History Series / CountdownWithKeithOlbermann

8th Sep '17 8:19:38 PM MrBadAxe
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* AmicableExes: He is still close friends with his ex-girlfriend Katy Tur, a correspondent for NBC News, and is often the quickest to defend her.



* BerserkButton: Hard to pick just one. Keith is infamous for his bad temper and perfectionism, which has cost him a lot of friendships. [[EmphasizeEverything He gets worked up about pretty much everything,]] from bad plays in a baseball game to horrible political scandals, which sometimes makes it difficult to take all of his anger seriously.



* BreakoutCharacter: In the early days of his ESPN show, Keith would adopt a super-quiet, stereotypical golf announcer voice when voicing a golf highlight. Eventually, this persona picked up a name, Bob [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Slurm]], and the show would regularly do golf highlights just to give Keith a chance to use the voice. Slurm also ended up branching out to other sports, like soccer and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.



* DepthDeception: In RealLife. The reason Keith doesn't drive is that he hit his head on a subway door, and now has no depth perception when moving over 15 mph.



* FascinatingEyebrow: Pretty much the facial equivalent of Jon Stewart's "Go ''ooonnnnnn''" -- basically an invitation for the subject to continue [[DiggingYourselfDeeper digging themselves into a hole]].



* GameOfNerds: Keith is a huge baseball fan and historian. His Baseball nerdery was so bad that his parents disallowed him talking Baseball on every second day ''when he was eight''. During his ESPN stint he often came up with some obscure minutia of Baseball history ca. 1905 that [[ShownTheirWork he had researched]].
** In short, there's a very good reason why KenBurns turned to Keith for his [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Tenth Inning]] follow up to his documentary mini-series about the sport.



* GrayEyes: [[Website/{{Twitter}} "gray, hint of blue - but gray"]]



* KindHeartedCatLover: Though Keith does not own any cats (he's allergic), he loves them, and he has two cute little Maltese dogs. He once cancelled an appearance on Bill Maher's program because one of the little guys was sick. He is constantly promoting cat and dog adoptions and rescue services on his Twitter and signal boosting alerts for lost pets.
--> Last week, you will recall that we introduced you to a kitten in a tea cup. We all had our heart strings tugged and then we went on with our lives. However, someone liked the concept and decided to make it more hip-hop. Say hello to bunnies in paper cups. Aw....(from October 5, 2010)



* LargeHam: Olbermann, sometimes intentional and sometimes not. Probably comes from being a sportscaster.



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: His rants can get there. The angrier he is, the more erudite he gets, to the point where you'd be forgiven for thinking he's an Creator/AaronSorkin character. (Naturally, Will [=McAvoy=] on ''Series/TheNewsroom'' is believed to be modeled after him, as Keith himself has acknowledged.)
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[SelfDeprecation mocked]] in a guest appearance on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Jon Stewart met him on ChatRoulette, and Keith took this trope as far as humanly possible.
* SharpDressedMan: ''And how''. Keith is a notably snappy dresser, and very careful about having his suits tailored to minimize his enormous size. He's not fat, he's just ''huge''.
8th Sep '17 8:07:24 PM MrBadAxe
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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12. Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al.

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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12.2011-12, hosted by Creator/KeithOlbermann. Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al.
8th Sep '17 8:06:12 PM MrBadAxe
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True to its name, the series featured five news stories, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTim counting down]] from #5 through #1. #5 was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story. The subsequent stories would decline in importance, with #4, #3, and #2 being stories not widely reported elsewhere in the news, and with #1 often being entertainment news or some other fluff piece.

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True to its name, the series featured five news stories, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTim [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin counting down]] from #5 through #1. #5 was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story. The subsequent stories would decline in importance, with #4, #3, and #2 being stories not widely reported elsewhere in the news, and with #1 often being entertainment news or some other fluff piece.
8th Sep '17 8:06:02 PM MrBadAxe
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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12.

Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al. Stories were given in "countdown" order:
* "#5" was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story.
* "#4" was a slightly shorter political story.

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A program on Creator/{{MSNBC}} that ran from 2003-11, then on Current TV from 2011-12.

2011-12. Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, Radio/GlennBeck, et al. Stories were given in "countdown" order:
* "#5"
al.

True to its name, the series featured five news stories, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTim counting down]] from #5 through #1. #5
was the night's lead story, invariably a major political story with fifteen minutes or more given to detail and commentary. Often two different guests would be interviewed with different angles on the story.
* "#4" was a slightly shorter political story.
story. The subsequent stories would decline in importance, with #4, #3, and #2 being stories not widely reported elsewhere in the news, and with #1 often being entertainment news or some other fluff piece.

Some of the recurring segments include:



* "#3" similar in scope to #4. Often, but not always, an under-reported story.
* "#2", the night's "Worst Persons in the World", a listing of three people/groups who've done or said something that Olbermann found rather ugly or reprehensible. Briefly suspended a couple of times, once in response to the Creator/JonStewart "Rally to Restore Sanity" (brought back after a fan poll, with a new "Not Really" graphic) and once in the wake of the Tucson shootings (the show ended on MSNBC shortly afterwards, and Worst Persons was revived on Current, without the "Not Really" graphic). When a GuestHost fills in for Olbermann, there is a short political story instead.
* Finally, "#1", usually entertainment news or some other fluff piece. Sometimes this is replaced with a "Special Comment", a rather long diatribe reserved for when someone in (or seeking) a seat of power does or says something Olbermann considered ''{{egregious}}ly'' bad. During the final weeks of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this became a more regular segment called "Campaign Comment". 2010 introduced "Quick Comments", which were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shorter and more frequent]] and which evolved into "Tea Time". Friday shows sometimes have "Thurber Fridays", a reading of a Creator/JamesThurber story (sometimes relevant to the week's news, sometimes not).

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* "#3" similar in scope to #4. Often, but not always, an under-reported story.
* "#2", the
The night's "Worst Persons in the World", a listing of three people/groups who've done or said something that Olbermann found rather ugly or reprehensible. Briefly suspended a couple of times, once in response to the Creator/JonStewart "Rally to Restore Sanity" (brought back after a fan poll, with a new "Not Really" graphic) and once in the wake of the Tucson shootings (the show ended on MSNBC shortly afterwards, and Worst Persons was revived on Current, without the "Not Really" graphic). When a GuestHost fills in for Olbermann, there is a short political story instead.
* Finally, "#1", usually entertainment news or some other fluff piece. Sometimes this is replaced The show would occasionally end with a "Special Comment", a rather long diatribe reserved for when someone in (or seeking) a seat of power does or says something Olbermann considered ''{{egregious}}ly'' bad. During the final weeks of the 2008 Presidential Campaign, this became a more regular segment called "Campaign Comment". 2010 introduced "Quick Comments", which were [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shorter and more frequent]] and which evolved into "Tea Time". Time".
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Friday shows sometimes have had "Thurber Fridays", a reading of a Creator/JamesThurber story (sometimes relevant to the week's news, sometimes not).
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Between 2010 and 2012, ''Countdown'' fell victim to a combination of ScrewedByTheNetwork and TroubledProduction. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making political donations against network policy, but was brought back following intense blowback from his viewers. After relations with MSNBC deteriorated, Olbermann abruptly announced that his show would be going off the air in January 2011. He then relaunched ''Countdown'' on the independent Current TV network, but behind-the-scenes drama led to Olbermann's prolonged absence as host and, eventually, his firing in March 2012. Legal action happened, and was settled just before Current was bought by Al Jazeera to launch Al Jazeera America.

At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with GQ Magazine to create the web video series ''The Closer With Keith Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the "Special Comment" formula.



Keith used to work on ''SportsCenter'' and was the inspiration for [[WordOfGod at least one]] of the anchors on ''SportsNight''.

Between 2010 and 2012, ''Countdown'' fell victim to a combination of ScrewedByTheNetwork and TroubledProduction. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making political donations against network policy, but was brought back following intense blowback from his viewers. After relations with MSNBC deteriorated, Olbermann abruptly announced that his show would be going off the air in January 2011. He then relaunched ''Countdown'' on the independent Current TV network, but behind-the-scenes drama led to Olbermann's prolonged absence as host and, eventually, his firing in March 2012. Legal action happened, and was settled just before Current was bought by Al Jazeera to launch Al Jazeera America.

At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with GQ Magazine to create the web video series ''The Closer With Keith Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the "Special Comment" formula.
8th Sep '17 7:13:53 PM MrBadAxe
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Between 2010 and 2012, ''Countdown'' fell victim to a combination of ScrewedByTheNetwork and TroubledProduction. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making political donations against network policy, but was brought back following intense blowback from his viewers. After relations with MSNBC deteriorated, Olbermann abruptly announced that his show would be going off the air in January 2011. He then relaunched ''Countdown'' on the independent Current TV network, but behind-the-scenes drama led to Olbermann's prolonged absence as host and, eventually, his firing in March 2012. Legal action happened, and was settled just before Current was bought by Al Jazeera to launch Al Jazeera America. At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit.

On July 17, 2013, Olbermann re-joined ESPN, prompting reactions of CueTheFlyingPigs considering how acrimonious their earlier split had been, and a sign of just how seriously ESPN took Fox's heavily-hyped sports network. They launched a new late-night sports-based show titled ''Olbermann'' on August 26 on ESPN2, a hybrid of his sports (highlights, or as they were called "Keithlights") and political (Worst Persons, interviews with people in sports and sports-fan friends of Keith's, commentary that aired at the start of the show this time, and for the first year, Time Marches On, all sports-centric) pasts. As the show continued, rumors began to circulate that higher-ups at ESPN were becoming concerned with Olbermann's continued taking of ''Countdown''-style shots of people and sports organizations when on-air, particularly at the NFL its chairman Roger Godell, over the league's handling of on-field head injuries and [[DomesticAbuser domestic violence cases]] involving players. (ESPN has a deal with the NFL that runs through 2019 worth over $15 billion.) ESPN, in late 2014, had already cut the show to a half-hour and moved its timeslot from 11PM to 5PM, but if the moves were meant to dull Olbermann's edge, they didn't succeed.[[note]]In fact, the move was perceived at the time as ''benefitting'' Olbermann, since the late-night time slot resulted in the show being bounced around the schedule or to ESPNEWS depending on when sports events on ESPN and [=ESPN2=] ended, making it hard for people who wanted to watch the show, and didn't care about its lead-in, to catch it.[[/note]]

In the summer of 2015, news leaked that ESPN was going to pass on renewing Olbermann's contract. ''Olbermann'' signed off on July 24th, 2015 after a little less than two years on the air. ESPN maintains the move was not over content, but that the cost of the show was prohibitively expensive.[[note]]And given that they parted ways with Creator/BillSimmons and Colin Cowherd at about the same time, they might be telling the truth, although Simmons had his own criticisms of Goodell that directly resulted in a suspension and as an occasion to announce that his contract wouldn't be renewed.[[/note]] Some [[http://variety.com/2015/tv/columns/keith-olbermann-msnbc-leaves-espn-1201536388/ speculate]] that Olbermann could return to MSNBC, that his voice would be welcomed by many considering the upcoming 2016 US election cycle. Indeed, after making an appearance on ABC's ''The View'' in which he criticized Republican front-runner Creator/DonaldTrump, Olbermann stated that he would be "coming out of retirement."

As of September 2016, he has teamed up with ''GQ'' magazine for a bi-weekly[[note]]or more, if Keith feels like it[[/note]] WebVideo series called "The Closer" ([[Series/TheCloser no relation]]). These relatively short videos (usually less than ten minutes) echo the Special Comments of his ''Countdown'' days. After Trump won, the series was retitled ''WebVideo/TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann''.

However, he still does have a job at ''[[NewsParody MSNBSea]]'', as anchorman (and blue whale) Tom Jumbo-Grumbo, on Creator/{{Netflix}}'s ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman''.

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Between 2010 and 2012, ''Countdown'' fell victim to a combination of ScrewedByTheNetwork and TroubledProduction. Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making political donations against network policy, but was brought back following intense blowback from his viewers. After relations with MSNBC deteriorated, Olbermann abruptly announced that his show would be going off the air in January 2011. He then relaunched ''Countdown'' on the independent Current TV network, but behind-the-scenes drama led to Olbermann's prolonged absence as host and, eventually, his firing in March 2012. Legal action happened, and was settled just before Current was bought by Al Jazeera to launch Al Jazeera America. America.

At the time, Olbermann stated that he would no longer operate as a political pundit.

On July 17, 2013, Olbermann re-joined ESPN, prompting reactions of CueTheFlyingPigs considering how acrimonious their earlier split had been, and a sign of just how seriously ESPN took Fox's heavily-hyped sports network. They launched a new late-night sports-based show titled ''Olbermann'' on August 26 on ESPN2, a hybrid of his sports (highlights, or as they were called "Keithlights") and political (Worst Persons, interviews
pundit, but this turned out to be premature: in 2016 he teamed up with people in sports and sports-fan friends of Keith's, commentary that aired at GQ Magazine to create the start of the show this time, and for the first year, Time Marches On, all sports-centric) pasts. As the show continued, rumors began to circulate that higher-ups at ESPN were becoming concerned with Olbermann's continued taking of ''Countdown''-style shots of people and sports organizations when on-air, particularly at the NFL its chairman Roger Godell, over the league's handling of on-field head injuries and [[DomesticAbuser domestic violence cases]] involving players. (ESPN has a deal with the NFL that runs through 2019 worth over $15 billion.) ESPN, in late 2014, had already cut the show to a half-hour and moved its timeslot from 11PM to 5PM, but if the moves were meant to dull Olbermann's edge, they didn't succeed.[[note]]In fact, the move was perceived at the time as ''benefitting'' Olbermann, since the late-night time slot resulted in the show being bounced around the schedule or to ESPNEWS depending on when sports events on ESPN and [=ESPN2=] ended, making it hard for people who wanted to watch the show, and didn't care about its lead-in, to catch it.[[/note]]

In the summer of 2015, news leaked that ESPN was going to pass on renewing Olbermann's contract. ''Olbermann'' signed off on July 24th, 2015 after a little less than two years on the air. ESPN maintains the move was not over content, but that the cost of the show was prohibitively expensive.[[note]]And given that they parted ways with Creator/BillSimmons and Colin Cowherd at about the same time, they might be telling the truth, although Simmons had his own criticisms of Goodell that directly resulted in a suspension and as an occasion to announce that his contract wouldn't be renewed.[[/note]] Some [[http://variety.com/2015/tv/columns/keith-olbermann-msnbc-leaves-espn-1201536388/ speculate]] that Olbermann could return to MSNBC, that his voice would be welcomed by many considering the upcoming 2016 US election cycle. Indeed, after making an appearance on ABC's
web video series ''The View'' in which he criticized Republican front-runner Creator/DonaldTrump, Olbermann stated that he would be "coming out of retirement."

As of September 2016, he has teamed up with ''GQ'' magazine for a bi-weekly[[note]]or more, if
Closer With Keith feels like it[[/note]] WebVideo series called "The Closer" ([[Series/TheCloser no relation]]). These relatively short videos (usually less than ten minutes) echo Olbermann'', later rebranded ''TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann'', following a format largely derived from the Special Comments of his ''Countdown'' days. After Trump won, the series was retitled ''WebVideo/TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann''.

However, he still does have a job at ''[[NewsParody MSNBSea]]'', as anchorman (and blue whale) Tom Jumbo-Grumbo, on Creator/{{Netflix}}'s ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman''.
"Special Comment" formula.
3rd Sep '17 10:06:09 AM CaptEquinox
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** When Keith was suspended in November 2010 for not clearing campaign contributions with the network, right-wing pundits Jonah Goldberg and William Kristol and recently fired CNN newsman Rick Sanchez, all of whom Olbermann has had on his Worst Persons list, actually defended Olbermann and attacked MSNBC for the policy.

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** When Keith was suspended in November 2010 for not clearing campaign contributions contributions[[note]]to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords, and the campaign of Jack Conway for Senator in Kentucky[[/note]] with the network, right-wing pundits Jonah Goldberg and William Kristol and recently fired CNN newsman Rick Sanchez, all of whom Olbermann has had on his Worst Persons list, actually defended Olbermann and attacked MSNBC for the policy.
3rd Sep '17 9:31:55 AM CaptEquinox
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** '''Resist! Remove!!''' ...Peace.
2nd Sep '17 11:54:33 AM nombretomado
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Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, GlennBeck, et al. Stories were given in "countdown" order:

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Introduced as ''Countdown: Iraq'', this hour-long show evolved into an opinionated [[PoliticalProgrammes political program]] that saw itself as a left-wing foil to [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O'Reilly]], Sean Hannity, GlennBeck, Radio/GlennBeck, et al. Stories were given in "countdown" order:



** GlennBeck: Televangelist Glenn Beck, [[Theatre/TheMusicMan Harold Hill]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP1RM4k7hV8 Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes]] Beck, "Becky", "This Yutz".

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** GlennBeck: Radio/GlennBeck: Televangelist Glenn Beck, [[Theatre/TheMusicMan Harold Hill]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP1RM4k7hV8 Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes]] Beck, "Becky", "This Yutz".



** Also, unlike [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]], who likes the sport, he shares frequent enemy GlennBeck's hatred of soccer.

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** Also, unlike [[Series/TheRachelMaddowShow Rachel Maddow]], who likes the sport, he shares frequent enemy GlennBeck's Radio/GlennBeck's hatred of soccer.



* WhatTheHellHero: Delivered one of these to Creator/GlennBeck after Beck did a long spiel about the socialistic motifs concealed in the murals and ornamentation of Rockefeller Center. Beck's entire bit had been about how the murals contained hidden communist and progressivist messages which he and he alone had been the first to recognise, adding that his own sound man had worked in Rockefeller Center for 29 years and had never noticed it. Olbermann pointed out that since the propaganda was ''so'' hidden that nobody had even noticed it, Beck was only serving it by drawing it to people's attention.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Delivered one of these to Creator/GlennBeck Radio/GlennBeck after Beck did a long spiel about the socialistic motifs concealed in the murals and ornamentation of Rockefeller Center. Beck's entire bit had been about how the murals contained hidden communist and progressivist messages which he and he alone had been the first to recognise, adding that his own sound man had worked in Rockefeller Center for 29 years and had never noticed it. Olbermann pointed out that since the propaganda was ''so'' hidden that nobody had even noticed it, Beck was only serving it by drawing it to people's attention.
16th May '17 5:33:23 PM CobaltRose800
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** NFL Chairman Roger Godell on ''Olbermann'', who Olbermann called on multiple times to resign.

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** NFL Chairman Commissioner Roger Godell Goodell on ''Olbermann'', who Olbermann called on multiple times to resign.
1st Feb '17 10:48:22 AM JamesAustin
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* TakeThat: The purpose of the "Worst Persons in the World" segment, which went temporarily defunct after [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart's]] rally made him realize the segment had become a platform for anger rather than satire as originally intended. Also the recipient of a pretty great one from Creator/BenAffleck on an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. And about as good a one from [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]].

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* TakeThat: The purpose of the "Worst Persons in the World" segment, which went temporarily defunct after [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart's]] ''Series/TheDailyShowWithJonStewart'''s rally made him realize the segment had become a platform for anger rather than satire as originally intended. Also the recipient of a pretty great one from Creator/BenAffleck on an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. And about as good a one from [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]].Stewart.
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