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Olbermann from the old days of MSNBC. He was the first successful host of a
TV news show—Countdown with Keith
Olbermann-- with a liberal slant. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, and
his commentary was as brilliant as it was scathing to Republicans,
conservatives, and Fox News. His pugnacious temperament led to some wild and searing
commentary, but sometimes got out of hand. He got into some disputes with MSNBC
and his show was cancelled. However, it was Olbermann who transformed MSNBC
from a wanna-be Fox News into the liberal news channel it is today.
I hope his appearance on Bill Maher is part of a comeback
tour. Maybe he could start as a guest commentator on MSNBC. If things work out,
perhaps a hosting spot again. I used to love Up with Steve Kornacki from 8am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday
mornings. Now Steve Kornacki has moved to prime time. On Sunday mornings, MSBC now
airs Politics Nation with Al Sharpton
at 8am followed by an hour of Up with
various hosts. Maybe Keith Olbermann would be a good fit for the second hour.
I can’t wait to see Olbermann do the interview with Maher.
Olbermann was a bit of a wild man the last time I saw him—has he retained his
biting edge and can he contain his impulse to go way over the top?
Quentin Tarantino is another wildman famous for his own over
the top movies. He will be the guest for the mid-show interview. He has been
very vocal recently about police shootings unarmed people (usually African-American
people.) I expect he will be talking about that.
Anthony Weiner is
on the panel and during his time as Representative to Congress (D I) he was a
passionate, sometimes crossing the line into wild, defender of Democratic
causes. Unfortunately, he couldn’t control his impulses to send inappropriate sexts
to women. It cost him his job in Congress and the after supposedly reforming,
he ruined his chances to become mayor of New York City because he couldn’t
control his impulses to send these sexts. I hope this appearance on Maher’s
show is part of his comeback tour. We need his voice.
The other two panelists are David Frum (former GWB speechwriter) and Jillian Melchior (reporter for The
National Review). I’ve seen Frum
on TV a lot—he’s usually not too wild. I’m not familiar with Melchior, but
whenever there are two conservatives on the panel things often get wild. Just a list of the guests for now. Come back later for the full review and recap. Bill Maher's Guests November 6, 2015
(D-NY) Former congressman (D NY), unsuccessful candidate for mayor of NYC
David Frum: Senior
Editor of The Atlantic and Chairman
of Policy Exchange, a UK think tank. From 2001-2002, he was a speechwriter for
President George W. Bush. He is the author of several books about politics and
one politically-themed novel, Patriots.
Reporter for The National Review and
a Senior Fellow at the conservative Independent Women’s Forum. She was recently
named the 2015-2016
Tony Blankley Fellow at the conservative group, Steamboat