There he goes again. To the ranks of the unemployed.
Keith Olbermann, the liberal TV commentator got fired from yet another gig. This time it was from the upstart Current channel, run by former Vice President Al Gore.
Olbermann originated “Countdown” on MSNBC (where he was also fired) and brought it to Current, liberal bias intact.
The show was easy to watch because of Olbermann’s witty and sardonic handling of any and all stories. The writing was almost always sharp, and his commentaries were well thought-out, if a bit pompous at times.
Olbermann showed early signs he was fed up at Current. His usual sign-off at both MSNBC and Current was “Good night, and good luck,” which he borrowed from one of his broadcast TV idols, Edward R. Murrow, a news broadcasting titan in the Golden Age of Television, the 1950s.
For several weeks prior to his firing, he signed off with “Congratulations for getting through another day of this crap.” If you wondered whether he meant that to mean all the news items of the day or the show itself, you have your answer now.
Worse, after Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” last month, Olbermann showed how he wears his bleeding heart on his sleeve: For the sake of civility, he put his trademark “Worst Persons in the World” segment on hiatus. It was arguably the most popular segment of his show. Think David Letterman no longer doing his Top Ten Lists.
Speaking of Letterman, Olbermann has been a frequent guest on his “Late Show” over the past year, and Dave always joked about Keith’s over-sized head. Apparently he needs one to house his giant ego.
Olbermann is in the tank for Obama, but the politician he might most resemble ego-wise is Newt Gingrich.
Olbermann’s image is that of a sarcastic personality who is too smart for his own good. He came to celebrity as an ESPN sportscaster (“They’re not gonna get him!”) and had a cult following with “Countdown” over at MSNBC. Before going there, he worked briefly as a host of a Fox Sports show.
You guessed it. His ego conflicted with Rupert Murdoch’s ego. End to that story.
Olbermann brought his arsenic-laced criticism of Fox News and Murdoch with him to both “Countdown” ventures.
True, Fox News dismembers the facts and deserves to be attacked and often. But the fact is, Foxholes are persistent and consistent. Sure they drink the Kool-Aid and they’re corporate lackeys, but they’re reliable and never let their fan base down.
On Tuesday, one of those Fox News lackeys, Sarah Palin, will co-host the “Today” show and “Countdown” won’t be there Tuesday night to rake her over the coals.
Olbermann keeps making the mistake that it’s him and not his show, which is a unique news program that’s smart, witty and controversial.
So is there life for “Countdown” somewhere else? Spike TV? BBC America? Bravo?
Maybe Keith Olbermann can find new life on Oprah’s network.
It’s called OWN. As in no fault but his….
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