My Saturday night burger ritual included a nice surprise. Karel, a loud, over-the-top radio host, has been rehired by KGO. He and his late partner were the first openly gay talk show hosts on KFI in Los Angeles, the #1 talk station in the country.
Anyway, he was on KGO until 2.5 years ago. A rant filled with obscenities about Joe the Plumber during a break was aired. The sound engineer forgot to turn off the mic. Yikes. It was picked up on the live feed on the KGO website, and within 30 minutes, it was all over Conservative blogs. Bill O’Reilly got a hold of it within 45 minutes. Talk about viral! He was canned. As of tonight he’s back! Two people on the KGO team have been pleading his case, and fans from all over wrote and bugged management to rehire him. It took a while, but it worked.
I always wondered what happened to him. I didn’t hear about the controversy. The time slot has been a revolving door since he left. It’s great that he’s back – liberal, a tad crazy, and a total flaming queen. Makes for great radio!
Lawrence O’Donnell has what a lot of screaming heads lack…a volume dial. He has a quiet way about him. In this segment, he calls out Bill O’Reilly to prove his assertion that MSNBC is anti-American. I wonder how O’Reilly will respond, if at all. I like O’Donnell’s calm, matter-of-fact O’Reilly smackdown. Enjoy.
I don’t understand MSNBC. Countdown with Keith Olbermann was one of MSNBC’s most popular shows. He was the liberal counterpart to the likes of Rush and Hannity.
I watched him from time to time, but not regularly. He just wasn’t that entertaining to me. Politics and entertainment value really shouldn’t go together, but sadly it does.
Olbermann has done some pretty offensive things over the years. Giving the Nazi salute while wearing a Bill O’Reilly mask was particularly charming. I believe it’s this kind of thing makes for good TV. Being provocative and passionate will get viewers. It also adds to the vitriol that people have been condemning in light of the shooting of Representative Giffords.
When it comes down to it, TV is about ratings, right? I believe MSNBC made a mistake here, in a purely financial sense. They will lose viewers. Sure, people will probably still watch Rachel Maddow, but she is pretty level-headed. In TV Land, that means boring.
Unless they can find someone equally or more liberal and loud, MSNBC will feel the loss. Though I am glad I don’t have to hear the number of days it’s been since Bush’s declaration of “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. That is so last administration.