Keith Olbermann: He’s Baaaack!
Now you see him, now you don’t… and now you see him again! MSNBC mega-pundit Keith Olbermann’s “indefinite” suspension has lasted exactly two days. He’ll be back in the saddle Tuesday evening.
Olbermann, who was in the midst of a four-year, $30 million contract, probably won’t feel the loss of two days’ pay as much as he’ll enjoy the renewed adulation from his progressive-minded fans. Even William Kristol and other rivals on the right leaped to his defense.
A cynic (don’t look at me!) might suggest that some of these conservatives supported Olbermann because it gave them the priceless opportunity to take a few whacks at MSNBC, that bastion of unapologetic cable TV liberalism. But I think most conservatives, whatever their other flaws, respect the free marketplace of ideas and naturally oppose the muzzling of opinions — even those they despise. (Self-styled progressives need to work on this element of their ideological make-up.)
As Olbermann put it, the response to his suspension felt like “a global hug.” Will all that bipartisan goodwill soften his personal brand of combative, take-no-prisoners liberalism? Stay tuned…