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We noted last week that the Kossacks wasted little time in dancing on Tim Russerts grave in a sickening display that perfectly summed up the type of people who would hail Keith Olbermann as the new Murrow. Apparently it was even too much for some Kossacks, with one describing the Kossack response as...
...asinine comment after ugly criticism after hate-filled screed rolled across teh screen, I couldn't help but shake my head at the depth of the ugly, appalling bullshit flying around this place...Stop posting your particular brand of crazy up here for the Hannity's and O'Reilly's of this world to label the rest of us with [ed. note: you knew somehow it would be the fault of Fox News!]. A man is dead. His family mourns. His colleagues mourn. Many of us who love news, love journalism, love politics are deeply saddened by his loss. Disagree? Fine. But have some class while you do. And seriously. Grow. The. Fuck. Up.
Another Kossack seconded the motion:
If anyone who actually had a personal relationship with Russert has been on DKos or any other political blog this week, then obviously they didn't have a very close relationship, because the people who actually cared about Russert as a real person, who have actually suffered a real loss, have decidedly different priorities than rushing on line to see what the bloggers are saying about their loved one.
That makes sense, right? Except another Kossack writes:
Keith Olbermann was here, after that draining 6 hours on the air, and canme in after midnight to see what was happening here. He saw many of the hateful comments, and was devastated by them...
Could that really be?
Yep, Keith really did spend the hours after Russerts death reading Daily Kos and responding in the comments sections.
Thank you for this (72+ / 0-) Kindness to the grieving - even if it's forced, even if it just augurs a later pouncing - is appreciated.
For what it's worth, he didn't position himself publicly on this for obvious reasons, and we had had a very pleasant, very constructive "what can we do to keep our two styles from hurting each other's broadcast, or the whole organization," conversation. But Tim Russert was as supportive of what I did as anybody else at NBC, and his role on the MSNBC election coverage was voluntary and enthusiastic.
I will leave it to Olbermann Watchers to comment on the appropriateness of Olbermann going onto Daily Kos to claim, hours after Russert's death, that Russert was secretly one of Olbermann's biggest supporters.
NOTE: This is hardly a first for Keith. Readers will recall when Rick Kaplan went ballistic over Olbermann's pathetic attempt to equate the news of the death of Peter Jennings from lung cancer all about Keiths' "scare" with a benign growth that Keith imagined MIGHT BE cancer.