So that’s it. Keith Olbermann is out at MSNBC.
Well, don’t cry for Olbermann. His tacky little adolescent temper tantrums, euphemistically called Countdown, may be reincarnated somewhere else. It’s hard to keep a trash-mouthed misogynist down, you know. Wherever a regressive-progressive audience can be found, there is certain to be a market — however diminished — for Olbermann’s brand of shock-jock, trash-talking “political commentary.”
The word on the street is that the Comcast moguls have a gag on Olbie, which requires his silence on the details of his leaving. His half-dozen fans from HuffPo have somehow managed to get more than 200,000 signatures on a petition to have him reinstated. It’s doubtful, however, that this will work. Olbermann was the undisputed MSNBC prime-time ratings anchor, but his declining numbers spell doom even for a guy with a dedicated band of cult-like followers. He’s done there.
And what was the cause of this celebrated breakup? Apparently, it was money, honey. As much as the liberal literati love to hate capitalism, their stars revel in the bread-buttering cashola that buys the mansions, stocks the bars, and pays for the promiscuity. Hypocrite is too mild a word, when one considers the inglorious rants against “greedy” corporations for which Olbermann was widely known.
But honestly, the thing that has always perplexed me to no end is how anyone over there at MSNBC ever thought a lightweight ex-sportscaster with a potty mouth was ever going to be able to outdo Bill O’Reilly. Olbermann, for his part, was constantly trying to turn his time slot into a raging feud with O’Reilly, but really, the dueling duo never was any contest at all.
O’Reilly may not be one’s favorite guy, but he earned his prime-time slot the old fashioned way, putting decades into actual journalistic reporting.
During the ’70s and ’80s, Bill O’Reilly was working as a broadcast and behind-the-scenes actual journalist. From Scranton to Dallas to Denver to Portland to Hartford to Boston and to New York, Bill O’Reilly was working as a news correspondent after earning a master’s degree from Boston University in broadcast journalism.