So its been awhile since i posted… needed to unhook for awhile.
First off, today we found out that Keith Olbermann is leaving his show Countdown on MSNBC. With no explanation (really), today was the last show. Olbermann is symbolic of MSNBC rise from 3rd to 2nd place and a shift from neutrality to liberal commentary. It was a counter to the conservative commentary of Fox News with CNN seemingly taking the higher road of journalism (too bad that doesn’t get you ratings). From Olbermann came Rachel Maddow and a slew of left-leaning primetime commentary. Is Olbermann’s departure a sign that Comcast will force MSNBC back to more unbias (and lower ratings) prime time shows? Where will liberals go for their voice?
Personally I will say that maybe this is the best for Olbermann. His show has not been the same since Obama has won. Just as it was easy for the GOP to criticize the first 2 years of the Obama administration without any real need for substance, it was easy for Countdown to criticize the Bush administration during its 8 year reign. Without W. to blame, his stuff became stale and degenerated into the stereotypical bed-wetting liberal that the right so often portray the left. His stance on healthcare was too personal and seemed to drain him. I’m sure a main of his talents will soon be giving new opportunities and I’m sure many liberals will be waiting for that. Still, even in these latter years, Countdown was more watchable than say Hannity.
….. Which leads me to the 2nd part. I still wonder why FOX News is still beating MSNBC and CNN (combined i believe). I mean I don’t remember the numbers but it was a good beating. What is so appealing about the commentary of O’Reily and Hannity? I really don’t get it. I could understand FOX News beating MSNBC and CNN in ratings slightly but not as much as we are seeing. Could someone give me an ubiased, analytic, non-political reasoning for this? This can not be based solely on political preference. The ratings do not match up with the polls in the long run. I don’t find O’Reily’s style so much more appealing than say Olbermann’s or whoever CNN has. In fact i find O’Reilly insulting to my intelligence at times. Hannity I have no clue, I can barely watch a couple minutes of him. Maybe I’m under-valueing his ethos appeal to the loyal GOPers.