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Let's get one thing on the table right away: The Oddball segment with the little girl being kicked in the head by the break dancing dude was not a good idea. In fact, it was a stupid idea, even if the video did have 2 million views online BEFORE Keith showed it. Likely, the numbers are even higher today, whether from the Countdown airing or from folks like you racing to watch it so you can add it to your list of reasons to bash KO. Forever. However, that's just the tip of my rant...
I know this is an anti-Olbermann site, but PLEASE step back and look at the "big picture" sometimes. I know I've said that before, but it became painfully evident in reading through the comments to Robert's post about Thursday night's Countdown. One of the comment-posters made a point that I'd like to expand on - that there IS a lot of good reporting on Countdown that gets lost in the criticism. I know that simple statement alone brought some of you to your feet in anger and frustration. Let's walk through the show...
Lead story: There was criticism that KO only briefly mentiioned the Wolfowitz resignation, giving more time to an analyis of the Comey testimony. Two factors here: that is a perfect example of my statement in an earlier post that Countdown is not a "newscast of record" product. The resignation came late in the day, they'd already built their show with a solid piece on Comey as the lead, so Wolfowitz got nothing more than a brief mention. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. Comey's story is right out of a spy novel and deserves the critical attention it's getting.
The Richard Wolfe interview was (by virtue of both the questions and answers) slanted against the Administration. But, there are so many easy targets in the Administration right now (as evidenced by questions at the press conferences), it's difficult NOT to take an aggressive tact. Until we all hear some "real" answers, the questions need to continue.
The White House's refusal to go along with the additional pay raise for our troops is darn difficult to defend. Bloggers on both the left and right are dumbfounded by the stance. Anybody care to defend it? Comments below. But, if all you're going to do is complain that KO is attacking the administration again, that's not going to cut it. The Administration's refusal is confusing, at best, and deserves more explanation that we've received. Again, there's not one darn thing wrong with that segment. If the Administration wants to trot out some charts to explain the stance, I'm sure they'd make an upcoming piece.
The report on carbon monoxide in the control tower was solid. Surprisingly "newsy" piece for Countdown. I was surprised; you don't see that kind of report on Countdown very often. If that's what they're going to use Novotny for, it's a good thing.
Yes, the Kennedy assassination piece was likely an NBC re-hash. Maybe it's just because the subject has always fascinated me, but I'll grab any updated thoughts on it that I can find. And, you have to admit, there wasn't much evidence of a "slant" in that story, either. What's up, folks? Legitimate, tempered reporting? On Countdown?
I've already said the Oddball segment was just wrong. I can live with the American Idol rehash, although I'm sure there are those who really appreciate it. Heck, even Headline News goes overboard with such stuff during Robin and Company.
Worst Person in the World is a signature bit; a niche. Call it an attack, if you want, but the point is usually well-made and, most-often, deserved.
Read back through the comments from Thursday night's post. Most people were all worked up about the Oddball segment and the missing words from WPITW segment. Let's see, that would be about three minutes out of the hour-long show.
Let me suggest that some of the more vocal critics can't see the forest for the trees....or don't WANT to.