Olbermann Indirectly Addresses His Departure From ESPN During Rant On Privacy
Jake ODonnell 03:39 pm, July 10th, 2015
Keith Olbermann has always injected himself into the news. Whether it's directly calling out other public figures or millions of alumni at a major state school, the former MSNBC anchor is a very wealthy man who made his money selling candor and personality before information, as it were. The rest of us should be so luck if our charm could buy us a boat someday. But with that territory comes the rather high likelihood that you will experience an abnormal incursion on your privacy. C'est la vie, as Keith Olbermann would probably say.
Now that it's public knowledge that he is, in fact, on his way out of a second-though-noble stint at ESPN, Olbermann seems a bit peeved that he's back (literally) in the news. He spent much of Thursday's show going after the degradation of our collective definition of "privacy." Most of it was aimed at the peripheries of the sports media landscape because, apparently, some radio shock jock floated a bogus story about seeing Olbermann buying men's underwear in a gas station or something.
Dude, you should be flattered. Also, what's wrong with buying underwear in weird places? Sometimes you just need underwear. What the hell?
Alas, he took this troll attempt to mean something apoplectic about the current state of journalism. Here's how he described "reporting" in 2015: "Unyielding tidal ebb and flow of gossip, rumor, and people pretending that it’s okay to report something demonstrably not true simply because somebody told them it was true and they have mistaken the fact that somebody told it to them for quote truth unquote.”
That's essentially Obi Wan Kanobi's description of Mos Eisley. Clearly, the guy is mad at us internet folk for chatting about his negotiations with ESPN (which never proved to be too far off base, by the way). We get it. Sorry dude. Sheesh. Go have a Brandy in your penthouse and relax. No one will bother you there.
At the same time, he was cool enough to admit that even he, the Great Keith Olbermann, had once upon a time relied on some shaky information for journalistic purposes. He's not stupid, he knows how the game works -- he's just a little on edge right now, that's all.
Everybody, give Keith some space for a bit.
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