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A Farewell to Arms: Meltdown with Keith Olbermann, Epilogue
Posted By David Forsmark On January 23, 2011 @ 8:50 pm In NewsReal Blog | Comments Disabled
On the weekend the Green Bay Packers made their way to their first Super Bowl after parting ways with their most prolific—and most tearful—quarterback after deciding his squirrelly act was just too much hassle, MSNBC also called it quits with their top-rated screamer, just as new owners may be moving the network in a new direction.
But even I have to admit that Keith Olbermann’s goodbye was classier—not to mention more manly– than (any) of Brett Favre’s.
And as I pointed out in an earlier post, once again Keith Olbermann has made his biggest news by the fact that he won’t be showing up.
But unlike much of the Right online, I’m not necessarily dancing in celebration.
Of course, since Keith’s “indefinite suspension” of a month ago lasted 2 days, who knows what “ended the contract” means. A week’s vacation and a doubling of his salary?
Media commentators have been wondering for a year what Comcast was going to think of buying a network with ratings in the toilet having a $7 million per year host. Talk about an anchor…
But Comcast protests that they have nothing to do with this; and maybe they don’t. On the other hand, the Detroit Pistons are currently engaging in the common practice of trying to dump big contracts in order to make themselves more viable for a new owner they don’t even have a deal with yet; and it would make sense for NBC to do something similar for their imminent new bosses.
When Keith Olbermann did something remarkable, lately, (which was less and less often) it was usually not good for his side.
In the last year, Keith became a way for Jon Stewart to set up a Sister Souljah moment, and try to establish himself as the voice of reason by distancing himself from the frenzied leftist rants Olbermann was most known for.
This deflated Olbermann to the point that he never really seemed the same again.
The other night, Chris Matthews, along with the execrable Joan Walsh of Salon.com suggested that Sarah Palin is good for Barack Obama because she gave him a foil—assuming that everyone in America cringes when she speaks like they do.
This was ironic, seeing how they were talking on the network whose highest rated host actually accomplished that role for the Right.
So excuse me if I don’t join in the celebrations on the Right for Keith’s departure and the fact that it seems to indicate a complete collapse at MSNBC. To use an illustration Keith himself might appreciate, it’s a little like Giants fans rejoicing because the 1962 Mets traded Frank Thomas. Sure, he was their best hitter, but they weren’t competing at your level anyway.
Keith Olbermann was simply the best daily illustration of the angry Left and the hatred of traditional American values it represents. On that level, he will be missed.
If he’s actually gone long enough this time to be missed.
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