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Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star is normally a KO apologist. But even Barnhart was hard-pressed to find anything nice to say about Countdown's debut before Sunday Night Football. In a piece entitled, "Let's play softball", Barnhart reviews what Olbermann promised last week in an inteview about the Special Sunday Countdown outing, "
it would not be any different that any "Countdown" he does for MSNBC."
But Barnhart, once a KO apologist, always an apologist blames Keith Olbermann's producers! No, wait, that's Olbermann's standard excuse. Barnhart's excuse for Olbermann is that it must be those nasty NBC executives who were responsible for taking the
"hard-edged, hard-headed approach to "Countdown" and, . . . .wel, soften(ing) it up a bit."
KO is a smart guy, but that was not a smart move.
I understand that audiences might be unfamiliar with Olbermann's program, and could find the full-spectrum, serious-to-silly coverage that is "Countdown's" specialty a tad disconcerting. But I felt it was unwise and, ultimately, condescending to bring on both Mo Rocca and the guy who hosts "The Soup" for separate segments. Rocca seemed a particularly inappropriate choice for mid-show, a time when "Countdown" is usually bearing down on some vital but overlooked story of national import. . . Combine that with an extended "Oddball" segment of wacky videos, an E! promo AND a segment on football ... well, let's just say last night's "Countdown" was more like broth than soup.I wasn't aware that Countdown was ever soup but Barnhart's commentary of why last night's Countdown ultimately failed is in line with what even the Olbyloons admit is true. Watered down and tasteless, but hey, that's Countdown on any night right?
In this rerun-weary tail end of summer, "60 Minutes" has been dominant, and Sunday's broadcast will likely finish No. 1 in the Nielsen ratings again. Hey, whaddya know, serious can sell on network TV. It's too bad Keith Olbermann's bosses at NBC don't believe that, or they might have actually let him do his show.
Yeah--blame it all on those darn executives, you know, the same ones who gave Olbermann a shot on the mothership to begin with? Olbermann it seems never has to take the blame for anything he does or doesn't do. But why should he? He's got apologists to do it for him.
But there aren't too many apologists at this site: the NFL sports boards where it seems the fans aren't happy with the addition of Keith Olbermann to the Sunday Night Football lineup for a variety of reasons. Let's see how long it takes the Olbyloons to show up to defend him.