Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Farewell

Keith Olbermann isn't my favorite person. I've recently stopped DVR-ing his show because, after two years of faithful daily viewing, I've decided I don't want my news so biased, even when I happen to agree. I want my assumptions challenged. I want to fight the temptation to have my "itching ear" scratched. I don't learn much when I watch him anymore, so I decided that my time is better spent elsewhere.

However, a couple of weeks ago I happened to see his closing Special Comment, and I'm glad i did. It was a news story and a personal story woven together in beautiful prose. (Say what you will about Kieth, but the man has a mastery with the English language that few have attained. His pen is quite skilled.) It was a story about his dying dad and how he had asked his son to kill him. Literally.

Well, Keith's Dad died today (Keith's announcement today). And as I reflect on this clip, which was the last time he was on air, it becomes even more powerful. Agree with him or not, his words are worth hearing.

Condolences, brother.

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1 comment:

Kevin said...

There is definitely the need for rationale in approaching severe circumstances. I actually have a similar story but in no way does it compare dramatically to Keith's own experiences. We are required to fight for our loved ones with every thing we have and hopefully inspire them with our strength. We should never give up, being the able body we can fight all the day and run with the wind and still not recognize their reality. Honor and commitment can be accomplished in many ways, and they are not always of popular opinion or personal desire.