First of all, Keith Olbermann had his last show about five hours ago
and I'm really sorry to see him go. He was not a perfect man and I usually fast-forwarded through most of the 'talking head' parts of Countdown, but I dearly loved his Special Comments and I think that for the most part, he was on the side of decency, even if he didn't always express that decency well.
He's a good man and there's a shortage of those on our airwaves.
I don't watch Rachel Maddow regularly, though I may have to start since she's the closest cousin to his on TV right now.
Still, I doubt that I'll watch her with quite the regularity that I watched Keith, probably because I think in some ways, she's a better journalist. Her style is very different, however, and at times she's hard for me to follow. She doesn't do the 'talking heads' quite as much - rather, her show isn't nearly so easy to fast-forward through for 'highlights,' which means that one cannot be lazy when watching her.
In any case, no more Keith, :(.
My second ending came with the end of "Medium". Remember my dilemma about watching it
? It looks like that's been solved by them ending the show.
In the worst way I could ever have imagined. BLEH. I know they see it as a 'bittersweet' sort of thing, but wow, that was really made of suck, :(.
So I had two in one night. Two shows I watched and fast-forwarded through are no longer around.
Granted, Medium hasn't had the same impact on me as Keith Olbermann, but in some ways I had a lot of the same frustration.
Keith Olbermann is a flawed individual and I didn't always agree with him or how he did his show or presented the news, but I found myself watching in spite of myself.
Weird that the same could be said of "Medium", as a show, not an individual. They could have done a lot better with it and instead made it something that consistently treated the audience like fools. Not that Keith Olbermann treats his audience like fools, but yeah, there were times when he reached a little too far for a "Worst Person" or called Sarah Palin a whore (I actually wrote an e-mail complaining about that one, because I felt he was being unfair to whores by denigrating their profession in that way) when I definitely felt he could have done better.
So very weird that they ended on the same night.
ETA: This song
started going through my head when I saw the post about Keith on ontd_political
and yeah, I know he's not dead and that this song's about Bill Hicks, but it still seems oddly appropriate...
ETA 2: Sign this petition
to stand with Keith Olbermann.