I gave up on watching Keith Olbermann months ago. Watching the primary coverage early in the season, I got turned off by the coverage on MSNBC and decided I had seen enough of Olbermann’s “angry man” routine to last me quite a very longtime. The primaries are over now, but I still can not bring myself to watch Olbermann and I find I am not alone:
…I will never come back to MSNBC and Keith Olbermann as a reliable source of news. Olberman is a propagandist, as Somerby has pointed out, not a journalist. Chris Matthews is well, you know what he is. And those 2 bully their entire operation. It is a distasteful and unappealing network to me now. I won’t be watching them.
Olbermann’s clearly biased reporting and commentary on the primaries has had a adverse effect on viewership for MSNBC. Now MSNBC’s Phil Griffin “has to repair a fractured audience base, a portion of which saw sexism in his network’s Clinton coverage and vowed to boycott MSNBC.”
Griffin knows that some of that anger is aimed at his star anchor.
Note the strange analogy from Griffin that implies that the relationship between Clinton supporters and Olbermann is like and abusive relationship and the women now boycotting Olbermann “will come back” because there’s “nowhere else to go.”
“It was, like, you meet a guy and you fall in love with him, and he’s funny and he’s clever and he’s witty, and he’s all these great things,” Griffin said of the relationship between Olbermann and the Clinton supporters among his viewers. “And then you commit yourself to him, and he turns out to be a jerk and difficult and brutal. And that is how the Hillary viewers see him. It’s true. But I do think they’re going to come back. There’s nowhere else to go.”
Smart women leave abusive relationships, Mr. Griffin and never come back. They break the cycle of abuse. So, both Mr. Griffin and Mr. Olbermann and their pal Chris Matthews might have a huge wake up call in the weeks and months to come, when they realize that these women have indeed found somewhere else to go. An “angry man” is not appealing to women, especially one who takes his frustration out on women.