Well, Keith Olbermann is back from vacation. If tonight's show was any indication, he missed us. A lot!
Forget Countdown's countdown, there were two big stories tonight, healthcare and the idea that there was a truce between Fox News and MSNBC.
First healthcare. Healthcare was actually the show's lead story at Number 5. However the real healthcare story was in the Special Comment, which ran about 13 minutes. Olbermann went after Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats who have accumulated a lot of health industry contributions. Senators Thune, McCain, McConnell & Backus were among those that drew individual attention. House folks also drew attention, including the Florida lady who couldn't even read her script properly on the House floor. Oh, and some guy named Obama apparently collected $18 million and Olbermann thinks that the folks that supervised the donation of those funds to Obama are looking for new employment. All in all it, by itself, was quite a performance.
However there was more. Remember that New York Times story from last week that a deal was brokered by Charlie Rose and reached by Murdoch, Immelt and their minions? The story that Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald used as a partial base for attacking media ownership by big corporations? Well Olbermann agrees that large corporations that muzzle their news divisions in the chase of the almighty corporate dollar are wrong and evil. What Olbermann again denied is that he has been told a word about what he can or cannot say on the air and just to prove it, he attacked Bill-o. Of course, he also attacked Murdoch and used that attack to show solidarity with Bill-o. The bottom line is that Olbermann sure didn't act like a guy wearing a corporate muzzle.
Olbermann is off vacation. After tonight I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.