TLP: When You Lean Forward Too Far, You Just Might Fall on Your Face

Friday, November 05, 2010 , , , 0 Comments

Psst, Olbie! Your ADD is showing.

Two times this week, Keith Olbermann has made changes in his "Countdown" program. Do you get the feeling even he doesn't know what the fuck he's doing?

The Huffington Post was all over it:
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann made a surprise announcement on his show tonight, saying that he was suspending his popular "Wost Persons in the World" segment in response to the message from Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity:

First, the overall message that the tone needs to change, that the volume needs to change, was not lost on any of us. The anger in this news hour was not an original part of it, nor was it an artifice that we added to it. It was a response to a threat to this democracy posed by Mr. Bush, and now by his lineal descendants. The anger happened, it will still happen. It is not for ratings and it is not "get angry first and find a reason later."

But there is an institutionalization of it that may no longer be valid. That is "The Worst Persons in the World" segment, which started as a way -- of all things -- of defending Tucker Carlson. It's satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger, so in the spirit of the thing, as of right now, I am unilaterally suspending that segment with an eye towards discontinuing it. We don't know how that works long-term. We might bring it back. We might bring back something similar to it. We might kill it outright. And next week, we'll solicit your input.
And then:
For years, Keith Olbermann ended his "Countdown" broadcasts by announcing the date and stating how many days it had been since President George W. Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq. Earlier this year, he transitioned to an ending counting how many days it had been since the oil spill began in the Gulf of Mexico.

And after a period with no closing line, Olbermann debuted a new count on "Countdown" Wednesday, the day after the Republicans won control of the House and Rep. John Boehner became the presumptive future Speaker of the House.

"That's November 3rd, one day since Republicans took control of the house," Olbermann said. "Mr. Boehner, where are the jobs? I'm Keith Olbermann, good night and good luck."
Still in the line-up, at least for now: the same tired roster of commentators and plenty of over-indulgent self-referential asides. Good luck, indeed.

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