Keith Olbermann's sudden (or maybe not so sudden) departure from MSNBC. If you are an outspoken progressive distrustful of the government and even more so of giant corporations, you might connect the dots between the Justice Department's approval of the NBC-Comcast merger and the almost immediate termination of Keith Olbermann's contract thereafter, and conclude that the government and these giant corporations have teamed up to silence a strong progressive champion. If you're a bit more cynical and less inclined to view the world in ideological terms, you might decide this was just a business decision by both parties, the talent deciding to walk and take a big payoff because his salary demands were not being met, while the producer decided the talent was too troublesome and perhaps past his prime ratings-wise. If you're a moralist or an old-fashioned journalistic purist, you might think Keith Olbermann deserved a comeuppance for his flouting of journalistic ethics. and his biased and opinionated presentation of the news.
As for me, I think there might be a bit of truth in all these theories, but I'll admit I was never that big of a Keith Olbermann fan, so I'm not really sorry to see him go. I don't care for his smirky, snarky tone of voice, and I doubt he was very effective at persuading anyone who did not already agree with him, of anything. I'm not a journalist either, but I like to delude myself into thinking that what I'm doing here in my very humble way is the opposite of what polarizing figures like Keith Olbermann are doing. I support a similar progressive agenda, but I'm also trying to promote respectful dialogue, stay positive, tone down the rhetoric, and keep things in historical perspective. And I hear Keith Olbermann may soon be moving to the internet to join me, since he is off the air for a while. Good night and good luck, Keith.