Mo Elleithee: Beck and O’Reilly Should Follow Olbermann Out the Door


    From legendary Virginia Democratic political operative (Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Terry McAuliffe Creigh Deeds, Jody Wagner, etc.) Mo Elleithee on the question, “Olbermann: Sad farewell or good riddance?”

    As a Democrat, I’ve long felt that we need more passionate, progressive hosts to help drive the debate and counter the (often loud) voices on the right.

    But having said that, we cannot denounce the lack of civility, vitriol and hate speech from right-wing hosts, while condoning (or embracing it) on the left.

    I hope MSNBC replaces Olbermann with someone who is as fierce an advocate for the left as he was, but can help elevate the tone of the debate at the same time. And I can only dare to hope that Fox will follow suit and replace Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly as well.

    I couldn’t agree more with the part I bolded – Mo’s last paragraph (but let me be clear: there is ZERO equivalency between Olbermann on the one hand and Beck/O’LIElly on the other).  Beck should be canned for this situation alone. O’Reilly should be out of there – if not prosecuted for inciting a murder – for this. Of course, that won’t happen at Faux, nor will they sever their ties with the despicable, egregious Sarah Palin, but Mo Elleithee makes a great point nonetheless.

    P.S. I don’t have cable TV (by choice) and only see these guys on occasion, when someone points out a video of theirs to me. Other than thinking that Beck and O’Reilly are crazy, extremist, hatemongers, I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Keith Olbermann either, just don’t like his style and think he goes over the top frequently. Having said that, there is no comparison between Beck/O’Reilly/Limbaugh/etc. on the right, and pretty much anybody I can think of on the left, in terms of dangerous, violent, insane, and factually incorrect rhetoric. Not even close.

    • Jim B

      I don’t remember KO going over the top anytime that I watched and if he did don’t think he reached the bar set by the fox crew. Why should we apologize for people on our side when the wingnuts never do for their hateful blowhards? There are not enough KO’s on the liberal side in the media and certainly not enough democratic members in congress pointing out the countless lies by republicans.

    • Lowell, you say you couldn’t agree with Mo more, who equates Olbermann with Beck & O’Reilly, then say there’s no comparison  no comparison between Olbermann & Beck/O’Reilly/Limbaugh/etc.  

      I didn’t watch Olbermann myself & find his style grating, but know we need people like him to show Democrats how to argue with passion for what’s right. Mo’s comments strike me as sanctimonious & a typical example of how the GOP circles the wagons while Dems make circular firing squads.

    • Teddy Goodson

      Do you suppose we will get a conservative to “balance” Rachel M? That would be typical; even NPR and the WaPo, when presented with a liberal resignation, seem to fill the vacancy with a conservative.

      The so-called liberal slant of MSNBC is not because the owner, GE, is passionately liberal and has an agenda the way Rupert Murdoch is passionately anti-regulation, anti-government, cynically misogynist, and has an agenda he (or Ailes, his lieutenant) pushes blatantly. Now that Republicans are riding high in Congress, and the corporate money is gushing into their coffers, (believing that Obama will be steamrollered) it would be reasonable for MSNBC to soften their image.  Especially now that GE’s Immelt has joined the administration, they might want to prove they are independent and balanced, you know, and reassure Immelt’s fellow corporate buddies. Or, am I being too cynical?

    • NWVirginian

      I think it’s probably tough to base an opinion about Olbermann (or any of these guys, really) by just viewing the video clips.  I would think that the clips to which our attention is drawn are going to be pretty extreme examples. The clips are usually the climax of an argument or a particularly fiery commentary by Olbermann.  Most of his show is reasoned and articulate and based in fact.  

      I don’t think you can judge his show without watching his show.