Saturday, April 12, 2008
Elton John? The Worst Person in the World?I don't watch Keith Olbermann anymore. I used to be a big fan, and I can't tell you exactly when I stopped watching. Maybe it was too many Brittany Spears digs, or maybe it was when he called on Hillary Clinton to get out of the Presidential race after she'd just won Ohio by a huge margin. Look, I am a Clinton supporter, I admit it, but think about what would have happened if someone in the media called publicly for Obama to withdraw after he'd lost California and New York on Super Tuesday? I can just imagine the names that media person would have been called, none of them very nice, and some of them things you can't say on Prime Time. I'm happy that the Left has a voice in Prime Time cable, but I just worry that it might be becoming a lot less credible, just as Fox News has lost all of it's journalistic credibility on the right.
Is Keith Olbermann the Bill O'Reilly of the Left? Is MSNBC becoming Fox News?
I hate to think it, but when Elton John is in the running for the worst person in the world, I have to wonder if Keith Olbermann is running out of bad guys and girls to pick on. Elton John sings sappy ballads for a living. How much more benign can you get? How can you find menace in a song like Goodbye Yellowbrick Road? Maybe if you play it backwards? Is there a shortage of evil in the world? I can think of a few, Mugabe, Gaddafi, Omar H.A. Al-Bashier, President of Sudan. But maybe, there is not a shortage of bad guys, maybe MSNBC has an agenda, and it is similar to those morning drive time radio shows, those shock jocks that say all sorts of absurd garbage, just to appeal to those 18-28 year old males. Elton John is not really one of the worst persons in the world, he's just really gay, and he doesn't sell a lot of Budweiser.
Maybe Keith Olbermann isn't anti-gay, and not misogynistic. Maybe he only wants his ratings to go up.
But still, it's no excuse to pick on old gay guys.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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