Is there such a thing as elevated punditry? Or just emotionally-manipulative punditry? This commentary from MSNBC’s most prominent bluster box is either a step above or a step below — but I honestly can’t decide which it is.
On the whole, just like his partners in punditry (Bill-O, Maher, Hannity, or Rush), I’ve always thought Keith Olbermann is a net loss for the overall good of the public dialogue. His commentaries over the years have devolved from sharp and incisive to bitter and self-important. On the other hand, I have always thought Olbermann and his staff have done a better job of getting their facts straight, where other pundits are more wrapped-up in their own opinions.
But here, Olbermann couldn’t help but turn a really sad story about dealing with end-of-life issues with his dad into a really vicious, seething criticism of right-wingers. It’s moving, but it’s also predictable, and not at all constructive.
How really does Olbermann’s dad feel about this? That his son is using his illness to make a slimy political point? That’s not how I’d like to be memorialized on national television.