Glenn Beck Farewell: Keith Olbermann Bids Adieu to the Fox News Host (Video)
Current TV's newest face revisits Beck's tenure and reveals why he gave him the nickname “Lonesome Rhodes.”
On Thursday night's Countdown, Keith Olbermann bid farewell to Glenn Beck – one of his consummate bogeymen – with an edited clip of Beck’s greatest hits during his two-plus year run on Fox News.
The montage included Beck's usage of Nazi imagery as well as the following bon mots (with no context, naturally):
"Could we just make things up and remain on the air?"
"America, I’m going to shoot straight with ya. I think I’ve wasted your time."
"This is the worst television show in the history of television."
Fortunately, said Olbermann, "[Beck] leaves behind two years of the crazy for us to enjoy in retrospective. My favorite moment: the day he turned the word oligarchy into an acronym ... and misspelled it!”
Olbermann likened Beck to “doomsday prophet” Harold Camping, the Christian radio personality with a penchant for predicting the End of Times. Camping most recently declared the end of the world would come on May 21, 2011.
“Camping only gave four dates for the end of the world,” observed Olbermann. “Glenn Beck does that in a week.”
Olbermann also revealed why he ascribed the sobriquet Lonesome Rhodes to Beck. It is the name of Andy Griffith’s character in Elia Kazan’s 1957 classic A Face in the Crowd, about a “no-good grifter [Griffith] with a gift for gab” who becomes a political king maker.
Lonesome Rhodes, said Olbermann, brags that he can “make the people eat dog food and think it’s steak.”
Watch the video below: