Monday, January 24, 2011

Talking to Themselves

Over at The Daily Beast, media analyst Howard Kurtz has written what is actually an interesting piece about the demise of MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and how his story is actually a fairly familiar one about what happens when an anchor gets a bit too big for his breeches.

But this line from near the beginning of the article tickled me:  "As his (Olbermann's) indignation swelled—fueled by George W. Bush, the Republicans, the Iraq war and Fox News—his ratings ballooned as well."

"His ratings ballooned"? 

It's true, I guess, that an increase from one to two makes for a legitimate 100% increase, but really Howard.

The self-absorption of these people, the entire inside-the-beltway crowd, the pols and the people who cover them, has become almost beyond parody.  You just snicker and shake your head.  Or, you do if you even know who Keith Olbermann is.

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