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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith Olbermann
The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann bellowed the opening spiel: Obama takes the lead! McCain is using fear! Obama says families are off limits! High gas prices: McCain's fault! It's hump day at Olbermann Watch, and a day on which Bathtub Boy's preposterously un-self-aware hypocrisy reaches yet another new height.
#5: So taken with emotion was Olby over Tim Russert's funeral today that he couldn't help but do this edition of Countdown in tribute to Russert's fair, even-handed journalism. New polling shows Obama leading in swing states! Independents don't want Hillary on the ticket! Keithy pimped out his prissy pal The Wolffe Man, because after all he was a regular staple on Meet the Press. Wolffie simpered about Obama's "big numbers", added that every last economist disagrees with McCain's energy policy, and for that was Great Thanksed.
Next in Oralmann's sites was Rudy Giuliani. Biden (surprise!) disagrees with Rudy. Obama's shiny new security team unveiled, plus a committee of retired military. Keithy said GOP criticisms of Obama are "distortions", just like Russert always did. The public "ain't buyin' this stuff" (Republican arguments). He ridiculed Rudy's criticism of the Supreme Court, once again following in the footsteps of Tim Russert, who always ridiculed people he disagreed with. Monkeymann pimped out Hayes of the far-left Nation, because he too was always Tim Russert's go-to guy for impartial analysis: they're "tone-deaf"! Giuliani is "discredited"!
#4: This has to be quoted verbatim, since it is rich in Olbypocrisy and irony:
It's not an unreasonable request to ask that personal attacks against the wife of the candidate against the wife of the candidate as part of a misguided strategy to torpedo a political campaign be off limits.
Stop the tivo! Let's set The Wayback Machine for just a few weeks ago:
KEITH OLBERMANN: So Cindy, your husband is running a fully negative campaign. He's a flaming fraud. And if you think he's clean, so are you! Cindy McCain, today's "worst person in the world"!
Attacking the wife of a decorated POW as a "fraud". Again, carrying on the Russert tradition. You know he was always calling someone's wife a fraud. And then six weeks later pretending he didn't do it.
After another Pulitzer-worthy installment of "oddball" (presumably modeled after those hilarious "oddball" segments on Meet the Press) came #3: a "special report" on why high gas prices are John McCain's fault. Oh, and Phil Gramm too. In the tradition of Tim Russert's famous self-narrated "special reports". Oddly, while it was all about the "Enron loophole", it turns out McCain voted twice to close that loophole. To make a long story short, "Man on Fan" Olbermann lifted much of his "special report" from here, gussying it up with footage of testimony from people like George Soros, and made-up facts like Phil Gramm writes McCain's economic policy. After this one-sided jeremiad, Herr Olbermann did not offer the McCain campaign an opportunity to come on and tell their side. Hey, just like Tim Russert, who always only gave one side of the story.
After a comedian [Ding!] came #2: Plug for #1. #1: Russert memorial footage. In the Media Matters Minute, Krazy Legs attacked comedian [Ding!] Limbaugh (Blue Blog Source: Crooks & Liars) and Bill Kristol (Blue Blog Source: Hillary Clinton's Media Matters, plagiarized nearly word for word). Done in the memory, of course, of the great Tim Russert, who did a special segment attacking people he didn't like on every episode of Meet the Press.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 772nd day since the declaration that "Karl Rove will in fact be indicted".
BONUS: Enjoy a dramatic reading of tonight's recap courtesy of our very own OlbyRobot: