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While I realize I'm stepping into rough waters over here, it's not the first time I've done it. And I survived the first with all appendages (and honor) still intact. So, at the Founder's encouragement, I've agreed to stop in from time to time and try to give some/most of you something to challenge me about.
Yes, it's true. I tend to appreciate what Keith Olbermann is trying to do on "Countdown". I say that as someone with 30 years experience in Television News (although I've recently made a huge career change into something totally unrelated to television or any aspect of broadcasting.)
Still, I believe I can bring some thoughts to the table that you'll find interesting and challenging.My perspective on Keith and Countdown continues to be largely based on content and presentation. At the core of that perspective is my belief that the broadcast writing on Countdown is some of the best of that genre. Anywhere. For that very reason, his "Special Comments" are among my favorite parts of Countdown. Honestly, I don't believe I've seen or heard better writing on any channel, in any format, for a long, long time.
I'll also tell you, upfront, that I personally wish he did not call the program a "newscast". That gets under my journalistically-hardened psyche more than a little, since he does cross that line between journalist and commentator. My schooling tells me you're not supposed to do that. Edward R. Murrow did it, but in a much morelow-key manner (and, please note, that I'm not calling Olbermann a " modern-day Murrow". Not yet.) But, times have changed. It's not a 3-network world anymore and viewers have become much more sophisticated. I believe they can watchOlbermann in action and discern when he crosses that line.
Finally, to bring all of this current, I had to chuckle moments ago when Olbermann avoided naming a "Worst Person in the World" tonight, after teasing the Geraldo Rivera/Bill O'Reilly shouting match over a mayor and police chief who failed to deport an illegal alien who killed a girl while driving drunk. Serious topic, true. But, O'Reilly turned it into a travesty by his performance during the discussion with Rivera. So, tonight, for the first time, Olbermann named a BEST Person in the World. Geraldo Rivera. Ya gotta love it. Don't ya?