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Countdown with Keith Olbermann




Last night I responded to this piece of arrant BS, from big name "intellectual" wing-nut John Podhoretz on Twitter:

John Podhoretz ‏@jpodhoretz
I guess I missed all the liberal tweets expressing horror at the shooting at the Family Research Council.


by calling out his hatred and his lies for what they were....hatred and lies. He re-tweeted me so I could be attacked by the minions who can't stand to have the light of truth shone on their crapola.

Like my attempt to engage with Conservacunt Alicia Colon, it was clearly an exercise in futility, but I felt the need to do it, and one reason I felt that need was because Keith isn't on TV to do it for me anymore.



Keith became a hero to my father when he basically walked off MSNBC because he was disgusted with the obsessive coverage of the Lewinsky scandal. I wish I could say I was a fan from that period or going back to ESPN, but to be honest I got interested from reading ansgty Pundit RPS, mostly featuring Keith and Anderson Cooper. THEN, I started watching and it was literally the political show, the political feeling, the passion, the family, I'd been waiting for all my life.

Some of the pundits I knew from loving shows like Washington Week In Review, Capital Gang and even McLaughlin Group, back when the liberals were allowed to get a word in edgewise, such as Howard Fineman, Clarence Page and Margaret Carlson. Others were new to me like Richard Wolffe (WOLFIE!), Chris Hayes, Eugene Robinson and of course, Rachel Maddow.

I fell in love Rachel almost on first sight and I shipped Rachel and Keith like BURNING, both before and AFTER I know that Rachel was gay and had a partner. We can argue the whys and wherefores of why this makes me EEEEEVIL if you like, but if you try and deny the amazing chemistry between those two, then you're just being silly.

Keith was the voice for the way I'd always felt about politics, typified by the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD segments. If someone is acting like an unholy prick, they need to be called out on it, publically and in the most humiliating and humorous way possible. Much as I love Jon Stewart, I think he was dead wrong to claim any kind of moral equivalence between MSNBC and Fixed Noise and I think Keith lost something when he started taking that criticism to heart and backed off on calling the WORST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD what they were: THE WORST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

Other things I loved about Countdown:

1. Special Comments.
Especially the one about Prop 8. Seriously. Probably the most amazing statement ever on the topic.

Yes, sometimes he did go over the top and there was hyperbole along with brilliantly crafted rhetoric. So what? We needed (and still need) someone to fight the good fight that passionately.
I did think the one-hour special comment about Health Care reforms was too much and too personal, coming so soon after his father's death, but I'm probably wrong.

2. Howard Fineman letting his hair go white and admitting what he was doing.

3. EARRING LADY a/k/a Melissa Harris Perry (who was then Melissa Harris Lacewell.)

4. That woman is an idiot.
Who else had the balls to simply call the Bitch From Nowhere what she really was?

5. Oddball.
You can never have too many bears on trampolines. Ever. Or any of the other goodies gleaned from around the interwebs.

6. Giving true progressive voices a chance to be heard for more than a single soundbite. Michael Moore, for instance. Michael can be so easily caricatured, but on Countdown, he and Keith would have substantive dialogue about just how bad things really were.

7. *points to Icon* Actually the full quote is "Listen, you fatuous, condescending lunatic" and he was referring to Dick Cheney.

8. Just being there every week night in the run-up to election day 2008, when I was completely sure that the great unwashed masses were about to buy into the race-baiting that McPalin were selling, and somehow Keith (and Rachel) managed to chill me out and keep me more or less sane. Because at least I knew there were sane people in the world. (CNN had long lost the ability to convince me of that.)

9.The night he had John Cleese reading a poem about Hannity (the manatee).

10. Jonathan Turley. Larry Tribe is still my favorite constitutional scholar but Jonathan generally did a good job, although I did feel he was simpering a bit toward Keith, but hey who wouldn't.

Keith and I had our differences. He was on the Obama train when I still a Hillary girl and I felt his reaction to her statement about the possibility of something bad happening to a candidate in June was WAY over the top.

I wish he hadn't given the opposition bastards so much ammo, especially relating to the suspension about the campaign contributions and there had to be some way he could have found to either make peace with MSNBC or work with Al Gore. BECAUSE WE NEED HIM.

I still love Rachel, but Rachel is not enough. It was the Keith/Rachel one-two punch that really made a difference.

I know Keith is fighting in what venues he can, but without his continued presence on TV, I feel like we have one less weapon in our arsenal and I feel more obliged to play the part of provocateur myself. I don't know what I can accomplish, but I know Keith would want me to and I'm doing it for him.


Here are my RPF/RPS stories featuring Keith Olbermann. If you find the idea of RPS/RPF offensive in general, these fics will not appeal to you. If the idea of Keith/Rachel as more than friends is a problem, you may want to avoid those.
We've Got Tonight
Stephen Colbert/Keith Olbermann
The Late Show
Stephen Colbert/Keith Olbermann
All About Rachel
Keith/Stephen, Keith/Anderson, Keith/Rachel, and even Rachel/Ana Marie plus appearances by other pundits and journalists.
Just Enough
Keith/Rachel
Happy Hour
Characters: Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Pat Buchanan, Kent Jones, Anderson Cooper, Ana Marie Cox, Jack Harkness, Martha Jones, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, The Doctor
Pairings: Rachel Maddow/Ana Marie Cox, Keith Olbermann/Anderson Cooper
24 Hour News Cycle
Keith Olbermann/Rachel Maddow (mostly gen, but maybe more if you squint)

Comments

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cuddyclothes
Aug. 18th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Where is Keith now, and WHY ISN'T HE ON TV???

I miss him so much!
karaokegal
Aug. 18th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Pretty much going to ball games and tweeting, as far as we know.

And yes....we need him back, this minute.
cookielaura
Aug. 18th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
to be honest I got interested from reading ansgty Pundit RPS LOL! *points to icon*

Sigh...rightwing idiocy on twitter seems to be a recurring issue >:(
karaokegal
Aug. 18th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
Awwwww!

It drives them batshit that social media is the natural domain of open minds, something they completely lack. Both the openness and the mind.
chicating
Jul. 2nd, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
My favorite memory "Bill O' Reilly's Tips for Teens."
"Now I'm no La Guardia, but I know a good shtick when I hear one."
"(BillO Voice) "And my penis is bigger than Keith Olbermann's"
(Cut TO :KO shaking his head no, eyes filled with barely suppressed filthy humor)
Second favorite: how much Keith made Eugene Robinson LOL. Now, he'll "Touche'" O'Donnell and get amused at Rachel, but Keith's humor just slays Eugene.
chicating
Jul. 2nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the tosses that launched a thousand, well, one, really, K/R 'ships. I think he called her "sweetheart" or something going into the holidays and I heard the swooning from here. Even though I was more like "Did he just..."
And the night he told Eve good night from the box-- And I should stop, though I was like, dead from how cute that was.
karaokegal
Jul. 2nd, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
What I remember is the first few times she was on the show as a pundit and the way she would look up at him through her eyelashes. I know it was just admiration and respect, but damn they had chemistry! Agree on Eugene and the rest of the "cast of characters," especially Wolffie. There's just something about the way Keith interacted with people...maybe his own personal crazy energy....I don't know...it's just not the same at MSNBC-land without him. :(
chicating
Jul. 3rd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
It may not be convenient...
but I think they're into each other. If Sheldon Cooper is correct about multiple universes, there is a universe where they are looking at each other naked right now.(Ana Marie Cox has let her hair grow out, and it's totally hot on her,in today's edition of "Vaguely Sapphic Non-Sequitur Theater")
Keith is a total flirt, though, when left to his own devices...sometimes when I read his twitter, you can see he's having late-night chitchat with a woman he calls an old friend, or, you know, "Hey, stranger," and all that kind of thing...I would think maybe new gf, except there are a few different ones.(Yes, I consider writing twitter-themed fics but I haven't yet.) Sometimes, he even makes with the smileys or "xxoo", which I wouldn't have guessed if I only knew him in righteous-outrage mode...maybe he gets drunk and nostalgic?
"Countdown" was, more or less, a tour of Keith Olbermann's brain--no wonder guest hosts were so flummoxed.
karaokegal
Jul. 3rd, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Re: It may not be convenient...
No argument from me...I got into PLENTY of wanks over shipping it and suggesting they're might be some feelings there because het-shipping a canon gay person (in RL or fiction) is EEEEEEVIL and OOOOOOPPPPPRESSSION!
chicating
Jul. 3rd, 2013 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: It may not be convenient...
I mean no disrespect to The Gay, or Susan who looks so much like a friend of mine, it's a little freaky. And I could see the intellectual point that gayness does not "need" to be slashed they way het monogamy does, because it's a boring, cookie-cutter default and blah, blah, blah(Minor unexpected Denis Leary moment, there) However, are they blind or something?
He totally flirted with her and she, as befits the rookie, flirted back, rather more discreetly, and yeah, partially she was, you know, doing the Jimmy Oleson thing "Wow, Mr. Kent, that's really amazing." And they are both good at making the camera love them...it's a thing. Nobody says people who write about Keith and Dan or Keith and Stephen aren't respecting Mrs. Patrick or Mrs. Colbert, and as much as I know it's different, I'm not sure it's *that* different.It's not like I *need* her to spark to dudes the way she does with AMC, but she does with Keith and Richard Engel...we all know why he stays up all night when she asks him to, because it's for her. I think he might tell others he's exhausted and to get bent.(I don't know that, of course.)
chicating
Jul. 3rd, 2013 01:25 am (UTC)
And I think you can say that without implying that all Rachel wants is Cornellian dick. I have quite a few flirtations that are still Never Gonna Happen. but that doesn't mean they don't spark. And our fandom is too small and nerdy to have wank(Except the "Scoring while you're alone," type of course. Plenty of that.)
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