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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
Yeah, there was an opening spiel. Yeah, Keith bellowed it like a snake-oil salesman at a traveling carnival. Yeah it mentioned "Mister" Bush, Cheney the "tool", the "lunatic right-wing fringe" [Ding!], yada yada yada. But we're more interested in the Dogs That Did Not Bark. Because we katch Keith in Another Olbermann Lie. Details as soon as we dispense with another Hour of Spin. It's hump day at Olbermann Watch.
#5: "Petulant" "Mister" Bush "drools" over spying. Quote from Conyers (D). No Quotes from (R)s. Pundit for All Occasions says Bush isn't "paying attention", and Democrats are spineless if they don't fight the eeevil one. Great thanks. Olby lied about eavesdropping on "US citizens without warrants", and when that lie gets trotted out again, so does the star pupil of the Olbermann Criminal Rehabilitation Program, the felon John Dean. Oh and this is the first of a series pimping his new book! You will forgive us if we don't transcribe his drivel. KO wanted to know just how Cheney was so "nefariously" prepared to take advantage of 9/11 right after it happened. Was it "coincidental"? Hey, Fat Ass, say it loud and say it proud: "9/11 Was An Inside Job!" Great thanks.
#4: The Republican debate, where every answer was some sort of flub or mistake or gaffe. Romney stumbled, McCain was irresponsible, Giuliani made up stats (Cillizza straightened Dan Olbermahn out on that last one). Olby reference to the "radical religious right" [Ding!]. Chris didn't get Great Thanksed but he did get Pleasured. Plug for tomorrow's blue-dress interview with Hillary Clinton (D).
#3: Hit piece on Limbaugh, Malkin (who wrote this), and the "radical right" [Ding!] (Blue Blog Sources: Daily Kos and Think Progress). "Water carriers" [Ding!], the "right wing" [Ding!], the "far right" [Ding!], "water carriers" [Ding!], inhuman "creatures"--and that's not counting all the partisan spew from Rachel. Great thanks.
#2: Lindsay Lohan, Pam Anderson. #1: Reality tv. In the Media Matters Minute, Herr Olbermann attacked Chris Wallace and "Fixed News" [Ding!] (Blue Blog Sources: Crooks and Liars and Hillary Clinton's Media Matters), Bill O'Reilly and "Fox Noise" [Ding!] aka "Fixed News" [Ding!] (Blue Blog Source: Newspoodles), and Lou Dobbs of...CNN?!? How'd he get in there!
Dogs That Did Not Bark: Keith Olbermann's Foxation knows no bounds. Yesterday he attacked Fox News, and as usual he didn't tell the truth:
OLBERMORONN: Our fifth story on the "Countdown," the administration compromised a back-door channel into Islamic web sites so it could look like a bunch of big men on FOX News channel. It reviewed a route to an unreleased Osama bin Laden video. Of course, not long after FOX News found out, so did al Qaeda. Add the name SITE intelligence group, S-I-T-E, to the long list of counterterror assets sacrificed to Bush P.R. efforts. It's the Valerie Plame Wilson list, if you will.
The founder of the small privately run intelligence firm telling the "Washington Post" it gave two senior White House officials an advanced copy of the last, the latest, Osama bin Laden tape on the condition the administration would keep it secret until al Qaeda released the tape itself. The logic there impeccable not to give al Qaeda a hint that any terror group had a pipeline into one of its web homes.
But within hours, someone in the government had leaked the video and the transcript to FOX News. Apparently, even telling FOX about the SITE Intelligence Group's name. The sensitive data was leaked to other news organizations....
OLBERMORONN: This gets leaked first to FOX and then to others on September 7th. Anything around that date that might pass for a public relations motive to leak this?
DANA MILBANK: Well, I think it's pretty obvious. You beat O'Reilly in the ratings the night before.Â [Laughter] They need to give FOX a boost.
By midafternoon, several television news networks reported obtaining copies of the transcript. A copy posted around 3 p.m. on Fox News's Web site referred to SITE and included page markers identical to those used by the group.
Indeed, the Washington Post itself did a second report that eliminated any doubt about who got the original leak:
...a transcript appeared on the ABC News Web site and later on the Fox News site.
Olbermann's book The book that bears Olbermann's name is #19,726 on amazon, while "Culture Warrior" has risen to #1,012. (It's that 2-for-$25 sale!) Barnes & Noble lists the OlbyTome at #48,083; O'Reilly's book is #1,453 there, and is one of the top five books of 2006 per Publishers Weekly. "Chicken and Waffles" Olbermann had what for him passes as a Big Night on Tuesday. He came in a distant second. Of course, he still lost overwhelmingly to his nemesis the eeevil Mr Bill, both in total viewers and in the coveted, pivotal, much-beloved, critical, all-important "key demo". Tonight's MisterMeter reading: 7 [HIGH]