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Please keep on talking Mr. Olbermann!

  • Jan 20, 2010
I have always found it very interesting that liberals and Democratic leaders in Congress like Sen. Chuck Shumer support legislation like the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" that would effectively stifle political discourse in this country.  The Fairness Doctrine was introduced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) back in 1949.  The Fairness Doctine stipulated that the holders of broadcast licenses  present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable and balanced.  This was a very reasonable proposition in those days as at that time there were only handful of radio stations and 1 or 2 television outlets in each market.  But the media landscape changed dramatically over the next 40 years and The Fairness Doctine was scrapped by the FCC back in 1987 at the dawn of the cable TV era.  These days with the advent of cable television, the internet and satellite radio there are countless venues where virtually every point of view can be aired.  The problem is that liberals are extremely frustrated by the unmistakable fact that conservative talk shows are usually highly successful and make money while the ratings at so-called progressive networks like MSNBC and Air America are simply dreadful.  History shows that progressives are rarely successful in the marketplace of ideas and prefer to resort to executive orders and the courts to advance their agenda.  Meanwhile, let's not overlook the fact that taxpayer money is used to subsidize PBS and National Public Radio.   Lots of us are none too happy that our tax dollars are being used to support networks that are clearly in the hip pocket of liberals and the Democratic party!!

All of which brings me to MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann".   On a nightly basis, Mr. Olbermann spouts some of the most vicious and deragatory pablum you will see or hear anywhere.  When it comes to Keith Olbermann the "politics of personal destruction" seems to be his bread and butter.  Take a look at what Keith Olbermann had to say about Republican Senatorial candidate Scott Brown on the eve of Tuesday's Massachusetts Senatorial election:

Remarks like this are really nothing new for Keith Olbermann.  Rather than limiting his comments to one's position on the issues he indulges in diabolical personal attacks on those he disagrees with.   I listen to a lot of conservative talk radio and while many talk hosts can be quite strident in their opposition to an individual's policy positions I rarely hear the kind of venom that is spouted by Keith Olbermann on a nightly basis.  And Mr. Olbermann's diatribes are not a spontaneous response to a stimulus but rather a carefully planned commentary prepared for his show.  He is a disgrace!

In spite of Keith Olbermann's complete lack of common sense and decorum I have never heard any conservative support any kind of legislation that would keep him off the air.  Despite the fact that many conservatives find his commentaries offensive and outrageous most would defend to the hilt his right to present them.  It is interesting to note that the so-called Fairness Doctrine being proposed by President Obama's FCC czar Mark Lloyd and many prominent Democrats would apply only to talk radio and not to cable news programs.  Personally, I am all for giving Keith Olbermann all the air time he wants.  The more he speaks the better.  Keep it up Keith!   I can say with a fair amount of confidence that in some small way you helped to elect Scott Brown to the United States Senate. If MSNBC is foolish enough to tolerate your abysmal ratings and allows you to continue "Countdown" over the coming year you may be instrumental in returning both houses of Congress to Republican hands this fall.
Please keep on talking Mr. Olbermann! Please keep on talking Mr. Olbermann!

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January 23, 2011
Nice. I tend to not listen to guys like this anymore...
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Quick Tip by . January 23, 2011
Now that Keith Olbermann has apparently quit MSNBC we may have finally seen the last of "Countdown". I say "Good riddance!"
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Countdown with Keith Olbermann is an hour-long weeknight news and political commentary program on MSNBC which airs live at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and reruns at 10 p.m., 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on weekdays, other than Fridays, when there are typically no re-runs. The show, hosted by Keith Olbermann, debuted on March 31, 2003, and counts down five selected news stories of the day with news reports and interviews with guests, along with commentary by Olbermann. On February 15, 2007 Olbermann received a four-year contract extension, which includes two Countdown primetime specials on NBC.

At the start of Countdown, Olbermann told television columnist Lisa de Moraes that "our charge for the immediate future is to stay out of the way of the news.... News is the news. We will not be screwing around with it.... As times improve and the war ends we will begin to introduce more and more elements familiar to my style." On rival commentator Bill O'Reilly, with whom Olbermann would later cultivate a feud, he stated, "I'm not looking to take down Bill. It will be a totally different program. It will not be a show in which opinion and facts are juxtaposed so as to appear to be the same thing." The show is known for Olbermann's fast-paced rhetorical style, historical and pop culture references, and liberal commentary. Olbermann melds news stories, both serious and light, with commentary, much of it critical of Republicans and conservative politics.  The show has been the ...

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