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TV REVIEW: MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell is terrible!

He’s (Obama’s) bashed Fox a number of times, but maybe it fires up the base.
On the same day, the White House practically endorsed MSNBC, with Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton saying: “If you’re on the left, if you’re somebody like Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow or one of the folks who helps to keep our government honest and pushes and prods to make sure that folks are true to progressive values, then he thinks that those folks provide an invaluable service.”

Washington Post, Media Notes by Howard Kurtz, September 28, 2010.

The new MSNC show stinks.

FYI, I wrote directly to Rachel Maddow. No one responded and there was no correction of yesterday’s error about a false Tip O’Neill “All Politics Is Local” alleged coinage. 60 Minutes didn’t respond to me about it’s terrribly biased interview and the obvious errors as to the meaning of “Ground Zero”/”Ground Zero Mosque.” The NY Times didn’t respond to me or correct its error about the false origin of the nickname New York “Yankees.” It really doesn’t pay to know anything nowadays.

I left other MSNBC shows on as background noise, and boy, was that a mistake. Mother Jones’s David Corn called the Republicans “zombies.” Olbermann called a segment about SC Senator Jim DeMint “DeMinted.” (So hilarious and inventive!) Olbermann mentioned that “DeMint got up on his hind legs…” Calling a Senator a dog, are we? OBAMA LOVES THIS STUFF? Olbermann let California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger rip Republicans, barely mentioning that the Governator (whose family joined the Nazis) had called Republicans “like Eva Braun writing a kosher cookbook.”

Now, To the new kid on the block. From Wikipedia:

Lawrence Francis O’Donnell, Jr. (born November 7,[1] 1955) is an American political analyst for the cable news channel MSNBC, who has appeared on The McLaughlin Group, The Al Franken Show, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He was an Emmy Award-winning producer and writer for the NBC series The West Wing and creator and executive producer of the NBC series Mister Sterling. He appears as a recurring supporting character on the HBO series Big Love, portraying an attorney. He also frequently fills in for Keith Olbermann, hosting the Countdown with Keith Olbermann news commentary show on MSNBC when Olbermann is absent. On September 27, 2010, O’Donnell began hosting The Last Word, his own weeknight MSNBC program in the 10PM ET timeslot.

Here’s all you have to know about “The Last Word.” LAWRENCE O’DONNELL SPENT TWNTY MINUTES INTERVIEWING LEVI JOHNSTON!

Levi Johnston is running for mayor of Wasilla because someone’s paying him to run, but you’ll never know how much he’s getting paid for a reality tv show no one will watch. O’Donnell then asked Johnston a few questions that I quickly recognized were the same ones that Katie Couric had aske Sarah Palin. The questions had nothing to do with Levi Johnston or being a possible mayor of Wasilla. O’Donnell then said that Johnston did a fine job answering the questions. “Within three days, you’ll know what you’re talking about. Within five days, you’ll be as good as Sarah Palin.”

I wanted to strangle Lawrence O’Donnell through my tv screen.

The promos declared that if you have something that will make O’Donnell or his listeners smarter, he’ll give you the last word. And then O’Donnell interviews Levi Johnston, who’s never really done anything too intelligent in his whiole life.

The next segment was about Iran trying to kill us–yep, that’s after the Levi Johnston interview. O’Donnell brought on the snark and said that Iran will have to do better than a few sea planes. Listen, Lawrence, Iran is building a nuclear weapon, threatening genocide of the Jewish people, is funding the Hezbollah terrorist group, is funding our enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you think Iran is a joke?

I again felt like strangling this guy.

His first night interview with VP Joe Biden last night was a snoozer. Lawrence O’Donnell then did a few tired Christine O’Donnell “witch” jokes, quickly adding that there was “no relation.”

From the Daily Caller:

TheDC Review: MSNBC’s new show ‘Last Word’ a let-down to those who love to hate pompous left-wing TV
By Ruth Graham – The Daily Caller | Published: 12:02 PM 09/28/2010 | Updated: 2:40 PM 09/28/2010
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Last night’s debut show featured an interview with Vice President Biden, a “get” that must have caused a pang of jealousy in Olbermann, who interviews the same four left-leaning journalists over and over. O’Donnell’s questions for Biden were mostly centered on political tactics rather than policy. The tone was friendly. At one point O’Donnell offered Biden the chance to “extend his remarks,” which no one has had to ask Biden to do since the early 1970s.
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The second segment consisted of a somewhat agonizing in-studio interview with Keith Olbermann, who didn’t look happy to be there. When O’Donnell lost the teleprompter for what felt like 10 minutes, but was probably about 30 seconds, he gamely said “Keith, live television is the only place mistakes can happen.” Olbermann grimly replied, “You asked for it.”
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O’Donnell then delivered the opening of the speech he thought Hoyer should have given — “the Rewrite,” see? In O’Donnell’s fantasy, Hoyer grandiosely commends Colbert for delivering the most powerful defense of migrant worker rights in decades, because that is a realistic thing for Steny Hoyer to say on Fox. “The Rewrite” is a promising concept, but it’s hard to avoid seeming pompous when delivering a speech in someone else’s name, and your whole point is that your version is better.
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The real question is who the viewers are.

SUMMARY
Buck up, people! Watch Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and now Lawrence O’Donnell! Read the Huffington Post every day! They keep our government honest!