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Welcome words in NYT headline: "Bush Interview Is a Bust for NBC." Ratings-wise and journo-wise…. Bush on Today this morning claims deficits he ran up really weren’t so bad. Also Kanye West on tape sort of apologizes for his post-Katrina remark that Bush somehow said was "worst" moment of his presidency.
Jon Stewart, after being criticized by Maddow, Olbermann and Maher on overly even-handed "sanity" rally—and gently pushing back Monday night—now will appear on Rachel’s MSNBC show on Thursday. Should be great one.
Lawrence O’Donnell set a record last night—in debate with guest (Glenn Greenwald) he actually gave his opponent two-third’s of the face time! Debate was a continuation of their "Morning Joe" squabble over how much the Blue Dog Dems hurt the party. Here’s what Glenn wrote. O’Donnell, in his defense, closed segment with famous proud-to-be-a-liberal scene he wrote for "West Wing."
Obama criticized Israel’s housing plans for East Jerusalem, and Netanyahu barked back, now peace talks in jeopardy….. Naomi Klein video pick: Young Jews disrupted Netanyahu w/ truth about why Israel faces legitimacy crisis.
New twist: Who sent those fake Olbermann e-mails blasting his boss to a newspape columnist? Well, it turns out, none other than Tucker Carlson. Tucker is laughing about it. Keith is not. Tucker claims he didn’t think they’d be published. Right….
Meanwhile, Olbermann returned last night with jokes, and pointed comments, about his suspension, but pretty much along the lines of his letter to viewers. Guest Michael Moore, meanwhile, offered to lett NBC air his "Fahrenheit 911" for free as balance for its days of Bush book promo.