The Torch Is Passed, MSNBC Must Be So Proud
Via Talk Left, Bob Somerby on Keith Olbermann and Countdown:
But then, Countdown has almost surely become the most propagandized show in cable “news” history. Yes, you can still find pure crap in the mainstream press. But pure crap abounds now on Countdown.
When we started this site, the mainstream press corps took the cake (see item above). Now, our “liberal” cable show does—and that has our analysts bollixed.
How silly does it get on Countdown? Just watch any part of the show, any night! The propaganda flow starts right away, and it rarely stops.
But wait, there's more! The emphasis is mine.
We’re stunned each night by Olbermann’s show (when we can force ourselves to watch him). It points the way to a troubling future. We’ve never seen such pure propaganda, even on any particular Fox News Channel show. Is this how news orgs of the future will work? If so, Keith will be a hog in slop. It seems he was born to play liberals.
CHASING THE BIRDS: Keith has been a good boy in recent weeks; he has basically dropped his nightly feature of ridiculing young blonde women. We’ll guess: With all the complaints about MSNBC’s endless gender-trashing of Clinton, someone decided to cut this out too. If Obama becomes the Dem nominee, thereby ending the network’s problem with Clinton, will Keith return to beating on girls? His show is aimed at young liberal men. Presumably, Keith knows that tickling their latent distaste for girls is one more way he can please them.
At any rate, Wednesday evening saw Keith enjoying a rare bit of personal pleasure. Comedian Paul Mecurio had been asked to help kill the program’s final segment. Keith asked about the guys in those Abercrombie/Fitch tee-shirts—the ones who were visible as Obama spoke Tuesday night. Soon, Keith was running with Paul in the fields, very much as he used to:
MECURIO (2/23/08): Hi, Keith, how are you?
OLBERMANN: Let`s get at this from one particular angle. If that was not a plant by the company and the campaign did not plan that, doesn’t it make the campaign look kind of dopey? Didn’t they need somebody to look at the video before the senator spoke and say, “Move those three guys out of there?”
MECURIO: Absolutely, but I don’t believe the campaign. I think it was a plant. Remember when Barbara Bush said Hillary rhymes with “witch?” Well, Obama is sending a message to the world that she rhymes with “Fitch.”
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Actually, Barbara Bush said that Geraldine Ferraro “rhymed with rich,” way back in 1984. But so what? A minor change in a famous fact let the gentlemen gambol and play. Back to the fun: “You’re saying it was to get everybody to think that Hillary Clinton was rich,” Keith playfully countered. “Don`t want to get the network in any more trouble.” And then, Paul helped his host feel young again! He picked up another old chestnut:
OLBERMANN: Anyway, it is 24 hours since the speech, nearly. There is not as much as an ID of any of these three guys. There are direct appeals on the Internet from a bunch of political bloggers and writers. Are these the only three college-aged guys in America who don`t want publicity and TV exposure?
MECURIO: No, don’t worry about them. In our culture, in 24 hours, they’ll have their own reality show on VH-1. Trust me. The reality is, if they really wanted to get known, they would do something to get seen, like sleep with Lindsay Lohan. Then again, who hasn’t?
OLBERMANN (watching the video): Is that Lindsay Lohan, by the way, on his left? Is that her? No.
MECURIO: It might be. Exactly!
Omigod! It was heaven! According to Nexis, it had been several months since Keith had called Lohan a slut.
No, you can’t build progressive politics by having a smarmy old coot teach young liberal men to hate women. But we’ll admit it—we felt glad for Keith Wednesday night as Paul freed his soul once again.
Read the whole thing, including the further corruption of Rachel Maddow.