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Triple Play: Keith Olbermann’s 3 Non-Apologies in 1 Segment

Posted on November 11 2010 11:00 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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So, upon his return from a 2 episode “indefinite suspension” from MSNBC—which mainly served to give him a “four-day weekend,”and a “universal hug,” Keith Olbermann made himself the apex of the “Countdown,” saving his apology for the spot reserved for the “Number 1 Story.”

If that wasn’t a clue…

Keith’s “apologies” went like this:

  1. Brag about how important the “unfortunate drama” made him feel, and how for the first time in forever, he was actually an important news story.
  2. Apologize for not knowing something he had no reasonable expectation to know
  3. Apologize for slamming some guy who deserved it, just the timing was coincidentally unfortunate because it was done after Keith contributed to his opponent, but never mention that this is the problem with such contributions in the first place.

Then wrap up by saying how un-Constitutional the rule against his contributing without permission probably is; and saying what a great illustration this is for how the system works and he is now the poster boy for transparency.

Contrition, thy name ain’t Olbermann.

OLBERMANN:  I‘d like to close tonight by discussing something that I‘m sure has happened to you dozens of times in your own life.  You know, when there is a petition supporting you and it winds up being signed by 300,000 people and you get 21,000 Tweets in 72 hour period, and then you are invited to be on television because you aren‘t on television, because they want you to be the lead story on “Good Morning, America” and “Larry King” and “Letterman,” and you break the traffic records on the “Huffington Post,” and you‘re on the front page of the “New York Times” without being dead or in jail or Charlie Sheen or something.

I”m somebody!

OLBERMANN: Well, maybe you are used to it, but for me it was kind of a surprise.  All I can seriously say is I‘m stunned and grateful and it still feels like a universal hug.

I owe you three apologies.  Foremost for having subjected to all this unnecessary drama.  The White House is on the phone for you.  Seriously?

And I can’t wait to tell everybody!

Really, the White House?   That’s the scariest line since, “Meet your new Green Jobs Czar.”

It’s been speculated that this was a publicity stunt.  I doubt it.  This was a lame attempt for the NBC/MSNBC brass to look legit.  Then once it got going, they played it to the hilt.

After all, people are getting immune to Olbermann’s rants.  It’s pretty hard for him to make news anymore with his mouth.

So, now he gets his 15 minutes.  But any bump in the ratings by the newly curious won’t last long.  It’s hard to listen to this guy every day.

Trust me on this.

If you enjoyed this post be sure to download my ebook Meltdown With Keith Olbermannvolumes 1 (PDF and Kindle format) and 2 (PDF and Kindle format).

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