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Keith Olbermann: The Future Of News

“The future of broadcast network news has been hiding out, as it were, for two and half years on — of all places — cable,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s Tim Goodman says.

He’s “part Jon Stewart (the funny), Dennis Miller (the erudite and biting sub-references), H.L. Mencken (the skewering of power and stupidity in equal doses) as well as crusading journalist.” So who is he? Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown.

“The thing with Olbermann is that he has always been a bit of a misunderstood visionary on television,” Goodman writes. “Part journalist, part comic, equal parts dry, silly, skeptical and angry, there has been no traditional role for him and thus he has either been an outcast or a noble failure or a square talent in a business full of round openings. Until, that is, he started ‘Countdown’ on MSNBC in April 2003…”

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