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Keith is moving! Is embarassed by the name on his building.

Postby Marie » Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:01 pm

I can’t stand to live in a Trump building anymore
By Keith Olbermann
The Washinton Post
3/8/2016

Okay, Donnie, you win.

I’m moving out.

Not moving out of the country -- not yet anyway. I’m merely moving out of one of New York’s many buildings slathered in equal portions with gratuitous gold and the name “Trump.” Nine largely happy years with an excellent staff and an excellent reputation (until recently, anyway) -- but I’m out of here.

I’m getting out because of the degree to which the very name “Trump” has degraded the public discourse and the nation itself. I can’t hear, or see, or say that name any longer without spitting. Frankly, I’m running out of Trump spit.

And, yes, I’m fully aware that I’m blaming a guy with the historically unique fashion combination of a cheap baseball cap and Oompa Loompa makeup for coarsening politics even though, out of the two of us, I’m the one who has promulgated a “Worst Persons in the World” list for most of the past decade. That’s how vulgar this has all become. It’s worse even than Worst Persons.

This is the campaign of a PG-rated cartoon character running for president, interrupting a string of insults the rest of us abandoned in the seventh grade only long enough to resume a concurrent string of half-crazed boasts: We’re gonna start winning again! We’re gonna build an eleventy-billion-foot-high wall! We’re not gonna pay a lot for this muffler!

All this coarseness is largely masking the truth that the Trump campaign is entirely about coarseness. Take away the unmappable comb-over and the unstoppable mouth and the Freudian-rich debates about genitalia, and there is no Trump campaign. Donald Trump’s few forays into actual issues suggest he is startlingly unaware of how the presidency or even ordinary governance works.

Of course that doesn’t preclude his election. A December study carried out with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst showed that Trump’s strongest support comes from Republicans with “authoritarian inclinations.” They don’t want policy, nuance or speeches. They want a folding metal chair smashed over the bad guy’s head, like in the kind of televised wrestling show in which Trump used to appear.

And it isn’t as though the American electorate hasn’t always had a soft spot for exactly the worst possible person for the presidency. Two months before the 1864 vote, some Republicans were so thoroughly convinced that Abraham Lincoln would lose in a landslide that they proposed to hold a second Republican convention and nominate somebody to run in his place. The Democrat they feared, George B. McClellan, was not only probably the worst general in the history of the country, but also his campaign platform was predicated on stopping the Civil War, giving the South whatever it wanted, running the greatest president in history out of town and repudiating the Emancipation Proclamation. Even after the North’s victory at Atlanta turned the tide of the war and thus the election, McClellan -- anti-Union, anti-Lincoln, anti-victory and pro-slavery -- still got 45 percent of the all-Northern vote.

There could still be enough idiots to elect Trump this November. Hell, I was stupid enough to move into one of his buildings. But here in those buildings, even as I pack, is the silver lining hidden amid the golden Donald trumpery.

One day Trump appeared in person and, with what I only later realized was the same kind of sincere concern and respect that Eddie Haskell used to pay “Beaver” Cleaver’s mother, asked me how I liked the place and to let him know personally if anything ever went wrong. About 15 months ago, when the elevators failed and many of the heating-unit motors died and the water shut off, I wrote him. He sent an adjutant over to bluster mightily about the urgency of improvements and who was to blame for the elevators and how there would be consequences, and within weeks Trump’s minions were obediently and diligently installing — a new revolving door at the back of the lobby.

That three-week project stretched past three months, smothered the lobby in stench and grime, required the repeated removal and reinstallation of a couple of railings, and for a time created a window frosting problem even when it wasn’t cold out.

So at least there’s this comfort. If there is a President Trump and he decides to build this ludicrous wall to prevent the immigration from Mexico that isn’t happening, and he uses that same contractor, it’ll take them about a thousand years to finish it.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... story.html

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Postby Marie » Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:25 pm

Deadspin's Kevin Draper writes:

Keith Olbermann Bodyslams Donald Trump Through The Core Of The Earth

EVER SINCE KEITH OLBERMANN left the ESPN airwaves eight months ago, there has been a conspicuous lack of uppercutting people into volcanoes and dropkicking them through glass doors in our lives. But there was no way the man who made his post-SportsCenter name exchanging haymakers with the Bush administration could stay away from the farce of a primary season we’re having, and today he entered the fray with a blistering op-ed in the Washington Post.

As it turns out, for the past nine years Olbermann has owned a condo in a building managed by Donald Trump, the half-sentient rotting Halloween pumpkin running for president. He is so disturbed by Trump’s campaign -- you know, the support from KKK leaders, the professed desire to ban Muslims from entering the country -- that while he isn’t moving to Canada, he is selling his condo and moving out of the Trump building.

“Who cares about Olbermann’s humble brag that he can afford a place in a Trump building?” you might ask, and that’s a fair question. But more to the point, Olbermann is a world-class righteous insulter -- and Trump a world-class target -- and watching him work his magic on a worthy target will always be worth your time.

[...]

Good to know Keith still has his fastball.

http://deadspin.com/keith-olbermann-bod ... socialflow

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: Keith is moving! Is embarassed by the name on his building.

Postby AaronCT » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:26 pm

It would be nice if Keith wasn't such a pain in the ass to work with. The liberal/progressive commentariat could use him.
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Postby Marie » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:04 pm

AaronCT wrote:It would be nice if Keith wasn't such a pain in the ass to work with. The liberal/progressive commentariat could use him.

I thought Keith had finally put that meme to rest when he won his near-$50 million dollar lawsuit against Joel Hyatt and his lazy-ass partner Al Gore. And defeated their countersuit against him. Shame you're so super willing to jump on the side of creepy employers.

Think about what you just said. You want to "use" him to push an agenda -- exactly what a journalist isn't supposed to do and exactly what has rubbed his employers the wrong way when he has resisted.

Personally & speaking for myself, I don't want anyone USING him.

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: Keith is moving! Is embarassed by the name on his building.

Postby dejapig » Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:46 pm

Mending fences is not the same as not tearing them down to begin with. Keith has admitted he has not always been the easiest person to work with, justifiably or not. You're playing semantics with Aaron's phrasing. I read it to mean that it would be nice to have Keith weighing in on the current political situation, as we have enjoyed in the past. Nobody's trying to "use" him. :roll:
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Postby Marie » Thu Mar 10, 2016 11:56 pm

dejapig wrote:Mending fences is not the same as not tearing them down to begin with. Keith has admitted he has not always been the easiest person to work with, justifiably or not. You're playing semantics with Aaron's phrasing. I read it to mean that it would be nice to have Keith weighing in on the current political situation, as we have enjoyed in the past. Nobody's trying to "use" him. :roll:

Unfortunately Keith has seen many so-called "fans" come and go since about 2006 who turned their backs on him when he didn't do what they wanted him to. They have valued him merely as the carrier of their message. That's the note I detected in Aaron's post. Otherwise, why run him down, if not out of anger and frustration at him for not being available for political coverage even when he says he doesn't miss covering politics and is glad to be out of the craziness!

Re your opening thought, Keith has stated how he feels about people repeating the meme that began this side discussion. He has copped to being a thorn in the side of a few executives where he was asked to violate his principles or sanity. People can compromise only so far, and we both know the kind of individuals he was dealing with in those instances. Which you can count on one hand. He has changed jobs less often than many of his contemporaries, but regardless of how and when he moves on, he has directly requested on Twitter that people kindly cease parroting the meme that he's difficult to work with and never stays long in one place.

(It actually looks like Aaron hit the wrong thread with his post anyway, since this one fits it better --> Keith teases political guest spot next week. Maybe move it and our replies over there?)

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: Keith is moving! Is embarassed by the name on his building.

Postby AaronCT » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:44 pm

I've heard it from more than one source that he can be difficult... and not just in the political realm.

I've always viewed him more as a commentator than a journalist. I miss his commentary... Jon Stewart too.
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