Yeah, it’s a damn shame. Olbermann was a rare courageous voice of sanity waaaay back when. He even threatened on the air to personally defy Obama’s healthcare mandate after the Big O refused to even advocate for a public option. And he ripped Bill O’Reilly new ones almost every night.
He was one of the few voices on MSNBC critical of Obama from the LEFT, which meant that he had to be pushed out so the network could carry out its self-appointed task of covering the triangulation of corporate Democrats (as was Uygur, Donahue, and even Dylan Ratigan).
Olbermann was also a gracious mentor of Rachel “Ruth Buzzy” Maddow in her first year on the network.