Keith commenting on MSNBC, and Billo.....
Olbermann is very critical of the network's decision to hire former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele as a contributor, seeing it as a worrying move to the center by MSNBC.
"There is a lot of desperation over there now, and it's completely justified," Olbermann tells Carr.
Also, Olbermann talks about his occasional encounters with arch-nemesis Bill O'Reilly at Yankee Stadium.
"Every time I looked in his direction, he was looking at me and immediately looked away," he says. "What I can't stand about him is that he never, ever says he is wrong. He is slower in correcting his mistakes than the Catholic Church was in acknowledging they got it wrong about Galileo."
NY Times Magazine
Keith even plays mind games with FOX at the ball game.
“Switch seats with me,” he said pleasantly. “I want to be in the Fox Sports shot of home plate. They usually cut it off right here,” he said, indicating the arm of the seat between us. “It’s fun to mess with them.” .
Al Gore on current TV's vision for Countdown.
What we are doing at Current with Keith is necessary to prevent the dominance of the public square by a point of view that is owned and controlled by the hands of a few,” Gore said. To persuade Olbermann to come to an obscure address on the dial, they paid him a reported $10 million a year (a source familiar with the deal would not disclose the amount but said it fell short of that figure) and gave him a stake in the enterprise. One way they plan on addressing his habit of chewing out his bosses is to make him a boss. He has the title of chief news officer and has made every hire for the new show.
Bob Costas on Keith's reporting style.
“There are elements of Steve Allen to what he does, the observed absurdities of life and the chuckles that take some of the edge off,” Bob Costas, the sportscaster, said. “But there is also a Tom Snyder thing as well, up close, where you can see Snyder’s Adam’s apple.” (Olbermann confirms that he spent a lot of time watching Tom Snyder, a legendary television talker.) “He has all the stuff, the good breaking ball, the change-up, but he might rely on the heater a little too often,” Costas said, laughing as he described Olbermann’s high-velocity rants.
Keith is making the media tour with five days and counting until Coutdown goes live.
It makes for some interesting reading.
Enjoy the anticipation. June 20th is 5 days away and counting.