MSNBC’s Olbermann to Stop Airing ‘Worst Persons’ Feature
November 2, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) — Is Keith Olbermann trying to “restore sanity,” or is he bowing to outside pressures? That’s the question aimed at the longtime MSNBC host after he announced yesterday on his show Countdown that he would suspend his “Worst Persons in the World” segment until further notice, and that he may kill the feature altogether, Mediaite.com reports.
Olbermann may have felt pressure after being lumped in with other hotheaded political commentators during the Rally to Restore Sanity, hosted by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart this past weekend. Acknowledging that cable news hosts need to tone down their anger, Olbermann noted that the “satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger” during his “Worst Persons” segment, which led to his decision to put it on the back burner, Mediaite.com notes.
“I am unilaterally suspending that segment with an eye towards discontinuing it,” Olbermann announced, noting that he will ask for viewer input next week. He also appeared to throw down the gauntlet to his opposition at Fox News when he said “We’ll also see if anyone else on TV, or radio, will do something similar.”