Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tired of Olbermann

Very much so.

Is it just me?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree...especially now that Rachel Maddow has her show immediately following his.

Don't get me wrong--I enjoy both personalities very much as independent entities. But with them placed back-to-back in the lineup I am yawning after 90 minutes.

What doesn't help is Olbermann's "I'm reluctant to do another special comment but here it goes anyway..." Either you want to ritualize the five minute closing diatribe or you don't. Don't be coy with me sir! (To imitate Olbermann.)

The New Yorker published a seven page biography of Olbermann about five months ago. After reading it, I gained a bit more respect for the man, but the tone of the writing seemed to glorify the hardships endured by men that don't know when to keep their mouths shut. In this way he very much comes off as the prototypical "blowhard liberal."

That being said, Olbermann deserves some credit for the following: I have watched his show nightly for the past year and never have I seen him come out and baldly lie to the audience. Has he stretched the truth in terms of the significance of certain facts? Yes. Has he made artificial associations? Yes. But he has never outright lied.

This is more than can be said for everyone at Fox News, some at CNN, and even those among our trusted anchors on the Big Three networks.

So, tired, yes. But more the kind of tired that some of Apostle Paul's followers must have felt when hearing yet another sermon on the evils of makeup on women and long hair on men.

"We get it! You're into strictly defined gender roles and misogyny! Enough already!"

12:33 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

I'm with you, A.

I respect KO because he came out and said the things about the Bush administration that no one else on television was saying. God bless 'im for that. But now he seems to think that the show has to be wall-to-wall outrage. And he's turned into rather a gasbag. Still, that doesn't mean he's not admirable in several ways.

6:37 AM  

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