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    August 9, 2012
    No Joy in Kosville...Mighty Olby Has Struck Out
    Bathtub Boy

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has completed his self-destructive descent into utter irrelevance, but perhaps you can think of something to say about the crash-and-burn career of the world's greatest demagogue. Olbermannwatch is here to give you that opportunity.

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    April 19, 2012
    If It's Sunday, It's Meet the Obsessed

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    April 2, 2012
    Keith Olbermann: An Infantile, Dysfunctional, Empty Vessel

    John Gibson has a few words regarding the firing of Keith Olbermann. Mr Gibson worked with Oralmann for years and knows him as few others do. We have the audio for your listening pleasure:

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    March 30, 2012
    It's Happened Again! Olbermann Fired by Current TV!

    Bathtub Boy

    And he's being replaced by a corrupt ex-politician. Would it be nasty to say that's a step up for Current? Details here.

    From Keach Hagey:
    Source familiar says Olbermann was fired for failing to show up to work ,"sabotaging the network" and attacking Current execs.

    Here is Oralmann's response:

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    March 26, 2012
    Me...My...Me...My...

    Do you remember back when Tony Snow passed away? The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, who had called Snow every name in the book starting with 'baldfaced liar' and moving up, suddenly claimed he and Snow were good friends:

    OLBERMANN: While we could not have disagreed more on policy, we were in frequent contact, even during his days as Press Secretary.

    But in fact this was another one of those sudden revelations that always seemed to happen when someone prominent died. Keith would announce, out of the clear blue, what great pals they were, and how the deceased was a regular viewer of Countdown, yada yada yada. But in the case of Tony Snow, his friends didn't take Oralmann's self-puffery lying down:

    But a true friend of Snow's says Olbermann had "no relationship with Tony, at all." In fact, Olbermann named Snow his "Worst Person in the World" on Jan. 9, 2007, accusing him of lying about President Bush's 2003 "mission accomplished" speech.

    Bathtub Boy pulled this routine over and over. When Tim Russert passed away, Olby laid it on especially thick, making Russert his great supporter at NBC when in fact Oralmann's antics were repellent to a journalist like Tim Russert.

    Tonight Monkeymann will revisit this peculiarly narcissistic tendency of his as he 'pays tribute' to his 'good friend' boxing writer Bert Sugar. And if you want a preview of who his eulogy will really be about, just check Twittermann's feed:
    Bathtub Boy

    If Olby ever breaks the "m" or "I" keys on his keyboard, he'll be rendered speechless.

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    March 1, 2012
    What 's Missing?

    Bathtub Boy

    Here, straight from the twitter account of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, are the topics scheduled for the first Countdown of March:

    That last is rather curious, given Keith Olbermann's own record of misogyny. But say, isn't there something else missing? Some story that might have made news today? Can you figure out what that would be? And will it became the latest Dog That Did Not Bark on OlbyPlanet?

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    February 6, 2012
    Tanned, Rested, and Ready

    Bathtub Boy

    After a string of absences, vacations, and days off that would make President Obama green with envy, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is set to return to his candlelit podium tonight and resume his proper role as King of Kountdown. And you can expect every element to be back in place: attacks on Republicans, a fawning interviewing with Markos "Screw 'Em" Moulitsas, more smears of Arizona as he truckles to the Big Unions, and of course insults galore, aimed at everyone from members of Congress to Rush Limbaugh. It's the beginning of another week--The Hour of Spin times five. Abandon all hope ye who dare to watch.

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    January 5, 2012
    Olby/Current Situation Perlious: Lawyers, Memos, Threats, Lies

    Bathtub Boy

    There's so much news breaking on the Oralmann front that we'll just give you the latest high spots and let you take it from there. Suffice it to say that the infamous, deplorable one is once again alienating everyone he works with and for, and in record time:

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    December 29, 2011
    Trouble in Paradise? Olbermann vs Current!

    Bathtub Boy

    We all know Olbermann doesn't burn bridges at every place he works; he napalms them. Could Current TV be the latest venue for an Olbyplosion? The NY Times seems to think so, based on the fact that the infamous, deplorable one has been noticeably absent from recent special reports and is not scheduled to participate in the first big news night of 2012, the Iowa caucuses:

    These absences suggest that there may be new tension between Mr. Olbermann and the managers at Current, who are trying to create a progressive-oriented cable news channel.

    In the television industry, Mr. Olbermann is well known for fights with his bosses; stories abound about his refusal to speak to managers and executives. At Current, this behavior has continued, according to four people with knowledge of the situation, one of whom described Mr. Olbermann as "disgruntled."...

    On Dec. 22, Mr. Olbermann's last live program of the year, he did not acknowledge his expected absences.

    "We'll be bringing you Best of 'Countdown' each night from tomorrow through Monday, Jan. 2, and then back -- live, live, live -- on Tuesday, Jan. 3," he told viewers. "Congratulations on getting through another year of this crap. Good night and good luck."

    In fact, Current is planning to pre-empt "Countdown" on Jan. 2 for a two-hour caucus preview hosted by Mr. Uygur, according to its schedule.

    Uh oh. What's notable about the above is that it is written by Brian Stelter, so pro-Olbermann that he was seen as an apologist for Bathtub Boy, going so far as to alter or delete posts to conform with the wishes of Olbermann and MSNBC.

    Meanwhile, while Twittermann has exploded at news articles that were unfavorable toward his highness, he has remained uncharacteristically silent since this piece hit the web. Things that make you go: hmmmmmm.

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    UPDATE: Oralmann has changed his twitter page to remove the statement that he is 'Chief News Officer' of Current tv. And he has still said nothing about the NY Times exposé. Hmmmm.

    UPDATE UPDATE: Well it took him over 24 hours, but the infamous, deplorable one has finally come up with a response to the NY Times. It is not very substantive, addresses none of the scheduling changes around his appearances, and says nothing about him removing 'Chief News Officer' from his twitter profile. But this is as close to a response as you'll get from Edward R Olbermann:

    Well, that clears that up, eh Keithy?



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    December 18, 2011
    A Very Olby Christmas
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    December 5, 2011
    Current TV Fires Staffers as Olbermann Pockets Millions!

    Bathtub Boy

    When it comes to the Great Divide between the 1% and the 99%, there's no doubt where Al Gore, impresario of Current TV, and his partner in crime Keith Olbermann stand. The New York Times reports that Current is dumping practically the entire staff of Vanguard. This documentary series, once regarded as the flagship program of Gore's media machine, was described by 'Chief News Officer' Olbermann in the most glowing terms. Bathtub Boy noted that Vanguard was "a skeleton -- in the most complimentary sense -- of an outstanding international news operation".

    Yeah, well, so much for that. The lucky Vanguard staffers are being reassigned; the rest are getting their walking papers. They're out the door, and here's why:

    A person who worked on "Vanguard" for years said that Current, while profitable, seemed unable to afford the documentary unit and the new shows. "If you're committed to boots on the ground journalism, there are just fixed costs you can't get around," he said. "And Current isn't exactly flush."

    Really? Whatever could Current be spending money on that it can't afford to keep a few lower-level staffers on their payroll? We know the answer to that, don't we?

    Keith Olbermann is not in the witness protection program, but he might as well be. His show on Al Gore's Current TV (America's least watched network) has lost nearly a third of its viewers in four months. Pretty impressive result for $10 million a year. That's just his salary.

    Even back then, media writers knew that the facade at Current TV couldn't sustain Oralmann's King Midas salary. It was inevitable that all those lower level jobs would be jettisoned in order to make it possible to pay Olby and keep his bathtub full:

    Al Gore, Current's chairman and co-founder, is also whistling a symphony past this particular graveyard. He told Crain's New York: "We're going to be creating a lot of jobs for people who are not afraid to speak truth to power." We can only hope this isn't the former vice president's solution to the unemployment problem.

    However, some people are getting good jobs at good wages. In addition to recently hiring Bohrmann, former head of CNN's Washington bureau, it has also picked up Shelley Lewis as executive vice president of programming. Lewis' previous experience includes co-creating the Air America Radio network. Well, that certainly turned out well. The network's other new employees include former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur and former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm.

    Where Current gets the money to pay these people or even stay in business is anybody's guess.

    So Edward R Olbermann and his 1% pals settle into their cushy leather chairs in their Current tv penthouses, while the people who do the real labor of producing documentaries--the hard working 99%--get shown the door. All by command of Current's Chief News Officer: the infamous, deplorable one himself.

    Keith Olbermann, thy name is hypocrisy!

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    November 30, 2011
    Uh Oh...Olby Has Another Twitter Snit!

    Bathtub Boy

    Just what is it with Edward R Olbermann and Twitter anyhow? When he's not lying about Twitter to smear someone, or using Twitter to lie about his own words, the infamous deplorable one is getting himself in hot water by ridiculing and minimizing charges of rape. And just when you think Oralmann might have this interweb thing sussed out, he goes and walks into another propellor.

    This has all the hallmarks of Olby's previous twitter snits: blocking people, alienating fans, nasty treatment of women...a compendium of Keith's Greatest Hits. Let Ceilidh-ann explain it all in what has become a disturbingly familiar pattern of Olbermann derangement:

    My tweet being mentioned here is this:
    • "What do Bachmann's looks have to do with it, Lewis? #Countdown"

    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's physical appearance was mentioned in one of Lewis's comments, which I found unfair since it's unfair and extremely misplaced to emphasise style over substance in politics, especially in regards to women, who have faced such discrimination for so long. I never followed up on this tweet except for a couple replies to friends, and my tweet wasn't meant as some malicious insult to Lewis. Olbermann's justification for blocking me came here again in another reply to a friend of mine:

    • "Just the last name is far more insulting than just the first. We're done here."

    This is new to me. I've always been told that it's ruder to refer to someone you don't know by their first name, since it adds an edge of condescension to the equation, and with twitter, tone is so hard to grasp sometimes. Countdown is a political show and it's commonplace, or at least it is in UK, to refer to political figures by their surnames. I do it all the time and I know I'm not the only one. 140 characters requires brevity. The choice of surname wasn't meant as some damning critique of Lewis, nor was it meant as the insult of the century. Besides, Olbermann refers to someone by their surname a few tweets earlier. Maybe it's only rude if you're British:

    https://twitter.com/#!/KeithOlbermann/status/141677694415937537

    There's much more so read the whole thing and marvel at the inner workings of that miasma of paranoia and insecurity that is Olbermann's Brain. Then you'll have some idea why Bathtub Boy has once again gone on a twitter semi-boycott: he'll continue to post plugs for his show, but he won't lower himself by actually replying to the rabble:

    Man, if we wanted to we couldn't make up crazy like this.

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    November 15, 2011
    Olbermann Caught in Another Smear!

    Bathtub Boy

    We've said it again and again, and the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann continues to verify what Olbermann Watch has been exposing for years. Edward R Olbermann smears people with lies. He gets his source material from blue blogs. Rip 'n' Read Olbermann then repeats whatever smear he finds there, ramping it up with name calling and other hysterical bits of performance art, and the gullible Olbyloons who think he is a 'journalist' with only the most 'reliable sources' lap it up like the credulous lemmings they are.

    The latest example: Oralmann claims Rep Alan West boasted of being a member of a white supremacist biker gang. Where did Monkeymann get this hot news flash from? Maybe The Pulp. Possibly Democratic Underground. Whatever it was, Edward R Olbermann obviously never listened to the audio (which clearly reveals West in a sarcastic, this-is-the-kind-of-crap-I-have-to-put-up-with mode) or he did and decided not to let the truth stand in the way of his latest smear.

    But even the left-leaning media aren't buying the latest Olbermann Lie. Here's Tommy Christopher:

    Keith Olbermann gave Rep. Allen West (R-FL) top honors in his "Worst Persons" segment, ostensibly for "admitting" (and even "bragging") that he was a member of a white supremacist motorcycle gang, after denying any connection to such a gang for the past year or so.

    While West's courtship of motorcycle clubs like The Outlaws is still worthy of scrutiny, the fact is that he made no such admission....

    On his program last night, Keith Olbermann mangled even the basic background of the story, saying that last year, NBC reported that "goddamned liar" West "had once been a member of an otherwise all-white motorcycle gang."...it's hard to imagine something so obvious getting past everyone on his show.

    No it isn't. Bathtub Boy's gaggle of yes-men never tell the Emperor about those new clothes he's wearing. Olbermann wouldn't hire them if they did.

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    October 31, 2011
    Keith Olbermann's Monster Rap

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    October 17, 2011
    Wall Street Occupier 'Explains' Protests to John Gibson!

    Yes, it's one of Edward R Olbermann's peeps, one of those occupiers Herr Olbermahn loves so much, explaining it all to John Gibson. Listen in amazement as Dylan in Vermont dazzles you with his intelligence, command of the facts, and brilliant argumentation. Exactly what you might expect from, say, one of Olby's two dozen viewers:

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    October 10, 2011
    Olbermann Visits Drug Pushers and Peeps at Wall Street!

    He couldn't be bothered to attend a gathering of the 'predominately white' tea party, but the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann did find time to shuffle over to Wall Street and meet with his predominately white unwashed peeps.

    These photos, courtesy of the UK Daily Mail, document this historic occasion. It is not known if Oralmann took advantage of the marijuana and heroin sales on offer at the site. But, to use a classic Olby argumentation technique, he has so far refused to denounce the drug sellers and their criminal activities; he has yet to disassociate himself from their deadly trade. Just when will he do so?


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    September 20, 2011
    Olbermann Ratings: It's an All-Time Low!

    Bathtub Boy

    There is no joy in Kosville; Mighty Olby has struck out. Hard to believe but the longer he's on Current TV, the more viewers turn away in droves. It was right here at Olbermann Watch where you heard first the truth about Oralmann's ratings: after opening night the numbers would begin their inexorable, inevitable decline. And sure enough, the infamous, deplorable one's audience size has been shrinking so badly even Keith's pocketful of Cialis can't help him any longer.

    As reported by the New York Daily News, the pitifully small viewership of Countdown has gotten even smaller:

    Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" has experienced quite a comedown since leaving MSNBC.

    After debuting to promising ratings on the Current cable network in late June, Olbermann's political commentary show posted its lowest numbers yet the week of Sept 5-11.

    ...According to one source, "Countdown" ranked among the top 20 cable news shows when it ran on MSNBC. (After almost eight years at the left-leaning network, Olbermann abruptly announced on-air Jan. 21 that that night's show would be his last.)

    In August, that source says "Countdown" on Current ranked 65th.

    At this rate, Keith will soon be battling it out for bottom place with the ShamWow guy and Snuggies.

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    September 7, 2011
    Surprise! Keith Olbermann Lies About Fox News...Again!

    Bathtub Boy

    No matter how many times we chronicle the Olbermann lies about Fox News, they keep coming. Today progressive blogger Tommy Christopher gets the credit for spotting the latest Olbysmear, this time of journalist (a foreign concept to Keith) Ed Henry:

    Olbermann slammed Henry as "mediocre," and falsely accused him of ascribing violent intent to Hoffa... his slaps at Ed Henry are unwarranted, and inaccurate.

    Christopher shows Keith was lying even about the number of words Mr Henry spoke! Is there nothing Oralmann won't fabricate to satisfy his diseased paranoia?

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    August 18, 2011
    Olbermann Crosses New Frontiers in Journalism!

    The guiding hand of ex-CNNer David Borhman is already evident at Current, as Edward R Olbermann serves up another stunning example of journalistic brilliance. Word is that this has already been forwarded to the Pulitzer Committee for their urgent consideration:

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    August 11, 2011
    Uh Oh. Bad News for Edward R Olbermann...

    Bathtub Boy

    We've commented repeatedly on how tight-lipped Olbermann's corporate masters have been with ratings information. Olby, who in his salad days at A-Mess-NBC regularly touted his strong (i.e. losing) ratings in the 'money demo', has now lapsed into the sound of silence when it comes to Nielsen numbers.

    The reason for that became clear today as the Hollywood Reporter revealed the latest ratings for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann and his community access cable hour. Yes, you guessed it: Countdown has achieved record ratings. Record lows that is. Under Herr Olbermahn's stewardship the program has sunk to its lowest 25-54 viewership level evah:

    Keith Olbermann's Countdown on Current hit an all-time low last week in the 25-54 demographic. The show pulled in 85,000 viewers in the demo, that was down 2 percent compared to the previous week when the debt ceiling debate was still roiling Washington. Countdown averaged 208,000 total viewers, up 5 percent week-to-week.

    Of course Current suits are spinning the numbers as 'outstanding' (!), but they are whistling past the graveyard. Because things are only going to get worse for Olby:

    Olbermann has new competition at 8 p.m. as Anderson Cooper 360 moved into the hour and immediately posted double-digit demo gains compared to CNN's previous time-period average. On Tuesday, Cooper's second night anchoring at 8 p.m., the show averaged 228,000 viewers in the demo. Cooper has anchored the program this week from Africa. He was at the Kenya-Somalia border for Monday's show and Mogadishu on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Go Coop!

    How long will Al Gore keep paying Olbermann's salary, which was pegged at $10 million so that Keith could brag he's making as much as Bill O'Reilly? For a whopping 85,000 pairs of eyeballs, compared with the 600,000 to 900,000 demo viewers who turn in to Mr Bill nightly? Remember our cable news chart? Olby's 85,000 viewers lands him in 48th place, behind the already-cancelled Cenk Uygur, FNC's 3:00 am Red Eye, and HLN's struggling Showbiz Tonight. Well done, Al. Keep it up, Keith!

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    August 8, 2011
    Can Current's New Boss Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear?

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    David Bohrman was best known as the CNN exec who came up with such brilliant journalistic insights as election-night holograms. Now he has fled the CNN fold, only to take charge of Current TV...which is like leaving a multi-national corporation to go and run a cable access station. No, it isn't like that. It is that!

    But have no fear. In an interview Borhman promises that Current will remain all progressive all the time. The subject of ratings comes up, but DB gives no information whatsoever. In other words, they still suck.

    Respected critic David Zurawik ponders if even this wunderkind from CNN can make a silk purse out of the sow's ear that is Keith Olbermann:

    Maybe if Borhman digs deep enough, he will find a journalist under all the rhetorical mustard that now constitutes Olbermann's act. The question is whether Olbermann will be wise enough to listen to his new boss and become a responsible member of the press rather than a strange performer in a sideshow tent far off the midway of TV and American political life.

    We can answer that: No.

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    August 1, 2011
    Keith Olbermann's Delusions of Relevancy

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    It's almost like he's in his own little world. Oh wait, he is. It's OlbyPlanet. That's the place where Keith Olbermann speaks and the populace rush to action, overwhelming the country with righteous indignation...because Keith told them to.

    Here he is, tweeting away, about his latest manifesto, a call for people to take to the streets on his say so:

    Wow. You can imagine the DC Mall filling up tomorrow morning after Herr Olbermahn orders his vast audience of a few thousand to 'take to the streets'! He's pimping his latest Special Education Comment further at his favorite blog, the Daily Kos, in a teaser post that is nonetheless sprinkled with such unsurprising statements as:

    Given the choice between a Democratic president in 2013 and a Republican one - possibly one who is certifiably insane - I'm going to choose the Democratic one every time.
    Now there's a shocker. This from the 'journalist' who once bragged that he didn't vote because people might get the idea that he had picked a favorite, something he as a 'journalist' would never do. So much for that! Anyhow, tonight he will also bring on Kos himself, who maybe will again discuss murdered Americans overseas with his classic line 'Thcrew 'Em!', but more likely will thimply therve ath a human Xerox mathine mindlethly dittoing everything Olby thez.

    This time it doesn't matter that the suits at Current keep the ratings a deep, dark secret. We'll know tomorrow if the streets of our nation's capital are overrun with outraged Olbots demanding a Safety Net. Or if the response to Oralmann's latest blowhard diatribe is another great, nationwide yawn. Put your money on the latter.

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    July 26, 2011
    The March to Irrelevancy!

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    The universe appears to have conspired to rob the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann of his last shred of relevance. His girl friend dumped him (once she acquired a cushy job working for the same company as Herr Olbermahn). Then his company dumped him, tossing him out on his ear, as has happened so frequently in what we laughingly call his 'career'.

    Now Keith Olbermann, we understand, does a nightly tv show on a little-seen cable channel. A channel so unimportant that if you have cable tv, there's a 50% chance you don't get the Olby Channel. He rails nightly against the usual names from his 'enemies' list, and actually believes there are throngs watching and hanging on his every word. But Current has stopped even giving out weekly ratings, adopting a curious silence about what many are convinced is the continued erosion of Oralmann's already-miniscule audience.

    Indeed, things on OlbyPlanet have become so irrelevant that it's a challenge to come up with something to post about. Outside of a few gullible cranks that hang out at his disreputable blog, nobody cares any more what he says. He's not getting noticed by the websites who watch cable news...maybe because he isn't on a cable news channel. John Gibson can't be bothered with Keith any more. KO is totally off the grid. Olbermann isn't even a has-been. He's a has-was.

    You just can't get more utterly irrelevant than Keith Olbermann. So we have trouble coming up with things to post about him. The best we can do for now is to trump up a post about how utterly inconsequential Olby has become. He's the national yawn. On his best days, he aspires to be peripheral. And that's the name of that tune.

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    July 15, 2011
    Keith Olbermann: The Lost Months

    The infamous, deplorable one will not be making an appearance tonight. Instead, Bathman's sidekick Robin will be running The Hour of Spin. So to assuage your disappointment, please enjoy the following. It's the next best thing to much better than the real Oralmann:

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    July 13, 2011
    Olbermann to Obama: Just Break the Law!

    If you've been following Edward R Olbermann's commentaries on the debt ceiling, you know that he's been pushing the notion that the President isn't bound by his oath to the Constitution. Just raise the debt ceiling on your own, sez Olby. Never mind that the Constitution gives the power of the purse to the Congress, not the Executive branch:

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    July 5, 2011
    Countdown Ratings Continue to Slide

    Bathtub Boy

    In a rare burst of transparency, the suits at Current have generously given us ratings for the second week of Countdown...not night by night, mind you, but simply the average numbers for week two. You will recall how Olby trumpeted his 'key demo' (25-54) ratings for the first week, an astonishing, jaw-dropping 133,000 viewers. Of course what Oralmann didn't mention is that, compared with all the other programs on genuine cable news channels, that puts him in about 40th place.

    Those lackluster numbers tumbled further in the second week of Countdown on Current. Rather than building an audience, Edward R Olbermann appears to be driving them off, as week two found his 133K viewers dwindling to 93,000. In the all-important, nothing-else-matters, ultra-significant 'money demo' (to quote Olby). And plugging that number into the chart finds the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann now plummeting to 48th place, behind even such dayside MSNBC failures as D-Rat and the Daily Rundown.

    Funny thing, Herr Olbermahn didn't crank out any self-congratulatory tweets about these new numbers. What an odd oversight. Of course, while tweeting a suspicious claim about his premiere night numbers being higher than originally reported, he did toss out this bit of bushwa to cover his backside:

    Yeah, well right now they're only bouncing in one direction: DOWN!

    On tonight's Hour of Spin, Merkle will show his great independence and serious journalist cred by completely ignoring the story that has the country transfixed: the Anthony verdict. Instead, he'll focus on attacking Republicans (Rick Santorum will be a key victim), which is of course the mission statement of Countdown.

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    June 30, 2011
    What Olbermann (and Current) Aren't Telling Us About His Ratings

    No nightly ratings reports. CurrenTV and Keith 'Transparency' Olbermann have been unusually secretive about the ratings for the new Countdown. So far we have only been given two sets of figures: ratings in the key 25-54 demo for the first night (179K), and a summary rating of the first week: 131K 25-54 viewers.

    Now it's clear that the premiere night viewership was much higher than the overall weekly average proved to be. That means that while it appeared that his debut put him in 29th place compared to the rest of the cable news viewership, going by a week's worth of ratings--a more representative sample--finds the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann did considerably worse than 29th place. In fact, that number places him tied with reruns of Celebrity Apprentice in 40th place!

    But that week's worth of numbers also includes the inflated premiere night ratings, an unrepresentative thumb on the scale that does not represent the night-by-night viewership of the program. So another way to look at the numbers is to exclude the opening night outlier. Mathematics tells us that the other four nights (Tuesday-Friday) had to average 119K viewers for the week's overall numbers to be 133K. Well, a 119K nightly viewership is even more of an embarrassment for Edward R Olbermann. Given that kind of meager audience he now finishes in 42nd place, behind every program on FNC (including the 3:00 am Red Eye), behind Joe Scarborough, behind Headline News's morning program...even behind CNN's struggling American Morning.

    42nd place! At this rate it won't be long before Squawk Box and Sermonette start out-rating Oralmann. As a first week, it can only be called...disastrous.

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    2Q 11 (LIVE+SD) FINAL Competitive Program Analysis (excluding breaking news & specials)2Q'11 FINAL (03/28/11-06/24/11)Ranked On:A25-54

    1. FOXNTHE OREILLY FACTORMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 636
    2. FOXNHANNITYMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 504
    3. FOXNGLENN BECKMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 413
    4. FOXNON THE RECORD W/GRETAMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 398
    5. FOXNTHE OREILLY FACTOR (repeat)MTWTF__11:00P -12:00A 384
    6. FOXNTHE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITHMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 381
    7. FOXNSPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIERMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 377
    8. FOXNFOX AND FRIENDSMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 358
    9. MSNBRACHEL MADDOW SHOWMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 314
    10. CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360MTWTF__10:00P -11:00P 302
    11. FOXNAMERICAS NEWSROOMMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 284
    12. MSNBED SHOWMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 271
    13. MSNBLAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELLMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 251
    14. CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360MTWTF__11:00P -12:00A 248
    15. HLN NANCY GRACEMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 248
    16. FOXNYOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTOMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 235
    17. MSNBMSNBC INVESTIGATES____F__11:00P -12:00A 228
    18. FOXNAMERICA LIVEMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 209
    19. CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHTMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 204
    20. HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORTMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 200
    21. FOXNSTUDIO B W/S.SMITHMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 197
    22. FOXNHAPPENING NOWMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 196
    23. CNN SITUATION ROOMMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 189
    24. CNN JOHN KING USAMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 188
    25. CNBCAPOCALYPSE 2012___TF__06:00A -11:00P 183
    26. MSNBLAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELLMTWTF__11:00P -12:00A 182
    27. HLN DR. DREWMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 181
    28. MSNBHARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWSMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 179
    29. FOXNRED EYEMTWTF__03:00A -04:00A 178
    30. HLN ISSUESMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 172
    31. MSNBMSNBC INVESTIGATES____F__06:00A -11:00P 171
    32. CNN CNN NEWSROOMMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 169
    33. CNN IN THE ARENAMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 168
    34. MSNBMORNING JOEMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 161
    35. HLN JOY BEHARMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 158
    36. HLN PRIME NEWSMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 147
    37. HLN MORNING EXPRESS W/ MEADEMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 145
    38. CNN AMERICAN MORNINGMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 141
    39. HLN MORNING EXPRESSMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 136
    40. CNBCTHE APPRENTICE____F__06:00A -11:00P 133
    41. HLN HLN LOCAL EDITIONMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 127
    42. HLN HLN NEWSMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 118
    43. MSNBANDREA MITCHELL REPORTSMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 114
    44. HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHTMTWTF__11:00P -12:00A 112
    45. MSNBDAILY RUNDOWNMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 111
    46. MSNBMSNBC LIVEMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 111
    47. MSNBDYLAN RATIGAN SHOWMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 107
    48. HLN NANCY GRACE-MISSINGMTWTF__06:00A -11:00P 84


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    June 27, 2011
    Even Major League Baseball Has Turned Against Keith Olbermann!

    On tonight's Hour of Spin: attacks on Karl Rove, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, yada yada yada.

    On Tuesday's Hour of Spin: Attacks on Bachmann (calling her a pig apparently wasn't enough), Boehner, Eric Bolling, and more.

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    June 24, 2011
    Olbermann Revives Grudge Against Petraeus with New Attack

    Bathtub Boy

    Keith Olbermann is such a slippery, weaselly bastard. On September 10, 2007, the hot political topic of the day was the moveon.org advertisement that portrayed General David Petraeus as 'General Betray Us'. Politicos from Mitt Romney to Nancy Pelosi condemned this attempt to paint a military hero as a traitor who would betray his country. Of course Edward R Olbermann chimed in, attacking Republicans as 'egregious' for criticizing the ad, while pretending to be reluctant to echo the ad by saying: 'Not to defend that phraseology'.

    Funny, how Olbermahn pretended to disapprove of the Petraeus-BetrayUs line...funny, because it was Olbermann himself who created it! Weeks before the moveon.org ad appeared with its reprehensible language, Edward R Olbermann had already beaten them to the punch, bellowing in his opening spiel:

    OLBERMANN: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? The Petraeus report, less Petraeus, more betrayaeus (ph).

    Just to drive the point home he also plastered it on screen, as the graphic illustrates. But when Olbermann's own language became so toxic that even Nancy Pelosi rejected it, Keith pretended like he had nothing to do with it, and whimpered: 'Not to defend that phraseology'. As we said, Olby is a weasel, and a spineless one at that.

    So what does this all have to do with tonight's Hour of Spin? Follow. Oralmann's vicious attack on Petraeus, impugning his patriotism by calling him a traitor, had its roots in Gen Petraeus's plan to surge in Iraq. And Gen Olbermahn didn't like that, not one bit. He railed against it night after night, predicting that Petraeus's reckless plan was doomed to result in a massacre of US forces, and would produce nothing more than 'failed blood-letting'.

    Oralmann kept up his smears of Petraeus. A year later, as the success of the surge became evident and the predicted 'blood-letting' failed to take place, Olby moved the goalposts, insisting that the goal of the surge wasn't about reducing violence anyway, so there! And besides, he pointed out with the loopy assistance of Rachel Maddow, Petraeus is just trying to 'sell a political platform'.

    For normal people what happened next would have been the end of the grudge. A candidate for President was asked about the surge in Iraq. His response:

    It succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

    The candidate who said that? Our current President: Barack Obama. That should've been enough even for Olbermann to pack it in, and admit (if only to himself) that he was wrong about the surge, and wrong about Petraeus.

    Ah, but the infamous, deplorable one does not give up his grudges so easily. Being proven wrong only deepened and intensified his seething hatred for Petraeus. And now, years after it was clear to everyone--even Barack Obama--that the General was right and Keith Olbermann was horribly, disastrously incorrect, Olby hasn't moved on. He's never admitted he got it wrong. He's never retracted calling the General an un-American traitor--let alone apologized for it. And tonight he will launch a fresh attack on David Petraeus.

    The latest Special Education Comment will demand (yes, demand! Are you listening, Mr President?!) that Barack Obama pull the nomination of David Petraeus to head the CIA. Because? Well, he'll have the usual talking-point reasons assembled by trollling through his favorite blue blogs, and no doubt he'll frame it as having to do with 'torture' or some other pretextual justification. But now you know the truth, the real reason why Olbermann hates General David Petraeus and is still holding a grudge for nearly half a decade.

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    June 23, 2011
    Clever Olbermann Trick to Annoy MSNBC Lasts Less Than a Week

    Bathtub Boy

    No doubt Edward R Olbermann thought this was the cleverest thing in the world. He would make his community access cable show run over each night with three extra minutes, thereby screwing up people who wanted to watch shows at 9:00 pm (primarily an attempt to annoy those evil overlords at MSNBC who dared to fire him earlier this year). Well, all petty things must come to an end, and the infamous, deplorable one has already decided to abandon this oh-so-clever stratagem, reversing course before he's even concluded his first week on the air!

    Olby took to twitter this afternoon to spin the decision to his credulous followers:

    Note the 'my friend Rachel' wording, designed to distract the reader from noticing that this entire bit of Olby chicanery was targeted at his 'friend' Rachel in the first place!

    Meanwhile, with the heavily hyped premiere now receding into history, Olbermann continues to keep any more current ratings a deep, dark secret. No leaks, no self-congratulatory tweets, no snarky comments about beating CNN. Man, those numbers must be something else. If you think Keith Olbermann should lift the veil of secrecy on his nightly Nielsens, tweet him at @KeithOlbermann and tell him so. It's about time Oralmann delivered the same sort of transparency that he demands of everyone else!

    On tonight's Hour (+ 3 minutes) of Spin, the usual gang of (D) politicians and left-wing spin maestros on the most one-sided program since Radio North Korea. Attacks on Republicans over the budget talks, the Afghanistan war, and agit-prop for gay marriage, drugs, and illegal immigration. Special guest: Jeanine 'racism, straight-up' Garafalo. Because Countdown always gets the most respected intellectuals as guests.

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    June 22, 2011
    Why Has the Olbermann/Current Hype Machine Suddenly Gone Silent?

    Bathtub Boy

    It was Tuesday, around 6:30 pm. Keith Olbermann and his corporate overlords couldn't wait to hype their amazing 29th-place finish on Monday, premiere night for Countdown 2.0 on Current. The numbers were promptly leaked to the 'right' people, and Olby himself jumped to direct his twitter lemmings where to read all about it.

    But oddly, the information provided only told half the story. Current and Oralmann boasted about their ratings in the important, vital, crucial, nothing-else-matters, significant, key demo of 25-54, but what about total viewers? That information was withheld, and remains so even now. Why? That's a question that also occurred to Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik, who noted the irony of the situation:

    The main reason for such a redacted ratings release is that it makes it easier to spin numbers when the folks are only getting the bright and shiny ones. And isn't that just the kind of corporate spin and truth-shading that Olbermann says his show is so against?...

    But it is hypocritical, isn't it, to sit in front of a camera from 8 to 9 p.m. five nights a week demanding transparency from everyone else, and then playing the selective-release, PR, spin game with your Nielsen numbers?

    But that's Olbermann, isn't it?

    It sure is. Mr Zurawik continues:

    By the way, as folks like Conan O'Brien know, opening night numbers have a tendency to be inflated. So, let's not go nuts one way or the other over these.

    Isn't that a coincidence. Here it is, only minutes before Wednesday's Hour (and three extra minutes of Olby pettiness) of Spin is to commence, and we're still in the dark about the ratings for Tuesday, the day after opening night, which as Mr Zurawik says will likely show a marked decline from Monday's numbers. Not a peep from Edward R Olbermann. Not a peep from Current. Suddenly the hype machine, in overdrive for weeks, has gone silent. Why?

    It could be just a minor delay, and if there is any info released on this tonight we'll update this post with the Big News as soon as it becomes available. But what if Olby and Current decide they aren't going to give us any ratings for Tuesday? Or Wednesday? Or any other day where the numbers can't be spun to make Countdown appear to be a success? The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann could go on the air night after night and demand everyone else be transparent...while he and his underlings hide the truth from the rest of world. That would truly be one of the Great Moments in Olbypocrisy.

    While we await the now long-overdue Tuesday Transparency, we invite you to recap tonight's atrocious episode of Countdown. It will kick off with the Prez talking to us about Afghanistan, and then Oralmann will be on with his instant analysis.

    By the way, one of Monkeymann's guests will be Matt Taibbi, who just by coincidence has written a scorching hit-piece on Michele Bachmann. Plus Fat Ass will welcome none other than 9/11 truther Van Jones. Hey, what a great opportunity to attack Bachmann and bash Fox News! After all, both of those are far more important than talking about Afghanistan. It's more of that vaunted Olbermann 'news judgment'.

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    June 21, 2011
    Current Claims Their Secret Numbers Show Countdown a Success!

    Bathtub Boy

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Current has released the first-night numbers for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. The channel claims that Edward R Olbermann attracted 179,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demo, crowing that they "beat CNN"! Of course at that hour CNN is running the basement-dwelling Eliot Spitzer hour, so that's not saying much. Still, it's an impressive first-night for Herr Olbermahn, but with the curiosity factor satiated, we should look for those numbers to sag as the week goes on.

    But can we trust these numbers at all? Just because Current says something doesn't make it true; don't forget who their Chief News Officer is. According to TV By the Numbers:

    CurrentTV does not subscribe to the Nielsen service that would regularly measure its programs (presumably because it's only in around 60 million homes). Until CurrentTV subscribes to be measured, there's no chance we (or anybody else) will regularly see any numbers and unless they order a special report and then release those numbers, you won't likely see any one-off reporting either.

    Interestingly, the word 'Nielsen' doesn't appear anywhere in the Hollywood Reporter piece. Hmm, do we know these numbers from Current are Nielsen numbers at all, as opposed to something Olby's interns came up with while making random calls to the Daily Kos subscriber base? It all remains to be seen, but assuming arguendo the 179K is correct, where would that leave Olby? In the top 10 cable news shows? Top 20? Well, here is the list (25-54 demo). Note: this list only covers early morning and primetime shows. Fox News daytime programs routinely out-rate many of the primetime shows on other channels, but the nightly ratings do not include the daytime hours:

    1. O'Reilly - 735K
    2. Hannity - 483K
    3. O'Reilly repeat - 438K
    4. Nancy Grace - 419K
    5. Glenn Beck - 411K
    6. Fox Report - 341K
    7. Jane Velez-Mitchell - 332K
    8. Anderson Cooper - 332K
    9. Bret Baier - 329K
    10. Ed Show - 319K
    11. Fox & Friends - 310K
    12. Rachel Maddow - 310K
    13. Joy Behar - 264K
    14. Prime News - 239K
    15. The Last Word - 237K
    16. Cooper 360 (11 pm) - 226K
    17. HLN Special Report - 212K
    18. Piers Morgan - 212K
    19. Last Word (11 pm) - 206K
    20. Morning Joe - 203K
    21. Situation Room - 186K
    22. Hardball - 183K
    23. Countdown - 179K

    There you have it. Edward R Olbermann finishes in the #23 slot (in fact lower than that given the numbers that Fox daytime programs pull). Isn't it ironic? Markos 'The Liar' Moulitsas ridiculed Joe Scarborough as the 'lowest rated' morning cable news host...yet Joe still has more viewers than Keith Olbermann does! If anyone believed Markos, that would mean Olbermann loses to every morning cable news show on the air, but of course we know better than to believe Markos. It's enough to realize that KO is pulling up the rear, exactly where he belongs.

    Discuss, resolve, and recap tonight's gruesome Hour of Spin, which will revisit Jon Stewart vs Chris Wallace, John McCain, Afghanistan...and hey, maybe Edward R Olbermann will even discuss some topics he didn't cover less than 24 hours ago.

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    UPDATE: Politico tells us that Current has recently started being rated by Nielsen. They also note that Current has forbade Nielsen from releasing the total viewership (all ages) numbers for Countdown, from which we can conclude that they suck. Meanwhile, here's an interesting bit of context about Current's status in the overall cable picture.

    For a fuller picture of how Mr Opening Night's ratings compare with other cable news programs, here are the top cable news programs (25-54 demo) for May 2011, with Olby added in. This list includes the daytime programs the nightly list omits:

    1. O'Reilly - 630K
    2. Hannity - 498K
    3. Glenn Beck - 412K
    4. Greta - 405K
    5. Fox Report - 398K
    6. O'Reilly (11pm) - 396K
    7. Anderson Cooper - 388K
    8. Fox & Friends - 388K
    9. Bret Baier - 374K
    10. Rachel Maddow - 336K
    11. Anderson Cooper (11pm) - 322K
    12. America's Newsroom - 317K
    13. The Ed Show - 298K
    14. The Last Word - 266K
    15. Piers Morgan - 250K
    16. John King USA - 245K
    17. The Situation Room - 240K
    18. America Live - 228K
    19. Your World w/Cavuto - 217K
    20. Happening Now - 216K
    21. Studio B - 209K
    22. CNN Newsroom - 205K
    23. MSNBC Investigates - 201K
    24. Hardball - 198K
    25. The Last Word (11pm) - 197K
    26. In the Arena - 197K
    27. Morning Joe - 182K
    28. Red Eye - 179K
    29. Countdown 2.0 - 179K

    As you can see, compared with May's ratings, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is even further down the totem pole. Daytime programs on CNN beat his inflated opening night numbers. In fact, every daytime program on Fox News beats him like a rented mule. But Olby did manage to tie Red Eye...which airs at 3:00 am.



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    June 20, 2011
    Countdown 2.0 Premiere: The Official OlbyWatch Recap!

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    The new and improved Hour of Spin featured the same sort of opening spiel as ever. A rant against the Libyan war, and a slam on Reagan: "He's dead and he was a lousy President". Clarence Thomas. Conservatives selling their souls, And already a special education comment: government by the people, not by the corporations...like the ones who sponsor Countdown. And greatest cellphone video ever, where the audio drops out for an uncomfortably long time. We're back on OlbyPlanet guys, so watch for attacks on Fox, Republicans, etc. But can the infamous, deplorable one find a way to actually bring up Bush for some primo bashing? Stay tuned!

    #5 begins with "As I was saying..." Attack on Rove and Liz Cheney [ding!] for wanting to get the Libyan war over with by ramping up the strikes. Olby cites the Libyan foreign minister's condemnation of the USA. Yeah, his sources are stellar as usual. Keithy stumbles into an accuracy (it had to be inadvertent) regarding the Congress role in war-making. He says Dennis Kucinich (D) is suing on this point. Actually, Keith doesn't want to admit it but the lawsuit was not filed by just Kucinich but by a bipartisan group of ten lawmakers, both (D) and (R).

    Then to explore the constitutional issues, who does Fat Ass bring on? Fatter Ass! Michael Moore, who is an expert in...what exactly? Never mind, at least he didn't joke about wanting a hurricane to kill Republicans, like he did the time Olby found it so funny. The discussion was about as illuminating as a burned-out black light, and of course since you can't take anything either one of them says at face value, it had no educational merit whatsoever. But it did serve a key Olbermahn purpose: they managed to swerve the topic to cherry-picking, torture, and--you guessed it--George W Bush! That's more of a stretch than Olby's vest but it was precisely where Oralmann wanted to go.

    Then the special comment: contexualization, viewpoint, independence, malfeasance of Republicans, timidity of Democrats, and the obligatory obscure literary quote. This time: Harriet Beecher Stowe. And we were hoping for JK Rowling. But we're thankful for small favors: it wasn't Thurber.

    Wow, the first break features ads from Lexus, Foster Grant, and Pradaxa (Big Pharma!). No corporatism here, eh Keithy? The break was interrupted by a typical tease: "Markos Moulitsas inside the Republican Cult".

    The next story (apparently they're not being numbered as they were on A-Mess-NBC) is an attack on Clarence Thomas over 'reported' contributions to his wife and to a non-profit library. Now who better to analyze the ethics of a Supreme Court Justice than a convicted felon who is also a disbarred lawyer? That's right, it's John Dean lecturing others about ethics. Sort of like getting advice on modesty from Anthony Weiner. Sure enough Dean manages to bring Nixon into it. It must be noted here that both Olbermann and Dean focused their attack on the Supreme Court's black justice. Isn't this 'racism, straight-up?' Tease for an attack on Fox News. Talk about nostalgia! Man, it's like 'That 70s Show', only more horrible.

    Second break: Ads from Microsoft bookend a lengthy promo for a Current football show. Somebody couldn't straight sell all their ad time?

    Ooh goody, it's the Current version of Oddball, cleverly called...'Time marches on'. Gee, the first story is about...a Microsoft store. Now there's a coincidence. Then Hollywood dresses and Japanese robots. A tease for a Limbaugh attack ("right-wing radio talker").

    Third break: Ford Motors, Zantac (Big Pharma!)...hey, good thing they're not delivering corporate news on this show, ain't it?

    Attack on talk radio, complete with the obligatory mispronouncing of Mark Levin's name and cringe-inducing Oralmann 'voice impression'. Lonesome Rhodes [ding!]. Politico's Kenneth Vogel sacrificed any claim to integrity he had by appearing on OlbyPlanet to hype his report on alleged stealth advertising on talk radio. Monkeymann couldn't wait to compare it to 'payola', and expressed phony 'shock'. Vogel was Great Thanksed.

    Fourth break: Chrysler motors, Geico, Spiriva (more Big Pharma!...it seems like we won't be seeing any pharmaceutical exposes soon).

    KO once boasted that he was dropping 'Worst Persons' in a nod to the new civility, but here it is again. Bronze: Sarah Palin. (Congrats to all who picked Palin as one of the three. Olby is about as unpredictable as Pavlov's dog). Silver: Fox Noise [ding!] He bellowed that Fox 'deceptively edited' 'one key moment' from the Jon Stewart interview...how so? They edited the broadcast version, just as Stewart does, and posted the uncut version on line, just as Stewart does. Somehow, Edward R Olbermann failed to mention that Fox posted the entire unedited video online. Somehow Edward R Olbermann failed to mention that Fox's online video was the source of the clip he played! And his claim that they edited out 'one key moment'? Misleading: the unedited interview runs nearly 25 minutes, what aired is about 10 minutes less. A lot had to be trimmed to fit it into one Fox News Sunday segment, not just 'one key moment'. As usual, when Merkle attacks Fox News, it's not what he says, it's all the things he doesn't say, that prove him a liar. Gold: Some dumb cellphone video.

    Fifth break: T Mobile, plus more Microsoft, Foster Grant, Chrysler ads. None of these are corporations of course, because Countdown would never take ads from corporations.

    Final story: Inside the secessionist, racist Republican Cult...while running down these stories Monkeymann started talking at a mile a minute, because it was 8:57 and he still hadn't brought on GOP expert Markos Moulitsas. Too bad we can't do voice impressions here, like Oralmann does. But we'll try. Moulitsas: Jon Huntsthman ith not embrathed by the grathrooth. hith tough thlog ith pretty much impothible. Itth gonna be tough to untheat Obama. Olby monumentously announced he would go over the 9pm time, to allow Moulitsas to claim Joe Thcarborough hath veto power at M-Eth-NBC (which is why Markos hasn't been on MSNBC). Moulitsas lied, saying Thcarborough is the lowetht rated cable newth morning hotht. Funny thing, neither Markos nor Olby mentioned that Markos was banned for spreading a rumor that Joe Scarborough had murdered a woman in Florida. Funny that little detail didn't come up, ain't it? Moulitsas: I have a thick thkin. I'm happy that you're here, you get to call the shots, and I'm going to do everything I can to help you. (You know, like trying to convince people that Joe Scarborough is a murderer.)

    Papers into the camera and the first Countdown is mercifully over.



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    June 19, 2011
    Countdown to Countdown: Make Your Predictions Here!

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    Tomorrow...tomorrow...it's only a day away. The frenzied panting of the Olbyloons will reach a orgiastic climax in just about 24 hours from now. The premiere of Countdown 2.0 on the community-access channel Current is set to revolutionize television. Dispensing with false humility (or any other kind), Edward R Olbermann will actually have an enlarged photograph of Murrow decorating his set. Ever the master of subtlety.

    Use this space to give us your pre-premiere predictions, ratings speculations, and (if you like) best wishes to the infamous, deplorable one. And come back 24 hours from now to share your instant reactions to Keith Olbermann's march to marginalization.

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    June 7, 2011
    Together Again! Bathman and Robin!

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    In a much-hyped tell-all 'explosive' interview designed as part of the publicity push for the ever-approaching premiere of Countdown on some cable-access channel in the 300s, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann reveals that he has scooped up the much-in-demand services of a reporter with impeccable credentials. Yes, David 'Slippery' Shuster, who for years played Robin to Olby's Bathman, will be Oralmann's substitute anchor (mainly when there's a ball game in the vicinity) on the new incarnation of Countdown.

    David Shuster's reputation as an impartial journalist is well-known. Before he made MSNBC history with his 'pimped out' comment about Chelsea Clinton, Davey was so eager to air phony attacks on Sarah Palin that he actually broadcast an internet hoax thinking it was a news story! And even after he was suspended Shuster was still lying, only doing it on Twitter. But Robin is best known for his scoop--which he beat every other reporter in the country to. It was on Countdown that he broke the news that 'Karl Rove will be indicted'. It was a shining moment in Shuster's illustrious career--and might we say a defining one?

    The rest of the Hollywood Reporter article is even more free PR for Olby and goes into all the bridges he burned at MSNBC--including Rachel Maddow, his one time protoge. Read it at your peril as we eagerly await the infamous, deplorable one's upcoming debut on community-access cable.



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    May 9, 2011
    Ann Coulter Resurrects Keith Olbermann's Career, for Ten Minutes

    Via MRC and the Daily Caller.

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    May 2, 2011
    Olbermann Lies to Cover Up 'The Hunt for Obama'

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    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann quickly jumped at the chance to snark about a tv chyron that read 'Obama Bin Laden'. First he claimed it was the Fox News station in Chicago:

    Then he decided it wasn't Chicago, and figured out it was Sacramento:

    Fox40 in Sacramento is not 'Fox News'. They're a local station that carries Fox broadcast network programming (like 'American Idol'). They don't air Fox News, they aren't even owned by Fox. They're owned by Tribune Broadcasting. But that didn't stop Edward R Olbermann:

    An Olbermann Double Lie! Fox News didn't call him 'Obama Bin Laden', and they didn't 'switch' to calling him 'Usama'--because that's the spelling FNC has used for years. Mainly because it's the spelling that federal agencies like the FBI have used for years.

    Of course the supreme irony of all this is that Oralmann himself actually committed the gaffe that he rushed to slam 'Fox News' for. And on his very own website, no less:

    Mr Bush personally de-prioritized the hunt for Obama...

    Keith Olbermann makes an embarrassing gaffe, and then to cover it up lies that it happened on 'Fox News'. Ladies and gentlemen, the new Murrow!

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    April 18, 2011
    S.E. Cupp Humiliates Olbermann in Her Own Special Comment!

    From glennbeck.com:

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    April 15, 2011
    Red Eye Rips Olbermann's Gutter Attack on S.E. Cupp!

    Enjoy:

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    UPDATE: Thanks to The Blaze for some grade-A linkage and a great post with S.E. Cupp's reaction on this morning's Glenn Beck radio program.

    UPDATE UPDATE: Special thanks to Keith Oralmann himself, who tweeted a link to this post to his credulous followers. KO has always been an Olbermann Watch reader, and it's good to know he still comes here for his Olby updates even while he sits by himself, out of work, with only his bathtub to console him.



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    April 14, 2011
    Olbermann: S.E. Cupp Should Never Have Been Born!

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    It's our pal, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, self-styled policeman of 'civility', who turned on conservative commentator S.E. Cupp today with a viciously repellent thought: she should never have been born!

    But it gets worse than that. For full deets, see this Daily Caller report.

    UPDATE: S.E. Cupp's mom has a few words for the infamous, deplorable Keith Oralmann.

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    March 30, 2011
    Olbermann Returns to Cornell Ag School...in Style

    The Associated Press reports on the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann's appearance at Cornell:

    "The whole premise of being a Republican is that somewhere in the middle of the night some poor person has a dollar that some rich man deserves," Olbermann said to warm applause.

    Demonstrating his environmental consciousness, not to mention his sympathy for the downtrodden, Oralmann was ushered to and from the event in an oversized, gas-guzzling stretch limo:

    Read the backstory on Olby's appearance and his carbon-belching 'whip baller' here.

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    March 23, 2011
    Oh Joy! It's an Olbermann Special Education Comment!

    Yes, even though he has no tv show yet, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has done a Special Education Comment on the war in Libya:

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    March 11, 2011
    Blue Blogs Explode in Anger over Wisconsin Vote!

    Something to tide you over while we wait for Keith Olbermann to make a renewed attempt at relevancy. Here's John Gibson and crew bringing you dramatic readings from blue blogs (Olby's favorite news sources) reacting to the vote in Wisconsin:

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    February 25, 2011
    Red Eye: Lawrence O'Donnell Is the New Keith Olbermann?


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    February 12, 2011
    Fox News Watch Analyzes Keith Olbermann's Move to Current TV

    They also discuss the buyout of HuffPo by AOL:

    BONUS VIDEO!
    'Keith Olbermann' interviewed at CPAC:


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    February 9, 2011
    Keith Olbermann + Al Gore: A Blowhard Bromance!

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    February 8, 2011
    Stand and Salute! Olbermann Now 'Chief News Officer' at CableNews Powerhouse!
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    Official Olby/Current page.



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    January 30, 2011
    Fox News Watch: Keith Olbermann's Firing Was Inevitable


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    January 25, 2011
    Red Eye Salutes the Genius of Keith Olbermann

    Greg Gutfeld, Andy Levy, Bill Schulz and their guests gave a moving tribute to the career of journalistic legend Keith Olbermann, and we have the video for your viewing pleasure:

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    January 24, 2011
    John Gibson: Don't Believe What You Read--Comcast Fired Olbermann!

    John Gibson worked at MSNBC, worked with (and subbed for) the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. He reveals what he says really went on, why Olby was canned, and the many and varied excellent reasons for dumping him:

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    January 21, 2011
    For This Relief, Much Thanks! Comcast Dumps Keith Olbermann!

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    FLASHBACK: Olby boasts that Comcast isn't going to fire him because of all the money he brings in:

    Those of you who've posted about Comcast meaning the end of my show or Rachel's can, I think, relieve yourselves of such concerns....Whatever else you think of these guys, they are not in the habit of saying "a billion in profit over the next five years? Who needs it! Cancel the shows that generate it! (Oh, and let's keep paying both of their salaries, too)."

    FLASHBACK: John Gibson predicts Comcast will fire Keith Olbermann:

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy



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    Olbermann Smear Victim Makes World's Most Futile Request

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    Keith Olbermann smeared John S Wilson on the air after Wilson wrote a post about succession plans for incapacitated Congressmen. Then Mr Wilson made what we rightly describe as the most futile request in the world, and Oralmann's response was just what you'd expect:

    Edward R Olbermann's idea of journalism: level attacks, and don't give your victim the chance to respond. Even when the 'facts' Olby spews turn out to be untrue:

    Case in point: The article in question did not first appear on a "right wing" blog, as Think Progress and Olbermann intoned. In fact, it appeared on The Loop 21, an African-American opinion blog that not only permits diversity of opinion and thought but thrives on it. Contrary to Olbermann's insinuations, as a Governor's Fellow I wasn't a member of Gov. McDonnell's (R-VA) administration any more than I was chief of staff for the two Democratic Virginia state legislators I interned for.

    Read Mr Wilson's full response and learn all the stuff Keith Olbermann hides from his gullible viewers.

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

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    January 20, 2011
    Time for Another Lesson in Civility from Keith Olbermann

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    Keith 'You're a Fascist!' Olbermann spent last night bellowing that Joe Liebermann is a 'delusional liar'. It's part of the 'new tone', don't you know. What can we expect on tonight's Hour of Spin?

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    January 17, 2011
    Time to Ratchet Up the Smears: It's Another Special Education Comment!

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    What's this? Another spittle-flinging rant from Edward R Olbermann. That's right. You see he's suddenly very perturbed. Because despite all the talk about civility, rhetoric, and the like, it seems nobody has come out and condemned violent rhetoric. Well except for Olby, of course. So that means another ten minutes of melodramatic bluster...in the name of 'civility'.

    What is really means is a chance for Krazy Keith to go after those eeevil Fox people. Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and--the greatest Olbsession of them all--O'Reilly! Hey, this would be a good time to demand again (Oralmann loves to demand things) that Obama back out of his interview with Mr Bill. Now this is surely just a coincidence, but yesterday this began running:


    How that must drive the infamous, deplorable one up a padded wall. The green-eyed monster stalks again.

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

    TUESDAY UPDATE:

    It's must-miss tv! Comments are open!



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    January 12, 2011
    Olbypocrisy in the Cross Hairs

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    From Edward R Olbermann:

    Prologue to the preview, from Alan Dershowitz:

    The term "blood libel" has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

    On tonight's Hour of Spin (airing at 11:00 pm):

    THURSDAY UPDATE:
    There isn't any. Not a peep out of Olby since shortly after noon. Don't surprised if he's in the tub tonight.

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    January 11, 2011
    Olbermann Embarrasses Himself...Again!

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    The infamous, deplorable one is loose on Twitter again, and there you can see him in his true element. The witticisms, the pithy exchanges, and the rapier-sharp intellect are exactly what you might expect from Herr Olbermahn. Here he explains the policy of his program to exclude opinions he disagrees with:

    Of course, when caught in a corner, sometimes Edward R Olbermann will resort to such things as bragging about his 'Ivy League' education:

    Oooooh. Isn't that special? Should someone catch him misinforming his gullible followers with untrue 'facts', Olby, who never played football (or any other known sport) proves adept at moving the goalposts:

    Because a man with a gun is 'unarmed' unless he draws the gun...and then magically he's all of a sudden armed! At least that's how it works on OlbyPlanet. And then there's this:

    Hmmm...maybe he condemned it to his barber, or to the last girlfriend to dump him, but there doesn't seem to be any record of it on msnbc:

    Bathtub Boy

    Tonight, you can expect that the buffoon who described the last President as a 'fascist', 'idiot-in-chief', a 'war criminal', and (our favorite) 'psychotic' will lecture us again on why we have to watch our words. Hmm, he took a different, decidedly sarcastic tone regarding Ari Fleischer's call for rhetorical caution after 9/11:

    OLBERMANN: Fleischer tells Maher to watch what he says, contributes to an environment in which ABC fired Maher from his show, warns Americans not to speak freely, that's OK.

    Let's see: it's wrong to ask Americans not to speak freely. But now it's imperative that Americans be told not to speak freely because...well, don't try to make sense out of it. It's OlbyLogic.

    On tonight's entirely civil Hour of Spin:

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    January 10, 2011
    A Chance for Olbermann to Reject Hypocrisy: Quit Kos!

    Submitted for your consideration, images from Keith Olbermann's blog. Look at what was posted at the Daily Kos just two years ago, when they targeted Rep Gabrielle Giffords for defeat:

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    Kos has scrubbed the incriminating images from its site, but that map above can still be found at its original source: the Democratic Leadership Council! The following was posted at the Daily Kos, Keith Olbermann's blog, just two days before Rep Giffords was shot:

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    Olbermann said this on Saturday:

    Those commentators and the others must be repudiated by their viewers and listeners, by all politicians who would appear on their programs including President Obama and his planned interview with Fox on Super Bowl Sunday...

    Imagine that. Edward R Olbermann using the tragedy of a mass murder to try and take Bill O'Reilly's Obama interview away from him. Krazy Keith has issues. Serious issues. And some big time Olbypocrisy. From Fox Haters Week in Review:

    If Olby wants to be taken seriously, he should practice what he preaches. If Sarah Palin's target was as bad as Olbermann's endless invocations of it suggest, then let's see him take on the Daily Kos with the same vigor. To put it another way, the Kos target-bullseye imagery must be repudiated by all readers, and by all writers who would appear on their website--including Kos blogger Keith Olbermann. By his own standards, Olby must condemn Daily Kos and sever ties with them

    Here's an opportunity for Keith Olbermann to show he's not just a posturing charlatan, to prove he takes his own words seriously enough to follow them himself. If he doesn't, he will merely confirm again what we already know: he's a hypocrite and a liar.

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    January 6, 2011
    Gibson Nails Keith Olbermann for Constitution Comments!

    Meanwhile, on tonight's Hour of Spin:

    FRIDAY UPDATE:

    SATURDAY UPDATE:
    A special double-length Hour of Spin, featuring:

    You can see where this one is going. I'm sticking with Shep.

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    January 4, 2011
    Tonight's Dog That Will Not Bark

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    Here's a little trip through the Olbermann Watch Archives:

    That last one exposes even more Olbypocrisy, as the infamous deplorable one rails against ramming bills through a lame duck Congress, because it isn't 'bipartisan'. Hmm, he's been remarkably silent on that topic this year.

    So, President Obama is again about to attach a signing statement to a bill (regarding Gitmo and terrorism provisions). Will Herr Olbermahn lay into him tonight as he did with Bush? Does Edward R Olbermann have even a miniscule shred of journalistic integrity? Does the sun rise in the west? We predict: this dog won't bark.

    What you will get on tonight's Hour of Spin:

    WEDNESDAY UPDATE:
    No barking dog yet? Tonight's Hour of Spin:

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    January 3, 2011
    You Can Turn Off Radio Venezuela Now, The Infamous, Deplorable Olbermann Is Back!

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    A new year, a new Congress, but the same old Olby. The infamous, deplorable one will be back in the throne on OlbyPlanet, ready to dispense his own diseased brand of justice to anyone who is even slightly to the right of Karl Marx.

    What does Herr Olbermahn have on tap for tonight? Here's a preview of Monday's Hour of Spin:

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    December 22, 2010
    Olbermann Again Tweets False Info, This Time About Bill O'Reilly!

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    It was just last week when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann got into all sorts of hot water by tweeting false information about the rape accusations leveled at Julian Assange. He has yet to retract any of that, but hey, he's Keith Olbermann. He don't need no stinkin' retractions.

    You'd think he might be humbled a bit by that experience, and maybe would think twice before cavalierly spreading something around the interwebs. But noooooo... especially if it concerns his all-consuming Olbsession, Mr Bill O'Reilly. Last night, Twittermann gleefully zapped this retweet out to his 168,000+ followers:

    Now of course, when a story like this has the Oralmann imprimatur, it must be true. And in no time at all, Fox haters and blue blog tweeters took their cue from Keithy and spread the story even further. These accomplices include:

    There are dozens more, but you get the idea. Without bothering to get the truth of the story, Edward R Olbermann wanted to believe it, so he assumed it was factual and retweeted it to his credulous followers. It's the Twitter equivalent of one of Olby's rip-'n'-read on-air smears. And yes, you guessed it...it's not true.

    All it took was one email to get the actual story. Bill attended the event with Arthel Neville, and as she told us:

    No one's seat was stolen. Bill, my husband and I sat in seats that were reserved for us. Merry Christmas!

    The only thing that happened was that the party had been seated in the wrong place and moved to the correct reserved seats. That's it! Nobody was 'bounced' and nobody tried to 'steal' anyone's seat. So if you thought Olbermann learned his lesson about retweeting false information from his embarrassing Assange screw-up, think again. And if he didn't retract or correct those falsehoods, he's not likely to correct this one.

    But then we've exposed dozens of his attacks on Fox as fabrications and lies, and he's never retracted a one of them. When it comes to attacking Fox News, Olbermann doesn't do retractions. Just ask Major Garrett.



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    December 20, 2010
    As Outrage Grows Over Rape Falsehoods, Olbermann Heads for the Bathtub

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    It's vacation time for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Just in time for him to run away from any responsibility for the falsehoods he spread about the Assange rape accusations. And no, that hasn't died down at all. As Olbermahn today ended his self-exile for Twitter (after, what, two whole days?), he spewed out a grand announcement. And what did it do? It just made matters worse:

    Given the time to compose a calm, reasoned response, Olbermann elected to use a single random tweet to tar the #MooreAndMe protest as violent, accuse its members of financial coercion, attack #MooreAndMe creator Sady Doyle for smoking cigarettes, and finally, to ignore the central issues in this brouhaha. Someone should gently suggest to Olbermann that when you're already in a hole, stop digging.

    Olby got way up on his high horse and chose, out of thousands of tweets, one that he pointed to with sham outrage. The tweeter had told him: 'Kill yourself'. Oh the horrors, and Keithy poured it on thick. Why, now people are sending him 'death threats'!! But wait. Haven't we heard that somewhere before. Now let's see, where was it? Oh yeah...

    Olbermann's antagonists, who asked not to be named, repeatedly claimed in their June 8 E-mails that dead Al Qaeda terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was Olbermann's "hero," prompting the television star to advise: "Hey, save the oxygen for somebody whose brain can use it. Kill yourself."

    They just don't make Olbypocrisy any thicker than that. Keep track of the twitter action here, and enjoy a blessed break from the horrors of Olbermann for, we hope, two full weeks. Comments are open!



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    December 16, 2010
    Olbermann Ridicule of Rape Charges Sparks All-Out Twitter War!

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    The tweets reported by Olbermann Watch yesterday, coupled with the infamous, deplorable one's inability to admit his own mistakes, has set the twitterverse on fire. A special hashtag (used to search twitter for a particular topic) has been created: #mooreandme. One of the irate defenders of rape victims couldn't take it any more and lashed out at Oralmann and his portly puppet:

    The point is, Keith Olbermann and Michael Moore both work in what could loosely be construed as "news." Surely they understand that if they're caught spreading misinformation and not retracting it, and violating the journalistic standard of not reporting the names of accusers in an ongoing rape investigation, that makes them look irresponsible, unprofessional, willing to sacrifice known fact to opinion, and basically unqualified to hold the jobs they have. And that it also makes them look so deeply unethical and untrustworthy as to be useless, as authority figures who opine on ethics, morals, and who is or is not a "liar." So, you just have to point out the errors. They'll understand that they messed up. And they'll retract it. Right?

    Number of Beloved Progressive Journalists Who Had Blocked Me On Twitter Yesterday: None, as far as I know!

    Number of Beloved Progressive Journalists Who Have Blocked Me On Twitter Now: One. And it's Keith Olbermann.

    Answer: Perhaps you would like to read the lengthy tantrum thrown by Keith Olbermann on Twitter last night, in which he demanded that one user "retract" (ha ha, Keith Olbermann! We love you when you're ironical! Oh no wait you're not -- oh God he's SERIOUS) a #MooreandMe tweet because it employed the term "rape apologism," demanded that another "show him the charges." Uum, Keith Olbermann, allow me to introduce you to... THE GUARDIAN???? They do a thing called "journalism" there, I think you'll find it kicky and fresh!

    There's much more at the link for your reading pleasure. While all this was going on, action at the #mooreandme hashtag has been non-stop. Olby's weak argumentation became embarrassing as one tweeter after another decimated his slippery equivocations. Here is one of our favorite exchanges:

    Meanwhile the hits kept on coming, as Tommy Christopher sums up here, with Edward R Olbermann stubbornly refusing to even admit that he and Moore falsified accusations against Assange, not to mention dismissing them with chuckling ridicule. So what's an Olby to do? Why, quit twitter of course!

    This shouldn't surprise anyone. Just like he can't stand people who disagree with him on Countdown, he doesn't want to put up with them on Twitter either. So rather than read opposing views that challenge his biases, he shuts down his Twitter account! Waaah, I'm taking my toys and go home. That will punish you people. You won't be able to read my brilliant words!

    Needless to say, the Twitterverse wasn't exactly wailing in pain over Keithy's juvenile taking his ball and going home:

    Oh man, KO is getting KO'd. One fun thing that has come out of this brouhaha: a lovely collection of Keith Olbermann Meme badges:


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    December 15, 2010
    Misogynist Olbermann and Misogynist Guest Ridicule Rape Charges!

    Bathtub Boy

    What do you know? Olbermann and his guest dismiss charges of rape as just so much nonsense, and feminists are up in arms. Why should this be a surprise? The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann repeatedly fantasizes about women as objects of male violence, whether it's talk about taking Hillary Clinton into a room and beating her senseless, or a reference to a wife-batterer's wish-fulfillment vision of a woman as a 'mashed up bag of meat with lipstick'.

    If you read Mr Christopher's article linked above you might think this was just a Countdown thing. No it's not. Twittermann has been pooh-poohing the Assange rape charges with the fervor of an aged perv scowling that 'she deserved it'. Rape? What rape? According to Olby, that just means 'sex without a condom'. Besides, as Oralmann will tell you, the accuser is probably lying because of her 'CIA ties'. And today's he's still spinning his conspiracy theories about questionable 'origin' of the accusations. Man, the real Olby reveals himself on Twitter, doesn't he?

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

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    December 13, 2010
    Uh Oh...How's Olby Going to Spin This One?

    Bathtub Boy

    After a week of propagandizing about the tax compromise, how opposition is increasing, SPREADING, and GROWING!!, Oralmann's fevered fantasies collided with reality today, as the Senate voted by a landslide to approve the deal. Adding to the angst on OlbyPlanet, a Judge has just declared the key element in Monkeymann's must-beloved nationalized health care to be unconstitutional. A double whammy, meaning that a double dose of spin will be required. To explain away the Senate vote, who better to invite on than the purveyor of that phony fauxlibuster that had Olbermoronn enthralled last week?

    On Tuesday's Hour of Spin:

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    December 11, 2010
    Red Eye Rips Olbermann's Latest Nazi Comparison!


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    December 10, 2010
    Olbermann to Claim Publicity Stunt Is Big News!

    Bathtub Boy

    It's fun, fun, fun on a Friday Hour of Spin:

    Twittermann is just having an Olbergasm over Bernie Sanders little turn at the Senate podium. He's bragging that he'll have a 15-minute highlight reel (sort of a flashback to his short-lived, little-loved time at ESPN). He's calling out ABC and CBS for not showing clips. It's like Sanders' soliloquy was some sort of historic milestone.

    Earth to Olby: it was a stunt. A publicity stunt. It's not even a real filibuster, no matter how hard Monkeymann tries to make you think it was. There's no cloture vote coming up until next week. He could've stopped talking after five minutes and there still would've been no cloture vote coming up until next week.

    Fat Ass will cite this PR extravaganza as more proof of the increasing, SPREADING opposition to the tax deal, which he will continue to spew about right up until Barack Obama puts his John Hancock on the bill Edward R Olbermann wants you to believe will never pass.

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    December 9, 2010
    Failed Author Olbermann to Bash Palin Book Sales?!?

    Bathtub Boy

    Here's what's coming up on tonight's Hour of Spin:

    What was that last one again? Palin's new book isn't selling, according to Edward R Olbermann? Last time we checked, Palin's latest tome is #31 on Amazon (and #4 in non-fiction), while the book that bears Olbermann's name has rocketed up the sales chart to...#3,213.

    And then there's the NY Times Best Sellers list, where Palin's America by Heart debuted at #2. In case you aren't familiar with that list, it's the one where Bill O'Reilly's latest book just enjoyed its 11th straight week in the top 15. It's also the list that the book that bears Olbermann's name never quite made it onto. So just what is 'stunningly low' about being the #2 hardcover nonfiction book in the USA?

    Oh that's right, Oralmann has 'exclusive details' about the sales figures. Because the publisher leaked them straight to OlbyPlanet. Secret numbers that nobody else knows, that prove both Amazon and the NY Times wrong. We hope Monkeymann isn't going to revive that old canard about bulk sales being used to put a book on the NYT list. Because, you know, the NY Times notes when bulk sales are involved with a book on its list by marking it with a 'dagger'. And there ain't no dagger for Palin's book (or O'Reilly's for that matter).

    So just how is Fat Ass going to prove Palin's book has 'stunningly low sales figures' when both Amazon and the NY Times say otherwise? Who cares? No matter how he does it, it's probably Another Olbermann Lie. And another reason why Countdown is must-miss television.

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    December 8, 2010
    Olbermann Tries to Manufacture Anti-Tax-Deal Steamroller

    Bathtub Boy

    Never mind that most sober-minded, clear-thinking analysts have concluded that the President's proposed deal, or something very close to it, will be enacted into law before the end of the year. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has chosen to make this issue his latest Malmedy.

    If you're new to OlbyWatch, this was a dishonest smear concoted by Oralmann about an O'Reilly mistake, ginned up to change the subject from his own embarrassing use of the Nazi Sieg Heil salute in public. Keith lied about the details, and then spent a week whipping up his viewers by telling them that "outrage" was "growing", "all over the nation", etc etc. Except that it wasn't. Other than Olby and his pet blue blogs, it was a big ho-hum. The story wasn't all but ignored by mainstream news sources like AP, Reuters, etc. After about a week that "growing outrage" vanished from OlbyPlanet--the steamroller never materialized, and Edward R Olbermahn turned his demagoguery in other directions.

    Well now, we have the making of another Olbermahn campaign to manufacture a groundswell of opposition, this time to the tax-deal. Herr Olbermahn would like nothing better than to be seen as the leader who galvanized opposition and sunk the deal. So you'll find that to be a theme on tonight's Hour of Spin:

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    December 7, 2010
    Olbermann Dressed Down by Bosses, Readies Another Special Comment!

    Bathtub Boy

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann just can't help himself. Never mind that he famously stated that he doesn't go after people's children, he did just that with a petty WPitW segment on Palin daughter Bristol. And It apparently didn't sit well with the bosses at A-Mess-NBC:

    Speaking of Olbermann, an MSNBC insider reports the talk-show host was "called on the carpet" by his bosses for declaring Bristol Palin "the worst person in the world" on his show last week -- calling it "tacky" and "a cheap shot that was uncalled for." Olbermann had criticized Palin for making an abstinence public service announcement -- given she has had a child out of wedlock.

    Olbermann tacky? Cheap shot? That's like saying water's wet. But even after that dressing down, he still couldn't resist sniping at the eeevil Bristol, even from his 'sick' bed:

    Yeah, he's not obsessed. He just made one little twitter comment. That is, if you don't count all the others. Here's just a sample:

    Wow. And that's not even getting into all the Bristol bashing he's done on the air. But remember:

    Nope, he's not obsessed.

    On tonight's Hour of Spin, an extra-special Special Education Comment. How dare that spineless Obama compromise with the eeevil Republicans? Keith Olbermann's going to throw the pamphlet at him! It's must-miss tv.

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    December 6, 2010
    November Chart: A Perfect Predominance of Parrots

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann runs Countdown like Radio North Korea. In other words, the full spectrum of opinion: everything from A to B. As for the month of November, submitted for your approval, The Chart:

    Bathtub Boy

    November Fun Facts:

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    December 2, 2010
    Back from the Tub!

    Bathtub Boy

    After a day of soaking, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has put away his rubber ducky, dried off, and has returned to the throne on OlbyPlanet.

    Here are some of the delights he has in store for you tonight:

    Friday's Hour of Spin:

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    November 29, 2010
    Tanned, Rested, Ready: Olby Is Back!

    Bathtub Boy

    On Tonight's Hour of Spin:

    Herr Olbermahn's cheap shots are so repellent that even his liberal friends are taking him to task. What line will he cross tonight? Here's a preview of Tuesday's Hour of Spin:

    No Wednesday preview. Olby's been twitter-silent for almost 24 hours. Will he even appear tonight? Cross your fingers...

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    November 22, 2010
    The Best Kind of Week on OlbyPlanet: Abbreviated

    Bathtub Boy

    At least we won't have to put up with the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann for five days. That alone is something to be thankful for.

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

    Tuesday's Hour of Spin:

    Wednesday's Hour of Spin (let's face it, Oralmann's drivel isn't worth a new post):

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    November 18, 2010
    OlbyPlanet Resumes Its Orbit

    Bathtub Boy

    Olby back after a 4-day long weekend with pay, Worst Persons reinstated right on schedule, so OlbyPlanet is back to abnormal. What's on the docket for tonight? Watching Bones. But if you're stuck with Oralmann, this is what you will be suffering through:

    Friday's Hour of Spin:

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    November 17, 2010
    You Read It First at Olbermann Watch!

    Bathtub Boy

    The latest installment in Keith Olbermann's ongoing attempts to resuscitate his ratings comes tonight, as he is dragged, kicking and screaming, into reluctantly reinstating the Worst Persons in the World segment, the one he previously claimed he was suspending 'probably' for good. But as Olbermann Watch reported a week ago, the plan all along was to resurrect it. The 'viewer poll' was carefully positioned to give the results he wanted, and just yesterday we told you what the results would be before they were broadcast. If Oralmann's machinations were any more transparent they would be day-old Neutrogena.

    We also told you yesterday that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann would lie about the Fox video he ran--and sure enough he did, claiming it was Fox reporters who didn't know they were being recorded. Simply a flat-out lie. Not only do the people in that clip know they are being recorded, and will be posted on the internet, but the program host Jon Scott tells viewers every week that they can see the commercial break discussions online. But never mind all of that. Herr Olbermahn would rather just lie about it.

    What lies will Monkeymann tell tonight? You might get an idea from this:

    It's another must-miss edition of The Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 16, 2010
    Tonight's Olbermann Smear Debunked, Before It Even Airs!

    Bathtub Boy

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

    We might as well dismiss one of those things in advance, and see how badly Oralmann twists the facts. To quote him:

    Let's see...
    1. They're not outtakes, they're conversations that take place during a commercial break. Outtakes are parts of a show that are cut before it's broadcast.
    B. Actually nobody in the clip is trashing Palin at all. They are quoting published reviews of Palin's Alaska special that appeared in the papers ahead of its premiere.
    III. In fact, they couldn't have been trashing Palin's program, since at the time this discussion was taking place, it hadn't aired yet! The newspapers saw advance copies, the panelists didn't.
    d. Just in case Monkeymann tries to suggest this is some sort of secret footage, or leaked video somebody 'revealed', the discussions during commercial breaks on Fox News Watch are posted every week. By Fox. On their own website. In this case, right here.

    Yeah, Oralmann will have fun misrepresenting this one. But because you read Olbermann Watch, you have a heads up about his spin and lies.

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    November 12, 2010
    Thurber? Who's Thurber? Olbermann Dumps Reading Segment for Bush Bash!

    Bathtub Boy

    Oh yes, he had all those high-minded reasons for reading Thurber on Fridays, but for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann a chance to level new attacks on George Bush is like dangling catnip before Miss Precious Perfect.

    So tonight, Thurber is out the window, and ridicule of an ex-President is in. The gory details:

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    November 11, 2010
    Video: Scarborough Distances Himself from Olby, as Keith Moves to Bring Back WPitW

    First, poor Joe, doing his best to make sure everyone knows he's not a partisan political hack like the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann:

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

    That last one is the beginning of the end for the Worst Persons 'suspension'. Oh please, Keith will implore, let me know if you think we should bring back Worst Persons. After all, it's been--what--less than two weeks since he did away with it?

    News flash: that was another publicity stunt. A way to piggy-back on Jon Stewart's silly comedy show with some false high-toned 'responsibility'. Whoever had 'under a month' in the How-Long-Until-WPitW-Comes Back pool is looking pretty good now.

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    November 10, 2010
    Report: Until 7:30 PM MSNBC Didn't Know Who Would Host Countdown

    Bathtub Boy

    According to Jed Eckert, who has sources inside the halls of MSNBC, the spat with the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann was not resolved until just minutes before broadcast:

    Eckert also ticks off some of the key indicators that suggest Oralmann and MSNBC may be heading for divorce court. Among these, Bathtub Boy's new agents (ICM) who are reportedly trying to convince CNN that an Hour of Spin would be just the tonic to revive their moribund ratings.

    Make of it what you will, but remember things are rarely what they seem on OlbyPlanet.

    Tonight's Hour of Spin:

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    November 9, 2010
    Even While on Suspension, Keith Olbermann Still Lying!

    Bathtub Boy

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will return to the airwaves tonight, and at least in his own mind he returns as a victor. As Jeff Bercovici noted, when you get past all the flowery prose and pseudo-intellectual posturing of Keith's 'apology', it all translates to two words: 'I won'.

    But maybe people aren't reading Oralmann's words closely enough. The detritus that Keith bangs out on his laptop has more to tell us than the fact that he's an egotist (like who didn't know that already?). Perusing his screed, there were several items that caught our eye.

    I was suspended without a hearing...

    Wow. Somehow that lack of a hearing didn't bother him when he was chortling over the firing of Juan Williams.

    You should also know that I did not attempt to keep any of these political contributions secret; I knew they would be known to you and the rest of the public.

    When would that be? He covered the entire election cycle, including election night himself, without mentioning his donations. When was he going to make this public? Next year? He only admitted the donations after he'd been caught, after a website had dug out the information for themselves.

    You should know that I mistakenly violated an inconsistently applied rule - which I previously knew nothing about

    Here's where it gets interesting. Remember this?

    No actual news organization would permit its people, even its commentators, to assume such purely partisan political fund-raising roles. This organization, rightly, would not even let me address an ordinary non-fund-raising gathering of some Democratic senators. Those are the news rules. And if Mr. Ailes does no honor them nor obey them, as he never has, he should be relieved of any news responsibilities, or his employer should admit that he is purely a political operative.

    Wait just a second here. Keith claims that he isn't aware of NBC's rules, but just a few months ago he was quoting them chapter and verse to attack Roger Ailes? If you believe Herr Olbermahn, then we have some lovely oceanfront property in Colorado to sell you. Note also that Olby insists because Ailes broke the 'news rules' (i.e. NBC's rules), he should be 'relieved of any news responsibilities'. Does he still hold with that standard?

    You should know that I mistakenly violated an inconsistently applied rule...

    Inconsistently applied? That would mean there are others at MSNC who also made secret donations? So Keith is not the only person to donate to candidates without permission or disclosure to NBC? Who are the others? Name the names, in the interest of full disclosure. Hey Keith, are you protecting more secrets donors who just haven't been caught yet? Or is your claim merely Another Olbermann Lie?

    We know that Keith is not the only person shilling for Democrats on A-Mess-NBC. While we wait for him to name the other secret donors he's protecting, how about someone explaining how an MSNBC host can get away with this?

    The Broomfield Democrats invite you to the Carter Dinner. This is the largest annual fundraising event for the party and this year's keynote will be given by MSNBC's Ed Schultz!

    How can this be? When he was attacking Fox Edward R Olbermann used this exact example of something NBC would never permit! And it seems they permitted it all along. Hey Olby, did Ed Schultz break the 'news rules'? Should he be immediately relieved of all duties at MSNBC?

    And what an exciting event that Ed Schultz fundraiser must have been, given the huge spotlight focus shining directly on one of MSNBC's on-air hosts:

    That's delightful the way they phrase that: 'distinguished guests'...and Ed Schultz too.

    Olbermann citing NBC rules to attack Fox, then claiming ignorance of NBC rules to make excuses for himself. Olbermann claiming that he's been singled out unfairly, while refusing to give any information whatsoever about the other alleged infringers. Does anyone over the age of ten really believe anything this serial liar says?

    The fabrications, spin, and outright lies spewing forth from Olbypologists like Rachel Maddow have been stunning. If you haven't already, read the truth about the Phony 'Journalism' of Rachel Maddow. It will give you just the context you need for the following video. Then settle down for an excrutiating Hour of Spin.

    On tonight's hour of spin:

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    November 5, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Suspended! John Gibson Has a Few Words...

    Reports from Mediaite, TVNewser, Yahoo News. Insiders say KO 'won't be back'. Olby flashback: 'Phil Griffin thinks he's my boss'. More in the post below.

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    UPDATE: Olby will be back on Tuesday. That was one tough suspension Phil Griffin handed out. He really threw the pamphlet at Keith.



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    Olbermann Caught! Gave Thousands to Dem Candidates Then Anchored Election Coverage!
    Bathtub Boy

    From Politico:

    MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday's election -- a potential violation of NBC ethics policies.

    From Mediaite:

    Whether Olbermann told his bosses about the donation before it happened will be key, but regardless, this act should evaporate any final appearance of objectivity by the MSNBC host.

    From David Zurawik:

    And this is the guy, Olbermann, who was on Twitter yesterday blasting away at me because I was critical of MSNBC's outrageous behavior on election night....If management of NBC News won't step and say something about the kind of behavior that took place on MSNBC on election night, maybe it will now enforce one of the most basic standards of journalistic independence and not let Olbermann skate on this egregious violation of policy.

    Bathtub BoyWhat will NBC do?

    UPDATE! Mediaite: Keith Olbermann suspended indefinitely! Developing...

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    November 4, 2010
    Day 4: Still No Correction, Still No Apology from Keith Olbermann for Lying

    It was on Monday when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann smeared Brian Kilmeade, claiming Kilmeade said 'All Muslims are terrorists'. Of course Kilmeade said the exact opposite. Yet even though Edward R Olbermann had a chance to correct his smear and apologize on Wednesday's Hour of Spin, he did not do so. We are now at Day 4 of this ongoing lie, and Oralmann is sticking by his smear. Remember, this is the same Olby who famously stated:

    I have never knowingly reported anything false and we correct our mistakes.

    He corrects his mistakes? He doesn't even correct his lies! Where were the corrections and apologies for these slanders?

    Those are just a small sampling of the many uncorrected slanders spouted by Herr Olbermahn. They remain uncorrected because he has structured Countdown to insulate himself from anyone who might even raise an eyebrow at the worst Keith kalumnies. But don't take our word for it. Check out this statistically documented study. The bottom line:

    "The O'Reilly Factor" welcomed 20 guests from the right, 11 from the left and seven who were neutral. Left and neutral voices combined almost equaled those from the right. "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" had 20 guests from the left, two neutral and not a single voice from the right. Zero voices of dissent.

    So, if you never want to hear anyone challenge liberal views, lock in on Olbermann. While progressives disdain Fox's claim of being "fair and balanced," "The O'Reilly Factor" does present opposing views. O'Reilly will cut them off in midsentence, true, but he even does that to people who agree with him. (Shock therapy might help.) Olbermann seems unable to even listen to anything other than progressive orthodoxy.

    If the tea party wants a "theocracy for white males," as he said, Olbermann could be an imam. He offered a paltry four women among his 22 talking heads, 18 percent. (Wasn't Joy Behar available?) Only two African Americans got face time. O'Reilly had three African Americans and scattered 18 women among his 38 guests, for 47 percent. (Don't expect NOW to give him an award.) O'Reilly had three Hispanic-surnamed guests; Olbermann had two.

    When it comes to their sources of news, too many Americans live in "silos," protected from contrary views. We'd do better, learn a bit more, by listening to some opposing ideas. You get that from Fox's O'Reilly, not MSNBC's Olbermann.

    You can expect more echo chamber 'journalism' tonight:

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    November 3, 2010
    Olbermann Unhinged: Infantile Tweets Revive Stability Questions

    Bathtub Boy

    Keith Olbermann has been running loose on Twitter again. Oh my, hide your children, he's on another tear. About the dismal ratings of A-Mess-NBC's election night:

    It's almost like he was hypnotized, giving the same answer over and over. And are you ready for some ridicule? Here is Edward R Olbermann on Boehner's acceptance speech. Now if you should think that this must be a high school kid playing on his blackberry, we can assure you this is Oralmann himself:

    Are these the words of a grown man? Would a sane adult actually spend hours on such juvenile sniping? We know that there are certain aspects of Keith's psyche that show signs of what might be called arrested development. He's still trying to assemble the bestest baseball card collection on the block. He obsesses over a series of children's fantasy stories. And now this odd reversion to schoolyard inanities?

    Make of all this what you will, but here's liberal critic David Zurawik, who summed up Oralmann's performance last night with pluperfect clarity:

    Ouch! We suspect Herr Olbermahn is already regretting doing away with the Worst Person in the Worrrrrld. Because you know he's itching for some sort of payback against Mr Z. Will he sneak it in anyhow?

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    November 2, 2010
    Watch: Keith Olbermann Smears Brian Kilmeade with a Lie!

    While he was announcing his new-found quest for civility, and engaging in mutual onanism with Jonathan Alter about how you won't find MSNBC telling lies, smearing people, and misquoting them, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann does what? Reading from prepared text on his teleprompter, Edward R Olbermann smears Brian Kilmeade by lying about what Kilmeade said!

    Enjoy:

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    November 1, 2010
    Hey Keith: When You Lie on Twitter, It's Still a Lie

    Bathtub Boy

    Here is the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, sniping at someone who dared question the attitude of MSNBC hacks toward Gov Chris Christie:

    Attn Olby: a lie is still a lie, even if you think it doesn't count because you said it on Twitter. You've never even mentioned Gov Christie on the air? Hey Keithy, permit us to introduce you to...your own words:

    Well, no wonder you thought you never mentioned Christie. After all, that last mention was all of three weeks ago! Apparently it's asking too much to expect renowned journalist Edward R Olbermann to tell the truth about his own words, even words way, way long ago in the deep, dark, distant past of...October.

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    October 31, 2010
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #735


    Enjoy the above while awaiting tonight's must-miss edition of The Hour of Spin. And maybe someone would like to take on this:

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    October 29, 2010
    Happy Halloween from OlbyWatch!
    Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

    Tonight on Countdown, Edward R Olbermann will explain why terror threats, coincidentally timed with an election, are a scheme by the government to keep themselves in power by stoking fear and...oh wait, never mind.

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    October 28, 2010
    Thursday's Hour of Spin

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    October 27, 2010
    Olbermann Guest Caught Lying on the Air About Her Assault?

    On Tuesday's Hour of Spin, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann talked to moveon.org operative Lauren Valle. She gave her version of the events, but today another video surfaced. And while there is no doubt that an assault took place, the new video raises serious questions about the veracity of moveon's operative. See for yourself:

    Olby will be addressing the new video tonight, and maybe there's a clue here:

    Is Oralmann going to argue that yeah, she lied, but that's OK because she was still assaulted? Watch the video and post your opinions about the incident and Herr Olbermahn right here. Comments are open!



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    October 26, 2010
    Keith Olbermann on Opposing a Sitting President: Then...and Now


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    October 25, 2010
    Countdown: Eight Days to Election, Nine Days to the Bathtub!

    Bathtub Boy

    You know the infamous, deplorable one will want to soak, soak, soak in that tub rather than come back to work the day after the election. Time will tell if, when that long, black limousine shows up at Casa Olbermann (because he can't drive a car himself), Krazy Keith will dry off and show up for work.

    But he'll be there tonight, and that's bad enough:

    A perfect record. Every attack on a Republican. Man, that's what makes Olbyplanet Olbyplanet. Comments are open!



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    October 20, 2010
    Soros Gives $1 Million to Key Olbermann Blue Blog Source

    Bathtub Boy
    Of course Edward R Olbermann doesn't come right out and say he takes his stories from Media Matters. But we know better; the archives have tracked hundreds of his hit pieces straight back to Brock's blue blog. So why is Ernst Stavro Soros suddenly coming out of the shadows? This will explain it:

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

    Thursday's Hour of Spin:

    Friday's Hour of Spin:

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    October 18, 2010
    Are You Ready for Some Olbermann?

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    It's going to be another night of must-miss tv on A-Mess-NBC tonight. And of course the flagship broadcast for slovenly political hackery will be helmed by the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. How many Republicans will he attack tonight? How many Dems will he slobber over and cover up for? Who at Fox will be the next victim of Oralmann's drooling venom? Your tip sheet for tonight's Hour of Spin:

    The tally? At least eight attacks on (R)s, and we're going out on a limb and say there will be zero attacks on (D)s. Because this is OlbyPlanet.

    Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Relax. Tonight you can watch NCIS, or O'Reilly, without wondering what crimes against journalism Olbermann is committing. Because Olby's in the tub tonight. In his place: ignoramus and serial liar Cenk (pronounced Chunk) Uygur. Now there's a powerful intellect, who will no doubt be committing his own journalistic sins. But who cares? It's still must-miss tv.



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    October 14, 2010
    Keith Condemned Breitbart for Edited Video, Now Uses Edited Video to Attack O'Reilly!

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    The Olbypocrisy just doesn't come any thicker. Oh the self-righteous moralizing from Rev Olbermann about Breitbart's video of Shirley Sherrod--an accurate clip but one that was cut off before the full context of Sherrod's story had been included. Oralmann fumed: Sherrod was 'assassinated by that scum Breitbart!' Edward R Olbermann called Breitbart 'scum' no fewer than four times in one diatribe. All for a clip that ended too soon.

    Fast forward to the present. Herr Olbermahn is cackling over Bill O'Reilly's appearance on The View, and he can't seem to resist doing so on twitter:

    There was more: O'Reilly hates America, falafel [Ding!], loofah [Ding!], yada yada yada. But Oralmann was clearly enjoying the moment.

    Now that little jumble of letters at the end of the tweet? That's a link to a video of the segment which you can check out here. If you do, you'll notice something peculiar. After Mr Bill talks about Muslims killing Americans on 9/11, Joy and Whoopi stage a theatrical walk-off. And--boom!--the video ends there. That's all Edward R Olbermann wanted you to see.

    How very Breitbartian of him. He could chose any of hundreds of clips that ran longer and/or showed the entire segment. But then his groupies would have seen O'Reilly's response, his clarification of what he was talking about, his apology, and the return of the prodigal co-hosts. The conversation continued, and even went into a second segment.

    Now if somebody says something, and just seconds later corrects themselves so they won't be misunderstood...um, isn't that called 'context'? Apparently it is for some people, but those rules don't apply to Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann. He can direct his credulous lemmings to a video that neatly leaves out what happened just seconds afterward, removes the context just like the Breitbart video did, all to satisfy his anti-O'Reilly bloodlust.

    C'mon, Olby. By your own standards, you are scum. Scum. Scum. SCUM! Said four times, just like you did to Breitbart--for doing what you just did.

    Scum.

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    October 12, 2010
    MSNBC Ad for Olbermann Uses Faked Special Comment

    Part of the incomprehensible 'Lean Forward' campaign is an ad allegedly showing the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann composing one of his Special Ed Comments. Of course right there a penalty flag could be flown, for pretending that Olby bangs these out himself--an insult to the highly paid Countdown writing staff. But take a look at this gem and see if you can spot something even more telling:

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    Edward R Olbermann bloviates 'now is the time to emancipate our culture' yada yada yada. Whatever the hell that means. But if you're scratching your head wondering where that came from, you are not alone. It's not from any Oralmann Special Comment. It doesn't turn up in any transcript of any episode of The Hour of Spin. It appears that the blustering idiocy of Keith's Special Ed Comments is so laughable and embarrassing that the writers had to concoct a fake Special Comment. Probably because hearing him yell 'You're a fascist, Mr Bush!' into the camera wouldn't mesh well with those tinkly piano notes.

    But now the Daily Caller reveals that the first cut of this promo did use Olby's actual words, verbatim:

    Yikes! What a diseased display of hateful misogny and unhinged personal attacks! No wonder they had to have their ad agency concoct an artificial, fake, untrue, Potemkin comment for these ads. The real thing would make viewers retch.

    Wednesday's Hour of Spin:

    Just in case you need a refresher course in Olbypocrisy, here's Oralmann:

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    October 11, 2010
    Olbermann to Double Down on Discredited Think Propaganda Smear!

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    Nobody likes a good smear as much as the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. So he's hitching his star to a bit of slander against the Chamber of Commerce from Think Progress. Now don't take our word for it that this bit of propaganda is a sleazy hit-piece devoid of even a scintilla of evidence. The NY Times has proclaimed it to be dubious at best, and Dan Abrams's Mediaite agrees, Going a step further, liberal tv writer David Zurawik describes the charge as a new low in fear and slander. And now the nonpartisan factcheck.org blasts the Democrats for mounting a serious charge with no evidence to back it up.

    Obviously, a political lie this reprehensible is catnip to Edward R Olbermann. So on tonight's Hour of Spin, he will bring in a flack from Think Propaganda to repeat it again--and no guest to give the opposing point of view. What else would one expect on OlbyPlanet?

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    October 6, 2010
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #634


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    October 5, 2010
    Maybe Keith Also Believes Orson Welles Directed Animal House

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    When it comes to pouncing on mistakes in spelling, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is the King of Twitter. Let anyone on his Enemies List make an error, and he's ready to pounce with unending drools of vitriol. You may recall when he bellowed that Bill O'Reilly is a "holy you-know-what liar", based on a rip 'n' read of a Media Matters attack. You see, O'Reilly had noted how he spoke up about the looting in Iraq after the city fell, and Oralmann said O'Reilly lied about that. He never said any such thing!

    Of course, the truth was O'Reilly did in fact say precisely what he claimed, just not on the episode he cited but rather on the very next one. Being off by one episode was enough for Monkeymann to bellow about Bill being a 'liar'! (The OlbyWatch archives are replete with many more Krazy Keith examples.)

    Fast forward to the present, where Edward R Olbermann is bloviating about the wondrousness of his weekly Thurber bore-o-rama. As part of his ruminations, he comes up with this gem:

    If we run a movie clip, for instance, somebody from Mr. Spielberg's [office], will call and say, 'That will be $10,000 for the three seconds of Star Wars you just used.'

    Um, Spielberg? Star Wars? Wasn't Star Wars done by George Lucas? Err, yes it was. Another embarrassing oops for Keith "Czechoslovakia" Olbermann. So an intrepid blogger posted a link to the article, and promoted it with the help of The Twitter:

    Word got out to "Bear" and he didn't like his faux pas being tweeted to the world. Then came the wonderful, glorious moment when your humble correspondent found how easy it is to get Keith Olbermann's goat:

    Bwaaahaaa! Sure it was. Why, confusing Spielberg with George Lucas is exactly the kind of uproarious bon mot that will elicit knee-slapping guffaws from all. It's a line that could win 'Last Comic Standing'.

    And chickens have lips.

    We know Oralmann is not one to correct errors, but this pathological need to concoct fantasy justifications for every little mistake, no matter how trivial, is another disturbing insight into the diseased psyche of Keith Olbermann.

    Comments are open!

    UPDATE: The Olbyloons leap to Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann's defense:

    You couldn't make this stuff up!



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    October 4, 2010
    September Chart an Embarrassment to Journalism

    But not to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. He has nothing to do with the profession of journalism. He's a slovenly political hack, and the monthly tally of his political guests demonstrates yet again how, when it comes to one-sided agit-prop, Countdown is the Radio Havana Cuba of American television. Behold, The Chart:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes and Fun Facts:

    Don't expect anything to change on tonight's Hour of Spin. It looks to be just as 'fair and balanced' as September was. To wit:

    And they wonder why everyone watches Mr Bill. Comments are open!



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    September 30, 2010
    What (R)s Will Oralmann Attack Tonight? We Name Names!!

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    In case you're wondering why the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is on a steep trajectory to irrelevance, you have only to consider the Big Stories he will break on tonight's Hour of Spin. Examples:

    Friday's Hour of Spin, the Keith "Man on Fan" Checklist:

    Comments are open!



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    September 27, 2010
    What Is The Event? It Ain't Olby, That's Fer Sure!

    Bathtub Boy

    Oralmann getting canned and banned for life (a la ESPN) from (MS)NBC...that would be The Event worth seeing. But just another week of The Hour of Spin? Meh. Just as confusing, and even more boring, than that other 'Event'. Case in point, Monday's must-miss rundown:

    Tuesday's Hour of Spin:

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    September 24, 2010
    Thank Goodness It's Friday!

    Bathtub Boy

    Who cares? Probably no one, but here's a look at tonight's Hour of Spin:

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    September 22, 2010
    Deja Vu All Over Again

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    Why do we even bother previewing what will appear on The Hour of Spin? While the eeevil Bill O'Reilly will be going mano-a-mano with Jon Stewart, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will be hitting the same talking points, yammering with the same like-minded parrots, and insulting the same targets: anyone to the right of Bill Maher. So, keeping in mind this is just more same-old same-old, here's what to expect tonight:

    For this people should miss the epic O'Reilly/Stewart showdown? Let alone NCIS? (Oh wait, NCIS was yesterday. Well watching it again would be preferable.) Comments are open!

    Tuesday's Hour of Spin:



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    September 20, 2010
    The Hour of Spin Goes Into Overdrive

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    You know when the orders come down from the White House to jump, Keith Olbermann's response is 'how high?' And when it's time to ramp up attacks so partisan and one-sided that they put Radio North Korea to shame, Oralmann shifts into high gear. That's what you can expect to see on tonight's Hour of Spin.

    Here's what to watch for:

    Oh, and don't be shocked if this video appears, or at least some of it. It may not. Call it a hunch:

    Tuesday's Hour of Spin:

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    September 15, 2010
    Great Olbermann Intellect Revealed Again

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    Before we all settle down for another evening on OlbyPlanet (thankfully without the inane ramblings of Thurber), let's take a moment to gaze in admiration at the keen intellect of Edward R Olbermann. But how to gauge something so wondrous and beyond the comprehension of mere mortals? We'll just have to use Olby's own test, the one he uses to rate the intellect of others. As you may recall, the infamous, deplorable one got into a twitter fight (that even sounds girly!) and immediately turned to his Ultimate Weapon, correcting grammar and spelling:

    Got that? OK, so now it's your turn to measure the Olby intellect by his own standards. This is from just yesterday:

    Huh? What's that? A hat belonging to a Mr Grown? Wrong! It's proof of Oralmann's level of intellect. After all this isn't speaking, you do get to review all 140 chars. before hitting send!

    On tonight's Hour of Spin:

    And Thursday's Hour of Spin:

    It's not even worth a new post for the sewage Herr Olbermahn plays to vomit tonight. So here's the lowdown on Friday's Hour of Spin:

    Comments are open!


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    September 13, 2010
    Single White Male, Desperately Seeking Viewers

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    It must be galling to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann that his hated nemesis, the Fox News Channel, actually attracts more Democrat viewers than either CNN or MSNBC. That's the kind of fun fact that just inflames Oralmann's insistence on inflicting another week of hate, venom, and aggravated misinformation on the American public. Fortunately most of them won't sit through it, but in case you will, this is the place to discuss the Orange Man and his nightly assaults on journalism.

    What can we expect tonight? Well, Edward R Olbermann has another 'fair and balanced' line-up of topics and guests, as you might well imagine. Some highlights:

    Tuesday's Hour of Spin:

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    September 9, 2010
    MSNBC: Who's to Blame for Crazy Pastor's 'Burn Notice'? Fox News!


    Fun fact: The Koran burning story was covered most on CNN's Headline News...

    ...the most mentions on HLN followed closely by MSNBC, with the least amount of coverage on Fox News.

    And here's a chart showing who's been hyping this story, from today's Mediaite:

    Bathtub Boy

    Comments are open!



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    September 7, 2010
    Another Week (Thankfully Shortened) on OlbyPlanet

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    At least we had an Olby-free Labor Day. But the infamous, deplorable one is back tonight, and with an Hour of Spin that will go down in history as...just like every other Hour of Spin. What you can expect tonight:

    It's your nightly must-miss tv. Comments are open!



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    September 2, 2010
    'Too Stupid to Be on TV'!

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    September 1, 2010
    August Chart: Same-Old Same-Old on OlbyPlanet

    Our monthly analysis of Edward R Olbermann's fair and balanced guest line-up once again shows what an outstanding, nonpartisan 'news hour' they produce on OlbyPlanet. Behold, The Chart:

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    This month's fun facts:

    So welcome to Olbermann's Echo Chamber, where the only debate is left vs lefter. Perhaps that's why his ratings are so good. He pooh-poohed July's numbers based on the fact that he took so many days off. So what happened in August? While a few A-Mess-NBC programs showed a little growth, Herr Olbermahn's was not one of them. Just like his pal Rachel Maddow, Keith Oralmann lost 25% of his viewers in the critical, coveted, nothing-else-matters 'key demo'. And since they were both losing handily to the eeevil Fox News, they're still losing handily to the eeevil Fox News.

    There is no joy on OlbyPlanet. Mighty Olby has struck out. Comments are open!



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    August 30, 2010
    Olby Calls Brian Williams & Chuck Todd Liars!?!

    Oh they don't allow their talent to insult each other over at (MS)NBC, do they? Perhaps they should remind the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann of that policy. As Glenn Beck's rally concluded Saturday, Oralmann was furiously tweeting away. First he bizarrely claimed that the rally was not apolitical:

    There was a part of the rally where they were endorsing candidates and telling people whom to vote for ['who to vote for' is improper grammar, according to Olby a sign of low intellect]? Um, to put it simply, there was no such thing at the 8/28 event; it's Another Olbermann Lie. Then Olby went further off the deep end. He seemed almost pathologically invested in 'proving' that there were fewer than 100,000 people present.

    Unfortunately for him, his own network didn't agree:

    When someone pointed out to Oralmann that NBC estimate, Krazy Keith decided this will not stand on OlbyPlanet:

    Actually, the Park Service estimated the Obama inauguration crowd, so "Bear" isn't telling the truth about that. And as for the idea that Chuck Todd lied in his report, then Brian Williams did too. Williams referenced the 300,000 number, and said it was an NBC News estimate! Hear for yourself via John Gibson:

    Keith lies on top of lies, then claims it's Chuck Todd and Brian Williams who are the liars?!? Crazy Larry hosts tonight, but the infamous, deplorable one will have a special report on the 'Beckapocalypse'. Ooooh, that's must-miss teevee! Comments are open!



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    August 27, 2010
    Anti-Hispanic Bigotry, Or Just More Olbermann Hate?

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    We often hear about Keith Olbermann's rampaging misogny, but we should not forget his pattern of demeaning and insulting Latino Americans. It's part of the very fiber of Krazy Keith's being, and it resurfaces every now and then. Here are a few examples:

    That last smear of Mr Pujols (which to this day Olby has never apologized for) is particularly relevant. Because it has been revealed that Albert Pujols will be attending the Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally. Horrors! Needless to say, that meant "Bear" had to immediately tweet his disapproval with yet another attack on Pujols, and merely the latest example of Olby anti-Latino invective:

    He goes on to suggest that Pujols (and La Russa) are "simpletons". Which is ironic because Pujols never did a rip 'n' read of a phony blog story and use it to smear Keithy--but that's exactly what Oralmann did to Pujols. And has let it stand for years (even repeating the slander) without bothering to make things right with the simplest gesture imaginable: an apology.

    But apologies are scarce as hens' teeth on OlbyPlanet. Especially, it seems, when Keith Olbermann's victim is Hispanic.

    Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Is Olby cracking up? Behold one of tonight's tweets:

    Bathtub Boy

    Oh wait, it's the weekend. See, it makes perfect sense. Bathtub Boy is in the tub again.



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    August 26, 2010
    MSNBC Conflatorama! Maddow, Schultz, and Olbermann

    It's really amazing how they all use the same technique. John Gibson sez it's almost like they were part of an 'Obamamedia'. Listen for a special appearance from Oralmann's one-time teenage heartthrob, who has now moved on to greener pastures:

    Comments are open!



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    August 24, 2010
    'Muslim' Is the New N-Word?!? So Sez MSNBC!

    John Gibson at the top of his form; don't miss the clueless caller at the end!

    Comments are open!



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    August 19, 2010
    Keith Olbermann: Then vs Now

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    August 18, 2010
    New Frontiers in Olbypocrisy

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    Just when you think the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann can't possibly get any more hypocritical than he already is, he does the impossible: he surpasses himself. Is there anyone as smugly self-righteous? Remember when he ridiculed McCain for referring to 'Czechoslovakia', cackling how stupid that was since there is no longer any such country? Only Edward R Olbermann had done the same thing, over and over again. Yeah, Olbypocrisy. And it continues.

    It was just a few months ago that Oralmann was attacking Glenn Beck for having 'Nazi tourettes', with one of the examples being Beck's use of the 'First they came for..." poem. So what does Krazy Keith use to kick off his latest Special Education Komment? You guessed it:

    They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up...

    When it comes to 'Nazi Tourettes', Olby is no slouch. Who doesn't remember that charming moment when Oralmann compared Dan Abrams's father to a Nazi? Whether it's comparing the Bush administration to The Third Reich or saying Fox News is like Nazi Germany, Krazy Keith just can't resist slapping the Nazi label on anyone that's on his enemies list, even if it means trivializing the Holocaust. [BTW, there's an excellent breakdown of KO's SEK here.]

    The inevitability of Monkeymann stepping in it is what makes his Twitter account such fertile ground for Olbypocrisy. Here's an exchange where KO pulls one of his favorite Twitter stunts: correcting someone else's spelling. This is the real Olbermann on display:

    Yes, this is certainly the high plane of discourse we expect from the cow-school graduate. And isn't that two million figure a little suspect? According to the latest ratings, combining Edward R Olbermann's 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm showings only amounts to 1,529,000 viewers. But we digress. Back to the tweets, where things take a different turn:

    Got that? Misspelling = no intellect. Here's what Olby tweeted a few hours before this exchange:

    Emporer? Emporer?!? That's some intellect you have there, Fat Ass.

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    August 16, 2010
    Oh Boy, Another Special Education Comment!

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    Didn't we just have one of these last week? Never mind, the free world cannot survive without the deep thoughts of ex-CNNer, ex-FSNer, ex-ESPNer, ex-NBC-Footballer Keith Olbermann. Olby, who is an 'ex' in more ways than one, is pretty easy to predict on these things. We'll take a stab in the dark on what to expect this time:

    It's another night of must-miss tv. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Listen to tonight's Special Education Komment without having to put up with Olby histrionics. Courtesy of MikeC, here's the SEK delivered by the OlbyRobot.



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    August 13, 2010
    Olbermann's Misogyny: Nature or Nurture?

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    After the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann sunk to a smear of Bill O'Reilly's deceased father, we saw just what rules Oralmann plays by. Tony Soprano may have insisted that families are off limits, but on OlbyPlanet it's perfectly acceptable for KO to enhance his personal attacks of O'Reilly by dragging in Mr Bill's dad.

    That's why we asked people who had knowledge of Olby's dad to email us with information. If O'Reilly's father is considered so probative in a smear of Mr Bill, then clearly the Ted Olbermann story must have much to tell us about Edward R Olbermann. And we've received some fascinating emails in just the past 24 hours.

    That's why tonight we turn to the record of misogynistic behavior that has followed Keith Olbermann around for much of his professional life. A few examples:

    These of course are just the tip of the iceberg. It all causes us to wonder, just what turned Keith Olbermann into someone who delights in degrading women? Was he born that way? Or were these attitudes carefully taught? What of Theodore Olbermann? Did his behavior or attitudes play a role in Keith Olbermann becoming the He-Man Women Hater of today? Email your information; as before, your confidentiality is assured.

    Comments are open!



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    August 12, 2010
    What's the Real Lowdown On Theodore Olbermann?

    Bathtub Boy

    It's another night of must-miss television from the infamous deplorable one. What to expect:

    This will be more Oralmann sound and fury signifying nothing. But perhaps he will bring us something Emmy-worthy. Maybe tonight he'll go beyond his sick attack on Bill O'Reilly's deceased father, and launch into smears of other family members. What should we expect? The lowdown on O'Reilly's maternal grandmother? Some ugly name calling at Mr Bill's children? How in the world will Edward R Olbermann top his most repellent smear so far?

    Watch Monkeymann's empty calories if you like, but give some thought to this question. Now that Keith has changed the game, and it's now perfectly acceptable for him to smear Bill O'Reilly's deceased father, what exactly should we say about Theodore Olbermann? Does anyone know the real lowdown on this man, or how he could raise a person like Keith Olbermann? Email your information; confidentiality is assured.

    Comments are open!



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    August 11, 2010
    Who Are the 'Professional Left'? Olbermann and MSNBC!

    John Gibson explains:

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    August 10, 2010
    Must-Miss TV: Another Olby Special Education Comment

    This time he's going to rail at Robert Gibbs for daring to criticize the 'professional left'. Oralmann doesn't like it when his people get criticized by anyone. To help him make his case, he will also interview the erudite political analyst and respected economist...Michael Moore.

    Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Listen to tonight's Special Education Komment without having to put up with Olby histrionics. Here's the SEK delivered by the OlbyRobot



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    August 9, 2010
    Another Week on OlbyPlanet Begins

    Here's something to cleanse your palette:

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    August 6, 2010
    Whoa! Olby Dumped by NBC, Retreats into Silence!

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    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann cannot take criticism...let alone rejection. Now that NBC has kicked him off Sunday Night football, he's retreated into a Cone of Silence. It must have been doubly embarrassing when the staff was told of Oralmann's firing, and they celebrated by going to a Yankees game!

    No new posts at the bestest baseball blog in the whole world, And Keith the prolific tweeter also went silent about 24 hours ago, shortly after the bad news broke. We know his ego is crushed, but Edward R Olbermann should be used to that by now.

    Well he convinced himself to deign to appear on A-Mess-NBC tonight. But he doesn't have to respond to anyone there, or face comments about his humiliating exile from football coverage. So he retreats from the interwebs, puts up cyberwalls, holds his hands over his ears, and screams. As he steps into the cyber-bathtub. Listen closely and you can almost hear the bath water bubbling.

    Comments are open!



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    August 5, 2010
    Another Olbermann Embarrassment

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    Twitter is getting to be a delightful source of Olby humiliation. The latest gem came when he attacked CNN for leading a news hour with a shooting, rather than the all-important gay marriage story:

    Meanwhile, a short distance away in the very same building, the NBC Nightly News, the flagship news program of Olbermann's employers, led with...the Connecticut shooting!

    Whoops. Pretty inexplicable, huh Keith?

    Tonight another hour of must-miss tv. You can expect:

    And many other idiocies to humorous to mention. Comments are open!



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    August 3, 2010
    July Chart: Yikes, How'd That Happen?!?

    Our monthly scan of the MSNBC transcripts turned out just like all the previous ones. Well, not exactly. There was, for the first time in years, a 'conservative' appearing in the count. But there's a catch. Behold, the chart:

    Bathtub Boy

    Hey, how did one 'conservative' guest find his way onto OlbyPlanet? Well, it wasn't exactly OlbyPlanet. Two weeks of the month found Herr Olbermahn on his staycation, and "Crazy" Larry O'Donnell was the host. On one program, Larry generously allowed a conservative to appear. That was David Frum, who was there to criticize Andrew Breitbart. Ah, that explains it.

    More interesting factoids from the July showings of The Hour of Spin:

    Get set for another month of propaganda that's a pure precis of the progressive party line. Comments are open!



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    August 2, 2010
    Two-Time Loser: Olbermann Loses Ball...Twice!


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    July 27, 2010
    Will MSNBC Correct Howard Dean's Lie?

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    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann may be on staycation, but there are others at A-Mess-NBC ready to pick up the slack. Case in point: Big Ed Schultz, who yesterday hosted Howard Dean. Dean was fresh off an embarrassing turn on Fox News Sunday, where he had stammered incoherently as Chris Wallace confronted him with a hard fact: Shirley Sherrod was fired long before Fox News Channel had aired the Breitbart video or even mentioned her name.

    But that didn't stop Dr Dean, who yesterday doubled down on dishonesty with a flat-out lie:

    HOWARD DEAN: I happen to like Chris Wallace, but he was really not being exactly accurate when he talked about 'we didn't say one word about this before the Secretary of Agriculture fired her'. The fact of the matter is they were pushing this story very very hard all day. It may be true that they didn't mention her name, but they sure did run the tape without mentioning her name, and they cranked up this story...

    No they didn't, Howard. That's not a matter of opinion; it's a hard, stubborn fact. Needless to say, bellowing doofus Ed Schultz didn't correct Dean, and let the lie stand.

    What now, MSNBC? They lurrrve to attack Fox News, but here it's their own prestige at stake. Will they insist that Big Ed correct the record today? Or will they let Howard Dean's falsehoods stand, and show again that A-Mess-NBC is little more than a sleazy cadre of flagrant liars?

    Comments are open!

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    UPDATE: Did MSNBC's Big Ed Schultz correct Howard Dean's lie? The answer is...no. And in other news, water is wet.

    Did MSNBC's Big Ed Schultz correct Howard Dean's lie on Wednesday? No. Thursday? No. 'Nuff said.

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    July 26, 2010
    Olby Staycation Fun: Comparing Tea Party to KKK!

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    As the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann enters week two of his vacation, matters still swirl all around him. It has been revealed that his buddies on the Jouno-List don't hold him in very high regard, tossing around such words as 'pompous' and 'misogynistic'. Of course Keith's antipathy and lack of respect for women is well known, and we're not just talking about using them for his "relief" and then dumping them with nothing more than a half-empty bottle of Merlot and an used necktie. For a quick recap of Oralmann's misogyny just check out these examples.

    Meanwhile, Krazy Keith has been busy mastering The Twitter. Which is always run to read, because there are often flashes of The Real Olbermann to be seen. Remember when Olby told an emailer:

    By the way, with my new contract I could buy and sell you. Then again, I could probably have done that when I made $8500 a year in 1979.

    Well, he does the same thing on Twitter:

    Very classy. And so deeply intellectual. Because the more money you make, the smarter you are, the better you are. Hmm. I wonder who makes more: Keith Olbermann or Rupert Murdoch? But never mind. How about reprising an old favorite with a new target. Edward R Olbermann once declared:

    Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda--worse for our society. It's as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was.

    Well now there's someone else Fat Ass is comparing to the KKK:

    Why do any original thinking when you can just recycle and repurpose the manic smears of yesteryear? That's OlbyPlanet. The smears are tired, old, and tattered from excessive re-use. Only the targets vary to satisfy the diseased overcompensating psyche of Keith Olbermann.

    Comments are open!



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    July 21, 2010
    Olbermann Can't Resist, Interrupts 'Vacation' for Special Education Komment

    Bathtub BoyYep, here it comes:

    What's the over/under for how many times we'll hear "Fox" or "Fixed" tonight? Get ready for must-miss tv, but keep in mind Oralmann will probably not even appear until the last segment.

    Comments are open!

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    July 19, 2010
    As Keith Goes on 'Vacation', Enjoy His Sophisticated Rapier Wit

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    Some people expressed surprise that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann suddenly announced a vacation on Friday. Two weeks away from The Hour of Spin. Was it because Tucker Carlson had unnerved him? Baseball season heating up? We think the explanation is precisely what we predicted when A-Mess-NBC banned Olby's butt-boy Markos Malicious from their air:

    Keithy doesn't like Joe, Markos hearts Keithy (a true Love Connection), so Markos is happy to smear anyone on Olby's enemies list. Unfortunately, this was too much even for A-Mess-NBC's pusillanimous management, and Markos has been banned from their airwaves--including The Hour of Spin! Oh there is no joy on OlbyPlanet tonight. How long until Oralmann cooks up some excuse to take multiple days off in protest?

    How long? Ten days. Ten days during which Olby was not permitted to have his way with Countdown bookings. Ten days during which Edward R Olbermann chafed under the No-Kos Rule. Hardly a surprise, and certainly not unexpected, that he would revolt against the injustice of not having his favorite far-left extremist on the air, camouflaging it as a "vacation".

    But fear not. Even as The Great and Powerful Olb will not be on the air for two weeks, you can still enjoy his insights, intellectual prowess, and sophisticated wit by following his twitter feed. Oh wait, he's gone and made it "protected"; nobody gets to see it unless they are Olby-approved. But we have our ways. We thought you might like to see an example of how Keith fills his days and nights. Like a moth inexorably drawn to the flame, Oralmann can't resist responding to critical tweets (right before blocking the senders). Here you'll see what a great speller he is, and view some of that clever, urbane, cerebral repartee that has already made him a twitter legend:

    Reading that is like...well, it's like Edward R Murrow was alive again. Wow. That whole string of comments should be sent to the Pulitzer Committee.

    Enjoy two weeks without the infamous, deplorable one. And here's a little traveling music for your listening pleasure. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Another good reason to take a "vacation": the Executive Producer of your show has left and taken another key staffer with her. Inside Cable News had the story over a month ago:

    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...

    That's exactly what happened today, with Izzy Povich and another staffer finally earning their freedom from OlbyPlanet. ICN confirms that his blind item was about The Hour of Spin (so Keith Olbermann alienates two more people who couldn't stand to work with him) and notes:

    Not that this was entirely unexpected but Povich leaving Countdown is huge. You don't usually see EPs leaving the network's flagship primetime show for a new show that is totally unproven. As a network exec you don't want to make the switch because you don't want to potentially upset the applecart for the flagship show, unless you have to. This suggests that there may be a story here to be written concerning what's been going on with Countdown that would force this move.

    You betcha!



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    July 16, 2010
    New KeithOlbermann.com Site Is Off and Running

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    There's all sorts of fun at the new KeithOlbermann.com website, set up by Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller. First you might check out the latest edition of their weekly Hour of Spin summary. Here's a shocker: Keith Olbermann shamelessly inserted himself (in a self-aggrandizing fashion) into the Steinbrenner story.

    Jim Treacher has breaking Olbermann Twitter news: Krazy Keith doesn't know how to tell time, and made a fool of himself again. Oh wait, maybe that's old news.

    Speaking of Twitter, here's how Oralmann replied to someone who dared to suggest that he is something less than perfection itself:

    Right. The Great and Powerful Olb never Fs up, and never makes a mistake. Meanwhile he's responding to critics by being a human spell-check:

    Yup, Oralmann really believes that spelling errors are proof that you're a buffoon. Unless, that is, it's one of Olby's spelling errors. Then he blocks people who saw it, and stays up all hours of the night deleting his tweets so he can pretend he's infallible and still make fun of other people's spelling mistakes.

    Oh, KeithOlbermann.com has also presented a page of video highlights from Keith's career, drawn from the many Olbermann Watch videos. Watch and enjoy reliving some of Monkeymann's biggest embarrassments. And we'll add this one, just for old time's sake:

    Ladies and gentlemen, the new Edward R Murrow.

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    July 15, 2010
    Olbermann Not Master of His Domain! Now UPDATED with Tucker Q&A!

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    Krazy Keith has never shown much understanding of the interwebs. You will recall how he lied, wailed, and smeared Fox over a twitter account in his name...only to have it come out that the account had been created for him by MSNBC. Still, Edward R Olbermann wasn't interested. Twitter was too hard for him to figure out:

    I tried to sign up last summer and abandoned the project.

    Yes, signing up for Twitter is a really intensive "project". People abandon the effort all the time because signing up is so hard that they have to try and try to do it.

    It would be months later when A-Mess-NBC finally got him to go on The Twitter, where as we know he now blocks anyone who criticizes him, and attacks 12-year-old fans over their grammar.

    Now Al Gore's invention has bitten Herr Olbermahn yet again. Despite being on the air for a decade, and bearing the name Keith Olbermann since birth, the infamous, deplorable one never showed one minute of interest in reserving the domain keitholbermann.com. As a result of his sloth, that domain was first created in August of 2004, and not by Keith Olbermann. Now it has changed hands, and keitholbermann.com is being run by Tucker Carlson, of the Daily Caller. You can read about it here:

    The Daily Caller, one of the fastest-growing online media properties, announced today its acquisition of KeithOlbermann.com, expanding the company's global reach into a new segment of the online political market.... "We plan to make The Daily Caller the one-stop online shop for Keith Olbermann commentary," said Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. "We will be THE Keith Olbermann superstore..."

    Olby's reaction was first to laugh it off, then just minutes later (as the paranoia kicked in) to sputter vague threats about legal proceedings. We at OlbyWatch throw our full support toward this new venture, and encourage all our loyal readers to contact the new keitholbermann.com and suggest topics to cover, perhaps bring their attention to some of our hundreds of OlbyWatch videos, and in general encourage them on this noble enterprise.

    Tucker Carlson may be reached at his personal email address: keith@keitholbermann.com.

    Comments are open!

    BONUS: Here, courtesy of Mediaite, is Tucker Carlson explaining his acquisition of the domain name, and detailing just how much Keith Olbermann is hated at MSNBC. And Tucker should know. He worked there:



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    July 14, 2010
    Sure Enough, Now It Comes Out: Steinbrenner Was a Secret Fan of Countdown!

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    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has been a busy beaver today. Since he has people to write Countdown for him, he can afford to diddle away on his blog of choice, Daily Kos. (Of course it's not beyond belief that ghost writers provide the Kos material as well. But if so they must be pretty disreputable ghosts. With soiled sheets.)

    Today his contribution to Markos "Screw 'Em" Malicious is a lengthy diatribe about the evil Rush Limbaugh. It's bereft of even a modicum of logical thought (like when he talks about the estate tax rate--he's not countering Limbaugh at all, but actually reinforcing Limbaugh's point, but Oralmann is too dense to realize it). Plus there's this gem, which just about every who reads OlbyWatch knew would be coming:

    Steinbrenner made no secret that he was a viewer of mine, at ESPN, and MSNBC.

    Right on time: the retroactive "fan" whose adoration of Edward R Olbermann only gets mentioned after his death. Considering how insensitive this oft-used self-promotional Olby gambit is, it's that much more hypocritical to find him superciliously cluck-clucking at Limbaugh for making a political point on the day someone died. (Which, if you think about it, is, like, every day.) To wit:

    You turned a man's death into a race-baiting joke....the timing of this remark is just as callous, and just as sleazy...

    Right, It's not callous and sleazy to trade on his death to inflate your barrage-balloon-sized ego, is it Keith? But hey, you're a Daily Kos diarist. You love the place: it's a "nice site"! And while you're puffing up your own reputation by promoting unverified post-mortem claims from someone who is now conveniently unable to contradict, your "nice site" was avoiding being "sleazy" and "callous" as they discussed the heart surgery of Dick Cheney:

    That's what you find on Keith Olbermann's blog. And he's calling someone else "callous" and "sleazy"? Hey Olby, before you want to toss dirt on others, you should quit wallowing in the sewer yourself.

    Comments are open!



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    July 13, 2010
    Day Four of Keith Olbermann's Ongoing Lie...UPDATE: Not!

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    It was Friday when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann broadcast falsehoods. (Actually it's every day, but we're dealing with one particular example here.) As usual, he lifted them from a blue blog, didn't bother to fact check, and then put them on the air as "news". Unfortunately, his habit of parroting sites like Think Propaganda came back to bite him again, as Politifact exposed his blatherings as wildly, utterly false.

    Herr Olbermahn was confronted about his laughable nonexistent fact-checking on Friday when, as we reported yesterday, he admitted he was utterly wrong and promised that the correction would come that night.

    Friday. Monday. Now it's Tuesday, four days later. Edward R Olbermann could have corrected the false information and shown the merest modicum of journalistic ethics. Instead he chose to let the untruths stand without acknowledging or correcting them. If we give him the benefit of the doubt that originally he was merely lazy and inept in not checking the facts, he now knows what he said was untrue. And he's allowing it to stand. In other words, he's turned what may have been just another instance of his pitiable "journalistic" skills into an ongoing lie.

    Perhaps Olbermann Watch will have sufficiently humiliated Keith Olbermann that he will slip a perfunctory correction into tonight's Hour of Spin. But we wouldn't suggest betting the house on that possibility. Keith Oralmann would rather be wrong, than do right.

    Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Our mistake, but we have an excuse. We checked the MSNBC transcripts for both Friday and yesterday, and there was no correction from Olbermann in either case. However, we didn't reckon with the incompetence of MSNBC's web team. Just go to the transcripts page and read the transcript for Friday, July 9. No correction, no mention of the gas/oil subsidies at all. Why is that? Because while msnbc.com claims it is the transcript for Friday July 9, it is in fact the transcript for Thursday July 8. The actual Friday transcript isn't posted at all!

    KO did make a correction on Friday night, as politifact notes in their article. Our fault for assuming msnbc's website to be reliable. Our apologies to Keith. We correct our mistakes, and it's good to know that in this case, he did too. Now if he could just admit he was wrong about Lincoln's elections...



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    July 12, 2010
    Keith 'We Correct Our Mistakes' Olbermann Doesn't

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    Remember when the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann absurdly claimed: "I have never knowingly reported anything false and we correct our mistakes."

    Yeah, right. We reported how Rip 'n' Read Olbermann lifted bogus stats from his blue blog source, Think Propaganda. And how Politifact nailed him on his falsehoods. On Friday we rashly predicted Oralmann would make the correction, but hey--it's Olbermann. What were we thinking? Of course he boasted that he would do the right thing:

    But Friday night's Hour of Spin came and went and...well, we didn't notice any correction. So we checked the MSNBC transcript and...well, we didn't notice any correction.

    Is this so? Is Keith Olbermann really such an insecure wuss that he can't even admit when he's wrong? When he lifts talking points from an internet website and doesn't bother to check them before broadcasting them as "news"? C'mon Keith, man up. Grow a pair. Keep your word.

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    July 9, 2010
    Rip 'n' Read Olbermann Steps In It Again!

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    As readers of Olbermann Watch have known for years, the infamous, deplorable one has a habit of basing his "reporting" on items lifted from webpages, blue blogs, and the like. And of course, the little matter of fact-checking is something his writers don't bother with. He's embarrassed himself yet again, and not just once, but twice. First we find him melodramatically sneering at Sharron Angle for the crime of saying Abraham Lincoln had lost "a few" elections before becoming President. NOOOO, boomed Oralmann, he only lost one.

    Unfortunately, Edward R Olbermann got it wrong. According to Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg, Honest Abe lost more than once. How about five times? These would include:

    But if you think that's bad, consider how eagerly Fat Ass thoughtlessly parroted another gem of misinformation from Think Propaganda. Olby lifted some bogus stats from that discredited site, and naturally was unconcerned with such small matters as, um, ascertaining the truth. As a result, he was nailed by Politifact:

    Olbermann clearly muffed it twice when he repeated [Think Progress statistics] incorrectly to viewers -- and by a substantial margin -- giving viewers the impression that oil and gas subsidies are 10 times more expensive than they actually are. Because of this, we considered rating his comment Pants on Fire, but his errors seemed to us to be sloppy rather than devious. So we'll give him a rating of False.

    Very generous, but any Olbermann report is likely to be either sloppy or devious, so it had to be one or another. You can expect Edward R Olbermann to make a great show of correcting his oil and gas falsehoods (and maybe blame it on someone else), but he'll double down on his Lincoln gaffe. Probably claim that elections to Senate don't count because the voters are actually the state legislators. But then, wouldn't that mean there's no such thing as a Presidential election because the voters are actually the electoral college? Don't try to make sense out of it. It's OlbyLogic.

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    July 7, 2010
    MSNBC Bans Markos...Amy Robach Bans Herself from OlbyPlanet!

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    All sorts of developments today regarding the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. There's his attack last night on the "racist" Limbaugh, which turns out to have been concocted from a quote so heavily cherry-picked and cropped that it's not beyond reason to call it a doctored quote. This sort of lie by omission is coin of the realm on OlbyPlanet.

    Meanwhile things aren't looking so good for Olby regular and blog boss Markos Malicious. It seems that he thought it would make sense to smear Joe Scarborough by suggesting he murdered an intern. Never mind that the death wasn't even a homicide. Never mind that there's not one scintilla of evidence that Scarborough was even present when it happened. Keithy doesn't like Joe, Markos hearts Keithy (a true Love Connection), so Markos is happy to smear anyone on Olby's enemies list. Unfortunately, this was too much even for A-Mess-NBC's pusillanimous management, and Markos has been banned from their airwaves--including The Hour of Spin! Oh there is no joy on OlbyPlanet tonight. How long until Oralmann cooks up some excuse to take multiple days off in protest?

    At least there's one NBCer who knows what associating with the infamous, deplorable one can do to her credibility. Mediaite also reported that Herr Olbermahn admitted in one of his many, many tweets that NBC's Amy Robach refuses (wisely) to appear on Countdown. Refuses to bow before the altar of Edward R Olbermann?!? Maybe Markos should start spreading some rumor about her too. Hey, as long as he's banned anyhow, why not redouble the smears?

    Don't expect to hear too much about any of this on tonight's Hour of Spin, where the topics will be the usual dog's breakfast of talking points, accentuated by the usual gang of parrots: The Wolffe Man, discredited partisan hack Dave Weigel, and Olby's favorite low-rent leftist Dennis Miller wannabe, Harry Shearer. It's a Countdown for the ages. It's must-miss tv! Comments are open!



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    July 6, 2010
    Tuesday Hour of Spin Heads Up

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    Just what you might expect from the infamous, deplorable one:

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    July 2, 2010
    June Chart: Countdown Still a DNC Talking Points Factory

    Our monthly scan of the MSNBC transcripts turned out just like all the previous ones. It's what you might expect from the most unbalanced, one-sided "news" program this side of Radio North Korea. Behold, the chart:

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    Some additional fun facts about the month's statistics:

    Yeah, we know that Weigel is no more "independent" than Crazy Larry O'Donnell (who himself appeared three times). But we bend over backwards in an abundance of caution to ensure that our counts are unimpeachable, so even conservative-haters like Weigel get the benefit of the doubt, and are classed as "independent".

    So get set for another month of propaganda from the least diversified hour on all of cable news. Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    June 30, 2010
    Who's Lying? CNN, or Keith Olbermann?

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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!



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    June 29, 2010
    Do You Believe This?

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    Me neither. Comments are open!



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    June 28, 2010
    Even a Disgraced Hack Is Welcomed by Olbermann...Because He IS a Hack!

    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:

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    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!



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    June 23, 2010
    Uh Oh...How's Olby Going to Spin This One?

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    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:

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    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!



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    June 21, 2010
    Meet the OlbyLoons (Twitter Edition): Laura Stadler

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    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!



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    June 17, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Leads Desperation 24-Hour MSNBC Flip-Flop!

    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!



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    June 16, 2010
    Meet the OlbyLoons (Twitter Edition): Donna Cestone

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    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!



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    June 15, 2010
    MSNBC Adds Crazy Larry O'Donnell: An Even Whiter Spectrum of News!

    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:

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    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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    June 14, 2010
    Senate Candidate (D) Accused of Accosting Teen with Porn...So Olbermann Endorses Him!

    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:

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    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!



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    June 11, 2010
    Sharron Angle and Laura Ingraham Respond to Latest Olbermann Attack!

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    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!



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    June 8, 2010
    Hey Here's a New Idea for Olbermann: Why Not Attack Rand Paul?

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    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!



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    June 7, 2010
    Olbermann Reunites with Musto for Limbaugh Attack

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    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!



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    June 3, 2010
    OlbyWatch Fact Check: 'We Correct Our Mistakes'

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    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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    June 2, 2010
    The Latest Olbermann News: None of It Good...for Olbermann

    Bathtub Boy

    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!



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    June 1, 2010
    May Chart: A 'Fuller Spectrum of News'? Not!

    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:

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    Some fun facts:

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    May 26, 2010
    Who's the Real Idiot? Sarah Palin? Or Keith Olbermann?

    Watch and decide, watch and deciders:

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    May 21, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Ready to Lead the Borking of Rand Paul
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    Yes the very notion of anyone in the melanin-challenged MSNBC lineup complaining about segregation or diversity is the utter height in self-unaware irony. But A-Mess-NBC is on a mission, and since Keith Oralmann runs the station, he's leading the charge. Racist! Kook! Loser! Watch for it tonight as Krazy Keith kicks off his smear-fest with ultra-leftist David Corn and that crack analyst of American politics, the Brit who is Pinocchio to Olby's Gepetto: the Wolffe Man. Oh and you won't want to miss the ultimate in compelling television: three fables from the overrated James Thurber--like Harry Potter and bubblegum cards, another indication of Edward R Olbermann's stubbornly arrested development.

    Since KO fancies himself an ace wordsmith he's already crowing about the oh-so-clever line he will spew on tonight's Hour of Spin: "Enjoy Rand Paul while you can." Yes, he swears he wrote that himself. Such brilliant discourse Shakespeare could only aspire to. We'd better get a telegram off to the Pulitzer committee right now. They don't want to miss this.

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    May 19, 2010
    Keith Olbermann's Dog That Did Not Bark

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    We know the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has a peculiar relationship with our canine friends. For example there was that night when Olby had to leave a woman's apartment because he was convinced her dog was talking to him. OlbyPlanet is a place where dogs may talk, but don't bark. And the dog that didn't bark last night was predicted right on these pages by brad90956:

    His name is Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and Connecticut's Attorney General who is running for the US Senate. He claimed he served in Vietnam but obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war. In at least eight newspaper articles published in Connecticut from 2003 to 2009, he is described as having served in Vietnam. Will this candidate make the WPITW list or will Olby refuse to cover the story? I think we all know the answer to that question. Instead, Olby will dedicate the segment to Sarah Palin, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck and Fox News. What a "journalist".

    Sure enough, while Blumenthal was headline news everywhere else, his name never even came up on The Hour of Spin. Another Dog That Did Not Bark. What stories will prove to be tonight's quiescent canines? Here's our sneak peak of what Oralmann has in store:

    Hmm. GE benefits from green energy programs, will make a bundle on Cap & Trade. Is pushing this agenda some sort of Conflict of Interest for A-Mess-NBC? What, how dare you impugn the ethics of Edward R Olbermann?!? For that crime you are sentenced to having to recap Monkeymann's sixty minutes of chicanery. Comments are open!



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    May 17, 2010
    Keith Olbermann: Still Cleansing His Twitter Feed of Dissent!

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    We wrote about how little it took to get blocked by @KeithOlbermann, and told you how many people have been banned from Oralmann's Twitter presence. It shouldn't surprise you that it's still going on:

    He was tweeting so many people-and it seemed like he would be on for hours. I swear, I was one of the first people to tweet him. I tried to let him know that I was a huge fan-no response. I tried my unique brand of humor-no response. I looked at who he was tweeting and quickly realized that he like to tweet cute white girls, so I created an account-@OlbermannsBrain and had an avatar of a chick with really big "ta-ta's" I tweeted him, and he responded-by blocking me....

    In my last attempt to get a response from Keith I tweeted him this,

    "Ha! @KeithOlbermann is getting his ass beat in the ratings by @CNNCampbell"

    It provoked a response from Keith that read,

    "Keith Olbermann @shaggieshapiro ah I see the problem. You think 150 > 250?

    I was so happy! This was it! Mission Accomplished, well it was until I found out that the tweet I sent him got me blocked. I mean, come on-I was blocked because I jokingly said that Campbell Brown was beating him in the ratings???? Campbell Brown's ratings are in the toilet, and if he took the time to read my profile-or my tweets-he would know who I am. But, maybe he just didn't like what he saw.

    After all the years I defended him-from all the wingnuts who said the problem with Keith is that he puts people on his show that agree with him-no dissenters. For years I was proud to carry the "Olbermann Kool-Aid", and this is how I get treated? He has ruined my experience, and MSNBC's President Phil Griffin has too. With the absence of David Shuster, and the arrogance of Keith Olbermann I am left with no choice but to stop watching MSNBC.

    Twitter is just not cool anymore. Looks like I will be hanging around Facebook. Hopefully, that douchebag won't be on there.

    Another one sees the light. Discuss, resolve, and then recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    May 13, 2010
    Some of Keith Olbermann's Best Friends Are Black...They're Just Not on MSNBC

    From BROLIATH:

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    May 11, 2010
    Uh Oh...Maybe Olby's New Boss Doesn't Think He's So Comcastic After All

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    The head honcho of Comcast is talking about what they plans are when they take over NBC. Brian Roberts was effusive about the acquisition of NBC News, but his tone was a little more, well, cautious when the subject turned to the network's illegitimate offspring, A-Mess-NBC:

    Playing devil's advocate, former News Corp president and COO Peter Chernin asked Roberts what course of action he might take should, say, MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann begin taking pot-shots at Republican Congressmen.

    "Let's have that conversation in 12 months when we're playing with live ammo," Roberts said, before adding that he would ensure that NBC News continued to "keep [its coverage] down the middle, whatever that means."

    "Whatever that means"?!? A revealing and arguably appropriate response to the notion of putting Oralmann and "down the middle" news coverage in the same sentence. They aren't even on the same planet! With all the fulsome plaudits he bestowed on NBC the network, his squirrelly reluctance to say even one good word about the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann could prove to be very telling.

    Discuss, resolve, and then get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    May 10, 2010
    Hey Keith, Who's More Diverse, MSNBC or the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    From our friends at BRO LIATH:

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    May 7, 2010
    Friday End-of-the-Week Countdown Recap Thread

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    Finally. At last. Here's a head's up on the exciting topics to come:

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    May 5, 2010
    Olbermann Defends Only Having Guests Who Agree with Him!

    Is it satire? MSNBC's idea of Comedy Gold? Or are they seriously trying to make Countdown's one-sided guest list a feature?!? Watch MSNBC's new promo, discuss, resolve, and then recap tonight's Hour of Spin.

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    May 4, 2010
    Blocked by Keith Olbermann...For Telling the Truth

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    Keith Olbermann is having the time of his life on Twitter, but it seems like maybe he doesn't get the community/exchange of ideas/conversation aspect of it very well. Because it seems that he treats it like his kingdom on OlbyPlanet--dissent will not be tolerated. KO keeps an eagle eye out for anyone who dares tweet criticallly of him by watching for his twitter address: @KeithOlbermann. As the tweets fly by, he routinely just blocks dissenters from following his tweets, which in his diseased mind is probably like denying the Library of Congress access to the works of Shakespeare. For a while he was using the #beseeingyou hashtag to rub it in, but perhaps he realized that spectators would actually see how many people he was blocking. Sort of a numeral count of his pettiness quotient. So he's cut back on that, but he's still banning people left and right...well, more correctly stated, banning people right and right.

    We didn't think our tweet was particularly controversial. We wanted to draw attention to our monthly analysis of Countdown's guests, neatly categorized by partisan and ideological viewpoints. It's nothing we haven't done before, and it's not exactly some kind of devious attack. The guest lists are right there on the Countdown transcripts page. We just go through, tally up all the names, and place them in the appropriate categories. The results for April were typical, indicative of the exclusionist approach Herr Olbermahn takes on The Hour of Spin. So we issued our tweet:

    We thought we were being generous by saying it's "just a tad" imbalanced, but Edward R Olbermann didn't see it that way. He quickly responded with a tweet of his own:

    Experienced OlbyWatchers will spot immediately the same sort of demagoguery that regularly appears on The Hour of Spin. First, the substance is completely ignored. The chart is based on NBC's own transcripts. The counts are accurate. So switch-hitter Oralmann drops any challenge to the truth of the chart, and pivots to a personal attack. One entirely without evidence, concocted purely from the malevolent brain of Fat Ass himself. In other words, Another Olbermann Lie. How quickly he forgets that "accusations demand evidence", when it comes to smearing someone as being on a nonexistent payroll. But concern for truth is not exactly high on the list of Olby attributes.

    It was just moments later that it happened. We had been following Olbermann's tweets for weeks, but all of a sudden our access was cut off. We tried again to re-add him to our follow list, with this result:

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    Blocked by Keith Olbermann! Banned from being in the Emperor's Twitter Presence for daring to post a chart that told the truth! We knew Krazy Keith had some self esteem issues, and that his cowardice has kept opposing viewpoints off Countdown for years. But we didn't realize he was so insecure that he has to put up walls around a freaking Twitter account! It almost makes one pity the sniveling little weasel.

    Make of this what you will. Discuss, resolve, and then prepare to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!

    PS: Here's a twitter user who has obviously figured out the real story about johnnydollar01. There's probably a 50/50 chance that Oralmann will think this seriously true:



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    Glenn Beck Ridicules the Sophisticated Humor and Wit of Keith Olbermann

    Watch as Beck mocks those immortal lines that still stand today as the zenith of Keith Olbermann's intellectual badinage: "You're a fascist!" The video is excerpted from a post at The Right Scoop, where you can watch a longer version that also tackles Obama's "predator drone" jokes. Watch and enjoy, watch and enjoyers:



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    May 3, 2010
    April Countdown Guests: A Full Spectrum of Viewpoints--Everything from A to B

    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 will not surprise you:

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    This is the sort of fairness and diversity of opinion that must be the envy of Radio North Korea. A few fun facts about the statistics:

    Notes: Lawrence O'Donnell is a long-time strategist for Democrats though that is often unmentioned in his MSNBC appearances. Markos M says the purpose of his website is to elect Democrats and he has worked for Democratic candidates, including Howard Dean, so he is considered a 'Dem strategist'. Chris Hayes is categorized as 'liberal' based on the fact that he consistently takes liberal positions. (Duh!)

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    April 30, 2010
    Olbermann Again Smears Hispanic Baseball Players

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    We often hear the notion expressed that while Keith Olbermann may not know much about politics, or geography, he's really a whiz at sports, particularly baseball. Because, you know, he has the bestest baseball card collection in the whole wide world...at least in the possession of someone over 21 years old. But in truth, Edward R Olbermann is as reckless and irresponsible regarding baseball as he is with more serious matters.

    It wasn't that long ago that Oralmann smeared Hispanic ball player Albert Pujols and Chris Mihlfeld, his trainer. You can read the sordid details here, but the story tracks what Krazy Keith does every night on The Hour of Spin: he lifts a story from a blog, doesn't bother to verify it, then runs with it as fact. Yeah, that worked out real well, didn't it?

    Of course things get really dicey when Monkeymann decides to ignore the Separation of Sports and State and intermingles his maniacal political jihads with baseball. His latest gem began on twitter and was reinforced on Thursday's Hour of Spin, and it is more moronic smears from the infamous, deplorable one:

    It didn't take long for knowledgeable baseball observers to see what Olby was doing here: smearing all the Hispanic players on the Diamondbacks as sub-par, just to prop up one of his tired Daily Kos talking points. The reaction is best summarized by The Sports Retorter:

    Miguel Montero, the Diamondbacks' catcher is from Venezuela. Montero arguably would have been in contention for the 2010 All-Star Game if he hadn't injured his knee early in the season. Montero hit .294 last season with 16 home runs 59 RBI and a .832 OPS. Not shabby numbers by anyone's account.

    And what about Gerardo Parra? The young Venezuelan had a breakout season in 2009 batting .290 with 5 home runs, 60 RBI and a .729 OPS in just 120 big league games. He was so good that he finished even received votes for the NL Rookie of the Year.

    Not enough? What about the former face of the franchise? The man who was responsible for the greatest moment in Arizona sports history and is now a special assistant to the general manager? Does Luis Gonzalez not count in Mr. Olbermann's estimation? Gonzalez is a Cuban American, and was a fantastic player in his day, representing the Diamondbacks in five MLB All-Star Games.

    Greg Esposito has much more to say about this, so read the whole thing. And ask yourself what kind of a "journalist" will smear the reputations and denigrate the abilities of these Hispanic ball players just to backstop a phony partisan political talking point? Maybe the kind who never could make the team, couldn't even serve as bat boy, and to this day can't even drive a car? Ya think?

    Discuss, resolve, and recap the last (thank you, thank you, thank you!) Hour of Spin for the week. Comments are open!



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    April 27, 2010
    Embarrassment! Olbermann 'Report' Lifted from Conspiracy Site Falls Apart on Air!

    Bathtub Boy

    The infamous, deplorable one thinks he is the next incarnation of Edward R Murrow. But we don't think the estimable Mr Murrow would lift alleged 'news stories' from wacked-out conspiracy websites and the present them on air. Yet that's exactly what Herr Olbermahn did on Monday's program, as he relentlessly hyped his breaking news: Sarah Palin's testimony at the email hacker trial just might be perjury. Oh, and in case you didn't get the idea, he repeated the word "perjury" over and over in hyping his breaking news. That is until his guest showed up to pour cold water all over Krazy Keith's latest scoop:

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    Uh oh. Guests aren't supposed to embarrass Oralmann in front of millions...well, make that thousands of viewers. Will he be permitted back on OlbyPlanet soon? Only time will tell. But poor Mr Weigel was swiftly turned on by the denizens of the wacky site Monkeymann lifted his 'news report' from. So what was this reliable source used by Edward R Olbermann? The subtly-titled (and substantially fictitious) Palingates. And while KO has gone to some odd wells in seeking the most unreliable 'news' available, this is the first time he's relied so heavily on a conspiratorial site this loony. One that claims Sarah Palin faked her pregnancies, and pores over grainy photographs as if they were the Zapruder film to expose the truth about the Trig pregnancy. Yes, Keith Olbermann's latest source for news is a Trig Truther site. What's coming next from the infamous, deplorable one? The real lowdown on who brought down the Twin Towers? Maybe an hour-long special with George Noory on the UFOs who are behind it all?

    Who would have guessed that the once-esteemed news department of NBC would end up being humiliated by an incompetent sports guy masquerading as a 'journalist', lifting stories from crackpot websites and further dragging the Peacock reputation through the mud?

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    April 26, 2010
    Olbypocrisy Exemplified: Accusations Demand Evidence

    From our friends at Broliath:

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    April 23, 2010
    Beck Uses Olbermann 'Fascist' Clip to Demonstrate Hate Speech

    You may find this segment from the eeevil Glenn Beck of interest. There are several familiar clips shown, including the famous "You're a Fascist!", screamed by Edward R Olbermann at the President of the United States. Glenn Beck puts the rantings of Herr Olbermahn and others in context:

    As further show prep for tonight's Hour of Spin, check out this column from sure-to-be-worst-person-nominee David Zurawik. Even though he is a liberal, Zurawik finds MSNBC "Irresponsible" for giving air time to Keith Olbermann, whom he likens to a modern-day Joe McCarthy. Oh, and watch for this guy on tonight's show. He's just a comedian of course, but by sheerest coincidence a comedian who writes for the Huffington Post and is involved with "Laughing Liberally". Yes, on OlbyPlanet, even comics must conform to Monkeymann's politics or they will not be allowed to appear in the presence of the infamous, deplorable one.

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    April 20, 2010
    Scarborough, About to Unload on Olbermann, Bites Tongue

    It's too bad A-Mess-NBC has cracked down on Joe. Because it would have been fascinating to hear what Scarborough would have said if he didn't have to worry about Edward R Olbermann demanding that he be kicked out of 30 Rock. The clip from this morning's broadcast:

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    April 19, 2010
    Olbermann on Twitter: Thief Hannity Steals Money from Charities!

    Bathtub Boy

    Inside Cable News connects the dots on MSNBC's glaring double standard:

    The manner and zeal in which Olbermann deals with trolls and detractors is interesting. It's interesting not because of the way he does it but because it echoes an infamous incident someone else from MSNBC had a few months ago. And I have to wonder if David Shuster is looking at Olbermann's tweets and thinking to himself if they're going to allow that then why did he get his twitter privileges revoked...

    How about that, Olbermann getting special treatment. Whoda thunkit? And his twitter account is so full of perceptive insights. Like when he exults in a comparison of how many followers he has:

    Or plugs an as yet nonexistent book:

    How about accusing (without evidence) Sean Hannity of stealing money from charities?

    Recall that all Shuster did was state that James O'Keefe, who had been arrested and charged, was guilty and would go to jail. But at least Shuster was talking about a real case, an actual investigation--even though he was predictably wrong about how it would turn out (or he wouldn't be Shuster). But Judge Olbermann's rulings on Sean Hannity (other than the one where he crows about having more followers) are completely out of left field: there is no criminal investigation, let alone a pending charge. In fact, no such accusation of pocketing money has been made by anyone, other than in Krazy Keith's fevered fantasties!

    A-Mess-NBC was pretty quick to yank Shuster off Twitter, for much less than what Edward R Olbermann is perpetrating day after day. It sure seems like the peacock "news" channel has a double standard: different rules for different fools.

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    April 15, 2010
    Olbermann Loves to Tweet...About Olbermann

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    The greatness that is Keith Olbermann is so far beyond that of mortal men that it's almost like a god coming down to earth when he graces the rabble with a few of his immortal tweets. And Edward R Olbermann has a favorite topic: no, not Palin, or O'Reilly, or Beck, or even Obama. Nothing so warms the cockles of Olby's heart as talking about...himself! His achievements, the swells who know him and fawn over him, and of course the great and near-great who hang on every word uttered on The Hour of Spin. Submitted for your consideration, just a few examples of Oralmann on his favorite subject:

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    April 14, 2010
    Flustered Olbermann Calls Bathtub Story a Lie, Gibson Responds!

    We noted yesterday how the twitter hashtag #bathtubboy was driving Keith Olbermann to exasperation. Today he kicked it up a notch, telling someone (as he was blocking them from following OlbyTweets):

    Keith really is the new Edward R Murrow, isn't he? Perhaps he'll become even more discombobulated when he hears John Gibson's retort to his sophomoric attacks. We have the audio for your listening pleasure:

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    April 13, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Has a Short Twitter Fuse

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    So how's that twitter thing working out for Olby? Not so well. A tweeter had some unkind words for the infamous, deplorable one, but what really seemed to set him off was a new hashtag that has appeared. (Hashtags are used to mark tweets with a key word, like #glennbeck, so interested folks can see all the tweets on that subject.) When one @robsolo mentioned Edward R Olbermann in a tweet, he included that new hashtag we mentioned: #bathtubboy. That so got Oralmann's panties in a bunch that not only did he send off a snarky insult to @robsolo, he also blocked the guy (noting it with the #Beeseeing you tag) from following OlbyTweets! Plus it seems like @robsolo is not the only one Mr Courageous is blocking...

    Such fun. Discuss, resolve, and recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    April 12, 2010
    Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, and the Race Card

    Great thanks to our friends at Broliath for this glimpse into the mindset of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann and his pals at A-Mess-NBC:

    Discuss, resolve, and then prepare for another week of Edward R Olbermann. For additional pre-show prep, check out the Daily Caller's Olby week in review. Plus you might get some hints about tonight's Hour of Spin from Monkeymann's shiny new twitter account (if you can stomach reading the most egregiously self-absorbed tweeter in the known 'verse). Comments are open!



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    April 7, 2010
    Back in the Saddle, Keith Olbermann Renews His War on Fox

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    April 5, 2010
    Olbermann's Triumphal Return Loses Lawrence O'Donnell's Viewers!

    A funny thing happened to Edward R Olbermann when he made his Big Return to Countdown last week. Well, maybe not funny to Olby, but we can't imagine that Larry O'Donnell wasn't smiling at least a little bit. O'Donnell hosted The Hour of Spin for four days the previous week, and we compared his ratings with the same four days of the following week hosted by the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. The numbers tell the story:

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    Ouch! Do you suppose MSNBC's bosses at Comcast are looking at numbers like these? Could they be wondering why they should pay an exorbitant salary to Krazy Keith, with all his high maintenance idiosyncracies, when they can attract more viewers for much less cost with their new best friend Larry?

    Of course neither of them comes anywhere near the eeevil Mr Bill, but when it comes to bang for the buck, will MSNBC continue to pour money down the Olbermann rat-hole? Discuss, resolve, and recap! Comments are open!



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    March 31, 2010
    Does Keith Olbermann Believe The American Legion Is a Right Wing Hate Group?

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    That's the idea you might get from Monday's Hour of Spin, where Edward R Olbermann allowed his guest to smear US veterans without Olby even raising one of his plus-size eyebrows. Perhaps he was too busy thinking thinking ahead to his glorious Tuesday night triumph, without realizing 28% of the viewers who tuned in on Monday would abandon ship on Tuesday. Apparently one day of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is more than enough.

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    March 30, 2010
    Olbermann Goes Ballistic Over Militia Arrests...But Do You Remember Fort Dix?

    John Gibson does. It's the latest of many Great Moments in Olbypocrisy:

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    March 29, 2010
    As Obama Returns from Afghanistan Olbermann Returns to Countdown

    Tonight the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann is expected to report on the President's Afghanistan visit. Obama's speech to the troops showed considerable resolve--exactly the opposite of what Oralmann wanted. Just to refresh your memory, here's is Olbermahn's demand that Obama "get out" and leave Afghanistan to the Taliban:

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    Of course, that was a long, long time ago...four months. Is Krazy Keith going to flip-flop on another issue? Will he crank up the rhetoric and demand again that Obama "get out"? Or will he find some way to spend so much time on things like Sarah Palin that he can relegate the Afghanistan question to a few tossed off sentences and neatly avoid the issue? Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    March 25, 2010
    Olbermann Keeping Busy During 'Grief Leave'

    Many were surprised that after the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves on Monday, he just as quickly vanished again, leaving Crazy Larry to man the ship. We're not sure about the wisdom of such an arrangement, given that Larry hasn't lost Keith's audience, but may actually be building on it!

    But Olby never planned to return for more than that one night. His own words at his blog of choice, Daily Kos, specifically said that would be the case:

    I felt compelled to come in off my grief leave, just for the night...

    So don't be surprised if Herr Olbermahn doesn't make an appearance for the rest of the week. He's on 'grief leave'. And there are five stages to the grieving process. Or maybe six: an extra stage for world-shattering ruminations on baseball trivia...

    And those are from just this week. So far. There are still two more days to go! We're sure the Major League Baseball folks are pleased. After all, he couldn't do both: write up his fanboy baseball posts and host Countdown too. It's clear what comes first for Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!


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    March 22, 2010
    Warning: Dangerous Curve Ahead! Olbermann Flip-Flop Imminent!

    Inside Cable News reports that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann will be returning to his throne tonight. Perhaps he will bask in the glow of another victory for President Obama. But wait, how can that be? Let's set the wayback machine for a long, long time ago...all the way back to December! As the mists clear, we find Edward R Olbermann pontificating on health care reform and the evils of mandates and why the Senate version of the health care bill should be...killed!

    This is not health, this is not care, this is certainly not reform.... They must now not make the defeat worse by passing a hollow shell of a bill just for the sake of a big-stage signing ceremony.

    You have just agreed to purchase a product. If you do not, you will be breaking the law and subject to a fine. You have no control over how much you will pay for the product.... The bill now is little more than a legally mandated delivery of the middle class (and those whose dreams of joining it slip ever further away) into a kind of Chicago stockyards of insurance. Make enough money to take care of yourself and your family and you must buy insurance -- on the insurers terms -- or face a fine.

    This provision must go. It is, above all else, immoral and a betrayal of the people who elected you, Sir. You must now announce that you will veto any bill lacking an option or buy-in, but containing a mandate. And Sen. Reid, put the public option back in, or the Medicare Buy-In, or both....

    No single payer? No sale. No public option? No sale. No Medicare buy-in? No sale. I am one of the self-insured, albeit by choice. And I hereby pledge that I will not buy this perversion of health care reform. Pass this at your peril, Senators, and sign it at yours, Mr. President. I will not buy this insurance. Brand me a lawbreaker if you choose. Fine me if you will. Jail me if you must.

    Care to see the complete rant in all its histronic glory? We are happy to oblige:

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    Of course that was then, and this is now. Will Oralmann reiterate his principled objections tonight, call for the bill to be repealed, and boast how he will refuse to obey its provisions? Or will all that be forgotten as Herr Olbermahn does a complete about face and continues his slobbering love affair with the Prez? Discuss, resolve, and then recap tonight's Big Return. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: One way to disguise an imminent flip-flop is to camouflage it by changing the subject. Olby has posted a preview of tonight's Special Education Komment. The theme: Republicans are racists, and people shouldn't call names. Yes, Keith Olbermann, the man who spews epithets like 'psychotic', 'schmuck', 'facist', 'whore', 'fat ass', 'slut', 'monkey', and 'c-nt', is just the guy to make that case!



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    March 15, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Posts on the Death of His Father
    ...He was my inspiration, and will always remain so. His bravery these last six months cannot be measured. He is as much my hero now, as he was when I was five years old.

    More at Baseball Nerd.



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    March 12, 2010
    Media Institute Wants Public Apology for Olbermann's Latest Nazi Smear

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    We reported earlier on the vicious personal attack Keith Olbermann spewed at Floyd Abrams. Mr Abrams is the father of Dan Abrams, MSNBC legal analyst, but as a first amendment attorney he dared to represent a client Oralmann didn't like. So Keith maniacally smeared Mr Abrams, who is Jewish, by comparing him with a Nazi.

    Now the Media Institute, dedicated to defending the first amendment, has demanded that Edward R Olbermann issue a public apology for his slander. Their open letter, which deserves to be read in full, pulls no punches:

    For any Jew to be compared to a Nazi collaborator is vile, but in the case of Floyd is simply beyond comprehension.... If you believe that attorneys should be personally vilified whenever they advocate a cause you oppose or a client you dislike, we would like to know how you believe our system is supposed to work. Many of the freedoms you enjoy as a journalist exist because of the work of Floyd Abrams throughout his exemplary career. Yet even if Mr. Abrams had not blazed important paths for the rights of the press, he does not deserve to be personally insulted, which for you may have seemed like nothing more than a clever turn of phrase.... But we also look forward to your public apology to Floyd Abrams for your unwarranted personal attack.

    Our advice to the Media Institute: don't hold your breath waiting for that Olbypology. Comparing people to Nazis is nothing new for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Whether it was giving the "Sieg Heil" salute (for which he was admonished by the ADL), or comparing Fox News to Nazis, not to mention calling the Bush administration facist and likening it to the Third Reich, Herr Olbermahn has never been able to purge himself of the compulsion to demean his enemies with the Nazi comparison.

    From the OlbyWatch archives, a little remembrance of Keith's love/hate relationship with the Nazi smear:

    Discuss, resolve, and recap the week's last Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    March 10, 2010
    Absent from Countdown, Olbermann Writes Increasingly Bizarre Kos Posts

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    He hasn't been on The Hour of Spin for a while, but don't get the impression that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann hasn't been busy. Maybe just not busy doing what you thought. The posts continue of course over at the (now heavily moderated) baseball blog. Meanwhile he's picking up the pace at his blog of choice, Daily Kos (proprietor: Markos 'Screw 'Em' Moulitsas). Mediaite noticed that he posted a blast at Jesse Ventura:

    Keith Olbermann responded to an interview between Cenk Uygur and Jesse Ventura with a lengthy blog post on Daily Kos last night. Then he followed it up with 18 more comments to fellow Kos commenters. All concern his history with MSNBC, Ventura's, Ashleigh Banfield's time at the network (and leaving the network) and...more.

    Jesse's crime? He criticized MSNBC. It is ironic that for all his rhetoric, Oralmann proves at heart to be the quintessential 'company man', flacking for his bosses even when he is supposedly preoccupied with other matters.

    And yet the obsessive-compulsive nature of this cannot be understated. It was after 3:00 am, and Keith was presumably back home (he claims he wrote the lengthy original post at the hospital, using an iPhone!). But though it was the middle of the night, Edward R Olbermann was still tap-tap-tapping away. For some reason he thought it necessary to produce a detailed list of every person who held the 8:00 pm slot on A-Mess-NBC. We suppose that's nice bit of ego-onanism for someone who can then claim "I had it longest", but really, it's just...well...weird:

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    Notice how he puts that line break in to highlight 2, and again to separate 21 from the entries preceeding it? Self-absorbed much?

    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    March 8, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Doubles Down With New Personal Attack on Bill Simmons!

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    People are starting to wonder if Keith Olbermann has spiraling toward the career meltdown so many have speculated about for years. It was just a few days ago when he attacked ESPN's Bill Simmons as a hack with "no discernible insight or talent". (Keep in mind that ESPN and Olby parted company on less than friendly terms.)

    A storm of commenters reacted to Oralmann's rant to the point where Keith had to cleanse the comment thread of those pesky dissenting voices. Sort of like he does every night on The Hour of Spin.

    But Olby believes that no opportunity to personally attack someone on his 'enemies' list should go to waste, so he has doubled down and launched a new invective-filled salvo at Simmons. If you don't believe that paranoia strikes deep, then how else to explain Olbermann's latest delusion--that Simmons is cyber-stalking him in the comments while disguising himself under a panoply of pseudonymns:

    And we now encourage Mr. Simmons to again falme [sic] the comments section under various identities, to his heart's content.

    Oh there's a lot more hate from Krazy Keith so read the whole thing. And then check out Jed Eckert's latest take on all this:

    This may just be a frivolous and minor spat among relatively minor media players, but it goes to a pattern of unraveling for Keith. Why gratuitously attack "The Sports Guy?" What did he ever do to you? He's a successful figure at ESPN, so there's probably some jealousy factoring in, but come on.... By the way, Simmons' reference to Keith living alone could have something to do with rumors about the stalker's once live-in girlfriend, Katy Tur (pictured below in happier times.) We hear that Katy has had enough of Keith and has flown the coop. Maybe he can reignite his affair with karmabites1!

    Discuss, resolve, recap. Comments are open!



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    March 4, 2010
    What Has Keith Olbermann Been Up To?

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    Keith has been off the air all this week, except for a taped-in-advance segment on Monday's program. That segment appeared to air from "on location", obviously intending to suggest Olby was at the hospital visiting his father. Which he may well have been.

    But let's bear in mind what happened last week. The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann launched into the most recent of his unhinged diatribes, this one at a fellow MSNBC employee, Dan Abrams. This vicious personal attack had been preceded by KO smearing Abrams's father, constitutional attorney Floyd Abrams, by comparing him to a Nazi. (Yes, Floyd Abrams is Jewish. No, we don't think Olbermann cared one whit about tossing another "Nazi" stinkbomb into the public arena.) We waited for some action from NBC honchos, who were quick to slap down Joe Scarborough for daring to criticize Edward R Olbermann. But it hasn't come. Or at least it hasn't been publicly revealed.

    So that brings us to our question of the day. What has Keith Olbermann been up to? Three days away from The Hour of Spin so far this week. Odds are that today will make four. We understand if he is consumed with personal issues, and again extend our best wishes and prayers for all of his family in this troublesome time. But it's not like Olby isn't doing other things.

    Just this morning he was making oh-so-witty comments over at his blog of choice, Daily Kos (proprietor: Markos "Screw 'Em" Moulitsas). Here he is jumping into a Sarah Palin bashing thread with some OlbyHumor about Todd and Levi.

    And of course there's his baseball blog. He was busy there on Tuesday, bragging about how assiduously he keeps politics out of his posts, as he launched into a seemingly endless stream-of-consciousness ramble about the career of--guess who?--Jim Bunning! What's interesting is that it obviously took a while to write up--it's a long post--and it was published Tuesday at 7:34 pm. Right around the time when he'd ordinarily be preparing for Countdown.

    Why he is not doing The Hour of Spin, but instead is writing long-winded dissertations on baseball, is a question we can't answer. His choice, or someone else's? Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Curiouser and curiouser. He can't do Countdown, but he can joke around with Jon Stewart.

    UPDATE UPDATE: Another lengthy baseball/golf post this morning.

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: The baseball post linked above attracted a storm of comments. Today the reader reactions have been trimmed down to half of the original number. Apparently on his blog, just like on The Hour of Spin, dissent is not to be tolerated.



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    March 3, 2010
    Not a Boycott. Just Consumer Awareness...

    Thanks to our friend Broliath. Comments are open!



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    March 2, 2010
    February Chart: Olbermann Still as Balanced as Radio North Korea

    Another month of Olbermann spin, made more bearable only by the fact that it is the shortest one of the year. Once again we poured through the MSNBC transcripts and tallied up the guest breakdown for The Hour of Spin. The results will not surprise you:

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    Here are some fun facts about the stats. In an overabundance of caution we classified a number of frequent guests as 'neutral', even though they very rarely were. So they aren't counted in the chart. These include The Wolffe Man (6 appearances) as well as Margaret Carlson, Howard "Pundit for All Occasions" Fineman, and the Perfessor (Turley). Among those categorized as Dem strategists, the names that came up most were Crazy Larry O'Donnell (7) and Markos "Screw 'Em" Moulitsas (5). Among the liberal/progressives who weren't Dem strategists, David Corn led the way (6), followed by Ezra Klein (5). And these are Republicans/conservatives Olbermann had on his show:


    Do you want to see that list again? Here it is:


    As you discuss, resolve, and prepare to recap another excruciating Hour of Spin, you might want to check out the latest from Jed Eckert:

    Sources within NBC News have confirmed that things are more dire than we originally thought. Veteran correspondents are cringing and are openly embarrassed by Olbermann's self-absorbed theatrics.

    There's a lot more to this so read the whole thing. Comments are open!



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    March 1, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Yet again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to notable stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

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    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra. Countdown did not air on Thursday. Crazy Larry substituted for Olbermann on Friday.

    Get ready to recap another week of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    February 26, 2010
    Claim: MSNBC Looking for a Reason to Dump Keith Olbermann?

    That's the word from JedEckert.com:

    ...His bosses have long suspected that he was playing the bereaved son card. They could even tolerate the sick father excuse to a point (apparently even when that said father was not be seen at the many Yankee games Keith was attending - one notable game was the October 9 play-off against the Twins!) But now things have really gotten creepy. In his special comment on Wednesday, in what can only be a cry for help or sign of impending mental breakdown, Keith talked about killing his father...

    And more:

    ...Word is that the folks at NBC are now looking for a way out. Very informed sources tell us that they realize all his relationships with employers end badly. It is just a matter of degree. Add to that - his embarrassingly dismal ratings no longer appear to warrant his inflated salary...

    The article seems to be a mix of anonymous sources and speculation, so read the whole thing and make your own decision as to its validity.

    Olbermann will again be off tonight, reportedly due to his father's illness. We extend our best wishes and prayers.



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    February 24, 2010
    Olbermann Attacks Dan Abrams as a Bitter, Fired Failure!

    Edward R Olbermann has found someone new to hate. Tonight he accused Dan Abrams of using Mediaite.com to attack the Great and Powerful Olb. Because, well, it must be because Abrams was "fired" by MSNBC, and is so "embittered" by his "failure" that he's taking it out on Queeg Olbermann. No we're not making this up. See for yourself:

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    This is fresh off Herr Olbermahn comparing Dan Abrams's father, attorney Floyd Abrams, to a Nazi! Is Dan Abrams still the Chief Legal Analyst for MSNBC? If so, does that mean that it's OK for Keith to attack a fellow MSNBC employee, while Joe Scarborough gets slapped down for criticizing Olby on twitter? Let us remember the words of the man who purports to be Keith Olbermann's boss:

    We have many strong personalities with differing, passionate opinions, but it is important to remember that we are all on the same team. I want to reiterate my long-standing policy: We do not publicly criticize our colleagues. This kind of behavior is unprofessional and will not be tolerated. Let me be clear: I encourage you to keep doing what you do best. Give the viewers your perspective and a vigorous debate on the issues they care about. But do not turn substantive differences into personal ones.

    The ball's in your court, Mr Griffin.

    UPDATES:



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    Red Eye Robot Theatre Takes on Rosie, Garafalo, and of course Keith Olbermann


    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!



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    February 23, 2010
    Must-See Video: CountBrown with Keith Olbermann

    Great thanks again to Broliath for another devastating take-down of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, aka Mr Diversity:



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    February 22, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. THere is what our keyword searches found:

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    Notes: Iraq reference count does not include Oralmann's ritual closing mantra.

    Get ready to recap another dismal five days of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    February 19, 2010
    Gibson Rips Olbermann, Explains Origin of 'Bathtub Boy' to Clueless Caller

    Listen and enjoy as Gibby explains to his clueless caller the empty idiocy of Keith Olbermann, and how he came to be known as 'Bathtub Boy'. Then recap the week's last Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    February 17, 2010
    Liz Cheney Responds to Olbermann and John Dean!

    Tuesday night, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann once again revived a favorite meme: put Cheney on trial for war crimes! And of course, for "expert" commentary Olby turned to his favorite felon, disbarred lawyer John Dean. Needless to say, Liz Cheney wasn't exactly impressed and you can hear her tell John Gibson what she really thinks of Olby and the felon:

    Discuss, resolve, then recap Wednesday's and Thursday's Hours of Spin. Comments are open!



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    Video: The Many Black Faces of Olbermann and MSNBC

    Great thanks to broliath for bringing this to our attention:

    Comments are open!



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    February 16, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Another week of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann means another analysis of five days worth of OlbyTranscripts, direct from MSNBC's official page. Would it surprise you to learn that there was someone who got more coverage on OlbyPlanet than even President Obama? Here are the results of our keyword searches:

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    Clearly Herr Olbermahn has a new Olbsession, and she's from Alaska. Well he's got to do something, with his audience dwindling and his career circling the drain. The most recent ratings show him losing overwhelmingly to Mr Bill, as is customary. Even more embarrassing, Olby regularly slips out of his poor second place and falls into third. Note how that powerhouse of journalism, Nancy Grace, yet again defeats Krazy Keith in the critical, all-important, nothing-else-matters, crucial, much-beloved "key demo". It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    Prepare to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    February 15, 2010
    Olbermann Devastated: He's Just Not That Into Me!

    Props to IMAO for this delightful little creation:

    Note: MSNBC has not posted Friday's transcript yet so our 'Countdown By the Numbers' post will be delayed until tomorrow. Ergo, use this thread to recap tonight's miserable Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    February 13, 2010
    Red Eye Rips on Ag-School Graduate Olbermann!

    The discussion went from The Grateful Dead, to Cornell, to Olbermann's overcompensating diploma envy. Watch and enjoy, watch and enjoyers:



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    February 12, 2010
    Olbermann and Maddow: MSNBC's $1 Billion Dollar Money Machine?!?

    As Keith Olbermann slips deeper and deeper into irrational dementia, his claims become increasingly divorced from reality. Anyone who reads Olbermann Watch knows how he regularly lies with impunity, often in an embarrassing attempt to puff up his own importance. All of this gets magnified when he saunters into his personal echo chamber of adulation at his blog of choice, The Daily Kos.

    The latest example finds Edward R Olbermann boasting of the money that flows into A-Mess-NBC from just two programs: Countdown and Rachel Maddow. But it's not enough to claim that his show is profitable. Olby has to kick it up a notch, and tells the credulous Kossacks that, between him and Maddow, they are responsible for nothing less than a billion dollars in profits!

    Those of you who've posted about Comcast meaning the end of my show or Rachel's can, I think, relieve yourselves of such concerns....Whatever else you think of these guys, they are not in the habit of saying "a billion in profit over the next five years? Who needs it! Cancel the shows that generate it! (Oh, and let's keep paying both of their salaries, too)."

    Now maybe Keith has a point there. Because his show, and Maddow's, are such powerhouses in the ratings that they are just setting the world on fire. The advertising revenues must be huge because their names are on everybody's lips. But don't take our word for it. Check out the latest CBS/NY Times poll:

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    Discuss, resolve, and recap the week's last Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    February 10, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Blasts Steve Capus, Says He Should Be Fired?!

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    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann made a remarkable statement last week, as he assailed Roger Ailes yet again as "worst person":

    But our winner, Roger Ailes of Fixed News, announcement tonight, his boy, Sean Hannity, will deliver the keynote address at the National Republican Congressional--excuse me, the National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raising dinner next month. This is not a job for anybody on a news channel.... No actual news organization would permit its people, even its commentators, to assume such purely partisan political fund-raising roles. This organization, rightly, would not even let me address an ordinary non-fund-raising gathering of some Democratic senators. Those are the news rules. And if Mr. Ailes does no honor them nor obey them, as he never has, he should be relieved of any news responsibilities, or his employer should admit that he is purely a political operative. Roger Ailes of Fox, quote, "news," unquote, today's worst person in the world.

    Yawn. Another Olbermann attack on the news channel that beats him like a rug night after night. But what does this have to do with Steve Capus? Follow...

    Herr Olbermann insists that no news organization would permit its commentators to indulge in such vulgar political activity, even if they are clearly opinionizers. But wait. Wasn't that Harold Ford Jr, MSNBC commentator, speaking at a political fundraiser last year? And more than once?! Hmm, that doesn't make MSNBC News honcho Steve Capus look very good in Olbermann's eyes.

    And didn't Joe Scarborough, MSNBC program host, also get involved in partisan political campaigning? Why yes, he did. And what's more, MSNBC signed off on it, stating:

    Joe Scarborough hosts an opinion show and is not a news anchor.

    Wait, isn't that exactly the same situation as Sean Hannity's? And isn't MSNBC taking the exact same position as Roger Ailes? It doesn't seem like that position has changed any over the years, since just a few months ago Joe was out speaking at another fundraiser. Apparently Steve Capus is violating Olbermann's "news rules"!

    But wait, there's more. Edward R Olbermann claims MSNBC won't let its commentators get involved in partisan activities (despite the evidence of Harold Ford, Joe Scarborough, and who knows how many others). And yet, Keith is a regular blogger at Daily Kos, a website whose stated partisan purpose is to elect Democrats and defeat Republicans. And as for fundraising, Olby's been there, done that too.

    So let's apply Krazy Keith's standards to the actions of his own boss. Steve Capus, who purports to run MSNBC (we know who really calls the shots), is permitting commentators to assume "partisan political fundraising roles", adopting the same position as Roger Ailes--something that "no actual news organization" would ever do. What's more, Capus is ignoring the Edward R Olbermann "rules of news", which means he should be "relieved of any news responsibilities".

    The conclusion is inescapable. By the standards Keith Olbermann himself enunciated, MSNBC is not an "actual news organization", and Steve Capus should be fired. Yesterday, if possible.

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap. Comments are open!



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    February 9, 2010
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #678


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    February 8, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    As the chart makes clear, Edward R Olbermann is a serious newsman, who doesn't fritter away his precious broadcast minutes on irrelevancies, petty attacks, or side-issues that distract from the important news of the day. Except when he does. Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    February 5, 2010
    Olbermann Sinks to New Low with Repellent, Vulgar Cheap Shot

    Just when you think the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has scraped the bottom of the barrel, he goes and proves you wrong. Well he did want Hillary Clinton beaten to death. And he did take on the aspect of a cheering section for women abusers by chortling as he called one woman a mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick. Those were pretty bad. Maybe this doesn't quite sink to that level of personal vitriol, but it certainly plumbs new depths of crass vulgarity.

    Behold the ever-evolving ethical standards of (MS)NBC News. In reporting on a poll from the impartial Daily Kos, Edward R Olbermann put up a graphic purporting to represent the findings. Look and be amazed at what passes NBC standards and practices these days (screengrab via johnny dollar's place):

    Bathtub Boy

    Now before the apologists rush to insist that this was merely a typo, a mistake that someone overlooked, consider the following facts:

    Now it's possible that all the above are just mere coincidences. Olby just happens to blog at a site run by the guest he's talking to who did the poll where the graphic just happens to use a vulgar insult term that's a favorite of that very website. Yeah, uh-huh. And perhaps you'd like to invest in a perpetual motion machine.

    Is this a new low for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann? Or just a typo combined with an incredible string of coincidences? Discuss, resolve, and then recap the last Hour of Spin of the week. Comments are open!



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    February 3, 2010
    John Gibson Predicts New Owners Will Fire Keith Olbermann!

    We're not sure about that, but you won't want to miss Gibson's devastating take-down of Olbermann and Alter's crotch-bomber analysis, and we have the audio for your listening pleasure:

    Discuss, resolve, and recap! Recap Thursday's Hour of Spin here too. Comments are open!



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    February 2, 2010
    January Chart Proves Keith Olbermann: Still a Liar!

    We noted the words of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann before. At his blog of choice, The Daily Kos (no conflict of interest there for the "nonpartisan" Olby!), his writings still resound as preposterously absurd:

    I read with astonishment here and elsewhere that I am guilty of never presenting conflicting viewpoints. Do you know what the easiest form of "good tv" is? Put two guys on who disagree with each other and let them yell at each other.

    How many times is Edward R Olbermann going to prop up this flimsy straw-man defense of his one-sided reportage? You don't have to put two guys on to yell. You can put two guys who won't scream at each other. Hell Keith, you could just put one guy on who doesn't parrot your talking points. No yelling, no screaming, just a point of view other than the prevailing dogma of OlbyPlanet. But for some reason you won't do that.

    I am pleased to be able to say that I've never put something on Countdown to toe a party line.

    Yikes!

    I'd rather devote the time to personally rebutting something else that has been let loose into the ether without rebuttal...

    Hey Keithy, letting stuff loose into the ether without rebuttal...that's exactly what you do on your Hour of Spin. Five nights a week, 52 weeks a year (minus Bathtub breaks). And today's proof comes to us via the January guest list. We poured through the MSNBC online transcripts and tallied the data. Note that we generously regarded numerous appearances by the likes of Richard Wolffe-Man and Howard Fineman as neutral, despite their habit of bending over backwards to agree with Herr Olbermahn. But even with these tendentious "journalists" out of the mix, the results are still stunning:

    Bathtub Boy

    Olbermann doesn't toe any party line, does he? None of that putting stuff out without rebuttal for him! Why can't he tell the truth? There's more rebuttal on Radio North Korea than on Countdown!

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap the latest Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    David Shuster Responds to Red Eye, Robot Replies to Shuster!


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    February 1, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division has again poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to notable stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: Friday not included as Countdown did not air.

    Does it surprise anyone that the most important story on OlbyPlanet was James O'Keefe? More important than President Obama, health care, or Haiti! It's more of that trademark Edward R Olbermann news judgment. Get ready to recap another repellent five days of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    January 30, 2010
    David Shuster, Lotion, and a Thong

    Red Eye Robot Theater presents: David Shuster!



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    January 29, 2010
    More MSNBC Balance: Obama Q&A Re-Air with Commentary...by Three Democrats!

    photo courtesy chickaboomer.com

    Tonight it will not be just one hour of spin...but two! The infamous, deplorable one joins forces with Democrat Chris Matthews and Err America alum Rachel Maddow for a 120-minute thrill-packed spectacular--in Obamavision! The President's Q&A will be rebroadcast by the Gang of Three, with special interruptions for their special comments. And as a bonus, no analysis by anyone who isn't in the midst of a slobbering love affair. That way no matter what questions the GOPers raise, or how the Prez handles them, the Gang of Three will be able to protect their guy and invariably get the last word.

    Edward R Olbermann trumpeted tonight's desperate ratings ploy on his blog of choice, The Daily Kos (hat-tip to Inside Cable News):

    We will be running, as they say, "large chunks" and then cutting back to the studio to see which one of our jaws can drop the closest to the floor.

    No doubt this is a reaction to Herr Olbermann once again being trounced in the critical, all-important, vital, supreme "money demo" by the eeevil Mr Bill, who only beat him last night by 500%. Olby even lost to Nancy Grace on Headline News. So it was obviously time to try something different, and toss Rachel and Chris "I forgot he was black" Matthews into the mix as well.

    But isn't this an abdication of MSNBC's news responsibility? Aren't they completely ignoring the Biggest News of the Day?!? How can Krazy Keith not devote the first 1/3 of his program to "Watergate Jr"? How will his phone booth full of viewers survive without another twenty minutes about the nonexistent "wiretapping" conspiracy that has dominated The Hour of Spin night after night?

    Use this space to recap tonight's Pulitzer-worthy journalistic triumph. Or maybe you have something better to do, like watch The Factor or the finale of Dollhouse--either of which will provide you with far more redeeming social value. Whatever. Comments are open!



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    January 27, 2010
    Shuster Declares O'Keefe Guilty, MSNBC Sends Him to Cover the Case!

    photo courtesy chickaboomer.com

    Has every last vestige of common sense drained from the sinkhole that is A-Mess-NBC? Follow: Impartial hard-news journalist David Shuster went and exposed himself again on Twitter, screeching at arrestee James O'Keefe that he was guilty and was going to jail:

    @DavidShuster: a) you are not a journalist b) the truth is you intended to tap her phones c) it's a felony d) you will go to prison.

    Whoa. Isn't this something like deciding the case ahead of time, like declaring the defendant guilty before any testimony is taken, let alone a verdict entered? Well no, it's not something like that. It's exactly that! Of course it's nothing new for Slippery Shuster, if you remember one of his earlier Pulitzer-worthy scoops.

    But there is another twist to the tale. How did MSNBC react when one of their alleged straight news journalists declared O'Keefe guilty until proven innocent? Did they smack him down, like they did to Morning Joe? Not exactly. In fact, A-Mess-NBC rewarded Shuster for his lack of objectivity and assigned him to go to New Orleans and cover the story. Cover the exact same case in which he just found O'Keefe guilty without a trial and sentenced him to jail!

    Is this the kind of journalism that was pioneered by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley? The standard that Tom Brokaw stood for? Or does this mean the tendentious demagoguery of Keith Olbermann is now infesting even MSNBC's so-called 'straight news' hours?

    If there's anyone who shouldn't cover a court case, it's someone who has publicly declared the defendant guilty ahead of time. And yet of all the 'journalists' at A-Mess-NBC whom do they pick for the assignment? The one who has a conflict of interest more glaring than a freshly buffed diamond tiara on the Bonevian Salt Flats at high noon. It's almost like Keith Olbermann is making the decisions at MSNBC. Oh wait, that can't be. Can it?

    If MSNBC permits Shuster to cover this case as a 'reporter', it will relinquish any shred of respectability that may remain after all the embarrassments of Edward R Olbermann.

    What say you? Discuss, resolve, and then recap tonight's atrocious Hour of Spin. Comments are open!

    Note: In yesterday's ratings, A-Mess-NBC's primetime line-up finished in a dismal fourth-place in the all-important, nothing-else-matters, critical, key "money demo". Bill O'Reilly outpointed the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann by nearly five to one, and Olby even lost to Nancy Grace again. (No doubt Grace's increasing tendency to grab more of these viewers than Oralmann accounts for Keith's increasing tendency to attack Nancy Grace as he has done this week.)



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    January 26, 2010
    Another Day, Another Olbermann Lie

    Actually more than just one, but the only way to keep Keith Olbermann honest is to do it one lie at a time. On his Monday night program, Edward R Olbermann once again smeared his chief competitor and uber-Olbsession. Olby quoted Bill O'Reilly, the man who triples or quadruples his ratings on a regular basis:

    OLBERMANN [quoting O'REILLY]: "To be fair, CNN has covered the Haiti story very well. There's no question about it. And I applaud the CNN correspondents who have done such a good job. But our Fox News correspondents are just as good."

    OLBERMANN: Then why don't you put them on, instead of stroking yourself in front of the American public? Just once.

    O'Reilly won't put Fox correspondents on the air to cover the Haiti earthquake? Not even once? Is that what you're saying, Keithy?

    ITEM: The Factor debriefed Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan, who has been reporting from the ground in Haiti. "The biggest surprise," Harrigan said, "was driving around a corner and seeing fifty women and girls naked, soaping up on the street...."

    ITEM: Geraldo Rivera, who was in Haiti over the weekend, joined The Factor with his reaction. "I was at the airport," Rivera reported...

    ITEM: FNC's Jonathan Hunt, also in Haiti, expressed his personal reaction to the carnage. "The smell of death is hanging over large parts of this city," Hunt said...."

    ITEM: Two parents whose daughters are missing in Haiti gave an emotional appeal for help on Wednesday's program. As promised, The Factor pursued the story with Geraldo Rivera, who reported from the hotel where the girls were staying. "This is a very melancholy place," Rivera said....

    It should surprise no one that Keith Olbermann lies. Remember that we're still waiting for him to retract one of his whoppers from last week. So don't expect him to tell the truth about Bill O'Reilly. Ever.

    Another Hour of Spin begins. Comments are open!



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    January 25, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: Iraq reference count does not include Oralmann's ritual closing mantra.

    Get ready to recap another dismal five days of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    January 22, 2010
    A Challenge to Keith Olbermann: Retract This Lie!

    Keith's Olbermann's manic, embarrassing diatribe of personal attacks and name-calling against Scott Brown has been widely denounced. But what about the truthfulness of Oralmann's harangue? A few have attempted a fact-check of Krazy Keith's polemic: Tommy Christopher rendered a split decision, but seemed to side with Olbermann on points. A commenter's detailed rebuttal finds far more Olbermann falsehoods than accuracies. But there is little disagreement about one key Olby assertion:

    I said Mr. Brown was a supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees. Specifically, this past Sunday, when a man at a Brown rally shouted they should, quote, "shove a curling iron up Martha Coakley's butt," Brown responded by answering, "We can do this." Or, if that remark was unconnected to the shout, he never refuted, condemned, nor disassociated himself to the call for violence and even sexual assault.

    Whatever you think about the other personal attacks in Olby's philippic, there is little room for doubt on this one:

    Brown told reporters this morning that he didn't hear the remark, that it was "inappropriate" and that he would have "said something" had he heard it.

    "This morning" refers to January 18. Two days later Keith Olbermann is still claiming that Brown "never disassociated himself" from the statement. That, dear reader, is Another Olbermann Lie.

    We don't expect Edward R Olbermann to retract all of the disputed allegations in his tirade. The chances of that would be slim and none, given Keith's shoddy track record of correcting his many lies over the years. So we'll focus on this statement--one that nobody can defend.

    Our challenge to Keith Olbermann: for once, man up. Grow a pair. Retract this lie tonight.



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    Reason vs Rage: A Tale of Two Commentaries - UPDATE: Project 21 Responds

    Two analyses of the Supreme Court's McCain-Feingold decision. One lasts over 11 minutes. The other about two. One is a raving diatribe. The other addresses issues and facts. One is peppered with manic name-calling, personal attacks, and hyperbolic extrapolations. The other focuses on the US Constitution. Watch, compare, and then ask yourself... Which is real journalism? Which informs rather than inflames? And which is the work of a 'real news channel'? We report, you decide:

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

     

    UPDATE: As they did with Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL), members of the Project 21 black leadership network are taking MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann to task for his wrong-headed and offensive behavior in equating the free speech victory in the Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to the infamous Dred Scott case.

    Deneen Borelli: "For starters, to equate a decision that gives people more freedom of speech to a decision that denied basic rights to blacks is offensive and wrong. Then there is Olbermann's assumption that the American public today is a flock of sheep. Unlike Olbermann, the Court realizes freedom of speech is under assault, and the American people can't be bamboozled by the increased participation of a few rich individuals or companies. I think the failure of Obamacare - despite massive spending by the drug lobby and unions to promote it - is proof of that.

    "It also seems as if the pot is calling the kettle black. MSNBC is currently owned by General Electric. GE Capital was bailed out by the taxpayers. GE CEO Jeff Immelt is a close advisor to President Obama, and GE would profit from Obama policies such as cap-and-trade. Olbermann has served as a cheerleader for all of this. Are Immelt and Olbermann simply afraid to allow others to possibly gain the attention and influence GE has had all along?"

    R. Dozier Gray: "The idea that Obermann would connect the infamous Dred Scott decision to this new ruling is appalling, though not surprising. Olbermann's comments are, at best, hyperbolic. In my mind, the two decisions are opposites. The Dred Scott decision denied rights to an entire class of people and their descendants. The Citizens United decision recognizes both the rights of individual and entities that they can use to amplify their voice. To bring up Dred Scott is to introduce race where it simply does not belong."



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    January 21, 2010
    Red Eye Rips Maddow, Olbermann, and Media Matters!

    It's a classic. Watch and enjoy, watch and enjoyers:

    For your Hour of Spin show-prep for today, make sure to read Miami's premier tv critic, Glenn Garvin, who unleashed on the infamous, deplorable one and his minions in a scathing denunciation of A-Mess-NBC:

    Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, positively enraged that Massachusetts dared to elect a Republican, delivered two hours of nonstop bilious rage toward the state's voters, calling them "irrational" and "teabaggers," engaged in "a total divorce from reality," and hinting that they're vicious racists to boot....

    The network's coverage was idiotic, one-sided and downright ugly....

    It may be too much to expect NBC, these days reduced to a national wisecrack, to be embarrassed over the frothing lunacy that passes for news coverage at corporate stepchild MSNBC. But both networks are part of the same news division. If news boss Steve Capus thinks his reporters can continue to appear with Olbermann and Maddow without suffering credibility contamination, he's dumber than whoever was behind the Leno/O'Brien late-night shuffle.

    There's more...much more...so make sure to read the whole thing. Thin-skinned paranoid Oralmann has already attacked another tv critic for daring to question the Great and Powerful Olb. Will Mr Garvin be the next victim of another lying smear from Edward R Olbermann?



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    January 20, 2010
    Plan 9 from OlbyPlanet!

    Don't be shocked that the protector of habeas corpus, Mr Civil Rights himself, Edward R Olbermann, thinks that the burden of proof is not on the accuser, but rather that people should be presumed guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. Because he got this logic from a highly regarded repository of intellectual thought:



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    January 19, 2010
    Keith Smears Hannity: Another Olbermann Lie?

    We report, you decide:



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    Will Olbermann Pull Another Disappearing Act Tonight?

    Olbermann on election night. You know what you're promised, but you never know what you get. Do you remember November? That's what Olby told us he'd have a special second live hour of Countdown at 10:00 pm. But fate intervened: Democrats lost two big races in New Jersey and Virginia. And come 10:00 pm what happened? Instead of a second live hour of Countdown, there was a brief update from "Crazy" Larry O'Donnell, and then A-Mess-NBC proceeded to rerun the 8:00 o'clock show!

    And that's not all. Edward R Olbermann disappeared from the show entirely for several days. He claimed he was visiting his sick father, but MSNBC refused to confirm his story! And then those embarrassing photos of Olby at Yankee Stadium put the lie to Keith's tall tale. But we're sure his ill father (for whom we hope only the very best) appreciated being used by Keith as a fictitious alibi.

    So what happens if Scott Brown wins tonight? Does Monkeymann stick around until 10:00 pm to spew more spittle at the camera (with or without his trademark pivots)? Does Crazy Larry have to rush in yet again? Or will A-Mess-NBC just rerun the 8:00 o'clock show, while Oralmann soaks in the bathtub? Since KO is starting to make a habit of coming in last place in his critical, all-important, nothing-else-matters "key demo", maybe a better question would be: does anyone care? Why should they? They're all watching Fox!

    Whichever channel you watch, use this thread to post your comments on the election, the coverage, and of course the infamous, deplorable one. And we didn't forget about last week's chart either:

    Bathtub Boy

    Comments are open!



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    January 18, 2010
    Joe Scarborough Slams 'Reckless' Olbermann for Unhinged Personal Attacks on Scott Brown!

    Here is what the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann spewed tonight (via The Right Scoop):

    Moments later, in a rare example of criticism from his own colleagues, his diatribe was blasted by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough:

    Bathtub Boy

    Keith's phone booth is getting smaller all the time.

    UPDATE: On the air this morning Joe didn't mention Olby by name but clearly was referencing him when he called the tirade "sad and pathetic".



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    Olbermann Goes Paranoid, Lashes Out at Kos Writer for Criticizing Him!

    Those hard-working MSNBC staffers haven't gotten around to posting Friday's transcript yet, so we can't prepare or weekly summary of keywords and topics. We'll give them one more day, and if it still isn't up we'll do a four-day summary instead. Meanwhile, enjoy watching Herr Olbermahn froth at the mouth. It seems a Kossack dared to print a criticism of Keith:

    As if the human tragedy did not present enough drama by itself, Keith had to go fishing for more. Not once, but twice, he went beyond the facts of the story in a sad, transparent effort to drum up even more high drama and doom than the more-than-ample supply of tragic facts warrant.

    Uh oh, this is a capital offense on OlbyPlanet. And it didn't take long for Edward R Olbermann to make his calm, rational, reasoned response:

    You trolls are getting freakin' desperate. Is this to protect Limbaugh for turning this nightmare into an excuse for his on-air racism about this today? To cover O'Reilly for having done twenty seconds on Haiti in two nights (and the twenty seconds was spent devoted to bashing the President for not holding a news conference after Detroit as he did after Haiti)?

    DKos is undergoing a full scale Troll attack, object, divide and conquer, muddy pools, etc.

    Yes, if anyone dares to criticize the Great and Powerful Olb, they must be 1. a troll B. part of a Limbaugh plot against him III. part of an O'Reilly plot against him. d. an evil right-wing troll. Paranoia strikes deep.

    Get ready to recap the first Hour of Spin of the week. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Olbermann loses his mind over the MA Senate race (via The Right Scoop):



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    January 15, 2010
    Olbermann Caught Lying to Smear Rush Limbaugh?!?

    Well, it's not like it'd be the first lie from the infamous, deplorable one. But if reports are correct, it would be one of the most audaciously egregious. On yesterday's Hour of Spin:

    The conservative Web site RedState has a front page link for Haitian relief donations via the Salvation Army. The sites "National Review" and Town Hall and FOX News have front page links for Haitian relief donations by the Worldview Organization. SeanHannity.com has a front page link to Haitian relief donations via the Red Cross. RushLimbaugh.com has a front page link to a company that sells gold coins.

    Wow, what a searing indictment from Edward R Olbermann. Unfortunately, it seems to have been a lie, according to multiple sources. Example:

    And another:

    Did Olbermann just get caught in another lie? We report, you decide:

    Bathtub Boy

    Get ready to recap the last Hour of Spin for the week. Comments are open!



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    January 13, 2010
    Joe Scarborough Predicts Tonight's Countdown w/Olbermann!

    Keep in mind that the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann doesn't have much interest in actually covering news. Last night he was on the air live and managed to avoid coverage of the earthquake in Haiti entirely! But the story continues to grow so it's likely he will have to cover it tonight. And what do you know? Fate delivered to Oralmann the perfect hook to use his time attacking people he disagrees with (in their absence of course) instead of actually covering news:

    Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson says Haiti has been "cursed" because of what he called a "pact with the devil" in its history. His spokesman said the Wednesday comments were based on Voodoo rituals carried out before a slave rebellion against French colonists in 1791.

    Spokesman Chris Roslan says Robertson never stated that Tuesday's earthquake was God's wrath. He says Robertson's Operation Blessing group is sending millions of dollars in medication and relief workers to the country.

    What do you think the odds are that Monkeymann will leap at this, and, well, pretty much forget all about the millions of dollars in aid? Joe Scarborough would say the odds are pretty good:

    Bathtub Boy

    Hmm, now who in the world is the MSM ideologue that Joe is talking about? That's a real puzzler. Prepare to recap another atrocious Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    January 11, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. The results are unusually revealing. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: 'Crazy' Larry O'Donnell filled in for Edward R Olbermann on Friday. Iraq reference count does not include Oralmann's ritual closing mantra.

    Who knew that the three most important news developments of last week were health care, George Bush, and Brit Hume?!? Get ready to recap another dismal five days of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    January 7, 2010
    Red Eye and John Bolton Ridicule Latest Olbermann Krazy Konspiracy!

    Enjoy the clip, then recap another dreary Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    January 5, 2010
    Olbermann: CIA Deliberately Buried Crotch Bomber Intel to Embarrass Obama Administration?!?

    First Oralmann tells us the crotch bomber was no big deal, just a schlub who didn't pose any real threat to anyone. But consistency is not considered a virtue on OlbyPlanet, so Krazy Keith goes on from there to suggest that our spy organizations deliberately buried the intel about the crotch bomber--knowing he could kill 300 people. Why? To embarrass the Obama administration! John Gibson has the details on the latest Krazy Keith Konspiracy...listen to the end as a genius caller takes it to the next level.



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    January 4, 2010
    December Chart: Countdown Still a One-Party State

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has completed another year of Countdown, one that has solidified the show as the most biased program this side of Radio North Korea. An analysis of the MSNBC transcripts for the month of December reveals once again just how Edward R Olbermann prevents any dissenting views from entering his echo chamber on OlbyPlanet:

    Bathtub Boy

    It is safe to say that no other news program in the free world is as severely and consistently cleansed of dissenting views like Krazy Keith and his Hour of Spin. Congrats, Bathtub Boy, on preventing your audience from hearing even one voice that disagrees with yours. But then again, what choice do you have? How else could you possibly win an argument other than by not letting the other side speak?

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap The Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    December 29, 2009
    Remember When Olbermann Ridiculed the Prospect of Another Terror Attack?

    The Hour of Spin may be into reruns and clip shows, but John Gibson has not taken a vacation from keeping an eye on Bathtub Boy. Listen and enjoy, listen and enjoyers...



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    December 21, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Get ready to recap another week of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    December 15, 2009
    Keith Olbermann Says Joe Lieberman Should Kill Himself!

    You'd think this sort of thing would be over the top even for Krazy Keith, but no--there he is, saying that Joe Lieberman should jump off a bridge. Apparently that's within the Standards and Practices guidelines over at (MS)NBC these days. Listen as John Gibson lays it out, but don't skip the first part of this clip. That's where The Gibson Players do their world-famous dramatic readings from the blue blogs--paranoid, hate-filled rants against Sen Joe that set the stage for Edward R Olbermann's jaw-dropping notion that Lieberman should commit suicide. It's a clip for the ages, and Another Olbermann Watch Exclusive:

    Discuss, resolve, then recap tonight's and Wednesday's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    December 14, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    As the chart makes clear, Edward R Olbermann is a serious newsman, who doesn't fritter away his precious broadcast minutes on sleazy tabloid stories. Except when he does. And it appears that Herr Olbermahn is starting to develop a bunker mentality. Here he is at his blog-home Daily Kos, reacting to someone who posted comments critical of Obama. Commandant Olbermahn suggests he's an "infiltrator", and goes along with the idea that his comments should be made "hidden" (so that they are invisible and cannot be read). Does that sound familiar? Hey, just like on OlbyPlanet, where opposing views are made to disappear! That's Edward R Olbermann, proud defender of the 1st Amendment. Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin...comments are open!



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    December 10, 2009
    Glenn Beck Rips Keith Olbermann for His Lying Attacks!

    From today's Beck radio show. Listen up, listen uppers, then get set to recap!



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    December 8, 2009
    November Chart Shows: Keith Olbermann Still Lying!

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann continues to post at his blog-home, The Daily Kos (no conflict of interest there for the "nonpartisan" Olby!). His writings yesterday can only be described as laugh-out-loud funny:

    I read with astonishment here and elsewhere that I am guilty of never presenting conflicting viewpoints. Do you know what the easiest form of "good tv" is? Put two guys on who disagree with each other and let them yell at each other.

    How many times is Edward R Olbermann going to prop up this flimsy straw-man defense of his one-sided reportage? You don't have to put two guys on to yell. You can put two guys who won't scream at each other. Hell Keith, you could just put one guy on who doesn't parrot your talking points. No yelling, no screaming, just a point of view other than the prevailing dogma of OlbyPlanet. But for some reason you won't do that.

    I am pleased to be able to say that I've never put something on Countdown to toe a party line.

    Yikes!

    I'd rather devote the time to personally rebutting something else that has been let loose into the ether without rebuttal...

    Hey Keithy, letting stuff loose into the ether without rebuttal...that's exactly what you do on your Hour of Spin. Five nights a week, 52 weeks a year (minus Bathtub breaks). And the latest proof of that is the November guest list. We poured through the MSNBC online transcripts and tallied the data. Take a gander at the results:

    Bathtub Boy

    Olbermann doesn't toe any party line, does he? None of that putting stuff out without rebuttal for him! Why can't he tell the truth? There's more rebuttal on Radio North Korea than on Countdown!

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap Tuesday's and Wednesday's Hours of Spin. Comments are open!



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    December 7, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    December 4, 2009
    Flashback: Olbermann Names Gibson 'Worst Person', Gibby Responds!

    A little deja vu from the archives. Get set to recap, recappers. Comments are open!



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    December 3, 2009
    Gibson: Olbermann Supports Obama Even When He Opposes Obama!

    Tonight's recap thread. Comments are open!



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    December 2, 2009
    John Gibson Previews His New Book (with an Entire Chapter on Olbermann!)

    What is MSNBC up to? John GIbson worked there for years and in his new book he devotes an entire chapter to A-Mess-NBC's deranged hatemonger, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann! Here he is with Sean Hannity with a preview!



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    December 1, 2009
    Keith Olbermann: Wrong Then, Wrong Now!

    John Gibson explains for the uninitiated what we here at Olbermann Watch have known for years: the infamous, deplorable one has the worst track record of any so-called 'pundit' not just on A-Mess-NBC but anywhere in the known 'verse. Listen, enjoy, then prepare to recap Herr Olbermahn's post-speech Hour of Spin. And Wednesday's crapfest too! Comments are open!



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    November 30, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    It was a short work week for the infamous, deplorable Keth Olbermann, but nonetheless the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 25, 2009
    Olbermann Uses Dick Cheney to Distract from Obama Dithering!

    John Gibson explains:

    Listen up, listen uppers, then recap whatever dreck appears on tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 23, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to key stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    Congratulations Sarah Palin! You are again the runaway winner--by far the most important story on OlbyPlanet. Who cares about unemployment, or Afghanistan, or Nidal Hasan, or that boring old economy? You can add them all up and Sarah Palin is still ten times more important to Edward R Olbermann! Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. And Tuesday's too! Comments are open!



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    November 20, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread

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    November 19, 2009
    John Gibson Takes on MSNBC and Crazy Larry O'Donnell

    Enjoy Gibby's dissection of the media attacks on Sarah Palin, then get ready to recap another weary Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 18, 2009
    John Gibson: The Real Reasons Behind the KSM Trial

    Gibby has a theory, and he tries to explain it to callers. And there's even a passing reference to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, just to keep it on topic. Listen up, listen uppers, and then recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 17, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

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    November 16, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to key stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    Congratulations Sarah Palin! You are once again the most important story on Countdown--in fact Sarah Palin was more important than Afghanistan, Iraq, Nidal Hasan, Iran, Pakistan, and unemployment combined! It looks like Keithy has a krush on someone. Awwwwww. Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 13, 2009
    Flashback: Keith Olbermann's Love/Hate Relationship with Nazis!

    Among the many videos that were purged from youtube when the Olbermann Watch account was nuked was this look at Keith Olbermann, so ready to pompously object to Nazi comparisons, and so eager to use them himself. Here's the post from February 3, 2008, and a freshly uploaded version of the video:

    Bathtub Boy

    Keith Olbermann is the "journalist" who has compared Fox News to Nazis, who said the Bush administration is an example of facism, and who likened its rise to that of The Third Reich. And how many other news anchors have been censured by the Anti-Defamation League (who are still waiting for their apology)?

    This is the same Edward R Olbermann who slammed Condoleeze Rice for suggesting that Saddam might have been like Adolf Hitler. The same Keith Oralmann who sermonized that such comparisons must be stopped: "There's no place for the reference in this culture. Not about the Republican tactics, not about the Democratic tactics, not about Guantanamo Bay."

    Keep those words in mind. Because in his latest Special Education Komment, Olby does it again. Yes, he compares the Bush administration to the Third Reich! A more stunning example of Olbypocrisy could not be imagined. This video explores Herr Olbermahn's love/hate relationship with Nazism:

    A special Olbermann Watch hat-tip to youtuber ThePenIsMightier2007, whose excellent video on Keith's Nazi hypocrisy inspired our small effort.

    Recap the last Hour of Spin of the week. Comments are open!



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    November 12, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread

    Edward R Olbermann spent Wednesday's Hour of Spin without reporting on Fort Hood, emails to Al-Qaeda, Hasan, or anything else that didn't fit his talking points. Because on OlbyPlanet, if Olby just decides not to report it, then it didn't happen! Prepare to recap tonight's propagandarama right here. Comments are open!



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    November 11, 2009
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #426


    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann couldn't be bothered yesterday to report on Malik Hasan or all of his contacts with jihadists and repeated emails to Al Qaeda. He didn't even bother to do a segment on the Fort Hood memorial. Instead, he devoted over seven minutes to grade-school vulgarities directed at Carrie Prejean. More of that OlbyPlanet news judgment. No doubt he'll have something really special for Veterans Day. You can recap it right here. Comments are still open!



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    November 10, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how what kind of attention was paid to key stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    Hmm. An awful lot of coverage of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Bachmann, and Fox News. Not so much about Fort Hood, which got relegated in each case to a non-leading short segment. In fact, on yesterday's Hour of Spin, Edward R Olbermann didn't even mention Fort Hood, with no reporting whatsoever on all the new developments regarding Nidal Hasan's background and troubling contacts. Truly, another Dog That Did Not Bark. Such is the vaunted news judgment prevalent on Olby Planet. We'll wait for next week's chart for a fuller spectrum of Oralmann's "journalism". But we pretty much know what to expect tonight--and chances are it won't include an apology to Peter Johnson for Monkeymann's repellent, still uncorrected smear. Comments are open!



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    November 9, 2009
    Will Keith Olbermann Apologize for Smearing Fox's Peter Johnson Jr?

    Bathtub Boy

    To understand how Keith Olbermann concocts his ritual character assassinations of people on his enemies list, one must appreciate the modus operandi involved. More often than not, Olby spots an attack in a blue blog, preferably a Fox hating one, lifts it without checking, contorts the content even further to suit his own agenda, and then for a big finish tosses in a healthy dose of name calling, ridicule, and personal attacks.

    This week brought us an egregious example of OlbyCarthyism, one that appears to have had its genesis at one of David Shuster's favorite sources, Talking Points Memo. They excerpted a few sentences from a four hour program: an exchange the Fox & Friends hosts had with Geraldo Rivera regarding the Fort Hood massacre. The article links to, but does not embed, a snippet of video. But even this skimpy documentation was too much information for Olbermann, who attacked all three hosts by cropping things even further and just quoting their questions and ignoring the answers. Here he cites Gretchen Carlson:

    CARLSON: Could it be that the military was exercising political correctness in not approaching him as seriously as they would have had he not been a Muslim?
    Why does this question make Ms Carlson a "worst person" nominee? After all, MSNBC's employee Clift van Zandt made a similar point about political correctness, and just today NBC's own David Gregory asked a question that echoed Carlson's about the military missing warning signs. Will they be named "worst persons" by Olbermann? There was a lot more that Gretchen Carlson said--not merely the questions she posed (the job of an interviewer) but her own analysis--that Keith Olbermann neatly avoided telling his viewers about. Before asking that verboten question, she noted:
    CARLSON: It puts any Muslim American in a tough situation here because by all accounts most Muslim Americans living here are living here peacefully. I mean, this is the extreme element--potentially--of this religion, and we don't know exactly if the religion was his motivation or not, or if it was the act of war, or that he went nuts. I mean, we don't really know right now.
    There's no way Olby is going to let that be heard! Olbermann's distortion of Carlson is pretty bad, but his defamation of Peter Johnson Jr is even worse. Here is the quote as Olby cites it:
    JOHNSON: You won't countenance special screenings for Muslim soldiers, will ya?
    Olbermann attacks Johnson for this cropped quote as if Johnson were calling for such screenings. Again, neither Olby nor Talking Points Memo (which frames this statement as Johnson "grilling" Geraldo, as if they were disagreeing) bothers to note anything Johnson said before that interview, which just might shed some light on the situation. Here is what he said after a statement from a CAIR spokesman calling for Americans to remain calm because the motives of the attacker are not known:
    JOHNSON: Well that's absolutely accurate, and it calls for restraint, and it calls for concern for fellow citizens. And obviously whether an assailant is Christian, or is Muslim, or is Jewish, is irrelevant.
    What? How can that be? Olbermann wants you to believe Johnson is some sort of depraved racist! Well Keith did have that one-sentence quote as "proof". But even that one sentence has been falsified--doctored to change its meaning and intent. Here, in context, is precisely how the exchange between Peter Johnson and Geraldo Rivera went down. After Brian Kilmeade asked if there should be special screenings for Muslim soldiers, Geraldo disagreed. After Geraldo rambled a bit away from the question, Peter Johnson jumped in:
    JOHNSON: You can't, you won't countenance special screenings for Muslim soldiers, will you?
    RIVERA: You know, it's a hard--
    JOHNSON: You can't. As a civil libertarian, can you countenance that, Geraldo Rivera?
    RIVERA: It's a hard step for me to take, to countenance. This is an American born person.
    JOHNSON: Yeah it is!
    RIVERA: This is not a naturalized citizen.
    JOHNSON: Right!
    This is the exact opposite of what Olbermann claimed. Peter Johnson Jr was not supporting "special screenings". He was agreeing with Geraldo Rivera and arguing against them! But that doesn't matter to Olbermann, who slanders him as a "worst person" based on his dishonestly cropped quote. Par for the course on Countdown.

    But wait, there's more. We haven't yet dealt with Olbermann's specialty: over-the-top insults and name-calling. In this instance it was to accuse Fox News of, among other things, racism:

    OLBERMANN: Since we're asking questions, I have one for Carlson, Johnson, and Kilmeade. You guys ever wonder if you all succeeded inside a company like Fox mostly because you're not Muslim or black or Asian or Hispanic?
    We noted above that Olbermann was careful to quote only questions, but not answers. This of course made it easy to strip all context from the discussion, but now we find there was another reason. Because the person the Fox hosts were talking to was Geraldo Rivera. You know, the fellow whose successful Fox News program beats MSNBC and CNN weekend after weekend? Now we're not sure, but we think Geraldo is Hispanic. You know, like Julie Banderas. That's the other reason why Olby avoided even mentioning Rivera. Because if he had, how could he wail that Fox News won't allow Hispanics to succeed? Oh that racist FNC! If only it could be more like MSNBC, where Hispanic anchors are plentiful. Why MSNBC is a veritable haven of Muslims, blacks, Asians, and Hispanics:
    Bathtub Boy

    Keith Olbermann owes someone an on-air apology. Big time.

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    November 6, 2009
    Red Eye Gang Plus Ann Coulter Beat Up (Figuratively) Keith Olbermann!

    Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy were filling in for John Gibson on the radio today. They got in some good shots at the infamous, deplorable one, then kicked it up a notch by bringing in Ann Coulter. It's perfect Friday fun listening, so listen up, listen-uppers.



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    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!



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    November 3, 2009
    Where in the World Was Keith Olbermann?

    MSNBC boasted that on election night they would present a "special live edition of Countdown" at 10:00 pm. But with bad news for the Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a funny thing happened on the way to the bonus Hour of Spin. Keith wasn't there! After a live update (not from Olby but from Lawrence O'Donnell) A-Mess-NBC ("the place for politics") proceeded to rerun the 8:00 pm showing.

    Keith had obviously left the building. But why? Where in the world was Keith Olbermann? We don't know yet, but we think we have a pretty good idea:

    Bathtub Boy

    Update: Steve Krakauer hears one possible explanation of Olby's whereabouts:

    Around 10:15pmET, there was a commercial break, and the repeat 8pmET Countdown kicked in. It aired the rest of the hour. We hear Olbermann was visiting his dad in the hospital, which accounted for his absence. But that doesn't answer why O'Donnell or Matthews didn't fill in during the prime results hour. In the MSNBC release Monday, it was listed as a live edition of Countdown.

    Update update: Does anyone really believe what is almost certainly an MSNBC leak, that he was visiting his sick Dad? Especially when nobody is willing to go on the record to say it's true? Keith announced at 8:59 pm that he and Larry O'Donnell would be back at 10:00. So what happened between 9:00 and 10:00 pm that might have sent Olby to the bathtub? Could it have been Corzine losing? Ya think? Will Oralmann show up tonight? Or will he end up at Yankee Stadium? That would be peculiar, if his dad's illness prevented Olby from staying at work past ten o'clock, but allows him to spend all night at a ball game. We'll know a few short minutes from now, and we're counting on you to recap tonight's festivities in this thread.

    Update Update Update: Well Keith is just where we thought he'd be: Yankee Stadium, merrily posting one blog entry after another at tonight's game. So either his Dad made a miraculous recovery from just 24 hours ago, or MSNBC's PR line explaining away Keith's sudden disappearance on election night is even shadier than we suspected. Discuss and resolve. Comments are still open!

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    Um, Tell Us Again Who Is a Propaganda Arm of a Political Party...

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division chuckles every time it hears someone on A-Mess-NBC attacking Fox for being a partisan operation, since we know there are more opposing views aired on any given hour of Hannity or The O'Reilly Factor than you will hear in a month of Edward R Olbermann. Having just finished one such month, here's the proof. We poured through the MSNBC online transcripts and tallied up the Hour of Spin guest list. Take a gander at the results:

    Bathtub Boy

    Behind the numbers
    Democratic and Republican politicians: these are office-holders invited on Countdown for tough, aggressive grillings. Actually, that was a joke. Since they are all Democrats, they are trademark Olbermann blue-dress interviews. These included Ron Wyden (4 times), Anthony Weiner (3), James Clyburn (3), Alan Grayson (2), and one each for Maria Cantwell, Sheldon Whitehouse, Charles Schumer, and Sherrod Brown. Strangely, not one Republican.

    Democratic and Republican strategists: These are partisan "experts" who have toiled in the partisan vineyards to get candidates of their persuasion elected. The big winner here is Democratic strategist "Crazy" Larry O'Donnell: ten appearances, either as a guest or guest-host. Plus we find Chris Kofinis (4), Howard Dean (2), Joe Trippi (1), and Markos "Screw 'em" Moulitsas (1). And then there were the Republicans: zero.

    Liberal / Progressive vs Conservative / Traditional: These guests are not officially identified with party activisim but they appeared on OlbyPlanet to promote a political viewpoint. People like Wendel Potter (from the Center for Media and Democracy--two appearances), Shannyn Moore of Huffpo (1), Eric Burns of Media Matters (1), and so forth. We included three appearances from the National Association of Free Clinics, since they were present not to promote a philanthropic effort, but rather to hold free clinic events "in five key cities, in five key states represented by Democratic senators who have not yet said they will oppose a Republican filibuster of the public option." Yes, A-Mess-NBC organizing, promoting, and sponsoring political events to oppose Republicans and promote Democratic legislation. Gee, that sounds a little bit like, what would you call it, acting as the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party? In the interest of fairness, we didn't include the washed-up "comedians" and vulgar "entertainers" who also used their Countdown appearances to further Olby's partisan agenda. We have our limits, even if the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann does not.

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    November 2, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to important and not so important stories over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: Olbermann only worked two days during this week. References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    It's a new week for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann and the start of yet another chart. Will Krazy Keith actually show up on a Monday? Does anyone really care? Do your part by recapping the longest 60 minutes in television--right here. Comments are open!



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    October 30, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
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    October 29, 2009
    Glenn Beck Ridicules Keith Olbermann!

    From his radio show today. Enjoy the mockery, and the inside references that true Olby scholars will understand--like the allusion to KarmaBites. Then use this space to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    October 28, 2009
    John Gibson: Who's Biased? Fox, or Olbermann and MSNBC?

    Gibson lays out the facts in one of his best dissections of the infamous, deplorable one. Maybe he'll be named WPitW tonight, an honor we're still hoping for here at OlbyWatch. Recap tonight's Hour of Spin right here. Comments are open!



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    October 27, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread

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    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #612




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    October 26, 2009
    John Gibson Blasts Keith Olbermann and the Fox Haters!

    Listen and enjoy as Gibby again analyzes The War on Fox, and wonders if people who call Fox 'talk radio' have ever hard of some guy called Olbermann. And we haven't forgotten this week's Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers. We poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to various stories over the past week and here are the results of our keyword searches:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    Who will Keith Olbermann attack tonight? Post your predictions here, and then recap use this space to recap The Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    October 23, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread

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    October 22, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread

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    October 21, 2009
    Gibson: Olbermann Part of Obama's 'Pet Media', Does White House Bidding!

    Listen as John Gibson paints the picture we know so well: Keith Olbermann as an extension of the White House PR office, dutifully avoiding the stories Obama doesn't want covered. Be amazed as Olby's parrot-like guests completely go along with him! Then use this space to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    Keith Olbermann Assesses His Own Credibility: in His Own Words!


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    October 20, 2009
    Gibson Shreds Keith Olbermann's Latest Attacks on Fox!

    Yeah, you know Fox is "twisted" because of all those "personal attacks" they do. You'll never catch anyone on MSNBC doing personal attacks.

    Listen, discuss, then recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    October 19, 2009
    John Gibson: If Fox Isn't News, What's MSNBC?

    Listen and enjoy as Gibby analyzes The War on Fox, and wonders about MSNBC and its status as a news organization. And we haven't forgotten this week's Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers. We poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to various stories over the past week:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: Friday's Countdown not included as it was a rerun. References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    Who will Keith Olbermann attack tonight? Will we get another "mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick", or something not quite so intellectual? The possibilities are endless: Fox News, Glenn Beck...Juan Williams would seem to be a likely target. Post your predictions here, and then recap use this space to recap the longest 60 minutes in television. Comments are open!



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    October 18, 2009
    Why Is Keith Olbermann Allowed to Announce NFL Games?

    Great thanks to Newsbusters for posting this clip:

    We think Juan Williams raises an excellent point. Consider some of Oralmann's Greatest Hits:

    What say you, NFL?



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    October 15, 2009
    Gibson Defends Rush, Tells Caller 'I Never Worked for Olbermann'

    John Gibson has a field day with another batch of clueless callers as he goes after media geniuses like Rick Sanchez and Dr Maddow for airing fake Limbaugh quotes. And there's a nice bit about our pal Olby in there to give it some OlbyWatch relevance. Listen, enjoy, then prepare to recap the last first-run Hour of Spin of the week. Comments are open!



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    October 14, 2009
    A New Entry in Keith Olbermann's Misogyny Hall of Shame

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    On Tuesday night's Hour of Spin, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann did it again. In attacking Michelle Malkin, the new Edward R Murrow once more indulged his diseased psyche to unleash demeaning, personal invectives against women, referring to Ms Malkin as a "big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it". This is what passes for journalism on today's Peacock air. It has not gone unnoticed. Inside Cable News said "Yuck!" and noted:

    Um, what's the difference between this attack and the "Ho-Pas" incident, which Olbermann subsequently apologized for even though he had nothing to do with that incident?

    Liberal blogger Tommy Christopher, writing at mediaite (a website run by MSNBC legal analyst Dan Abrams), was also taken aback:

    [Malkin] is not known for parsing her words, either. None of this, however, explains why Keith Olbermann would refer to her in such dehumanizing terms, even as he's decrying that exact behavior.

    All this is nothing new. Olbermann's Misogyny Hall of Shame has been adding exhibits for years:

    Even Olbermann's progressive allies recognize that there is a septic streak in Keith's soul when it comes to the opposite sex. TomPaine.com summed it up well:

    So, to Keith Olbermann, who will be sternly moralizing into the camera for at least another four years, I have this to say: There is no excuse for how irresponsibly you are using your position of influence. The fact that you are a petty, disrespectful misogynist discredits you. You are not a progressive and you never will be, unless you drastically alter your attitude toward women. All of the brutally honest political criticism in the world does not make up for the shallow, sexist tripe you use to boost ratings. You, sir, are no Edward R. Murrow.

    Is there any recourse for Keith Olbermann's many victims, male and female? Broadcasters have been censured, even fired, for much less. Yet Olby seems to be impervious to the standards that are applied to everybody else. Why not start fighting back? The first step might be to contact MSNBC and their news honchos to express outrage and request than an apology be made. But why stop there? What if Olbermann's victims demanded that they be given equal time--on Countdown, with Olbermann (not one of his stand-ins) present--to answer to the smears? Being allowed to face one's accusers is the American way. Every request to MSNBC, Countdown, and Olbermann should be made public. Every response should be published as well. Transparency.

    What are the chances that Malkin, or anyone else who is a victim of Edward R Olbermann's vile hatred, would be permitted to face him on Peacock air and have it out? Slim and none--and Slim just left town. But seeing all the demands, responses, and rejections published online would make the effort worthwhile. All the world would know how morally corrupt MSNBC's news operation is. And as for Keith Olbermann? His cowardice and refusal to have on guests with opposing viewpoints--especially people he has viciously smeared--would be another vivid demonstration that he is more than just a misogynist. He's also a sissy.

    Discuss, resolve, and then use this thread to recap tonight's unapologetic Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    October 13, 2009
    Chutzpah Beyond Belief: MSNBC Accusing Others of Bias!

    John Gibson couldn't believe it: Olby Clone/Parrot/StandIn "Crazy Larry" O'Donnell complaining about media bias while hosting the most one-sided program not heard on radio North Korea. Listen as Gibby lays out everything that's wrong about the White House (and therefore MSNBC's) war on Fox, and explains it all to several highly confused callers. Good stuff, and the perfect appetizer for the much less nutritious Hour of Spin to come tonight. Use this thread for opinions, your Countdown recaps, and more. Comments are open!



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    October 12, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to various stories over the past week. Here is the raw data on what our keyword searches found:

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    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    It's a new week for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann and the start of yet another chart. Will Krazy Keith actually show up on a Monday? Does anyone really care? Do your part by recapping the longest 60 minutes in television--right here. Comments are open!



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    October 9, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread

    Comments are open!



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    October 8, 2009
    New Keith Olbermann Ad!

    Enjoy, then use this thread to recap tonight's post-commental Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    October 7, 2009
    Olbermann Watch Exclusive Video!

    Olbermann Watch has obtained this exclusive footage of Keith Olbermann and his team of analysts, writers, and sycophants doing last minute preparations for tonight's marathon one-hour Special Education Komment:

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    Enjoy, then use this thread tonight to post your reactions to the real thing--if you can stand it. Comments are open!



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    October 6, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    It's the eve of Edward R Olbermann's daring ratings experiment: his marathon Special Education Komment, set for Wednesday night, that will run not ten, not 20, not 30 or 40 minutes. It will run for a full-hour! Can you imagine all the Pauses of Significance? Just think of all the camera pivots: enough to induce whiplash! But for now we will have to content ourselves with the joys of anticipation, coupled with Oralmann's cleverly inserted plugs for tomorrow night's stunt, which will be ever so subtly placed at multiple strategic points throughout tonight's Hour of Spin. Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    October 5, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to various stories over the past week. Here is the raw data on what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.

    It's a new week for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann and the makings of yet another chart. Do your part by recapping the longest 60 minutes in television--right here. Comments are open!



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    October 1, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday / Friday Recappers Thread
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    When the news about GE wanting to dump NBC-Universal broke yesterday, it found Krazy Keith trying to deal with the credulous groupies from his blog of choice. Edward R Olbermann led them to believe hey, it's no big deal. They're only talking about 20% ownership of NBC. Of course today it became public that no, it's not about a 20% share at all. It's about Comcast taking a controlling (greater than 50%) interest in NBC. Olby's notion that it was a mere 20% was either based on his own ignorance (why should anyone at GE entrust him with sensitive information anyhow?) or else a deliberate lie to spin things to his favor amongst the rocket scientists who populate the Daily Kos.

    Today he's back at it again, this time posting a lengthy, convoluted apologia for allowing the dreaded Richard Wolffe back on Countdown. Oralmann is all but pleading with the basement-dwellers to give poor Richard another chance. Well, you'll have the opportunity to recap it all right heah! Comments are open!



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    September 29, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday / Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    How will the infamous, deplorable one embarrass himself tonight? Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    September 28, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Bathtub Boy

    Once again the Olbermann Watch Research Division has carefully analyzed the MSNBC online transcripts (it sure beats watching the infamous, deplorable one) to see how much attention The Hour of Spin paid to various stories over the past week. The results, as before, were interesting and revealing of the prevailing mindset on OlbyPlanet. Here is the raw data on what our keyword searches found:

    In graphic format:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.



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    September 25, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. It's the end of the week so let 'er rip! Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    September 23, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday/Thursday Recappers Thread
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    Another night of deranged mendacity from the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Who will he smear? What lies will he tell? It's up to you to identify Oralmann's biggest liea of the night! Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    September 22, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread

    Viewer warning: video contains adult language and themes!

    It's the recappers thread for tonight's Hour of Spin! Who will catch the biggest Olbermann Lie of the night? Comments are open!



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    September 21, 2009
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly book Culture Warrior

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division thought it might be instructive to pour through the MSNBC online transcripts (it sure beats watching the infamous, deplorable one) to see how much attention was paid to various stories over the past week. The results were interesting, to say the least. Here is the raw data on what our keyword searches found:

    Here it is in graphic format:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: The references to ACORN were part of attacks on O'Reilly, Fox, etc. None represented any actual reporting on the ACORN scandals. References to Iraq do not include Olbermann's ritual closing mantra.



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    September 18, 2009
    Gibson Deconstructs Keith Olbermann's Fabric of Racial Smears!

    As always, use this thread to recap tonight's unbearable Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    September 17, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    It's a rotten job but somebody has to do it. Use this thread to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Special bonus points to the recapper who identifies Oralmann's biggest Lie of the Night. Comments are open!



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    September 16, 2009
    Keith Olbermann Pours Gasoline on the Fires of MSNBC's Race War

    Tuesday was day two of MSNBC's campaign to fan the flames of racial division in the USA. Listen to John Gibson lay out how the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann eagerly played his part, then use this thread to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    September 15, 2009
    Is MSNBC Trying to Ignite a Race War?

    John Gibson looks at Monday night's Hour of Spin to answer that question. Listen, enjoy, then use this thread to recap tonight's Meltdown. Comments are open!



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    September 14, 2009
    Glenn Beck Mocks and Ridicules Keith Olbermann

    What better way to insulate yourself against a week of the infamous, deplorable one than by listening to Glenn Beck make fun of him on national radio? We have the clip for your listening pleasure. Enjoy, then use this thread to recap tonight's intolerably repellent edition of The Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    September 11, 2009
    Gibson Replies to Olbermann Special Comment: 'You Got It Wrong!'

    If the thought of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann lecturing anyone on "civility" isn't irony-drenched enough for your 9/11 weekend, how about Olby tossing in his own special brand of "fact-checking", that turns out to be...well, shall we say, somewhat fact-challenged? John Gibson explains it all. Listen, enjoy, then use this thread to recap the week's final Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    September 10, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    We know what tonight's dog that did not bark will be. So with that out of the way, use this thread to recap Thursday's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    September 9, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. We get a bonus tonight: Edward R Olbermann as impartial news anchor of the Prez's speech, and then Krazy Keith as deranged Kossack for an hour afterwards. Now here's a fun game. Let's take the official White House talking points (reprinted below courtesy of Major Garrett) and try to predict how many of these talking points will be echoed during tonight's 9:00 pm Hour of Spin? Comments are open!

    Talking Points: President Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress Tonight

    • When the President is finished speaking tonight, everyone who listens will understand that his plan has at its core two overriding goals: to bring stability and security to Americans who have insurance today, and affordable coverage to those who don't.

    o The President's plan will bring reforms that will reduce the unsustainable growth in the cost of health care, which has doubled in the last decade and will continue to rise at that untenable pace unless we act.

    • From the beginning of this process, the President has said that he believes reform should be bipartisan. And the plan he outlines tonight will be consistent with that goal - it will contain Republican proposals and Democratic proposals.

    o So the Republicans will have to decide whether they are genuine in their wish to work in a bipartisan manner, or whether they will continue to vote against proposals they have said are key to reform.

    • He will clearly lay out what health reform means to Americans - both those that have insurance now and those that don't. He will also be clear about health reform doesn't mean - clearing up the confusion that has been fomented by the special interests and defenders of the status quo.

    • He will also answer the big questions about how to move the health reform process forward and make clear exactly what he considers real reform to be.

    • It is important to recognize how far we have come.

    o Four of the five House and Senate committees have marked up bills. Today Senator Baucus, who chairs the fifth committee, announced that his committee will move to markup shortly. Among those bills there is, essentially, 80 percent agreement, and each of them is in line with the principles the President has laid out.

    • We are entering a new phase in the debate.

    o Now is the time to begin pulling together the various strands of the bills that have been written and the solutions that have been proposed to create a final product that lowers costs, ensures that Americans cannot be denied coverage because they get sick, and provides access to affordable health care for all.

    o As the President will say tonight, he is not the first president to take up the cause of health reform but he is determined to be the last.

    • Members heard a lot from their constituents over August - including stories from people who are struggling with the rising cost of health care or who have been denied coverage because they or someone in their family got sick. One thing has became crystal clear to any member who really spent time talking to constituents last month: Doing nothing is not an option.

    • After this speech, opponents of health reform will need to either propose their own plan or explain why they think it is best to do nothing while health care costs continue to rise 3 times faster than wage, millions of Americans continue to be denied coverage because they got sick, and insecurity continues to grow. In just 2 years, 1 in 3 Americans experienced a gap in coverage. What the President will offer the country is stability and security in our health insurance system.

    On Gov. Palin's Attacks:

    • Every non partisan organization that has looked at her claims say they are false. And the ideas in her op-ed are both scary and risky. Eliminating Medicare and giving our seniors vouchers instead is a bad idea that we shouldn't adopt.



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    September 8, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. This is the show where the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann unveils his special snitchers' tipline:

    Tuesday we will expand this to the television audience and have a dedicated email address to accept leads, tips, contacts, on Beck, his radio producer Burguiere, and the chief of his tv enablers, Ailes...

    How exciting. Unless, of course, A-Mess-NBC is a little uncomfortable with Oralmann's tactics and tells him to put the breaks on, and Olby again defers to his corporate masters and forgets all about his snitchers' tipline. What do you think will happen? Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    September 7, 2009
    Join the Keith Olbermann Smear Campaign: Post Your Glenn Beck Dirt Here!
    Bathtub Boy

    Keith Olbermann has put a bounty on Glenn Beck. Van Jones has quit his White House position and Edward R Olbermann will not let the unacceptable treatment of this 9/11 truther go unavenged! He wants all the investigative journalists who post at his blog, the Daily Kos, to send him any Glenn Beck dirt they can dig up, postulate, or concoct. So it's up to you, the loyal, patriotic readers of OlbyWatch, to pitch in and help Krazy Keith in his deranged jihad. Post your dastardly Glenn Beck information here. Since Olby reads this site, and gets his "news stories" from blogs anyhow, you know your scoops will be read by the infamous deplorable one. Comments are open!



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    September 4, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread

    Comments are open!



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    September 3, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread

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    September 2, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    Another night of deranged mendacity from the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. What lies will he tell? Who will he smear? Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    September 1, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread

    Comments are open!



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    August 31, 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!



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    August 27, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    It's a rotten job but somebody has to do it. Use this thread to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. You know the show with the "news anchor" who lies about his ratings. Hey Olby, when it comes to Nielsen numbers, size does matter, something Katy has also explained to you by now. Comments are open!



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    August 26, 2009
    Glenn Beck Blasts MSNBC and Keith Olbermann!

    Enjoy this audio from Beck's Wednesday radio program, as he responds to Olby's fatuous claim that Countdown to no ratings is actually (perhaps on Bizarro planet) the #1 cable news program (thanks to Mike C for the clip!). Then settle back and prepare to recap The Hour of Spin. Don't worry about trying to figure out what dog didn't bark. We know Edward R Olbermann so well we can predict ahead of time the story that will get spiked by Herr Olbermahn. Enjoy Beck, and then grimace through an hour of the infamous, deplorable one. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Be sure to check out this report from mediaite, a website that happens to be run by MSNBC legal analyst Dan Abrams. Olbermann's claim about being the #1 cable news show in some impenetrable, never-before-seen demo? Guess what? It's Another Olbermann Lie!



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    Keith Olbermann Breaks "Tony Soprano Rule", Drags O'Reilly's Dad Into Latest Attack

    Just when you thought Keith Olbermann could not descend further into his warped, twisted, misogynistic pursuit of ever-elusive ratings glory, he goes and does this...

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    The key quote:

    In [O'Reilly's] nightly round of self applause last night, designed to drown out the echo of daddy hitting him...

    At what point does someone at NBC/Universal stop to consider whether it is appropriate for a "news anchor" on its cable news network to launch personal attacks against a public figure's family?



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    August 25, 2009
    Levin: Watching Olbermann Like Having Poison Ivy on Your Genitalia!

    On his Monday night program, Dr Mark Levin responded to the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann's latest smear. Enjoy, then use this thread to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    August 24, 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. And don't forget to order your Olbermann Sucks t-shirt, courtesy of zazzle.com! Comments are open!



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    August 21, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread

    Get ready for the infamous, deplorable one. Tonight's Hour of Spin awaits. Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 20, 2009
    So How's That Quarantine Working Out, Keith?

    An update on Herr Olbermahn's call for a boycott of Fox News, announced on July 1:

    If there is a solution, it is perhaps an indirect boycott. It is probably your experience, as it has been mine, that stores, bars, restaurants, waiting rooms often show Fox News on their televisions. Don't write a letter, don't make a threat, just get up and explain, if they will not change the channel, leave the place and say calmly why it is you are taking your business elsewhere.... Fox News Channel will never restrain itself from incitement to murder and terrorism, not until its profits begin to decline, when its growth stops. So not so much a boycott here as a quarantine, because this has got to stop.

    Party Down with Katy Tur!

    So how's Olby doing? Has he got the eeevil Fox News on the run? The power of Keith Olbermann and his societal influence is clearly demonstrated by comparing the Fox News numbers from June 1 with the latest ratings available (August 18):

    Monday, June 1: quarantine declared

    Fox News: 1,323,000 viewers total day
    Fox News: 2,721,000 viewers primetime

    Latest ratings: Tuesday, August 8th

    Fox News: 1,593,000 viewers total day...270,000 viewers GAINED
    Fox News: 2,988,000 viewers primetime...276,000 viewers GAINED

    By the way, don't bring up Oralmann's portion of the MSNBC schedule if you happen to run into him at the ball park:

    June 1: MSNBC: 1,097,000 viewers primetime
    August 18: MSNBC: 970,000 viewers primetime...127,000 viewers LOST

    The quarantine marches on!



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    August 19, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    Another night of deranged mendacity from the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. What lies will he tell? Who will he smear? And most important of all, what glasses will he be wearing? Ashleigh Banfield is still waiting for hers to be returned! Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 18, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
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    How will the infamous, deplorable one embarrass himself tonight? Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 17, 2009
    Keith Olbermann vs Keith Olbermann

    Bathtub Boy

    Keith Olbermann on the subject of veterans' health care, July 26 2007:

    OLBERMANN: The outrageous treatment of our injured vets.
    GEORGE W BUSH: We owe our wounded soldier the very best care and the very best benefits and the very easiest to understand system.
    OLBERMANN: Too bad they're not getting it....the embarrassing news stories of shameful medical treatment and crumbling facilities for badly wounded war veterans...It has gotten so bad that this week two veterans groups sued the government over how it treats injured vets, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.... One lawsuit claims that the VA has a backlog of 600,000 disability claims....

    vs Keith Olbermann on the subject of veteran's health care tonight, August 17 2009:

    OLBERMANN: Today the President addressed veterans, a segment of the population that already receives public health care, and superlative health care at that....the President promising the vets that their excellent government provided benefits will not change.

    Hmmm.



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    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!



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    August 15, 2009
    Dobbs vs Olbermann: Round Five!

    Enjoy!



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    August 14, 2009
    Friday Recappers Open Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    What weekend would be complete without a dose of the infamous, deplorable one? Do your recapping here. Comments are open!



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    August 13, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 12, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    What will make it into tonight's WPitW segment? Could it be this? Maybe, but we're placing on bets on this. It yanks almost every one of Herr Olbermahn's chains, and deservedly so. Read it now so you'll be prepared for tonight's Hour of Spin, then do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 11, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday 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!



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    August 10, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread

    It's another week of the infamous, deplorable one. Do you recapping right here. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Olbermann lies in his Special Education Komment!



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    August 7, 2009
    Dobbs vs Olbermann: Lou Takes the Gloves Off!

    Lou Dobbs blasted Keith today, and yet Olbermann's Worst Person segment tonight had no reply. The reason is simple: Media Matters had helpfully posted all the previous Dobbs clips for him, but MM posted their highly edited clip too late in the day for KO to see it in time. And since Krazy Keith gets his material from MM, he didn't know about it! So for this weekend at least, Lou Dobbs (with a brief assist from Mark Levin) gets the last word on the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Keywords include: punk, despicable, clown, vicious, vile, wretched, psychotic. Listen and enjoy. And Keith, if you can't wait for Monday to respond, our comments are open!



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    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. It's the end of the week so let 'er rip! Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    August 6, 2009
    Lou Dobbs Rips MSNBC and Olbermann!

    This is what set off the infamous, deplorable one tonight. Even though Dobbs never mentioned Olby's name, little Keith still whined about it and cranked up his attack machine. Now you can hear the full context of what Dobbs said, not the handful of sentences mumbled by Herr Olbermahn:



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    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    The Hour of Spin, starring the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 5, 2009
    Beck/Gibson Tag-Team Take-Down of Keith Olbermann! Update: Dobbs Joins In!

    The appetizer is Glenn Beck's sidebar shot at Olby. Then the main course: John Gibson examines the 'thugs' and 'mobs' who are protesting the Obama health care program. Gibby makes the case that the real thug is: Keith Olbermann! Be sure to listen through to the caller who challenges Gibby . Enjoy this delightful clip, then use this thread to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!

    UPDATE: Lou Dobbs goes nuclear on Olby; Hat/Tip to Politico.



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    August 4, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    NIght two of The Return of the Olbermann. Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    August 3, 2009
    Olbermann Celebrates Return by Lying About Glenn Beck

    There may have been a truce, but it never applied to Keith Olbermann lying. That's a constant as reliable as the rising sun, and sure enough he marked his return today by lifting a story from a blue blog, reporting it as fact without bothering to check, and then embellishing it with his own brand of reckless demagoguery. In other words, Another Olbermann Lie.

    In his 'best persons' segment, he told the story of Nancy Genovese, arrested outside an air base taking pictures. Actual news reports, like Newsday, the Long Island Press, and the Southhampton Press, tell the straight story, one that would have been of no interest whatsoever to Oralmann. But the version he came up with was considerably juicier, and ripe for a gleeful attack on Fox. With the caption reading "as heard on tv", Olby cackled:

    Proof that watching crazy man on tv will make you crazy... She apparently decided that the base was actually a secret FEMA detention camp. Do you know where she got that idea? From Glenn Beck. She says so on her myspace page.

    The bigger question is where did Krazy Keith get that idea? None of the news reports says anything about her thinking it's a FEMA camp. Well you know Olby is devoted to his blue blog sources, and that goes double for his own blog of choice, the Daily Kos. And sure enough, that's where we find this:
    Glenn Beck Fan, Highly Armed, Busted For Casing National Guard Base, Thinking It Was A "FEMA Camp"

    Now did this Kossack have some inside information about the incident that eluded all the actual reporters on the scene? No, he found a mention of FEMA camps on the woman's myspace page. How does that turn into she thought the base was a FEMA camp? It doesn't. They made that part up! It was, as mediate reported, pure speculation. But hey, when wasn't speculation enough for Edward R Olbermann?

    Wait, there's more. Her myspace page also had a video from Glenn Beck. Yes, "a" video. It wasn't about FEMA camps. But wait, didn't Olby claim that she admitted, right on her myspace page, that Beck said the airbase was a FEMA camp? Yup, that's what he said. That's the part Olbermann made up. Her myspace page has been locked, but all of the blue blogs that scoured it beforehand came up with nothing regarding Glenn Beck's views on FEMA camps. Zero. Zip. Nada.

    In fact, if she watched Beck on tv, as Monkeymann's caption claimed, and if what he said affected her beliefs, as he also claimed, then Keith has some more 'splainin' to do. Because on his tv show, Beck has debunked the FEMA camp theory--not once, not twice, but three times! See the appendix below for video of all three segments (not including a fourth with Ron Paul, who also rejected this conspiracy theory).

    So let's see...Olbermann claims she acted based on what she heard on tv--without evidence. He says she decided the base was a FEMA camp--based on nothing more than empty speculation in a blue blog. He adds that she got the idea from Glenn Beck--also made up. Finally he asserts that she admits on her myspace page that Beck told her about FEMA camps--blatantly and utterly false. Back from vacation, Rip 'n' Read Olbermann lifts another story from a blue blog, doesn't bother to check facts, embellishes it with more fiction, and belches out another red-hot, steaming Olbermann Lie.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    APPENDIX: Glenn Beck on FEMA camps:



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    Countdown: Olbermann Promises Special Comment, and a 'Surprise'!
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    He's finally coming back from two weeks of reporting in the field. The baseball field, that is. And he's already stirring up the Kossacks with a promise of a 14-minute Special Education Komment about healthcare, and a vague, amorphous 'surprise' concerning the so-called MSNBC/FNC truce.

    What do you think the infamous, deplorable one has in mind? Will he launch another Howard Beale tirade at the eeevil O'Reilly? Start an extra-early campaign to prevent Mr Bill from speaking at Alexa next year? Or will he bow to his corporate masters and downplay his greatest Olbsession? Post your predictions right here, then use this thread to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    July 31, 2009
    Countdown: Olby Vacation Open Thread Finale

    Olbermann Watch Weekend Poll:

    Bathtub Boy

    The final part of our Olby vacation thread continues on where part two left off. Post your comments about Bathtub Boy, his substitute hosts, or whatever and vote in our special weekend poll!



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    July 29, 2009
    Countdown: Olby Vacation Open Thread Part Deux
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    Part two of our Olby vacation thread continues on where part one left off. Post your comments about Bathtub Boy, his substitute hosts, or whatever. And we have a new song! Click on the image above for another audio tribute to Edward R Olbermann.



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    July 27, 2009
    Countdown: Olby Vacation Open Thread
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    The Hour of Spin keeps spinning even when the infamous, deplorable one is spending weeks at a time in the bathtub. Your guest hosts this week include The Wolffe Man, "Crazy" Larry O'Donnell, and the one and only Dr Howard Dean. What, Markos wasn't available? Use this thread to post your show recaps or comments on other, more agreeable, topics. And click the image above for an audio tribute to the hard-working Edward R Olbermann.



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    July 23, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday / Friday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for The Hour of Spin. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    July 20, 2009
    Countdown: Monday / Tuesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for The Hour of Spin. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    July 16, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday / Friday Recappers Thread
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    If it's Thursday, this must be OlbyPlanet. Document the lies and smears of Monkeymann in tonight's recappers thread. Then move on to take care of Friday's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    July 14, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday / Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for Tuesday's--and Wednesday's!--Hour of Spin.Comments are open!



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    July 13, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    July 10, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. It's the end of the week so let 'er rip! Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    July 9, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    July 8, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Use our valuable bandwidth to document the deceitful spin and hateful lies of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!



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    July 7, 2009
    MSNBC's Palin Coverage: The Gibson Review

    Use this as your recappers' thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!



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    July 3, 2009
    Weekend Open Thread!
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    Comments are open!



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    July 1, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday/Thursday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Use our valuable bandwidth to document the deceitful spin and hateful lies of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!



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    June 30, 2009
    Gibson Needles Olbermann, Tangles with Caller from MSNBC

    At least the caller claims he's from MSNBC. We report, you decide. Anyhow, enjoy this appetizer and then get ready for the infamous, deplorable one on tonight's Hour of Spin. Do your recapping right here. Comments are open!



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    June 29, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    June 25, 2009
    Olbermann Speaks, on the Subject of Michael Jackson

    Yes, the infamous deplorable one is on an hour early tonight, covering the death of Michael Jackson. So what better time for a stroll through the OlbyWatch archives, for a few choice quotes from Keith Oralmann on the subject of The King of Pop. These are all genuine by the way, taken straight from the transcripts:

    Is Michael Jackson nuts?...We turn as usual to our nightly recreation Michael Jackson puppet theater....

    Speaking of oddballs, Michael Jackson has something to say about what happened to him while he was under arrest....

    Michael Jackson. He has discovered a super secret conspiracy hatched by former associates to bankrupt the king of pop, it's hidden on the back of the Declaration of the Independence, too. All right, not the last part....

    And Michael Jackson is rolling up new records for weirdest conduct in the shortest period of time...

    Exclusively yours for the bidding, six--count them, six Michael Jackson Puppet Theatre stick puppets, the originals. No substitutes accepted here, please. There's Michael, the defendant, Mesereau, the lawyer--with the long hair--Sneddon, the cold man, Melville, the judge--yes, you don't recognize him--Bubbles, the monkey, and of course, the accessory, the comfy jammies. Each signed personally by me, and ripe for the picking, starting at the top of the hour on eBay....

    And snakes not the only ones hopping a plane in the near future. There's also Michael Jackson. That's a segue and an apt one it is...

    Keith "Man on Fan" Olbermann: what a great choice to host Michael Jackson coverage! Recap tonight's Hour of Spin right here. Comments are open!



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    June 24, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Use our valuable bandwidth to document the deceitful spin and hateful lies of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!



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    June 23, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread

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    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!



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    June 22, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    June 19, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. What can we expect from the infamous, deplorable one tonight? Be an Olbermann Watch blogger--without all the muss and fuss! Comments are open!



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    June 17, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Use our valuable bandwidth to document the deceitful spin and hateful lies of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!



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    June 16, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    June 15, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    June 11, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday/Friday Recappers Thread
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    It's the recappers thread for tonight's installment of The Hour of Spin Hate. 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!

    UPDATE: Yeah I forgot to post a thread for tonight. So keep using this one. Soldier on, soldier onners!



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    June 10, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread

    Use this thread to recap The Hour of Spin, starring the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, and tonight featuring (no doubt) Sarah Palin, Carrie Prejean, and some eeevil person from Fox. Comments are open!



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    June 9, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread

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    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!



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    June 8, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    June 5, 2009
    Friday Recappers Open Thread

    Have at it. Comments are open!



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    June 4, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    A statistical note from the Olbermann Watch Research Division. Over the last three days, the numbers of times Herr Olbermahn has mentioned the murdered late-term abortionist George Tiller: 61. Same time period, the number of times Edward R Olbermann has mentioned Army recruiter Wililam Long, murdered on US soil by an Islamic terrorist: zero.

    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 "Man on Fan" Olbermann. Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    June 3, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Use our valuable bandwidth to document the deceitful spin and hateful lies of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!



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    June 2, 2009
    Gibson: Why Isn't Olbermann Responsible for Murdered Soldier?
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    John Gibson asks the question of the hour: if you use applied OlbyLogic, why isn't Bathtub Boy responsible for yesterday's assassination of a US soldier? Ponder this philosophical paradox as you listen to Gibby lay it all out. Then get ready to recap the non-stars on tonight's Hour of Spin right here. Comments are open!



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    Keith Olbermann to Boycott Major League Baseball?!?

    On Monday night the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann delivered a keyed up diatribe about the evils of Fox News in general, and BIll O'Reilly in particular. The illogic of his Kevin Bacon-style linkage of the killer of an abortion doctor to O'Reilly speaks for itself. We're more concerned with the logic, and logical implications, of Keith's call to action--a secondary boycott of anyone who dares permit FNC a presence in their establishments:

    It is probably your experience as it has been mine that stores, bars, restaurants, waiting rooms often show Fox News on their televisions. Don't write a letter, make a threat, just get up and explain if they will not change the channel leave the place and say calmly why it is you are taking your business elsewhere.

    One might wonder if that means Olby will no longer have a monitor embedded in his desk tuned to Fox News and O'Reilly that he can keep an eye on as he broadcasts Countdown, posts comments to Daily Kos, and bids on baseball cards. But there's an even more outrageous catering to Fox that goes far beyond a tv set in the lobby. And Olbermann himself is inextricably linked to it.

    Ever since he began blogging for Major League Baseball, Krazy Keith has been reporting on his own visits to the local ball parks. Here, for example, he gives a tour of the new Mets stadium, complete with his own snapshots as illustrations. But now everything has changed. Oralmann demands a "quarantine" of Fox News. And this leaves him but one option.

    Announced this week was the fourth annual Fox Fan Day. It will be held on June 20th at Citi Field, for a game between the Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays. This is no mere case of having FNC playing on a tv set somewhere. This is bringing Fox News itself into the ball park, live, in person. How else can it be described other than as a blatant endorsement for the enabling of terrorists and murderers? And it's done with the express written approval of the NY Mets and Major League Baseball!

    For a person of intellectual consistency, for one who lives by the same principles he demands of others, for a commentator who isn't just a poseur and truly believes in the truth of what he speaks, there can be only one course to take. Don't write a letter. Don't make threats. Just announce (tonight on Countdown would be the ideal time) that if they do not immediately cancel this event and sever all ties with the murderous traitors of Fox News, then you--Keith Olbermann--are taking your business elsewhere. You will quit your MLB baseball blog. Turn in your season tickets. And never set foot in one of their tainted ball parks again. Anything less would be Olbypocrisy of the highest order.



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    June 1, 2009
    Countdown: Monday Recappers Thread
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    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!



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    May 29, 2009
    Friday Night Recappers Open Thread
    Bathtub Boy

    We know that the Mancow controversy will be featured on OlbyPlanet tonight: he was waterboarded by someone who didn't know how to waterboard, then the Jerry Springer producer who set it up said it was really just a hoax. Mancow reacted by denying it was a hoax, while simultaneously admitting that, well, it was really a "simulated" waterboarding. Confused? Maybe that's the intent.

    The infamous, deplorable one will not stand for anyone impugning his superb Edward R Murrow credentials as a crack journalist, and so he'll be bringing Mancow on tonight to tell us that yes, it is too waterboarding. Why does Mancow rant about the left taking advantage of this incident, and then sign up for a second appearance on OlbyPlanet? Just what is his endgame? By the end of The Hour of Spin will Mancow be screaming: "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!"?

    Do your Countdown recapping right here. It's the end of the week so let 'er rip! Be an Olbermann Watch blogger without all the muss and fuss. Comments are open!



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    May 28, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
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    If it's Thursday, this must be OlbyPlanet. Document the lies and smears of Monkeymann in tonight's recappers thread. Comments are open!



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    Zurawik Responds to 'Rabbit-Punching Swine' Olbermann

    After being nominated in the 'worst person' segment, Baltimore tv writer David Zurawik has published his response. But Olbermann Watch goes the beyond the headlines to bring you Zurawik's comments on public radio from just hours ago, where he laid out in detail exactly why he has little use for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Listen and enjoy, listen and enjoyers!



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    May 27, 2009
    Countdown: Wednesday Recappers Thread
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    This is the recappers' comment thread for tonight's Hour of Spin. Use our valuable bandwidth to document the deceitful spin and hateful lies of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. Comments are open!



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    May 26, 2009
    Countdown: Tuesday Recappers Thread
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    May 23, 2009
    Video: Red Eye Rips Olbermann and his Special Comment!

    The Greg-a-Logue sets the stage, then the panel launches into another fun disembowling of Olby's latest Special Education Komment. As usual, Andy Levy gets the last word. All we can say is: enjoy!



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    May 22, 2009
    John Gibson Smacks Down Olbermann Over Cheney Attacks!

    Before you make this tonight's open thread to recap and ridicule The Hour of Spin, enjoy listening to Gibson destroy Bathtub Boy. Before he gets to the latest Special Education Komment, Gibby makes reference to this report from the Obama administration about how 1 in 7 released Gitmo prisoners join up with jihad again. Another Olbermann embarrassment. Comments are open!



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    May 21, 2009
    Countdown: Thursday Recappers Thread
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    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!

    UPDATE: Here's Oralmann's Special Education Komment in a dramatic reading by the OlbyRobot:



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