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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Guest Host: Alison Stewart
UPDATED WITH VIDEO
He wasn't supposed to be on, but after Olbermann Watch ridiculed his taking a Bathtub Day, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann got out of the tub and came into the studio. It's a Very Special Episode of the Hour of Spin. And it's a very special casual Friday at Olbermann Watch.
#5: Nice way to frame the pastor controversy: it all emanates from "the McCain campaign". KO plays the clips he wouldn't play yesterday, since the Rev is no longer on the campaign staff (so he's fair game for Olby now). Funny he didn't play the clip about the government created H.I.V. Obama didn't show up on schedule so Bear filled time with Lefty Alter. He gave the standard defenses ("guilt by association"), but nobody noted how those same defenses could equally have applied to last night's OlbySmear of John McCain. Certainly Merkle didn't mention that but he did worry about using the Rev's tapes to "swiftboat" Barack.
Say, why did Olby give up a Bathtub Day to come in for this "important" story? How important could it be when yesterday he didn't even report it? But we disgress.
Then The Man himself appeared. Here are the tough questions he pummelled Obama with:
Amazingly, Oralmann's interview was less fawning that his usual blue-dress style, and actually approached a sort of faded Xerox copy of, say, high school journalism. But it was in no way confrontational, and we'll go out on a limb and suggest that Major Garrett will make more news on H&C and Greta tonight than Oralmann did (which was basically none).
By the way, remember the OlbySmear over Cunningham's comments, where Merkle insisted McCain was responsible even though he hadn't heard the statements? Where he spent an entire segment with Maddow smearing McCain? That argument was strangely not in play tonight. But we digress.
Afterward Fat Ass returned quickly to form, suggesting that, well, even if Obama had been to a lot of sermons, the ones we've seen were overly dramatic because the pastor was playing to the camera. Even Lefty couldn't swallow that drivel and actually--gasp!--contradicted Bathtub Boy. Rough night on OlbyPlanet. So then KO switches the topic to preachers who endorsed McCain, completely neglecting the point that McCain's endorsers may have odd religious views, but Obama's pastor has odd political views.
Funny, Edward R Olbermann never once said that Obama threw Wright "under the bus" [Ding!]. There we go, digressing again.
With that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann suddenly said it's his day off, and Alison Stewart took over. Well he did put in a 25-minute day.
If it's Friday, it's our weekly assessment of Krazy Keith's masculinity. This week, Monkeymann attacked Fox and other broadcasters 13 times. Olby's source (Hillary Clinton's Media Matters) criticized (MS)NBC 12 times, but Keithy protected his corporate masters with zero criticisms. That makes this week's Olbermann Manhood Quotient: -50 [patywaist limp].
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 678th day since the declaration that "Karl Rove will in fact be indicted".
UPDATE: Clear headed analysis: Let's Play Olbermann Oddball!
UPDATE: Obama interviews
Major Garrett, Fox:
Keith Olbermann, MSNBC: