Dear Keith Olbermann, stop listening to your producers
I know you say your producers are making you do stories about American Idol and Britney Spears, but I think you get just a little bit of glee out of ripping on celebrities. Why else would you agree to not only read the crap on the teleprompter, but engage in no fewer than four minutes of idle chit-chat with gossipers like Michael Musto from Village Voice? He's not funny, by the way. Neither is the chick from the radio station who joined you in bashing American Idol last night. If I want celebrity news, I'll watch an entertainment show or... uh... write it myself (sigh). You, however, should save that celebrity gossip for the Keeping Tabs segment and finish your show on something else: like the search for Jimmy Hoffa. There was so much more you could've done with the guy from the Skeptics Society.
I tune in to Countdown each night for a smart (and sarcastic) take on the day's news. Yes, you replay a lot of packages from NBC Nightly News because MSNBC apparently refuses to give you a budget. But, you also have guests in to put that news in perspective. And, your guests aren't blowhards. They're (gasp!) experts! I often learn more from your show than I do from Nightly. You are terrific at pointing out the absurdity of the things that our nation's leaders say. It's like The Daily Show-- with facts!
Lately, however, you seem like a curmudgeon. Maybe it's the Worst Person in the World segment. Or your new signoff, "It's been XXX days since President Bush declared 'Mission Accomplished' in Iraq." Or maybe the crap covered on MSNBC during the other 23 hours of the day is rubbing off on you. Or, is it because you had to toss to Rita Cosby as if she were hosting a legitimate news program?
Hugs & Kisses,
P.S. Call me!