Editor’s Note: There is a good update on the Olbermann story by Laura Donavan at The Daily Caller. Perhaps I’ve been a little harsh on Keith, because the man does seem deeply disturbed … Naw, he’s still a three-alarm jerk.
Check it out.
I hate to kick a good man when he’s down, so I’ll just kick Keith Olbermann. Nothing I can say could possibly describe the elation I feel at the thought of this phony going away.
MSNBC was paying the now, thankfully, defunct commentator a reported $7 million a year to give us his boundless wisdom and insight on the political topics of the day. He was not astute, not funny and not particularly good, unless you are a 9-11 truther. What he was, was a mean-spirited, bomb-throwing, conspiracy-hatching attention grabber with not the least bit of civility. Olbermann was the screamer in the corner every pre-school teacher has to deal with.
When Keith could not compete in his time slot with the top-rated Bill O’Reilly he resorted to holding up a mask of O’Reilly and giving the Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute. So much for not offending Jewish sensibilities by using terms associated with the Holocaust. But, then again, that is the hypocrisy that is—or I should say was—Keith Olbermann.
So now we are left with the likes of Bill Maher, who thinks maybe Olbermann was just too nice because he modified his “Worst Person in the World” segment.
“Once he started backing off ‘Worst Persons in the World,’ it really is all downhill,” Maher added. “It came back with a parenthesis like you don’t really mean it. Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke. F_ _ k them if they don’t get a joke.”
No Bill, much like you, Keith just wasn’t funny.
In the coming days we will hear how Keith cleverly engineered himself out of his MSNBC contract because they weren’t paying him enough. That’s our Keith, always a step ahead of the landlord. We will eventually hear that he has cut a deal with that great satellite radio bone yard in the sky where all washouts seem to go these days, or perhaps—as Maher had to do when ABC axed him for calling U.S. military policy “cowardly”—a pay cable program, where he won’t have to obsess over Bill O’Reilly, night after night.
Although Olbermann towers over Bill Maher in stature, the two have much in common. They are both small, insignificant, unethical little men without a lot of talent. It is hard to imagine either of them getting a date they don’t have to pay afterwards.
But, unlike Maher, Olbermann had to manufacture a better Keith, and, therefore, he is also a liar.
So Goodbye, Keith. Mission Accomplished.
Sources tell Mediaite Keith Olbermann and MSNBC were headed for a breakup long before Comcast’s rise to power, but clearly something set the divorce into motion quickly today, with network promos set to run touting Olbermann’s role in MSNBC’s coverage of next week’s State of the Union address–and, notably, a Keith Olbermann promo running on MSNBC in the hour after the host signed off and left the network…
In recent weeks, sources tell Mediaite there have been meetings on the topic of Keith Olbermann and his future at the network. Did Comcast–as many Countdown viewers seem to suspect–order Olbermann out? It appears that the end of the Olbermann era at MSNBC was not “ordered” by Comcast, nor was it a move to tone down the network’s politics. Instead, sources inside the network say it came down to the more mundane world of office politics–Olbermann was a difficult employee, who clashed with bosses, colleagues and underlings alike, and with the Comcast-related departure of Jeff Zucker, and the rise of Maddow and O’Donnell, the landscape shifted, making an Olbermann exit suddenly seem well-timed.
Yeah, Sam Stein at HuffPo is also touting Zucker’s departure as key to Olby leaving. Quote: “Zucker was Olbermann’s protector there.” But the mystery lingers: Why was Kayo’s departure today so sudden? Did he find out about the meetings that were being held to plan his exit, and decided to quit before he was fired?