, interesting discussion over at Inside Cable News, who has a fine breakdown chart of the Top 25 programs in the "key demo" in the month of August which illustrates just how greatly breaking news stories (mine disaster, bridge disaster) boosted and skewered the ratings for August. Only 2 programs out of the Top 25 were regularly scheduled programs (and both were O'Reilly), the rest of the top 25 programs were all breaking news events. Did MSNBC calculate their ratings using these breaking news events? Who knows--it's not like anyone is going to actually question them, it's just easier to post their press releases. But one thing is for sure, MSNBC is clearly not the "go-to" network when breaking news happens. That honor belongs to Fox and CNN.
Keith Olbermann may well be MSNBC's choice as their "news" anchor but one thing is very certain, he's not the viewer's choice!
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
That bastion of left-wing radical thinking, the NY Times is ready, willing, and able to declare Olbermann the reason why NBC won the prime-time Nielsen ratings fight on Sunday night
CBS Outscores Football: Despite preseason football on NBC, CBS finished first in the ratings on Sunday, getting a boost from 60 Minutes and Big Brother. Nielsen estimated that the CBS news magazine attracted 8.8 million viewers at 7 p.m., while Big Brother, its 8 p.m. reality show, drew 7.6 million. Among adults 18 to 49, however, NBC finished on top, as the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles delivered 8.7 million viewers after a special broadcast at 7 of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann (4 million). CBS ranked second in that demographic, ahead of ABC's all-repeat lineup. Fox was fourth overall, as its Teen Choice Awards earned 4 million viewers from 8 to 10.
So Keith Olbermann was the reason that NBC won the night? That's certainly the impression that the NY Times wants the reader to have although a close look at the numbers provided in this article quickly reveal that in the 7 p.m. time slot, CBS's 60 Minutes got 8.8 million viewers; Olbermann? Just 4 million.
But let's go to a less-biased source shall we? How about Broadcasting & Cable, a "Bible" of the broadcasting industry.
NBC Wins Sunday Prime Despite Weak Olbermann Pre-Game. NBC won the 18-49 demo Sunday night with its coverage of the preseason intrastate rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. However, its tryout of Keith Olbermann in a pre-game edition of his MSNBC Countdown show was last among the Big Four in the 8-9 time period with a 1.3. NBC averaged a 2.7 rating/8 share in the demo for the night.
Much different take on Olbermann's ratings from B&C for sure. We especially liked this quote from B&C:
Obermann said last week he expected it to be a one-shot deal unless it was a success with viewers and affiliates.
Olbermann may lie but the numbers never do and the numbers here reveal that Olbermann does as well on Broadcast television as he does on Cable, i.e., a solid fourth placed finish! He must be so proud. But with Olbermann, everything is a ratings success. We're just surprised he's not trying to spin this to talk about how many times he was viewed on You Tube to try and boost his pitiful ratings numbers.
But lest the Olbyloons declare that B&C, the Bible of the Television industry is biased, let's go to the Hollywood Reporter. Hey, it's Hollywood, they love liberals right? Surely that has to have better news for Olbermann and his faithful band of lunatics? Nope. Numbers still don't lie.
NBC's preseason NFL battle of Pennsylvania seems to be the winner in Sunday night's primetime, though the one-shot "Countdown" on the broadcast network came in a distant fourth place in its hour.
Distant fourth place? Ouch.
Meanwhile, NBC gave MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" (4.1 million, 1.3/4) a tryout at 7 p.m. "Countdown" was easily beaten in viewers by "60 Minutes" (8.8 million, 1.5/5) and in adults 18-49 by ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.5 million, 2.0/7). Fox came in third place at 7 p.m. with a repeat "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (3.6 million, 1.4/5) followed by the two-hour "Teen Choice Awards" (4 million, 1.7/5).
Easily beaten? Ouch again! But wait, in rushes TVNewser, a long-time Keith Olbermann supporter. Brian Setzer may be gone but the pro-Keith Olbermann movement continues on at TVN.
We've received the Nielsen fast-national ratings (not the actual national ratings) and have a sense of how last night's Countdown with Keith Olbermann did in its premiere on NBC. The upshot: in total viewers it beat "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" on Fox. But finished behind "60 Minutes" and "America's Funniest Videos." 4,146,000 total viewers watched. Countdown finished fourth in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos.
Note the disclaimer that these weren't the "real" ratings, just the "fast overnights", which is exactly what the industry uses to gauge how well a program did, but hey, TVN never lets facts get in the way of it's "reporting" just like their buddy, Keith Olbermann. And just in case anyone was left with the impression that Olbermann's ratings sucked, well, TVN just had to add this little additional note:
More: An emailer writes, "4M viewers...is one hell of a sampling...I wouldn't kiss that number off." For context: Olbermann averaged 721,000 viewers each night in July. Almost 6 times as many watched last night.
Hmm. My guess is that said emailer is either one of the following: a) the MSNBC/NBC publicity department; 2) Olbermann's personal PR agent; or 3) Olbermann himself. How else were they so ready and able to cough up the average number of viewers for Olbermann in the past month? TVN should identified whether or not this was someone from the network's PR department or an "insider". Our bet is on insider, as in very insider, say Keith Olbermann's brain.
And if the numbers were bad, the reviews were less than stellar too. Here are two from the sports world, first AOL Sports:
Keith Olbermann's NBC Commentary on Michael Vick a Big Disappointment I was thrilled when I learned that Keith Olbermann had been added to the NBC Sunday night NFL broadcast team because I think Olbermann is smart, funny and insightful. But Olbermann had the first of his regular Sunday night commentaries yesterday, and it was none of those things.
And Deadspin, another popular Sports website:
Welcome Keith. . . but what? We love Olbermann but we're not sure quite what he was trying to say here.
And this from a website called Awful Announcing:
Maybe it's just me, but I'd like my Football with a little less anger. It is just a "game" after all. I don't care if we are talking about Mike Vick....no one ever needs to be THIS serious....
If you're an Olbyloon, or Olbermann, or Olbermann's agent, or a NBC Sports Executive, you can't be happy with these kinds of ratings and review. But don't worry, the Olbyloons are here to spin it for him: Anti-Olbermann nutjobs freaking out on NBC Sports message board. Yeah, those "anti-Olbermann nutjobs?" Those would be NBC Sports fans with long posting histories at that NBC sports message board, not politically-motivated whackjobs like the average Olbermann fan.
UPDATE: See if you notice a similarity in the following Olbyloon talking points posted across the internets today: Daily Kos; Countdown On NBC Does DOUBLE O'Reilly's Ratings; MediaBistro Message Boards (aka TVNewser); Olberman Doubles O'Reilly - Huge Victory; and the TVSpy Message Boards; Olbermann's numbers----a big hit. According to whom? Olbermann? His PR Agent? The average Olbyloon? As noted below in the discussion Cee and I had, Olbermann couldn't even garner anywhere NEAR what repeats of Dateline has previously done in the same timeslot, and against reruns on the other four networks, still only managed to come in fourth in a five-way race. But hey, if that's their definition of success, we'd sure hate to see what they deem a failure.
And hey, when all else fails, just lie about his ratings. That's the approach taken at the Countdown forum on Television Without Pity or talk about what an insult it was to the average, sterotypical football viewer (those liberals love to sterotype don't they?) and therefore a liberal victory just to have Olbermann on the airwaves Sunday night like they did at Huffington Post.
On his radio program tonight, broadcaster and constitutional attorney Mark Levin once again addressed Olbermann and Football Night on NBC. And whom has Dr Levin heard from? Edward R Murrow's former assistant! We have the audio for your listening pleasure:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
You know Olby is back in his niche at A-Mess-NBC when all of a sudden you not only get the Bush's Brain [Ding!] guy, but also another session with felon Dean! But why, oh why, couldn't he take this week off? This is the least-viewed television week of the year; that's why so many big names are off. But not Edward R Olbermann. Maybe he thinks, with all of his time-slot competition on vacation, this is his big chance. Maybe he thinks the huge boost (um, see below) he got from his spectacular flame-out on the network mothership will finally let him beat The O'Reilly Factor. Well, The O'Malkin Factor, actually. Keithy? Don't bet your Merlot on it.
Monkeymann bellowed the opening spiel: Gone-Zales, Chertoff a possible replacement (obligatory clip of "Louisiana is a city..."), Michael Vick apologizes ("unexpected", claims Olbermoronn), plus Britney Spears, a new plug for American Idol, and more. OlbyPlanet is back in its orbit on a blue Monday at Olbermann Watch.
#5: Gonzo fired US attorneys for "no cause beyond naked political retribution". So ruled Judge Olbermahn. Plus "domestic spying", "torture", yada yada yada. Clip of the AG's farewell speech. Piffle, sez the discredited baseball card collector, it's "partisanship before prosecution". Clip of "Mister" Bush. Important clip of Democrats listening to Chris Matthews applauding the resignation. No, really? Clip of Hillary too. Dana Milbank, minus multicolored mufti, decided to make up a reason for it all (maybe the inspector general found some dirt on the AG...unless he didn't). Olby suggested the White House is going to "pick a fight" re confirming a new AG and referenced Bush's Brain [Ding!]. Somehow Fat Ass forgot to call Alberto a "houseboy" this time, but he did call him stupid. Great thanks.
Quotes from Domenici (R), Conyers (D), and Leahy (D), all against the AG. No quotes from supporters. That teed up the latest meeting of Olbermann's Criminal Rehabilitation Program, featuring its star inmate: John Dean. The felon gushed that investigations will continue, and at Olby's urging threw a few shots at Chertoff and his "baggage". Keithy quoted the criminal's book about how "Republican rule" as "ruined the government", and the disbarred lawyer was happy to expand on that unbiased, nonpartisan assessment. Great thanks.
#4: After a reference to Fox "Noise" [Ding!], it was on to "Mister" Bush and his "unqualified" "Texas buddies". Oh no "Mister" Bush might appoint someone to head Homeland Security who's from Texas! In comes the guy who wrote Bush's Brain [Ding!] to ridicule "Mister" Bush and anyone who dares to be his friend (defined by Brain guy as "fawning"). You'd have to be insane or irrational to go to work for Bush, he asserted. In case you missed it, KO again reminded us that Brain guy wrote Bush's Brain [Ding!]. Great thanks.
Item on Larry Craig (R) re a sordid misdemeanor in a restroom. Mr Merkle could hardly contain his glee. Larry, next time don't plead to a misdemeanor. Make it a felony. Then you won't get attacked by Olby, you can be a regular guest!
#3: Poor, misunderstood Michael Vick and his "surprising" apology. Good old Olby, never one to let an incoherent rant go to waste, repeated his bizarre diatribe from yesterday, only without the spastic head bobs and facial tics. Because one hearing is never enough. After another reference to "Fixed News" [Ding!], #2: Britney Spears, Owen Wilson, and a Miss Teen contestant, ridiculed with relish by Mr Misogynist for an inartful answer to a question. Why is the infamous, deplorable one picking on a teenage girl? Did she refuse to answer his emails? Does she dislike Merlot? #1: Another thrilling American Idol segment.
In the Media Matters Minute, the usual targets from the usual source: the US military (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), "Fixed News" [Ding!] and Sean Hannity (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and a particularly thin smear of "Fixed News" [Ding!] and Brit Hume (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters--hey, why do you think we call it the "Media Matters Minute"?).
All that network exposure has just ignited sales for
Olbermann's book the book that bears Olbermann's name. It has soared on amazon.com, all the way up to: #75,883, while "Culture Warrior" is #2,264. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains so low at Barnes & Noble that their ranking meter can't even find it; O'Reilly's book is #1,762 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Oh, and Bathtub Boy's Big Break? Playing with the grownups on NBC proved that he can lose there too. Sure enough, the special Hour of Spin ended up just like the non-special ones, with a humiliating, embarrassing fourth place finish in the coveted, pivotal, much-beloved, critical, all-important "key demo". [America's Funniest Home Videos" (adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) - 60 Minutes" (adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) - "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) - "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" (adults 18-49: 1.3, #10).] Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 9 [SEVERE]
Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star is normally a KO apologist. But even Barnhart was hard-pressed to find anything nice to say about Countdown's debut before Sunday Night Football. In a piece entitled, "Let's play softball", Barnhart reviews what Olbermann promised last week in an inteview about the Special Sunday Countdown outing, "
it would not be any different that any "Countdown" he does for MSNBC."
But Barnhart, once a KO apologist, always an apologist blames Keith Olbermann's producers! No, wait, that's Olbermann's standard excuse. Barnhart's excuse for Olbermann is that it must be those nasty NBC executives who were responsible for taking the
"hard-edged, hard-headed approach to "Countdown" and, . . . .wel, soften(ing) it up a bit."
KO is a smart guy, but that was not a smart move.
I understand that audiences might be unfamiliar with Olbermann's program, and could find the full-spectrum, serious-to-silly coverage that is "Countdown's" specialty a tad disconcerting. But I felt it was unwise and, ultimately, condescending to bring on both Mo Rocca and the guy who hosts "The Soup" for separate segments. Rocca seemed a particularly inappropriate choice for mid-show, a time when "Countdown" is usually bearing down on some vital but overlooked story of national import. . . Combine that with an extended "Oddball" segment of wacky videos, an E! promo AND a segment on football ... well, let's just say last night's "Countdown" was more like broth than soup.I wasn't aware that Countdown was ever soup but Barnhart's commentary of why last night's Countdown ultimately failed is in line with what even the Olbyloons admit is true. Watered down and tasteless, but hey, that's Countdown on any night right?
In this rerun-weary tail end of summer, "60 Minutes" has been dominant, and Sunday's broadcast will likely finish No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings again. Hey, whaddya know, serious can sell on network TV. It's too bad Keith Olbermann's bosses at NBC don't believe that, or they might have actually let him do his show.
Yeah--blame it all on those darn executives, you know, the same ones who gave Olbermann a shot on the mothership to begin with? Olbermann it seems never has to take the blame for anything he does or doesn't do. But why should he? He's got apologists to do it for him.
But there aren't too many apologists at this site: the NFL sports boards where it seems the fans aren't happy with the addition of Keith Olbermann to the Sunday Night Football lineup for a variety of reasons. Let's see how long it takes the Olbyloons to show up to defend him.
Drudge wonders, "What are they thinking"?
You have to see it to believe it. Krazy Keith's first Halftime Kommentary is an incoherent rant in defense of the indefensible Michael Vick. See Oralmann bellow that people should stop picking on the poor animal abuser, who should get his job back, pronto. Marvel at his increasingly manic delivery that threatens to put Howard Beale to shame. Watch in amazement as Olbermoronn displays enough spastic head bobs and facial tics for a month's worth of screen grabs. You have to see it to believe it:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
This is it! Keith Oralmann's Big Break! On the Big NBC Network, nationwide and coast-to-coast (except for all those affilliates who pre-empted him for local programming, that is). Krazy Keith is ready for his klose-up! And NBC is going to try to reinvent him as a "journalist" hosting a "newscast". And just to keep the switchboards from lighting up, there will be no Special Education Komments. What's more, at least half the show will be reserved for comedy, entertainment, and sports. Uh oh, the blue blogs aren't going to like this. Welcome to an all-new (except for the regurgitated stuff) episode of Extreme Makeover: Olby Edition!
"It's a newscast", lied Monkeymann as an intro to the opening spiel: John Warner and "Mister" Bush, another attack on Rudy, plus Mo Rocca, celebrity mugshots, a football preview, and a whole bunch o' "oddball". Olbermoronn is obviously going for "hard news" tonight.
#5: "War More Years". The "escalation" [Ding!] in Iraq. John Warner wants to see some token redeployments (clips regurgitated from Meet the Press). Neither Bathtub Boy nor Howie, Pundit for All Occasions, bothered to note Warner's insistence that he will not support Democrat withdrawal proposals. Olby cites the NIE, but not the part that warns against changing the mission in Iraq. Can't report that: it contradicts OlbySpin. Great thanks.
#4: Politics 2008. Clinton and Giuliani both under attack. Both? Well, Giuliani's tax policy wasn't that great (per NY Times), and he spent more time at baseball games than at Ground Zero (per Salon.com). Then Hillary being criticized for using fear (for claiming she's the best candidate if we get attacked again). Stop the tivo! Stop the presses! Alert the media!! Criticism of Hillary? We can't have that on OlbyPlanet! Immediately Edward R Olbermann inserts his head right back up the usual Hillary orafice and interjects: "that might not be exactly what she meant". Amazing how quickly he jumps to do damage control for his candidate. Milbank, sans splashy suit, explained to a disappointed Olbermahn that the attacks on Rudy are not affecting his ratings much. KO, of course, brought up Giuliani's "multiple wives", but not B.J. Clinton's multiple partners. Then it was off to again trot out his damage control spin for Madame Hillary, even obliquely criticizing the other Democrat candidates for daring to disagree with her! Great thanks.
After a jumbo-sized (and still unfunny) dose of "oddball" reruns came #3: the Secret Service keeps protestors away from the President, and supporters try to drown them out. The expert witness on this vital topic: Mo Rocca! Yes, we're just at the half-way mark and already we're into the comedy shtick, moved up from its usual home in the final segment. The Hour of Spin by way of the Bortsch Belt. Looks like the network suits think Keith's strength is playing straight man to a lower-tier comic. But Henny Youngman on his worst day was uproarious compared to slow Mo. Even The Laughing Stagehand was not amused.
#2: There was no #2 story. Instead the entire segment was "keeping tabs" (celebrity news) with Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and more. Those NBC suits know what Olby is best at. McHale made more weak attempts at comedy while Fat Ass affected more of his phony, gruff laughter. #1: Sports, by way of a lengthy promo for the upcoming football game.
In the Media Matters Minute, attacks on Michael McConnell (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress), Rush Limbaugh (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters), and, the greatest Olbsession of all, Bill O'Reilly (not referred to as Bill "Orally"; those pesky suits again!) of "Fixed News" [Ding!] (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Gee, three non-liberals. What a surprise. Not. (Poor Chris Collinsworth in the football segment seemed befuddled at the Limbaugh choice: "Is he really the worst person in the world, in the entire world?")
The network suits really laid down the law on Mr Merkle. No felon Dean, no crazy Larry O'Donnell, no Michael Musto, no Err America...an Extreme Makeover indeed. What will the blue blogs say about their hero now?
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is all but entombed: #41,825 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #1,616. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains so low that the Barnes & Noble ranking meter can't even find it; O'Reilly's book is #1,775 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
Oralmann's moving in his new place,
Ally's on, a much friendlier face.
The producer won't stop,
Books the same far-left slop.
OlbySpin will continue apace.
I decided to check in with our friends over at KeithOlbermann.org or as I like to call them "Olbyloon Central". And oh my, the girls have been busy indeed. See, the multiple edits on the Shister piece at TVNewser has apparently made them go into hyperdrive-spin cycle as they try to explain why Olbermann claimed he was so poor he couldn't afford the rent and had to move out of his apartment, you know, the same apartment we proved earlier today on Owatch that Olbermann lied about going condo? Here are just some of the Olbyloon spin/excuses/theories about why Olbermann lied and then why parts of the article were changed. Let the spin cycle begin!
Says SL Friend about KO originally claiming he couldn't afford to buy an apartment in his current building because it was going condo (even though the building was actually being demolished.
I think this is KO's way of telling 'Page 6' that their story a few months ago, about him moving into the expensive 'Trump' place, was wrong.
I love it -- Page 6, Trumped again. :-) (I just couldn't see KO buying a place like that.)
You mean that 40th floor apartment in the Trump Palace which happens not only to be one of the Top 10 most prestigious condos on the Upper East side but also happens to be the tallest? You mean the one with the 31 1/2 foot living room, balconies from the living room, library, and master bedroom, the gourmet kitchen, and the 3 marble baths? That one Marie? Because I can assure you he most certainly did buy it. Let me direct the Olbyloons who have somehow convinced themselves that Olbermann isn't capable of spending his money on a Trump apartment to this--the ACRIS system of the NYC Department of Finance. It lists the property records for New York City. And what do we have here? Why it's the deed to Olbermann's $4.2 million dollar apartment in Trump Palace.
Now let's not all hold our breath while we wait for the Olbyloons to admit that they are wrong about something. Especially when it concerns the blatant lies of one Keith T. Olbermann.
You know, there for awhile we had hope for TVNewser after the announced departure of one Brian Setzer to the New York Times. We here at Olbermannwatch had long documented how that particular website has a long, undistinguished history of playing fast and loose with the facts, manipulating ratings data and otherwise misrepresenting the truth. Yesterday proved that the more things change, the more they remain the same, unless you are talking about articles posted at TVNewser which in case, one in particular was edited not once, not twice, but three times.
Said article was written by one Gail Shister, of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Now Ms. Shister and Mr. Olbermann have a certain, how shall we say, history? Back in March, Shister wrote the typical fawning MSM Olbermann whitewash but we here at Owatch noted that it had some glaring errors. Namely, Shister insisted that Olbermann was an only child. He's not. He has a sister. The Olbyloons were first to note the error. And they took it upon themselves to notify Shister of her error. The following exchange occured between said Olbyloon and Shister:
How odd. I wrote to Ms. Shister, and just now got back a response: "Dear Ms. Shister: Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the article about Keith Olbermann and COUNTDOWN in Sunday's Inquirer. I'm sure the faithful have already written in droves to let you know that he does in fact have a younger sister. Otherwise I thought it was a great piece. Thanks again!
Gail Shister's Reply?
"Hi: A younger sister? He told me to my face that he's an only child. Please xplain... Best gs "
Now Olbermann has mentioned existence of said sister in the Big Show book he co-authored with Dan Patrick, on Countdown, in an interview on C-Span, and on the now defunct ESPN Radio Show numerous times. But Shister insisted that Olbermann had told her he was an only child. Now naturally the Olbyloons were waiting, ready, and able to provide excuses as to why Olbermann lied straight-faced to Shister. And Shister was forced to issue a retraction a few days later. Recently it was announced that Shister had lost her plum assignment as TV/Radio writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and had been busted down to mere reporter. Shister has since been moonlighting on the side, contributing articles to TVNewser. And yesterday, she published an interview with Olbermann. Now you'd think that history would have taught Shister to check and recheck anything Olbermann told her right? Wrong.
Amazingly, the article underwent THREE rewrites after it was first posted at TVN. The first version, posted at 4:05 p.m. contained the following passages:
Olbermann, on vacation this week while he moves to a new apartment, has no plans to tone down anything in Sunday's Countdown, he says. Back to the moving thing. Despite Countdown's skyrocketing numbers and a daily gig on ESPN Radio, Olbermann says he left his current apartment because it was too expensive to buy when the building went condo. "I'm not a hedge fund trader or a meth dealer. I can't possibly afford to buy around here."
The article was edited yet again, as noted by our own Johnny Dollar.
"Olbermann says he left his Central Park South apartment because it was too expensive to buy when the building went condo."That bit was deleted and altered sometime between 4:30 and 5:00. The FINAL (?) version of the TVNewer piece was altered yet again to remove all mention of the move and of his fancy new East Side apartment.
Olbermann, on vacation this week, has no plans to tone down anything in Sunday's Countdown, he says.By the time the final version (?) of this much-altered TVNewer piece appeared, it's context had been stripped completely away, leaving some astute readers quite puzzled at competing tv news website, Inside Cable News, much confused. Noted one poster:
There was a lot of news a few months ago when he PURCHASED a $4Million apartment on the Upper East Side of NYC, in a Trump building no less. So what's this business about "renting" and "can't afford to buy"?In essence, the triple-editing at TVNewser left an article which didn't make much sense, and left the distinct impression that poor Olby was just barely getting by these days. Astute Olbermannwatch readers however know the real score on Olbermann's new digs at the Trump Palace, at 200 East 69th Street. His $4.2 million dollar, 40th floor apartment has been described as having a 31 and a half-foot-long living room, master bedroom and den, each with balconies, 360 degree views, plus a chef's kitchen, twin walk-in closets and two and a half marble bathrooms. Yeah, that poor Keith, couldn't afford to buy a decent apartment on the Upper West Side so he was forced to move to the "poor" side of the UES and live in what has been called one of Donald Trump's finest buildings. Poor thing. Let's take up a collection for him shall we? I bet the Olbyloons have already broken into their piggy banks to help out poor Mr. Olbermann.
But back to the fact-checking on the mysteriously triple-edited article. Let's ignore the whole "soaring ratings" bit, we all know that's a lie. Let's go back to Olbermann's rented apartment at 220 Central Park South which he insisted had gone condo and he couldn't "afford to buy there". The apartment didn't go condo. It's tenants were evicted, and the plans include demolishing the building and redeveloping the site! according to the NY Times.
What? KEITH OLBERMANN LIE????? Imagine that dear Olbermannwatch readers! But why one wonders, was all mention of Olbermann's move and the fancy new UES digs removed from the posting at TVNewser? We all know that TVNewser has a new "face" but is Keith Olbermann moonlighting in his spare time as an editor over at TVN?
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
Why is Olby again a no show?
Had to get a new pad for less dough.
He did not buy from Trump,
Donald won't sell a dump.
Keith, remember to pack the Merlot.
The link above leads to a TVNewser story about Herr Olbermahn. However, since we read it the story has undergone a stealth rewrite. Somebody thought it was important to delete this sentence: "Olbermann says he left his Central Park South apartment because it was too expensive to buy when the building went condo."
While the discredited baseball card collector is off moving his invaluable collection to a less prestigious domicile, we have a special bonus clip for your amusement. Gibby discusses Mike Barnicle, Chris Matthews, and--of course--Keith Oralmann:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
Keithy is a no show,
Whereever will I go?
To the tub he soaks
With ratings he dare not boast
I guess he's got Ms. Tur and some merlot.
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Amy Robach
Once again Oralmann will just coast.
He's away and Ms Robach will host.
Amy you should watch out--
Rachel Maddow no doubt
Will ask you if she can be topmost.
The discredited baseball card collector is off tonight--maybe he's soaking in the tub, thinking up ways to blame "Mister" Bush when he does his special Hour of Spin on the network mothership (a reward for his "rocketing, through the roof ratings!"). So to keep you entertained, here's a little item about two of Herr Olbermahn's favorite blue blogs: just the kind of sophisticated, intellectual content that makes them regular sources for Bathtub Boy:
I've profiled the incoherent ramblings before of one BerryBush aka Kathy aka Dorrie aka Psych aka Orinenglish but the latest from Berryland finds that she not only tapes each and every Countdown episode for her "archive" but she watches the show THREE times a day. Now that's devotion. And I don't mean that in a good way. This woman is heading towards serious Kathy Bates as in "Misery" territory.
Witness her outrage and fury when her DVR experiences a technical malfunction and she's deprieved of a few moments of Keith's own insane ramblings: My damn recorder SHUT OFF AGAIN during the end of the show and didn't catch it!
What the F do I have to do to make it work with this shitty clock that's always completely off?????????? I set it for effing 9:07, for God's sake, and it STILL shuts off before the show is over!!!!!! I was so pissed, I just flung the remote with extreme prejudice at the floor. Now it won't work. I probably broke it.
So she's watching the show but she's also taping the show. Okay. Whatever. But BerryBush, so intent on having every single second of Olbermann's show in her personal archive then posts this profanity-laced message:
I have had it with my shit-ass piece-of-shit VCR/DVD recorder. It only records one kind of DVD and won't play back anything that was recorded on another (aside from professional DVDs), and the clock has NEVER worked right for timing recordings, never. Now the remote is broken. Fuck it. I'm buying a new one.
This is the same woman who posts about living in a slum area, having to take the bus to work since she doesn't have a car and of having financial ills. But she thinks nothing of plunking down the bucks to buy a DVD recorder so she can record Countdown. Okay. Well I guess we all have to have priorities in life and clearly hers is Keith Olbermann.
Now this crazy chick has already watched Olbermann's 8pm broadcast, then watched the tape version (or the part of it that her DVD Recorder managed to capture) and then at 12 a.m. caught the reply.
I stayed up to watch the rerun and am I glad I did. I didn't even realize Keith did that little "what the hell" air guitar lick at the end of the show, because my stupid recorder was writing to disk and I MISSED IT. By staying up and hitting "record" well ahead of time, I preserved that adorable piece of Keith silliness for the ages. Or at least for my collection. I can sleep now.
This woman couldn't sleep because she failed to capture a minute and a half of Olbermann's show on DVD? Uhm, Keith. . . . if you ever have an accident and a nurse appears on scene and tells you she's your biggest fan and she's from Ohio and goes by the name(s) of BerryBush, Kathy, Dorrie, Ornenglish, Psych, etc, you might want to pass on her offer to take "care" of you.
The latest in our ongoing series of the Whitewash by the Mainstream Media of the blatant biases in Keith Olbermann's little cable tv program, Countdown, comes to us from Variety, the "bible" of the show-biz industry. Variety tells us that such biases are good! Just so long as you know, it's from the left. Fox Bad, Keith Good, Part 999.
It took no less than 3 writers to complete the latest fawning Olbermann tribute (Cynthia Littleton, Michael Learmonth and William Triplett) which ought to tell you something about how fast and furious the spin was for the Olbymeister. At least Variety got this bit right:
. . .during the AFL-CIO-sponsored Democratic Presidential Forum, which MSNBC carried live on Aug. 7. . .everything about the event -- the setting, the audience of union members and their families, the star moderator and the tenor of the candidates' campaign shoutin' -- seemed tailor-made to appeal to the average reader of the Huffington Post.
And we know what the Huff Post is: a left-wing echo chamber.
Variety also provided a context for what journalism should be and what it is in today:
In the old days, TV news, like most mainstream journalism orgs, took pride in maintaining a non-partisan stance. Now, that attitude seems antiquated amid competitive pressures and a growing sentiment among the public that most media coverage of politics is heavily biased anyway.The rise of strident partisan voices on all-news cablers isa longtime trend that has gone into overdrive during thiselongated presidential election cycle. The polarization of the TV dial is being driven by a confluence of forces within the television industry and the body politic.
It's the "Hey everybody is doing it so we should too" argument, followed closely by the "Keith is a ratings success!" lie:
In the past year, MSNBC has embraced the left, at least for one hour a night, with its irreverent but clearly liberal-leaning 8 p.m. news roundup program "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." "Countdown" has been on MSNBC since April 2003, but its viewership has spiked during the past year, ever since its host began offering a semi-regular, often-fiery commentary segment in which he has inveighed against the GOP's agenda and called for the resignations of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. For the month of July, viewership of "Countdown" rose 88% year-to-year to a nightly average of 721,000 viewers, still well behind Fox News' 8 p.m. anchor "The O'Reilly Factor," which averaged 2 million viewers.
Well at least they do acknowledge his show clearly has a leftist agenda. But once again, selective use of the ratings system and the real truth about Olbermann's ratings go unprinted. And this is the "Bible" of the entertainment industry?
But the highlight of the article is this astonishing claim by Olbermann pal and MSNBC/NBC executive Phil Griffin:
"You're not going to survive in cable doing a straight news-of-record broadcast," says Phil Griffin, senior veep of NBC News and the exec in charge at MSNBC. "You've got to give (more) information and analysis. ... By 8 at night, most people who tune in have a basic understanding of the news of the day."
More information? Analysis? Is he kidding? Olbermann's show provides neither. This is a man who ignored the stock market peaks and high points but as soon as the market began a correction, suddenly took a keen interest in the stock market decline because he could blame it on Bush! And Analysis? From whom? The usual suspects like convicted felon John Dean? Then again, Griffin is the same genius who thought it would be a good idea to fire Don Imus who was a cash cow for the network and bring in Joe Scarborough whose viewership on some mornings is so low it doesn't even rate on the Nielsen scale!
"Opinions (in the news media) can be helpful," says Al Tompkins of the Florida-based journo think tank Poynter Institute, "but only if the people giving the opinions know what they're talking about."
And as we all know here at Olbermannwatch, Keith Olbermann doesn't have a clue of the bigger picture because unless he can lift something from Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo or Media Matters he doesn't know it exists! Talk about partisan broadcasting. No wonder then that:
according to a survey released this month by the Pew Research Center . . found that 55% of respondents believe the news media (broadly categorized as local and network TV and newspapers) are politically biased, up from 45% in 1985, while 36% of respondents believe that news organizations "hurt democracy," up from 23% in 1985.
The Pew study went on to find that
More than two-thirds, or 70%, of respondents who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt the news media was politically biased in its reporting, compared with 39% of Democrats. (The perception gap between the two sides was much smaller when the survey was first conducted in 1985, when 49% of GOP-ers smelled bias, compared with 43% of Dems.) Some 63% of Republicans surveyed said they felt stories and reports by the news media are "often inaccurate," compared with 43% of Democratic respondents
And why would that be exactly? Because the liberals are happy because they know the MSM is liberally-biased just like their Hero, Keith Olbermann!
But wait--the Olbyloons don't think that Keith is biased! Here are some reactions to the article from one of the nuttier Keith Olbermann fansites. Opines one Olbyloon
Great article..but I still don't think Keith's a liberal, I just think he's got it right when it comes to most issues. No bs, there are not two sets of facts, right?
Agreed. It's getting a little annoying hearing about Keith's liberalism. I don't see why telling it like it is is considered liberal.
There is so much wrong with those two statements that I don't even know where to begin. But just another example of the lunatics who follow Keith Olbermann's every word and don't believe there's a hint of bias in his program!
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Another opening, another spiel: the Utah Mine Disaster, the fault of the Bush administration; the latest Rudy attack; a Cheney clip from 2000, and more. We'll have our usual recap plus a special bonus audio clip. It's casual Friday at Olbermann Watch.
#5: The mine owner contributed money to Republican candidates. Aha! Time to do a hit piece on him. The phrase of the day: "seismic activity". NBC's George Lewis in a Countdown rarity: a live remote. Oralmann wanted to know if people were angry at the mine owner. Well, no they aren't. Next came anti-coal, global warming activist Goodell. Monkeymann demanded to know why they even tried to rescue the six miners with all the "seismic activity", and why it took so long for them to stop trying to rescue them. (The families of those miners must be loving this!) JG said they had to try a rescue, but immediately swerved into Olby terrority: oversight, the "appalling" Richard Stickler. Oh, by the way, Stickler? Keith said he should--you guessed it--"resign"! Edward R Olbermann again reminded his handful of viewers that the mine owner gave donations to Republicans, and that these connections caused people to die. Yep, the mine collapse is the Republicans' fault too. Can a Special Education Komment about "Mister" Bush and six trapped miners (whom Keith doesn't want to rescue) be in the works?
#4: Giuliani has "delusions of grandeur". Yep, it's time for Project Rudy: take out Hillary's strongest opponent. Giuliani as "America's Mayor"? An "urban legend", according to Edward R Olbermoronn. Plus, for the umpteenth time, did you know his daughter likes Obama? Rudy's 9/11 experience is just "a photo-op". Cillizza said more scrutiny for the front-runner is expected. Hmm, where is that scrutiny of Hillary on OlbyPlanet? Must be out on one of the moons. Oh and Tony Snow may be leaving the White House soon. Rev Olbermahn sermonized that given the "great respect" for Snow, this will be a terrible blow for the administration. Oh really? Like the great respect you've shown him all this time (e.g. "Snow Job", "worst person", etc)? But you have to find some way to make this news as bad as possible for "Mister" Bush, so you invent "great respect" that you never displayed, not even for one nanosecond. Liar.
#3: A Cheney clip from 1994 (Blue Blog Source: moveon.org) and Cheney clip from 2000 (Blue Blog Source: Think Progress). A veritable Blue Blogapalooza! Proof that Cheney "pitched lies" to get us into Iraq. Cue John Nichols of the far-left (though not identified as such) Nation magazine, also, just by coincidence, an advertiser on The Hour of Spin. Incestuous Amplification brought to a new level! Nichols: Dick has no "humanity" and we've buried "3500 children". Yes, on OlbyPlanet US troops are children--except when they are cold-blooded murderers (tm J Murtha). Great thanks.
#2: "Jimmy Justice", the meter maid's nemesis (regurgitated video from NBC), Michael Vick, Paris Hilton. #1: Air guitar championships.
In the Media Matters Minute, it was time to re-attack Melanie Morgan (conservative) in what Bathtub Boy falsely claimed was a "rare" second nomination (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Yeah, tell that to O'Reilly. "Man on Fan" Olbermahn was on his high horse because Melanie said OlbyPlanet fave Jon Soltz is a "cockroach" who should be "stomped on". Call the police! Throw her in irons! Incitement to violence!! That language is not permitted on OlbyPlanet, unless it's being used by, oh, say, Olbermann's Brain. Then it's not even reported on OlbyPlanet.
If it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Krazy Keith's masculinity. Over this week Monkeymann attacked Fox or other broadcasters 11 times. His primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC nine times, but Olby protected his corporate masters with zero criticisms. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -22 [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is all but entombed: #24,522 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #3,323. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains so low that the Barnes & Noble ranking meter can't even find it; O'Reilly's book is #1,603 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Thursday, Herr Olbermoronn continued a better-than-average week, thanks to some of his competitors not being on the air. But the discredited baseball card collector, as always, lost overwhelmingly to The Factor, and was only able to finish in third place, though he did narrowly edge a substitute anchor on CNN for second in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical, all-important "key demo".
The MisterMeter had the night off, and in its place, we offer the latest from John Gibson, who discusses Joe Scarborough, Jon Stewart, and--of course--Bathtub Boy:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
What will Oralmann be bellowing tonight? What will he have lifted from blue blog sources? What can we predictably expect him to be whining about tonight? Will it be "right-wing" pundits, O'Reilly, Iraq, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and ever other evil "neo-con"? Ah, blue blog off the bat! The "Betraeous" report, whose report is it? Another blue blog story, supposed increase suicide rate of U.S. soldiers to the highest rate since 1981? How about another OlbyPlanet spin cycle? More on that later. President Bush is responsible for mine collapses. Wikipedia can be changed by anyone - breaking news. New York Times computer changed the Wall Street Journal page. Someone at "Fox Noise" HA! cleaning up "Bill-O's" entry and altering Stuart Smalley's and Olby's. Elvis Lives!
#5: Yackity Yack about how "sleazy" it is of the White House to be claiming that they were going to deliver Gen. Petreaus's report to Congress themselves. It was "sleazy" this. It was "sleazy" that. I think that qualifies as a one time [Ding!] word. Olbermann and his lackeys are now in the business of impugning even the military's credibility. Caption, "Will Petraeus Betray Us?" I doubt it, MonkeyMann. I am sure of one thing, every breath taken by Petreaus has done this country more good than your baseball card collecting and inability to leave your desk has ever done. Disgusting. Secretary Rice and Secretary Gates will be delivering the White House's "cooked books" on Iraq. Didn't you know they have a crystal ball on OlbyPlanet? Clip of Deputy WH Press Secretary on the report. Jonathan Alter of the esteemed Newsweek magazine rides in to save Keith from thinking. Olbergruppenfuhrer wonders where the Democrats public anger is about this. Lefty Alter thinks Democrats are "fairly upset." Lefty doubts we'll get a "true, independent" assessment from Petraeus. Keith admits that the law passed by Democrats calls for not just Petraeus to testify before Congress, so why is everyone still calling it his report he asks? Alter thinks it should be called the "President's Report." Great thanks.
Misleading story time. Fat Ass tows the AP line about suicides in the army being the highest since 1981. There are a few details that Olby manages to twist to meet his spin needs. 70% of those who committed suicide were not deployed. Furthermore, 20% of those people who committed suicide had a history of mental illness. All of that was in the AP story and is recapped at a "right-wing" site, Newsbusters. Of course, Olby conflates by suggesting that since the number was 20%, that MUST mean that people were being under-diagnosed and "uh uh, is there an inference we can draw here?" All do respect to Mr. Friedman, but he gives Olby enough ammo to put the spin cycle into full speed. I have no doubt he means well and believes what he is saying about better treatment needed for PTSD. But Hauptmann can't help from contriving a way to blame the administration for their suicides. They aren't doing enough, as usual. Mr. Friedman refuses to jump on the blame Bush bandwagon and instead focuses on people he believes have PTSD but are not seeking treatment. Olby is "disgusted" by the whole thing.
#4: Government protecting "fat cats." Mine deaths have been declining until this past year - naturally that means something Bush had to do with. Who, you ask? Stickler, who's sticking it to us, of Federal Mine Safety. Stickler ran a mine where there were three fatalities. Stickler did some other bad things. Welcome Ms. Huffington to please Keith who is "asking the questions" that the media in general isn't. Stickler has a "terrible record" (probably because Democrats, AFL-CIO, widow of a Sago miner and several others) were against him. Keith "stipulates" the mining industry owns the Bush administration. Sudden change of topic, Sen. Joe Biden's son is probably going to Iraq. Avenue to attack the administration some more. Great thanks for helping on the "breaking news."
Oddball: A guy gets a gator with a hammock and a rake, machines smash cars, "Fixed News" tease
Newsmakers: Chinese kid name @, Oliver the Monkey, Bev Ellis sees Stephen King signing books
#3: Wikipedia can be written by anyone - no way! Honor system does not work there. Reciting changes to various page. Someone at "Fixed News" changed pages. Discussion of someone at a Fox computer changing Keith's page in particular. That's very important and worth reporting. It's about Keith. More attacks on "Fox Noise" for not reporting the misdeeds of someone at their place of employment. Kevin Poulson comes in to talk about the technology to find who edits pages - but Jabba wants to keep talking about Fox. Snooze fest.
#2: Keeping Tabs, Jenna Bush is engaged. Ryan Seacrest is going to do something at the Super Bowl. Britney Spears is a bad mom according to US Weekly.
#1: Elvis. Keith talks about himself hawking Elvis in '77. Uri Geller.
In the Media Matters minute, bronze to operators of Heathrow Airport which had 100% delayed flights yesterday. Silver, Olbsession Bill O'Reilly because he "lost to the DailyKos" (Reverend Olbermann says it's so, it's so) and quoted an anti-semitic post on the website. Apparently "Bill-O" misquoted someone. He reads from his teleprompter word for word from a DailyKos diary entry. Bill-O got the gold again, over poll numbers. We know Keith and his minions have a good track record of using polls accurately. Funny, Mr. Bill actually read a letter from someone pointing out his mistake and CORRECTED himself. Something Olbermann would NEVER do. EVER. The usual source here, MediaMatters. Even they got it slightly better than Oralmann did. Though they still have a truncated and misleading video clip.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's crashed landed at a truly humiliating, painful and otherwise embarrassing #51,550 on amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #3,667. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is MIA at Barnes and Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,598 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Wednesday's Hour of Spin pulled in an unusual and impressive second in the "key demo" but was third behind CNN in the overall. Source. Worth mentioning that Mr. Bill's money demo nearly double Olby's. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
When Keith Oralmann named John Gibson "worst person" on Tuesday, we brought you Gibson's instant reaction. On his radio program Wednesday, Gibby had some further thoughts about Bathtub Boy, plus comments on Jon Stewart and Olby's Research Department, aka Media Matters. We have the audio for your listening pleasure:
Host: Keith Olbermann
Yes, Oralmann bellowed the opening spiel: Bush will write the Petraeus report, it's "three-card monte" from the White House, Obama criticizes Hillary (uh-oh, you don't want to do that on OlbyPlanet), O.J. Simpson, the iPhone, an O'Reilly attack, and more. It's hump day at Olbermann Watch.
#5: It's "deceit, greed, falsehood, and failure", said Olby quoting Marcus Aurelius. The Petraeus report will be delievered by the President. Outrage! (Blue Blog Source: The Carpetbagger Report). The report has "no credibility", intoned Monkeymann without the troublesome bother of reading it first, while Olbermann's Brain chortled and snickered, sounding more than ever like the illegitimate child of Pat Robertson and Floyd the Barber. Next up was Crowley, from the Soros-funded mouthpiece for the Democrat party (though of course that wasn't disclosed; it never is on OlbyPlanet). He delivered, claiming that any soldiers who don't commit suicide in Iraq come home with post-traumatic maladies that will haunt them for years. Crowley didn't get Great Thanksed, but he did get Great Pleasured.
#4: Obama claims to be a uniter. That's permissible, but then he went and said he could do it better than Hillary. Uh-oh, he's asking for trouble from Sheriff Oralmann. Mention of Bush's Brain [Ding!] and "comedian Rush Limbaugh". Olby praised Hillary's strategy, then asked Anne Kornblut wasn't Obama being divisive in saying he would be a better President than Hillary? Anne hid her amusement at this fatuous question and tried to explain to KO this is "mild stuff". But Herr Olbermann wouldn't let it go, complaining that Barack dared to opine that immigrants should learn English. Slap him in irons! Reference to Fox Noise. [Ding!] Great Thanks.
#3: O.J. Simpson Book controversy (lengthy regurgitated clips from the network mothership). #2: iPhone bills, confusingly described by Krazy Keith as "iPod bills" (gotta love that "future of tv news" Olbermahn!), plus K-Fed, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan. #1: We're not really alive; we're just characters in somebody's computer game. If this sounds familiar, it's because the concept has been used in science-fiction stories for at least half a decade. But to Edward R Olbermahn it's a "startling" new theory! Not to mention an opportunity to ridicule "the intelligent design folks".
In the Media Matters Minute, Bathtub Boy mentioned Mike Nifong ("your dog ate your law license" he quipped, not bothering to note that he swiped that headline from The Smoking Gun). Then he picked on a more usual target--a conservative: Melanie Morgan; lifted from the usual place (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters); livened up with the usual personal attacks and name calling ("right-wing water carrier", "empty-headed").
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is near-invisible at #34,132 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #2,897. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains so low that the Barnes & Noble ranking meter can't even find it; O'Reilly's book is #1,553 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Tuesday, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann eked out a second place finish for the second night in a row, but he still lost overwhelmingly to his nemesis, the eeevil O'Reilly, both in total viewers and in the coveted, much-beloved, critical, all-important "key demo".
When it comes to incestuous amplification, nobody does it better than Keith:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Krazy Keith pleasured us with a limp opening spiel this eve. Election 2008! Hillary Clinton vs. Karl Rove? Will he be behind the equivalent of the "'08 swift boat slanderers and heading the anti-Hillary forces?" Ah, non-partisan Keith. Ever graceful. That explains him calling her a fatally flawed candidate! Cue romanticised music with Mrs. Clinton talking about people lacking health care. Bipartisan! The "President's Brain" [Ding!] is missing. What kind of brains would suggest a draft? It is on the table. Toy recall. Ever classy Keith doing another K-Fed story and some dude with duct tape! Awesome!
#5: The Tan Man was wound up and ready to come to the rescue of his fellow Democrats. The "New Hillary." Clinton vs. Rove. Worries that Clinton is a divisive candidate. Clip of the Senator in a softball interview with Andrea Mitchell. Keith gives free air time to a Clinton political ad with the dramatic, heartening music. The Senator says people aren't invisible to her like they to the current President. The FULL ad plays. Oh, our man Keith gives the Republican side, which means ATTACKING IT like RABID DOGS (my words - the inflection in his voice). Quote from Deputy White House Press Secretary saying it's an offensive ad which is deemed an "attack" by Man on Fan Olbermann. Bring in Lawrence O'Donnell to join the save Hillary Clinton from the vast right wing conspiracy brigade. The perfect playmate for Keith and his sandbox. Discussion of Hillary's high unfavorables but they can be turned around. "She's done it before." "Very unusual to do but done before." "I know people who changed their minds and voted for her." "She probably won't make mistakes." Keithy turns it back to "Mister Rove." Disbelief from Keith that "George W. Bush" was elected TWICE. Is Mrs. Clinton running a campaign against George W. Bush? The White House has served her well, says O'Donnell! He also thinks that the White House is trying to prevent her from getting the nomination. Huh? Then why on earth would they call her "fatally flawed"? If they believed that, they want her as the nominee! Or maybe it's another Konspiracy I don't get.
Bring in another sock puppet, Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post. KARL ROVE. KARL ROVE. KARL ROVE. KARL ROVE. What is Karl Rove going to be doing in the '08 campaign, asks Keith. Clip of Rove rapping. With David Gregory. Democrats relish at running against Karl Rove and George W. Bush - Robinson. Rove thinks he is history's gift to the Republican Party - Keith. "Would any Republican nominee say Karl Rove doesn't speak for the Republican party, doesn't speak for me?" Wow. This all sounds like Karl Rove is a swell guy that Keith has not passed any judgement on. Robinson doesn't think any Republican will bring him on because you are "saddling" yourself with the "George Bush presidency." Which, to Mr. Robinson, means Iraq, immigration, all the things the administration "got wrong." So let me get this straight.....Karl Rove is behind the Iraq war.....interesting *strokes chin.* Since both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama would be "historic" Presidents if they won, Robinson can't imagine any Republican running on a platform of bigotry. I always knew it, but I needed the TV to tell me! Republicans HATE women and they HATE minorities. Too bad they can't be open about it. Sheesh. Karl Rove can "hint" at that essentially, bigotry that is, if he helped out a candidate. '08 will be like William McKinley (Keith pretends to know who he is) and Joe McCarthy coming back from the grave to campaign against whoever the Democrats nominate. OBVIOUSLY. Eugene laughs. Great thanks. Another pillar of the far-right, Dennis Hastert HA! is going to retire.
#4: The military draft and Vietnam. Babble about the draft. Military barely met its recruitman goals. Bring in Konspiracy theorist Jon Soltz (shocker). The military is issuing a "warning" to the President with the discussions about the draft over the "broken military" caused by the administration. Congressman Rangel wants the draft to come back because only "poor people" are fighting it "unlike Mitt Romney's sons." Video of burning draft cards. Lots more clips of hippies. The "President is a lame duck President when his 'brain' left the White House," says Soltz. I can hear Keith groan in pleasure - seriously. Keith doubts the success of the surge - what does Soltz think? Hm, I wonder. He thinks it's whack-a-mole! Funny, I saw that same headline on DailyKos today! What a coinicidence. Great thanks.
Whoah! Mention of Don Imus! Nothing to see here...
Shocker! Alert! Keith makes a perverted joke! William Hearst was expected to die with "rosebud on his lips!" Get it? Do ya? Because I do and it's a knee-slapper! Nothing like the usual Oralmann references to genitalia! Oddball: Four pandas born. Jesus on a kitchen cabinet. Caption "Holy Hardwood." Get it? Do ya! Because I do! Perv!
Newsmakers: Woman at karaoke at Changes bar. Dumb criminal wears a mop. Deputy Mike Moore pulls over his wife. Keith throws paper.
#3: Tainted toys. Regurgitated video of camera talking to Keith.
#2: Must be really hard for Keith to get guests tonight. The Duct-Taped Bandit! Regurgitated video again.
Keeping Tabs: Keith actually mentions "NBC" (not MSNBC) and Don Imus vis a vis a lawsuit against Mr. Imus. RIP Phil Rizzuto. Oh, and no surprise, he watched Coutdown every night. Classy, Fat Ass.
#1: K-Fed vs. Britney. Yawn.
In the Media Matters minute, bronze to Bill Schine of "Fox Noise" (LOL!) for writing a memo casting doubt on the 1/2 News Hour's continuation. Why WPITW? Uh, I don't know. He wrote a memo. Oh wait, here it comes. Keith thought it was terrible and so unfunny that the pretend news anchors wouldn't even use their real names. Canned laughter too. Blug Blog Source: TVNewser. Silver: Police Chief Paul Haines defending an officer who pulled over a car speeding to the emergency room and gave a ticket to a guy with a nail in his head. Winner, John Gibson! Poor Gibby, Bathtub Boy must be getting really agitated with someone who actually IS a journalist pointing out every laughable aspect of Jabba. Keith is REALLY angry (or so he seems). MediaMatters helped Olbermahn as usual. Thanks to J$, I'll let Gibson speak for himself:
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's struggled at humiliating, painful and otherwise embarrassing #16,293 on amazon.com, but "Culture Warrior" is #4,021. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome is still unranked at Barnes and Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,561 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Monday's Hour of Spin pulled in an unusual and impressive second in the "key demo" as well as overall. Source. Worth mentioning that Mr. Bill's money demo nearly double Olby's. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
We call him "Slippery" Shuster, because he is a notorious quote-doctorer and loves to cite his anonymous, mystery "sources". You will recall him telling Keith Oralmann that Dennis Hastert would be out of office in a week, according to "sources". And, most famously, Slippery's Countdown report that Karl Rove would be indicted, once again courtesy of some undisclosed informant. You just can't get "journalism" like this anywhere else.
Or can you? Has David Shuster's secret source been outed? Listen to this interview with a "journalist" whose track record is right up there with Slippery's. And pay special attention to the very last question:
Host: Keith Olbermann
It's Rove Day! How many times can we expect to hear some form of "Bush's Brain"? Place yer bets! Keith bellowed the opening spiel: Karl Rove resigns, reference to "Bush's Brain" [Ding!], an attack on Romney (R), the space shuttle, Kevin Federline...and more! We'll go out on a limb here and prognosticate that we will be seeing Bill O'Reilly and Neal Boortz in the Media Matters Minute. We'll know in less than 60 minutes.
#5: Rovarama! Did you know he's known as "Bush's Brain"? [Ding!] Clip of Rove announcement. First up was Howie (on-screen graphic: "turd blossom wilts"). Bush and Rove are "one brain". [Ding!] Oralmann wanted to know the real truth behind the resignation: "What are they covering up?" Howie added that "there's no more agenda" for the Bush administration, and Democrats don't have the "guts" to raise taxes.
Next, another meeting of the Olbermann Criminal Rehabilitation Project, with its star pupil, John Dean (with a new book about how Republicans have destroyed the government). The felon (with a graphic now reading "end of an error") breathlessly described all the investigations, executive privilege, yada yada. The criminal went on to warn that if he have another GOP President, we are in for disaster. The only thing missing from this segment was "paid for by the Democratic National Committee". The disbarred lawyer talked about Rove's hidden agenda in resigning, and Olby all but wet himself. Oh wait, maybe he did. Great thanks.
#4: "Bush Loses His Brain"! [Ding!] And what do you know, here's the author of "Bush's Brain"! [Ding!] And on screen it says "Bush's Brainectomy"! [Ding!] Monkeymann pointed out that Rove is sometimes called "Bush's Brain". [Ding!] Moore said Bush "goes from lame duck to lame brain", and while The Laughing Stagehand didn't laugh, Herr Olbermann did. Quite a funny bone on our favorite discredited sports guy. Brain guy went on to call Rove "pathological", and Oralmann noted that Brain guy is the author of "Bush's Brain". [Ding!]
After flubbing a tease so badly he had to read it twice, and another fine, fine edition of oddball, it was on to #3: the Iowa Straw Poll won by Mitt Romney. Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann mentioned polygamy, Huckabee came in second, Tommy Thompson quit the race. Chris Cillizza of the Post gave reasonable analysis. #2: Space shuttle (regurgitated NBC video), plus Merv Griffin, Drew Carey, . #1: Celebretrash with the creepy Michael Musto.
In the Media Matters Minute, Bathtub proved that he is as predictable as Pavlov's dog in a bell-testing factory. Yep, he once again fed his great Olbsession with the man who creams him in the ratings every night. Michael O'Hanlon was a runner-up because according to Keith he didn't visit Iraq all that much (compared to Edward R Olbermann's many tours of duty over there) (Blue Blog Source: Daily Kos). Naturally Mr Bill was the "worst person". And while Oralmann called Bill a liar again, as usual it was Keith who lied. Mr Bill said John Edwards has been on Fox 33 times and was always treated respectfully. Fat Ass declared that to be a lie, citing as evidence quotes from "Fox Noise" [Ding!], "Fixed News" [Ding!] etc etc. But not one of those quotes were from any of the 33 times Edwards was a guest! (KO of course lifted all this from this Blue Blog Source: Talking Points Memo.) Keith, you are The Liar.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is near-invisible at #34,132 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #2,897. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains so low that the Barnes & Noble ranking meter can't even find it; O'Reilly's book is #1,553 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 1 [LOW]
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
Olby's ratings have seen quite a dip,
His debate on tv was must-skip.
While he soaks with his pique,
We'll sum up the past week,
Plus we've got one more audio clip.
If it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Krazy Keith's masculinity. Over this part three-day week Monkeymann attacked Fox or other broadcasters four times. His primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC five times, but Olby protected his corporate masters with zero criticisms. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -10 [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is gurgling into irrelevancy at #12,875 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #2,393. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains buried below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,417 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. Wednesday was another stunning ratings triumph for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermoronn. Oralmann finished a poor third in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical "key demo", and a humiliating fourth place in total.
Special bonus audio clip: more about Bathtub Boy from John Gibson:
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
With a Chris Matthews HA!:
8PM - P2+ (25-54)
O'Reilly Factor - 2,286,000 viewers (521,000)
Out in the Open - 454,000 viewers (104,000)
Countdown w/ Olbermann - 447,000 viewers (112,000)
Fast Money - 184,000 viewers (64,000)
Nancy Grace - 490,000 viewers (185,000)
Poor Olby.....4th overall and eeking out third in that beloved, coveted all important "key demo." Can he lock onto second anymore than he already has?
Host: Keith Olbermann
After an overcooked Olympics promo, Keith the Debate Star bellowed the opening spiel: the "woodstock" of debates (good old Mr Humility), a blue-dress interview with Joe Biden (D), Barry Bonds, Britney Spears, and more. Will this Hour of Spin be as dreadful and predictable as it sounds? We're putting our money on "yes"--but watch for a great moment when Bathtub Boy inadvertently proves Olbermann Watch to have been correct all along. Onward with the recap, including two special bonus media clips.
#5: The spectacular, marvelous, debate. It was the ultimate, the Everest of debates. Copious clips and Lefty Alter. Obama on the defensive, a possible Hillary faux pas ("you shouldn't say what you think"). Herr Olbermann all but crowed about a clever question he asked Obama, and they both took a shot at Barack for dodging a question. Olby gushed over Hillary ("that's a hell of a quote") and--surprise!--Lefty agreed. Is that check Oralmann handed over to Bill still having its effect? Olby again cites "that question I asked"! Praise for Kucinich, though no great optimism for The Elf Lord's chances.
Needless to say, not everyone was all agog over the wondrous Merkle-led Dem forum last night. So here is something that is never allowed on OlbyPlanet--a different point of view:
#4: Ooh, the much-anticipated "in depth" interview with Joe Biden. Isn't that sort of like a scholarly analysis of Beetle Bailey? Of course, Edward R Olbermann was armed with another passel of his patented hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners interrogatories:
Great thanks. Incidentally, Biden's appearance means that another entry has been added to the most extraordinary roster of guests to be found on any "newscast". But don't take our word for it; see The List for yourself.
#3: Barry Bonds (What? No Special Education Komment?) #2: Space Shuttle, Ana Nicole Smith. Britney Spears. In the Media Matters Minute, once again Krazy Keith managed to find fault only with people to the right of Bernie Sanders. Lindsay Graham (R), plus "unthinking toady [Olbersaurus!] water carrier" Robert Novak (conservative) with an "under the bus" reference [Ding!] for good measure. But the "worst person" was John Gibson of "Fox Noise" [Ding!]. The source wasn't a Blue Blog at all; Olby is too cowardly to admit it, but he got the story from right here at Olbermann Watch! Aside from another Olbermann lie (that Roger Ailes is running Giuliani's campaign), the segment was noteworthy because Oralmann didn't even attempt to deny that he helped the Kossacks raise money for their cause. In other words, our exclusive report was right on the money, and has now been confirmed by "Man on Fan" Olbermann himself. You read it here first!
And you heard this here first too. Instant reaction to being named "worst person" from John Gibson himself:
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name sinks further into irrelevancy at #38,567 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #2,692. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains mired below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,413 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. The much-hyped Bathtub Boy Debate didn't exactly set the world on fire. Once again, he lost overwhelmingly to his arch-nemesis not just among all viewers, but also in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
Since Olby is now qualified to host debates, his show was canceled, for the evening only. Open thread to share your thoughts about der Fuhrer's ability (or lackthereof) to moderate a liberal debate with bipartisan Keith.
Well, it seems that the KO defenders, lovers and water carriers [Ding!] are gearing up for tonight's "debate" just as the MSM has been doing. At our best friends for life hangout, DailyKos, a strange thing happened today.
The founder and proprietor of the far left, pardon me, "centrist" website well known for it's smear tactics and threats against candidates they don't like, posted himself about their new Edward R. Murrow. Posting here, Markos culled from the SunTimes article perpetuating the usual lies the MSM loves. Olbermann is a "ratings success" and "boosting MSNBC," all of which have no proof or statistics to back up other MSNBC's own spin machine claiming their win in the "sales demo." This is kind of akin to the night Olbermann hawked his triumph over Brit Hume in the coveted, all important key midnight EST/EDT showing of both Brit Hume's show and Olby's. In an entry titled, "Moving in on Olbermann's turf," Markos said this:
Truer words were never said:
Conservatives tend to say the media is liberal, but Olbermann heads the only lefty show on broadcast or cable news. (Olbermann once described himself not as a liberal, but as an American.)
"I'm surprised that nobody has tried to come in and snake my turf," he says, especially since "Countdown" earns "a good deal of money."
This is the bottom-line idiocy of the corporate media. They keep ratings-starved conservative shows like Glenn Beck and Tucker Carlson on the air, while the fastest growing show on all of cable news-land is still the only liberal show on the schedule.
For an industry that thrives on ripping off each other's successes, this is curious indeed.
Now, while it's true that Tucker Carlson has continuously struggled and Beck goes back and forth, right now on the bad side of ratings, Olbermann is NOT the fastest growing show on all of cable news. In fact, Keith has had some of his worst demos in quite some time in the past few months. Following his diasterous coverage of the Minneapolis bridge collapse where he fumbled through simple sentences, he has remained in the third, occasional fourth and eeking out second sometimes in the demo. I am even going to use a lefty blog to prove that point! At the Divine Democrat, the blogger posts a quote from somewhere about Olbermann's demo numbers.
MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann beat CNN's Paula Zahn Now in the 25-54 demographic.
Countdown averaged 164,000 total viewers in the quarter, up 41% from Q1 2005. Zahn averaged 158,000 demo viewers (down 33 percent), according to MSNBC. Bill O'Reilly averaged 450,000 in the demo (down 24 percent).
Wow, Countdown average 164k demo viewers, up 41% from 2005. Now, this means that to inflate the notion of "fastest growing show," you have focus on the percentages. Sort of like having 1 viewer and then 10 viewers. You're up a 1000%! Fastest growing! Notice how the "Divine Democrat" pays no attention to O'Reilly's key coveted demo numbers are. Reason? They trounce the hell out of Olbermann every night. It's easy to pick on poor Ms. Zahn who got treated very poorly by her network and received absolutely no PR whatsoever. I think what shows most about people's cable news habits are found when the Minneapolis bridge collapsed. Take a look at Olby's number versus a one Ms. Zahn. As we see here, Olbersturmfuhrer is destroyed by Paula Zahn. Paula Zahn - 1,635,000 viewers (635,000), demo in parentheses, to Countdown w/ Olbermann - 939,000 viewers (427,000). Ouch. We know where people turn to for news when it really counts. Oh, and Fox that night? Fox Report: Bridge Collapse - 3,743,000 viewers (998,000). Double ouch. So much so for going to that Edward R. Murrow when it matters. This "ratings" garbage that the MSM throws around which is then carried by slovenly, political hacks like Markos is how all that misinformation gets disseminated to the goose stepping legions of moonbats.
Furthermore, the best part about his piece, is that Markos himself calls Olbermann (or his show) liberal! You don't say? And here I thought it was just a news broadcast all this time. Many a quotation of Olbermann's Murrow wannabe statement, "I'm not a liberal, I'm an American" in the comment section which now has some 350 comments.
All of which brings to mind, why are all these MSM articles and lefty blogger posts coming on the same day? Does the debate tonight have anything to do with? Are those water carriers at it again, der Fuhrer? Maybe this is payback for those lovely signed photos you provided all your adoring fans that hide in depths of internet anonymity and use their diaries to smear soldiers like a one A. Whitney Brown. Definitely the crowd you should be associating yourself with, unbiased and non partisan journalist Edward R. Olbermann.
In advance of the AFL-CIO debate, the Mainstream Media is down on their knees in their adoration of the Olbermonster. The LA Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and TV Guide are breathless in their worship and devotion to the notorious Keith Olbermann. And Olby is only too happy to talk about his favorite subject, himself.
To TV Guide, Olbermann insists he's a newsguy.
It's a little different from my experiences with news coverage, but you can't miss an opportunity like this. I think it's also the price--and I mean this in a positive light--of putting myself in the political arena with my commentaries. The authenticity of those commentaries is, in some respects, achieved by doing things like this, and involving myself in the political process in a way that's hands-on.
News coverage? Keith covers the news? Hmmm. I thought his fans insisted he wasn't really a news anchor despite Olbermann's insistence and the networks, that he is. And yes Keith, you've certainly involved yourself in the political process with those commentaries but is that something that real journalists are supposed to do? No, of course not. But does the interviewer from TV Guide follow up and ask about that? Of course not. But Olby goes on to interject himself once again in the "political process" at least in so far as it involves the Democrats in the following exchange:
TVGuide.com: Thanks to some differences in how they'd approach foreign policy, things have started to get heated between Clinton and Obama. Do you believe the verbal jabs will continue to fly during the forum? Olbermann: I think cooler heads will prevail. The irony to all this is that the quotes that the Obama people put out to point out that Senator Clinton had said the same things regarding dealing with unfriendly nations that he did during the debate was from an interview I did with Senator Clinton. So I've already gotten involved in this. I think that helps in terms of cutting through the name calling and getting back to the substance. You want illumination. The natural inclination of television is to go for heat. I'm much more interested in light.
He's joking right? Keith "Special Education Komment" Olbermann is interested in the light? Keith "I never have an opposing view on my show" Olbermann's only interest is in shedding light on the political process? Yeah, right, sure. Again, no follow up from TV Guide which lets Olby get away with his own back-patting. So let's move on to the Chicago Sun-Times. Surely they'll ask Olby the tough questions right? Wrong.
Doug Elfman, the paper's television writer insists that the Olby factor has "boosted" MSNBC. To what? Third place in the oh-so-important, coveted demo? And that's on a good night? Again, no actual proof that Olby is a ratings-success, just the usual MSM tactic, repeat and rinse and maybe it will come true. Olby repeats the usual tripe, including how O'Reilly writes half his material for him. Well that part is certainly true as Olbermann insists on working the much more successful O'Reilly into as many nightly broadcasts as he can. But there's no follow up or questions about why Olbermann is so obsessed with O'Reilly or mention that O'Reilly's 3 a.m. repeat gets higher ratings than Countdown's first broadcast. Oh no, Olby is up 72% in viewers says Elfman! Yeah well, when you start with 0 viewers and you gain a few hundred, yeah, that's a ratings increase. But it's not a win. Just saying.
And Elfman's own biases are clearly revealed in the following in which he interjects his own liberal bias with choice quotes from Olby:
Conservatives tend to say the media is liberal, but Olbermann heads the only lefty show on broadcast or cable news. (Olbermann once described himself not as a liberal, but as an American.) "I'm surprised that nobody has tried to come in and snake my turf," he says, especially since "Countdown" earns "a good deal of money." He disagrees with the theory corporate leaders are too conservative to air more lefties. "If tomorrow Rupert Murdoch woke up ... and it had come to him in a dream he could make twice as much money by turning Fox News Channel into a liberal operation, he would do it." (I agree.)
It's so nice to know you agree Mr. Elfman. I'm sure America was breathlessly awaiting your opinion on Fox News vs. Olbermann. But at least you got one thing right, Olby's show is a lefty love fest, but is there any questioning of why such bias in a news anchor is wrong? No, of course not. And Keith? Perhaps no one has come in to "snake" your "turf" because your little stunts haven't exactly generated the ratings that you and your Mainstream Media buddies want the public to believe it has.
But let's let Olby have the last word in the interview with Elfman.
"A certain amount of suspended logic goes into being an enthusiast for anything."
No kidding Keith. I guess that's why Elfman couldn't tell the real story about your biases or your ratings.
So now it's on to the LA Times and another adoring profile by Paul Brownfield, that wins the award for the most adoring profile of Olbermann of the day, complete with a headline which proclaims that Countdown is growing (growing in what we have no idea) and churns out the opening paragraph:
More than any other news show on cable, MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" is us.
Speak for yourself Mister Brownfield. At least Brownfield gets this part right but in typical MSM style, sees nothing wrong with Olbermann's approach:
In the process, Olbermann has developed a new brand -- the leftist firebrand of cable news, taking on O'Reilly (in rhetoric if not ratings) and the Bush administration in verbose, breathlessly written editorials that get passed around like munchies on various TV news websites. If Jon Stewart's withering, foxhole buffoonery is by popular conception a primary news source, then "Countdown" is Stewart's "Daily Show" done with a straight face. To Stewart's "correspondents" Olbermann has a coterie of reporters, columnists and bloggers under contract to play themselves, but nonconfrontationally and un-ironically. They're his salon of Beltway observers, and they typically confirm what Olbermann, you can tell, has already been thinking. The effect is of an interested observer getting his perspective honed by better-connected observer-friends like the Washington Post's Dana Milbank and Newsweek's Richard Wolffe. On "Countdown," there is no back and forth -- just forth.
There's so much that is so wrong with what Brownfield wrote above, completely without any accompanying analysis or actual questioning of Olbermann that I don't even know where to begin. But it's just another example of the inherent biases of the MSM when it comes to Olby. No questioning, no analysis, just love, praise, adoration, and worship as they continue to try and peddle the ridiculous notion that Olby is somehow a "ratings success".
But the LA Times does contain a startling claim from Olbermann.
"I had a conversation with the large people at CBS before they went and decided to go to Katie Couric," he said. "We sat at length talking about this. They had a mixture of greedy appreciation and suspicion about whether or not anything like this, you know, how could you do a 'Countdown' show on the 'CBS Evening News.' Well, of course you couldn't. Now." He described the meeting -- how he'd told CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and then-CBS News President Andrew Hayward all that ailed the nightly news. "Everybody does two or three minutes of a dimwitted feature" at the end of the broadcast, Olbermann recounted telling them. "There's some feature I can live without. . . . Give me two of those minutes and on the way in and out of each commercial break, we can customize the stuff, it will look to people like a revolutionary new version. It will look like an SUV with three wheels somehow supporting the weight, but burning only half the gas, and moving at 90 mph effortlessly, you know, spewing lilacs out the exhaust pipe.. . . "And Mr. Moonves and Mr. Hayward left and that was the last of it," he added.
CBS may be crazy, after all they put up with Dan Rather's craziness for years but at least they weren't crazy enough to hire Olby and let him Countdownize their news broadcast. But Olby really wants us to believe he was seriously in the running for the CBS news anchor job? But does Brownfield fact-check this claim? Of course not. Instead, he lets Olby push this ridiculous notion:
You're not gonna get much of an argument out of me in suggesting that this is the sort of thing that should be on a national broadcast," Olbermann said, when I noted, as others have in print, that "Countdown" is the hybrid future of broadcast network news.
So if Olby can't even make a success out of his third (and sometimes fourth) rated cable newscast, how the heck does he think he's going to make it a broadcast network success? Ah, but Olby's ego knows no bounds and the media, as apparent from the three fawning articles above, doesn't know how to ask the hard questions when it comes to the infamous, deplorable, Keith Olbermann.
On his radio program tonight, John Gibson picked up on our Olbermann Watch exclusive report. We have the clip for your listening pleasure:
Host: Keith Olbermann
Noises, flashes, graphics, epilepsy...it's the opening spiel: YearlyKos and liberals, who "caved in" to the President, plug for Keithy Boy's upcoming "debate", reference to Nixon [Ding!], Romney "meltdown", missing weapons, Barry Bonds, and more. Numbers, graphics, swirling...the opening spiel is mercifully over.
#5: Another plug for the "debate". New bill gives Bush the right to eavesdrop on "any calls" coming into the US. (Yes, that's Another Olbermann Lie.) Congress didn't stand up to the eeevil Bush. Then on to Keith's favorite charity, YearlyKos. Hillary defends lobbyists, a favorite OlbyTarget. First question to Todd is a plug for the "debate". Second question is another plug for the "debate". Third question also references the "debate". Fourth and last question too. Hey, is Keith hosting a debate tomorrow? Seems like we heard that somewhere. Great thanks, plus yet another plug for the "debate".
Next, GOP in Iowa with Romney clips (he "snapped back" at a question about Mormonism). Up came Crawford, the man who just last week put Hillary's life in danger. Olbermann's Brain chuckled about Romney, chortled over strawpolls, and sniggered about Fred Thompson. KO brought up Giuliani's daughter (will he "swerve away from this kid as well?"), and Brain giggled about Rudy's family troubles. Another "debate" plug" led to great thanks.
#4: FISA surprisa. Bush is "rewriting" the Constitution. Lefty Alter got Great Thanksed before he said a single word. And when he spoke, his comments perfectly matched those of Keith "A Variety of Opinions" Olbermahn: they "sold out our freedoms". It's "scary". Olby wants to know why Dems think Bush has any "credibility" at all; Lefty didn't know. Great thanks again.
After another uproarious oddball, it was on to #3: weapons missing in Iraq. Olby delighted in attacking the military again. Why does Keith hate our troops? This was the cue for the discredited Wesley Clark to enter, stage left. Because on OlbyPlanet, the only expert more qualified than a disbarred lawyer would be a fired General! Clark, fresh from playing his part in suppressing dissent at Keith's favorite charity, YearlyKos, nattered on about Bush hasn't learned any military lessons from the marvelous Clinton years. KO thought this was evidence that Iran isn't supplying weapons (don't try to make sense of it, it's OlbyLogic), but Clark strayed off the reservation a bit (he thinks Iran has its hand in there). Olby switched subject to Iraq politics, and when Wesley talked about the "disintegrating" government, that got him the ritual Great Thanks.
By the way, Clark's latest appearance on The Hour of Spin means that The List has once again been updated. If you harbor any illusions whatsoever about the biased, one-sided propaganda Countdown spews night after night, please look at The List. That's OK, we'll wait right here while you check it out. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
#2: Mine collapse (regurgitated from NBC); #1: Barry Bonds.
In the Media Matters Minute, Bathtub Boy went after a Republican lawmaker (Blue Blog Source: Carpetbagger Report--check!), "water carrier" Laura Ingraham (conservative) on "Fox Noise" [Ding!] (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters--check!), and yet again fed his all-consuming Olbsession (Blue Blog Source: DailyKos--check!). In his latest tiresome O'Reilly attack, Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann brought up the interview with Bill and Chris Dodd. When Dodd threw a quote of Bill's back at him, according to KO, O'Reilly demanded Dodd provide "a quote and a date". Actually, O'Reilly asked Dodd where he (Bill) made the statement. Dodd got it wrong, proving he didn't know and had just been fed the info. Hmm, sort of like Olby's description of the interview!
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is gurgling into irrelevancy at #17,357 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #2,448. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains mired below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,435 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. On Friday the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermoronn, having just suffered an ignominious fourth place finish the day before, found the magic key to improving his status: make it a Friday, and find some way to keep the eeevil O'Reilly off the air. Yes, Keithy Boy finally crept his way up the ratings ladder and managed to narrowly take second place, while still losing overwhelmingly to The O'Malkin Factor among all viewers, and in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 2 [LOW]
Keith Olbermann is the "journalist" who is "not politically biased". He is completely free of that ideological "baggage" that encumbers all the mere mortals in his field. To hear him tell it, he is a god among men. And yet, there is "The Green Book". What is it, and why is Edward R Olbermann permitted to break its provisions with abandon? Has he finally gone too far, even for A-Mess-NBC?
Journalistic ethics: a favorite topic of the infamous, deplorable one--that is, when it involves someone else. But it's OK for Monkeymann to carry water for his favorite political party; The Great and Powerful Olb is exempt from rules that bind mere mortals on OlbyPlanet. So should a "journalist" who hosts a "newscast" encourage, abet, or otherwise support partisan political efforts? Would it be right for a "journalist" to, say, raise money for the yearly convention put on by DailyKos? That is the controversy swirling tonight around Edward R Olbermahn. Because, to attract customers and raise additional money, the Kossacks wrapped up YearlyKos with an auction. And the glitterati were happy to contribute items. Bill Moyers kicked in an exclusive book/DVD pack. Tickets to Jon Stewart's Daily Show also went up on the block.
And then there was our hero, Bathtub Boy. The impartial, "unbiased" "journalist", with no ideological "baggage". Yes, various Olbermann baubles and gimcracks helped fill the Kos koffers. Example: those "rare Keith Olbermann promo tattoos"--no home should be without one. Even better, just the finishing touch you need for your Olby altar: the autographed Keith Olbermann photo, which seems to have been provided by Oralmann himself ("contains enough of Keith's fingertip oil to produce at least two clones"). Note how they brag about the strings they had to pull to get the photo. We all know whose strings get pulled by the Kossacks.
We'd like to see "The Green Book"--the thick, bound copy of NBC's rules and regs for its "journalists" and "anchors". Do they really permit their "talent" to raise money for partisan political operations? How many of the "Green Book" provisions did Herr Olbermahn break this time? And what will NBC do about it?
In advance of the upcoming Democratic debate (to be hosted by Olby), the AFL-CIO has posted an interview with Olbermann on their website. Among the choice quotes:
I have unexpectedly carved myself a niche in the media political coverage world. It was certainly not one that I sought. It was one that I thought could have been better filled by a lot of other people, but it didn't happen that way. . . Coming with that is a responsibility to stay involved and be connected to the people I am covering, and to merit asking people to listen either to my commentary or coverage of events.
What? Olbermann is trying to claim he didn't seek out a niche? This is the guy who was quoted as recently as last year saying he'd vote for John McCain for president, that is, if he voted, because as we all know, Olbermann thinks it's wrong for journalists to vote (but perfectly alright for them to hand over checks to politcians while the tape is rolling prior to an interview).
I think this is exactly the sort of venue where I earn my stripes, if you will. If I am out there participating in this in some way--in an appropriate way--not as a commentator, but as an instigator perhaps or an irritant to the candidates, it's another responsibility that goes with the territory of speaking in a political or societal sense in a commentary way.
Sorry Keith but that ship has sailed. You can't have it both ways, but God knows Olbermann is trying to. Countdown is still labeled as a News show, but it's a news show in which Olbermann provides his oh-so-Special Education Komments liberally and by liberally, we do mean liberal loving! So even though Olby has an upcoming book which will be a collection of his special comments, he wants to be considered a serious journalist, which is why he is limiting his debate moderating to Democratic candidates. Uh-huh. Alrighty then.
Which is why the oh-so-unbiased Olbermann, serious journalist that he is, offers up his opinion on his impressions of the Democratic and Republican field of candidates:
The Republican ones (debates) that I've seen---there have been as many on the first occasion as 10 guys acting as if they have just fallen off the boat and are trying to get into a life raft that only holds two of them, and a couple of the guys in the water already have the oars. Those have been really tense, I thought. It's a little reminiscent of watching local sportscasters, say, 20 years ago, who can yell the loudest?
And his impression of the Democrats? Why it's a liberal love fest!
The Democrats have largely been useful in terms of their answers. I think we have seen a lot of gradation of opinion---the most obvious ones being between Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton on the matter of Iraq, national security, dealing with unfriendly powers. I think we've seen gradations, we've seen subtleties without, for the most part, the kind of bloodletting that usually accompanies disagreements nowadays in politics. If two people are not in total agreement, no matter where they sit down on the political spectrum, you sit there thinking, "I wonder when they are going to pull the knives out." That's how tempestuous a political time we live in. I think the Democrats have largely kept that under control and I think that's a wise strategy.
Big shock there huh? In summary? Republicans bad. Democrats good. Great thanks Olby!
Esquire magazine has a profile of one Robert Tur, father of one Katy Tur, the 23-year young girlfriend of one 48-year old Keith Olbermann. Tur is an award-winning photojournalist and helicopter pilot, perhaps best known for his footage of the Reginald Denny beating and being the first to spot O.J. Simpson's white Ford Bronco in the infamous "slow-speed" chase. But Tur it seems has decided to sue Google, parent-company of YouTube for airing his copyrighted footage of these events without his permission, and more importantly, without paying him for it first.
Over the years, he estimates, the Denny tape has generated about $5 million in licensing fees. But Tur has spent almost an equal amount filing lawsuits to protect his content. Tur became the first person to sue YouTube for copyright infringement.Tur wants YouTube shuttered until its parent company, Google, can guarantee his videos and other copyrighted content won't reappear after being taken down.
Does Keith Olbermann know about this? Because you see, Keith is a big YouTube fan. Last November, in an interview with the San Francisco Gate, Olbermann had the following to say about YouTube:
Olbermann isn't just getting more viewers. He's getting more views -- lots and lots more. It may have been the Rumsfeld piece that struck a nerve. Captured on YouTube, it was e-mailed all over the country and watched again and again. A month after it appeared on "Countdown,'' it had been seen more than 100,000 times. "I was told that this thing was flying all around to various places,'' he says. "To hear that as many, if not more, people were seeing it there than had seen it in the original was amazing.''
But Keith's girlfriend's daddy (who by the way, is younger than Olby), wants to shut down Olby's (and everyone else's) airings of copyrighted material on YouTube. Coincidence? Hmm. We think not!
When I saw that Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion, I was dumbfounded! Why would Google get into bed with thieves? They've built a huge audience on the backs of copyright holders -- and then they say I have to monitor them? Someone has to stand up against this piracy."
But Tur it seems, has a history of filing lawsuits:
Even in an industry as lawsuit happy as entertainment, Tur is an extraordinarily litigious man. He has devoted years bringing copyright-infringement cases against heavyweights like the Walt Disney Co., CBS, and the Reuters news service up to influential appellate courts.
But these lawsuits have come at a price for Tur apparently. He tells Esquire:
"I'm going broke," I've mortgaged my kids' futures for these cases. I've lost my wife -- she got tired of fighting and wanted more security. I've almost died from the stress of it."
Tur isn't kidding about the stress part:
At forty-seven, he's had five angioplasties, three technical heart attacks, and a triple bypass, and he still does triathlons.
Not to mention the stress of potentially having to claim Keith Olbermann as a son-in-law. And speaking of Olby and MSNBC, guess who Tur's latest project (a police-chase documentary) is for? You got it, MSNBC.
Host: Keith Olbermann
KO gave a perfunctory recitation of the opening spiel: Bush wants warrantless wiretapping, Fox Noise [Ding!], the Iraq "quagmire", how Iraq crippled our bridges, Martian ice, and more. Same old, same old. You'd be perfectly justified to consider The Hour of Spin pretty much worthless as a newscast. But our recap is going to make substantial improvements to the structure. We'll do a walk-through of Olbermahn's shady reportage, followed by some demolition of his sleazy propaganda. A special Dogs That Did Not Bark will definitely provide added value, plus there's our weekly assessment of Keith's masculinity for some curb appeal. Our schedule to perform all this is just 60 minutes. It's casual Friday at Olbermann Watch, and we're going to Flip This Countdown!
#5: FISA negotiations, Bush takes too many vacations, he wants "the right to spy on you", the airline plot was meaningless because the terrorists hadn't bought their tickets yet. It's only a real threat when someone sends a tablespoon of Tide in the mail to a discredited sports guy. Iraq is a bait-and-switch; The Wolffe Man called it a "shell game". John Boehner let classified info slip on the air. Patrick Leahy deliberately fed classified info to a newspaper, but Edward R Olbermann has never mentioned that. Great Thanks.
Next up: Olby and the Perfessor. KO had a logical breakthrough: if "Mister" Bush is doing something we don't know about, it's probably illegal. The Perfessor agreed, adding that Congress is complicit if they don't stop it, and right now! Do you hear?!? Turley cackled about a lower court ruling the search of William Jefferson's office was illegal. Of course what will happen when a higher court reverses that ruling? Why, Olby and the Perfessor will do exactly what they did the last time a court disagreed with The Perfessor: spike the story. Great thanks.
#4: Bridge update. Ah, the question of "federal funding". And one quote after another about how George Bush's Iraq war siphoned off all the infrastructure funds. This should not be any surprise to clear-thinking readers of this site, who predicted all along that Monkeymann would pin the blame on "Mister" Bush. It was obvious as soon as the blue blogs started the ball rolling. Olby gets all his best stuff from the blue blogs. Rachel Maddow of Err America, expert on engineering, infrastructure, and Bush-bashing, was the sole guest to parrot OlbySpin. She claimed Bush is trying to "deflect accountability", but no one mentioned that "Mister" Bush's infrastructure spending is three times that of Bill Jefferson Clinton. Great thanks.
#3: Mission to Mars, with a shot at Dan Quayle (Olby's reaching back into his grooveyard of golden greats). #2: Skateboarder, Tim McGraw. #1: Oddballs.
In the Media Matters Minute, sure enough, Bathtub Boy once again fed his all-consuming Olbsession. You see, the eeevil O'Reilly criticized Free Republic for posting right-wing hate speech (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). To Herr Olbermahn, that proves that Billo will throw conservatives "under the bus" [Ding!]. Ever the edgy, speaking-truth-to-power newsman... err, make that ever the slovenly political hack, Fat Ass gave a nomination to Bush as well because he met with conservative
talk-show hosts water-carriers (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). Said Mr Merkle: "He certainly likes to hear a variety of opinions, doesn't he?" What?!? Olbermoronn, who sports this guest list, and just after talking to Err Freaking America for the umpteenth time, said that, without even a trace of irony? Bwaaahaaaaaa! Only on OlbyPlanet! By the way, the "worst person" was "idiot" Bob Newman (Blue Blog Source: Media Matters). A perfect trifecta!
Dogs that did not bark: Tonight, it is yet another stunning example of the most virulent form of hypocrisy known to man: Olbypocrisy. We set the Wayback Machine to Nov 22, 2006. Herr Olbermann was on his highest horse that night, as he bellowed his indignant rage at Melanie Morgan. She's a "ridiculous radio yakker", barked the apoplectic Olbermoronn, because she said of Nancy Pelosi "we've got a bullseye" painted on her. Oralmann declared that people would take her words literally, and Morgan would be "culpable if Pelosi is attacked or again threatened by the right". Yes, that dastardly hate-speech phrase: "bullseye". It so perturbed Dan Olbermahn that, after making fun of Morgan's looks (an evergreen among Olby insults), he shouted: "Melanie Morgan, today's worst person in the world".
Fast forward to the present. In fact, just two days ago: Wednesday afternoon. The place: none other than A-Mess-NBC. Who should be on their air but Olbermann's Brain himself, Craig Crawford. He was talking about the spat between Sen Obama and Hillary Clinton, and Crawford dared to speak the unspeakable. He recklessly put Hillary Clinton's very life in danger! How so? He said that Hillary had a "bullseye" on her from the Obama campaign. Quel scandale! Clearly yakker Craig Crawford realizes that if anything happens to Hillary, he will be "culpable", because people will take his words "literally". Such hate speech will surely earn Olbermann's Brain the coveted title of "worst person in the world". Right. And elephants dance the Lambada.
If it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Krazy Keith's masculinity. Over the past week Monkeymann has attacked Fox or competitors' pundits 11 times. His primary source (Media Matters) criticized MSNBC seven times (and we'll add one bonus point for the Olbermann's Brain fiasco), but Olby protected his corporate masters with zero criticisms. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -25 [limp].
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is gurgling into irrelevancy at #18,649 at amazon.com, while "Culture Warrior" is #1,765. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) The OlbyTome remains mired below the ranking radar at Barnes & Noble; O'Reilly's book is #1,399 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly.
OLBY NEWS ALERT!! It's Another Stunning Ratings Victory for Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann! During this week of breaking news, Oralmann has been burning up the Nielsen ratings as never before. On Thursday night, he showed that eeevil O'Reilly who's king of the hill. For the first time, Edward R Olbermann beat... oh wait... maybe we misread that. OK, so Krazy Keith lost overwhelmingly to The Factor, but he proved his lock on second place by... Oops, well maybe not. It seems that Paula Zahn soundly trouced Olby too. But fear not, a third place finish is perfectly respectable and Keithy... Oh, he didn't make third either? Our mistake. As it turns out, when people turn to news, they turn away from Bathtub Boy. On Thursday the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermoronn finished in a humiliating, embarrassing, but wholly fitting fourth place in the coveted, all-important, much-beloved, critical "key demo". You know The Laughing Stagehand will be assembling the writers to debut another Special Education Komment soon! So our flip was a success: we took a broadcast with no journalistic merit whatsoever and gave it facts, context, and perspective. We took a structure that was wildly slanted and put it on an even keel, while adding curb appeal. A worthless hour of hackery can, in our recap, actually benefit humanity. Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 5 [ELEVATED]
"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Wolffe Man, Lefty Alter and the bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Will Olby exploit the bridge collapse to attack the Bush administration? Will he claim the bridge would have been fine had they administration agreed to a $375 billion dollar highway bill versus $270? Make your predictions! Oh, and a DailyKos supplied story about Obama's speech, no doubt.
Host: Keith Olbermann
The best laid plans of Olby and men. A bridge collapsed, and A-Mess-NBC was late to the story. So they ordered Krazy Keith to scuttle his hour of propaganda in favor of live breaking news. And while KO stumbles along with stuff like "it's not an easy place to get around on vehicle", and "there is some smoke and there are fire efforts", Shepard Smith on FNC is cleaning his clock.
So this post won't be a total loss, here is John Gibson on Murdoch, Dow Jones, and Bathtub Boy: