Wednesday, December 21, 2005

I Never Pass Up a Chance To Compliment Keith Olbermann

MSNBC.com has a great slideshow of The Editors' Choice: The Best Pictures of 2005. It's at times touching and funny and graphic and worth checking out.

Also, Friday night on MSNBC-TV, Countdown with Keith Olbermann will do its annual Year-in-Review show. You should definitely try to catch it.

Countdown
had an extraordinary year; Olbermann's Katrina coverage, for example, was awe-inspiring. It was Countdown that first ran the unedited footage of the people stranded at the Convention Center, the day before Brownie said he didn't know there was anyone there.

And it was Olbermann who uncharacteristically and eloquently went off on the Bush administration when Michael Chertoff remarked that "Louisiana is a city that is largely underwater." Olbermann's Murrow-esque editorial was so lovely, so perfect, and contained, to my mind, one of the quotes of the decade:

"And most chillingly of all, this is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological. It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water."

(If you're interested, here's a link to the video.)

Still and all, this is decidedly not a left-wing show... plus he has the funniest and most honest and unvarnished of all the non-fake news hours. If Countdown is not part of your media diet, you are malnourished.

2 comments:

Boski93 said...

And it was just yesterday he used to do sports on KTLA 5.

Michael Markowitz said...

I know! Hey, I remember when Matt Lauer used to do the Hollywood News Minutes (or whatever they were called) between movies on HBO!