In an interesting little profile in New York Magazine, Stephen Rodrick gives us some insight into the man both loved and loathed by many.
Like, for example, Ã¢â‚¬Å“the former SportsCenter anchor has even been credited with helping to effect the Democratic takeover of Congress this past November.Ã¢â‚¬? Okay, some points are more logical than others.
But on to reality:
It seems like Olbermann doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get along that well with fellow MSNBC-er Chris Matthews.
<blockquote><div>ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a couple hours before his nightly broadcast, and Olbermann is looking through boxes of mail in his Secaucus office. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Maybe this one contains Chris MatthewsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eyebrowsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦You see them last night? Did he borrow them from Joe Pesci?Ã¢â‚¬?</div></blockquote>
Later, a PR flack tells the writer, Olbermann will snort on airÃ¢â‚¬â€an imitation of Matthews.
Also, Keith doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to share. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never see anyone else on the Countdown stage with him. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll only ever speak to them through feeds (even if they happen to be in the same building).
You can thank Tony Soprano (sort of) for turning Keith into the liberal pit bull heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s become.
<blockquote><div>I was sitting on the tarmac in L.A. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d exhausted all the conversations with James Gandolfini, who was on the flight. And I thought, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWhere is the outrage? Where are the constitutional-scholar conservatives coming out and going, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This guy is a danger to democracy. Not to the Democrats or Republicans but to the democracy.Ã¢â‚¬? Where is that person?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Then I thought, Ã¢â‚¬ËœOh yea, I have a newscast, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I? I have an editorial latitude, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I? Well, I guess itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my turn. Let me strap the jetpack on.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢</div></blockquote>
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.
On her show this week, OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Donnell called out the CNN anchor for reporting on Paris HiltonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lack of underwear, while the world is going to hell:
Rosie: If what they are going to report as news, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Paris Hilton having no underwear on CNN, brought to you by Anderson CooperÃ¢â‚¬?Ã¢â‚¬â€thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good journalism son, good journalismÃ¢â‚¬â€you know, we have to take a step up.
Barbara: DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t blame him because everybody does it. We do it too.
Rosie: Yeah but we also talk about the real things and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re an entertainment show. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a news show.
Barbara: He does a good news show.
Rosie: Yeah, wellÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Could Rosie be mad about what The Coop had to say on his show a few weeks back?
I think these two people [Donald and Rosie] take themselves far too seriouslyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I don’t want to get into this. I don’t even know what to say. I’m completely verklempt.”
So if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re keeping score, RosieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s enemies list now includes (we think): Kelly Ripa, Star Jones, Barbara Walters, Donald Trump, and everyone who has ever met Donald Trump…and Anderson Cooper.