Keith Olbermann, A Former Hero

I used to really like Keith Olbermann. Sadly he has strayed from the great canon of journalism, objectivity. When he isn't involved
in his humorous, if ego-laden, spat with Bill-O, he is in constant Hillary attack mode. I simply can't stand watching anymore. He puts an anti-Hillary spin in every political question, every discussion.

I appreciated his early denunciation of the war and his refusal to join the lemming like press corps in the drumbeat to conflict. However he has taken to bashing Hillary at every opportunity. I can only conclude that there is some misogynist demon he is dealing with (or rather not dealing with). Mere political difference could not explain this level of vitriol.

His shtick used to be novel and funny. Now he seems a bit like a left leaning Denis Miller, a tad pedantic, and more than a tad repetitive. Keith Olbermann is rapidly becoming the worst journalist ......IN THE WOOOOORLD!
 

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Re: Keith Olbermann, A Former Hero

I can't watch him anymore - it's a real shame.  I don't understand why he had to take sides so early.  Like Moveon.org.  Why alienate 50% or your watchers or supporters?  Why didn't they wait?

Why do some people have so much difficulty looking at Hillary without preconception?  I miss AmericaBlog, TPM and Dailykos.  Thank heaven for MyDD.

by badu 2008-05-21 02:20AM | 0 recs
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I think MoveOn had a vote of its members.

by niksder 2008-05-21 05:00AM | 0 recs
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Isn't Keith Olbermann the same guy who once quit his job because he didn't want to continue reporting on the Lewinsky nonsense?
I don't watch Countdown every night, but it seemed that Olbermann was impartial when the primaries started but started to turn on Senator Clinton when she started to go negative on Obama. I don't want to get into who has tossed more mud throughout this campaign, but I think that Olbermann's agenda is getting a Democrat elected and his turn was based on Clinton tearing down Obama at a time when he was emerging as the front-runner.
I don't remember Olbermann running Clinton down when she was way ahead in the national polls all throughout 2007.
by GrahamCracker 2008-05-21 02:37AM | 0 recs
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KO is an entertainer.  He reports more on Hillary because she has become [sadly] ENTERTAINING.

Claiming that she should get all her votes in Michigan and Obama should get none?

Quoting Karl Rove's analysis that she is the better candidate?

Sniper fire in Bosnia?

You can't make this kind of stuff up, and it IS very entertaining!

by rf7777 2008-05-21 03:04AM | 0 recs
When was Keith ever objective?

He doesn't even pretend to be objective. It's not what he does. He's not a journalist. He's a commentator. He doesn't pretend to be anything else. What you're saying is that he was fine as long as you agreed with him, but now that he's pointing out things you don't like, well that's out of line.

by Travis Stark 2008-05-21 03:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann, A Former Hero

KO is a pundit, not a news guy...he's allowed to have opinions

by feliks 2008-05-21 03:12AM | 0 recs
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I NEVER used to miss his show and would tape it while away from the TV. Now that he's joined Team Obama MSNBC I NEVER watch him.

by handsomegent 2008-05-21 03:32AM | 0 recs
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I thought he was offically part of the BO campaign.  

david

by giusd 2008-05-21 03:50AM | 0 recs
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He sees the reality Clinton does not

by marketingman 2008-05-21 03:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann, A Former Hero

Keith Obamamann has gone a bit too far in this cycle. Comparing Hillary to David Duke and then saying that she should be killed was pretty much "it" for me. He tries to be one of the boys but he knows that the only place he belongs is on Sportscenter...then again, he wasn't even good at that.

by zcflint05 2008-05-21 03:55AM | 0 recs
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You can't seriously think Keith Olbermann was saying Hillary Clinton should be killed.

He was saying somebody should take her into a backroom and tell her it's over, the party is not going to support her any further, and then be done with it.

by BishopRook 2008-05-21 05:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Keith Olbermann, A Former Hero

zcflint05, I like you and don't want to tussle with you, but I think saying he thought she should be "killed" is a bit much.  His wording was awkward and just plain wrong (and I believe he apologized for it), but I don't think his intention was to imply that she should be killed.

That said, I can understand the sentiments about Olbermann by Hillary supporters. Much to my amazement, I was warming up to Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe until he developed a Tourette's-like tic regarding Rev. Wright.  Now I can't stand him or his piggy eyes. I now loathe him even more than I did during his Scarborough Country days.

The upside for me is that I never really respected the guy, so it's a lot easier for me to deal with than Olbermann.

by Rumproast 2008-05-21 05:28AM | 0 recs
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I like Keith & agree with him most of the time, but even I see that he can be VERY overdramatic sometimes.  And the Murrow-esque special report thing gets to be humdrum when you do it ALL the time.

But I was wondering what people think of Rachael Maddow.  I know David Gregory's been around longer and probably had something coming to him, but I can't help wishing she had gotten a show to fill Tucker's time slot.

by Bargeron 2008-05-21 04:11AM | 0 recs
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She is one smart lady, for sure.  While it is clear that she is pro-Obama, she doesn't manifest it in an over-the-top sort of way that KO does (and I'm a big KO fan).

by RockvilleLiberal2 2008-05-21 04:18AM | 0 recs
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I love Rachel Maddow, going back to the beginning of the Air America network.  She's smart and funny.  Just a wonderful person. She's the only one I go out of my way to listen to on the network anymore.  

And this wasn't widely reported, but Olbermann announced that when she filled in for him she had the highest ratings on cable news with the key demographic. Can't recall the exact details/numbers, but that's a pretty big deal when a very-out lesbian as a fill-in can draw huge numbers in the male-dominated world of cable news. Bravo.  I hope they give her a show.

by Rumproast 2008-05-21 05:42AM | 0 recs
You don't like him because now he's telling the

You don't like him because now he's telling the truth about Hillary instead of Bush and the neo-cons.

He was a Hillary Clinton supporter at first. He's allowed to have opinions, in fact it's required, he's a PUNDIT.

But I can understand your frustration. If Obama was way behind in this primary process and Keith was calling him out, I might be irritated too.

by DaveDial 2008-05-21 04:43AM | 0 recs
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He started out very pro-Clinton and turned when she started invoking fear as a campaign tactic.  That is a principled stand, not misogyny.  To invoke misogyny every time someone says something you don't like is to diminish the real barriers that women face.

by Piuma 2008-05-21 04:53AM | 0 recs
Don't you just love how "commentators"

are allowed to have opinions, when they glorify your guy.

by Rumarhazzit 2008-05-21 05:06AM | 0 recs
Are you saying

That you didn't enjoy it when KO was doing his monologues about Bush?  I know I did.

No commentator is going to have opinions you agree with 100 percent of the time unless that commentator  is YOU.  

by Sychotic1 2008-05-21 05:12AM | 0 recs
I absolutely loved KO when it was

"us vs Bushco." I stopped watching him months ago because his intense dislike of Hillary sends me over the edge now, even moreso than Tweety. He just doesn't seem to care that many of his loyal followers get really incensed when he is so condescending towards her. The only time I've watched his show in a very long time was Friday night when Rachel Maddow covered for him. She is an Obama supporter and she does it with class. KO could learn a few lessons from her.

by Rumarhazzit 2008-05-21 05:52AM | 0 recs
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I used to like Keith, but no more. Yes, I am a Hillary supporter, and the disgusting way Keith slams her night after night, has really turned me off. He also cherry picks poll numbers in favor of Obama. Ever notice he had no poll numbers from either West Virginia or Kentucky??!! You would think he would be more acceptable to a DEMOCRAT but I guess Hillary was never the right type of Democrat.

by demswin06 2008-05-21 05:31AM | 0 recs
Oh Keith.

I have lived overseas for some time and I could only listen to his podcast the last few years.  I loved him at first, but I actually stopped listening to him last fall because his anger actually brought me down.  That said, I appreciate that his progressive voice is very important for all of us Democrats.

Right now, we all need to start thinking about the end of the primaries.  Hillary is thinking about it.  Barack is thinking about it.  We need to, as well.  Their campaigns are obviously thinking about this, as well.

There are several people whom I think behaved in a reprehensible manner this spring.  For me, as a Hillary supporter, KO is one of them.  He is only one person on my list.  

But at the end of this, the most important thing is that the Democratic nominee become president.  Barack Obama is not my first choice, but if he is the nominee I will do whatever it takes to see him elected.  If that means that I must swallow my pride and shut up about KO and some other Obama people for the next five months, so be it.  For me, the movement is the absolute most important thing.

After this is over, for me, it is gloves off until KO apologizes for that disgraceful "special comment" he made about Hillary Clinton.  I will email him about it.  I will blog about it.  I will bitch about.

But for the time being, I am going to be a big boy.  The most important thing is that we DEFEAT John McCain.  Make no mistake about it.  There are Republicans reading our words trying to find ways to divide us.  I won't contribute to that.  As much as it pains me, I'll shut up for now, because I don't want to do anything to harm our nominee or contribute to divisions in our coalition this fall.

Let me be clear:  Keith Olbermann makes my skin crawl.

But NOTHING is more important than seeing our nominee this fall take the oath of office on January 20, 2009.

by psychodrew 2008-05-21 05:34AM | 0 recs
what does ed say?

by canadian gal 2008-05-21 09:51AM | 0 recs
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They now call him Keith Olgermann. Like many others, I stopped watching Countdown months ago, when he started bashing Hillary on every show. I'm sure his ratings have slumped as of late. I believe that both he and Chris Matthews are in love with Obama, his voice sends "chills up their legs."

by steve468 2008-05-21 11:25AM | 0 recs

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