Thursday, June 30, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Thursday, June 30th, 2011
video 'podcast'

ShowPlug1: Live at 8: Sen. @ChuckSchumer asks if GOP is "sowing down the recovery on purpose for political gain in 2012?" He joins us.

ShowPlug2: Sen. Roberts tells POTUS to "take a valium"; @Markos Moulitsas joins us to tell Sen. Roberts to...take a guess.

ShowPlug3: New poll: 7% of GOP wants Bachmann, 7% Romney, 67 PERCENT HAVE NO ENTHUSIASM FOR ANY OF THEM w/Christina Bellantoni, CQ Roll Call

ShowPlug4: D**k on the (TV) Box: the fallout of the insult to POTUS, with Alex @Pareene of Salon. Worsts: he sent inappropriate photos...

ShowPlug5: electronically to a woman, but he's not resigning. Fox picks Beck's 10 successors, one veteran expected gig, not getting it

ShowPlugLast: & we'll say farewell to Lonesome Rhodes; explain the name & what that movie predicts for his future. See you on @Current


'Debt Saboteurs', Sen. Chuck Schumer, Markos Moulitsas
YouTube: part 1, part 2 (excerpt)

'No Joke', Alex Pareene

Time Marches On!

'Lack Of Options', Christina Bellantoni

Worst Persons: City Councilman Joe Stagni, Lou Dobbs, Glenn Beck, YouTube

'Fade To Blackboard'
YouTube, (excerpt)

Worst Persons:

Here are Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Persons In The World.

The bronze to Joe Stagni, City Councilman from Kenner, Louisiana.

Turns out he sent this photo of himself in his underwear to a city employee and had a quote "inappropriate" relationship with her.

The woman, an auditor, sent the photo to her office director of IT.

The IT director resigned last year, and then the auditor Stagni was having the affair with, was fired last September.

But Stagni isn't resigning.

Why not?

He's a Republican.

The bronze: Lou Dobbs, back on the air at the Fox-Nearly-Out-Of-Business Channel...

And still railing against immigration and immigrants, to an audience which rejected his arguments two years ago.


"The first standard which we have to repair is the national interest and that has to be clearly and forthrightly set forward here in this debate and whatever legislation moves forward. Everyone is trying to game the American people and it's really got to end. We've got to act on the national interest, come up with a rational, effective, humane immigration policy and secure borders."

By the way, Fox today announced its new show replacing Glenn Beck will feature ten of its usual suspects in a rotating panel format.


None of Lou Dobbs.

But, our winner.

Who else could it be, today?

Ahhh, he'll still be with us on radio.

Talking about President Obama and making a... Halperin of himself.

Yes... The radio-only version of Lonesome Rhodes.

Now with 73 percent more racism!

Lonesome Rhodes Beck... Today's Worst Person In The World.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
video 'podcast'

ShowPlug1: POTUS News Conference; he ducks Debt Limit Unconstitutionality question, says he's right on Libya. W/ @RyanGrim of HuffPo

ShowPlug2: Dems have been exploring Debt Limit Unconstitutionality for awhile; they asked Countdown Contributor @JonathanTurley - I will too

ShowPlug3: Bachmann on reported feud w/Palin gives quote of year: "they want to see two girls come together and have a mud-wrestling fight."

ShowPlug4:@EvanMc_s McMorris-Santoro of TPM gets down and dirty on that story. Jellyfish shut down UK nukes, turtles halt JFK flights...

ShowPlug5: Animals taking back the earth? Who defects to them faster, me or my guest @ChristFinnegan ?

ShowPlugLast: Worsts: Lonesome Rhodes attacked by wine-wielding liberal Soros agents at NYC park. OR wine is accidentally spilled on Mrs. LR


'Obama Q&A', Ryan Grim
YouTube, (excerpt)

'Going For Broke'/'What Debt Ceiling?', Jonathan Turley
YouTube, (excerpt)

Time Marches On!

'Muddying The Waters', Evan McMorris-Santoro

Worst Persons: Bristol Palin, Glenn Beck, Don Blankenship of Massey Energy & Joe Main of MSHA, YouTube

'Animals Strike Back', Christian Finnegan

Worst Persons:

Here are Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Persons In The World.

The bronze to Bristol Palin, authoress, desperately trying to sell her new book "Not Afraid Of Life" by telling interviewers on ABC and Fox that she knows whether or not her mother is going to run for President -- and so does her mother. They just won't tell anybody. She could announce she is going to mud-wrestle Michele Bachmann and it wouldn't help her daughter's book sales. Publishing sources tell us that in its first week, "Not Afraid Of Life" sold exactly...1,479 copies. In its first week of publication -- almost always a book's high watermark -- it is not even in the list of the top 100 hardcovers. It was exactly one copy ahead of "Professional Idiot" by Steve-O from Jackass. And then there's the audio version of "Not Afraid To Live." In its first week, total copies sold? Eighteen. One-eight. Bristol Palin may not be afraid to live, but viewers evidently are afraid to buy it.

Runner-up: Lonesome Rhodes Beck. Apparently he and his family were threatened by a wilding crowd at an event at New York City's Bryant Park on Monday night. Orrr... Somebody accidentally spilled a glass of wine on his wife. In Beck's version, during a public screening of the movie "The 39 Steps" in New York's Bryant Park, the crowd screamed mean things at him and took his picture and then -- while quote: " being used by a global corporation like General Electric or special interests like the labor unions or politicians, the Democratic Party, or George Soros"... They launched their horrible attack on his family... Using Wine of Mass Destruction! Oh, the humanity. Wine of Mass Destruction! A second version of the event has now been offered by a witness to what Beck called the equivalent of a lynching of he and his wife Tanya. This was offered to a website by the woman sitting next to the woman who spilled the wine on Mrs.

Lonesome Rhodes: "I was on the blanket directly behind Mr. Beck, and while we did find it amusing that wine was spilled on Tanya & co, I can tell you that it was 100% accidental. My friend was drinking her wine and it tipped over, as wine glasses are wont to do. We immediately helped Tanya & co clean up the "mess" and offered them our napkins, and apologies were made. There was no hostility or animosity in the exchange, and I find it hard to believe that a half-filled glass of wine would be capable of "soaking" anyone, even waif-thin Tanya. Moreover, why would we waste the wine?"

Either way, I certainly don't endorse harassing celebrities in public. But I can tell you that if this is the worst Glenn Beck's ever encountered, he's lucky. I get crap like this all the time. If you don't like it, you get out of the business. Wine-wielding thugs. And by the way -- where was the body-guard Beck keeps with him at all times?

But our winners are Don Blankenship, the C-E-O of Massey Energy, and Joe Main, head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. Blankenship's company was the operator of the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia, when it exploded last year, killing 29 people. The fiancee of one of the dead miners has revealed that federal investigators showed them proof that Massey Energy kept a second, fake set of safety records, to deceive federal mine safety inspectors. One copy of a shift report showed that operations had been halted because ventilation had failed and methane gas might explode; a second copy of the same shift reported showed no shut down, no ventilation problems, and no methane. And the Mine Safety Administration...fell for it. Never investigated. 29 dead. People should go to jail for that.

And those people are: Massey CEO Don Blankenship... And MSHA chief Joe Main. Today's Worst Persons In The World.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
video 'podcast'

ShowPlug1: Breaking news on Debt Ceiling; May change ballgame. @RyanGrim on his HuffingtonPost piece live at 8PM on Countdown @current

ShowPlug2: Bachmann doubles down on John Quincy Wayne Adams historical faux-pas. @KenVogel joins me; ex-COS calls her "unprepared" for WH

ShowPlug3: NH Gov Lynch vetoes latest GOP attempt at Caging. Contributor Heather McGhee of @Demos_Org on newest Voter Suppression stunts: ID

ShowPlug4: Fox goon celebrates his online popularity passing that of mourned, just-deceased ex-colleague in Worsts.

ShowPlugLast: And Meet The Neighbors. Russian astronomer predicts we meet ET by 2031 w/ @coolastronomer Countdown contributor Derrick Pitts


'Deadlocked On Debt', Ryan Grim, Jeff Madrick
YouTube: part 1, part 2 (excerpt)

'Obama Fights Back' and Michele Bachmann, Ken Vogel

Time Marches On!

'License To Vote', Heather McGhee

Worst Persons: Eric Bolling, Gov. Rick Perry, Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs

'Space Odyssey', Derrick Pitts
YouTube, (excerpt)

Web Extra: Contradictionary: "Fibbertarian"

Worst Persons:

Here are Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Persons -- or extra-terrestrials disguised as Persons -- in the World.

The bronze to Eric Bolling of Fixed News.

He has an unfortunate history of racist remarks ... But he has now crossed a line that transcends even that.

Bolling tweeted: "No disrespect meant to my old friend Mark (RIP, Bud), but I finally made it above Mark Haines in Mediaite's power rankings!"

Mark Haines of CNBC -- 22 years at that network and 35 years in television -- died suddenly at his home on May 24th: A loss that has understandably left so many of his colleagues and viewers shocked and depressed to this day, more than a month later.

What Bolling wrote is unspeakable and testifies to his total insensitivity to other people, and if you're guessing this was just a moment of really bad judgment -- he posted similar remarks on his Facebook page.

The silver to Governor Rick Perry of Texas.

How many things can you count that are wrong in this 44-word sound bite?

"Government doesn't create any jobs // It's the federal government kinda getting out of our hair. The idea that they're telling us how to educate our children or how to deliver health care or how to, for that matter, clean our air is really nonsense."

Our air is really nonsense.

OK: How many things are wrong in this sound bite? The answer is four:

((1)) Quote: "Government doesn't create any jobs." This was just said by a guy with a government job.

((2)) Quote: "they're telling us how to educate our children." Public education is entirely state-controlled, which is why Texas rewrote its history books and its kids are now having trouble getting into real colleges.

((3)) He doesn't want the government telling Texas how to quote "clean our air." Governor Perry doesn't seem to realize that the air moves from state to state.

And ((4)) Perry wants the government quote "out of our hair" -- bad imagery choice when it looks like you rub shoe polish into yours.

But our winner: Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs. This is really going to frost your beer stein so be prepared:

Fox Business reported this...

Somebody will probably get fired for it.

But Blankfein's company is about to hire 1,000 new employees for quote "high-paying, skilled positions in sales and investment banking."

In Singapore.

And fire about the same number here. It's not even three years since we gave Blankfein and Goldman Sachs 10 billion dollars in a bailout, and during a year in which it has already made a profit of 2-point-7 billion in the first three months of 2011.

Perhaps one of those 1,000 outsourced American employees going to Singapore could be Lloyd Blankfein... Today's Worst Person In The World.

Monday, June 27, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday, June 27th, 2011
video 'podcast'

ShowPlug1: In epic speech @SenatorSanders urges President to rally nation against GOP cuts. He joins me on Countdown @Current 8 PM EDT

ShowPlug2: Michele Bachmann's Waterloo. Confusing John Wayne for John Wayne Gacy just the newest gaffe. We'll review w/Matt @MTaibbi

ShowPlug3: SCOTUS issues a kind of State/Local version of Citizens United. Frmr Justice O'Connor rips it. I'll talk to @JohnWDean

ShowPlug4: TSA lies about ordering Adult Diaper removed from 95 year old leukemia victim passenger, defends process; vs Newt in Worsts

ShowPlug5: and Dan Savage of @ItGetsBetter on NY Marriage Equality and his headline "K.O., Karl Rove, and Dan Savage walk into a B'way play"

ShowPlugLast: and he will partially explain this photo (howdy @JoshGad)


'Dueling Over Debt', Sen. Bernie Sanders
YouTube, (excerpt)

'Bachmann's Waterloo', Matt Taibbi
YouTube, (excerpt)

Tweet of the Day: @FrancieML, @GUYCLIFTON and Time Marches On!

'Campaign Finance Reform', John Dean

Worst Persons: Greta van Susteren, Newt Gingrich, John Pistole of the TSA
video missing

'Gay Marriage', Dan Savage

Web Extra: Dan Savage on Motivations Behind Anti-Gay Bias, podcast

Web Extra: Contradictionary: "Fox Populi", podcast

Friday, June 24, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Friday, June 24th, 2011
video 'podcast'

Special Comment:
Why Petraeus is Wrong (and Stupid) on Torture
via Current
via YouTube, h/t cathyferkleheimer

ShowPlug1: The Cantor Debt Walkout was staged, Baucus reveals Medicare cuts on the table. W/frmr WH Comm Dir Anita Dunn, @DavidShuster

ShowPlug2: At CIA Petaeus would be a bit ok w/torture. Like being a bit pregnant. Analysis: @JohnWDean; my Special Comment: he must withdraw

ShowPlug3: Bill proposed to apply Federal Judicial Ethics rules to SCOTUS - especially Justice Clarence Thomas. w/Jonathan Turley

ShowPlugLast: Worsts: Christie The Hypocrite, and Glenn Beck wants to kiss Rick Santorum "in the mouth." & The return of Fridays W/Thurber


'Raising The Stakes', Anita Dunn, David Shuster
YouTube: part 1, part 2

'Abuse Of Power', John Dean

Special Comment: Why Petraeus is Wrong (and Stupid) on Torture, YouTube

Time Marches On!

'Lest Ye Be Judged', Jonathan Turley
YouTube, (excerpt)

Worst Persons: seal slapper, Gov. Chris Christie, Glenn Beck

Fridays with Thurber: The Sheep In Wolf's Clothing, The Hen Who Wouldn't Fly, The Peacelike Mongoose

Web Extra: Contradictionary: "Palin Comparison", podcast

Special Comment:

Now as promised, a Special Comment on what General Petraeus has said in defense of torture.

He has, in short, declared himself unfit to serve as head of Central Intelligence.

You don't even have to get to the morality question to understand that torture serves no purpose but to satiate sadism or revenge fantasies. As an interrogation tool it is useless for the simple and unanswerable reason that people will tell you anything -- true or not -- to get you to stop.

A civilian who does not understand this is merely foolish, uninformed, or stupid.

A military man -- or a government official -- who does not understand this, is a positive menace to the endurance of the nation. Frankly, in the case of General Petraeus it suggests he has a non-military I-Q of about 40.

What, General, makes you suppose that your "ticking time bomb scenario suspect" is going to tell you how to dismantle that nuke under the Empire State Building while you are water-boarding him?

Why, if he was already suicidal or evil enough to be involved in some sort of terror plot to detonate a nuclear device, would he not also be simply smart enough to lie to you to get the pain to stop? More over, has it never occurred to you, General, that he might be suicidal or evil enough under that scenario to give you explicit instructions on how to dismantle the device that actually turn out to really be instructions on how to detonate the device immediately.

My God, it's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard, and it's coming from a man we are going to put in charge of the C-I-A!

You're testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee and giving them half-remembered plot outlines from "24" or "lethal Weapon" -- why not Saturday Night Live? Why not reserve the right to torture in case Superman was German during World War Two, or if Al-Qaeda getsHarry Potter's Invisibility Cloak, or if the country was flooded with women suicide bombers who also were considering a late-term abortion?

Mr. President, you have to withdraw David Petraeus' nomination as C-I-A chief.

He just made a fool of himself to a degree -- and in a manner -- from which there is no possible return. If confirmed, he will do the same to you.

If you do not, you run the risk of what Vietnam did (with the help of the late great George Carlin) to turn the phrase "Military Intelligence" into an oxmoronic brand name.

Only this time it'll be for the C-I-A, where the "I" for Intelligence will be meant ironically, because its chief is so naïve he thinks you can torture the truth out of a suicide bomber as his bomb is about to go off!

Worst Persons:

Time for Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Person In The World.

The bronze to Cameron Cayaban, a nineteen year old man, who was ordered to pay a one hundred dollar fine for walking up to an endangered Monk Seal named Kermit on a Hawaiian beach, and slapping it.

He said he'd never seen a seal before and he wanted to find out what they felt like.

Hmmm...slapping the seal?

I've never heard it called that before.

The bronze, to Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

He's critical of Mr. Obama's approach to the Debt Ceiling negotiations. Told a TV morning chat show, quote:

"First, the president can show up. I mean, you can't negotiate through a secondary person."

Wait -- by Christie's definition, shouldn't House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have showed up and stayed showed up, instead of pulling a pre-staged stunt walkout?

What a self-inflating hypocrite Christie is, honestly.

But our winner: Lonesome Rhodes Beck.

Now, in ma time, I've a-heard him say a lot of strange things, but this here...this, to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, this is pretty damn strange.

The cut cap (whatever) pledge, you know it? SANTORUM: I liked it signed it. BECK: You signed it? I could kiss you in the mouth. BECK: I'm just kidding. I don't want to kiss you in the mouth

Not on the mouth. In.

Uh-oh. Or is that... ruh-roh?

You may recall that On April 7, 2003, in a recorded interview with the Associated Press, Mr. Santorum said he opposed same-sex marriage because, quoting...

"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog...

So Beck wants to kiss Santorum in the mouth.

And Santorum infamously invoked 'man on dog' sex...

All of which might finally explain... this.

Lonesome Rhodes Furry Beck... Today's Worst Person In The World

Thursday, June 23, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
video 'podcast'

Special Comment:
Same-Sex Marriage
via Current
via YouTube, h/t cathyferkleheimer

ShowPlug1: Cantor, Kyl bolt out of "Near Collapse" Debt Ceiling talks. Guests: Rep. Jim Clyburn D-SC, and @AndrewKroll of Mother Jones

ShowPlug2: POTUS blamed for everything from 'Mission Accomplished' to defeatism after Afghanistan speech. Unique view from @MatthewHoh..

ShowPlug3: Ex-Marine and State Dept official there who quit over our Afghan policy. POTUS in NY as same-sex marriage debate crests

ShowPlug4: He won't take a decisive stand, but I will tonight in a Comment about the inevitability and necessity of Same-Sex Marriage

ShowPlug5: Worsts - what happens when you throw all the undocumented workers out? Nobody harvests the food.

ShowPlugLast: And Barney Frank & Ron Paul cosponsor bill to leave marijuana laws tostates. Janeane Garofalo guests. Smoke 'em if you got 'em


'Budget Busters', Rep. James Clyburn, Andy Kroll
YouTube: part 1, part 2

'Obama's War Effort', Matthew Hoh

Tweet of the Day: @Crutnacker and Time Marches On!

Special Comment: Same-Sex Marriage, YouTube

Worst Persons: Stephen Kirkbride, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Ramsey

'Just Say Yes?', Janeane Garofalo
YouTube excerpt 1, excerpt 2

Web Extra: Janeane Garofalo on Tea Party Racism, podcast

Web Extra: Contradictionary: "Newt-ly-wed", podcast

Comment: unofficial transcript

As promised on this, a brief Comment tonight about the continuing fight over same-sex marriage and the tipping point for or against, represented by events here in New York State. The tipping point of course is temporary; every year the margin by which this country supports this grows, and within a decade or perhaps less it will be universal in this nation. Period.

Ironically, this is not because there is great advocacy for it, but simply out of an inability of younger people in this country to do what older ones still can: to pretend that this matters any more. It just doesn't. It won't destroy the democracy, it doesn't destroy the family, it strengthens the institution of marriage and its principal premise of fidelity and it increases the number of people living in stable and loving homes. And the more that modern life allows us to interact with others of different faiths, and professions, and interests, and origins, the more we understand that people are fundamentally the same all over. Good and bad. And if you want to categorize people, you should categorize them on their honesty, their sincerity, their generosity.

But a curious thing is happening to the forces still opposed to same-sex marriage. They are getting desperate. There was a protester in the New York capital Albany this week who explained this was all about the children; that these same-sex families had kids who were exposed to things they should never face anywhere, let alone at home.

Oops. If you wanna open up the Pandora's Box of judging whether people should be permitted to marry based on their qualifications to be parents, I'm afraid there are only going to be about forty-three weddings per year in this country because the list of risks to children created by their parents is nightmarishly long and 'standing there being all gay around them' is probably no higher than number 206.

If the opponents of same-sex marriage want to take this perilous route, then they are likely only to hasten same-sex marriage in all fifty states, and to merely bloody themselves in the process. Because sooner rather than later the euphemisms and the facades, especially this one about raising children, will fall away and the opponents will be revealed to be carrying water for a larger kind of orthodoxy. Their church is opposed to same-sex marriage because same-sex marriage means diversity, and diversity means peaceful interaction between members of different groups and religions, and peaceful interaction means fears and prejudices are diminished, and the diminishing means that those churches' cartel in the religion business is jeopardized.

I'm not talking belief or faith here. Your belief and your faith, providing you do not hurt anybody else with it, is your business and I defend you. But if you think big league religions are only about faith and not at all about business, or about keeping people scared, then you have not been paying attention in church or out.

And there is an even bigger issue. There is an ever-growing acceptance of what I said about this nearly three years ago after the hateful Prop 8 was passed in California. This is, corny as it seems, not about politics or religions or power or lobbying. It is about love. In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships, these people over here want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is already yours. They don't want to deny you yours, they don't want to take anything away from you, they want what you want: a chance to be a little less alone in the world. And your acceptance of their love turns out to be your own expression of love to your fellow human being.

As in 2008, the poetry of the 11th-century Persian Omar Khayyam tells this story best. I recommend it to anybody still holding out on this, whether they be pedestrian or President. "So I be written in the Book of Love; I do not care about that Book above. Erase my name, or write it as you will, So I be written in the Book of Love."

Worst Persons:

Here are Countdown's top three nominees for Today's Worst Person In The World.

The bronze to Stephen Kirkbride from the South Lakeland region of England.

He was accused of shoplifting a waterproof coat from a Sporting Goods store.

Police had witnesses and security camera evidence - but as the trial date neared this week, they didn't have... the actual coat.

Until Mr. Kirkbride wore it to the trial.

The store manager recognized it, and sure enough, it proved to have tare marks where somebody had removed all the security tags.

Mr. Kirkbride has been convicted of theft.

And of extry-special stupidity.

Runner-up: Comedian Rush Limbaugh.

His analyze of the President's Afghanistan speech?

Well, who cares?

I wouldn't trust Limbaugh to analyze the instructions on a prescription bottle. But he did claim the President was acting against the advice of the Generals on the ground. Quoting:

"Only Obama knew how to go out and get Bin Laden. Only Obama understood all the pratfalls. Only Obama was able to see all the things that could go wrong..."

"You know, Hitler's Generals tried to argue with him, too."

Good thing Limbaugh has kept his record intact of never once having compared President Obama to Hitler or the Nazis.

But the winner: Matt Ramsey.

He is the Representative to the State General Assembly from Georgia's 72nd district, and he got his way. His anti-immigrant bill, H-B 87, passed into law and was signed by moron Governor Nathan Deal.

It is technically called "The Illegal Immigration Reform And Enforcement Act"...

And it worked like a charm.

Nearly all the undocumented workers were chased from Georgia just the way Representative Matt Ramsey wanted.

And now Georgia's farmers are in crisis, because millions of dollars of blueberries and onions and melons and other crops are going to go un-harvested and will rot in the fields... Because nearly all the undocumented workers were chased from Georgia just the way Representative Matt Ramsey wanted.

Georgia farmers are at least 11-thousand workers short of a harvest, and for some reason, legal Georgians are not rushing to take nine bucks an hour for back-breaking manual labor and no benefits.

I got an idea: take the Republican rocket scientists who just bankrupted Georgia's farming economy -- and have them harvest the blueberries.

Then we'll stop calling Representative Matt Ramsey, Sooooper Genius, today's Worst Person In The World.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
video 'podcast'

ShowPlug1: Live coverage of the President's speech on accelerated troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Analysis from Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

ShowPlug2: The politics from Ryan Grim of Huffington Post. Matt @mTaibbi previews his startling Rolling Stone piece on Michele Bachmann

ShowPlug3: Epic Worsts: @SarahPalinUSA quits bus tour then blasts Fox News for reporting it. Plus Van Jones on Cease + Desist letter to Fox

ShowPlugLast: And just 'cause we can: the @Late_Show Top 10 List David Letterman let me do. Paul Shaffer conducts the orchestra.


'Assessing Obama's Afghanistan Speech', Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (excerpt)

'President Bachmann?', Matt Taibbi

Top 10 List

Worst Persons: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum part 1, part 2

'Fox & Fiends', Van Jones

Web Extra: Van Jones vs. Fox News, podcast

Worst Persons:

Because it is often more productive to laugh at The Stupid than yell at The Stupid...Time for Countdown's top three nominees for today's Worst Persons In The World.

Frankly - this is one of the best lists, ever.

The bronze, to Newt Gingrich. Ignoring the immortal advice of the "Kids In The Hall" to the short guy knocked to the floor by the giant... "stay down."

Mr. Gingrich, victim yesterd0ay of his second staff walk-out in a week, a second "newt-iny," has explained this happened because, quoting his speech at the Atlanta Press Club...

"philosophically, I am very different from normal politicians, and normal consultants found that very hard to deal with."

So he's going to be an abnormal politician surrounded by abnormal consultants.

And no money.

And he's going to duct-tape his constituencies together.

Poor timing, this.

A spokesman for the campaign has now acknowledged that besides the half-million dollar one he and his wife had there five years ago... Gingrich had a **second** line of credit at the high-end jewellers' **Tiffany**, with an upper limit of one million dollars.

The runner-up: Sarah Palin.

You will recall she quit half-way through her term as Governor of Alaska; explaining she was working even harder for its citizens by doing so.

You may also recall her Magical Mystery Bus Tour last month and earlier in this one.

Apparently she's quit, half way through.


A news organization has reported that Saint Sarah of Wasilla has headed home, cancelling the part campaign swing/part illegal use of campaign donations "One Nation Tour" despite tentatively scheduled stops in Iowa and South Carolina.

So that'd make it the "Half A Nation" tour.

But she is now denying it... By tweet.

And slamming the news organization that reported she'd called it off.

"I did? Hmm, glad I have media to let me know my plans. They never cease to amaze. MT: @foxheadlines: Palin Ends Bus Tour."

She slammed Fox News.

For whom...she works.

That half an idiot.

But our winner: yet a third GOOPER with delusions of the White House.

Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from... Mars.

After a survey indicated only 13 percent of American high school seniors demonstrated proficiency in American history, Santorum knew who to blame:

Liberals who are plotting to destroy freedom!

"This is, in my opinion, a conscious effort on the part of the left who has a huge influence on our curriculum, to desensitize America to what American values are so they are more pliable to the new values that they would like to impose on America." Like to impose on America.

That's right, Rick.

It's got nothing to do with Texas re-writing school textbooks to de-emphasize contributions by minority groups.

It's got nothing to do with bible-thumpers inserting creationism into school curricula nationwide. It's got nothing to do with an environment in which never mind high school -- the Coke Brothers can essentially buy the Economics Department at Florida State University and get to select what's taught and who teaches it.

It's got nothing to do with Fox News, which deliberately alters facts like climate change and instructs its actors and actresses to make any part of today or yesterday they don't like, subject to doubt and revisionism.

And it's certainly got nothing to do with people running for President like you who think that same-gender marriage will lead to legalizing, as you put it, man-on-dog sex... Or other people running for President who explain that Paul Revere led his musical group "The Raiders" across "The Cherokee Nation" to warn the British that Kicks Just Keepin' Getting Harder To Find!

Rick Santorum. Moron. Today's Worst Person In The World.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
video 'podcast'
Special bonus podcast or YouTube (Late Show with David Letterman, Top Ten list)

Special Comment:
Why We Must Leave Afghanistan. Now.
via YouTube, ht cathyferkleheimer
via Current

ShowPlug1: The Newt-Iny, Round 2: now campaign fundraisers quit. W/Amanda @aTerkel of HuffPo. Huntsmann's in w/ Tim Dickinson of RStone

ShowPlug2: CREW calls for bribery investigation of Sen. Diapers-Vitter after he threatens Salazar. Chief Melanie Sloan guests.

ShowPlug3: What POTUS may say about Afghanistan tomorrow w/General Paul Eaton. What he SHOULD say in a brief Comment.

ShowPlug4: McCain AGAIN blames wildfires on spontaneously combusting illegal aliens. Commentary by Michael @MJMcKean

ShowPlugLast: Plus previewing a Top 10 list, Jon Stewart's editing complaint, and the shoplifter hid the mink coat in her WHAT?


'So Long Newt?', Amanda Terkel and [segment on Huntsman], Tim Dickinson

'Vitter Ethics Inquiry', Melanie Sloan

Time Marches On!

'Afghanistan Drawdown', Maj. Gen. Paul D. Eaton (Ret.)

Special Comment: Why We Must Leave Afghanistan. Now.

Worst Persons: Chris Wallace, Stephanie Moreland, David Flory part 1, part 2

'Republicans Feel Heat', Michael McKean

Web Extra: Contradictionary: "CON-promise" and "Barack-naphobia", podcast

Special Comment:

And as promised a brief Comment about Afghanistan and our future there.

The analogy was apt when I first used it in November, 2009, and it is apt tonight.

Mr. President, you must take the advice that Republican Senator George Aiken gave to President Lyndon Johnson about Vietnam. You must declare victory, and get out.

As of the escalation more than a year-and-a-half ago, our men and women there were at risk from the Taliban, from the brigands who constituted the Afghan government, fromeda.

The only people we weren't fighting were the citizens of Afghanistan, yet all polling done there indicated that the only people those citizens thought we were fighting... were them.

We were, in their eyes, an occupying force.

That the whole thing has not blown up in our face is both providential, and testimonial to the bravery and moreover the common sense of our troops and leaders on the ground.

Mr. President -- don't press your luck. Do not take the proposal that lets you set the ultimate end date but lets the Pentagon control the echelons of drawing down.

Select the door with the easiest access that allows the most Americans to come home, the fastest. Anything less will still be that Joseph Heller or M.C. Escher version of an exit strategy -- the one that began with entering further and then becomes staying longer. As I said in 2009: Lose to win, sink to swim, escalate to disengage.

Because there is still, Sir, what President Eisenhower so insightfully called our Military Industrial Complex -- the Pentagon, and the ex-Pentagonners amid the Defense Contractors -- and for them, war is a business, and like all businessmen, they will do whatever is necessary to make a profit.

No one here, Mr. President, is accusing you of participating in this. But every day that we are still in Afghanistan and Iraq and now Libya, another piece of the certainty that you would never participate in it, breaks away.

Get the troops out, Sir.

To Senator Aiken's famous advice, you can in a very real way answer, we can declare victory. We got through a rainstorm without an umbrella without getting wet.

Don't press your luck, Mr. President.

Don't press ours.

Worst Persons:

It's time for Countdown's top three nominees for tonight's Worst Person In The World.

The bronze to Chris Wallace of Fixed News...

For the same reason as last night:

Jon Stewart goes on Fox Noise Sunday to discuss journalistic ethics with Chris Wallace - and they selectively edited out...the true part.

"The unedited version, which is on the web, had what I thought was the takeaway moment of the entire interview, where Chris Wallace, one of the more respected individuals at Fox, basically gives away the game. 'You believe that Fox News is exactly the ideological equivalent of NBC News'…'I think we're the counterweight.' 'You believe that' 'I think that they have a liberal agenda, and I think we tell the other side of the story.' The other side of the story! We don't tell both sides of the story! We tell one side, the other side, the one we perceive is never told: the conservative side. Because as you know, news only comes in two sides. And if the conservative side isn't being told, what's being told must be liberal."

Mr Stewart also said that Fox so heavily edited the interview that you have to watch that unedited version where his "...emotional states don't seem to change so arbitrarily. The arguments are a little clearer, and a little less like a scene from a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

The runner-up: Stephanie Moreland of Bloomington, Minnesota.

She was arrested on New Year's Eve after she visited the Alaskan Fur Company of that city...and they discovered they were missing one of their mink coats.

Yesterday she pleaded guilty to one felony theft count... That she stole a mink coat and left the store, with it hidden in her underwear.


You need a bigger joke here?

She hid a mink coat... In her panties.

But our winner: Professor David Flory of the Physics Department at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

He has been arrested because of his hobby.

His hobby?

Operating a web-based prostitution ring.

Police say he told them he didn't make any money off it.

A hobby?

My hobby is sports memorabilia.

Jeez Louise.

What's the problem here?

I think it's where the guy has taught for 30 years.

Fairleigh Dickinson.

Professor David Flory of Fairleigh Dickinson University... Today's Worst Person In The World.

Monday, June 20, 2011

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' for Monday, June 20th, 2011
video 'podcast'

Special Comment:
What We're About
via YouTube, h/t cathyferkleheimer

ShowPlug1: Libya? Legal? Stoppable? Why is POTUS doing Bush Impression? W/ @MMFlint Michael Moore. + Special Comment on this show

ShowPlug2: SCOTUS vs the women of Wal-Mart, and Clarence's Conflicts. Is he Abe Fortas? Guest: Contributor @JohnWDean

ShowPlug3: Right Wing Radio: Opinions For Sale. How Mark Levin confirmed Ken Vogel's Politico story that it's all for sale. Ken joins me.

ShowPlug4: Worst Persons: Patented Palin, Fox Edits Jon Stewart to cover for Fox exec, & Crazy Train Woman: Greatest cell video ever!

ShowPlug5: Inside The Republican Cult: McCain blames undocumented immigrants AGAIN for AZ wildfires, Huntsman up the creek, GOP laughs..

ShowPlugLast: at Obama Impersonator's race jokes w/ @Markos Moulitsas (& why he hasn't been on cable news). & Oh yeah, it's the PREMIERE


'Libya & War Powers', Michael Moore
YouTube, (excerpt)

Special Comment: What We're About

'Supreme Court Issues', John Dean

Time Marches On!

'The Right Fluff', Ken Vogel

Worst Persons: Sarah Palin, Bill Sammon & Chris Wallace, Hermon Raju (the woman on the train) part 1, part 2

'Inside The Republican Cult', Markos Moulitsas

Web Extra: Keith and Markos Moulitsas, podcast

unofficial transcript except for Worsts, not fully checked out yet

KEITH OLBERMANN: Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? Libya, 91 days in, when 90 days requires congressional approval. The Left largely acquiescent, the Right demanding the president use more American weapons of war.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) LINDSEY GRAHAM: Congress should sorta shut up and not empower Gadhafi.

OLBERMANN: Congressman Kucinich proposes cutting support for action in Libya from the next defense bill. NATO bombings we are paying for again kill anti-Gadhafi rebels we are supposedly fighting with. Our special guest: Michael Moore.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) JOHN McCAIN: This is isolationism. Wonder what Ronald Reagan would be saying today.

OLBERMANN: Nothing. He's dead. He was a lousy president and he helped keep Gadhafi in power.

Clarence's conflict, the latest. As the Supreme Court defends Wal-Mart, he takes gifts while his wife takes political contributions from a Texas real estate tycoon. A district judge would be out of a job for that why isn't he? We'll ask Countdown contributor John Dean.

Conservative souls for sale. I know you're shocked, not that they'd sell them, that they have them. The rightwing radio host who inadvertently confirmed his opinions are available to the highest bidder.

Our opinions tonight. A Special Comment: What we are here for. Government by the people, not by the corporations.

McCain blames Arizona wildfires on illegal immigrants. No, not the blaming he did over the weekend, this is new blaming, again, this morning.

The GOP goes over the top with an Obama impersonator.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) REGGIE BROWN: My favorite month is February, Black History month. You see Michelle, she celebrates the full month, and, you know, I celebrate half."

OLBERMANN: But they only gave him the hook, when he joked about Gingrich. Another day inside the Republican cult with Markos Moulitsas and why he hasn't been on TV for a year.

And greatest cell-phone video ever.


OLBERMANN: Wait till you hear what she says on her LinkedIn profile.

All that and more, currently on "Countdown".

Good evening from New York. This is June 20th 2011, 505 days until the 2012 presidential election.

As I was saying... What was the only echo of disasters past, still missing from an unauthorized, possibly illegal, morally murky war, in which the presumed good guys keep accidentally dropping bombs on their purported allies? Correct, the endorsement of Rove and a Cheney. Karl Rove and Liz Cheney this afternoon adding their signatures to a draft version of a letter, urging Republicans in the House to attack President Obama's continuing military action in Libya. Not because he's done too much there but on the theory that he has not done enough. Michael Moore joins me in a moment.

He is most unlikely to endorse the war, conflict, or as the White House would have it, limited US role, supporting NATO's Libya bombing runs, as Rove and Miss Cheney did, when they wrote quote, "The problem is not that the President has done too much, however, but that he has done too little to achieve the goal of removing Gadhafi from power."

On the ground in Libya, Moammar Gadhafi's still very much in power, while NATO bombs today reportedly killed 15 people, including three children in an air strike in what's been described as either a command and control center or a family compound. This, after a NATO spokesman apologized on Sunday for a technical failure, in their terms, that caused a weapon to strike a home in the Libyan capital Tripoli, in an area that's been a center for protests against the Gadhafi regime. Libya's foreign ministry said the attack killed nine and injured 18. Libya's foreign minister listed the international organizations and people he blamed.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) MOUSSA IBRAHIM: This is cold-blooded murder. We hold the UN, we hold NATO, we hold Mr. David Cameron, we hold Sarkozy, we hold Obama, responsible morally and legally, for this murder, for these crimes.

OLBERMANN: All this while a debate heats up in this country over the War Powers Act and the legitimacy, if any, of this latest foreign conflict. Sunday marked 90 days since the US involvement in NATO's air war over Libya began. If this is a war or hostilities, as many on both sides of the aisle insist, then Congress must, under the act, vote whether to authorize any further involvement. But the Obama administration insists the United States is not involved in hostilities because American forces went into a quote "support mode" for NATO after the first round of strikes. This though US forces continue to supply essential logistical aid to NATO and continue to strike targets, using armed, unmanned drones. If the administration's claims sound specious to you, the New York Times lifted a few legal rocks, and reported over the weekend that the president had rejected the views of both the Pentagon's general counsel and the acting head of the justice department's departmental legal counsel, when they insisted the US was involved in hostilities that would require the War Powers Act be applied. Instead the president sought legal advice from his White House counsel and the state department's legal advisor, both of whom said hostilities were not at issue and neither was the War Powers Act. If this sort of maneuver sounds familiar, it may be because it reminds you of the Bush administration's cherry-picking of legal opinions to support the enhanced interrogation regime, aka torture, of prisoners in the so-called "War on Terror". This view, supported by Yale law professor and legal blogger Jack Balkin, who writes, quote, "Bush...arranged matters so that decisions about waterboarding and enhanced interrogation techniques would be in the hands of lawyers he knew would tell him yes;...Obama's strategy...also short circuits the normal process of seeking simply does so in a different way".

When the legal battle goes on, a poll published in The Hill shows the view of overseas conflicts by the vast majority of Americans is much less legalistic. They're just tired of them. 72% saying the US is in too many foreign wars, 16% think the current level of engagement is appropriate, 12% are not sure. Count Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich in the majority on that one. He hopes to amend the upcoming defense spending bill to eliminate funds for the Libyan conflict and he has sued the White House for starting that conflict without congressional consent. In principal Kucinich seems to have the backing of much of the GOP presidential field in its New Hampshire debate last week. Gingrich, Cain, Bachmann, Paul, all opposed continuing the conflict, at least in its present form. Which is creating a split in the GOP between these candidates and the party's international wing over in the Senate.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) JOHN McCAIN: This is isolationism. There's always been an isolation strain, isolationist strain in the Republican party. If we had not intervened, Gadhafi was at the gates of Benghazi. He said he was going to go house to house to kill everybody. That's a city of over 700 000 people.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: The president's done a lousy job of communicating and managing our involvement in Libya, but I'll be no part of an effort to defund Libya or to try to cut off our efforts to bring Gadhafi down.

OLBERMANN: As promised, I'm joined now by Michael Moore. Documentary filmmaker, activist and Countdown contributor. And his films include of course "Bowling for Columbine", "Sicko" and "Capitalism: a love story". It's great to see you here, sir.

MICHAEL MOORE: I'm honored to be your first guest on your first show. I'm sorry I don't have a housewarming gift.

OLBERMANN: That's fine.

MOORE: But, this is, this is really great and ah, and you've been missed by a lot of people.

OLBERMANN: Thank you kindly, sir. All right, Libya, setting aside the rightness or wrongness of us getting involved in this in any way, for a moment. Do you have any idea why the president is doing it this way, rather than through congress?

MOORE: Cause it's the easy way to do it. I mean, it's, it's ah, why go through all that hassle, ah, when you can just order planes to engage and start bombing and whatever. I mean, he's not that much different from most of the presidents in the modern era, where they believe that they've had this right as the commander in chief. Um, they obviously have not read the constitution, which is a little strange in his case, because he's a constitutional lawyer. The Congress is the only one that really can make war. And um, and the fact that, you know, it's, it's, it's the sort of thing where, and I think, um, the disappointment with a lot of people who voted for Obama on this particular issue is, that um, we really wanted him to show the right way to do things. If you really believed in it,


MOORE: go to congress and make the case. I think there's a lot of people that I respect, I don't necessarily agree with them but I respect them, that could make the case that he made. Why not just go and do that? Um, he probably would have Congresses' support, that's the other

OLBERMANN: I was just gonna say, who would be standing in his way at this point on it? I mean just, eh, let alone of the ethics of the thing. And you presume Kucinich is operating from that point of view as he usually does.

MOORE: Right.

OLBERMANN: But, but just on the politics of the thing, who was gonna stand in his way from a, from a Democratic side of this..

MOORE: Right.

OLBERMANN:..after what happened with getting Bin Laden. He bought himself kind of a, kind of a blank check in what is loosely described as international affairs. Where would the opposition come from?

MOORE: It wouldn't. That's, that's what's so odd about this. Other than to just, eh, other, other than to make the case that the executive branch has more power than these other two branches. And where, you know, where we've been used recently to, to the Supreme Court essentially taking that same position. That the so-called court, that doesn't really believe that the judicial ah, part of the government should make law


MOORE: that's all they've done is make law. And, and they somehow have tipped the balance, ah, where, essentially, they have made corporations whole as persons, as citizens


MOORE: and, and has, and have said that money is now speech and they can buy candidates, ah, and the sort the third wheel in this is Congress. Like, where are they? They don't stand up to the Supreme Court on that issue, they don't stand up to the president on this issue. Um, it's not healthy for the country.

OLBERMANN: And it appears in Congress they're spending too much time there for it to be just a hobby but not enough, they're not taking it seriously for it to be a full time job. They're doing something in between, I'm not sure what it is.

MOORE: Oh, what is it?

OLBERMANN: Yeah, ah, that's, we, we can go that, we can go in some other venue, a larger question about them. But let me ask you about the specifics on Libya. McCain was in essence, although perhaps not in his deliriousness, correct. Gadhafi did threaten his own people. Was there no justification for NATO and its action including our own in your opinion?

MOORE: I think there's always justification, when you see a group of people who are going to be slaughtered or going to be killed for us or anyone to stand up and defend somebody who's going to be killed. I think you would do that out on the street. We would do that hopefully as a, as nation that has a good heart and cares about people, but I don't think that's really, really what has taken place here. And while initially, when the French planes went in in that first night, to stop the Libyan troops, who were on their way, essentially, amassed to this town to perhaps cause a lot of damage, beyond that it's like, you know, they keep bombing every compound that they think that Gadhafi is in and then turn around and say 'Well, we're not really out to get Gadhafi'. What's the problem with just saying that? What's the problem with just being honest with people? Let us have the debate. It's whether or not our military should be doing that. Because there is a list of about 20 or so other really bad guys who run countries in this world, that, if using this same criteria, we would have every right to go and bomb their presidential palace or their compound. Not that I want to suggest that but as I heard myself saying that, I think there are people in the Pentagon

OLBERMANN: I'm gonna write that down, Michael. Thank you very much!

MOORE: Damn, that's right, there are another 20! As the American people have said in the poll that you showed, people are tired of this. They don't want it and we don't have the money for it. Ah, this, this really has to stop. And, you know, we have to find other ways to do this.

OLBERMANN: Are you worried about the specifics of this situation or the parallels drawn between President Obama cherry-picking legal support for his position and whether or not they actually match up with the ones about president Bush cherry-picking legal opinions to support his decision in the cases of Guantanamo and rendition and terror and eh, and eh torture.

MOORE: Well, there's a couple of big differences between Obama doing it and, and Bush doing it. Although I think it, it's wrong on just, you know, on a base level I think it's wrong to do it. But I think Obama did it because in his heart he wanted to stop what he believed would be the slaughter of innocent people.




MOORE: Bush's reason to tell the intelligence community 'Get me some information and don't come back until you tell me there's WMD', boy, that is, you can't really compare that to Obama. Because what Bush did was to start a war under false pretenses. He knew they were false pretenses. He went and and found the evidence he needed or the people, not really the evidence but the people who would say that there was evidence and then took us into this incredible war, sad, incredible, devastating war, based on a lie. There's no lie, other than maybe, you know, they might have hyped the actual threat of how strong Gadhafi was or whatever. But I don't think Obama's motivation is to lie. But to get to where he's going he's doing a similar thing by only listening to the people who agree with him.

OLBERMANN: Why get so close. Michael Moore, the auteur of "Sicko" and "Fahrenheit 911" and and so much more and now we're so proud to say, a contributor to Countdown, you have my gratitude, sir.

MOORE: Well, I'm, again, honored to be here and I think your parents are looking down tonight and are very proud of you for keeping the good fight going and thank you on behalf of everybody who's watching.

OLBERMANN: Thank you, Michael.

It is fitting at this point, I think, to tell you in the briefest of Special Comments what we intend to be doing here. This is to be a newscast of contextualization, and it is to be presented with a viewpoint: that the weakest citizen of this country is more important than the strongest corporation; that the nation is losing its independence through the malfeasance of one political party, and the timidity of another; and that even though you and I should not have to be the last line of defense, apparently we are. So we damn well better start being it.

The words of another are suited to this moment. This is from of all things Harriet Beecher Stowe's magazine profile of Abraham Lincoln, written in 1863. It pertained to the actual Civil War then, it pertains to the silent civil war being waged against us now.

She wrote:

"The revolution through which the American nation is passing is not a mere local convulsion.

It is a war for a principle which concerns all mankind.

It is the war for the rights of the working classes of mankind as against the usurpation of privileged aristocracies.

You can make nothing else out of it.

That is the reason why, like a shaft of light in the judgment day, it has gone through all nations. Dividing to the right and left the multitudes.

For us and our cause: all the working classes of Europe, all that toil and sweat and are oppressed.

Against us: all privileged classes - nobles, princes, bankers, and great manufacturers, and all who live at ease.

A silent instinct piercing to the dividing of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, has gone through the earth and sent every soul with instinctive certainty where it belongs.

No sophistry could blind or deceive them. They knew that our cause was their cause and they have suffered their part heroically as if fighting by our side because they knew that our victory was to be their victory.

On the other side, all aristocrats and holders of exclusive privileges have felt the instinct of opposition and the sympathy with struggling aristocracy for they too feel that our victory will be their doom."

John Dean on Clarence Thomas' latest conflict of interest next.

The Supreme has today thrown out a class action sex discrimination suit and suddenly 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees are out of luck. As one legal expert put it today 'The Supreme Court made today a really good day for big business.' Meanwhile big business makes every day a really good one for the one of the men on that court for whom there is tonight another stake through the heart of his credibility. Clarence Thomas may or may not be personally corrupt but his impartiality has been irredeemably corrupted. After the revelation that he received gifts and his wife received political donations from a conservative Texas real estate high roller.

The Wal-Mart case first.

It dates back 10 years, to when Bethy Dukes said the California based store she worked at passed her over for promotions yet promoted male staffers. The court voted 9-0 to throw out this class action suit saying there was nothing really holding the different defendants or the different plaintiffs together. But it was just 5-4 on ideological lines against whether they could file another class action suit. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the key dissent in the 5-4 vote, saying it "...disqualifies the class at the starting gate, holding that the plaintiffs cannot cross the 'commonality' line set by (the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure)."

For its part Wal-Mart released a statement saying "We are pleased with today's the majority made clear, the plaintiffs' claims were worlds away from showing a company-wide discriminatory pay and promotion policy...Wal-Mart has a long history...of providing advancement opportunities for our female associates [and will continue its efforts to build a robust pipeline of future female leaders."]

And then there is Justice Thomas. He is reportedly been enjoying a robust pipeline full of monetary contributions to his and his wife's pet projects. According to the New York Times, conservative real estate mogul Harlan Crowe has contributed half a million dollars to Thomas' wife Virginia's Tea Party group and another $175 000 to finance a library project dedicated to Justice Thomas. Crowe also paid millions to restore a canary and museum in Thomas' home town Pinpoint, Georgia. If Thomas were a mere federal judge, these contributions would raise questions of conflict of interest. Judges are not supposed to be involved in fundraising. But because that ethical code does not apply to the Supreme Court, Thomas can wave and apparently watch the whole controversy slide by. Joining me now Countdown contributor, one time counsel to President Richard Nixon, author of "Conservatives Without Conscience", John Dean. John, thanks for being here for the first pitch ceremonies.

JOHN DEAN: Welcome back Keith, we've missed you.

OLBERMANN: Thank you kindly, sir. All right, let's start with the, with the Wal-Mart decision first. Part of it was nine-zip, part of it was 4-5. Are there implications of each that go beyond just this case?

DEAN: Well, the nine-zip is a little misleading because, really, that was on a technical issue, on back pay, ah, and the, it's really a 4-5 ideological decision. It came down based on whether they had the, eh, commonality to proceed with this lawsuit. And it's a very consistent ruling, Keith, with what this court has been doing with its conservative majority. Ah, those 5 can now drive the court and it's just right in their standard pattern of, of taking care of corporations.

OLBERMANN: The quote that I read before "This is a great day for big business" Eh, is this a great court for big business?

DEAN: It is a good court for big business. It's a good, it's a court for people with money, ah, the whole jurisprudence of this court, at least the majority of this court, ah, is to keep small players out of federal courts entirely, particularly cases that rise as high as the Supreme Court. So we're, we're, we've seen a pattern develop to when this collection of justices gathered and (theirs)this thinking has been extended, for example in the opinion today of the Wal-Mart decision. Scalia made it much more difficult for future ah, actions. Now, he, he has just one vote to do that, eh, he has a 5 to 4, but still it has direct implication for future, ah, class actions. It's gonna make it very difficult. And no one wants to individually litigate these things, no one can afford to do it. Ah, so the companies win when this happens.

OLBERMANN: So, in other words, the more employees you screw, one way or the other, the more likely you are to get away with it, I guess is the conclusion.

DEAN: Nicely put,

OLBERMANN: Thank you, (sir)

DEAN: nicely put.

OLBERMANN: That's one, one law class in four years of college. That ah, that eh, that, I got my money's worth out of that. (All right) To Clarence Thomas and his wife and their buddy and his donations and his presents. If you're, if you're a certain age this invokes the name of a justice who actually had to leave the court because of a construction not unlike this one. Tell us in brief the story of Abe Fortis.

DEAN: I was there. Ah, and what happened is, the Mitchell, ah, Department of Justice, turned to Richard Nixon, decided to aggressively try to remove a justice who had really done maybe even less than Clarence Thomas. And they did it by leveraging the situation, they threatened to go after his wife, ah, who had bin, eh, who was a practicing lawyer in the city and forced the issue by raising all kinds of problems. In fact, the great irony, Keith, is that it was Bill Rehnquist, later chief justice, while at the Department of Justice, who wrote the basic game plan for Mitchell to go after Fortis and said he could prosecute a sitting justice, if he wanted to. They didn't really have the case, ah, and I suspect they had much less than we see right now but they bluffed Cor, they bluffed Fortis right of the court. It was, it was quite striking.

OLBERMANN: Clearly Clarence Thomas is not gonna be bluffed in there and I don't think there's anybody who has the, has the leverage to triangulate him out in some way, Is there anything to be done legally to remove him with this continuing casebook being filled with, with ah, either the appearance of conflict of interest or real conflicts of interest?

DEAN: Well, what there is to be done is not likely being done. You'd ta-, ah, you'd referred earlier to eh, to the timidity of Democrats, this is not their sort of thing. Where Republicans would aggressively go after and they might use a grand jury, they might start a congressional investigation. They would find a pretext to go after this. I don't expect the Democrats to do this, ah, much to the chagrin of a lot of people who'd like to see them be more aggressive on issues like this.

OLBERMANN: Columnist, author, Countdown contributor John Dean. Very proud to be able to say the last part, John, thank you kindly.

DEAN: Thank you.

OLBERMANN: The rightwing radio host who unintentionally confirms he does sell his endorsements of rightwing causes and rightwing groups, how Fox News edited out one of Jon Stewart's key points in their interview with him and Markos Moulitsas explains, why he has barely been on TV for a year. Ahead on Countdown, only on Current.

On this date in 1837 a young woman just 27 days past her 18th birthday took a new job. Women employed as anything but cooks, nannies or wet nurses were unusual in 1837 but this one went into management. Her new gig that started on June 20th, I tell you as I start my new gig on June 20th, merely lasted 73 1/2 years. She was Queen Victoria. And if I last here as long as she did there, I'll be doing this till I'm 125 years old. Here's our nightly break from the madness, a segment we call "Time Marches on!"

Bellvue, Washington, hello! Where the Bellvue square Microsoft store has found a new way to attract customers: cute kids who can dance. How did it take them so long to come up with this? Anyway, this dancing tween clearly has the skills to pay the bills. The question becomes, is this kid more talented than our past dance champion, the little superstar. If I'd had to pick a winner in this, I'd have to keep the title with the little superstar since he does not have any technological assistance. But I think there is only one way to settle this: worldwide dance off. Or: possibly a class action child labor lawsuit the Supreme Court can throw out.

To Beverly Hills, where Brendon and Brenda Walsh are up to their old tricks. Ah, maybe not but I do miss that show. Instead we have a collection of old Hollywood dresses up for auction that were amassed over 50 years by the actress Debby Reynolds. Some of the more noteworthy pieces include a ceremonial headdress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, the blue Dorothy dress worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" but the piece de resistance was a dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in "The 7 year itch", that one, nicknamed "the subway great dress" for that reason. And that dress sold for just $4.6 million. I got $25 an hour and it took hours and hours, you'd be surprised.

Finally we travel to Tokyo with our continuing coverage of our future robot masters. Ryuma Niiyama has spent the last three years as a robot. No, no, he's working on building a robot who can run and jump. He started with the simple premise get the robot to leap up onto the chair, chair jump achieved, the next step a little more, yeah. From way downtown, bang. I'm, off for 5 months and they still haven't perfected this? Finally, time for a quick jog. Off to a good start, then it pulls a hammy. Ah yup, the Albert Pujols the.. Overall the robot they have named athlete perhaps ironically marks a substantial leap forward in robotic movement and a small step towards Olympic testing for robotic limbs, Lee Majors. Time marches on.

The rightwing radio talker who just admitted they basically auction off their endorsements of causes and groups. Next.

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Ninety percent of the time the safety and security of the democracy has been assured not by law, not by bravery, not by foresight but by the stupidity of those who would erase that safety and security. The website Politico wrote last week that rightwing talkers like Rush Limbaugh, Lonesome Rhodes Beck and Mark Levin in essence sell their endorsements of rightwing causes and groups to the highest bidder. Levin promptly attacked the author of the piece and in so doing he inadvertently confirmed that this soul selling system is in place. Levin defended his sell out to a group called Americans for Prosperity by questioning the standards of Ken Vogel, the reporter for politico who exposed Levin's murky funding from his rightwing sugar daddies. On the website 'Human Events' Levin wrote "Politico self-identifies as a news operation. Yet, it is also a commercial operation... Kenneth Vogel, his colleagues, his bosses, and the investors behind Politico, earn their salaries and revenue based on the ability of Politico to attract advertisers...Conservative talk hosts do not hide their opinions or pretend that they are journalists, which is the lie perpetuated by many so-called news outlets, like Politico...This would be obvious to most observers. But apparently not Politico and Vogel. Kenneth Vogel's unprofessionalism and ideologically-driven writing would be better practiced on an avowedly left-wing site." Notice that there was not the slightest hint of a denial in there. Levin was the only one to give away the store while trying to defend it but he's not the only one guilty of shilling based on who'll pay him the most. What you will hear next what introduced to a radio audience as a legitimate news story about a nuclear treaty.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) RUSH LIMBAUGH: Now the good people of the Heritage Foundation been asking these questions way before it hit your newspaper. And the heritage bunch have been prodding Republicans in Washington. They've asked some questions of their own and they are. ... it's a perfect example of the kind of work Heritage does on our behalf, on behalf of the United States. They are constantly focused on our liberties and our freedoms and what must be done to defend them. Not only do you have to look at it on the merits but the effect it will have on liberty and freedom in this country. In fact you can go to right now and check out their 10 reasons why America shouldn't ratify the treaty. And it's el freebo. You can read it for nothing. memberships are available to each of you, they start at $25 a year and they go up from there depends on eh how much you wanna pay.

OLBERMANN: There's the old joke of eh about Michael Jordan if they invented a jockstrap that you wore on your head he'd do a commercial for it. But the most refreshingly transparent host is old Lonesome Rhodes Beck who is sponsored by Freedom Works and presents as his TV pundit guest a mouthpiece from Freedom Works.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) GLENN BECK: Well, let me go to Matt Kibbe, 'cause that's what your job is at Freedom Works. You try to put the coalition of of power together. And it really is frightening, Matt.

MATT KIBBE: Sort of forgetting the fundamental mandate from our founders.

OLBERMANN: No shot at Jordan there. I was actually just saying Jordan it's a joke, Limbaugh it's the truth. Joining me now from Washington the co-author of the Politico piece on ideology for sale and target of the assault from a high-pitched commentator, Kenneth Vogel. Ken, good evening, good to see you.

KENNETH VOGEL: Hey, great to be back with you, Keith.

OLBERMANN: Headline here Levin attacked you but wound up confirming your story in essence.

KENNETH VOGEL: Yeah, that's right. He didn't really question any of the eh of our reporting. In fact he confirmed that he has this relationship and other folks have told us that these types of situations are on the rise. But they say, however, that this has long been going on in radio. And of course it has. If you listen to eh talk radio or morning drive time radio you can hear people pitching pizza shops or urging their listeners to go get their car repaired at a certain garage but this seems to us to be quite a bit different in that what these guys are selling and what their sponsors are selling is political ideology. And they're incredibly popular. They have millions of listeners and these groups have benefited from these sponsorships to the tune of tens of thousands of new members and increased contributions, which have made them all the more powerful in advocating the types of policies that they're pushing in Washington. So, it's quite a bit different than just buying pizza or eh getting your muffler changed at a at at a particular garage.

OLBERMANN: Ah, but does it matter to conservative talk listeners that the choice of which flavor of Koolaid they're being given at a at a given hour is the result of advertising dollars rather than some sort of actual editorial choice.

KENNETH VOGEL: Well, talking to ah conservative ah other folks in the conservative movement who have similarly been made aware somewhat recently of this phenomenon, they do believe that there're that there're some listeners who are misled by these types of arrangements because of the way that these hosts seamlessly weave the advertising together with the contents of the with the content of their shows. Ah in fact there was this specific case that was mentioned to me ah involving Glenn Beck, who actually started his own Tea Party group at one point and was really aggressively advocating for them, ah had some of their members and leaders on his website and then as soon as he entered the sponsorship agreement with Freedom Works which probably pays him on the order of a million dollars a year,


KENNETH VOGEL: he ended up shutting out this other group and instead endorsing Freedom Works. So it does raise the specter which conservatives are acutely sensitive to as a result to some of the Abramoff, Ralf, Reid, ah Native-American gaming relationships of this pay-to-play.

OLBERMANN: Ah, did you look into that, into whether there is some sort of equivalence here to the disc jockey scandals in radio in the 50s, the Payola thing where they took money to play individual records or as long as they put it on their taxes is it still legal.

KENNETH VOGEL: Well it is totally legal. And the only thing that would make it improper is if in fact they were advocating or saying something that they did not believe in the advertising, Which would make it sort of false advertising. What surprised some of the conservatives who I talked to though is sort of the blatant nature in which some of the distributors and ad sales people where hawking not just advertisements but content. Whole blocks of programming where they say if you enter into an arrangement we will guarantee that once every week we will have a segment. Some of them called it magic moments or embedded advertising where they will build an entire segment, content, sometimes around the news, that basically touts this organization. Its initiatives, its membership in it in a way that is not exactly clear that it's advertising.

OLBERMANN: Well, as you can see I'm utterly shocked by this and I can barely contain my, my amazement that this is the arrangement in, in conservative radio. Ken Vogel of Politico. Reporter and correspondent and apparently not seriously scarred by Mark Levin. Great thanks, good work on the story too.

KENNETH VOGEL: Thank you, Keith.

OLBERMANN: It may be called Worst Persons but tonight it has the best cell phone video ever. And Jon Stewart going on Fox News complaining about bad news ethics like selective editing and then getting that comment about it selectively edited out. Ahead.

He does an interview with Fox about honesty and bias in news, they deceivingly edit out the moment when he calls out their dishonest biased news executive by name. Worst Persons ahead. And Markos Moulitsas on those Republicans lurking in the weeds, the ones who seem to be smoking them as we go inside the Republican cult.

John McCain in trouble for blaming wild fires on illegal immigrants, John Huntsman in trouble because his family business is in bed with Iran, Markos Moulitsas on another day inside the Republican cult and why he hasn't really been on TV for 13 months.

First, time for Countdown's top three nominees for today's "Worst Person In The World."

The bronze... to Sarah Palin.

She has apparently succeeded... in patenting herself.

Politics-Daily report the deadline to protest her bid with the Patent Office passed on Friday.

Thus: the term "Sarah Palin" is now trademarked in two commercial categories.

The first: "information about political elections" and "providing a website featuring information about political issues."

The second? For "educational and entertainment services."

OK. The entertainment - I'm buying.

But a patent for the term "Sarah Palin" for "education"?

That patent... is an idiot.

The runners-up: a tie between Bill Sammon, Washington Bureau Chief of Fixed News, and front-man Chris Wallace.

Wallace as you know interviewed Jon Stewart for "Fox Noise Sunday"...

And it turns out Fox edited out one key moment of their conversation. You would have seen this:

"It reminds me of, you know - you know, in ideological regimes, they can't understand that there is free media other places. Because they receive marching orders." "Do you think I get marching orders?" Do you think I get marching orders.

Unfortunately there was something edited out - and clearly it was too brief to have been edited out for time:

After Stewart said "Because they receive marching orders" - and this is from the actual tape of the unedited interview - he added...

"It reminds me of, you know - you know, in ideological regimes, they can't understand that there is free media other places. Because they receive marching orders. And if you want me to go through Bill Sammon's emails and... Do you think I've ever... How do you explain me? Oh I think you do a nice job and I've told you that on the show. I think you're one of the most interesting... Do you think I get my marching orders?" Do you think I get marching orders.

A guy alleges that Fox News Executive Bill Sammon is sending marching orders by email, and they just happen to edit it out.

Presumably after receiving marching orders from Bill Sammon.

By e-mail.

The winner: Hermon Raju... who is reportedly the... woman on the train.

You haven't seen the video of the woman on the train?

The greatest cell-phone video ever?

For the first time in the last million occurrences, a conductor on New York's suburban commuter rail line, "Metro-North," actually intervened when the passenger you've been stuck next to at least once on a plane, or bus, or train... not only talked too loudly, but was also allegedly swearing.

We join the lady, going off the rails, on a crazy train - already in progress.

Ms. Raju - the alleged well-educated commuter - has a profile on the job site "Linked-In" in which she claims to have, quote.

"Excellent management and communication skills...

She also asserts that she is a, quoting again, "Highly proficient professional with a passion for pushing limits on expectations".

So, it's okay then, she was just showing her excellent communication skills by pushing limits on expectations.

Hermon Raju - likely to be driving to her folks from now on - today's Worst... Person... In The World!

To wrap it up with our inside the Republican cult segment, Senator John McCain has today doubled down on his weekend claim that the so-called Wallow fire which has already consumed 519 000 acres along the Arizona/New Mexico border, was started by illegal immigrants. He says quote "I was briefed by the Forest Service about the fact that illegal immigrants sometimes start these fires". Then he claimed he never said he meant that particular fire. Then he cited an LA Times story supposedly supporting his claim. The LA Times version of that pretty much sums the whole thing up.

McCain quote "also cited a Los Angeles Times report backing his claim, although it was unclear which story he was referring to." And he of all the Republicans, who have run for president or might yet do so, may still have had the best day today. Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos joins me in a moment.

The Republican National Leadership Conference in New Orleans this weekend turned into a battle among the candidates for who could claim the medal of being the most conservative of all the conservatives. And it was also of course an opportunity to take some shots at the president. The tone for the conference, set by that man, Reggie Brown, an Obama impersonator, who tore into the president for economic policies, Libya, bad golf game, nah now, he went after the same thing conservatives have latched onto since Obama declared his candidacy, his race.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) REGGIE BROWN: we're more than half-way through June already. Now, ah, my favorite month is February, Black History Month. You see, Michelle, she celebrates the full month and, you know, I celebrate half.

OLBERMANN: Where this crowd of red meat Republicans racially charged jokes for like cat nip, they responded with resounding applause, as you heard. But when the comedian started laying into the hide of the GOP candidates, the crowd's response was negative enough to get the guy forcibly escorted from the stage.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) REGGIE BROWN: You got your front runner, Mitt Romney. Now, don't get me wrong, he might make a great president along with his first lady, ah, second lady, ah third lady. I gotta go. God bless you, god bless the United States, god bless America. Thank you.

OLBERMANN: While the impersonator got the proverbial boot, the guy who really got the Republican crowd going was the man in the cowboy boots. Tough talking, budget slashing, secession hinting, hair dyed Texas governor Rick Perry. He urged the GOOP to move even further to the right, stop playing nice for Democrats, like some other candidates have been accused of doing, I'm looking at you Mr. Romneycare.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) RICK PERRY: We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life. We need to stop apologizing for wanting to protect an individual's right to build a business. We need to stop apologizing about stemming the tide of entitlement mindset that's out there. And and our loudest opponents on the left are never gonna like us, so let's quit trying to curry favor with them. Let's stand up. Let's speak with pride about our morals and our values and and redouble our effort to elect more conservative Republicans. Let's stop this American downward spiral.

OLBERMANN: Will you jack it down, pal. Perry has yet to formally enter the race but among those who have, Ron Paul won the most recent straw poll. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor and ambassador to china's second. However, his campaign's off to a rocky start. Reports that Huntsman Corp, the chemical company founded by his father, sold a substance in Iran that could be used to manufacture missiles. So now not only does Mr. Huntsman have to defend himself against criticism that he's too cozy with the Obama administration, now he's got to explain why his family's company might be supplying Iran with weapons grade material. Speaking of weapons grade material, the Democratic party is never without it as long as it is talking internally. Last week's Netroots in Minneapolis, Kaili Joy Gray, associate editor of Daily Kos took White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer to the woodshed regarding the president's struggle to fulfill the promises he made in his 2008 campaign.

(EXCERPT FROM VIDEO CLIP) KAILI JOY GRAY: If it's impossible to get these things done or almost impossible to get these things done, unless he has a supermajority in the House and the Senate, and even when he did he said it was still next to impossible to get these things done, what difference does it make whether we reelect him.

DAN PFEIFFER: We passed the recovery act, repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell, we passed healthcare, we passed the Lilly Ledbetter Act, we made it so the FDA can regulate tobacco

GRAY: Well, Don't Ask Don't Tell, I mean, you're still firing people for being gay, so

OLBERMANN: Our David Shuster reported that Mr. Pfeiffer was actually chosen by the White House to go to a Netroots because he seemed to look the most deserving of sympathy. Nevertheless, despite the human sacrifice, a whopping 80% of attendees said that regardless, next year they'll vote to reelect the president.

Pleasure to be led through the jungle of rightwing extremism by the founder and publisher of, now Countdown contributor Markos Moulitsas. It's good to talk to you. Thanks for your time tonight, my friend.

MARKOS MOULITSAS: Oh, it feels, you know it's been a while but it feels like it was just yesterday I was just in front of the camera talking to you. So I'm so thrilled to have you back. I don't know if having the gig about walking through that rightwing nutjob mind field is really a gift or


MOULITSAS: something positive but I'll, I'll, I'll embrace it.

OLBERMANN:Yeah, it's a punishment

MOULITSAS: Let's do it.

OLBERMANN: It's a punishment. It's a punishment. Did, did, ah, star, something of self-sense. Did Jon Huntsman just blow away?

MOULITSAS: Ah, you know, Jon Huntsman, I don't know if he was ever gonna be sure inside, I think he was trying to buy for the media darling role because there, there, the rightwing grassroots, they were never gonna embrace him. I mean this guy was in the Obama administration. He believes in global warming. Ah, so, he really had a tough, ah, slot to begin with. Of course what this shows is that Republicans don't really believe all that rhetoric about being tough on terrorism and whatnot. If they can make a buck off that stuff, they'll make a buck, ah, in a heartbeat. But of course this gives ammunition to his opponents. Not sure they needed that much ammunition, but it does make his tough slot pretty much an impossible one.

OLBERMANN: Are all the candidates of the moment doomed anyways? Is this gonna be about Jeb Bush riding out on his Paul Revere horse at the last minute?

MOULITSAS: Ah, I, I, I, to me, ah I, I, I don't see Jeb, ah, coming out this year. Ah, I think all the most serious Republican candidates, and I use serious in quotes but the most serious to them Republican candidates, I think they're gonna buy for 2016 at an open field. Because it's gonna be tough to unseat Barack Obama. It's always tough to defeat an incumbent. The may look at the economy, they may do their best to tank the economy, they may try to st, try to prevent the debt ceiling to be raised to try to tank the economy. They'll do whatever they can. But ultimately I think Obama's in a much better position now then the Democrats will be in 2016. So I think all the most serious, tough candidates, they'll buy their time and wait four years.

OLBERMANN: So, let's go a little longer. We're gonna continue past the top of the hour, ah, nearly every night. I'm sorry I forgot to tell everybody. Ah, I've gotta ask you this. I haven't been on television since January this year but you haven't been on cable television since May 12 2010. Why for?

MOULITSAS: Well, it seems that your old boss had a little problem with me. I was under the impression that you were in charge of your own guests, that you can decide who can speak on your show and those of Ed Schulz and Rachel Maddow and the rest of the line up on MSNBC. Turns out that Joe Scarborough has veto power over who can speak in everybody else's shows. So I got in a little Twitter war with him. I mean this is a Twitter war with Joe Scarborough. Apparently I made him cry, he went crying to Phil Griffin, your old boss, and he decided that I would not be allowed back on MSNBC until I apologized to Joe Scarborough. I offered to buy him a fainting couch for Christmas, ah some hankies to wipe away the tears but apparently none of those were good enough, they needed an apology. So I found it very, kind of, bizarre, that the lowest rated morning show host, in all of cable news, was dictating the guest list at the only show on cable news that cracked Fox News' stranglehold on the top ten. I mean yours was the most successful show not just on MSNBC but one of the most successful shows on cable, yet Joe Scarborough, a, a, such a loser host was dictating who you could talk to.

OLBERMANN: Well, regardless of what all that might have been or not been, did you try to do anything to mend those bridges?

MOULITSAS: Ah, you know, we, we, tried to, I mean I tried to talk to Joe Sc, to Phil Griffin and ah the fact is he wanted this apology and and that was what it was gonna take and I, I just didn't think that an apology, first of all, was warranted. And second of all I would think that somebody who is a political host would have a bit of a thick skin, you know. God knows I get assaulted every day by my, my colleagues on the right. I don't sit there and demand apologies. I get attacked from my friends on the left. I don't demand an apology. It comes with the territory. You gonna get arrows slung at you and you just sort of shrug them off and you carry forth because you believe in what you believe in. Joe Scarborough apparently couldn't hack it and so went crying to his superiors to try to do something about it.

OLBERMANN: You print your best or worst hate mail, don't you? I mean you publish it on the website.

MOULITSAS: I do. I mean this comes with the territory. I mean people all the time, you know, my readers say 'I can't believe you read through this stuff.' Ah, I read through the stuff, I mean it happens, it comes with the territory. So I'm not afraid of it. I have a thick skin though. I understand that I'm gonna be accused of all horrible things. Ah, 99.9% of them being wrong, scandalous, potentially libelous. It comes with the territory, I slug it off, I shrug it off and I move forward.

OLBERMANN: Well, that's all, it's kind of a sad story you told us just there, Markos.

MOULITSAS: It's not a, well, might have been a sad story. I think it is a thrilling story. I'm happy that now you're here, you got a new show, you're on a network where you get to call the shots as far as I can tell. I'm not exactly behind the scenes but it looks like you're in a good situation. I like your boss quite a bit. And, and ah, I think we're, I'm gonna do everything I can to help you build something incredible because we have very few voices on television of any sort, good, strong, populist, progressive voices. And I, you know I believe you're a national treasure and I can't wait to do everything I can to make your show a success.

OLBERMANN: Thank you, sir. Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and now Countdown contributor. Great thanks. All right, that's Countdown. Up next on Vanguard the newest nightmare of Oxycontin: "Gateway to Heroin" including pharmacy jacking, which may have been the intent of a murderous attack yesterday at a suburban New York City drug store.

I'm Keith Olbermann. Thank you for helping us preserve freedom of news. Good night and good luck.