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Posted September 29, 2005
MSNBC's Olbermann Implies Limbaugh is "Rude, Vile Pig"

Keith Olbermann: "And Christmas is our tenuous segue from that story to our nightly romp through the self-indulgent world of entertainment and celebrity, that which we call 'Keeping Tabs.' Not just Christmas but the newest high-priced item available in the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalogue, Sir Elton John. That's right. Along with the $20,000 personal photo booth, the $200,000 rideable toy train set, and the Lexus Hybrid for $65,000, your own personal 90-minute Elton John concert is available. You and 499 friends can be entertained by the rocker for a mere million and a half, all of which goes to Elton's AIDS foundation. That would be $3,000 a person, by the way. But, for a limited time, we here at Countdown can offer you this free no-obligation preview."

Elton John clip #1, shouting at crowd: "Rude, vile pig! You know what that means? Rude, vile pig! All of you!"

John clip #2: "Pig! Pig!"

Olbermann, shouting and pumping his fists: "Woohoo! He's doing 'Rude Vile Pig'! Light some matches! Maybe he'll sing it again! Rude, vile pig! Rude, vile pig!"

Olbermann, after quickly reassembling his composure: "Which brings us to the latest on the Rush Limbaugh investigation. The assistant state's attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, is asking the courts there to let him talk to Limbaugh's doctors in an effort to expedite the investigation, he says, and out of an abundance of caution. That actually translates as, 'They want to ask the doctors if the radio host is guilty of doctor shopping,' getting a lot of prescriptions for a lot of pain killers from a lot of different physicians. If so, it would be a blockbuster story."

-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, Sept. 28, 2005

Posted September 27, 2005
Dan Rather Defends Bush Guard Story as "Accurate"

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Dan Rather: "One supporting pillar of the story, albeit an important one, one supporting pillar was brought into question. To this day no one has proven whether it was what it purported to be or not. In terms of [unintelligible "myself"?] it was 'he stuck by the story,' I stuck by the story because I believed in it. 'He stuck with his people.' Listen I've made nearly every mistake in the book. But my attitude when we go into stories, we go into them together, we ride through whatever happened and we come out the other end together. You know, I didn't give up on my people, our people, I didn't and I won't." [Applause]

Marvin Kalb: "Dan, thank you. You said, I believe you just said that you think the story is accurate."

"The story is accurate."
-- Exchange between Dan Rather and Marvin Kalb at the National Press Club, broadcast by C-SPAN, Sept. 26, 2005

Posted September 22, 2005
CNN's Jack Cafferty Smears Rep. Tom DeLay with "Indictment" Claim

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Wolf Blitzer: "All right. Tom Delay says thereís no pork, everything is essential. I donít know if you heard him say that?"

Jack Cafferty:
"Has he been indicted yet?"

Blitzer, chuckling:
"Well, weíll leave that alone. Jack Cafferty, thank you very much."
-- Exchange between CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Jack Cafferty, The Situation Room, Sept. 21, 2005.

Posted September 21, 2005
CBS Sarcastically Criticizes President Bush on New Orleans' Recovery

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CBS reporter Sharyn Alfonsi: "Speaking inside an air-conditioned tent in Gulfport, Mississippi, President Bush said he's impressed with the progress along the Gulf Coast. Later, he toured a Folgers plant [video of Bush holding can of coffee] in Louisiana. But small business owners say this kind of progress is the exception. This is the reality [video of a row of damaged and abandoned store fronts]. After five visits in three weeks, they want the President to wake up and smell the coffee [more video of Bush, with a sweat-soaked shirt (see still shot to right) at the coffee plant]."

Arly Questa, restaurant owner, in front of her bar:
"Hang out, no air-conditioning, eat some MRE's every day, and then you might really understand what it's been like down here in New Orleans."


"Yes, very."
-- CBS Evening News, Sept. 20, 2005

Posted September 20, 2005
Ted Turner Ruminates on Communist North Korea

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Ted Turner: "Letís give 'em a break. Give 'em a break And besides, even if they do -- even if they do threaten us again, the threat is non-existent to the United States. They can't threaten us. I mean, it's like a flea attacking an elephant."

Wolf Blitzer: "What about those ground-to-ground missiles that they have, and the CIA -- "

"They can't reach us."

"Well, they can reach Japan. They can reach South Korea. They can reach a lot of our allies -- "

"They can't reach the USA, and we can pound them into, into oblivion in 24 hours."

"But, you don't want to get, you donít want to get to that. There are some estimates, by the way, that they could reach Alaska."

"Well, what, the Aleutian Islands? There's nothing up there but a few sea lions."
-- Exchange between CNN Founder Ted Turner and CNN's Wolf Blitzer, The Situation Room, CNN, Sept. 19, 2005

Posted September 14, 2005
CNN's Brown Grills MRC's Bozell on Katrina and Racism

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Aaron Brown: "Brent, just dealing with the column you wrote on the 7th, the other day, to me, a fair reading of the column is that you don't want us to talk about race at all, probably class at all, but surely not race at all, as it may or may not relate to people's perceptions of the relief effort."
Brent Bozell: "Well, I think the problem is that these perceptions -- which are wholly false -- are being created on the one hand by demagogues, and on the other hand, by some in the media who are giving the demagogues a hearing on this. The fact of the matter is that two-thirds of New Orleans is black. Katrina didn't aim for that, nor was the federal relief response, as inadequate as it was, inadequate because they were blacks, you know. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew decimated the East Coast. The response from the federal government was terrible. It was mostly whites. Was that racism?"

Brown: "You've decided, which is absolutely your right, that there is no, there is no truth to anyone's belief that race is somehow involved in how people were treated in the week after the hurricane. Fair enough. I don't disagree with that. But perception is powerful and perception is important, and what we know from polls is that black Americans do look at this differently than white Americans as they look at a lot of things differently from white America."

Bozell: "And, Aaron, perception is dangerous if it's not rooted in reality, which is my point. If anyone had come forward in the last 15 days with any tangible proof to back up the suggestion that there may have been racism at place, I'd like to hear it, and then report it. But there's no evidence. It's just this accusation that's being thrown out. What I see is whites and blacks helping each other in New Orleans. I don't see any racism."
-- Aaron Brown and Brent Bozell, NewsNight, CNN, Sept. 13, 2005

Posted September 12, 2005
Bush "is a moron! ... Cheney is evil!"

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"Because that's typical, it's typical from this moronic administration that I'm sick of. The President is a moron! I'm saying it. I don't care. He's an idiot. Cheney is evil. I'm sick of, impeach them, get them out! I hate them! I hate them. Get them out. They got to go!"
-- Actress Kathy Griffin, Weekends at the DL, Comedy Central, Sept. 10, 2005

Posted September 8, 2005
Olbermann Draws Parallel Between Pro-Slavery Voters and Bush Supporters

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In 1864, "... 45 percent of all voters still voted against the Republican, Abraham Lincoln, and for the Democrat, George McClellan. McClellan, whose campaign platform consisted entirely of promising to immediately end the war, let the South secede, and let slavery continue there, 45 percent, 1.8 million out of 4 million voters said yes to that.

"Our third story in the Countdown: Well, maybe it isn't impossible to re-create the mindset of the national politics of the year 1864 [graphic of President Bush emerges on screen]. The latest Gallup poll results are in. Only 10 percent of Democrats give the President a positive rating for his response to the hurricane, and only 10 percent of Republicans give the President a negative rating for his response to the hurricane. Taken as a whole, 10 percent of the country thinks Mr. Bush did great, 25 percent good, 21 percent neither good nor bad, 18 percent bad, 24 percent terrible. Cut out the middle, that's 35 percent good or great ...."
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, Sept. 7, 2005

Posted September 6, 2005
CBS's Giles Hurls Insults at Bush Over Hurricane Relief

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Nancy Giles: "The real war is not in Iraq, but right here in America. It's the War on Poverty, and it's a war that's been ignored and lost. An estimated 37 million Americans are living in poverty. New Orleans is one of the poorest cities in the country, with 40 percent of its children living in poverty. Mississippi has the highest poverty rate of any state. We've repeatedly given tax cuts to the wealthiest and left our most vulnerable American citizens to basically fend for themselves."
George W. Bush, at the airport in Florida: "This is a storm that's going to require immediate action now."
Giles: "Once again, a day late and a dollar short, words of wisdom from our President. And once again, Bush finds the photo op [matching pictures shown]: Some black folks to hug, some white men to bond with. He flies over the messy parts of New Orleans, waves and leaves. The President has put himself at risk by visiting the troops in Iraq, but didn't venture anywhere near the Superdome or the convention center, where thousands of victims, mostly black and poor, needed to see that he gave a damn."
-- Commentator Nancy Giles, CBS News Sunday Morning, Sept. 4, 2005

Posted September 6, 2005
NPR's Totenberg Blames Tax Cuts for Severity of Hurricane Fallout

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Nina Totenberg: "For years, we have cut our taxes, cut our taxes and let the infrastructure throughout the country go and this is just the first of a number of other crumbling things that are going to happen to us."
Charles Krauthammer: "You must be kidding here."
Totenberg: "I’m not kidding."
-- NPR's Nina Totenberg in exchange with columnist Charles Krauthammer, Inside Washington, Sept. 4, 2005

Posted September 2, 2005
CNN's Jack Cafferty Slams Govt. Response to Hurricane Damage

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"The question this hour is: 'How would you rate the response of the federal government to Hurricane Katrina?' I got to tell you something. We got five or six hundred letters before the show even went on the air. No one, no one says the federal government is doing a good job in handling one of the most atrocious and embarrassing and far reaching and calamitous things that has come along in this country in my lifetime. I'm 62. I remember the riots in Watts, I remember the earthquake in San Francisco, I remember a lot of things. I have never, ever seen anything as badly bungled and poorly handled as this situation in New Orleans. Where the hell is the water for these people? Why can't sandwiches be dropped to those people that are in that Superdome down there? I mean, what is, this is Thursday. This is Thursday. This storm happened five days ago. It's a disgrace. And don't think the world isn't watching. This is the government the taxpayers are paying for and it's fallen right flat on its face, as far as I can see in the way it's handled this thing."
-- Jack Cafferty, The Situation Room, CNN, Sept. 1, 2005

Posted September 2, 2005
Hurricane Katrina as Destructive as the Great Depression?

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"Hurricane Katrina is perhaps the most economically destructive event in American history since the Great Depression, the last time the country responded with unprecedented sweeping changes to help the least fortunate. Today may demand an equal effort."
-- Reporter Chris Cuomo, ABC Special, Aug. 31, 2005

Posted August 22, 2005
MSNBC's Olbermann Smears the MRC, Bozell

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"Time for Countdown's list of today's nominees to the coveted title of 'Worst Person in the World.' There's just two tonight. A very close second, Brent Bozell -- yeah, the wacky guy from that Media Research Center scam -- accused me of distortion for having said that Rush Limbaugh had said on air, quote, 'Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents. There's nothing about it that's real.' The only person distorting as usual is Bozell. Limbaugh said it on the air on August 15th. We have the transcript. Nothing in the transcript mitigates what he said. I'll put it online over the weekend. So, Bozell is close, but the winner is Limbaugh for saying, 'I never said this,' when, of course, he sure did, especially considering the line comparing Sheehan to Burkett was a featured quote on his Web site for his paying subscribers until it was mysteriously scrubbed off. And having now added about Sheehan's dead son, quote, 'I'm leery of even having to express sympathy. We all lose things.' Like your career, Rush. You're finished, credibility spent. Get lost! Rush Limbaugh, once again, today's 'Worst Person in the World!'"
-- Keith Olbermann, Countdown, MSNBC, August 19, 2005


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