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No sooner had Larry King announced that his iconic interview program on CNN was coming to an end, when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann immediately injected himself into the story. Why he and Larry were best buds, and King was so enamored of Herr Olbermahn's
baseball card collection superb analytical skills that he embarked on an eight-year campaign to convince Jon Klein to hire Olby as the lead-in to Larry King Live:
Larry King is a lovely, generous man who tried, for eight years, to convince his bosses to hire me to be his 8 PM lead-in at CNN.
Now it's odd that a crusade to sign Oralmann that ran for eight years never seemed to make any news during that time. It must have been the best-kept secret since the development of the atomic bomb. And never mind that Krazy Keith was more than willing to ridicule his good friend Larry King on air, when he thought his credulous viewership would enjoy a laugh at King's expense:
During a full hour with Larry King, Hello, Miss Hilton sent the nation into a premature slumber and turned out the light. The good news, Mr. King did not confuse Miss Hilton with any of the other Beatles and did not refer to her as George Hamilton.
Yeah, we're sure that's exactly the sort of "journalism" Larry wanted leading into his hour. The latest development: CNN's Jon Klein has weighed in on Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann's astonishing claim that Larry King spent eight years lobbying for CNN to hire Olby. Mediaite's Steve Krakauer asked a simple, direct question about Olbermann's claim: "Is it true"? Jon Klein's response:
Klein: Larry's got a million ideas a day.
Say what? According to Keith, this was Larry's eight-year-long campaign: hire Olbermann! But CNN's President paints it as something completely different--just one of millions of ideas Larry tossed out over his 25 years at the news channel. What Klein didn't say is equally important. He could have said yes, Larry pestered me about it for eight years. Or Larry repeatedly pushed Olbermann. But Klein said nothing even remotely supportive of Oralmann's claim. Instead he tossed the question aside with a flip response, as if anything more substantive would give credence to a preposterous Olbermann conceit.
Discuss, resolve, recap. Comments are open!
Me neither. Comments are open!
Set the wayback machine for May 25th. That's when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann sanctimoniously attacked Bill O'Reilly for joking about plugging the oil spill hole with members of NBC News. This shocking depiction of fantasy violence really offended Herr Olbermahn...because he didn't think of it first. Just three days later, Olby would crack that the way to plug the hole was to stuff it with BP executives:
That's how it works on OlbyPlanet. It's only wrong when someone on Fox does it. It's not even wrong when someone at the Washington Post does it--as long as they agree with Edward R Olbermann. So what if frequent Olby parrot Dave Weigel called for Matt Drudge to commit suicide by setting himself on fire?
This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.
No WPitW for Weigel, because Olby approves of Weigel's aims: to slant the news to benefit the Democratic Party, or when necessary to minimize the damage to the Dems, as when Scott Brown defeated Coakley:
I think pointing out Coakley's awfulness is vital, because it's 1) true and 2) unreasonable panic about it is doing more damage to the Democrats.
Hmm, does that sound familiar? It should. It's like a living, breathing example of the sort of "news" that you get on OlbyPlanet. Twisted, slanted, choreographed, and filtered. Ergo it's no surprise that Dave Weigel--out of a job, discredited, and exposed as a slovenly political hack--will be welcomed back in the Seat of Honor on tonight's Hour of Spin. Along with Crazy Larry, The Perfessor, and a Special Education Comment attacking...wait for it...Palin!
Only the diseased mind of a feckless propagandist could welcome Weigel back because he has been exposed as a partisan hack. But that's life on OlbyPlanet. Comments are open!
Oh that Obama! He didn't do what Olbermann told him to do. Krazy Keith spent yesterday hyperventilating about General McChrystal, telling the Prez not to accept his resignation, but instead "Keep him, Mr President". That way Obama will "neuter the political blowback" and "present a front of force and calm and intelligence".
But Obama didn't listen to Herr Olbermahn. Maybe the Prez was influenced by the writings at Keith Olbermann's blog, where they declared that McChrystal is a "monstrous thug", an example of the military's "pathological criminals": "half murderer, and all evil". Yes, our old friends at Daily Kos, recently described by member Olbermann as "a nice site".
But there's a bigger problem on OlbyPlanet. Obama went and appointed General Petraeus. You remember Olbermann on Petraeus, don't you?
Mr. Bush, you had no right to order General Petraeus to become your front man. And he obviously should have refused that order, and resigned rather than ruin his military career.... Mr. Bush, you have hidden behind the general`s skirts... That, sir, is not only un-American, it is dictatorial. And in pimping General David Petraeus, sir, in violation of everything this country has been assiduously and vigilantly against for 220 years...
But that's hardly Oralmann's most egregious insult to the General. You will recall the famed moveon "Petraeus Betray Us" ad, questioning the General's patriotism? The moveon folks have quickly moved to scrub that ad from their website. But as readers of Olbermann Watch have known for years, the Petraeus/BetrayUs smear was not thought up by moveon. Before their ad even appeared, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was impugning the General's patriotism live, on air, bellowing:
KEITH OLBERMANN, MSNBC HOST: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? The Petraeus report, less Petraeus, more Betray Us.
And just to make sure nobody missed the point, he put his slur right up on the tv screen:
Yes, Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann is the author of Petraeus/BetrayUs. Moveon stole it from Olby. And now Monkeymann is about to go on the air and...do what? Slam Petraeus anew? Accuse Obama of pimping him? Repeat his "BetrayUs" smear? Or just pretend like none of that ever happened and gush over Obama's choice as if he was for Petraeus all along?
Place yer bets. Comments are open!
We know Olbyloons are fixated on the wonderful magnificence that is Keith Olbermann, but even the most rabid aren't as prolific as the one we profile tonight: Laura Stadler. It's hard to imagine how she finds time to serve as moderator on a video game forum, because she's constantly on twitter. In just the past week alone she has sent over 100 tweets to @Keith Olbermann! Such is the nature of obsession whereby anything no matter how trivial (like the weather, or allergy shots) gets sent to @KeithOlbermann, in the desperate hope of getting his attention. Laura seems to have had no luck getting @KeithOlbermann to follow her on twitter. But even worse--it seems that Olby has ceased replying to her at all! Laura offers up innumerable theories for this, but there's an obvious explanation. His replies stopped after Laura gave her age: 48. Here is just a sample of the multiple hundreds of tweets she directed to Oralmann over the last three weeks:
Meanwhile, prepare for tonight's Hour of Spin. Will Olby be wearing jeans again? Or that dark purple tie? And what color shirt will he wear? Laura Stadler wants to know!! Comments are open!
Just as we predicted yesterday, MSNBC's critical reaction to Obama's handling of the BP catastrophe didn't even last a day. As if the orders had been beamed in from the DNC, Wednesday found the A-Mess-NBC propagandists back in their sycophantic zone, led by the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. John Gibson discusses this, and Oralmann's drama-queen "announcement" that he was leaving Daily Kos (how long will that last?). Listen up, listen uppers:
What to expect on tonight's Hour of Spin?
Definitely must-miss tv. Comments are open!
She claims (and therefore wants Keith Olbermann to believe) that she is a registered pharmacist in DC, but twitter user belladonnamc elsewhere describes herself as a "pharmaceuticals professional", which isn't exactly the same thing. Be that as it may, there's no doubt of her unswerving (and borderline irrational) obsession with the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, as these tweets demonstrate:
There's much more but you get the idea. The desperation is really sad, but who knows? Perhaps Olbermann will make another Love Connection.
Meanwhile, watch for the fastest flip-flop in Oralmann history as he reverses his mild criticism of Obama yesterday and comes out cheering for BHO tonight. Sure as there's an OlbyPlanet, that's what will happen. Comments are open!
In yet another bold programming move, A-Mess-NBC has given its 10:00 pm slot to Lawrence "Creepy Liar!" O'Donnell. Observers are already giving this predictable move a thumbs down, noting how little it really adds to the primetime lineup. But one question remains: "Where are the black faces?" (tm Keith Olbermann). MSNBC's lineup of white news, is now whiter than ever:
While you're pondering how many times Edward R Olbermann will rail against the paucity of "black faces" on A-Mess-NBC (that number would be somewhere around the square root of zero), enjoy this bit from Glenn Beck ridiculing Keith Olbermann--watch it here courtesy of The Right Scoop.
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You really can't get any lower than this. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is so desperate to promote Democrats and smear Republicans that he'll not just cross the line--he'll obliterate it. Follow: a Democratic candidate for US Senate is arrested and charged with a pornography-related felony. According to the accuser, Alvin Greene (D) accosted her in a restricted school area and stuck a sexually explicit picture in her face. And then tried to get her to go with him. Here is the story as the victim told it:
Yeccch. This is a sleazy and slimy guy. Yet, if you're Edward R Olbermann, Sen James DeMint (R) is worse. So much so, Oralmann declared that (if he lived in the state) he'd cast his vote for the accused pervert! No we're not making this up:
Everyone knows that Edward R Murrow would give his endorsement to a pervert, so why not Krazy Keith? Maybe there's something here that reminds Olby of the good old days, when he could use the company email to entice young things to a nearby hotel room. Perhaps with a bottle of cheap Merlot at the ready. Then again, it could've been Laura's dog that told him he should back Alvin Greene (D). In any case, Man on Fan's diseased mind has sunk to new depths. Just another incident that the new bosses may find to be something less than comcastic. If that happens, Karma will bite. Comments are open!
Smear, lie, and attack: the stock-in-trade of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. He never gives his victims a chance to respond (yet another way in which he is nothing like Edward R Murrow), but now you can hear what Keith doesn't want you to hear: the other side. Listen here as Sharron Angle joins Laura Ingraham to show up Oralmann for the slovenly political hack he is. (This may be a disappointment to Krazy Keith, but Laura's dog does not take part in the conversation.)
Then get set for tonight's Hour of Spin. Attacks on BP, Dick Cheney, Bush (of course), Chris Wallace...and another zzzzzzz-filled segment of Creepy Uncle Keith reading to the kiddies from the works of an overrated nobody by the name of Thurber. Comments are open!
Oh the excitement of another Hour of Spin, where the topics, propaganda, and biases are about as unpredictable as the rising of the sun. Coming tonight from the infamous, deplorable one:
Ooooh, that's scaaaary. Comments are open!
No, that's not a picture of Olbermann, though it looks a little like Musto. Actually that's a picture of someone who will probably get very little attention on tonight's Hour of Spin, because the infamous, deplorable one has bigger fish to fry...
A "newshour" that would have made Edward R Murrow proud. Comments are open!
In blasting a typical Olbermann attack at a new target (CNN's Campbell Brown), the infamous deplorable one made a comment that struck those of us here at OlbyWatch, who know him too well, as blatantly fatuous. To quote Olby: "I have never knowingly reported anything false and we correct our mistakes."
Yes, he did say that. OK, so the OlbyWatch Research Division is a bit short-handed during the summer months, but even so they were able to whip up a short list of Edward R Olbermann falsehoods and lies...and guess how many he corrected? Here's a hint: if you guessed one, you might just be too high:
The above? Merely an appetizer. There are literally hundreds more examples. But you get the point. Oralmann is a serial misinformer, a congenital liar, and his claim that he 'corrects his mistakes' is the latest example of the latter.
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How are those ratings going, Olby? Not so well. It seems that as FNC continues its dominance over cable news, Countdown to No Ratings is staying the course as well: going down! TV By the Numbers reports that May is Herr Olbermahn's worst month this year, as his audience dwindles and his standings plummet:
May was Countdown with Keith Olbermann's worst month so far in 2010 in the cable news advertiser target adults 25-54 demographic. The show's May, 2010 monthly average of 250,000 adults 25-54 demo viewers was 23% below its 323,000 average in May, 2009.
Perhaps that is why Jed Eckert is reporting on Comcast's plans for Jeff Zucker, and his fair-haired boy Krazy Keith:
The thinking is that Phil Griffin won't have time meet the new bosses before finding himself out on the street. And without Griffin to protect The Stalker from the new corporate bosses, he can cross another network off his list of places he can never work again.
Hmm, some good reading there. Especially when you factor in an exclusive report from Inside Cable News, which has always had good sources inside A-Mess-NBC:
Which cable news show may be showing signs of internal trouble? Rumors are flying that the show's EP has "had it" and another key staffer is leaving the program...
Make of that what you will, and prepare to recap another miserable Hour of Spin. Comments are open!
Another month of Olbermann spin, and once again we poured through the MSNBC transcripts and tallied up the guest breakdown for The Hour of Spin. The results are startlingly similar to the sort of intellectual diversity you might expect to find on Radio Venezuela:
Some fun facts:
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