MSNBC’s Keith Olbermannn

GLENN: Highest rated show we’ve ever done was Monday night. We get Tuesday’s ratings tonight.

PAT: It was over 3 million people the other night.

GLENN: Yeah, it was like 3.3 million people with both runs. It was 2.8 million, which used to be ‑‑ do you remember when we were over at CNN and Bill O’Reilly would have 2.5 million people watching and we would go, oh, my gosh!

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: That’s a huge number. To put it into perspective, the CBS Evening News is about 4 million people, okay? That’s network. Now, Bill just beat CBS Evening News the other night. I think he’s beat them now twice. The mainstream media is becoming just totally irrelevant.

To put this into perspective, our 5:00 number, our 5:00 number of 2.8 and a total of 3.3 million people, 2.8 ‑‑ if you look at our number, 2.8, if you take Keith Olbermann ‑‑ in fact, do the math on this one, Stu. Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and ‑‑

PAT: Chris Matthews.

GLENN: ‑‑ Chris Matthews, and you combine them, we still beat them.

PAT: By about 300,000. It’s astounding. Except for, I don’t know how you are making this, Glenn.

GLENN: Why is that?

PAT: Because I mean, I hate to ‑‑ I intrude with the facts here. May I? May I just intrude with the facts?

GLENN: I just realized where you were going. Yes, go ahead. And intrude with the facts from Keith Olbermann.

PAT: Thank you.

OLBERMANN: I hate to intrude with the facts but ours is the highest rated cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed News. And since Fixed News is now migrating to ‑‑

GLENN: Stop, stop. I hate to intrude on the facts, but ‑‑

PAT: On those 35 years old who walk with a limp and are midgets.

GLENN: And if we exclude Fox News. That’s like I’m the richest man in America if I exclude everyone who’s richer than I am.

STU: That’s like Dennis Kucinich is the president except for all the other candidates. That is fantastic.

GLENN: Dennis Kucinich is the sexiest man alive… to people who have no eyes or hands.

PAT: The Toledo mud hens are the best baseball team in the world… except for everybody above them in AAA and Major League Baseball. Other than that they are world series champions.

GLENN: I hate to intrude with the facts.

STU: That quote is a reference point for everything Keith Olbermann says.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: Every time he says something, you can be sure that it’s coming through that frame of reference. It’s that accurate. He’s come up with some bizarre justification how he can say it on the air and not get sued. But it’s about that truthful.

GLENN: Unbelievable. Well, he dismisses. He goes on, if I’m not mistaken. Do you have the part where he dismisses Fox because he says ‑‑

STU: Yes.

GLENN: ‑‑ all we do is tell lies?

OLBERMANN: The tinfoil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists, it is not a news organization making this show the highest cable news program, period.

PAT: Can you believe he had the unmitigated gall?

STU: (Laughing).

PAT: MSNBC, who is just ‑‑

GLENN: An organ.

PAT: ‑‑ the menial wing, an organ of the White House, they have the unmitigated gall to level that claim at Fox. That’s unbelievable.

GLENN: That we’re only broadcasting now ‑‑ listen to that ‑‑ we’re only broadcasting to tinfoil hat people. Did he call, did he say terrorists? Play it again.

OLBERMANN: I hate to intrude with the facts but ours is the highest cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable not on Fixed News and since Fixed News has now migrated completely over to serving propaganda, tinfoil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists ‑‑

GLENN: Stop. Paranoids, conspiracy theorists, racists and tinfoil hats, that’s who you are. Now, when he says propaganda, propaganda is State‑Controlled Media.

PAT: That’s right.

GLENN: I don’t know how many lines you need to cross before you get to State‑Controlled Media. Does Barack Obama need to sign the check for Keith Olbermann before we can look at MSNBC and NBC News as State‑Controlled Media?