Keith Olbermann Suspends 'Worst Persons' Segment Until Further Notice In Response To Jon Stewart's Criticism


Good for Keith.

OLBERMANN: As you'll hear in the next few minutes all of us here at Countdown and a lot of us among the progressives had one major well defined problem with the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear and we're going to address that in a moment in our number one story; a false equivalence between what we do here and what Fox News and the like do there.

But first, the overall message that the tone needs to change, that the volume needs to change was not lost on any of us. The anger in this news hour was not an original part of it, nor was it an artifice we added to it. It was a response to a threat to this democracy posed by Mr. Bush and now by his lineal descendants. The anger happened, it will still happen, it is not for ratings and it is not get angry first and find a reason later.

But there is an institutionalization of it that may no longer be valid. That is the Worse Persons in the World Segment. Which started, of all things, as a way of defending Tucker Carlson. Its satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger. So in the spirit of the thing, as of right now, I am unilaterally suspending that segment with an eye towards discontinuing it. We don’t know how that works long term. We might bring it back. We might bring back something similar to it, might kill it outright and next week we will solicit your input.

Its just that today, given the serious stuff we have to start covering tomorrow, we think its the right thing to do short term and then we will see what happens. And we’ll also see if anybody else, on T.V., or radio, will do something similar.

Don't hold your breath Keith.

For some similar perspective on Jon Stewart's comments at their rally this weekend, here's more from Bob Cesca's place -- The Messy Fray of Democracy.


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