I almost never watch either Keith Olbermann or Bill O’Reilly. I rarely watch any of the verbal bomb throwers whether they are on the right or the left. I like my pundits to show a little class, and that’s something you don’t get much of on the cable news channels. But, last night I did decide to sample Olbermann’s show and lo and behold it turned out to be his last one.
Even though I don’t often play in the mud puddles that the vociferous talkers wallow in, I must admit that I was glad that there was a counter to O’Reilly. He and Olbermann were both on at 8 p.m Eastern Time. For a while there was no alternative to the Fox right-wing propagandists, but MSNBC discovered there is an audience on the left and now has a nightly schedule of them. Since there is no longer a Fairness Doctrine to make sure broadcasters air opinions on both side of an issue, we certainly need for the cable news outfits to provide us with right and left alternatives.
What do I watch regularly? Nationally, it’s NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and I do sometimes record either the ABC or CBS newscast and watch them also to compare coverage. While I am not completely happy with any of the big three network newscasts because I think they spend way too much time on soft stories, I think they come closer to really being fair and balanced than the cable news channels. Fox saying it is “fair and balanced” reminds me of Nixon saying ,”I am not a crook.” If you are “fair and balanced” or “not a crook” you don’t have to say it, just be it.
Also, I watch the Daily Show regularly. It is satirical, but quite often, in my view, its admittedly “fake news” gets to the real truth of major stories more than the “real news” channels. Yes, Jon Stewart does come across as a liberal, but he also takes liberals to task when they go overboard. He did that with Olbermann a couple of nights. Also, he often interviews conservatives like Bill O’Reilly on his show, and O’Reilly has even had Stewart on his show. Stewart has even invited Glenn Beck, but he won’t come.
We still really don’t know why Olbermann left or was forced out. We do know that he has had confrontations with some MSNBC higher-ups, but that’s all we know. He didn’t tell us why he was leaving when he announced his departure last night, which I thought was really strange. but we will probably find out soon. I must admit that I am curious about it.