He usually struck me as over-rated on foreign policy. He completely avoided many important issues. If you watched Olbermann, the following important events didn't happen:
• Operation Cast LeadOlbermann was one of the few U.S. commentators to question the ongoing torture of PFC Bradley Manning. Even two of my favorite Alaska blogs, The Mudflats and the Immoral Minority, haven't, to my knowledge, dared to go there, as much as they loved Olbermann.
• The inept and deadly interception of the MV Mavi Marmara
• The Obama-approved coup in Honduras
• The Obama-backed militarization of the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border
• The reaction of some European countries (particularly Iceland) to the 2008-2009 financial crisis - actually prosecute banksters
• Virtually any meaningful coverage of union issues in other countries (he wasn't wild about covering U.S. union issues, either)
On other domestic issues, Olbermann was light on coverage of continuing erosion of union rights. He was fairly good on covering Islamophobia, and gave more than lip service to the growing dangers of Christofascism.
Unlike the roster at FOX, I never caught him in a lie. In that sense he was like Murrow. Unlike Murrow, Olbermann was unable to get some major politicians to appear on his show. That wasn't Olbermann's fault, though. It was MSNBC's, and also due to the way American politics has devolved in the 50 years since Murrow was on prime time.
Had President Obama agreed to appear on Olbermann's show next week, instead of O'Reilly's, Keith would still have a job.
People who expect MSNBC to be a viable progressive news source, or think that it actually has been or is, need to ask themselves, "Compared to what?" Compared to FOX, it is far more liberal. Compared to CNN - somewhat. Compared to Democracy Now, GRIT TV, The Young Turks, RT TV, it certainly is not.
Under COMCAST, MSNBC will get more like FOX. It will replace the existing lineup - with the exceptions of O'Donnell and Tweety - within a year. O'Donnell will move to their prime spot, as he manipulates the departure of others. Obama will be his first guest after O'Donnell throws Maddow under the bus.
Some of my friends have speculated that Olbermann is having to leave MSNBC to accept the job opening as Obama's Press Secretary.
Dream on, Obamabots.......