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  • Countdown: US Hits Debt Ceiling in 84 Days

    11/16/2013 4:15:22 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 15, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    Twelve weeks from today, the US government will hit its borrowing limit. When Congress lifted the debt ceiling last month, for the first time ever, it pegged the increase to a specific date, rather than a dollar amount. The current borrowing authority expires in just 84 days, on February 7th.
  • Olbermann Will Return to ESPN

    08/27/2013 7:35:15 AM PDT · by tom h · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2013 | JAMES ANDREW MILLER
    <p>ESPN is expected to announce on Wednesday that the former network mainstay Keith Olbermann, who contentiously departed in 1997, will return to host a one-hour, nightly show for ESPN2 later this year, according to three executives with knowledge of the deal but not authorized to speak about it publicly.</p>
  • Don't Fund It! The Countdown to Obamacare

    07/30/2013 8:13:31 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 29 replies
    Don't Fund Obamacare ^ | 7/29/2013 | Senators Mike Lee/Ted Cruz
    On October 1st, millions of Americans will be required to enroll in Obamacare and could lose access to their doctors and be forced to pay higher premiums and higher taxes. But there's still time to stop it. Republicans in Congress can stop Obamacare if they refuse to fund it. Sign the petition and tell Congress: Don't Fund Obamacare!
  • Keith Olbermann Complained To Current TV That Car Service Drivers ‘Smelled, Talked To Him’

    03/31/2012 1:06:52 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 61 replies
    Mediate ^ | 3/31/12 | Tommy Christopher
    On the heels of Countdown host Keith Olbermann‘s firing from Current TV, the network and sources close to it have been quick to buttress their case for the dismissal with details of the temperamental star’s antics. One such source tells Mediaite, among other things, that Olbermann went through 8 different car services (he doesn’t drive), and complained to the network that some of the drivers “smelled,” and “talked to him,” the latter detail echoing a leak that once dogged then-Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Earlier, Howard Kurtz tweeted that he was “Hearing allegation that Olbermann switched car co’s and vendors...
  • Keith Olbermann Threatens Suit Over Current TV Firing (Keith vs. Al purse fight)

    03/31/2012 12:50:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    ABC Yahoo ^ | 3/31/12 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Keith Olbermann has threatened to sue Current TV after the controversial host was fired from his primetime slot less than a year after he joined the network. Former Vice President Al Gore, the co-founder of Current TV, said in a statement that the network was founded on "values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann."
  • Keith Olbermann Complained To Current That Car Service Drivers ‘Smelled, Talked To Him’

    03/31/2012 3:10:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/31/12 | Tommy Christopher
    On the heels of Countdown host Keith Olbermann‘s firing from Current TV, the network and sources close to it have been quick to buttress their case for the dismissal with details of the temperamental star’s antics. One such source tells Mediaite, among other things, that Olbermann went through 8 different car services (he doesn’t drive), and complained to the network that some of the drivers “smelled,” and “talked to him,” -snip- Olbermann plans to counter Current’s PR offensive with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday
  • BHO:Countdown to Oblivion

    11/30/2011 8:21:44 AM PST · by lbryce · 3 replies
    During the last year and a half or more of President Bush's presidency, countdown to President Bush's final day in office emblazoned all over the web was dam* near impossible to avoid. Each ensuing day drawing closer to President Bush's departure had the liberal, left-wing frothing at the mouth in crazed ferocity, rabid, celebratory glee at the very idea. And so to savor each and every day that draws closer to the day when BHO is booted out of office I've inaugurated the Obama:Countdown to Oblivion is regularly updated compendium of the latest news, developments on the 2012 presidential election...
  • Obama iPhone (countdown) clock application

    08/28/2011 8:28:52 AM PDT · by mathprof · 4 replies
    iTunes store ^ | 8/28/11
    "Description This app is a countdown to either Barack Obama's second inauguration or his final days as President of the United States. In addition, the application will download and update the following important voter metrics: Approval Rating Public Debt Unemployment Level Gasoline Cost Per Gallon Housing Price Index *Note: To refresh your data, simply press Obama's Trojan Tree Pin*"
  • Current TV CEO Not Worried About Keith Olbermann’s Ratings Drop (Oberflop Alert)

    07/07/2011 5:57:42 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 7/7/11 | Mark Joyella
    As you may have heard once or twice before, it’s a marathon, not a sprint (unless, of course, you’re talking about a sprint, then it’s a sprint, not a marathon). But we digress. Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Current TV, uses the sports metaphor to express his lack of concern over the second-week ratings drop for Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. The show saw its ratings shrink by nearly a third during the week of June 27, averaging 93,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic.
  • Keith Olbermann arriving at Current TV on June 20

    04/26/2011 9:22:08 AM PDT · by Justaham · 32 replies
    Cable network Current TV says Keith Olbermann will return to the air on June 20. Current said Tuesday the title of the weeknight news-commentary hour will be "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." "Countdown" was the name of the program Olbermann hosted on MSNBC until his heated departure from that network in January. Less than a month later, he signed with Current TV, the public affairs channel launched in 2005 by former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. A liberal lightning rod, Olbermann has often clashed with his former bosses and with the corporate culture of General Electric, until recently MSNBC's...
  • Olbermann announces last broadcast on MSNBC (Video)

    01/21/2011 6:35:55 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 21, 2011 | Jeff Poor
    From MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” aired on Jan. 21, 2011: ...more (w/video)...
  • Report: Olbermann Cut from NBC’s ‘Football’ Line Up

    08/09/2010 3:34:55 PM PDT · by saganite · 42 replies
    fancast.com ^ | 9 august 2010 | Tracy Phillips
    Game over for Keith Olbermann. The cable news anchor reportedly will no longer be a part of NBC’s ‘Football Night in America,’ where he has contributed segments for the Sunday Night Football broadcasts for the last three years. Sources confirm to Sports by Brooks that Olbermann will not return this NFL season. According to the report, NBC News officials were behind the decision, because they want the MSNBC host to focus on his program ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann.’
  • The final countdown on ‘24'

    05/24/2010 5:12:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 691+ views
    the daily caller ^ | 5/24/10 | Pat McMahon
    Tonight marks the end of a television era: 24 airs its eighth season finale. The impact of the show on the country has been profound; in the way subjects on the show have been brought into the public spectrum and how Jack Bauer, the protagonist, has become an icon – the man that will do anything to stop evil. While many mourn the loss of Law and Order or Lost, 24 has had a greater impact on America in our post-9/11 era.
  • Countdown Ratings Declines Continue; Better Off Without Olbermann?

    03/30/2010 2:35:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies · 872+ views
    TV By The Numbers ^ | March 30, 2010 | by Bill Gorman
    The ratings declines for Countdown with Keith Olbermann continue. Year over year declines for the first 3 months of 2010 ranged from 40-45% in the cable news advertiser target adults 25-54 demo, and between 21-29% among average viewership.While it’s hard to completely attribute cause and effect to TV ratings, it’s interesting to note that Countdown had better ratings (and a less severe year to year ratings and viewership loss) during the month of March, when Keith wasn’t on the air (he was off from 2/24 until last night) than it did during February (and was approximately on par with...
  • Video: "Countdown" Entitles Beck/Massa Segment "Massa Of His Domain"

    03/10/2010 5:58:45 AM PST · by careyb · 4 replies · 390+ views
    Countdown ^ | 3/9/10 | Lawrence O'Donnell
    I don't have a big problem with it, but what if Fox News had done that?
  • ‘Palinochhio/Goppetto 2012&#8242;: ‘Countdown’ Mocks Palin/Beck Ticket

    11/18/2009 7:21:09 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 355+ views
    breitbart ^ | 11/18/09 | msbullcrap
    "The only thing scarier than Palin for president is Palin for president, Glenn for vice president. And Palin hasn't exactly dismissed the idea."
  • Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann October Ratings Down 63% vs. 2008

    10/28/2009 10:19:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies · 2,766+ views
    TV By The Numbers ^ | October 28, 2009 | by Bill Gorman
    With lots of cable news shows, the feast of the 2008 election has lead to famine in 2009. Countdown with Keith Olberman’s ratings are in the famine range as well, with October year over year ratings down 53% in the cable news target adults 25-54 demo, and down 53% in average viewership. Although I don’t have a trend chart, October is also Olbermann’s lowest rated month so far in 2009 in both 25-54 and average viewers.
  • Taliban kills UN staff in bloody countdown to Afghan polls (What will O do?)

    10/28/2009 11:30:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 901+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/28/09 | Sardar Ahmad
    KABUL (AFP) – Taliban gunmen stormed a UN guesthouse in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least eight people in a suicide attack as the Islamist militia signalled a bloody countdown to new Afghan elections next week. President Hamid Karzai ordered an urgent security upgrade for international organisations after the rampage, which left at least five expatriate UN staff dead in the worst assault on the world body's Afghanistan mission since 2001. The Obama administration and UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack, which the Afghan defence ministry said was the work of Pakistani Taliban dressed as police who struck the UN-approved...
  • Olbermann Guest: Bachmann and Beck "trying to get the President KILLED"

    09/02/2009 8:56:47 PM PDT · by montag813 · 25 replies · 1,004+ views
    YouTube ^ | 09-02-09 | MSNBC
    Yet another evening of madness over at MSNBC, as yet another host or guest incited violence by asserting that conservatives want to kill President Obama. Keith's guest on September 1, 2009 was Dan Savage, had the folliwng things to say about religious conservatives, Rep. Michelle Bachman and Glenn Beck. Savage: "the religious right if fomenting this kind of hatred in our country...at our peril...I really do think that the Michelle Bachmans of the word and the Glenn Becks of the world are actively and consciously trying to get...I'm just going to say it...trying to get the President KILLED." Keith: "Unfortunately,...
  • General Mills Pulls Ads from Olbermann's "Countdown"

    09/01/2009 11:11:31 AM PDT · by freespirited · 14 replies · 2,964+ views
    Defend Glenn ^ | 09/01/09
    Beck Fans expose MSNBC host's history of sexism and misogyny on his vile program Statement forthcoming. Stay tuned...
  • Olbermann WPITW: Talks Ratings, Rips LA Times (Listed show "Jackass" in place of "Countdown...)

    08/23/2009 2:12:19 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 25 replies · 1,249+ views
    MediaBistro ^ | Sunday, Aug 23 | MB
    In Friday's WPITW, Keith Olbermann slammed the LA Times and writer Andrew Malcolm. We noted on Friday that the LA Times had issued a correction for its TV schedule which had listed the show "Jackass" in place of "Countdown." Pretty funny mistake. But not so hilarious -- for Olbermann at least -- was a one-line zinger "Top of the Ticket" blogger Malcolm had delivered in his summary of the little incident: But without this kind of correction, online too, a few thousand people might have tuned into MSNBC, the Obama administration's favorite cable channel, expecting to see a "Jackass" show,...
  • LA Times Accidentally Lists 'Jackass' in Olbermann's Time Slot

    08/21/2009 7:55:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies · 897+ views
    LA Times Accidentally Lists 'Jackass' in Olbermann's Time Slot By Noel Sheppard Created 2009-08-21 10:27 The Los Angeles Times Calendar section on Thursday accidentally listed MTV's hit series "Jackass" as airing on MSNBC at 7 and 10PM. 7 and 10PM just so happen to be when "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" replays on the West Coast. Innocent mistake or Freudian slip? You decide as you read what Andrew Malcolm deliciously reported [1] Friday: Here is an actual correction from Page A4 of today's print edition: FOR THE RECORD: TV listings: The Prime-Time TV grid in Thursday's Calendar section mistakenly listed MTV's...
  • Newspaper corrects 'Jackass' Keith Olbermann mixup

    08/21/2009 6:26:28 AM PDT · by slumber1 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 21, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm
    TV listings: The Prime-Time TV grid in Thursday's Calendar section mistakenly listed MTV's "Jackass" show on the MSNBC cable schedule at 7 and 10 p.m. where instead MSNBC's "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" should have been listed.
  • Kasem’s Last Countdown

    07/06/2009 4:45:26 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 56 replies · 1,598+ views
    New York Times ^ | 070609 | BRIAN STELTER; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
    Casey Kasem, the radio host who told listeners for decades to “keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars,” has finished his American Top 20 song countdown. “This will be our final countdown,” Mr. Kasem, 77, said over the weekend on “American Top 20,” ABC News reported
  • ‘Oh, God!’ It’s Bobby Jindal!

    02/27/2009 8:39:01 AM PST · by Victory111 · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 2-27-09 | Frank Salvato
    It is no secret that today’s mainstream media has morphed into an ideological and agenda-driven propaganda machine, complete with preconceived notions and pre-existing biases. We witnessed the repercussions of this ethical degradation first-hand in the mainstream media’s failure to critically examine the Obama presidential candidacy prior to the 2008 Presidential Election. This bastardization of the media’s informational charge can only be understood as being detrimental to the United States. Recent episodes involving Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews illustrate precisely how the mainstream media is leading the intolerance movement and why their actions serve to divide our country.
  • Keith Olbermann: Worst Hypocrite In The World! (My Title Due To His Attack On Sean Hannity

    02/27/2009 7:34:19 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 15 replies · 1,500+ views
    MSNBC Countdown Message Board ^ | 2/27/2009 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    <p>Keith Olbermann featured one of the secession threads at the Hannity boards on his show 'Countdown' on 2/26/2009.</p> <p>He gave Hannity the 'Worst Person in the World' award because of this thread.</p>
  • The Obama Countdown Clock

    02/10/2009 2:32:17 PM PST · by BillJones7 · 26 replies · 1,955+ views
    This made me feel a little bit better... just a little bit though. It's hard to believe that the Obama phase will ever end...
  • 2008 Olby Awards

    01/01/2009 5:38:31 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 734+ views
    Olbermann Watch ^ | January 1, 2009 | Johnny Dollar
    A new year means a time to look back and honor those who have achieved greatness in the year preceding. For that reason, we take this opportunity to reveal the winners of the 2008 Olby Awards, as determined by the Olbermann Watch Awards and Recognition Committee. With no further ado, the 2008 Olbies... The Edward R Murrow Courage Under Fire Award Presented for conspicuous reportorial bravery under hazardous circumstances. And the Olby goes to... Keith Olbermann! For his remarkable valour standing up to the corporate suits at MSNBC and refusing to go to Minnesota for the GOP convention, where his...
  • MSNBC Extends Keith Olbermann's Contract

    11/10/2008 12:27:04 PM PST · by steve-b · 39 replies · 189+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/10/08 | Brian Stelter
    Keith Olbermann, the anchor of "Countdown," will remain at MSNBC through the next presidential election season, the cable news channel announced Monday afternoon. The announcement came less than two years into Mr. Olbermann's current four-year deal. MSNBC essentially tore up his February 2007 contract (reported to be worth up to $4 million a year) and wrote a new one, according to two employees with knowledge of the agreement. The new contract is valued at about $7.5 million a year, one of the people said....
  • Olbermann's Violent Palin Fantasy

    11/05/2008 7:20:27 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 16 replies · 1,267+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 5, 2008 | Mark Finkelstein
    If Keith Olbermann is going to engage in violent fantasies about Sarah Palin, can't he at least come up with some original material? On tonight's Countdown, Olbermann drooled at the prospect of Palin remaining in national politics, saying: She might stick around to be the slowest-moving target imaginable for comedians and commentators. It would be like shooting moose from a chopper. Despicable, yes. But also a "borrowing" of Bidenesque proportions. As we noted here, Bill Maher plumbed those noisesome depths weeks ago, imagining Palin being "shot from a plane" like a wolf. Olbermann got off his loathsome line in a...
  • Was he wrong about everything?-Has there ever been a lamer duck than George W. Bush?

    10/30/2008 5:15:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 150 replies · 2,652+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-30-08 | JONATHAN TOBIN
    Has there ever been a lamer duck than George W. Bush? How he went from winning a clear majority of the 2004 popular vote to his current dismal showing is a topic that will fascinate historians in the future. The answers will assuredly revolve around Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and the financial meltdown that has panicked Wall Street and made a Democratic victory this November all but certain. Yet, even as Bush gets swept into the proverbial dustbin of history, it would be a mistake to succumb to the temptation of viewing everything he did as wrong. But...
  • Daily Kos Tells Olbermann What Debate's Key Moment Is (And Olbermann Obeys!)

    10/03/2008 8:35:37 AM PDT · by AnnGora · 30 replies · 1,820+ views
    Olbermann Watch ^ | October 3, 2008 | Johnny Dollar
    It's not like we haven't seen this before. But this time it was so incredibly blatant that it raises the question: why have Olbermann on the air at all? Why not just let Markos Moulitsas be the guy who hosts Countdown and runs MSNBC?
  • Endeavour astronauts strap in for practice countdown (STS-123 Launches March 11, 16-day mission)

    02/25/2008 4:48:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 145+ views
    SpaceFlightNow.com ^ | 2/25/08 | William Harwood - Cbs news
    The crew of the shuttle Endeavour strapped in today at pad 39A for a dress-rehearsal countdown that sets the stage for launch March 11 on a 16-day space station assembly mission featuring five spacewalks, installation of a Japanese logistics module and assembly of a complex hand-like attachment for the lab's robot arm. Shuttle commander Dominic Gorie, pilot Gregory Johnson, flight engineer Michael Foreman, Richard Linnehan, Robert Behnken, Japanese astronaut Takao Doi and space station flight engineer Garrett Reisman boarded Endeavour early today and worked through the final hours of a terminal countdown demonstration test, or TCDT, that ended with the...
  • Countdown begins for Endeavour launch (STS-118 , 6:36 p.m. EDT , Wednesday , August 8)

    08/05/2007 7:03:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 202+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/07 | Marcia Dunn - ap
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA began the countdown Sunday night for the launch of Endeavour after completing one final test to make sure the space shuttle's crew cabin was airtight. "The team is ready. Endeavour is ready," said NASA test director Stephen Payne. Last week, NASA replaced a leaky valve in Endeavour's cabin with one taken from the shuttle Atlantis. Engineers discovered that air had been escaping from the removed valve because of a small piece of debris on its seal, Payne said. The valve itself turned out to be fine. Because of the extra work to replace and test...
  • Keith Olbermann And The Murder Of Pat Tillman (Youtube. Olbermann Trash.

    07/30/2007 7:17:57 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 61 replies · 1,632+ views
    YouTube ^ | 7/27/07 | brtndr98
    Keith Olbermann and the Murder of Pat Tillman
  • March #'s: Olbermann, Zahn Trend Down (Countdown to NO RATINGS)

    04/03/2007 7:45:55 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 39 replies · 1,560+ views
    Take a look at this chart of Keith Olbermann and Paula Zahn's demo performance from March 2006 to March 2007. After a few tough summer months, Countdown took the lead in October, and hasn't looked back since. But both shows have trended down in the past several months. Zahn averaged 164,000 demo viewers in March, down from a high of 231,000 in November. And Olbermann averaged 200,000 demo viewers in March, down from 253,000 just two months ago in January...
  • Space shuttle astronaut arrested at OIA on attempted kidnapping, battery charges

    02/05/2007 5:27:04 PM PST · by burzum · 1,446 replies · 46,639+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 5, 2007 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    A NASA astronaut is charged with attacking her rival for another astronaut's attention early Monday at Orlando International Airport, the Orlando Sentinel has learned. Lisa Marie Nowak drove from Texas to meet the 1 a.m. flight of a younger woman who had also been seeing the male astronaut Nowak pined for, according to Orlando police. Nowak -- who was a mission specialist on a Discovery launch last summer -- was wearing a trench coat and wig and had a knife, BB pistol, rubber tubing and plastic bags, reports show. Once U.S. Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman arrived, Nowak followed her...
  • New Media War Begins: [The Great One] Mark Levin Tears Keith Olbermann Apart (Audio Links

    02/05/2007 12:36:11 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies · 3,306+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 2/5/07 | Noel Sheppard
    "Countdown" host Keith Olbermann made a huge mistake last Thursday night: he chose to make radio host Mark Levin "The Worst Person in the World" for nominating Rush Limbaugh as a potential Nobel Peace Prize recipient. In response, Levin spent a large part of his show on Friday ripping this abomination apart. Audio links are available here and here courtesy of our friend at Olbermann Watch (h/t Dan at Riehl World View). Before clicking on theses links, please be advised that Levin went after Olbermann with guns blazing, and discussed at length allegations of an unsatisfactory tryst in ahotel room...
  • Olbermann Links Domestic Terrorism to 'Right Wing Blogs,' Malkin, Ingraham, Coulter

    11/14/2006 11:27:25 PM PST · by xtinct · 88 replies · 3,118+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11-15-06 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Tuesday's Countdown, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann devoted an entire segment (video available on Countdown Web site) to discussing links between a man arrested for domestic terrorism and "far right-wing blogs," describing the man as a "gushing online admirer" of conservative commentators Michelle Malkin, Laura Igraham, and Ann Coulter, as the Countdown host suggested conservatives had inspired the man to commit terrorism. Olbermann also compared past actions by Malkin (see Malkin's blog for details) to "the King Henry thing about Thomas Becket." Olbermann: "There were the students at the University of California in Santa Cruz who protested military recruiters on...
  • Olbermann Slams Bush's 'Radio Yackers' Meeting (calls meeting at Whitehouse 'Legion of Doom')

    10/18/2006 9:24:21 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 52 replies · 1,762+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Wednesday October 18th, 2006 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Tuesday's Countdown show, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann fretted about an Oval Office meeting of President Bush and several conservative talk radio hosts -- verbally tagged by Olbermann as "right-wing radio yackers" and labelled on-screen as the "Legion of Doom" -- as the Countdown host contended that Bush was devoting "90 minutes worth of your taxpayer dollars" to the meeting. And in an amusing faux pas, Olbermann's staff, for the second time in less than a year, accidentally displayed a photograph of former liberal Democratic Senator Max Cleland instead of conservative talk radio host Neal Boortz. During the show's opening...
  • There Goes The Gravitas: Olbermann Aims Childish 'Fat' Jibes at Ailes

    09/29/2006 8:06:56 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies · 1,473+ views
    I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that a TV host who clownishly closes shows by throwing wadded-up balls of paper at the camera would indulge in middle school-worthy taunts about a person's weight . And yet . . . I actually was surprised when on tonight's show, Keith Olbermann unleashed a string of jibes aimed at Roger Ailes' physique. So surprised that when Olbermann first began his barrage, with a comment about Ailes doing something "between pies," I actually wondered whether I had misheard him or misunderstood his intent. But Olbermann's mean-spirited motive soon became unmistakeable. Displaying what was...
  • You Say You Want a Revolution: Olbermann Invokes Right to Overthrow Government

    09/19/2006 5:15:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 86 replies · 2,161+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein September 19, 2006 - 07:46 In the course of the last few weeks Keith Olbermann's 'Special Comments' have become a Countdown staple in which the host plays to his Daily Kos demographic with vitriolic condemnations of all things Bush. I thought Olbermann had reached the nec plus ultra of nastiness with his suggestion a couple weeks ago that the Bush administration represented "a new type of fascism." I might have been wrong. MRC's Brad Wilmouth has comprehensively documented Keith Olbermann's 'Special Comment' of last night. In the course of those comments, Olbermann chose to invoke, of all...
  • Olbermann On Better Behavior in Big 'Today' Appearance

    09/15/2006 5:23:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 1,215+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein September 15, 2006 - 08:01 Like a baseball player - rescued from the nether reaches of the minor leagues and brought up to the Yankees - who cuts his hair, shaves the shaggy mustache and minds his grammar in his first TV interview, Keith Olbermann was on his better behavior in a 'Today' appearance this morning. In a temporary reprieve from the ratings purgatory that is his own Countdown on MSNBC, Olbermann was awarded an interview on Today for purposes of plumping his new book, 'The Worst Person in the World.' Lauer gave Olbermann respectful treatment, inviting...
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and Olbermann

    09/11/2006 5:35:19 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies · 2,057+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein September 11, 2006 - 20:23 Have a look at this poll that Keith Olbermann flashed during this evening's Countdown. Try to put aside your politics for a moment and try in all objectivity to describe the most striking aspect of the poll results. I'd say it's the fact that by a margin of almost 2:1, Americans feel more safe rather than less safe since 9/11. Pretty good accomplishment by the Bush administration, you might say. So how did Keith Olbermann characterize the results? "55% combined think we are either as safe or less safe" since 9/11. Olbermann...
  • To Heck With PC: Olbermann Guest Calls Coulter 'Bastard'

    08/10/2006 8:08:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 88 replies · 3,395+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein August 10, 2006 - 10:47 Keith Olbermann's regular media critic guest, Michael Musto of the Village Voice, called Ann Coulter a 'bastard' on last night's Countdown. The topic was the news that Vanity Fair has picked celeb photographer Annie Liebovitz to snap the first pics of Suri, newborn daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. There is controversy as to whether Suri actually exists, given that, months after her announced birth, there have been no photos or viewings of the child. Musto is clearly a skeptic on the subject. When Olbermann asked him what we should expect...
  • Wilson: Val and I Threatened, And Not Just by Rush and Sean Fans!

    07/17/2006 7:38:31 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 87 replies · 3,075+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein July 17, 2006 - 21:58 Will the left wing please make up its mind as to the danger posed by conservative talk-show fans? As documented by MRC, in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, liberals like Bryant Gumbel pointed the finger at conservative talk radio: "Right-wing talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh . . . and others take to the air every day with basically the same format: detail a problem, blame the government or a group, and invite invective from like-minded people. Never do most of the radio hosts encourage outright violence, but the extent...
  • Val, Joe: Time to Fold Em' When Even Larry O'Donnell Says Your Case 'Very Weak'

    07/13/2006 7:55:32 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies · 2,175+ views
    Countdown/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 13, 2006 - 22:45 Valerie? Joe? Are you listening? Let me offer some well-intentioned advice. When liberal Larry O'Donnell - he of the infamous anti-Swifty meltdown, goes on Keith Olbermann's Countdown and calls your lawsuit 'very weak' and even the Olber-meister won't ride to your defense, its time to fold your tent, toss in your hand, throw in the towel and quietly slink away. This has to go down as the bigggest busted flush of a lawsuit-cum-publicity stunt in recent memory. Let's put it this way. Zinedine Zidane would have a better shot suing Materrazi for...
  • Aren't Republicans the Mean-Spirited Ones? LA Times Bashes Bush on Birthday

    07/08/2006 11:54:06 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,257+ views
    by Mark Finkelstein July 8, 2006 Next time you hear liberals talk about mean-spirited Republicans, you might want to remind them of the cold-water dousing the MSM gave the 60 candles on the president's birthday cake. First there was WaPo's Dana Milbank - that paragon of objective journalism - who on Countdown twisted W's good-natured gesture of inviting onto the podium press people who shared the same birthday into a metaphor of presidential lonelieness and isolation. Milbank also used the occasion to allude to Bush's allegedly dissolute youth. And for good measure, the 'reporter' even managed to revive allegations regarding...
  • Milbank Mocks W on His Birthday

    07/07/2006 4:23:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 61 replies · 2,121+ views
    Countdown/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 7, 2006 It's one thing for Keith Olbermann to take snide shots at President Bush. He doesn't hold himself out as an objective journalist, after all. But Dana Milbank is, in theory, not a partisan commentator but a national political reporter, repeat, reporter, for the Washington Post. Yet in his interview on last night's Countdown, it was Milbank [shown in an NB file photo] taking some of the nastier jibes at W on the occasion of the latter's 60th birthday. Olbermann rather benevolently remarked that Pres. Bush "does not look 60. He does not seem to...
  • Olbermann Trots Out 'Terrorists Win' If Times Can't Leak

    06/26/2006 6:20:25 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies · 1,015+ views
    Countdown/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein June 26, 2006 It became a laugh line long ago: "If we can't [insert your favorite dubious activity here], the terrorists will have won." But that didn't prevent Keith Olbermann from trotting out the cliche tonight. A line so tired it would have to be months fresher not to be merely hackneyed. And all this in defense of the New York Times' latest leak of an anti-terrorist program: this time that of the the program designed to track terrorists' financial transactions. Even Olbermann seemed abashed at stooping so low, but that didn't stop him. Claiming that the...