Why is he the most honest man in news? Apparently because he hates George W. Bush and Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly. In Mark BinelliÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s profile of the Hastings-bred cable news brawler, the writer points out the Ã¢â‚¬Å“general impressionÃ¢â‚¬? of the public is supposedly that Olbermann will say anything and that he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t give a Ã¢â‚¬Å“f***Ã¢â‚¬?. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yeah,Ã¢â‚¬? Olbermann agrees, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always gotten thatÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always been my attitude.Ã¢â‚¬?
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a fun fact we learn from the piece: Ã¢â‚¬Å“There was a time when all but four or five of the Baskin-Robbins stores in the United StatesÃ¢â‚¬? were designed by OlbermannÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s dad.
After the break, the host of Ã¢â‚¬Å“CountdownÃ¢â‚¬? discusses Anderson Cooper, Rush Limbaugh, Nancy Grace, and, of course, Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly.
Olbermann on Anderson Cooper:
<blockquote><div>I just saw an interview where he talks about having to make a choice between doing what heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doing at CNN or sitting behind a desk at a major network. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what desk he sees himself sitting behind, since none of those jobs are open. But I gather from that kind of statement that he is the only person who has not been informed that he is a marketing experiment.</div></blockquote>
Olbermann on Rush Limbaugh:
<blockquote><div>Somebody stole one of the balloons from the MacyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Thanksgiving Day parade and gave him a microphone. </div></blockquote>
Olbermann on Nancy Grace:
<blockquote><div>Anybody who would embellish the story of their own fianceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s murder should spend that hour a day not on television but in a psychiatristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chair. Really.</div></blockquote>
Olbermann on Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly:
<blockquote><div>IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not declaring victory in that war [between him and OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly], but I think the point that Jonathan Alter of Newsweek made on the air the other day was pretty solidÃ¢â‚¬â€that if my goal was to make OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly go nuts, I have succeeded.</div></blockquote>
Olbermann on Brian Williams:
<blockquote><div>The funniest person I have met in television NewsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d do really well on a show like mine.</div></blockquote>
Oh snap! Wait, actually, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not mean. What gives, Olbermann?
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