Caution: I am a fan… if you dislike the guy you may not want to read this.
I was dismayed to hear that last night’s episode of MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann would be swan’s song. As a long time listener of the show (I listen to the podcast daily… look for a future article on podcasts) I was saddened yet not completely shocked.
Whether he resigned or was fired, one thing seems clear… relations between Mr. Olbermann and his bosses have been strained to say the least since November when he was suspended over giving three donations to Democratic candidates, most notably to Arizona’a Rep. Giffords. Another reason may have something to do with the Comcast and NBC merger, although all sides are denying any involvement. Or, Keith may have finally said enough.
Known primarily as bombastic and at times downright kooky in his angry tirades against corporations or the previous president, who was the recipient of many of those tirades over the years and basically responsible for creating the outspoken style of Olbermann’s show. If it weren’t for Keith’s early delving into the fallacies that made up our reasons for going into Iraq, MSNBC would still be another “impartial” news source. And yes, as a response to Fox News, MSNBC tacked hard to the left after Countdown’s first Special Comment. For as much as people believe in the “liberal” media, I believe that most media are timid and lacking courage to do actual journalism… and then there is Fox. They are about as “Fair and Balanced” as Mr. Olbermann.. however, he has the balls to say so. He realizes he was speaking from the left and was unapologetic about it. And for that I am extremely grateful.
Yes at times he went overboard, but the message was always one of trying to make things better for everyone. He was an advocate for free health care clinics, for disaster relief efforts and so many other things. He shared the grief over his father passing away earlier last year and the joys of his father’s legacy to all of us fans in his Friday night readings from James Thurber. He brought us Rachel Maddow for whom I adore and whether you like him or not, he certainly made the whole thing a bit more entertaining. I will miss the show, the “get out your pitchforks and torches”, the countdown itself and the tongue in cheek “Worst persons in the world”. I will miss the bombast and I will miss having a counter weight to the screaming heads on the other side. At least this screaming head was on my side.
Thank you, and good luck,
Cornelius J. Blahg