I thought about posting the other day about Keith Olbermann. Then I thought to myself, hey, I had a nice blogging account somewhere to post it to. What was that damn thing called? You see, I’ve signed up to far too many friggin social networking sites.
Anyway, as a way of introduction, I’d consider myself a pretty left-leaning commie pinko liberal. I started watching Keith Olbermann on Countdown for many of the reasons I suspect everyone watched that show, because we were really angry at George Bush and Keith was really good at venting our anger. He’s just so poetic and pontificating. It was like catharsis by proxy (not to be confused with Baron Munchausen syndrome by proxy).
But after a year or two it got pretty tiring, and just plain annoying. I agree with probably 80% of what Keith seems to believe, but he just loves the hyperbole. Really. Really. Loves. The. Hyperbole.
This came into stark contrast after starting to watch Rachel Maddow. It took me a bit to warm up to her. She’s not as eloquent. She’s not as quick with the tongue or retort. But, she’s a real person who admits mistakes and doesn’t presume to know the best answer. When she has a guest on, she really wants to learn something. And so do we.
You see, my big beef with Keith became the same beef I have with Beck, O’Reilly, and all the others of their kind. They surround themselves with people who agree with them. They never have the guts to go on TV and have a rational debate with a competent opponent. The only guests Keith has on is his buddies who say “oh yes that’s a great point Keith”. That’s boring TV, no matter how many triple word scores Keith throws in.
This is why shows like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart are as good as ever. They engage you. They make you think.
I respect Keith, but I won’t miss him.