Friday, April 06, 2012

Poor Keith. He doesn't realize that he's screwing himself.

Olbermann files suit against his former employers. (See also here.) The poor guy is so self-involved that he doesn't even understand how ghastly he sounds -- to any likely judge, to any likely juror, to the public, and to any potential future employer. Talk about bad sportsmanship! In a marked display of classlessness, he even goes after Cenk Uygur, even though Uygur has no discernible link to the suit...
Cenk Uygur, who brought his "Young Turks" show to the network even though Olbermann thought it would stink. "Olbermann told them that he did not think Uygur would be a good choice. Olbermann opined to Bohrman that Uygur had difficulty separating facts from things he wanted to be true… when Uygur appeared on "Countdown," the day after Ugyur's much publicized departure from MSNBC (at the height of his perceived popularity), the ratings on the Program had actually gone down during Uygur's segment."
As it happens, I caught Olbermann's show on that occasion. (Olbermann happened to show up for work that day.) Uygur made a good impression, and I decided to be on the lookout for his show. Olbermann was annoying.

Part of Olbermann's complaint holds that Current was so broke it couldn't keep the lights on. Then where is it supposed to find the $70 million that Olbermann says he is owed? Obviously, this suit isn't about money. This is Keith's Olbermann's spiteful attempt to drive a fledgling operation -- which has the potential to do much good -- into bankruptcy.

Current TV's response is priceless:
Current terminated Keith Olbermann last Thursday for serial, material breaches of his contract, including the failure to show up at work, sabotaging the network and attacking Current and its executives.

As the old adage says: "When the law is on your side, you argue the law. When the facts are on your side, you argue the facts. When neither the law nor the facts are on your side, you pound the table."

We will be happy to engage on the law and the facts in the appropriate forum.

It is well established that over his professional career Mr. Olbermann has specialized in pounding the table.

However, Mr. Olbermann, by filing his false and malicious lawsuit, has now put this matter into a legal process where there will be an objective review of the facts.

We hope Mr. Olbermann understands that when it comes to the legal process, he is actually required to show up.
I can't believe I used to like this guy. And frankly, I'm gratified to learn (just now!) that Current is countersuing Olbermann.
In the docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Current TV claims Olbermann missed 19 out of 41 work days in January and February in his attempt to "sabotage" the network.
Hillary's curse at work
I'll always have a soft place for the only media figure with the balls to take on Skippy Bush. That said-- what an ass!
But Joe did you see Keith when he was on Letterman? I missed most of it but anybody who refers to himself as something like a "10 million $ chandelier" that needed a house that could afford him is just plain ridiculous.

I can't believe I used to actually like him too. I'm glad he critiqued Bush but I guess his ego got the best of him?

Btw I was watching "Up With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC today and one of the commenters he had on suggested that maybe Olbermann & Sarah Palin should do a new SportsCenter type show. Why? Because both had sportscasting backgrounds and shouldn't be in politics!;)
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