Whatever the particulars of Keith Olbermann’s abrupt departure from NBC, the fact is that Olbermann had come to define the network. By separating with Olbermann at this moment, NBC is speaking volumes about the debate that has consumed the country for the past two weeks.
Olbermann’s broadcasts in the immediate aftermath of the murders and mayhem in Tucson, Ariz., were astonishingly dyspeptic. Led by Olbermann, Paul Krugman and a few others, many on the Left attempted to link the violent actions of an insane killer to conservative political rhetoric and goals.
George Will rightly pegged this reaction as the latest instance of “McCarthyism of the left.” The backlash against the McCarthyism formed instantly.
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Some on the Left, like NBC’s Chris Matthews, doubled down, but conservatives, fair-minded independents and even some liberals refused to countenance the premise, and the revulsion with the McCarthyites grew.
People were forced to chose: Either this outbreak of evil in Arizona was connected to the political Right, or the argument that it was itself as evil as any false accusation of complicity in murder.
NBC appears to have chosen to cabin the fever and signal that no matter how much it believes in the agenda of President Obama it will not advance that agenda through hysteria.
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