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    I caught the last two minutes of Keith Olbermann's show Wednesday evening and couldn't turn away. Here was a man ranting, visibly shaking and, toward the end, near tears. He was blasting Republicans in general and John McCain in particular about their use of the images of 9/11.

    Maybe he is still upset that the brass at NBC did not like his snide remarks at the Republican Convention, and that Tom Brokaw and company decided to let adults handle the election coverage. So Olbermann gave us a tirade that the 9/11 tribute was "not a tribute to the dead of 9/11, nor even a tribute to the responders, or the singularity of purpose we all felt. The Republicans gave us sociological pornography, a virtual snuff film."

    Keith was excellent as a sports anchor with Dan Patrick on ESPN's SportsCenter. Maybe he should go back to that. Oh, wait. He can't. As one of his former colleagues at ESPN once said, "Keith didn't burn bridges here. He napalmed them." Just a guess here, but Olbermann had a temper tantrum at ESPN when he couldn't get his way. Now he had another Wednesday night, resulting in him nearly tearing up.

    There's no crying in journalism. Did Walter Cronkite cry when he announced John F. Kennedy was killed? Did Jim McKay cry when he told the world eleven Israeli athletes were "all gone" at the 1972 Olympics? No, they did not. They did not because they were serious journalists, something Olbermann will never be. I know he wants to be be taken seriously. But he does nothing to work towards that goal. Yes, he is very popular among those who post on liberal websites like Democratic Underground, who believe freeway blogging (graffiti on overpasses) is a form of prose. But his ratings show he is not taken seriously by the rest of the television-watching population.

    Maybe next time he will stomp his foot and hold his breath until people really listen to what he has to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voiceoflg View Post
    There's no crying in journalism. Did Walter Cronkite cry when he announced John F. Kennedy was killed?
    Really?

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/333041..._cronkite_jfk/
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Special Keith and his special comments during his special moments.
    OPEACHMENT NOW!!!

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    Reporting should be reporting the event. Plain and simple, without personal feelings. I know, these people today are 'journalists,' which they think gives them more status. A reporter is, well, just a reporter.

    I watch the news to get the news, not to hear somebody's personal feelings or opinions. It's the same reason when I watch a debate, I switch channels when it finishes. I'm not interested in 'expert analysis.' To me that's merely opinion, and it's never unbiased.

    Olbermann, Matthews, and some others don't belong in any medium where politics are concerned, or I'd go as far as to say no news type show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LogansPapa View Post
    Thanks for this. I had never seen the footage of Walter Cronkite on that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voiceoflg View Post
    There's no crying in journalism. Did Walter Cronkite cry when he announced John F. Kennedy was killed?
    I was home that day and saw him live on television. He had announced the shooting earlier, but when he announced the death he looked at the studio clock, announced the time of death with a break in his voice, and took off his glasses and wiped his eyes.

    PS - I should have waited to post until I saw there were clips, but I see my memory is not too bad after 45 years, so I won't delete my post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by voiceoflg View Post
    I caught the last two minutes of Keith Olbermann's show Wednesday evening and couldn't turn away. Here was a man ranting, visibly shaking and, toward the end, near tears. He was blasting Republicans in general and John McCain in particular about their use of the images of 9/11.

    Maybe he is still upset that the brass at NBC did not like his snide remarks at the Republican Convention, and that Tom Brokaw and company decided to let adults handle the election coverage. So Olbermann gave us a tirade that the 9/11 tribute was "not a tribute to the dead of 9/11, nor even a tribute to the responders, or the singularity of purpose we all felt. The Republicans gave us sociological pornography, a virtual snuff film."

    Keith was excellent as a sports anchor with Dan Patrick on ESPN's SportsCenter. Maybe he should go back to that. Oh, wait. He can't. As one of his former colleagues at ESPN once said, "Keith didn't burn bridges here. He napalmed them." Just a guess here, but Olbermann had a temper tantrum at ESPN when he couldn't get his way. Now he had another Wednesday night, resulting in him nearly tearing up.

    There's no crying in journalism. Did Walter Cronkite cry when he announced John F. Kennedy was killed? Did Jim McKay cry when he told the world eleven Israeli athletes were "all gone" at the 1972 Olympics? No, they did not. They did not because they were serious journalists, something Olbermann will never be. I know he wants to be be taken seriously. But he does nothing to work towards that goal. Yes, he is very popular among those who post on liberal websites like Democratic Underground, who believe freeway blogging (graffiti on overpasses) is a form of prose. But his ratings show he is not taken seriously by the rest of the television-watching population.

    Maybe next time he will stomp his foot and hold his breath until people really listen to what he has to say.
    What is it with former sportscasters becoming leftwing loons? Bryant Gumbel is the same way. I suspect that they feel that they're not taken seriously as sports reporters and that they have to overcompensate when they do hard news, and that they do this by exaggerating the dominant meme in the newsroom to make themselves look like they "get" what the big players do.
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    Excellent post, voiceoflg.
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    This is the first time I have ever watched him. It's like a video of DU. I made it for a little over two minutes. He's loony.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PERKBFgg_I
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    What is it with former sportscasters becoming leftwing loons? Bryant Gumbel is the same way. I suspect that they feel that they're not taken seriously as sports reporters and that they have to overcompensate when they do hard news, and that they do this by exaggerating the dominant meme in the newsroom to make themselves look like they "get" what the big players do.
    As amusing as I find "CountDown", thereís nothing I can find to conflict with in this statement. Itís pretty much dead on.
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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