Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Quote of the Day


"Just walking around with a $10 million chandelier isn't going to do anybody a lot of good, and it's not going to do any good to the chandelier. And then it turned out we didn't have a lot to put the house on, to put the chandelier in, or a building permit, and I should have known that."

-- Keith Olbermann explaining his acrimonious departure from Current TV to David Letterman last night

In case you're not picking up on the analogy, Olbermann is the ten million dollar chandelier. And this kind of thing is exactly why anyone thinking of hiring him should probably spare him or herself the trouble and just swallow a pitcher full of broken safety glass now.

As a broadcaster, Keith Olbermann is excellent -- one of the best the business has ever offered up. As a human being, he's insufferable: arrogant, petty, bitter, hypercritical and thoroughly out of his fucking mind. You hire Keith and you sign on for all of his DSM-IV-level phobias and psychological ticks, the ones which constantly need to be catered to and salved in equal parts. There's certainly an argument to be made that brilliance comes at a price -- and it's absolutely no secret that there are a plurality of idiots working in television news -- but Olbermann has proven time and time again that he can't work with anyone. He's said before that he doesn't simply burn bridges -- he burns rivers. Well, it's entirely possible that after this debacle, no one with a news operation he or she would rather not see turned into a daily melodrama will extend either to Olbermann. He'll simply never be satisfied.

5 comments:

Steven D Skelton said...

Someone will hire him.

There are about 300 real channels on my direct tv menu. Even on a worthless channel like Current, Olbermann drew 2-3 hundred thousand viewers. On MSNBC, he drew between 600k and a million.

Reminds me of a guy I knew in the car business. He was an insufferable and insubordinate ass who made everyone around him miserable....but he put out 15-20 cars a month. No matter what he did to get fired from his last job, a sales manager somewhere would see the dollar signs and hire him.

J. Dack said...

Dude should just start a podcast. Works for Kevin Smith.

Anonymous said...

It's too bad. I agree with him at least 90% of the time, yet I don't think I would want to be in the same room with him for any length of time. Never thought I would make that statement about someone that shared my point of view.

I would love to see Alan Grayson do a news and events show, if he leaves politics behind.

Anonymous said...

Keith,

Do you want to know when you should realize that you are stupid?

When you are too stupid to realize that you are stupid, that is the moment you should realize you are stupid.

CNNfan said...

What'd really be crazy is not playin'
ball like never before with two strikes
against ya. Three Strikes n' Ya're Out!

Wasn't he supposed to go to CNN?
Perhaps, Eliot and he may do a swap.