A couple of days before his suspension, Keith Olbermann sat for an interview with the New York Times to discuss this and that, and here's what the Indefinitely Suspended "Countdown" anchor had to say
about Jon Stewart's above-it-all-ery:
NYT: You wrote on Twitter that Stewart had jumped the shark. Are you suggesting his show is in decline?
Olbermann: I said he jumped a small shark. If he believes he has no political viewpoint, that’s ludicrous. For him to now say, ‘‘I’m not in the media, I’m not poised in this world of political expression, I never take gratuitous shots at people or go over the top and I’m not particularly pointed in one direction,’’ each of those things was ludicrous.
And this is how Jon Stewart effectively turned himself into a joke over the past few months. Even Olbermann sees through the clown nose and is willing to publicly point and scoff. Stewart drained a ton of political and moral capital with his "Restore Sanity" rally, and especially with his wildly hypocritical and sanctimonious lecture at the end.
The whole affair was a lose-lose for Stewart. His ratings might have gotten a bump but the Dems still got hammered in the midterms and in the process of hoping to stop that Stewart built a glass house and lost the power he once held to shame others. Now he's just another marginalized, left-wing comedian with a show that attracts less than 5% of the population --even Keith Olbermann sees that.
Hope it was worth it to Mr. ClownBoyFunnyManSmirkBoy.
As far as the latest Olbermann news goes, this isn't the proper site to weigh in on, but let me quickly address the elephant in the room. I agree completely with Rick Moran's assessment
. And if you need another shining example of the rank stupidity of NBC's policy regarding their staff's political contributions -- a policy that won't allow them to contribute to the politician of their choice off the air but does allow them to contribute 24/7 in-kind contributions using the full power of the NBC/MSNBC network to relentlessly propagandize for the Left on the air -- look no further than here
. Olby's replacement had to be replaced, as though the editor of The Nation donating $250 to some Illinois Dem will somehow undercut his journalistic integrity.
The NBC/MSNBC Emperor has no clothes
journalistic integrity, but in order to prove he does, the network is killing off emperors. If the network wants to repair their irreparable reputation, someone might suggest they exert more control over what they allow their employees to broadcast and less over their personal affairs.
MSNBC is melting down and there just isn't enough popcorn to pop, is there?