– The MSNBC “Countdown” host has suspended his “Worst Persons in the World” segment after comedian Jon Stewart slammed cable news personalities, including Olbermann, for their divisive nature at his D.C. Rally to Restore Sanity.
“Its satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger, so in the spirit of the thing, as of right now, I am unilaterally suspending that segment with an eye towards discontinuing it,” Olbermann stated on his show Monday night.
“We don’t know how that works long-term. We might bring it back. We might bring back something similar to it. We might kill it outright.”
Rally attendees on Saturday were treated to a montage featuring cable news hosts Glenn Beck, Olbermann and others spouting incendiary commentary.
Stewart said the “24-hour politico pundit perpetual panic conflictinator” is making the country’s problems worse.
“If we amplify everything, we hear nothing,” Stewart said, adding that too often the media outlets draw upon fear instead of reason.
Though Olbermann did not credit Stewart for the suspension of “Worst Persons in the World,” he did refer to “The Daily Show” host’s comments and agreed the “tone needs to change.”