Keith Olbermann, the guy that started out with a rather stellar career on ESPN before getting into the world of political journalism (if you can call it that), has left the building. Since Trump’s election, Olbermann has been doing video reporting from a basement somewhere (at least that is what it looks like) for GQ. Well, he decided he can’t beat Trump by his cry-baby tactics, so he’s leaving. For good. Adios. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Keith Olbermann was one of my favorite announcers back in the day on ESPN. I loved the guy. He was funny, he was quick-witted, he knew and understood the intricacies of sports, and could communicate them effectively to his adoring viewers. When he left ESPN in the late 1990’s he ended up producing sports shows like Football Night In America, and hosted a couple of other shows. In 2003, he moved into the political realm on MSNBC with a show, “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” that was never watched by many people. He was suspended from MSNBC in 2010 for making political contributions without getting prior permission from the network; and MSNBC decided to pull the plug on him in 2011, giving few details (broadcasters rarely do!), but announcing after his last “Countdown” show that it would be the last.
Olbermann left MSNBC and went to Current TV (which was founded in part by Al Gore), and became their chief news officer. Current ended up firing Olbermann within two years of him joining that network.
Look, Keith Olbermann was a great sportscaster that waded into an area that he should have done as a hobby, under an assumed name. He didn’t have the news cred for politics, and he certainly didn’t have the objectivity. He was a screaming cry baby that would go off on meandering, meaningless rants, and you had no idea where he was going to end up. Keith Olbermann leaving some web-based basement studio video show and leaving political talk for good is nothing but a good thing for the broadcast industry. He never should have left sports!
So, Olbermann is gone. Few will notice, because very few even knew he was doing this video thing. I sure didn’t. I thought he was still at Current TV. He will leave broadcasting and history will regard him as little more than a smudge. He won’t even garner an asterisk.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!