Sunday, January 23, 2011

Olbermann Exits MSNBC

Keith Olbermann, the erudite, but emotional commentator on MSNBC has left the cable network. Beginning in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when it was uncommon for a television figure to question the Bush administration, Olbermann delivered poignant attacks on the Republican Party. His "Worst Person In The World" segment became something of a "badge of honor" for Right Wing figures. What separated Olbermann from Right-Wing partisans on Fox News and the like is that Democrats were not safe from his rhetorical attacks. Olbermann aired scathing attacks on Hilary Clinton during her campaign against Obama and more recently, the President himself. In style, Olbermann seemed to borrow from classic newsmen Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite with a little of the fictional "Howard Beel" thrown in. He was originally a sports journalist.

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