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Will Olbermann Be the Next Donahue?

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Progressives can be so uppity. We either adore Olbermann or express our "can't stand him" whines on the comment forums of the progressive blogs. We can be like someone starving who would rather perish than accept nourishment that is not perfectly seasoned to our tastebuds.

Keith Olbermann was the lone voice on the vast wasteland of the mainstream media, risking his career to oppose the Bush Administration's plundering and desecration of the United States of America and it's peoples when doing so wasn't cool, but potentially suicidal. He was there when we needed him most. We must pay it forward now and be there for him.

Now that corporate monster Comcast has begun to feed on it, MSNBC has begun the process of making Olbermann their next Donahue. If Keith stays gone, the next will be Rachel; perhaps making more transparent MSNBC's reason for giving Catfood Commission spokesman Lawrence O'Donnell the 10 PM slot.

We Americans are odd in the way we rarely appreciate anything and anybody until gone, and only when gone for good. If we won't stand up for and defend Keith Olbermann against his bosses by saturating the e-mail box of MSNBC with our protests, if we won't change the channel whenever Countdown broadcasts without Keith; and if we don't make MSNBC feel the sting to their bottom line profitability with gutter rating, then we are nothing more than hot air progressives and unworthy, ourselves, of expressing our points of view on these electronic pages.

So get busy. Stand for Olbermann whether you can stand him or not. Or archive his special comments, as I do, just to remember what could have been after he is gone

The nation has lost so much in this decade. Let's not lose Keith Olbermann, too.

Update : Chris Hayes, frequent substitute host of the Rachel Maddow Show, was originally asked to take Olberman's Countdown seat this evening, but MSNBC canceled the invite when confronted with the fact Hedges also contributed to a political candidate.

Interesting lineup on MSNBC today: No Dylan Radigan/ guest host Cenk Uygur; Matthews was on Hardball; but no Ed Shultz/again guest host is Uygur. Will Uygur host Countdown tonight? Will Rachel be hosting her show or will Uygur make a sweep guest hosting Maddow's show as well? Is this indicative of a silent strike by these missing hosts?

One thing for sure, Catfood Commission spokesman, (groomed for the 10PM slot by Olbermann?) Lawrence O'Donnell will be in his seat, because Comcast really likes him and loyalty to the man who helped him get the job means nothing....

Do your part by signing this Petition: Put Olbermann Back On The Air NOW!


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