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Olbermann Comments the Special Out of Obama

Maybe he heard that the president called liberals like him “sanctimonious,” but Keith Olbermann is pretty worked up. Watch to the end if you want to see the claws come out.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Olbermann: Obama Could Face Primary Challenge

Keith Olbermann has had it with Liebermancare, and he says the president will lose the left and possibly face a primary challenger if he doesn’t kill the “heinous mandate” in the health reform bill.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann: Saving American Lives

The “Countdown” host, having just emerged from a personal encounter with the system, pulls out all the stops for a special hour-long comment on the need for health care reform.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Corporate Parents Agreed to Censor Olbermann and O’Reilly

It’s no secret that Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly don’t get along, but the two TV personalities have drastically scaled back their attacks on one another ever since a private meeting between GE and News Corp. CEOs determined the feud was bad for the bottom line.

Posted on Aug 2, 2009 READ MORE


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McCain’s Mama Smacks Back

Last night, John McCain’s 95-year-old mother Roberta appeared on “The Tonight Show” to talk political punditry. Watch as she bashes Keith Olbermann and responds to Rush Limbaugh’s call to kick her son out of the Grand Old Party. “ ... He does not represent the Republican Party that I belong to,” she said.

Posted on May 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Olbermann’s Tea-Hee Party

Yes, Keith Olbermann and other pundits (paging Anderson Cooper) had a field day with the right wing’s adoption of “tea bagging” as the driving metaphor behind their Tax Day protests. But no, the double entendres didn’t start “on the blogs,” as Bill O’Reilly’s “nice lady” guest Amanda Carpenter suggested on his show.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Bush’s Legacy Untangled

Keith Olbermann, in this comma-laden “Countdown” diatribe, really lets loose on the idea of George Bush’s legacy being anything but a dishonorable, terror-filled and disastrous eight years.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann Shames Prop. 8 Voters

“This isn’t about yelling, and this isn’t about politics,” says the “Countdown” anchor, who points out that the president-elect would not exist if Americans had never “redefined” marriage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Turns the Tables on Palin

If guilt-by-association is a game Sarah Palin wants to play, Keith Olbermann is more than happy to go head-to-head. Rev. Muthee, the witch vanquisher, anyone? How about secessionist Joe Vogler?

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


Letterman Catches McCain Two-Timing With Couric

David Letterman was already giving John McCain a hard time for his suspended campaign when he spotted the GOP nominee with fellow CBS personality Katie Couric on the network feed. McCain had canceled his “Late Show” appearance, telling Letterman he had to fly back to Washington, but instead flew into Couric’s studio.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama on Death and Taxes

Keith Olbermann began the second part of his interview with Barack Obama with a tale of two conservatives: “One guy who makes about $40,000 a year said, ‘Ask him why he’s going to raise my taxes.’  Another guy makes about a million dollars a year, said, ‘Ask him why he’s going to raise my taxes.’ ”

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Cries Bias, Forgets About Fox

While MSNBC reshuffles its anchor chairs, thanks in part to criticism from rival media outlets and a certain presidential candidate, Fox News continues to be a loudmouth right-wing spin factory. Is it a case of the boy who cried “terrorist,” or is there a double standard for Murdoch’s media empire? Truthdig contributor Elliot Cohen has more.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann and Obama on the Lies of the McCain Campaign

Part one of Keith Olbermann’s interview with Barack Obama focused on the falsehoods of the McCain campaign. As Obama put it: “They’re not telling the truth.” The “Countdown” host followed with a question that’s been uttered once or twice around our own offices: “Why do people hesitate to use the word lie about these things?”

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE



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MSNBC Revises Roles of Olbermann, Matthews

Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will no longer anchor MSNBC’s coverage of major political events, but will instead provide analysis for the network’s David Gregory, who will sit in the anchor’s chair. The network was under pressure, both internal and external, to rein in its two leading men, whose politics are well known. Olbermann himself initiated the move.

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann to AP Journo: ‘Find New Work’

Although the story was corrected later, the first version of AP writer Charles Babington’s critique of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night contained at least one technical error and other potential discrepancies that some analysts, such as MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, considered to be off-base, to put it mildly.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Doth Protest Too Much?

In response to Scott McClellan’s suggestion that White House talking points somehow found their way onto Fox News pundits’ teleprompter feeds, Bill O’Reilly took to the airwaves to defend his honor, denying he ever served as a mouthpiece to the Bush White House and declaring, “McClellan would never dare say that to my face.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Scott McClellan: White House Fed ‘Talking Points’ to Fox News

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan has dropped yet another bombshell, telling “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on Friday that the Bush administration helped “shape the narrative” of Fox News by passing “taking points” to certain members of Fox’s nighttime lineup.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann to Obama: ‘Give Them Something to Cry About’

The “Countdown” host is as frustrated as can be with Barack Obama’s newfound enthusiasm for the dreaded FISA bill, but luck has provided the senator with a second chance to walk the “tight rope,” and Keith Olbermann hopes he takes it.

Posted on Jul 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Criticizes Clinton for Assassination Comment

Not known for being a shrinking violet, Keith Olbermann left no uncertainty about what he thinks of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s explanation for why she invoked the specter of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 assassination when discussing her decision to keep campaigning to the end. He’s not buyin’ it, folks.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


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MSNBC ‘Calls’ the Race for Obama

NBC political director Chuck Todd, basking in hypotheticals, repeatedly explains that, while it simply isn’t done, “if we called things like this ... you would say, ‘OK, the pledged delegate count is over.’ ” Guess which of the candidates featured this video on his YouTube channel?

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Clinton Talks Bin Laden, Scaife on Olbermann

Sen. Hillary Clinton paid a (virtual) visit Monday to Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown,” where she offered explanations for why she used an image of Osama bin Laden in her new campaign ad and why she accepted the support of Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh-based media mogul who was once considered a key figure in the “vast right-wing conspiracy” against the Clintons during Bill’s tenure in office.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann: Ferraro Sounds Like David Duke

Keith Olbermann usually reserves his scorn for the likes of George W. Bush, but, he says, “events insist” that he offer one of his “special comments” to Hillary Clinton over what he says appears to be a pattern of prejudice among her surrogates.

Posted on Mar 13, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Slams New York Times

The New York Times made it onto Keith Olbermann’s “worst person” list with the news that the paper had hired William Kristol: “You guys at the Times can hire any conservative columnist you want, but why did you pick the really dumb one?”

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann: Bush Either ‘Pathological Presidential Liar’ or ‘Idiot-in-Chief’

Not one to mince words, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann ripped into President Bush for beating the WWIII war drums about Iran months after the gist of the NIE report on Iran was known to the White House:  “It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: a critical juncture in our history and ... a president manifestly unfit to serve and, behind him in the vice presidency, an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Keith Olbermann Visits the Simpsons

The “Countdown” host stopped by the Simpson household this week to convince Marge to stop skipping commercials with her TiVo.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann on the Best Way to Support Our Troops

Try not to mist up during this clip of two young boys being surprised at their Virginia elementary school by their father, Lt. Thomas Bourne.  As Keith Olbermann opines, the best way to support our troops is to “make sure that that kind of homecoming is what each of them and their families have earned.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Keith Olbermann on Torture and Conspiracy

In another of his stirring commentaries, the “Countdown” host suggests that the story of Daniel Levin, who was fired from the Justice Department after he experienced waterboarding and called it torture, reveals that “the presidency of George W. Bush has now devolved into a criminal conspiracy to cover the ass of George W. Bush.”

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Let It Be Known That Keith Olbermann’s Not Havin’ It

President Bush’s criticism of MoveOn.org’s “General Betray Us” ad and the “Democrat Party” provoked this barrage of verbiage from MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who slams Bush for “behaving a little bit more than usual like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR. ... ”

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann Takes On ‘A War We Just Might Win’ Author

Keith Olbermann doesn’t object to Michael O’Hanlon’s right to believe that the Iraq war is winnable, but the “Countdown” host isn’t about to let the war cheerleader off the hook as a “constant and consistent critic” of the Iraq debacle, as he’s been billed.

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann on the Democratic Dust-Up

Why should the media worry about issues when there’s a new Clinton-Obama showdown to cover? Keith Olbermann plumbs the shallows of the latest non-controversy to emerge from the Democratic campaign.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Limbaugh: Virginia Tech Shooter Was a Liberal

Keith Olbermann handed “comedian” Rush Limbaugh the “worst person in the world” award Friday for claiming that the Virginia Tech shooter must have been a liberal.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann Debunks White House E-Mail Claims

Keith Olbermann interviews a computer forensics expert, who explains various ways the White House might uncover those pesky missing e-mails. All in all, the chances that up to 5 million e-mails have completely disappeared are very slim.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann Catches Conservatives Shaming Themselves

Keith Olbermann takes aim at Newt Gingrich for blaming residents of New Orleans for the devastation of Katrina, “comedian” Rush Limbaugh for suggesting that Barack Obama could own Al Sharpton because of their ancestry, and, of course, Ann “Coultergeist” for calling John Edwards “that name.”

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


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‘24’ Creator Surnow is ‘World’s Worst’

Olbermann put Joel Surnow in his hall of shame for ducking a meeting with the head of West Point, who wanted “24” to tone down its constant “torture works” message. Watch the video, and read about the West Point meeting.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush’s Disturbing Iraq-Iran Parallels

Olbermann put together a video package that compares Bush’s 2002 rhetoric about Iraq with his 2007 rhetoric about Iran. It’s not pretty.

  • Also, see this Vanity Fair article, which has more frightening news on the topic.

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week, our collection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes GOP senators grilling Condi on Bush’s troop escalation plan; a brutally ironic film reminding us that Saddam Hussein was a 40-year CIA asset; and “The Simpsons” on global warming.

    Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week’s selection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes Jon Stewart probing Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran about Bush administration follies; Sen. Jon Edwards teeing off his presidential run; and an impassioned Keith Olbermann decimating the case for a “surge” of troops in Iraq.

    Posted on Jan 5, 2007 READ MORE


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    Olbermann to Bush: ‘You Do Not Own This Country’

    During another of his notable special comments, Keith Olbermann took Bush to the woodshed over reports that the president plans to sell a troop escalation in Iraq as a “sacrifice.”

    Posted on Jan 3, 2007 READ MORE


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    Conservative Radio Host Wants Dissenters Detained

    Conservative radio personality Mike Gallagher appeared on Fox News on Tuesday to vent his anger at “The View” host Joy Behar for comparing Donald Rumsfeld to Hitler. Without a shred of irony, Gallagher then called for the government to round up Behar, Matt Damon and Keith Olbermann and “take the whole bunch of them and put them in a detention camp until this war is over, because they’re a bunch of traitors.”

    Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Olbermann and Feingold

    Feingold Questions Study Group’s Judgment

    Flipping through the news channels on Wednesday, one would have seen an endless parade of pundits and politicians praising the Iraq Study Group’s report.  One exception was a man who was critical of the war before it was in style, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), who told “Countdown’s” Keith Olbermann: “The fact is, this commission was composed apparently entirely of people who did not have the judgment to oppose this Iraq war in the first place….” Watch it

    Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann Slams Challenge to ‘Civil War’ Label

    Keith Olbermann handed L. Brent Bozell III the “Worst Person in the World” award for challenging NBC’s decision to refer to the Iraq war as a civil war.  President of the Media Research Center, Bozell said of NBC’s decision, “Probably 100 generals in the field in Iraq would disagree.” Watch it

    Posted on Dec 3, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann Outperforms Trash Media

    Keith Olbermann’s synthesis of in-depth Murrow-esque reporting and hard-hitting opinionated analysis has attracted a growing audience and turned the O’Reilly model on its head.  The Nation magazine has a profile of broadcast journalism’s rising star.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann Weighs In on Elections

    With another of his stirring essays, Keith Olbermann speaks to the stakes of Tuesday’s elections: “Saddam Hussein will get out of Iraq the same way 2,832 Americans have, and thousands more.  He’ll get out faster than we will.  And if nothing changes tomorrow, you, Sir, will be out of the White House long before the rest of us can say ... we are out of Iraq.”

    Posted on Nov 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann: GOP Is Biggest Terror Org in USA

    The MSNBC host uses a recent GOP ad and a copy of Webster’s Dictionary to buttress his argument that the Republican Party is the largest terrorist organization in the country.

    Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann: ‘Why Does Habeas Corpus Hate America?’

    Keith Olbermann responded to the passage of the torture bill with this tongue-in-cheek investigative report on habeas corpus. (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


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    Weekly Video Roundup

    This week, our selection of the best Truthdig-flavored videos contains Keith Olbermann’s iconic Ground Zero diatribe against President Bush; Matt Lauer’s harsh questioning of the president on torture and secret CIA prisons; and George Clooney’s impassioned plea to the U.N. to act against the looming threat of genocide in Darfur.

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Truthdigger of the Week: Keith Olbermann

    Truthdig salutes the MSNBC anchor, whose strident monologue at Ground Zero last week ripped to rhetorical shreds the assertion of Vice President Cheney that critics of the government “validate the strategy of the terrorists.” (Jump for video and a full transcription, along with other fiery clips)

    Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann to Bush at Ground Zero: ‘May This Country Forgive You’

    In perhaps his most powerful monologue ever, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann savagely harangued Bush for using 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans. “Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you.”

  • Highlighting this speech and last week’s “Have you no sense of decency?” monologue, The Nation called Olbermann “the best news anchor on television today.”

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


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    9/11 Panelist Slams ABC?s Fib-U-Drama

    On Wednesday?s ?Countdown,? 9/11 commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste, above,  added his voice to those criticizing ABC?s credibility-challenged 9/11 ?docudrama,? saying: ?It was quite clear, as the 9/11 commission report states, that Clinton authorized the CIA and the American forces to get Bin Laden?capture or kill?and this miniseries does not depict it accurately.?

    Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


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    Olbermann to Bush: ?Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?’

    Keith Olbermann has been on a roll lately, contesting the administration?s ?recent Nazi kick? with a series of essays.  This time the ?Countdown? host went after the man himself, saying: ?Mr. Bush, you are accomplishing in part what Osama Bin Laden and others seek?a fearful American populace, easily manipulated, and willing to throw away any measure of restraint, any loyalty to our own ideals and freedoms, for the comforting illusion of safety.? (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


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