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"COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN" (8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. ET)
Host: Keith "Czechoslovakia" Olbermann
Lies, smears, attacks, distortions, all in a days work for Oralmann, and tonight was no exception. You'll see how dishonestly he slants the news, with the help of a brain trust of the bluest cast of characters yet assembled for a one night stand on The Hour of Spin.
Story # 5 "McCain over exceeds authority, already"
In attacking McCain, it's becoming standard practice on Olbyplanet to first attack Sarah Palin... tonight is no different, in a speech Palin says "Palin and McCain"... and that slip of the tongue earns Fat Ass's wrath.
With the Palin smear out of the way... Olby jumps on McCain for saying he would fire the head of the SEC. Olby says a President can't just fire the head of the SEC - er, unless it's for cause Which means that McCain *could* actually fire the head of the SEC. Keating Five [Ding!] reference. Guest Howie Fineman nods and smirks at Oblytard's "sage" remarks... more Palin sexist smears... she's agressive and "wants to be the star of the show". Howard says he *agrees* with Keith's troopergate analysis (that's right, another Palin smear discussed) - so, you KNOW he was "Great thanksed!"
Of course the all-knowing Oralmann once again
lied got his facts wrong (we're feeling charitable tonight). And so did Pundit when he claimed McCain got it all wrong. Not only can the President fire the SEC Chairman for cause, he has the right to demote him from the chairmanship (and leave him on the committee). In other words, fire him from his job as SEC Chairman. Countdown: when they don't lie, they don't know what they're talking about.
Story #4.5 - "McCain fast changing rhetoric"
Keify bellows McCain "flip flops"! Chris Kofinis (the adulterer Edward's campaign 'strategist') hammers home on dem talking points [Yes, we have updated The List --J$] - McCain will be 4 more years of the evil Boooooosh! zzz-zzzzz-zzzzzz Campaign Waterloo... campaign is a strategic free-for-all... it's tone deaf. zzzz-zzzz-zzzzz McCain has no core convictions... zzz-zz-zzzzzzzz. Olby brings up Palin and Troopergate *a-gain* - and of course they all agree that it's bad for (can you guess?) the McCain campaign.
Story # 4 "Where in the world is Spain?"
Kiethy claims that McCain is confused multiple times and mixing everthing up during an interview on the Radio... he then plays a clip to demonstrate how out of it McCain is - except the clip doesn't demonstrate that at all (Olbyloons fall for this kind of stuff?).
Guest Steve Clemons - says McCain had a "Sarah Pailin moment" (bonus Plain smear in a McCain segment) in that he wasn't ready to talk about Spain. Olby screams "McCain flip flop" "lockstep with Bush"! Steve says that this McCain non-screw-up is much worse than just being in "lockstep with Bush". Ooooooh, you know Olby was happy!
Clemons fits the profile for a guest on The Hour of Spin: far-leftist whose website encourages readers to read such distinguished publications as OlbyFave Talking Points Memo, and that bastion of respected journalism, Washington Monthly, where one can read such articles as "The Republican War on Voting" and "McCain's Pain in Spain" (hey, that sounds a lot like one of Olbermoronn's bon-mots tonight...coincidence?) What, Edward R Olbermann didn't tell you any of this? He rarely lets the gullible viewers know what hacks his guests are.
Something else that didn't fit the spin from Oralmann and his parrot: the person who interviewed McCain denied that he got confused, or didn't understand. He just didn't want to answer the question. Oops, TMI on OlbyPlanet.
The #3 guest was cut from the same cloth. But you already knew that. This is The Hour of Spin after all. Melissa Harris-Lacewell (love those three-named wonders) appears with Bill Maher, and writes for such mainstream publications as Huffington Post, Slate, and The Nation. She gives public advice to Barack Obama on such respected websites as Democracy Now! 'Nuff said.
Story #1 "Fox Lobs Pailin Softballs"
Olbermann mocks the "Fixed News" [Ding!] interview of Sarah Palin as 'softball' (that he complains about a softball inteview with a straight face is unreal and quite a feat). Then, out of nowhere, Olby injects a clip of someone on Fox saying the word 'tits' (in an interview about Palin) for no apparant reason other than Keith being a perv. Olby then plays a hacked up clip of the Palin interview... and cracks jokes that aren't funny.
Why would someone use 62 seconds of quick edits, repetitive phrases, quite possibly repeating the same clip numerous times and smirky ridicule rather than actually showing a full clip of a "softball" question and the answer?
Does Olby really want to get into who lobs softballs at guest? Do we need to pull clips of Olbermann and his blue dress interview with Obama?
In the Media Matters Minute, O'Reilly Attack #512. Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann's "glorious" Blue Blog Source was Slate. Billo the Clown [Ding!] "Billo's [Ding!] claims about the number of times he's said shut up on TV." The "claims" varied depending on the interviews Bill has done over the years. The Ted Baxter voice was used when quoting what Slate said BOR said in interviews, including "six times in 12 years" in this week's Time magazine. Here's the full quote. But most of the times listed, and read on the gotcha paper, were in jest about a non-guest to a neutral guest, in passing about a non-guest to a neutral guest, or in the Talking Points Memo. Jeremy Glick! Dave Kopel of the Rocky Mountain News was listed, but he was filibustering and deserved it.
Worser was the Virginia Republican Party for some event they're having. George Allen! Macaca! [Ding!]
Worst was Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Hillary supporter now backing McCain. Oh, God, no! Obamamann basically labeled her a hypocrite for calling the people Obama referred to as "bitter" as "rednecks." Also, for calling Obama an elitest while she is married to royalty on a "3,200 acre estate ascot in Buckinghamshire north of London!"
And that's The Hour of Spin for this, the 866th 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!