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Counting Down Keith Olbermann

Olbermann_1123.bmpNPR’s media guy David Folkenflik takes a page from Keith Olbermann and counts down the “things you should know about one of cable’s most talked-about talkers.”

Of course, it includes “The Bill O’Reilly thing,” but perhaps most intriguing is Folkenflik’s No. 1 point: “After the Election, What?”

Can Olbermann’s anti-Bush schtick survive past the Bush administration? After all, he signs off each night with an updated version of this gibe at the president: “That is Countdown for this, the 1,658th day since the declaration of ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Iraq.”

CBS’s [Jeff] Greenfield, himself a veteran of the cable wars, says Olbermann will endure.

“Did Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly survive the departure of Clinton?” Greenfield asks, with a knowing laugh. “Once you build that kind of loyalty from an audience, they’ll stick around.”

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