See ya Keith

On Friday the last Countdown with Keith Olbermann aired on MSNBC. Near the end of the show, without warning, Olbermann announced his immediate departure.

Why did he leave? Olbermann simply said the situation surrounding the show had become “too much” for him. The details of his departure are still a mystery.

You can watch his sign off here:


  1. Could it be he is assume responsibility for some of his rhetoric….while not as vile as some on FOX…..maybe he does not see a future for him……MSNBC’s loss….a great show that was sadly needed and will be sorely missed…..

  2. Chris

    It could be that he’s just tired of doing the same thing all the time. Maybe that and he was worried about management changes with the Comcast merger.

  3. Your assumption is probably the more accurate…he strikes me as the type of guy that would want to branch out and explore the possibilities….

  4. Ian

    Olbermann was an embarrassment to the left. Good riddance.

  5. Ian…why is that?

  6. Ian

    Because he is just as bad as O’Reilly and Hannity. Do you even need to watch his show to know exactly what he is going to say? He was just a partisan hack. He started out OK, but he got too full of himself.

    “Worst person in the world” was just embarrassing leftist trolling, which you can find anywhere else on the internet. His whole “How dare you, sir!” attitude to the Bush administration was completely unearned. To speak in such a manner requires the authority and respect to be able to make a scold have effect. What did KO do to earn that, work on Sportscenter?

    Then there was his complete lack of humility. Look up his recent Twitter antics regarding the Assange rape accusers. He was wrong, he did something wrong, and instead of owning up to it, he acted like a petulant child. Look up his exchanges with ESPN writer Bill Simmons. Why was KO even trying to fight with Simmons? Simmons writing is full of 90210 and Teen Wolf references. Its not serious journalism, its entertainment. Simmons hit the nail on the head when he called KO a “pious blowhard.”

    As John Stewart so aptly put it on Crossfire: “Stop hurting America.” This nonsense of everything having to have two sides, a Democrat and Republican side, and trying to vilify the opposing side is just doing us all a great disservice.

  7. Ian, thanx for sharing that….while I agree in principle, the world we live in is NOT perfect and I feel that both sides need to be heard….I remember on CNN in the early days they had Crossfire and I enjoyed having the different sides debate the issues….but those days are gone and just as we need FOX we need MSNBC…at least until there is a more equitable way to debate the issues…..

  8. Ian

    See that is exactly what I am talking about. You say “both sides” as though there is always a side to take or that there are only two sides to consider. If there really are two sides to consider, shouldn’t we let the politicians who we elect and who place the votes do the arguing? Why are partisan pundits necessary?

    Regarding debate, for one, guys like Olbermann and O’Reilly do not participate in debate. They have one sided arguments with strawmen. Also, they pick the topics for debate. They choose what to rant about, which isn’t necessarily to the benefit of anyone.

    Regarding MSNBC being a necessary counterpoint to FOXNEWS, two wrongs don’t make a right.

  9. Unfortunately if you are political at all…then there are sides…..our system has made it so…I am not saying that it is a good thing but a creation of the system…..

    As far as letting our politicians do the arguing…..I think the past couple of years have shown that there are representatives in Washington……I have been in the gallery at the House and it is a joke…..both parties are NOT serious about anything but getting paid and staying in the news…..

    I prefer to hear the two parties have a productive conversation….that is NOT happening….I personally want to know what they are discussing or arguing because it will effect me in one way or the other….

  10. Ian

    Right but the media is feeding this system. It helps to polarize the voting population and leads voters to want politicians who just fight the other team, but don’t actually accomplish anything.