Robert Cox, the founder of Olbermann Watch, the site that obsessively (some say neurotically) tracks everything the MSNBC host does on his primetime show, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going anywhere anytime soon. Last week, he announced his site would be shutting down, after NBC decided to throw wads of cash at Olbermann. But Cox quickly changed his mind after receiving hundreds of passionate emails (and a flood of press attention).
The New Rochelle blogger (who grew up in Irvington about five miles away from the HastingsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bred Olbermann) is officially back up and running. Earlier today, I chatted with OlbermannÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest detractor (whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually kind of a fan…in the loosest sense of the word). Highlights follow:
In 10 words or less, can you tell me why you dislike Keith Olbermann so much?
<blockquote><div>HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a hack.</div></blockquote>
Okay, but you have seven more words.
<blockquote><div>HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a political hack posing as a journalist and abusing the trust implied in the NBC brand to get out a political message. [For the record thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 23 words]</div></blockquote>
But arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t there other people who give their opinions on TV? HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the only one.
<blockquote><div>Yeah, but NBC lists him as an anchor, not an analyst. OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly for example isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t trying to be a newscast of record for Fox.</div></blockquote>
Do you think Olbermann reads your site?
<blockquote><div>I know he was reading it. We were able to see in our log files, something coming from Secaucus. </div></blockquote>
That doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily mean itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Olbermann. There are plenty of people at MSNBC [which is located in Secaucus, NJ].
<blockquote><div>YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to know a little more about Keith to understand. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highly unlikely that he would not read a blog about him. Keith monitors everything written about him all the time. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a stretch to say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably him reading it. </div></blockquote>
After the jump: Who does Cox think is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Worst Person in the WorldÃ¢â‚¬? and more anti-Olbermania!