KEITH! KEITH! HE’S OUR MAN!
Re “Olbermann Rules!” by Marvin Kitman [Oct. 8]: bravo! A perceptive, thoughtful article about an articulate and courageous man. Thank heavens there’s still intelligent life in the universe.
Thank you for affirming my belief that Keith Olbermann is the only news person worth paying attention to. It does my heart good to finally have someone who voices my concerns for the sanity of this country and my belief that we are better than the crackpots running it.
Mercer Island, Wash.
Finally, a much-respected publication has given Keith O. his due. His is the most refreshing, articulate, well-informed, passionate and persuasive voice and mind on network TV. His demeanor is both dignified and droll, and he seems never at a loss for the right word. I think Ed Murrow would be proud to have his signature sign-off repeated by one of the very few in his class.
Marvin Kitman’s piece brought tears to my 77-year-old eyes, validating a point I’ve tried to make during a half-century in print journalism. We newsies have not only a right but a duty to transcend mere uninvolved reportage by interpreting and commenting on events.
St. Paul, Minn.
I strongly disagree with the notion that evening news shows need “less ‘objectivity’ and more analysis.” What the public needs is more journalists who understand that objectivity, analysis and, yes, passion, are not mutually exclusive. Molly Ivins never lacked passion, but she was never fact-challenged either. Nor is Keith Olbermann.
I concede that objectivity is not the sole journalistic virtue. The most objective news is probably on NPR, which is why NPR is so boring. But I thank God we still have NPR every time I see or hear corporate broadcast media, that wasteland of debased, sensationalistic, moment-by-moment coverage, devoid of context or depth.
I am grateful to Marvin Kitman for bringing Olbermann to my attention. I watched him for the first time and agree that he’s brilliant. Olbermann proves that lefties can be entertaining, too.
ERIC PAUL JACOBSEN
La Mirada, Calif.
Keith is passionate, principled, must-see TV at our house. Wrote the first fan mail of my life and urged MSNBC to notice the modern-day Edward R. Murrow amid the slop posing as news on other channels. Some nights we stand up and cheer; others, we share his sadness and anger at the loss of our beloved country.