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“My God, He’s Still Talking!” Redux: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann, Part 30

Posted By David Forsmark On January 28, 2010 @ 10:30 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

Last week, Keith Olbermann infamously broke into MSNBC’s coverage of Scott Brown’s acceptance speech with the exclamation “My God, he’s still talking!”

Brown dared to talk for about 20 minutes to gathered supporters who had helped him pull off a historic victory, which changed the landscape of the nation politically.  To a large extent, we can probably blame Scott Brown for the extreme length of Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, which was undeniably shaped by the shellacking the President took last week—not to mention last Fall.

Despite the fact that it seemed to drag on like one of Castro’s birthday speeches, or Khadafi’s  deranged appearance at the U.N., the Washington Post reveals today that Barack Obama’s SOTU address was only the 5th longest State of the Union speech in modern history.

Here is the breakdown published in the Post today:

At 71 minutes, President Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday ranks among the longest such speeches in the past 45 years. These are the longest State of the Union addresses:

2000 (Clinton): 89 minutes

1995 (Clinton): 85 minutes

1998 (Clinton): 78 minutes

1998 (Clinton): 76 minutes

1967 (Johnson): 71 minutes

2010 (Obama): 71 minutes

Source: The American Presidency Project, University of California at Santa Barbara

Of course, the MSNBC “anchor team” of Matthews, Maddow and Olbermann had no trouble with that aspect of the speech—and NBC had no problem with the most ideological crew on TV hosting a major news event.

Fox, by contrast, used Bret Baier and Shephard Smith as its anchors for the SOTU.  Imagine the outcry if the network Keith Olbermann calls, “Fox Noise,” and “Fixed News,” has used O’Reilly, Hannity and Beck as the night’s anchors.

Every network had its panels of clearly identified partisan and ideological commentators last night, including Fox.  And while we spend a lot of time on this blog identifying the bias of some of the so-called “straight news” people, only MSNBC chose to host the evening with open ideologues.

More on the details of what that meant to MSNBC’s coverage last night, later.  For now, it’s worth noting that while there were benign references to the length of the speech, we had no “Merciful heavens will he please shut up” moments from Keith and company last night.

Related posts:

  1. “My God, He’s Still Talking!” Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 27
  2. A Bridge Too Far? Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 28
  3. Rather Clueless: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann Part 12

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