On the 26th day of the eighth month in the yearKeith Olbermann defied all doubt or detraction and premiered his brand-new ESPN 2 program to the million-plus homes in which the network beams. This was noteworthy on two levels:. There's no way he could ever work there again, we all thought.
Originally a mild mannered, neutral-to-center-left observer of soft news the job Rachel Maddow currently occupieshe became increasingly self-righteous during the Iraq Warstyling himself as the heir to Edward R. Murrow and even signing off each episode with "Good night and good luck," Murrow's catchphrase. His original sign-off was "Keep your knees loose," a good rule of thumb for any occasion.
Since then, Simmons has been quick to point out the moments when Olbermann has been wrong and blasted him for "burning bridges at three different networks," along with generally being a jerk, based on the nature of the fight. But Olbermann has fired back, blasting Simmons for being a lousy writer and, well, that's pretty much it. As the war rages on and sides are taken by the way, this one's on Olbermann; Simmons' joke was harmless; he's not the first to make an assassination joke, and he won't be the last; Keith needs to find his sense of humorthose who look at this feud as just a feud are missing a bigger issue here.
An upstart blog perhaps, but we here at Dick of the Week believe in standards. Each week we will offer you one new entrant into the All-Time Dick Hall of Fame, and one Dick of the Week, the individual that best exemplifies all of the qualities of dickishness that Dick of the Week treasures for the current week. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, it should come as little surprise that your Dick of the Week for the week of October 31 to November 7 is Keith Olbermann!
The story that splashed across the New York gossip pages was a juicy one: Keith Olbermann, a legendary jerk in broadcasting, refused to live in a building owned by Donald Trumpa legendary jerk in politics. This week, we learned the final straw for Olbermann was Trump's claim that he could shoot people and it wouldn't hurt his popularity. In addition to the general idea of violence, Olbermann took issue with "the idea that [Trump] would view that as part of the political calculus.
Yesterday, we brought you a former Keith Olbermann employee's tale of how shitty it was to work for Keith Olbermannas well as Keith Olbermann's multiple responses. Naturally, all of this inspired more Olbermann associates to write in. We now bring you one detractor, and one defender.
MSNBC never had any doubt about what it was getting when it made Keith Olbermann the face of the network in a highly talented broadcaster, a distinctive and outspoken voice and a mercurial personality with a track record of attacking his superiors and making early exits. Even his own boss, Phil Griffin, offered this assessment inwhen Mr. Olbermann was being heavily criticized by supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton because he was urging her to drop out of the race to become the Democratic presidential candidate.
Throughout his career, Olbermann has been a serial burner of bridges. He torched one at ESPN in spectacular fashion. Then he went to Fox and alienated people over there.
My book Succeeding is about how to succeed in life, mainly picking the right career and spouse but also less momentous decisions. Keith Olbermann would appear at the moment to not be succeeding. And that sentence is a gross understatement of all the trouble he has been in with his bosses, colleagues, and advertisers during his career.