In Depth: Olbermann Checks Out on Kos…
Keith Olbermann takes his keyboard and goes home…(via Mediaite)
For years, from the Katrina days onward, whenever I stuck my neck out, I usually visited here as the cliched guy in the desert stopping by the oasis. I never got universal support, and never expected it, nor wanted it (who wants an automatic “Yes” machine?). But I used to read a lot about how people here would ‘always have my back’ and trust me this was of palpable value as I fought opponents external and internal who try to knock me and Rachel off the air, all the time, in ways you can imagine and others you can’t.
Now I get to read how we pre-planned our anger because ‘beating up on the President has been good for ratings’.
If I can understand people’s frustration with seeing a speech by a Democratic president criticized in a venue such as mine, why is it impossible for some people here to accept my frustration about the speech? You don’t agree with me, fine. You don’t want to watch because you don’t agree with me, fine. But to accuse me, after five years of risking what I have to present the truth as I see it, of staging something for effect, is deeply offensive to me and is an indication of what has happened here.
You want Cheerleaders? Hire the Buffalo Jills. You want diaries with conspiracy theories, go nuts. If you want this site the way it was even a year ago, let me know and I’ll be back.
Aside from wondering exactly who the “internal opponents” are in Keith’s “Dear John” letter; GE and those who carried out GE’s orders during the O’Reilly cease fire perhaps?, all I have to say is that if Keith really thought the Kos-ites would always have his back then he really didn’t and still doesn’t understand the way the ideological internet sites like Kos, Democratic Underground, The Fox Nation, and Free Republic work. Of course they would turn on him the first moment his oratory didn’t match their belief system. It was bound to happen, particularly when things aren’t going well in this country. During the Bush administration you had your “Bush-bots” and you had your free thinking Republicans or Conservatives and the two would clash violently on occasion. Some like Joe Scarborough are still feeling that heat.
A similar divide has developed amongst Progressives during the Obama administration and Olbermann now finds himself caught in the middle when his views don’t match those of the “Obama-bots”. The lesson to be learned here is, and this goes not just for Olbermann but any public orator of any ideological persuasion, don’t get too close to “the mob”. Eventually your mutual interests will diverge and you’ll catch hell for it.