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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith "Czechoslovakia" Olbermann
Even Olbermann gets tired of repeating the same Palin smears night after night. So tonight Herr Olbermahn gave us something different: an entirely new Palin smear, and--like the others--a certified, notarized, documented Olbermann Lie. You saw it first on The Hour of Spin, and you'll see it exposed first right here at Olbermann Watch.
Olby crows that Palin's favorable/unfavorable ratings HAVE DROPPED 10 POINT IN 3 DAYS! Still she's still favorable 48 to 36 (down from 52 to 30). Palin lies (AGAIN) about the teleprompter(gate). Keef's sources saw the teleprompter AND IT WORKED FINE. And she quoted A MCARTHYITE ANTI-SEMITE! (Westbrook Pegler) Chris from the Nation shakes his head in amazed disgust. How can she continue to tell the teleprompter lie? Scandalous indeed. She won't work with the investigation of her in Alaska--she must have something to hide. The Palin bubble has burst!
Cheney anti-biographer Martin Gelman quotes Dick Armey, Cheney bullshitted him by saying Iraq had suitcase nukes. Armey: if i had known I could have stopped [the war]. Cheney's fault? Bush's fault?
Keefy huffing about Gov. Sarah "invoking" her special needs child. She sez she increased funds for special needs children, but keefy sez she cut the budget for the special olympics by half--"that's sick" Keefy hyperbolates.
And so we come to Edward R Olbermoronn's Lie of the Day. Why bother typing it out when you can watch it and see all his theatrical indignation and faux outrage as he spews his latest smear:
She cut the Special Olympics Budget in half, and is campaigning as an advocate for special needs kids. That's pretty sick.
Now we would humbly suggest that if someone cuts a budget in half, that would mean that Alaska would be spending half as much money as the year before. That is what "cutting a budget in half" means, no? Well that's what it means here on terra firma. It has a totally different meaning in that Bizarro World known as OlbyPlanet. Would it surprise you to learn that Sarah Palin did not reduce funding for the Special Olympics, but increased it? Well, no, it won't surprise the clear-headed readers of this site, because they are familiar with Bathtub Boy's "journalism": lift a story from a blue blog (in this case Think Propaganda), spew it on the air, and whatever you do, don't check the facts:
While the Special Olympics did not want to make any comments about budget cuts, Channel 2 News looked into the governor's funding of the program.
Records show Palin actually increased their funding by $25,000. However, that amount is only half of what the program asked for.
"This governor from the very start has a very clear record of her support for children with special needs," said Palin's campaign spokesperson Meghan Stapleton. "Since taking office she has nearly tripled funding for those with special needs in the public school system."
The Department of Education in Early Development says funding for special needs and intensive needs has gone up $73 million since Palin took office.
Um, did you get that, Fat Ass? Sarah Palin increased the Special Olympics budget. She didn't "cut it in half". When someone asks for a big increase, and you give them a smaller increase, you didn't "cut the budget"--by half, or by any amount. You increased it, just not as much as was hoped for. Hey Merkle, are these heady mathematical abstractions too complex for you to follow? Oh, and Edward R, news isn't news because a blue blog says so. And "rip 'n' read" isn't journalism, except maybe on A-Mess-NBC.
Story #3 - "Pulling back the curtain on Cheney" The Olby Book Club -- an interview with "Angler" author Barton Gelman. Keithy decries what a criminal Cheney was... according to fatass, Cheney was solely responsible for the Iraq war, was secretive, manipulative, and was tipping the historic balance of power to the president. The VP's crimes? Cheney had a conversation with a congressman... Cheney interpreted the separation of powers different than Olby did... a surveillance program was overseen by Cheney... and, when Cheney got selected as the VP nominee, he [gasp!] didn't have to fill out a VP questionnaire form! Gelman, it goes without saying, was "great Thanksed!"
Story #1 "Surprise! McCain invented the Blackberry"
Olby decries that Al Gore was smeared with the line that he "invented the Internet". Then, Fat Ass pushes the smear that McCain claimed to have invented the Blackberry. The incriminating audio that Keith played, interestingly enough, never actually makes this claim (the McCain backer being recorded was discussing McCain's support for the telecommunications industry - which *did* set the stage for devices like the Blackberry)... but, Orangeman never lets contradicting audio get in the way of a good lie. Rachael Maddow, tonight playing a telecommunications expert, opined on the impending death of the McCain campaign due to McCain's "Blackberry lie". Obly tells a bizarre story about when he was a sportscaster and Rudy Guiliani made a joke about the weather. Maddow obviously then has to link Sarah Palin in to this story. Obly cracks-wise about Mcain inventing the wheel too! Yuks all around on Olby-planet.
According to Olbermann, we can no longer make fun of Algore for inventing the Internet although Algore, himself, not a low-surrogate, said, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system."
Now, the Tax Cheat informs us, McCain is henceforth to be known as "the inventor of the Blackberry" because someone from his campaign said the following:"Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce committee...So you're looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that's what he did."
This is so lame. Fat Ass isn't even trying anymore. It's sad really.
I suppose Olbermann feels that Sara Palin shouldn't be spending the vast vast fortune it takes to buy her very own tanning bed. Who does she think she is-- Marie Antoinette? Imelda Marcos? Keith thinks Gov. Palin should do the egalitarian thing and have herself spray painted orange by little Oompa Loompa minions as he does.
The Media Matters Minute was News Corp-less. That's the good news. The bad news is the following:
Worse was G. Gordon Liddy for daring to criticize Obama. "Soon to celebrate 78 years of living on his own personal plane of consciousness." Why does Keith hate old people? Talking Point! [Ding!] Olby tried a bad Liddy impression. Obama really was born in this country, though. The eeevil O'Reilly has the birth certificate to prove it, as he said in his viewer e-mail segment tonight. On OlbyPlanet, KeithO the Klown did the same thing, but with that snark and sarcasm his bosses go ga-ga over. "The whacko site WorldNetDaily..." Watergate! [Ding!]
Worser was Eddie Burke, host of "The Eddie Burke Show" on Smart Radio AM 700 KBYR, an *Anchorage* Fox News Radio affiliate. Burke told off two female protesters at some anti-Sarah Palin protest, gave out their cell number, told listeners to abuse them, and the two got death threats. He was suspended for a week. Not good enough for Man on Fan who just had to work in Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh (who are nothing alike). "Mr. Burke, he got a paltry one-week suspension, and no doubt, consideration to fill in someday for comedian [Ding!] Rush Limbaugh or Billo [Ding!] or some other of radio's inducers to violence."
Worst was Kevin D. Williamson of National Review Online for having the gumption to post a reader's criticism of Olbermoronn for last night's Palin tanning bed attacks...uh, I mean reportage. Keith read the full "quote [[Ding!]" from the reader with a condescensing tone. Fat Ass scoffed at the diagnosis the reader put forth, launching another Palin attack through a series of rapidly-spoken questions. Hypothetical! "And one more [question] to Mr. Williamson and his unknown reader. Are you sure this is a better tack to explain the Governor's private tanning bed...than just saying...(raised hands): she wanted a tanning bed?! Kevin Williamson of the National Review Online! With friends like this, who needs enemies? Not helping Governor Palin too much and today's..."
Remember, OlbyWatch readers, Jeff Zucker looooves this guy.
The "news show of record" he'll feign
Nightly news is bashing McCain
Barack's message is free
Kountdown to Obama's Kampaign
Dogs That Did Not Bark: predicted with uncanny accuracy here.
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 864th day since the declaration that "Karl Rove will in fact be indicted". Great thanks to our OlbyWatch recappers who did such an assiduously good job tonight with a thoroughly thankless task!