Olbermann, You Blew it!

| April 6, 2012

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL — Ego, ego, ego!  Message to Keith Olbermann: You are blowing whatever is left of your image as a “person” by allowing your behind-the-scenes employment war with Al Gore and Current TV to boil over the top and become the main issue in an ugly spectacle.  Not good strategy nor image positioning for a guy who claims to be a “progressive” concerned about the struggles of working people, the unemployed and the suffering middle class in America.  C’mon Keith – what’s the matter with you?  Why are you allowing yourself to come across as an egomaniacal ass?  (Is it because you actually are one?)  It is not fitting for someone who wants to – no needs to – be perceived as a mensch!  Especially since it is clear that you have such an abundance of God-given talent.

And why are you giving Al Gore such a tough time?  Don’t make it all about YOU.  At least Gore is attempting to widen the commercial media platform available to progressive talkers in this country, not to mention sign you to a big fat friggin’ contract with enough dough that could keep countless of the families you claim to be so concerned about under their roofs and fed through this economic and political crisis.

You are proving yourself to be just like, even worse than, the greedy right-wing “nut-jobs” you have made a fortune publicly holding in judgment.  You are part of the problem and you are doing a terrible disservice to the progressive movement.  You are a hypocrite of the worst order.   But that’s okay, the world is full of hypocrites… what really bugs me is you are hurting your colleagues in talk media.

Look, we all know at its core this is show business, and that’s where I’m coming from in pointing out, Mr. Ten Million Dollar Chandelier (oh brother!) that you are putting on the wrong performance.  Instead of erasing all doubt that you are a diva when you realized that Current TV has less than the top-notch production skills to which you became accustomed at ESPN and MSNBC, you should have rolled with it and made it part of the shtick!  You should have pointed out that Current TV is an upstart operation bucking the well-financed slick, corporate bastions like MSNBC, CNN and Fox.  You could have made the case that it is content- and message-oriented, run by people with a cause and a mission – not “money grabbing” heartless corporate types!  You could have kindly said these folks are working hard to get the technical “show biz” aspect of their act together… because at the heart of it, they are just down-to-earth everyday folk more concerned with helping America than starting yet another plastic, glitzy, BS cable network.  Now THAT would be smart positioning and a clever strategy to keep your fat job, help a fledgling network get on its feet, come across looking like a great guy, help the business of talk media… and maybe, just maybe – help America!

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