Friday, January 21, 2011

Keith Says Goodbye To MSNBC

Keith Olbermann is no longer going to host Countdown, MSNBC’s most watched show. And I have to say this sucks--but mostly for MSNBC. Keith brought a large audience to the network because of his sharp criticisms of the Bush administration and conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Bill O' Reily.

But it was not only the leftist leanings of the show that made it interesting to watch. It was the satire, the sarcasm, and intellect of Keith that made Countdown fascinating, especially in the age of Bush.

He brought something to political reporting that simply was missing in network news: a search for truth and social justice. His famous “Special Comments” were well thought out and impassioned arguments that added depth to much needed political topics. For that reason, he will be sorely missed. 

Ratings for MSNBC 8 pm time slot will surely dip dramatically after Keith’s departure. But I am sure that he will find a new position. He is undeniably talented and his witty, controversial, liberal arguments are greatly needed in this increasingly dominated media culture of elites and conservatives.

Hopefully, he goes to HBO or perhaps he can go to CNN, a network he competed with for years. Whatever the case, I hope this is not the last we see of Keith.