A talking head
. He is the Liberal
version of Bill O'reilly
. Like O'reilly he is not above taking quotes out of context to vilify
. This is especially true of his "worst person in the world". A segment that is not given to any of the reporters or pundits
but frequently to those appearing on Fox News, CNN, CBS and ABC. David Shuster remarked Chelsea Clinton was being "pimped out by the Clinton Campaign." Olbermann condemned the remarks but said what a great journalist Shuster was. It seemed hardly the response had the remark been been made someone on another network. Shuster is a former employer Fox News which he worked at from 1996-2002.
fashion like O'reilly he will also ignore the real story when it does not suit his views. An example of this is when a Barack Obama
senior economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee had a meeting with the Canadian government. At the meeting he advised them "not to be worried about what Obama says about NAFTA
." It was simply Campaign rhetoric
. Obama said this never happened, later saying it did and was without his knowledge. Olbermann did not questioning if Obama was truthful or his lack of his knowledge that a senior staffer was meeting the Canadians. Instead he questioned how the memo got leaked and never apologized for earlier statements that the Clintons were wrong and gullible
for claiming this meeting to place. Olbermann often hisses and moans on air when any question are raised about Senator Obama's dealings, votes or experience.
Olbermann also tried to out
CNN's Anderson Cooper
. Saying, "Don’t tell me you don’t want to talk about personal life when you wrote a book about your father’s death and your brother’s death,” says Olbermann. You can’t move this big mass of personal stuff out for public display, then people ask questions and you say, ‘Oh, no, I didn’t say there was going to be any questions.’ It’s the same thing as the Bush administration saying, ‘We’re going to war, but you really aren’t allowed to know why."
Olbermann often gives sports celebrities a free pass on criminal behavior. When Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick
was to be sentenced on dog fighting charges Olbermann said he had been punished enough from public opinion. Also he claimed that Vick's apology was so sincere. He went on to say Vick should return to the NFL as soon as possible so people could get satisfaction in his "pleading for a job while the hounds of public approbation are nipping at his heels." Never mind this contradicts his statement that he has been punished enough a few seconds earlier.