Keith Olbermann
American sports and political commentator
Keith Olbermann
Keith Theodore Olbermann is an American political commentator and writer. Most recently, he was the chief news officer of the Current TV network and the host of the Current TV weeknight political commentary program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, until March 30, 2012, a program he hosted with the same title and a similar format on MSNBC from March 2003 to January 2011.
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Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump Is Not Of Sound Mind And Must Resign
The Huffington Post - about 1 month
As tonight's tweets confirm, he's insane. How do you calmly explain to a Trump supporter, that he must resign? I try pic.twitter.com/PHCe0u83wO — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 25, 2017 More...
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Keith Olbermann Says 'We Were Invaded' By Russia During The Election
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Keith Olbermann likened Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump gain power to an actual invasion. “We were invaded, is what it boils down to,” GQ’s special correspondent said on Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The fact that “there was not blood on the streets” didn’t alter that conclusion, the former MSNBC and ESPN journalist added. “If the Russians had come in with Cossacks and put him in, I think we would have had a different kind of reaction to it,” he said. “That’s the reaction we need now.” Check out the full clip above. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=588308dfe4b096b4a231e6c0,58831406e4b096b4a231e862,587f3990e4b01cdc64c8844e -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Donald Trump Lets Bygones Be Bygones In New Year's Tweet (Just Kidding!)
Huffington Post - about 2 months
President-elect Donald Trump is putting the “dip” in diplomacy, if his New Year’s Eve tweet is any indication. The Donald has decided to ring in the New Year with a heartfelt tweet wishing good tidings to all. Just kidding! That would have been the respectful thing for the soon-to-be leader of the free world to do. Instead, he posted a bitter pill.  Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016 Most politicians are savvy enough to just issue a blanket “Happy New Year” without calling out the haters. Even Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a plane earlier this year, found a way to simply wish people “Happy New Year” without any passive-aggressive digs. The first line of Duterte’s tweet below roughly translates as:  “Happy New Year to all of you, from ...
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Bill O’Reilly: ‘The Left Wants Power Taken Away From The White Establishment’
Huffington Post - 2 months
Bill O’Reilly sparked outrage online Tuesday for what he described as the “hidden reason” behind calls to abolish the Electoral College. “This is all about race,” the conservative commentator said on his Fox News show. “The left sees white privilege in America as an oppressive force that must be done away with. Therefore white working class voters must be marginalized.” He later added that liberals believe “white men have set up a system of oppression and that system must be destroyed ... The left wants power taken away from the white establishment and they want a profound change in the way America is run.” O’Reilly’s admission of “white privilege” and the “white establishment” struck a chord with Twitter users, and discussion on the topic became a trending topic overnight. That time Bill O'Reilly got his internal and external monologues confused https://t.co/CBy8wl4II1 — Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 21, 2016 This is horrify ...
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Are Witch-Hunts Back With A Vengeance?
Huffington Post - 4 months
The witch-hunt of Hillary Clinton has been underway for several decades. Comparing 17th century notions of witchcraft with rightwing accusations against Clinton, Stacy Schiff rightly notes in her "New York Times" article, "[Witches] appear suspect in advance of their crimes." Susan Faludi wrote this weekend, [Clinton] has been deranging conservatives since '92, when wounded Republican invincibility merged with wounded male prerogative... she's cast not just as a political combatant but as a demon. It reminds me of my role in Yentl when she had to dress like a man to get an education, and she was called a demon as well. FBI Director James Comey brazenly defied Justice Department guidelines in his cryptic letter to Congress about Hillary Clinton's emails. These emails are back as speculative sport and innuendo much to the fatigue of the American public. As Matthew Yglesias noted, "Network news has devoted more minutes of coverage to Clinton's emails than to all policy issue ...
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Now at GQ, Keith Olbermann Takes His Outrage Online
New York Times - 4 months
Mr. Olbermann, the itinerant sports and news broadcaster, is making a series of commentaries opposing Donald J. Trump.
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Keith Olbermann Lists '74 Terrible Things' Donald Trump Did This Month
Huffington Post - 5 months
Since his return to commentary on the GQ web series “The Closer,” Keith Olbermann has focused on exposing Donald Trump. Olbermann put his barbed tongue into overdrive on Monday with a commentary posted just hours before the first presidential debate. It’s titled “74 Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done...This Month,” and it follows a Sept. 13 video from Olbermann called “176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election,” in which he called the Republican nominee a “demonic messiah.” That earlier video was pretty impressive in its scope. But Trump and those in his orbit have produced so much fresh material in the past few weeks that a follow-up was in order, Olbermann said. In this latest video, Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, ESPN and elsewhere, reminds viewers that Trump “attacked Hillary Clinton for contracting pneumonia”; that he once described poor people as “morons”; that Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, recently balked at calling the ...
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Keith Olbermann Calls Donald Trump Jr. An 'A**hole' For Making Holocaust Joke
Huffington Post - 6 months
Many people were furious when Donald Trump Jr. made a flippant Holocaust remark on Thursday morning ― especially GQ news correspondent Keith Olbermann, who responded by calling both Trump and Trump Jr. assholes. Hey @realDonaldTrump your son just made a joke invoking Bernie Sanders and gas chambers. Asshole: gonna do something about Asshole Jr? — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 15, 2016 Trump Jr.’s comments came at the end of a rant about how soft he claims journalists have been on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up,” Trump Jr. said. “They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy [sic], on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chambers right now.” This isn’t the first time Olbermann has gone after Trump’s campaign. Just a few days ago, he said Clinton was wrong when she sai ...
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Keith Olbermann Is Back, And He Thinks Donald Trump Is A 'Demonic Messiah'
Huffington Post - 6 months
Donald Trump has been called many things during his presidential campaign, but “demonic messiah in Oompa Loompa’s clothing” is probably a first. That came courtesy of Keith Olbermann, who brought his colorful and sometimes controversial commentary style to his new GQ digital series, “The Closer,” on Tuesday. His takedown of Trump will likely leave you nodding in assent and laughing. Olbermann urged Americans to defend themselves against people who, like Trump, don’t commit “to anything except their own out-of-control minds and the bottomless pits of their egos” and called the Republican nominee “the most dangerous individual ever nominated by a major party for the highest office in this country.” He was just getting started. “His base wants few details and fewer facts; they just want to burn it down and blame their failures on the collective ‘other,’” Olbermann continued. “And Donald John Trump is their demonic messiah in Oompa Loompa’s clothing. We mus ...
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Keith Olbermann bringing political commentary to GQ
Yahoo News - 6 months
NEW YORK (AP) — You didn't expect Keith Olbermann to keep quiet during the last two months of a presidential campaign involving Donald Trump, did you?
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Keith Olbermann Lists Condo in Trump Protest
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
The liberal commentator says he is selling due to his opposition to the building’s developer, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.
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Keith Olbermann is dumping his Trump Palace apartment
CNN - 11 months
Keith Olbermann is making a political statement by listing his apartment in a building that bears the Trump name -- for a loss.
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ESPN Begins Big Layoffs Amid Earnings Shortfall
Huffington Post - over 1 year
ESPN announced Wednesday that it would start the process of laying off a number of employees as part of broader "organizational changes." “Beginning today, we will be enacting a number of organizational changes at ESPN to better support our future goals – a process that will include the elimination of a number of positions, impacting friends and colleagues across the organization,” ESPN President John Skipper wrote in a memo to employees. A spokesman for ESPN later confirmed to The Huffington Post that the company would eventually lay off "about 300" employees. The move comes after an August announcement from Disney, ESPN's parent company, that its cable networks would not meet earnings forecasts. The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre reported in September that Disney had asked ESPN to cut millions of dollars from its budget, in anticipation of cutting a television deal with the NBA. Employees who are laid off will receive 60 days' notice and severance based on the duration of ...
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Lose the Battle but Win the War: Why Hillary Won the Debate but Bernie Wins Now
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I've seen a lot of articles following the presidential debate, and to say it's one-sided is an understatement. "Hillary Clinton's Democratic Debate Magic," "Clinton scores big in first debate," "Hillary Clinton crushes it," "Hillary Clinton towers over her debate rivals," "A Runaway Victory for Clinton." I could point out that these same news outlets all wrote articles calling Sanders "old, fringe, leftist" and dismissed his candidacy just months ago. Or bring up Hillary's seventh biggest contributor is Time Warner, which owns CNN. Instead, let's take an objective look at the night, excluding Chafee, O'Malley, and Webb, as they assumed irrelevant roles. Have and Have Nots Bernie came out showing his passion by addressing climate change, private prisons, and racial injustice. Hillary immediately pulled the grandmother and mother card- multiple times- throughout the debate, a trick her team has told her to emphasize, in order to seem more human. While I read right t ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keith Olbermann
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 57
    In 2016, Olbermann wrote an article for Bill Simmons' company "The Ringer" after Muhammad Ali's death.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Olbermann left ESPN to host a primetime show on MSNBC, The Big Show with Keith Olbermann (ESPN objected to the use of the title). The news-driven program, with substantial discussion, relied on Olbermann to carry the 8 to 9 PM hour. The show typically covered three or four topics in a one-hour broadcast. Olbermann also hosted two Sunday editions of NBC Nightly News and once co-anchored a Saturday edition of the Today show. During that period, Olbermann along with Hannah Storm, also co-hosted NBC Sports' pre-game coverage of the MLB 1997 World Series. Olbermann became frustrated as his show was consumed by the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 1998, he stated that his work at MSNBC would "make me ashamed, make me depressed, make me cry." Olbermann left MSNBC for Fox Sports Net shortly thereafter.
  • 2015
    Age 56
    In July 2015, ESPN announced that this would be Olbermann's last month with the network.
    More Details Hide Details ESPN said that it was a "business decision to move in another direction".
    Olbermann was suspended by ESPN in 2015 for the week following Penn State University's annual philanthropy THON due to a Twitter exchange he had with Penn State supporters.
    More Details Hide Details In the Twitter exchange, Olbermann stated, "PSU students are pitiful." Later, prior to apologizing, Olbermann stated, "I'd like to thank the students and alums of Penn State for proving my point about the mediocrity of their education and ethics." Olbermann apologized on his program upon his return March 2 but noted, "I'm much more sorry about batting practice trolling or cyber bullying. So for me, batting practice ends."
  • 2013
    Age 54
    It was announced on July 17, 2013, Olbermann will host his own one-hour nightly show on ESPN2.
    More Details Hide Details The two-year contract allows him to deviate from the topic of sports, into realms such as "pop culture and current events," as well as politics (a right Olbermann claims he doesn't intend to exercise).
    From July 2013 until July 2015, he hosted a late-afternoon show on ESPN2 and TSN2 called Olbermann as well as TBS's Major League Baseball postseason coverage.
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    On March 12, 2013, it was announced that Olbermann settled his $50 million legal claim.
    More Details Hide Details In a joint statement, Olbermann and Current TV said: "The parties are pleased to announce that a settlement has occurred, and that the terms are confidential. Nothing more will be disclosed regarding the settlement." His show was replaced by a show hosted by Eliot Spitzer.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    Olbermann has twice been a guest on This Week as a roundtable participant since departing Current – on Sunday, April 22, 2012, and again on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann has made several acting appearances either as himself or simply as a sports/newscaster, most notably as Tom Jumbo-Grumbo (a blue whale newscaster on the MSNBSea network) in several episodes of BoJack Horseman.
    Olbermann was fired from Current TV on March 30, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In a statement from Current TV, they stated that "Current was founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it." Olbermann released his own statement, apologizing for "the failure of Current TV" and "that the claims against me implied in Current's statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently." The two parties sued each other over Olbermann's firing.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    From 2011 to March 30, 2012, he was the chief news officer of the Current TV network and the host of a Current TV program also called Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
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    On April 26, 2011 it was announced that Olbermann's new show would debut on June 20 and would be named Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann was also heavily involved in the development of the rest of the network's news programming. The deal also included an equity stake in Current TV. During the interim between shows, Olbermann launched an "official not-for-profit" blog called FOKNewsChannel.com, "FOK" being an abbreviation for "Friends of Keith". The blog featured political commentaries by Olbermann—including viral video versions of Countdowns "Special Comment" and "Worst Person" segments, as well as photographs of his outings at professional baseball games. On May 29, 2011, the FOKNewsChannel.com domain redirected to the Current website promoting the June 20 launch.
    On February 8, 2011, it was announced that Olbermann had taken the position of chief news officer for the Al Gore/Joel Hyatt–owned public affairs channel Current TV and would begin hosting a one-hour prime time program on the network at 8 PM Eastern – the same time slot that Countdown had been on MSNBC.
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    On January 21, 2011, Olbermann announced his departure from MSNBC and that the episode would be the final episode of Countdown.
    More Details Hide Details MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with Olbermann, with no further explanation. Additional reporting in the days immediately following suggested that the negotiations for the end of Olbermann's tenure at MSNBC had begun soon after the end of his suspension.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    On October 28, 2010, days before the 2010 U.S. elections, Olbermann donated $2,400 each to three Democratic candidates for Congress: Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Arizona Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords.
    More Details Hide Details Grijalva had appeared on Olbermann's show immediately before Olbermann mailed the donations. In response, on November 5, MSNBC President Phil Griffin suspended him indefinitely without pay for violating a network policy which required employees to obtain approval from management before making political contributions. An online petition calling for his reinstatement received over 250,000 signatures; two days after the suspension began, Griffin announced that Olbermann would return to the air on November 9.
    Olbermann's father, Theodore, died on March 13, 2010 of complications from colon surgery the previous September.
    More Details Hide Details His mother had died several months before. Olbermann had cited the need to spend time with his father for taking a leave of absence shortly before his father's death, occasionally recording segments to air at the beginning of the shows which Lawrence O'Donnell guest hosted in his absence, giving his views on the state of the American health care system and updating viewers on his father's condition. Olbermann is a dedicated baseball fan and historian of the sport, with membership in the Society for American Baseball Research. In 1973, when he was only 14 years old, The Card Memorabilia Associates (TCMA) published his book The Major League Coaches: 1921–1973. The September issue of Beckett Sports Collectibles Vintage included a T206 card that depicted Olbermann in a 1905-era New York Giants uniform. He argues that New York Giants baseball player Fred Merkle has been unduly criticized for his infamous baserunning mistake. He contributed the foreword to More Than Merkle (ISBN 0-8032-1056-6), a book requesting amnesty for "Merkle's Boner". Olbermann was also one of the founders of the first experts' fantasy baseball league, the USA Today Baseball Weekly League of Alternative Baseball Reality, and he gave the league its nickname "LABR". Olbermann wrote the foreword to the 2009 Baseball Prospectus Annual.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 50
    On the edition of August 3, 2009 of Countdown, Olbermann asserted that he had made statements to Stelter before the article was published denying that he was a party to such a deal, or that there was such a deal between NBC and Fox News, or that any NBC executive had asked him to change Countdowns content.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann maintained that he had stopped joking about O'Reilly because of O'Reilly's attacks of George Tiller, and soon resumed his criticism of O'Reilly.
  • 2008
    Age 49
    In 2008 O'Reilly decided to avoid mentioning Olbermann's name on the air, and once cut off a caller who mentioned Olbermann.
    More Details Hide Details O'Reilly has also criticized MSNBC's news commentary and political coverage without ever specifically mentioning Olbermann. The rivalry continued when in 2006 at Television Critics' Association in California, Olbermann donned a mask of O'Reilly and made a Nazi salute, leading to a letter of protest from the Anti-Defamation League. In an article on "perhaps the fiercest media feud of the decade", the New York Times' Brian Stelter noted that in early June 2009 the "combat" between the two hosts seemed to have abruptly ended as a result of instructions filtered down to Olbermann and O'Reilly from the chief executives of their respective networks.
    In November 2008, it was announced that Olbermann had signed a four-year contract extension worth an estimated $30 million.
    More Details Hide Details Since beginning Countdown's "Worst Person in the World" segment in July 2005, Olbermann repeatedly awarded Bill O'Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel, the dubious honor. The feud between the anchors originated with Olbermann's extensive coverage of a 2004 sexual harassment suit brought against O'Reilly by former Fox News Channel producer Andrea Mackris during which Olbermann asked Countdown viewers to fund the purchase of lurid audio tapes allegedly held by Mackris.
    During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Olbermann co-anchored MSNBC's coverage with Chris Matthews until September 7, 2008, when they were replaced by David Gregory after complaints from both outside and inside of NBC that they were making partisan statements.
    More Details Hide Details This apparent conflict of interest had been an issue as early as May 2007, when Giuliani campaign officials complained about his serving in dual roles, as both a host and a commentator. Despite this, Countdown was broadcast both before and after each of the presidential and vice-presidential debates, and Olbermann and Matthews joined Gregory on MSNBC's Election Day coverage. Olbermann and Matthews also led MSNBC's coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
    Olbermann co-anchored, with Chris Matthews, MSNBC's coverage of the death of fellow NBC News employee Tim Russert on June 13, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He presented a tribute, along with several fellow journalists, in honor of Russert.
    In a special comment on May 14, 2008, Olbermann criticized Bush for announcing that he had stopped playing golf in honor of American soldiers who died in the Iraq war.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that Bush never should have started the war in the first place, and he accused Bush of dishonesty and war crimes.
    During the 2008 Democratic Party primaries, Olbermann frequently chastised presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton for her campaign tactics against her principal opponent, Senator Barack Obama, and made her the subject of two of his "special comments".
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann has also posted on the liberal blog Daily Kos. In November 2007, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph placed Olbermann at #67 on their Top 100 list of most influential US liberals. It said that he used his MSNBC show to promote "an increasingly strident liberal agenda." It added that he would be "a force on the Left for some time to come." Avoiding ideological self-labeling, Olbermann described his reporting in 2006 to Salon.com, "I don't think in these issues that I'm a liberal; I think that I'm an American. I think I'm acting almost as a historian on these particular things". Before the 2010 Massachusetts special election, Olbermann called Republican candidate Scott Brown "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, Tea Bagging supporter of violence against women, and against politicians with whom he disagrees". This was criticized by his colleague Joe Scarborough, who called the comments "reckless" and "sad". Yael T. Abouhalkah of the Kansas City Star said that Olbermann "crossed the line in a major way with his comments". The next night, Olbermann chose to "double down", as The Huffington Posts Danny Shea described it, on his criticism of Brown by adding the word "sexist" to his original description of the Republican candidate. Jon Stewart criticized Olbermann about this attack on his show, The Daily Show, by noting that it was "the harshest description of anyone I've ever heard uttered on MSNBC".
  • 2007
    Age 48
    In Olbermann's "Special Comment" segment on July 3, 2007, he called President George W. Bush's commutation of Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence the "last straw" and called for the resignation of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
    More Details Hide Details On his February 14, 2008 "Special Comments" segment, Olbermann castigated Bush for threatening to veto an extension of the Protect America Act unless it provided full immunity from lawsuits to telecom companies. During the same commentary, Olbermann called Bush a fascist.
    On February 16, 2007, MSNBC reported that Olbermann had signed a four-year extension on his contract with MSNBC for Countdown which also provided for his hosting of two Countdown specials a year to be aired on NBC as well as for his occasional contribution of essays on NBC's Nightly News with Brian Williams.
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    However, in February 2007, Olbermann launched a new blog, The News Hole.
    More Details Hide Details In a technique similar to that of former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite in connection to the Iran Hostage Crisis, for the last six years of the program, Olbermann closed every show by announcing the number of days passed since President George W. Bush had declared the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished" (May 1, 2003). Olbermann would then crumple up his notes, throwing them at the camera and saying "Good night and good luck", echoing another former CBS newsman, Edward R. Murrow. (Yet Olbermann himself discounted this gesture to his hero as "presumptuous" and a "feeble tribute.")
  • 2006
    Age 47
    In June 2006, Olbermann began dating current NBC News reporter Katy Tur. According to Mediaite, the couple broke up in 2009 after three years of living together.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann suffers from a mild case of coeliac disease, as well as restless legs syndrome. In August 1980, he also suffered a head injury while leaping onto a New York City Subway train. This head injury permanently upset his equilibrium, resulting in his avoidance of driving. Along with Bob Costas, he supports the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation as an honorary board member.
  • 2005
    Age 46
    Although it began as a traditional newscast, Countdown with Keith Olbermann eventually adopted an opinion-oriented format. In a Countdown interview with Al Franken on October 25, 2005, Olbermann noted that in 2003, after having Janeane Garofalo and Franken on his show, a vice president of MSNBC had questioned him on inviting "liberals" on consecutive nights, contrasting that occurrence to the apparent ideological latitude he enjoyed at the time of the second Franken interview.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2007 The Washington Posts Howard Kurtz wrote that Olbermann was "positioning his program as an increasingly liberal alternative to The O'Reilly Factor." Much of the program featured harsh criticism of prominent Republicans and right-leaning figures, including those who worked for or supported the George W. Bush Administration, 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain and running mate Governor Sarah Palin, and rival news commentator Bill O'Reilly, whom Olbermann has routinely dubbed the "Worst Person in the World".
  • 2004
    Age 45
    On October 13, 2004, Olbermann launched Bloggermann, his Countdown blog, hosted on MSNBC.com.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann used the open format of the blog to expand on facts or ideas alluded to in the broadcast, to offer personal musings and reactions.
  • 2003
    Age 44
    Olbermann's own show, Countdown, debuted on March 31, 2003, in the 8 p.m.
    More Details Hide Details ET time slot previously held by programs hosted by Phil Donahue and, briefly, Lester Holt. Countdown's format, per its name, involved Olbermann ranking the five biggest news stories of the day or sometimes "stories my producers force me to cover", as Olbermann put it. This was done in numerically reverse order, counting down with the first story shown being ranked fifth but apparently the most important. The first few stories shown were typically oriented toward government, politics, and world events; the segments ranked numbers two and one were typically of a lighter fare than the preceding segments. These lighter stories sometimes involved celebrities, sports, and, regularly and somewhere in the middle, the bizarre, in a segment he called "Oddball." Opinions on each were offered by Olbermann and guests interviewed during the segment. Olbermann had been criticized for only having guests that agree with his perspective. Former Los Angeles Times television critic Howard Rosenberg stated that "Countdown is more or less an echo chamber in which Olbermann and like-minded bobbleheads nod at each other."
    Olbermann revived his association with MSNBC in 2003 briefly as a substitute host on Nachman and as an anchor for the network's coverage of the war in Iraq.
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  • 2002
    Age 43
    In addition, Olbermann wrote a weekly column for Salon.com from July 2002 until early 2003, worked for CNN as a freelance reporter, and was a fill-in for newscaster Paul Harvey.
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  • 2001
    Age 42
    After leaving Fox Sports in 2001, Olbermann returned once more to news journalism.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, his network won an Edward R. Murrow Award for writing on the "Keith Olbermann Speaking of Everything" show.
    After Olbermann left Fox Sports in 2001, he provided twice-daily sports commentary on the ABC Radio Network, reviving the "Speaking of Sports" and "Speaking of Everything" segments begun by Howard Cosell.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Olbermann made a return to ESPN Radio when he began co-hosting an hour of the syndicated Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio, a tenure that lasted until Patrick left ESPN on August 17, 2007. Olbermann and Patrick referred to this segment as "The Big Show", just as their book was known. Patrick often introduced Olbermann with the tagline "saving the democracy", a nod to his work on Countdown. On April 16, 2007, Olbermann was named co-host of Football Night in America, NBC's NFL pre-game show that precedes their Sunday Night NFL game, a position which reunited him in 2008 with his former SportsCenter co-anchor Dan Patrick. Olbermann left the show prior to the start of the 2010 season. Shortly before rejoining ESPN, Olbermann signed a contract with TBS to host the studio show portions of its coverage of the Division Series and National League Championship Series. He replaced Matt Winer, who had been in this role since his departure from ESPN to join the Turner Sports family, and was originally supposed to host the show with TBS' Dennis Eckersley. Instead, Eckersley was sent to join Don Orsillo and Buck Martinez to call the Detroit-Oakland series. TBS later hired Dirk Hayhurst, Pedro Martínez, and Mark DeRosa to provide analysis. Tom Verducci also joined the studio crew, as he was replaced by Rachel Nichols as a field reporter.
    According to Olbermann, he was demoted by Fox when he asked for a slight reduction in duties for health reasons, and then was fired from Fox in 2001 after reporting on rumors that Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns Fox, was planning on selling the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann characterized the demotion as "blackmail." When asked about Olbermann, Murdoch said: "I fired him He's crazy." In 2004, Olbermann remarked, "Fox Sports was an infant trying to stand comparison to ESPN, but on the broadcast side there was no comparison - ESPN was the bush leagues."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 40
    In May and July 1999, Olbermann also guest-starred ten times on Hollywood Squares.
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  • 1998
    Age 39
    In 1998, Olbermann joined Fox Sports Net as anchor and executive producer for The Keith Olbermann Evening News, a sportscast similar to SportsCenter that aired weekly on Sunday evenings.
    More Details Hide Details While at Fox, he hosted the 2000 World Series as well as Fox Broadcasting's baseball Game of the Week.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    Between 1997 and 2007, incidents between the two sides included Olbermann's publishing an essay on Salon.com in November 2002 titled "Mea Culpa" in which he stated: "I couldn't handle the pressure of working in daily long-form television, and what was worse, I didn't know I couldn't handle it."
    More Details Hide Details The essay told of an instance when his former bosses remarked he had "too much backbone", a claim that is literally true, as Olbermann has six lumbar vertebrae instead of the normal five. In 2004, Olbermann was not included in ESPN's guest lineup for its 25th anniversary SportsCenter "Reunion Week", which saw Craig Kilborn and Charley Steiner return to the SportsCenter set. In 2007, ten years after Olbermann's departure, in an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, he said: "If you burn a bridge, you can possibly build a new bridge, but if there's no river any more, that's a lot of trouble." During the same interview, Olbermann stated that he had recently learned that as a result of ESPN's agreeing to let him return to the airwaves on ESPN Radio, he was banned from ESPN's main (Bristol, Connecticut) campus.
    Early in 1997, Olbermann was suspended for two weeks after he made an unauthorized appearance on The Daily Show on Comedy Central with then host and former ESPN colleague Craig Kilborn.
    More Details Hide Details At one point in the show, he referred to Bristol, Connecticut (ESPN's headquarters), as a "'Godforsaken place." Later that year, Olbermann abruptly left ESPN under a cloud of controversy, apparently burning his bridges with the network's management; this began a long and drawn-out feud between Olbermann and ESPN.
  • 1995
    Age 36
    In 1995, Olbermann won a Cable ACE award for Best Sportscaster.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann later co-authored a book with Patrick called The Big Show about their experiences working at SportsCenter; he also said that the short-lived ABC dramedy Sports Night was based on his time on SportsCenter with Patrick, ABC having been co-owned with ESPN since 1985 (ESPN now produces all sports coverage on ABC, which is branded ESPN on ABC). In his last year with KCBS before moving east to work for ESPN, Olbermann's salary was $475,000 but started at "just over $150,000" with ESPN. He made $350,000 at the end of his tenure at ESPN.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    In 1992, Olbermann joined ESPN's SportsCenter, a position he held until 1997 with the exception of a period from 1993–1994 when he was at ESPN2.
    More Details Hide Details He joined ESPN2 as their "marquee" personality to help launch the network. He often co-hosted SportsCenters 11 PM show with Dan Patrick, the two becoming a popular anchor team.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 25
    In 1984, Olbermann briefly worked as a sports anchor at WCVB-TV in Boston before heading to Los Angeles to work at KTLA and KCBS.
    More Details Hide Details His work there earned him 11 Golden Mike Awards, and he was named best sportscaster by the California Associated Press three times.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    Among the early stories he covered was the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, including the "Miracle on Ice."
    More Details Hide Details In the early-to-mid 1980s, he was a sportscaster on the old WNEW 1130-AM radio station in New York City.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 20
    Olbermann graduated from Cornell University's School of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1979 with a BS in communication.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann began his professional career at UPI and the RKO Radio Network before joining then-nascent CNN in 1981.
  • 1975
    Age 16
    While at Hackley, Olbermann began his broadcasting career as a play-by-play announcer for WHTR. After graduating from Hackley in 1975, Olbermann enrolled at Cornell University at the age of 16.
    More Details Hide Details At college, Olbermann served as sports director for WVBR, a student-run commercial radio station in Ithaca.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 9
    He has one younger sister, Jenna, who was born in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Olbermann grew up in a Unitarian household in the town of Hastings-on-Hudson in Westchester County, and attended Hackley School in nearby Tarrytown. Olbermann became a devoted fan of baseball at a young age, a love he inherited from his mother, who was a lifelong New York Yankees fan. As a teenager, he often wrote about baseball card-collecting and appeared in many sports card-collecting periodicals of the mid 1970s. He is also referenced in Sports Collectors Bible, a 1979 book by Bert Sugar, which is considered one of the important early books for trading card collectors.
  • 1959
    Age 0
    Olbermann was born January 27, 1959, in New York City, to Marie Katherine (née Charbonier), a preschool teacher, and Theodore Olbermann, a commercial architect.
    More Details Hide Details He is of German ancestry.
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