I continue to be fascinated with the ESPN-effect across television programming. The folks at Fox News have certainly mastered the network's "televisuality" (including its excessive style and pacing). But Keith Olbermann, as an early progenitor of the sports network's particular form of anchor discourse—smartly written, wittily constructed, acerbically (at times) delivered, ironically predisposed—continues to display this style in his gig as newsman. Olbermann comes across here as a strange mélange of Edward R. Murrow, Dennis Miller, and Bill O'Reilly, yet something a little different as well (Howard Beale?). To be certain, Olbermann is no Murrow (despite invoking the icon's spirit with his "good night, and good luck" sign-off). But this ESPN-style makes for interesting political commentary. Plus, it's nice to hear someone on a news channel with righteous outrage whose nose isn't firmly embedded in the administration's backside. Indeed, my desire to see intertextual linkages shouldn't diminish the glee a viewer should take in Olbermann's no holds barred critiques of this rogue administration and its radical ways. But from a staid, academic point of view, it is the intertextual quality of his persona and style that intrigues me; it simply makes it more enjoyable. Hearing Dexter Gordon, for instance, reminds me of the greatness of Lester Young. And I can't help but smile when I hear Madeleine Peyroux channel Billy Holiday. For Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, it's also a little bit of ESPN meets Network meets See It Now. Indeed, see it now. And smile.