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Howard Dean and Keith Olbermann Debate 'Ground Zero' Mosque (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 20th 2010 1:24PM
Recently, Howard Dean broke ranks with most liberal Democrats, and said it would be best if the so-called 'Ground Zero Mosque' was moved to a different location.

Dean went on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) to explain.

"I find myself in the unusual place of actually being in the middle," the former head of the DNC told Olbermann, who made it clear from the outset he vehemently disagreed with Dean's point of view. "Obviously I don't side with race-baiters on the Republican side, but 65 to 70 percent of the people have a real problem (with the mosque)."

"I think some of my own folks on my end of the spectrum of the party are demonizing some fairly decent people that are opposed to this" Dean continued. "Sixty-five percent of the people in this country are not right-wing bigots."

By the end of the long debate, neither man had made any inroads into the other's position. This seems to mirror the national dialogue on the mosque issue: a lot of screaming, but nobody is changing their mind. What do you think?

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The Last American Combat Soldiers Leave Iraq (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 18th 2010 11:12PM
MSNBC and 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights 8PM ET on MSNBC) snared the exclusive images of the last American combat soldiers leaving Iraq Wednesday night.

Olbermann was in the studio, and embedded reporter Richard Engel was on the scene.

As the final Stryker armored vehicle rolled into Kuwait, Engel made the historic call:

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Keith Olbermann Admits His Attacks on Bill O'Reilly Were 'Over the Top' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 18th 2010 11:23AM
On Tuesday's Countdown With Olbermann (Weeknights, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Keith admitted that last week he made "over the top" comments about Bill O'Reilly.

While Olbermann didn't specify what the remarks were, we are pretty certain he is referring to bringing up a theory that O'Reilly was abused as a child to explain why O'Reilly took offense to comments Jennifer Aniston made about single motherhood.

And why would Olbermann make such a concession? Well, he believes that because of his "over the top" attack, O'Reilly responded by running a segment connecting GE -- MSNBC's parent company -- to the Oil for Food scandal.

He also wanted to make clear to his audience that the segment he was about to run on how News Corp -- Fox News's parent company -- gave a $1 million donation to the Republican Governor's Association was not a tit for tat response to O'Reilly's expose on GE, which Olbermann believes was in response to his comments.

Got that? Anyway, the offshoot is that Olbermann and O'Reilly are still not friends.

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Keith Olbermann Comments on the 'Inaccurately Described Ground Zero Mosque' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:35PM
On 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Keith made his inevitable special comment on the so-called "Ground Zero" Mosque. He kicked off by repeating Pastor Martin Niemöller's oft-quoted statement on the the rise of Nazism in Germany: "... Then they came for the Jews, Olbermann read, "And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew..."

Next Olbermann drops the dubious disclaimer that by quoting Niemoller, he isn't making "a direct comparison" between those who want to suppress the Islamic center and those who enabled the Holocaust.

With that out the way, he gets to the heart of his special comment: correcting what he sees as inaccuracies in the arguments used by opponents of the project.

He rips Newt Gingrich for "pushing the nonsense that 'Cordoba' (the initial name of the project) is a Muslim dog-whistle for triumphalism."

"When the historic implications of Cordoba were made clear to the backers of this product, the property developer changed the name," Olbermann explained. "They already compromised."

Olbermann also addresses the issue of whether the Ground Zero Mosque is really even a mosque at all. He points out that it was actually planned as a Muslim community center, complete with basketball courts. Olbermann closes by imploring his viewers to stand up for the rights of minority groups when they are threatened. You can watch his entire special comment below:

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Keith Olbermann Snares Exclusive Interview With Aqua Buddha (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 13th 2010 1:30PM
Rand Paul found himself in the middle of controversy this week when GQ magazine printed a story alleging that, as a Baylor University student 27 years ago, the Senate candidate from Kentucky had kidnapped a woman, taken her to a river and forced her to worship a deity called Aqua Buddha.

The story lost a bit of its punch when the woman involved admitted that when she said "kidnapped" she didn't mean the against-her-will kind of kidnapped.

Nevertheless, Keith Olbermann pulled quite a journalistic coup when he was able to get the first-ever interview with Aqua Buddha on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8PM ET on MSNBC.)

Aqua Buddha came to Keith live from an indoor pool at a Courtyard Marriott, and, looking suspiciously like a regular man with a snorkel, he answered questions such as, "What's the difference between Aqua Buddhism and regular Buddhism?"

The answer: "Buddhism is religion of great contemplation," explained the false idol. "Aqua Buddhism is the exact opposite. We face the horrors of life head on."

The more you know.

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Keith Olbermann: Bill O'Reilly Was Abused by His Dad (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 12th 2010 1:00AM
On 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8PM ET on MSNBC) Keith Olbermann rushed to the aid of Jennifer Aniston, who had been slammed by his nemesis, Bill O'Reilly, for her promotion of single motherhood, which O'Reilly feels demeans dads and fatherhood.

Then things got strange. Olbermann, after naming O'Reilly the "world's worst" for the umpteenth time, mentioned that there had been a lot of amateur psychoanalysis of O'Reilly. Next, without further context, he offered this:

"If you've read Marvin Kitman's biography of O'Reilly, it's pretty simple," Olbermann said. "Virtually every reference O'Reilly makes to his own father describes how the man hit, slapped, punched him. As Kitman put it, simply, O'Reilly has a history of physical abuse with his father. It is actually very sad."

Alrighty then. So O'Reilly may have been abused by his dad. Not quite sure what that has to do with Aniston's comment on single mothers, but you stay classy, Keith.

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Keith Olbermann Defends 'Professional Left' from Robert Gibbs, Calls White House 'Amateur Left' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 10th 2010 9:54PM
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has caused a stir by lashing out at the "professional left," a collection of bloggers and cable news personalities who he believes is too hard on the Obama administration.

Keith Olbermann, an implied member of this cabal, responded to Gibbs on Tuesday's 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8PM ET on MSNBC.)

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A Southern Man Meets Sasquatch -- and Beats Him With a Stick (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 17th 2010 2:05AM
A Southern Man Meets Sasquatch -- and Beats Him With a StickHard-hitting journalist Keith Olbermann provides us with incisive stories about the news and politics of the day. And then, sometimes, he just gives us dumb stories about Bigfoot. Yes, Bigfoot. Or "Sasquatch," if you want to use the fancy term for him.

On the latest installment of 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weeknights, 8PM ET on MSNBC), we learn about Southern gent Tim Peeler. Apparently, Timothy met the mythical beast Sasquatch in his backyard -- and lived to tell the tale.

Tim was behind his house in North Carolina, trying to scare off some coyotes, when he encountered a Sasquatch. Here is his description of the possibly imaginary creature: "[He] was ten-foot tall. He had beautiful hair. He looked like he had six fingers on each hand." So. There you go. If you live down South, be on the lookout for a very tall thing with nice hair and a few too many fingers. Ahem.

Fortunately, Tim was not injured by his encounter with Bigfoot. He scared the beast away by yelling at him and poking with a stick. "And I said, 'Git away from here; git, git!'" is the full quote from Mr. Wheeler. You might have to hear it in his accent to appreciate the beauty of the statement. But seriously, Tim, we do think that you are kind of awesome.

And for your additional viewing pleasure, here's a news report about the incident from WBTV and WJZY in North Carolina:

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Keith Olbermann Sends His First Tweet (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 9th 2010 3:30PM
Political commentator Keith Olbermann initially signed up for Twitter back in 2008, but avoided using it due to concerns over his privacy.

However, Olbermann finally relented and joined the Twitterverse, tapping out his very first tweet on 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC) while actor/author John Hodgman provided encouragement.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Keith Olbermann Denies that 'Countdown' is Going Down

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 5th 2010 8:35PM
Fox and MSNBC have been attacking each other with more frequency (but probably less violently) than the Black Spy and the White Spy, and one of their main forms of ammunition have been their respective ratings.

So naturally 'Countdown', hosted by the rather large (both in stature and physical size) talking head Keith Olbermann, had to respond to a report that appeared in the New York Post's "Page Six" column claiming that his show is one baboon hair away from cancellation hell.

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Olbermann reacts to Jon Stewart's impersonation on Countdown

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 26th 2010 6:25PM
Remember last week when Jon Stewart turned his eye on pundit mimicry against MSNBC's rather large talking head Keith Olbermann?

It seems that Mr. Olbermann saw Stewart's glasses-removing "special comment" on The Daily Show, so Olbermann dedicated the end of Monday's show to a little "special comment" of his own. Get ready to hear something you may never hear again on a cable news pundit show for a rambling, incoherent and baseless attack on a public figure on either side of the political aisle: an apology!

Someone want to turn to The Weather Channel and check on Hell's wind chill? Because it may have just dropped to -2 Celsius.

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Guess which network had thirteen of the top fifteen cable news shows in 2009?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2009 5:02PM
Bill O'Reilly bookYou can probably guess that Fox News dominated the ratings in 2009. In fact, thirteen of their shows made it to the top fifteen of the year. The other seven spots of the top 20 are made up of various MSNBC and CNN shows, with only Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Larry King Live cracking the top fifteen.

After the jump, the top fifteen (and here's the whole list).

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Olbermann lights the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2009 6:29PM
If you're wondering who actually flicked the switch for the always impressive Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, you might be surprised or violently angry depending on your personal opinions.

MSNBC's professional right-wing pundit impressionist Keith Olbermann lit the tree during last night's episode of Countdown while dishing on Tiger Woods' series of trysts with gossip monger Michael Musto like a couple of housewives in a beauty parlor with baritone voice. Olbermann officially ushered in Christmas with a switch that looks like he raided the trash bin after NBC dismantled the Family Feud set. Then without missing a beat, the two jump right back into the Tiger trashing.

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The Heene Family walks into a talent agent's office and says, 'Have I got an act for you...'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 21st 2009 8:02PM
The "Balloon Boy" incident, the cleanest name I can give this monumental media f#*$#-up, sounded vaguely familiar to me. In fact, it sounded more like the setup to a classic joke with an incredibly unfunny punchline.

It seems the folks at Countdown with Keith Olbermann noticed that as well and turned the whole thing into another umpteenth retelling of the classic "Aristocrats" joke. If you're not familiar with the infamous joke about a family walking into a talent agent's office, search for it on YouTube. But don't come whining to me that your ears won't stop bleeding.

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Hi I'm Keith Olbermann, welcome to Jackass

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:34PM
The Los Angeles Times made a rather humorous error in their TV listings and some, depending on what they personally think of MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann, may not have noticed the difference.

Their TV listings for Thursday listed Jackass in the time slot where Countdown with Keith Olbermann should have been. The paper issued a correction the following day, disappointing thousands of easily hammered frat boys (including me) who thought MTV's nightly cavalcade of nut shots and poo fights had returned to television on another network.

Olbermann was OK with the mistake until one of the paper's bloggers used it as a political parry against him and his network. That launched the MSNBC host into a personal tirade against the blogger and anything else that happened to saunter into the path of Olbermann's angry spittle cannon.

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