Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reason #298 Why I No Longer Love Olbermann

By JFein:

I have not yet decided whether I will bring out my old-inner Olbermann fan for 1 hour tonight at 8 or whether to bash everything he says. Knowing me, I'll plan on the former option, but when the time comes, I'll end up doing the latter. Regardless, if I am in a good mood tonight (in which case, the former will win out), I figure seeing as everytime I have done this, I have taken at least 1, even if it is subtle, shot at Olbermann, I should get it in now while I have the chance. I now give you Reason #298 why Keith Olbermann is an awful news anchor/commentator/reporter/journalist/whatever you want to call these "half-baked" cable news hosts.

With thanks to OlbermannWatch, this is Keith Olbermann on veterans' health care on July 26, 2007.

George W. Bush (in a video clip): "We owe our wounded soldier the very best care and the very best benefits and the very easiest to understand system."
Keith Olbermann: "Too bad they're not getting it"

Keith Olbermann on veteran's health care on August 17, 2009.

Keith Olbermann: "Today the President addressed veterans, a segment of the population that already receives public health care, and superlative health care at that."

And the aforementioned is not the only time that Keith bashed the VA and the treatment of veterans under the Bush Administration. This was an on-going thing. But now that Obama is president, everything is hunky-doory with veterans health care, even though no changes have been made. So do veterans receive absolutely deplorable healthcare treatment or wonderful, superlative health care treatment? Don't ask Keith Olbermann, that's for sure.

This is also piece of evidence #985 for Olbermann being completely in the tank for (and maybe even in the pants of) President Obama (although we all knew that one, right?) and a big time reason why, despite having several ultra far-right nuts in the comments section that OlbermannWatch is the best Keith Olbermann blog out there. When it comes to this stuff, Johnny Dollar is amazing.

Mindset of "OMFG Keith Olbermann is da bestest person alive" to commence in 3....2....1....

Countdown transcript of 7/25/07 (
Countdown video of 8/17/09 (

Update: It appears as if my only option tonight will be a "plausibly" live blog at 10:00. It's 7:45 and I'm just getting around to eating dinner. See you at 10 ET!


  1. i was joking last night, sort of hoping you'd sneak a Factor blog past JC.

    also, President Obama 8/17/09:
    "Now, taken together, these investments represent a historic increase in our commitment to America’s veterans — a 15 percent increase over last year’s funding levels and the largest increase in the VA budget in more than 30 years. And over the next five years we’ll invest another $25 billion to make sure that our veterans are getting what they need."

    and when will the far-right commentators who have no problem calling Obama a Nazi and worse ever be held to the same standard as Olbermann?

  2. Haha. I might actually try that one time.

    That last question really depends on who you ask. Conservatives (and others such as myself who just wants a fair and balanced host) will rip Olbermann all day for being completely in the tank for Obama long but ignore the gaffes of the far-right commentators (i.e. Hannity) while liberals and liberal groups such as Media (and others such as myself who just wants a fair and balanced host) Matters will rip Fox News, Limbaugh and other far-right commentators all day long yet ignore the gaffes of Olbermann and MSNBC.

    As far as mainstream goes, though, I believe that it is Fox News and the right wing pundits who are criticized more and are thus held to a higher standard than Olbermann is. But at the same time, though, while it is my belief that Olbermann only has a few more years on cable news, there won't be any firings any time soon, most notably at this point in time with Glenn Beck for his controversial and ludicrous statements where he claimed Obama hates white people. While completely dumb and ignorant, his numbers, especially for his slot are way too damn good for News Corp to even think about firing him. According to The Atlantic, Beck averages more combined viewers than Olbermann and Maddow combined! And that's partly why Olbermann, in my opinion, does not have much longer at MSNBC. His numbers have been going down, down, down since the election while Fox is on pace for a record year and the Top 3 cable news programs in terms of overall viewers in order from 1 to 3 are Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.

    Wow, when I started typing this comment 20 minutes ago, I was not planning such a thesis on this....