MSNBC's Keith Olbermann says he'll stop talking about Rush Limbaugh for 30 days — provided Limbaugh doesn't talk about Limbaugh for the same period.
It was a response to Limbaugh's challenge that the left-leaning cable channel not talk about him for a month, since "MSNBC is hoping to build its ratings on my back," the radio talk show host said.
Limbaugh, who has increased his already high profile as an insistent voice of opposition to the Obama admininstration, said he wanted to see if MSNBC could go on "Rush withdrawal."
"Thirty days without anything mentioning me," Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday. "No video of me, no guests commenting on me. See if you can do it. You know, stand on your own two feet. Stand on liberalism. Stand on what you believe. Stop bleeding off me."
Olbermann flatly declined, not wanting to kill off his raison d'etre.
Olbermann said Wednesday night that Limbaugh had "suddenly gone all Greta Garbo on us. He wants to be left alone. He has surrendered."
"Suddenly, the impact of being accurately called out, day after day, hour after hour, as a faux populist, press-release regurgitating lackey of repressive and regressive political flunkeys has hit bone," Olbermann said.
Olbermann said Limbaugh had no business being able to decide how people react to him.
What does that even mean? That is fucking incoherent.
MSNBC isn't exactly driving off of a cliff, but they're not exactly lighting any fires either. the network is in solid 3rd place behind Fox and CNN, and on some days barely manages to beat out CNBC.
Click here for TV By The Numbers' O'Reilly vs. Olbermann chart and see for yourself.
Rachel Maddow - the other pompous, elitist slick-haired male at MSNBC - is fairing even worse. her ratings are slipping lower and lower, and, on May 15th, had her worst program ever at MSNBC in BOTH total viewers and in the 25-54 demo. Maddow regularly loses to ol' fossil Larry King. (Note: On the same day, TV's most famous gay anchor also had his worst day since the inauguration.)
Olbermann isn't doing much better - there are many days when he barely beats out Nancy Grace on the pathetic HLN, and O'Reilly regularly trounces the pompous jackass in the coveted 25-44 demographic by a margin of 2.5-3 to 1!
The numbers prove what you've already probably figured out - MSNBC has thrown it's hat into trying to appeal to a very small cadre of political elitists. It's not working... or, maybe, it's working as well as it can.
It is heartening to see that the "sound and the fury" of MSNBC is just one long liberal fart.