Using descriptions ranging from "one of the great haters in the media" to "a victim of his own success," media commentators, bloggers and ordinary viewers let their feelings be known.
The host of "Countdown" announced his departure live on the program Friday night. Olbermann, a former ESPN anchor, was briefly suspended from MSNBC in November for making political donations to Democratic candidates.
Among the pithiest comments noted by AOL News:
- Salon.com's Steve Kornacki: "NBC's executives may simply feel that they can afford to be rid of Olbermann and all of the headaches he brings with him. It used to be that he was the only reason liberals turned on their channel at night. Now he's one of many reasons -- a victim of his own success, in other words."
- Rich Noyes, Media Research Center (via Twitter): "Instead of trusting viewers to deal with both sides, Keith Olbermann preferred to propagandize for the left. He damaged journalism."
- John H. Hinderaker, Power Line Blog: "Olbermann was one of the great haters in the media ... My only regret, with respect to Olbermann's MSNBC tenure, is that I never made it past runner-up on his Worst Person in the World feature."
- Steve Benen, Washington Monthly: "Olbermann offered news consumers something we couldn't find anywhere else: honest, sincere, unapologetic liberalism ... Olbermann did all of this, of course, while racking up big ratings (and big profits for his employer)."
- Viewer commenting on The New York Times website: "All of the people who watched Countdown over the years deserve a better explanation. I having been looking for an excuse to drop Comcast cable and this could very well be the straw that breaks the camel's back."
- Non-viewer commenting on Glenn Beck's theblaze.com: "I just hope he doesn't go back to network sports. I like networks sports. I never watched MSNBC."