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  •  Careful... (2+ / 0-)
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    Be careful, doc, there are some really rabid KO fans here... I committed the unforgivable sin of questioning KO one time, back when he was still on MSNBC, and got a severe talking to and got hit with the ignore button on Twitter (O NOES SAY IT AIN'T SO?!) by a rabid fangurl who is also a Kossack.

    I don't think she ever bothered to un-ignore me and apologize when KO himself admitted he had been wrong about it.

    For some folks around here, KO is seriuz bizness.

    •  Rabid? (5+ / 0-)
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      DruidQueen, JeffW, edwardssl, elwior, Miggles

      Ouch. So standing up for someone you truly respect is "rabid"?

      Noted. :-/

      "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

      by Diogenes2008 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 04:21:05 PM PDT

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      •  You can respect his views and abilities (1+ / 0-)
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        but also recognize his serious issues. If you respect Al Gore you should think about why it is that Gore rescued Keith, only to find him a nightmare and part ways less than a year later. There is a difference between a man and his message.

        •  Had very little to do with Gore (3+ / 0-)
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          And a lot with Joel Hyatt.

          And if you remember the movie "Philadelphia" the guy who fired the lawyer in the movie for being gay was based on Joel Hyatt.

          I saw what went on. Hyatt is vile.

          "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

          by Diogenes2008 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:24:45 PM PDT

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          •  Just how many times must (0+ / 0-)

            Olbermann go from a star employee to such a cancer on the organization that he is fired before you'll admit that his personality has something to be desired? How many of his coworkers must come out to share how he verbally abused them before they can be believed? We loathe abusive people here, but I guess it is okay if you are a liberal who does it.

            •  How many times (3+ / 0-)
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              Are you going to believe the right-wing propaganda about him?

              How many times are you going to slam someone you don't even know?

              "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

              by Diogenes2008 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:40:02 PM PDT

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              •  All of the people who he's hurt, (0+ / 0-)

                and who have gone public with it, are from the left, just like us. Why do you think that he can't get a job? I don't understand your level of denial, but it is okay by me. It is none of my business. Go ahead and think that he's a great guy. Fine.

            •  By the way (3+ / 0-)
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              MSNBC didn't fire him.

              He negotiated his way out after the ridiculous suspension for donating quietly to Democratic candidates (because he was concerned for their security - Gabrielle Giffords was one he donated to, before she was shot).

              Gore and Hyatt courted him. Heavily.

              MSNBC did not fire him. And if you had actually watched Countdown on Current, you would see how much crap he had to put up with.

              But you go ahead and keep posting the same abusive blather, if that's the best you can do.

              "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

              by Diogenes2008 on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 05:42:22 PM PDT

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      •  Being unable to admit (1+ / 0-)
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        that someone you admire can be wrong... and slamming people who take a more balanced approach... that's what I see as a rabid fan.

        The crazy thing was, I have been a KO fan for a long time. It's just that I am aware of and accept his shortcomings. I am perfectly capable of admiring someone and admitting when they make a mistake, just as I am perfectly capable of standing up for that person when they are being UNFAIRLY slammed.

        I never unfairly criticized KO. Never. I pointed out he was wrong about something.  

        I actually think doc2 is being unfair in some of his commentary here. KO's not some slave driver who abuses the crap out of his employees. Clearly some of them are loyal to him, seeing as they moved from MSNBC to Current with him. But, there is something to be said about someone who seems to leave on a negative note from EVERY job. One has to wonder... at what point does one begin to realize what the common variable is in all the trainwrecks one walks away from?

        At any rate, I would enjoy him doing a podcast or online thing. Maybe tv's not a good forum for him, seeing as how all tv is run by corporate interests and he clearly has a problem with corporate authority.

        Maybe he ought to be striking out on his own, be his own boss for real. I am missing his take on the campaign right now. Twitter isn't enough. Twitter is a joke, no matter how popular it is right now. I miss his special comments, the really awesome ones that make a tingle go down my spine at how powerful he speaks truth sometimes. Towards the end there, I didn't tune into his show much--it ended up always being the same schtick, the same people he brought on that agreed with him, etc. What I tuned in for were the special comments. That... THAT is his forte. That is when his voice is at its most powerful.

        •  Podcasts would be great! (0+ / 0-)

          I miss his special comments so much - when he got going on something so wrong he could literally make you stand up in your chair to cheer him on from your living room.  

          Often he'd have me in tears - I'd watch them several times and read the transcripts to be sure I didn't miss anything.  

          I wish he WOULD do a podcast!  He could do  a special comment on anything he wanted that way.  

          Marc Maron does that - I used to listen to Marc and Rachel when they were on Air American radio.  It was actually carried in SoFla on AM radio for a couple of years.  I was so glad when Rachel started sitting in for Keith.  

          Marc had some personal problems along the way, too and he ended up doing a twice weekly podcast (WTF with Marc Maron).  

          Keith could do that!  I would subscribe to that!  Every time something big happens I miss him more - the SCOTUS decision on the ACA, this whole campaign, all the crazy stuff with Akin, the down ticket races, stupid stuff that the various secretaries of state are doing to suppress voting... I would love to hear a couple of special comment type podcasts every week - I know he's a baseball nut, if he didn't want to do all politics he could do a baseball podcast and a KO political /news podcast.  

          He could still be so influential - I'll bet he's got a lot of fans who would tune in.  I'm one of the people who donated to the free clinics because of Keith.  I donated to several of the things he brought to our attention.  

          Keith made a difference.  

          I wonder if he's even thought about making a difference via podcast???

          "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

          by Ricochet67 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:30:16 PM PDT

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