Keith Olbermann is truly one of the greats, and I fully intended to grow older with him until his voice, and career, came to their natural end. He helped to clarify so many critical issues over the years. His compassion for life, and the actions that resulted, brought the tears that come with hearing, and seeing, the truth. His great satirical sense of humor reminded me warmly of my father, and … how wonderful his ‘readings’ at the close of Friday’s show, which lent such a calming end to the week, a time to rest and reflect.
Here, in a few short months, I find that I am heart broken again, that this legendary grand voice is so instantly silenced to millions of people, who count on his voice; he whom has become their voice … without any notice? I am not alone I see, as the world ‘twitters’ past my computer, that Keith holds a very strong place in the public’s mind.
Along with the implications of the recent merger with Comcast, MSNBC’s ‘management’ did nothing to warn us as nightly viewers, no reason was given … no respect was shown at all, just a big ‘f-ck you’ to the viewers. Geesh, that sure makes me want to turn on my TV again!
If not for Rachel, I would be gone already. I already catch Ed elsewhere. Dylan is on the Huff. Though, Lawrence does give me pause … even the folks on Morning Joe have kept me great company during a hard shift. And then there are those terrific folks in their support teams, all their wonderful regular commentators. All in all, a great bunch of people doing a terrific job of working together to present us, the public, with their very best, in one of the most challenging jobs on the planet … 24 hour daily news … expected to competently perform at a minute’s notice.To do that, practically every day … ‘on or gone’ … well, Keith Olbermann should be getting his ‘excellent employee award’ from his bosses at GE/Comcast! The timing of this coming along with the merger, sucks! This current disrespect will be permanently remembered, even if I do turn on the TV for the rest of the crew.
So sad, so very sad, considering the great human trials of our time, and how important these ‘non-violent’ public voices are … for our collective sanity.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Keith Olbermann. Your friends are still with you, where ever you go.