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Goodbye, Keith

Countdown anchor Keith Olbermann, in a move unforeseen by me and no doubt most of the viewing public, bid us a surprise goodbye tonight, just before closing his final MSNBC broadcast with his traditional Friday night reading from the works of James Thurber.

I suspect that the giant communications octopus COMCAST is to blame for the end of Countdown. And I hate them for it. COMCAST is determined to end net neutrality (and is lobbying relentlessly for it), and I have no doubt, as it is poised to take over MSNBC and NCB/Universal from current owner GE, that Steve Burke, the COO of COMCAST – a major Bush donor/supporter who will likely head these entities for COMCAST – demanded Keith’s head on a platter before the deal is inked.

Yes, Keith Olbermann doubtless angered many. He could be ruthless in his appraisal of political idiots and right-wing media screamers. But as harsh as he could sometimes appear to those who didn’t appreciate his no-holds-barred style, he always managed to convey that he truly believed in – felt – what he said, unlike so many in public life with access to the media who are shills, poseurs and props for politicians.

I also think that there were many who were simply confounded by his intelligence and erudition; he probably confused those who believe everything they read on the Internet or in their email, as well as those who get their political opinions spoon-fed to them by their equally-ignorant friends and family members, upon whom the intellectually lazy rely for socio-political information.

There will be a great big hole in my news-viewing life without Keith Olbermann. Keith, you never offended me; I relished your forthright coverage and from-the-heart analysis of political and social issues. I wish you well, and I wish even more that you turn up, snarling and full of truth, very soon on a TV station near me.

© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

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A farewell to Countdown host Keith Olbermann.

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