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Keith Olbermann Adjusts His Sign-Off, While Bill O’Reilly Speculates about Adjustments at MSNBC

MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” usually ends with the host saying “That’s [insert date], good night, and good luck,” a reference to Edward R. Murrow‘s sign-off. Over the years, Olbermann has also added commentaries noting the days since the start of the Iraq war, and earlier this year the Gulf oil spill.

Last night, Olbermann changed the sign-off once again, saying:

“That’s November 3rd, one day since Republicans took control of the House. Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs? I’m Keith Olbermann, good night, and good luck.”

Of course, Republicans won’t actually assume control of the House until January, but who’s counting?

Meanwhile, on Fox News Channel, Olbermann’s 8 PM competition Bill O’Reilly speculated about upcoming adjustments at MSNBC. O’Reilly was speaking to Dick Morris Bernie Goldberg, and the two spent a good deal of time bashing MSNBC’s election coverage:

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‘Hannity:’ ‘Not White House Approved’

Sean Hannity added a new tagline to his show tonight: “Not White House Approved.”

“It seems like the White House is developing an enemies list,” says Hannity. Democratic strategist/FNC analyst Bob Beckel tells Hannity he understands why Obama might not want to appear on “about three hours worth of programming, including this one. When you have Karl Rove and Dick Morris as your medical experts on healthcare reform and Frank Luntz as your pollster? Come on, let’s not kid ourselves. This is an opinion show.”

Last Night in “Talking Points”

factor_7-30.JPGThe soap opera saga that is the Scott McClellan-talking points comments, in which he implied, than denied and apologized, then MSNBC doubted, that Bill O’Reilly and others at Fox News received Bush White House talking points, continued last night.

• O’Reilly replayed his phone conversation with McClellan yesterday on the radio, and ended his “Talking Points” memo (no relation) with: “He was a stand-up guy to come on. He knew it was going to be that way. Finally, here is the bigger picture. I have had enough dishonesty from the media and I’m betting you have to. So we are going to confront blatant deception and go after the deceivers no matter where they are.”

• O’Reilly’s 8pmET foil, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, played the Radio Factor segment but had a bit of a different take, as he spent a segment discussing with contributor Eugene Robinson. “If we’re partners, Scott McClellan owes me money,” Olbermann said. “[O'Reilly] made this deal all about him, that he never got talking points from the White House, but what about his producers, his commentators, what about the other Fox noise machines like [Sean] Hannity. They’re not mentioned here – Are they conspicuous by their absence?”

Alan Colmes, whose name was raised by Dick Morris on Monday as someone who Morris sent Clinton White House talking points to, denied the implication on his blog yesterday. “If someone was sending me talking points, I never saw them,” he wrote. “And, frankly, I have nothing against talking points as long as they’re used with discretion.”

• FNC’s Greta Van Susteren wants her own correction all the way from North Korea. On Gretawire, she wrote, “Now it is my turn…I never got talking points from the White House and I would like McClellan to correct himself. Generalizing is wrong.”

Click here for the O’Reilly segment last night, and continued for the Olbermann segment…

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Tracing the “Talking Points” Comment

mcclellan_7-29.JPGIt all started at 5:22pmET last Friday.

That’s when former White House press secretary (and best-selling author) Scott McClellan told Hardball’s Chris Matthews the Bush White House would send Fox News commentators “talking points.”

McClellan made the distinction, “between the journalists and between the commentators,” but when pressed by Matthews if “people say, ‘call Sean [Hannity], call Bill [O'Reilly], call whoever,’” McClellan concurred.

“Certainly it wasn’t necessarily something I was doing, but it was something we at the White House, yes, were doing in getting them talking points and making sure they knew where we were coming from,” he said, although he qualified, “I think that happens both ways when people go on other networks that are favorable to Democrats.”

Next, the story got picked up by Countdown Friday night. “It’s one of those things you kind of assumed to have been true all along, and yet you are shocked when hard confirmation actually shows up on your door,” said Keith Olbermann.

Then, on Sunday, the story made an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources. Host Howard Kurtz discussed the Hardball segment with National Review’s Jim Geraghty and commentator/author Keli Goff: “Has McClellan kind of ripped the lid off a seamy situation here, where the Bush White House was funneling its message, its talking points, to the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity?”

Then, on The Radio Factor yesterday, and on his show last night, O’Reilly addressed the notion — and called out the “idiot” McClellan.

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