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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004

    November 5, 2009
    Olbermann Election-Night 'Hospital' Excuse Starting to Unravel

    It was an odd moment when the time rolled around for MSNBC's "special live edition" of Countdown on election night at 10:00 pm. Because show host Keith Olbermann wasn't there. A hasty pre-recorded Olby tossed it to Lawrence O'Donnell, who proceeded to update viewers on the elections for about 20 minutes, then a rerun of the 8:00 pm showing of Countdown was joined in progress. The first apparently official explanation from MSNBC or from Olbermann came from mediaite:

    We hear Olbermann was visiting his dad in the hospital...

    But why did MSNBC promise a live Countdown, if they knew they weren't going to air one? For that matter, why did Olbermann himself claim that he would be back at 10:00 pm?

    Lawrence O'Donnell and I will be back with the latest on the votes in New York 23rd, Virginia and New Jersey at 10:00 Eastern, 7:00 Pacific. Until then, I'm Keith Olbermann...

    There was one thing that changed between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm: the Corzine loss in New Jersey. Keith already had to endure the victory of Bob McDonnell in Virginia, whose electoral chances he had previously dismissed with a sneering: "Good-bye, Mr McDonnell". He would then have to report another Republican victory at 10:00 pm. If he stuck around.

    Was his father's condition so serious that he had to bail on his responsibilities at MSNBC and skip the 10:00 pm show? If so, there was a miraculous recovery because less than 24 hours later KO was merrily blogging at Yankee Stadium, snapping pics and cracking wise. Remember, Olbermann has a pattern of ducking his job when there's news he doesn't want to report. After all there's a reason he's called "bathtub boy". Just ask John Gibson.

    Most telling of all is how flimsy and ephemeral the hospital excuse turns out to be when you look at it more closely. Mediaite's only reference is "we heard"...exactly what you would expect when someone is tossing out a BS excuse but doesn't want to get caught having done so. Why wouldn't Olbermann, or someone from MSNBC, say this on the record? To Mediaite's credit, they did try a second time. And MSNBC's non-response speaks volumes:

    Mediaite's Steve Krakauer reported that he "heard that Olbermann was visiting his dad in the hospital, which accounted for his absence." When asked for confirmation of this an MSNBC spokesperson provided no comment.

    Isn't it time for MSNBC and/or Olbermann to address this , and do it on the record?

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!

    Posted by johnny dollar | Permalink | Comments (22) | | View blog reactions


    Biggest story of the day, Fort Hood, and KO is bitching about Republicans ( the minority ) leading a protest about Healthcare, what a joke.


    Keithy is amazing and by amazing I mean a total asshole!

    Right now O'reilly is live and talking about the Ft. Hood situation.

    Keithy is doing the Health Care protest, and attacking his latest crush Michelle Bachman. Calling them 'teabaggers', 'racists' and 'nazis'.

    Just fucking amazing.


    Well now Bill goes to the rally, but I'm sure it won't take up 33% of his show, lol

    But only in passing,and he's still waiting for a press confrense. As opposed to Keith who is going on full hate mode.

    The Coulter projection rule is in effect. What ever Keith is accusing conservatives of is what he sufferes from.

    18 minutes in and Keith FINALLY decieds Ft. Hood is a important story.

    I don't watch Olbermann because I cannot. I hate him to much.

    I'm certain TWPITW will be Bachman. I'm guessing "worser" will be Jon Voight for his scathing speech, and then praising Bachman. Not sure who could be worse. A number of people, I guess.

    Wonder if shit-for-brains will bother to mention that the only protesters that were arrested today were actually health care reform SUPPORTERS? That's a rhetorical question.

    What a douchbag. I hope he doesn't out live his old man...

    Q: Can Keith Olbermann, on a national day of tragedy, put away his hatred and self-loathing for one night?


    A huge news story and only a passing mention from the "newsman."

    New Murrow indeed.

    "New Murrow indeed". By dcmeyer

    Hey you stole my tag line LOL!!! (just kidding.)

    Boy guess KO regrets using the sick father excuse Tuesday..I'm sure he would have bolted tonight if he could of..because there's just no way he could blame these shooting on O'Reilly and the right wing..and you just know that's the first thing that crossed his mind was how he could..until he heard who did it and knew it wouldn't fly this time.


    You'd think Olbermann would be satisfied with the convergence of events that rendered moot all other news today, especially the political theater on the mall in DC. Nope. If anything, his hysterical rebuttal was turned up to 11. Racism! Revolution! Preamble! Holocaust!?
    This big bag of mashed up potatoes never dissapoints.

    I see Olby's racist hate speech is still alive and well at MSNBC:

    I guess when you can't defend the actions and policies of the radical left with facts or debate you just say the magic word...RACIST. Hey Keith, it's getting tired and old...give it up sir, nobody is buying it anymore.

    Rev. Olbermahn devoted just under two minutes to attacking Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, and Jesse Watters ("stalker producer [Ding!]") in WPitW. Blue blog source: TVNewser minus Steve "In Fox's Pocket" Krakauer.
    Krazy Keith's konclusion was FNC's anti-GE reportage was malicious mean-spirited retaliation (all my words, not his) and "abuse!" Never mind the fact that FNC has been running GE ads since the summer. And never mind the really, really, really good news for News Corp.

    I hate his condescending voice. I hate how he puts on such a serious look, a frown, a look of feigned concern, and when he says Countdown will be back, he sighs, looks down, and fiddles with his WH script. I hate how he brings up Futurama, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Goonies, The Big Lebowski, so he can sound like “us kids”, in essence saying that he can relate to what we can relate too, that he laughs at what we laugh at, that he’s just like us. I hate how he transfers his own hypocrisy, his own style, his own system of faux journalism, his own vendetta’s onto others.

    Honestly, I’ve always wondered if all these guy are really truly friends, or at the very least get together occasionally for a drink and laugh at all of us. His lying hypocritical deceitful ways make me watch. Can’t tell you why, but I do. And I hate him for it. And when I watch FNC, I love them for what they do, especially when they do it against MSDNC.

    And that’s exactly why they could be laughing and patting each other on the back. We’re all watching, in one form or other, or at least paying attention. And that helps their ratings, their fame, and of course, their wallets. Talk about a scoop? It’s not the pictures of pencil dick trying to woo some “lady” other than his temporary pet, it’s not him receiving kickbacks from the daily kooks, its not even him shaving Wesley Crusher’s back that would be the scoop It would be him and Bill, Sean and Ed, Anderson and Wes, all laughing it up at our expense.

    Because my hatred, and love, keeps me aware, and keeps them in riches. I wish I were the only one.

    Interesting rant KOlby

    Hey you stole my tag line LOL!!! (just kidding.) By MLong

    Your royalty check in in the mail, MLong! ;-)

    The Ft. Hood shootings would have been covered by Cankles and some other leftist shill answering questions for the first 20 minutes if this was 2008 or prior..... Olbermann would have suggested the events reflected the results of the lies Bush told to justify the invasion of Iraq.....Cynical Cankles, and the entire anti-America left, is not concerned about war policy or the troops anymore now that his cult leader is in charge.

    Oh well, no surprise there.....looking back.....

    Ann Coulter reminded us all of Cankle's skill as a journalist in this week's column:

    "MSNBC, Aug. 31, 2009, Keith Olbermann on Robert F. McDonnell, Republican candidate for governor of Virginia:

    "'In [McDonnell's master's thesis], he described women having jobs as detrimental to the family, called legalized use of contraception illogical, pushed to make divorce more difficult, and insisted government should favor married couples over, quote, 'cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.' Wow. When did he write this? 1875? No, 1989. Wow, 1989.'

    "'Goodbye, Mr. McDonnell.'


    "Republicans swept all statewide offices for the first time in 12 years, winning the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as assembly seats, garbage inspector, dog catcher and anything else Virginians could vote for.

    "To paraphrase a pompous blowhard: Goodbye, Mr. Democrat."

    Try as he might to get the radical left's smearing of McDonnell some traction, Olbermann could not stop the free-thinking, fair and compassionate Virginia voters from ignoring the hate and they did the right thing....voted on their principles and intelligence, not on their fear and loathing.

    Poor, poor MSNBC....hatred and fear did not work again this year. Obama's cult failed to deliver....

    VERO POSSUMUS, indeed. Wee weed?

    The Democrats got their ass kicked
    The conservatives won't be tricked
    So Keith's off to the tub
    Insert lackey sub
    That Valerie Jarrett hand-picked

    For that article, Ann might find herself selected as "WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD" tonight. Get the adam's apple jokes ready!

    BTW, unemployment is now 10.2%.


    If Countdown weren't so partisan tonight's WPITW would already be decided:

    Forget that ridiculous shout out before POTUS' comments yesterday (which shows how little he cares about our soldiers). This gaffe would be front page material if the President's middle name still started with W.

    I'm sure the coward MikeH, allegedly having served in the military, would enlighten us on the difference between the Medal of Honor and the Medal of Freedom if GWB made this mistake. But today's agenda includes hiding under a rock to protect the Messiah and his hack bootlicker.

    Truly, change we can believe in.

    Along those lines, cjflan32, recall how Cankles used the worn out critique of Bush's response to 9/11 reading in front of children....

    the scorn,

    the pet goat.....

    So I read about Obama's reaction to Ft. Hood yesterday....

    "After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.

    "But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a 'shout-out' to 'Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.' Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?"

    I doubt we will see an equally hateful reaction from Obama's chief cheerleader tonight on COUNTDOWN....I would even venture to predict he will DEFEND Obama from those making similar comments as above.

    The gaffes, insensitivities and outright incompetence of the Obama administration seem to not get covered with the passion and zeal we saw from the "speaking truth to power" crusaders at MSNBC during the past 8 years. After their meeting with Obama a few weeks ago, it should not be a surprise that they have doubled-down on the positive coverage for their dear leader.

    Progress on the agenda demands that intellectual honesty and objectivity be put aside!

    I am still waiting for analysis of the government's claims of stimulus benefits....especially the numbers of jobs saved or created (as the unemployment rate now passes 10%.....a broken promise of 2 points by the brilliant and compassionate SNOBamessiah).....

    Again, imagine it is 2008 or earlier......what would COUNTDOWN be like with the same exact news BUT a different party in TOTAL charge in Washington.....

    VERO POSSUMUS, indeed. Wee weed?

    From last night's WPitW:
    "Our runner up, Orly Taitz Limbaugh [Ding!]. Here he goes again. Commenting on an HBO documentary on the president, he returned to his favorite disturbing imagery. 'If a documentary could get anal poisoning, this one could. I mean, it just kissed butt, kissed butt, kissed butt all over.'
    By our count, this is at least the 13th time in the last two years, just the last two years, that Orly Taitz [Ding!] has used this imagery of anal poisoning, combined with 19 other references in the same span to men bending over and grabbing their ankles. There is, of course, no actual disease called anal poisoning. The best anybody could come up with by explanation is that it is a term frequently used in pornography. And as Al Franken once pointed out long ago in his *scholarly* text, 'Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot,' one of Limbaugh's explanations for his deferment from the draft was a ... , a growth that is in the region.
    Every day, in every way, we understand Orly Taitz Limbaugh [Ding!] better and better.
    But our winner, Rupert Murdoch. On a conference call explaining Newscorp's 26 percent *drop* in operating income at his TV stations and it's 81 percent *drop* in operating income at his newspapers, the website Media Memo, which he also owns, reported this exchange: question, 'what's up with the MSNBC-Fox News truce, which appears to be broken?'
    Murdoch, 'we didn't start this abuse, which we thought went way beyond. Finally, we had to allow people to retaliate. When they stop, we‘ll stop.' Matey!
    Fairly straight-forward sounding statement, until you analyze it a little bit. Murdoch is claiming that his alleged [Ding!] news people at Fox, like Roger Ailes (not an anchor or commentator) and Bill O'Reilly, did not decide to do stories about MSNBC or NBC or GE. He did. And he did not decide to do stories about MSNBC or NBC or GE because it was any news value to them. He decided to do them out of personal pique.
    When O'Reilly spent hour after hour reporting *fabricating stories about GE parts allegedly, possibly, maybe—well, I read some graffiti about it—in roadside bombs*, he was not doing so because the story was true or Americans were in danger or just to fulfill any premise of journalism. He did it because Rupert Murdoch had agreed to, in Murdoch's own words, allow people to retaliate.
    When O'Reilly a stalker producer [Ding!] to interrupt a GE business meeting, it wasn't reporting. It was, again to use Murdoch's term, abuse!
    And most importantly, all of it, from Fox's petulant, defensive name calling, to O'Reilly's *slandering* of GE, Murdoch will stop all of it if MSNBC simply stops *watchdogging* Fox.
    Thus, simply, Rupert Murdoch has revealed his company's news coverage and the people who deliver it are there simply to pursue their own petty vendettas.
    Rupert Murdoch, not only doing his carnival fun house [Ding!] version of actual [Ding!] journalism, but stupid [Ding!] enough to admit it, in public, today's worst person in the world."

    And in closing the show, he said: "See you tomorrow night, I hope, with analysis of the self-destruction of Carrie Prejean. Until then, good night and good luck."

    OLBERMANN: Time now to turn to a veteran of the Senate, MSNBC political analyst, Lawrence O‘Donnell, who served as chief of staff to the finance committee.

    Lawrence, good evening.


    WOW! To go from chief of staff to 'Mop-up boy' when somebody must hide in their bathtub.

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