Quoted in total (because the site requires registration): LA Times What's most admirable, of course, is what Wilson said: that Olbermann is one of the few true journalists left who is healthily skeptical of government. Not just Bush and the neocons, but the Democrats as well. So Olbermann deserves his success. I'd like to think that MSNBC had altruistic reasons for coming to him and encouraging him to do more angry commentaries, but realistically, I think they merely saw ratings in it, not some fulfillment of journalistic purpose. But the true heroes nowadays are Olbermann, and to a lesser degree Lou Dobbs, Bill Maher and Jon Stewart. Dobbs seems to be less deft at it than Olbermann, and Jon Stewart doesn't get to be serious often enough (such as that golden moment on Crossfire when he told Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson to stop turning politics into a Roman circus). Lately I've taken to downloading all of Bill Maher's Real Time podcasts, and he, like Olbermann, really has his head on straight. Between the jokes you can tell that he's really alarmed by the neocons and disappointed in wimpy Democrats. Anyway. Keith Olbermann is a national treasure. And among all the factors that people attribute to the Democrats' recent win, I'd say his commentaries played a small but important part. He's charging up the liberal base. I think we've been waiting for someone like him.