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Four More Years For Olbermann — Are You Counting Down?

MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced yesterday that Countdown with Keith Olbermann has been renewed for at least the length of Barack Obama's term. He said:

"Keith Olbermann is at the core of MSNBC's current success. Countdown is our signature program and I'm thrilled that we're going to be able to bring it to Keith's loyal viewers for another four year term."

The often incensed and always passionate newscaster, who went on The View yesterday and admitted to not voting as a symbolic gesture of objectivity, will be on board for more of his Special Comments (surely to be creatively engineered after Bush leaves). Olbermann will also play a prominent role in MSNBC's coverage of all major news events. Is this announcement music (or noise) to your ears?

kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
haus, I watched the Daily Show before Bush and I will watch it after. No crickets. :) MSNBC doesn't come in on my TV (even though it is supposed to). So I couldn't care less that his contract was renewed.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
""OMG the GOP is teh suxor" ... she's thoughtful about it. You know, she's got actual REASONS for her opinions. Which, much as I love Keith, I think he lacks sometimes." What? I caught the tail end of her show the other day when she made an offhanded remark that Justice Scalia was "evil." Her, Olberman, and O'Reilly all fill the same sensational void.
janneth janneth 8 years
Love to watch him, but he is sooooo full of himself. "Special" comment--he is so special. That is plain stupid that he advertises that he did not vote, especially someone as partisan as he is anyway. Still, he points out some really interesting aspects of politics. Things others would never ever say.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
He's way too partisan for my taste (in his position), now if he was just Joe the neighbor yeah we could toss back a beer and shoot the breeze.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
Wow, hypnoticmix I'm surpirsed after his rant about the passing of Proposition 8. I thought he might be your hero.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I'd rather watch Rachel Maddow!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I'm sorry but I can't stand Keith Olbermann IMO he is the counter point to Sean Hannity and they can both go play on the freeway for all I care.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
He explained further elsewhere (since the lovely ladies of The View cut him off) that he feels it's harder to criticize policy or person if you voted them into place. Not a decision I would make, but I respect it.
Woop Woop 8 years
SuperC - I'm with you. KO also got me through the election along with Stewart and Colbert. :)
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 8 years
I love Keith. He got me through the election ;)
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Ok -- i just watched that clip -- WTF Barbara!! Get my the dudes nuts! :rant:
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Keith Olbermann/ Anderson Cooper are my news boyfriends :heart: - I hope they never go away. And I adore Rachel Maddow too SL. And I love Joy and Whoopi on the View -- they make me smile!!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't care either way. I don't listen to the vast majority of comentators because their messages are generally well spun.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I thouhgt KO's special comment was very profound last night. I enjoy watching his show but I don't count on it for my news. I get some of that from Charlie Gibson. I adore Rachel Maddow!
geebers geebers 8 years
I don't watch Keith for news- I enjoy his rants and I watch it primarily for his views and opinions not news. Anyway - voting is a system that works only if the majority take advantage of it- so while an individual vote doesn't really count, it is the voting of a large group that really illustrates the democratic process. So I do think people need to vote- but more important than voting is caring. I prefer people that have educated themselves on policies and issues and if they then decide they do not want to vote I have more respect for that decision than absently voting without any idea who or what you are voting for.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
Rachel is awesome. I feel like she splits the difference between straight news and "infotainment" - you know she has an opinion, but her criticism is not coming from a place of "OMG the GOP is teh suxor" ... she's thoughtful about it. You know, she's got actual REASONS for her opinions. Which, much as I love Keith, I think he lacks sometimes.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
My friend said something interesting the other day... Since people are getting so much of their news on the internet, they don't need the nightly news as much to round up the highlights at the end of the day. They already know that stuff. It is kind of morphing into this thing where people want to hear someone to analyze the stories and discuss the bigger picture of what it all means. I like Keith, even though I know he is biased. I think of him as Infotainment. Sometimes he gets carried away, but I usually just think "silly keith" and roll my eyes. Rachel Maddow is my true fav, though.
em1282 em1282 8 years
snow, I think that "generally offended" look that Elisabeth always has is just her normal face. :) I agree with a lot of your points, and I really enjoyed his special comment last night. So well-put and thoughtful.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Well, I can appreciate people who feel strongly about civic participation and I like the "get out the vote" campaigns. I think my annoyance is more with the fact that in this clip Elisabeth looks so offended that he didn't vote. Really Elisabeth? It's not like he would have voted for McCain, and if he did, it wouldn't have mattered anyway! It's just that even if a democracy does require a certain amount of civic participation to flourish, at the end of the day the goal is to get your candidate elected. Also, I feel like some people believe their role in politics in our country ends and begins with voting, but they don't attend any local political meetings, or write letters to their senators or anything like that. Then again, I freaked out when my bf told me he hadn't registered 3 days before the deadline! He did register and vote, but also sent me this article in NYTimes about voting, it's very interesting:
alexlove alexlove 8 years
I love how they don't even give him a chance to explain and just start screaming at him - all at the same time. Ugh.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I have to admit, I have taken that stance sometimes. Voting rates have been so low in this country, and it really stung in '04 to have the election decided by such a small number of people. So I thought, leading up to '08, that I could handle my candidate losing IF the voter turnout were higher; and when I encouraged people to register to vote I probably did say "I don't care who you're voting for, just do it." Clearly I do care who they're voting for, but for the health of democracy (over the long term) it's more important that they participate. The thing about Olbermann that bothers me (upon further reflection) is that "real" journalists - those who have to remain objective to do their jobs well - struggle over whether it's OK to vote (because if you vote, you have a preference and that can influence your reporting). And for him to toss his vote away when he clearly is NOT in that position ... I don't know, I just don't get it. It doesn't sit well with me. But you're right, living in NY he could be reasonably sure that Obama would take the state anyway.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i agree snowbunny... its just like the media's obsession with all of those undecided voters. lame! i mean, if you were still undecided on election day you really don't deserve ANY media attention, or any attention at all. the choices in this election were so defined, so clear cut... to be undecided meant you weren't paying attention at all, and to me, that means you should not be given an interview on CNN, you should be given a dunce cap and asked to go back to watching sponge bob and shoving your face full of cheetos. olbermann is a formidable newscaster, and i agree with him 110% of the time... but he got knocked down a few notches for me with this one. i feel like he sees himself as this great, unbiased journalist who is doing the most important work in the world or something -- um, no... you're a commentator, on a liberal news station... get over it and don't brag about not voting. i hate to say it, but that was supremely douchey of him.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I agree that he has a silly reason not to vote, but I think voting is really a selfish thing we do for ourselves anyway. It's irrational for any one person to believe his/her vote is making a huge difference- especially in NY, where the candidate I'd presume that Olbermann would support would win anyway. I was personally very excited to vote, but I was annoyed by the facebook statuses saying things like: "make sure you vote today, it doesn't matter who you vote for!" Really? Since when did the act of voting get this almost religious status, where it is more important than even supporting a specific candidate with your issues. Politics is about putting certain candidates into office, and voting on certain propositions and issues, not just about expressing our right to vote.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I very much enjoy Keith Olbermann's rants!
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
yesteryear, that's just what I was thinking. That was the emptiest of empty gestures.
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