Interesting Night for me to Sample Keith Olbermann’s Show

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.

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4 Responses to “Interesting Night for me to Sample Keith Olbermann’s Show”

  1. Richard Says:

    Something tells me the place to find the “full explanation” will be The Dan Patrick Show, weekday mornings on AM 1460 in Columbus. He was Olbermann’s long-time “tag team partner” on ESPN SportsCenter, and they seem to still get along.

  2. Mike Says:

    Fox news is the most Fair and Balanced network out there…They ALWAYS have both sides of the issues unlike your precious MSNBC who only book guests that share their warped liberal opinions…To say that “Fair & Balanced” reminds you of “I am not a crook” is ludicrous…We don’t need a Fairness doctrine…The FD is the only way to make sure that conservative opinions are eliminated from the airwaves and if you disagree with that you are either naive or being disengenuious…Fox and Talk radio are the only alternatives to the Liberal airwaves of NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, etc. This entire commentary is a joke…John Stewart? Gets to the bottom of news stories? Really?

  3. JR Says:

    I agree with you Mike…Bill O’Reilly of Fox News does have commentators which offer opinions on both sides of the issues. MSNBC is a far-left, character assassination group. Fox News are 12 different programs with higher ratings than Keith Olbermann (who has a prime time slot). Olbermann’s mean-spirited rants had become tiresome. O’Reilly’s rating are hugh! Dick, you are a liberal – don’t pretend to be a even-handed commentator.

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