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Even Leftists Recognize Olbermann’s Obsessions

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Posted on December 29 2009 2:38 pm
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The Worst Obsession in the World

By Susan J. Douglas

Glenn Beck is the anti-Christ. Sarah Palin is an idiot; yet she is also more dangerous than Hitler, or even George W. Bush. Bill O’Reilly is, day in and day out, the “worst person in the world.”

Welcome to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, one of the few liberal precincts on television. The show became a refuge for many during the Bush years, especially when Olbermann delivered his passionate on-air editorials about the Bush administration’s serial violation of the Constitution and morality on so many fronts. But has the show lost its way? And is Olbermann’s obsession with “Bill-O the clown,” Beck, Limbaugh and Palin a necessary and important monitoring of what’s going on in the right-wing media? Or is it an echo-chamber that inflates its importance and influence beyond Fox News’ 1.5 to 2 million viewers?

To its credit, Countdown typically offers much more detailed coverage and commentary on the healthcare debate in Congress, and other pressing issues, than one can get on the network news or CNN. And the show has publicized and helped support the opening of temporary free clinics in places like Arkansas so people who haven’t seen a doctor in years can get checkups and medical attention.

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