Keith Olbermann, who ran approximately 943,347 stories on how Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney and probably even George W. Bush should go to prison because—as it turned out—Richard Armitage “leaked’ the name of a CIA bureaucrat whose husband had already listed her in Who’s Who, Friday night had this response to the revelation that Bill Clinton was dispatched to find out what it would take to get Congressman Joe Sestak to quit running against Obama’s Most Valuable Defector Arlen Spector:
Move along, folks, nothing to see here.
Americans are taking this advice when it comes to Olbermann’s show, and I think it’s time I do the same. Not for the reason you might expect. My blood pressure is fine. Frankly, I’m bored to tears.
Olbermann has been phoning it in since he returned from his extended break; and his unending interviews with commentators Richard Wolfe Lawrence O‘Donnell Chris Hayes Jonathan Alter Howard Fineman Gene Robinson Ezra Klein Markos Moulitsas Chris Kofina, along with hard Left pols like Senators Sharrod Brown, Bernie Sanders and Rep. James Cliburn (and for comic relief, Maxine Waters), with the monotonous regularity of a sitcom cast going through the motions when they know their time has passed.
After daily outrageous commentary on topics like Sarah Palin, the racial makeup of the Tea Party movement, and one on newly elected Senator Scott Brown that famously led to a smackdown from Jon Stewart of all people, Olbermann has gone limp. His homepage on MSNBC can’t even come up with a Special Commentary they are excited about that is more recent than this pallid piece from May 4th, nearly a month ago.
For the uninitiated, that might seem pretty bad, but after all out assaults like this next one, it’s hard to be interested in Keith going mainstream Left:
So, one might have expected an energetic rant from Keith about the Sestak affair, and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy set to take over the world through slander and racism. Instead we got:
OLBERMANN: I heard a charge today that the media has been asleep on this story since it began. How much traction will Fox News and people like those who made that charge or do cheap impressions of Fox News, how much—and the political party they serve—how much mileage will they get out of this from here on in? Or did that mileage just run out and stop varying today?
WOLFFE: Well, the story that never was is no more. But traction applies—implies that they need some kind of momentum or gravity. This is not a news organization that requires the laws of physics. They will keep on running with the story as much as people will listen to them. And it makes about as much sense as investing in gold.
The story that never was, is the actual influence of Countdown. At its peak,during the Obama campaign, it reached nearly a third of the audience that O’Reilly gets as a matter of course, night in and night out.
I’m sure we will revisit Keith on occasion. Insanity and hatred don’t just go away that quickly. But he’s no longer worth a weekly series in his present state.
Good night, and good luck.