Buy Text-Link-Ads here
Recent Comments

    follow OlbyWatch on Twitter

    In

    John Gibson Welcomes Back the Infamous, Deplorable Keith Olbermann

    tonyome wrote: <a href="http://twitchy.com/2014/07/28/voxs-laughable-praise-of-keith-olber... [more](11)

    In

    Welcome Back, Olby!

    syvyn11 wrote: <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/keith-olbermann-reviving-worst... [more](9)

    In

    Former Obama Support/Donor Releases Song Supporting Romney/Ryan: "We'll Take It Back Again" by Kyle Tucker

    syvyn11 wrote: @philly I don't see that happening. ESPN has turned hyper left in recent... [more](64)

    In

    Blue-Blog-a-Palooza: Ann Romney Edition!

    djthereplay wrote: By mkdawuss on August 29, 2012 6:17 PM Will John Gibson be having a "Red-B... [more](4)

    In

    No Joy in Kosville...Mighty Olby Has Struck Out

    djwolf76 wrote: "But the FOX-GOP relationship (which is far more distinguished and prevalen... [more](23)

    KO Mini Blog



    What's in the Olbermann Flood Feed?
    Subscribe to Olbermann Flood Feed:
    RSS/XML

    KO Countdown Clock


    Warning: mktime() [function.mktime]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/owatch/www/www.olbermannwatch.com/docs/countdown.php on line 5
    KO's new contract with MSNBC ends in...
    0 days 0 hours 0 minutes

    OlbermannWatch.com "My Faves" Set

    OlbermannWatch.com Favorited Photos from other Flickr Users

    Got OlbyPhotos? See some on Flickr? DO NOT email us. Send us a FlickrMail instead. Include a link to the photo. If we like the photo you will see it displayed in the Olby Flickr Flood above.

    New to Flickr? Sign up for a FREE Flickr account!


    Got some OlbyVideo? See some on YouTube? DO NOT email us. Send us a YouTube Messages instead. Include a link to the video. If we like the video you will see it displayed in our favorites list in our YouTube page.

    New to YouTube? Sign up for a FREE YouTube account!

    Red Meat Blog
    Keith Olbermann Quotes
    Countdown Staff Writers

    If they're not on Keith's payroll...

    ...they should be...

    Crooks & Liars
    Daily Kos
    Eschaton
    Huffington Post
    Media Matters for America
    MyDD
    News Corpse
    No Quarter
    Raw Story
    Talking Points Memo
    Think Progress
    TVNewser
    Keith Lovers

    MSNBC's Countdown
    Bloggerman
    MSNBC Transcripts
    MSNBC Group at MSN

    Drinking with Keith Olbermann
    Either Relevant or True
    KeithOlbermann.org
    Keith Olbermann is Evil
    Olbermann Nation
    Olbermann.org
    Thank You, Keith Olbermann

    Don't Be Such A Douche
    Eyes on Fox
    Liberal Talk Radio
    Oliver Willis
    Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly

    Anonymous Rat
    For This Relief Much Thanks
    Watching Olbermann Watch

    Keith Olbermann Fanlisting Site I
    Keith Olbermann Fanlisting Site II
    Keith Olbermann Links
    Olberfans
    Sports Center Altar
    Nothing for Everyone

    Democratic Underground KO Forum
    Television Without Pity KO Forum
    Loony KO Forum (old)
    Loony KO Forum (new)
    Olberfans Forum (old)
    Olberfans Forum (new)
    Keith Watchers

    186k per second
    Ace of Spades HQ
    Cable Gamer
    Dean's World
    Doug Ross@Journal
    Extreme Mortman
    Fire Keith Olbermann
    Hot Air
    Inside Cable News
    Instapundit
    Jawa Report
    Johnny Dollar's Place
    Just One Minute
    Little Green Footballs
    Mark Levin
    Media Research Center
    Moonbattery.com
    Moorelies
    National Review Media Blog
    Narcissistic Views
    Newsbusters
    Pat Campbell Show
    Radio Equalizer
    Rathergate
    Riehl World View
    Sister Toldjah
    Toys in the Attic
    Webloggin
    The Dark Side of Keith Olbermann
    World According to Carl

    Thanks for the blogroll link!

    Age of Treason
    Bane Rants
    The Blue Site
    Cabal of Doom-De Oppresso Libre
    Chuckoblog
    Conservative Blog Therapy
    Conservathink
    Country Store
    Does Anyone Agree?
    The Drunkablog!
    Eclipse Ramblings
    If I were President of USA
    I'll Lay Down My Glasses
    Instrumental Rationality
    JasonPye.com
    Kevin Dayhoff
    Last Train Out Of Hell
    Leaning Straight Up
    Limestone Roof
    Mein BlogoVault
    NostraBlogAss
    Peacerose Journal
    The Politics of CP
    Public Secrets: from the files of the Irishspy
    Rat Chat
    Return of the Conservatives
    The Right Place
    Rhymes with Right
    seanrobins.com
    Six Meat Buffet
    Sports and Stuff
    Stout Republican
    Stuck On Stupid
    Things I H8
    TruthGuys
    Verum Serum
    WildWeasel

    Friends of OlbyWatch

    Aaron Barnhart
    Eric Deggans
    Jason Clarke
    Ron Coleman
    Victria Zdrok
    Keith Resources

    Google News: Keith Olbermann
    Feedster: Keith Olbermann
    Technorati: Keith Olbermann
    Wikipedia: Keith Olbermann
    Wikipedia: Countdown
    Wikiality: Keith Olbermann
    Keith Olbermann Quotes on Jossip
    Keith Olbermann Photos
    NNDB Olbermann Page
    IMDB Olbermann Page
    Countdown Guest Listing & Transcripts
    Olbermann Watch FAQ
    List of Politics on Countdown (by party)
    Mark Levin's Keith Overbite Page
    Keith Olbermann's Diary at Daily Kos
    Olbermann Watch in the News

    Houston Chronicle
    Playboy
    The Journal News
    National Review
    San Antonio Express
    The Hollywood Reporter
    The Journal News
    Los Angeles Times
    American Journalism Review
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    St. Petersburg Times
    Kansas City Star
    New York Post/Page Six
    Washington Post
    Associated Press
    PBS
    New York Daily News
    Online Journalism Review
    The Washingon Post
    Hartford Courant
    WTWP-AM
    The New York Observer
    The Washington Post


    Countdown with Keith Olbermann
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism
    Great Thanks Hall of Fame
    Keith Olbermann
    MSM KO Bandwagon
    Olbermann
    Olbermann Watch Channel on You Tube
    Olbermann Watch Debate
    Olbermann Watch Image Gallery
    Olbermann Watch Polling Service
    OlbermannWatch
    OlbyWatch Link Roundup
    TVNewser "Journalism"

    July 2013
    September 2012
    August 2012
    April 2012
    March 2012
    February 2012
    January 2012
    December 2011
    November 2011
    October 2011
    September 2011
    August 2011
    July 2011
    June 2011
    May 2011
    April 2011
    March 2011
    February 2011
    January 2011
    December 2010
    November 2010
    October 2010
    September 2010
    August 2010
    July 2010
    June 2010
    May 2010
    April 2010
    March 2010
    February 2010
    January 2010
    December 2009
    November 2009
    October 2009
    September 2009
    August 2009
    July 2009
    June 2009
    May 2009
    April 2009
    March 2009
    February 2009
    January 2009
    December 2008
    November 2008
    October 2008
    September 2008
    August 2008
    July 2008
    June 2008
    May 2008
    April 2008
    March 2008
    February 2008
    January 2008
    December 2007
    November 2007
    October 2007
    September 2007
    August 2007
    July 2007
    June 2007
    May 2007
    April 2007
    March 2007
    February 2007
    January 2007
    December 2006
    November 2006
    October 2006
    September 2006
    August 2006
    July 2006
    June 2006
    May 2006
    April 2006
    March 2006
    February 2006
    January 2006
    December 2005
    November 2005
    October 2005
    September 2005
    August 2005
    June 2005
    May 2005
    April 2005
    March 2005
    February 2005
    January 2005
    December 2004
    November 2004

    Google

    Olbermann Watch Masthead

    Managing Editor

    Robert Cox
    olby at olbywatch dot com

    Contributors

    Mark Koldys
    Johnny Dollar's Place

    Brandon Coates
    OlbyWatch

    Chris Matthews' Leg
    Chris Matthews' Leg

    Howard Mortman
    Extreme Mortman

    Trajan 75
    Think Progress Watch

    Konservo
    Konservo

    Doug Krile
    The Krile Files

    Teddy Schatz
    OlbyWatch

    David Lunde
    Lundesigns

    Alex Yuriev
    Zubrcom

    Red Meat
    OlbyWatch



    Technorati Links to OlbyWatchLinks to OlbermannWatch.com

    Technorati Links to OlbyWatch Blog posts tagged with "Olbermann"

    Combined Feed
    (OlbyWatch + KO Mini-blog)

    Who Links To Me


    Mailing List RSS Feed
    Google Groups
    Subscribe to Olbermann Watch Mailing List
    Email:
    Visit this group



    XML
    Add to Google
    Add to My Yahoo!
    Subscribe with Bloglines
    Subscribe in NewsGator Online

    Add to My AOL
    Subscribe with Pluck RSS reader
    R|Mail
    Simpify!
    Add to Technorati Favorites!

    Subscribe in myEarthlink
    Feed Button Help


    Know something about Keith Olbermann?

    Send it to us!

    April 30, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. It's up to you to document the spin and lies of Keith Teabaggermann. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (54) | | View blog reactions
    April 29, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. You won't see "Man on Fan" Olbermann until 9:00 pm tonight, so set your alarm clocks. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (42) | | View blog reactions
    April 28, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Somebody has to watch the 3rd place cable news show at 8:00 pm, and that sad duty falls upon you, the loyal OlbyWatch recappers. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (63) | | View blog reactions
    UPDATED WITH LINK: Get Your NOBAMA T-Shirt While They Last
    My brother-in-law showed me a t-shirt he designed that I thought might interested Olbermann Watch readers. It's the NOBAMA T-Shirt (or hat or coffee mug). The biggest seller has been the rolls of NOBAMA stickers.
    Doh! Forgot to include the link... CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR NOBAMA T-SHIRT or other merch. nobama.jpg
    Not everyone agrees with Obama and his policies for the U.S.A. Here's your chance to voice your opinion in an attractive and humorous way.

    Posted by Robert Cox | Permalink | Comments (7) | | View blog reactions
    April 27, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss! Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (18) | | View blog reactions
    Olbermann Eliminates Dissent...Even On His Baseball Blog?!?

    Bathtub Boy

    We know how assiduously Keith Olbermann keeps opposing points of view from contaminating the Countdown echo chamber. But isn't it a bit much to apply the same heavy hand to a blog about baseball?

    In his latest MLB entry, Olby responds to a reader's question. It appears that Mr Humility attended opening day with an unusual fashion accoutrement. He actually wore his Super Bowl press credential to carry his ticket to the Yankees opener, stylishly draped around his neck for all to see! Keith gave this explanation:

    This refers to a photograph from opening day. That is not in fact a Super Bowl media credential around my neck. It is a Super Bowl laniard. Apart from the phenomenal price changes, the biggest switch in the new park is the number of times one is forced to present one's ticket. So I needed something to carry it in, and that's what I happened to have lying around.

    Another questioned his wearing of a suit to the game, and Olby had a comeback for that too:

    Frankly, the only times I've ever gone to a game in a suit, I was either doing a broadcast or a report from it, or, as it happened on opening day, I was heading straight down town to do my news show.

    Apparently a commenter ("circuscatch") took issue with KO's responses, and a loyal OlbyWatch reader saved what he wrote:

    Can't you even be honest in your baseball blog? In response to a question about your game attire, you state that you wore the suit because "...as it happened on opening day, I was heading straight down town to do my news show." In your show that night, you wore a black suit, not the blue one you are wearing in the picture. You wore the suit (and the Super Bowl press credential) to boost your fragile self-esteem. If you look important, you feel important.

    The press credential response was just as ridiculous! You stated, "That is not in fact a Super Bowl media credential around my neck. It is a Super Bowl laniard." Look what's clipped to the laniard - a media credential!! C'mon, you needed something to carry your ticket in? I was also at the home opener and was asked for my ticket a grand total of one time. You must have taken several trips to the concession stand to require a laniard to display your ticket! You're not funny very often, but using a Super Bowl laniard (including the press credential) to carry an admission ticket is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Doesn't that expensive suit have any pockets? The Super Bowl XLIII laniard and media credential was what you "happened to have lying around?" Was it lying right next to your Cornell AG degree? If so, they were both on the front seat of your car.

    The following sentence is in the article introducing you as a member of MLBAM: "Given the nature of his political commentary and the highly charged emotions of that crowd, Olbermann offered this advice for any fans eager to flame him on the comments of his MLBAM content: 'I don't care.'" Well, prove that you don't care and leave this post in the comments section...or were you dishonest with that statement as well?

    As of this morning, the above comment has vanished.


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (23) | | View blog reactions
    April 24, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. What can we expect from "Chicken and Waffles" Olbermann tonight? Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss! Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (38) | | View blog reactions
    April 23, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread

    This is your recappers thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. But if you watch the video clip above, you may decide to forgo the infamous, deplorable one this time to catch the story that Mr Bill O'Reilly is teasing. Looks like a must-see Factor, one that will certainly impel Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann to whine uncontrollably tomorrow night. If you do decide to stick with Bathtub Boy, you can do your recapping right here. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (67) | | View blog reactions
    Audio: Inside GE Shareholders Meeting w/Tom Borelli and Glenn Beck!

    Shareholder activist Tom Borelli gives a first-hand account of the rowdy shareholders meeting where stockholders berated NBC's Jeff Immelt over the embarrassment that is A-Mess-NBC:

    UPDATE:


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (10) | | View blog reactions
    April 22, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    It's the recappers thread for tonight's installment of Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann. Yes, he's back from that mysterious illness, the only known symptoms of which are attending baseball games and blogging about them all hours of the night. We need you to document the scurrilous lies and fruit-loop theories of the infamous, deplorable one. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (77) | | View blog reactions
    April 21, 2009
    Tuesday Night Open Thread


    Bathtub Boy

    This is your Tuesday night open thread, but again it's not a recappers thread--unless you want it to be. Yes, the infamous, deplorable one is out once more--the official story is that he's home in bed with flu (probably more believable than home in bed with Katy). If you want to suffer through Slippery Shuster you can do your recapping right here. Otherwise, you can watch Mr Bill and treat this as an open thread. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (29) | | View blog reactions
    April 20, 2009
    Bill O'Reilly Rips Garofalo and MSNBC

    Enjoy...


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (27) | | View blog reactions
    Countdown: Monday Night Open Thread


    Bathtub Boy

    This is your Monday night open thread, but not a recappers thread--unless you want it to be. Yes, the infamous, deplorable one is out, and replacing Bathman tonight is his sidekick Robin (aka Slippery Shuster). So if you want to suffer through the teabag-obsessed Shuster you can do your recapping right here. Otherwise, treat this as an open thread. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (25) | | View blog reactions
    April 18, 2009
    Red Eye Rips Keith Olbermann and Janeane Garofalo!



    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (14) | | View blog reactions
    Mark Levin Rips Olbermann, Garofalo, Says No Conservative Should Work for MSNBC!

    Audio courtesy of the Mark Levin Show:


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (6) | | View blog reactions
    April 17, 2009
    Lou Dobbs Rips Olbermann, Garofalo, and MSNBC!


    It's your Friday night recappers open thread! And to make the concept of Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann a bit more tolerable, we have a delightful clip of Lou Dobbs as an appetizer. Listen as he goes after Krazy Keith, Goofy Garofalo, and that cesspool known as A-Mess-NBC. Then do your recapping of tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (28) | | View blog reactions
    April 16, 2009
    Video: Scarborough Rips Olbermann, Maddow, Shuster (w/Documentation!)


    Make this your Thursday night recappers thread as you enjoy watching Joe Scarborough, ever so careful to protect his paycheck, clearly slam just about the entire primetime lineup on his own network! Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (65) | | View blog reactions
    April 15, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for The Hour of Spin. It falls on you--the clear-thinking readers of Olbermann Watch--to document Keith Oralmann's diseased rantings for posterity. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (54) | | View blog reactions
    April 13, 2009
    Countdown: Monday (and Tuesday) Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for The Hour of Spin. It falls on you--the clear-thinking readers of Olbermann Watch--to document Keith Oralmann's diseased rantings for posterity. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (48) | | View blog reactions
    April 10, 2009
    Lou Dobbs Slams Olbermann: 'Whack Job', 'Left-Wing Hack'!


    It's your Friday night open thread. Robin is subbing for Bathman tonight, so you don't even have to watch The Hour of Spin! Instead you can listen to Lou Dobbs who has a few choice words about the infamous, deplorable one. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (46) | | View blog reactions
    April 9, 2009
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #261



    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (64) | | View blog reactions
    April 8, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for the Wednesday Night Hour of Spin. Post your analysis of Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann right here. And don't spare the adjectives! Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (53) | | View blog reactions
    April 7, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread

    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Post your analysis of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann right here. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (29) | | View blog reactions
    April 6, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for The Hour of Spin. It falls on you--the clear-thinking readers of Olbermann Watch--to document Keith Oralmann's diseased rantings for posterity. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (69) | | View blog reactions
    April 4, 2009
    The Olbermann Syndrome: A Contagious Disease

    Bathtub BoyGuest blog by ramjet:

    The recent (3/25/09) Keith Olbermann/Howard Dean/Fascism segment on MSNBC's Countdown offered an embarrassing, and to many, humorous, display of Mr. Olbermann's deeply entrenched hypocrisy. Now that the schadenfreude has faded, an examination of the, so far overlooked, underlying cause of such frequent episodes is past due because the obvious hypocrisy is but a symptom of a pathology which inevitably produces Olbermann's stock in trade, his modus operandi.

    Let's take a close look at the setting for last week's manifestation of Olbermann's chronic condition. The March 25th Countdown began with a two-part segment, the first entitled, "Grand Obstruction Party." Jonathan Alter joined Olbermann to discuss, among other things, a speech given by Gov. Bobby Jindal at a large Republican fund raiser and minority whip, Rep. Eric Cantor's appearance on CSPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the administration's budget.

    Olbermann played a truncated clip from Washington Journal of a female caller:

    CALLER, "But what really is scaring the rest of us, the other half of us, is the fascism.
    I mean, the true fascism that is happening in this country today."
    CSPAN HOST, "What do you mean by that, caller?"
    CALLER, "The belligerent takeover of a one-party system."

    That was followed by a truncated clip of Rep. Cantor responding:

    Now, as far as the one-party government in here, I think what the public is doing they're finally waking up and everybody is realizing that checks and balances are part of the system and dividing government is something that is beneficial to a balanced debate and something that can produce a better outcome.

    FACT: At no time did anyone call President Obama a fascist. Rep. Cantor never uttered the words, "fascism" or "fascist." The caller never even mentioned the President, by name or by office. Although the caller did express a fear of "fascism that is happening in this country today," it was not directed at or disrespectful of any individuals, ergo there was no compelling reason for Rep. Cantor to admonish the caller.

    Now here's where the illness kicks in.

    During the Olbermann/Alter conversation following the clips, this exchange took place:

    ALTER: ...whether it's a good idea or a bad idea, at least it's something big that they can stand on rather than name-calling.

    OLBERMANN: And where is the individual credibility here? Thirty-eight million Americans saw the president's news conference just on TV last night; it doesn't count radio; it doesn't count the Internet. People are supposed to take Eric Cantor seriously about finance or about fascism or about anything when instead of even watching it as it happened, he's at a Britney Spears concert? You know, oops, they did it again?"

    For the record, Rep. Cantor attended the concert as part of a scheduled Republican congressional fund raiser.

    The second part of the opening segment was titled, "Fear and loathing as GOP strategy;" co-starring the new CNBC hire, Howard Dean. Mr. Olbermann introduces this conversation with:

    OLBERMANN: The Republicans slapped anybody who questioned President Bush with--if not using the word treason, essentially the elements that make up treason for the better part of his administration, and yet we are now seeing this--I don't know--the sky is falling reaction to everything that President Obama does. Is there something of a double standard here or am I being a little--a little oversensitive?

    Not only is the above a blatant lie, it is also totally irrelevant to the actual words spoken by Rep. Cantor (R-VA) and Gov. Jindal, (R-LA) which Olbermann completely misrepresents and intentionally distorts! Remember now, no one has called anyone any names. The two Republicans highlighted by Mr. Olbermann, never, not once, used the words "fascist" or fascism." There is a double standard and it clearly applies to and is applied by Mr. Olbermann.

    Howard Dean's response to the bizarre intro ended with:

    DEAN: So, you know, the Republicans are going to have a long way to go here if they--if this is their first tactic. They've got to figure out how to reach the moderate middle. And you don't do it by calling people fascists and all this other kind of business.

    Which was immediately followed by this exchange:

    OLBERMANN: So, is Jon Alter right, every time something like this happens, you and the other leaders of the Democratic Party sit back and try to stifle a loud, braying laugh?

    DEAN: Well, I don't laugh at the Republicans because they were pretty effective in winning elections for a long time. But I just scratch my head and think, you know, what are they--obviously, polling does not tell you to call the president of the United States a fascist. So, they must be doing something very peculiar at the RNC. And I'm not sure what it is. But I think their problem is that they're just in disarray.

    Followed closely by (remember, now, the caller never mentioned Obama and never called anyone a fascist):

    OLBERMANN: Instead of--when that call took place on C-SPAN today, with the minority whip, Mr. Cantor, listening as this caller attempted to demonize President Obama and his agenda and throw every ism she could think of except Nazism, I suppose. The congressman certainly by proxy embraced her attack.

    Certainly! Embraced an attack that never occurred, by proxy no doubt!

    The remainder of the segment consists of the beautifully prepared, deliciously presented dish of crow, served cold:

    DEAN: If somebody called President Bush really dreadful names like that," and "but he is the president and we are going to be respectful of him.

    OLBERMANN: Or if you have a case to call somebody a fascist, lay it out, define your terms... at least put some meat on the bones. And just don't throw the word out, right?

    DEAN: Well, look--I mean, even in the darkest days of the Bush/Cheney administration, I don't think there was any reason to call George Bush a fascist nor do I think it's--I think it's patently ridiculous to call President Obama a fascist. ...if you are in politics and you aspire to be the leader of your party, you can't let that kind of stuff pass because it diminishes you and it diminishes the Republican Party [or your own network] when you don't correct it.

    As Howard Dean is quickly given the hook, Keith, ever the trooper, adheres to the maxim, "The show must go on," by closing the segment with, "The real problem for the Republicans though is not Obama the fascist, socialist Martian..."

    At first glance, this appears to be a simple case of partisan pox, targeting the loyal opposition with lies, misrepresentations, distortions, and false accusations based on false premises. However, a closer examination of the next segment, titled "How will the Obama team pass the budget?" reveals a more complex condition. The real target of the Olbermann Syndrome is any dissent or criticism or even mild disagreement with President Barack Obama or his policies, regardless of the parenthetical party letter or network acronym attached. Case in point, one Sen. Kent Conrad, (D-ND), Budget Committee Chairman.

    OLBERMANN: In our fourth tonight: The main event--the reason for President Obama's big publicity push, the battle over the budget, which if it fails to pass Congress, takes with it change, hope and 'Yes, we can'. One of the main players, Senate Budget chairman, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, defending the Senate version of the budget, pointing out that it keeps Obama's big priorities alive. But as you'll notice, he says his budget makes them possible as opposed to say, makes them happen.

    OLBERMANN: Obama's budget director, Peter Orszag, declared the Senate and Obama budgets if not twins, then at least blood kin. But the White House, nevertheless, is now e-mailing supporters to get them to push Congress. Liberal progressive groups pursuing the same goals: Move On with the radio ad, Americans United for Change is paying $700,000 for an ad pressuring Congress to back Obama's budget. The ad does not name names but if the gentleman from North Dakota, Senator Conrad, had any question who that ad is targeting, it will air in 11 states and in major markets in those states such as Fargo and Bismarck.

    Is it possible that the host of Countdown, MSNBC's "news hour," that pays tribute to Edward R. Murrow at the close of every episode is attempting to intimidate a powerful member of Congress, who is also a member of the President's own party, simply because the congressman prefers a slightly different version of the trillion dollar budget proposed by the administration? Has Mr. Olbermann read the two versions of the budget? Does Mr. Olbermann have a monopoly on all the facts? Does Mr. Olbermann even have a grasp of all the facts? It appears he believes he does. Someone once said, "The man who sees absolutes where men see nuances and shades of meaning is either a prophet or a quack."

    Every examination and test after test leads to the conclusion that Mr. Olbermann suffers from an advanced stage of an acute case of The Olbermann Syndrome.

    Any thorough examination of someone must include a study of the subjects history. Since the March 25th episode is most likely Howard Dean's final appearance on Countdown, a look at his very first appearance might prove enlightening. This episode from two and a half years ago focused primarily on a speech given by the then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld to the 88th Annual American Legion National Convention. Once again. Mr. Olbermann utilizes the tools of his trade, distortions, personal attacks and outright lies, to falsely accuse Sect. Rumsfeld of, as he self promotes, "...a special comment on his attack on your right to disagree":

    OLBERMANN: And about Mr. Rumsfeld's other main assertion of that this country faces a new type of fascism as he was correct to remind us that a government that knew everything could get everything wrong. So too was he right when he said that. Though probably not in the way he thought he meant. This country faces a new type of fascism, indeed.

    Now, it needs to be made clear that Mr. Rumsfeld never attacked anyone's right to disagree, to dissent, to protest, to speak out against, or any other forms of the precious speech specifically guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, placed at the very top the Bill of Rights. The Secretary, speaking to the group of war-time veterans, called upon them to speak out against lies and distortions, to correct the record, certainly not to squelch dissent or to attack "your right to disagree":

    RUMSFELD: Those who know the truth need to speak out against these kinds of myths and distortions that are being told about our troops and about our country. America is not what's wrong with the world. (Applause.) One of the most important things the American Legion has done is not only to serve and assist and advocate, as you have done so superbly for so much of the past century, but also to educate and to speak the truth about our country and about the men and women in the military.

    For this, Mr. Olbermann chooses to vilify his target. He also puts forward a passionate defense of the people's and the press' right to question and to disagree with the government, adding the folly of someone believing they have "a monopoly on all the facts." August 30, 2006, Countdown excerpts:

    OLBERMANN: Back to Mr. Rumsfeld's remarks yesterday. Is there not something in them, though, that transcends political parties? Do we not need opposition and critics questioning policy, whoever's policy that is? I mean, during a Democratic administration, don't you want Republicans and media and citizens saying, Hold on, prove what you just said?

    Special Comment

    OLBERMANN: The man who sees absolutes where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning is either a prophet or a quack. Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet. We end the Countdown where we began, our No. 1 story with a special comment on Mr. Rumsfeld's remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday....
    Worse still, it credits those same transient occupants, our employees, with a total omniscience, a total omniscience which neither commonsense nor this administration's track record, at home or abroad, suggest they deserve it. Dissent and disagreement with government is the life's blood of human freedom and not merely because it the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of his troops still fight this very evening in Iraq. It is also essential, because just every once in a while, it is right and the power to which it speaks is wrong.

    Donald Rumsfeld, in concluding his speech, told the assembled group:

    RUMSFELD: Your watchdog role is particularly important today in a war that is to a great extent fought in the media on a global stage, a role to not allow the distortions and myths be repeated without challenge so that at the least the second or third draft of history will be more accurate than the first quick allegations we see....

    A soldier who recently volunteered for a second tour in Iraq captured the feeling of many of his peers. In an e-mail to some friends, he wrote the following, and I quote: I ask that you never take advantage of the liberties guaranteed by the shedding of free blood, never take for granted the freedoms granted by our Constitution. For those liberties would be merely ink on paper were it not for the sacrifice of generations of Americans who heard the call of duty and responded heart, mind and soul with 'Yes, I will.

    Keith Olbermann chose to close his Special Comment in this manner:

    OLBERMANN: Note, with hope in your heart, that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light and we can too. The confusion is about whether this secretary of defense and this administration are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek, the destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City so valiantly fought.

    But back to today's omniscient ones, that about what Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this, this is a democracy, still, sometimes just barely and as such, all voices count, not just his.

    Although I presumption use his sign off each night in feeble tribute, I have no utterly no claims to the words of the exemplary journalist, Edward R. Murrow. But never in the trial of 1,000 years of writing could I come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier generation of us, at a time when other polarities thought they and they alone knew everything and branded those who disagreed confused or immoral.
    Thus forgive me for reading Murrow in full:

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty he said in 1954. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who fear to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. And so, goodnight and good luck.

    Well said Mr. Murrow. Well read Mr. Olbermann. But, were you listening?

    Much has changed in the two and a half years since these two men spoke to their varied audiences. Donald Rumsfeld resigned from his post as Secretary of Defense shortly after the 2006 election that brought a different party into the congressional majority. Rumsfeld was replaced by Bob Gates who continues to serve in the cabinet of the new administration.

    The new administration is the product of the historic campaign, election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. The war in Iraq has changed significantly, as President Obama told the nation recently in his 60 Minutes interview, explaining his laughter:

    OBAMA: There's gotta be a little gallows humor to (LAUGHS) get you through the day. You know, sometimes my team-- talks about the fact that if-- if you had said to us a year ago that--the least of my problems would be Iraq, which is still a pretty serious problem--I don't think anybody would have believed it.

    I can think of a few people who would have believed it, but Mr. Olbermann is most certainly not one of them. Perhaps a quick review is in order.

    Olbermann, Aug 30, 2006, apparently being the prophet he spoke of earlier "...with a total omniscience, a total omniscience which neither commonsense nor this [reporter's] track record, [on television or on the web] suggest [he] deserves it."

    Yes, two and a half years have brought much change; a new administration, a new congressional majority, a war in Iraq that can only be lost by intent, worldwide economic turmoil, and on and on and on. Yet, in spite of all this change, there remains a constant, the Olbermann Syndrome: a full blown case of hatred for anyone who voices any dissent against or disagreement with the current administration, hatred aimed at a rival with a more successful program on a competitor's more successful network, hatred spewed at anyone who disagrees with or criticizes the infected.

    This is a contagious disease and it is spreading rapidly in certain communities. The specific contagion has been isolated; a particularly virulent strain of arrogant hatred.

    Barring intervention and prolonged rehabilitation, the prognosis is not promising.

    Guest-blogged by ramjet.


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (15) | | View blog reactions
    April 3, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. What blue blogs will Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann lift from tonight? Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss! Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (22) | | View blog reactions
    April 2, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    If it's Thursday, this must be OlbyPlanet. Document the lies and smears of Monkeymann in tonight's recappers thread. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (25) | | View blog reactions
    April 1, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    Another night, another Hour of Spin. Are we having fun yet? Hey Olby, when are you going to apologize for your Twitter smear? You might as well ask when the sun is going to go SuperNova. Document the outrageous lies and ugly smears of Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann right here. Comments are open!


    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (43) | | View blog reactions