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Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:18 PM Feb 2015

Apparently Keith Olbermann has been suspended

Story here -- http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/02/24/espns-keith-olbermann-suspended-over-penn-state-thon-tweets/


Apparently, he got into a twitter fight and emerged triumphantly. However, he shall not be escorted around the studio in a golf cart pulled by white stallions while an intern holds aloft a laurel and whispers, "Remember, thou art contracted! Remember, thou art contracted!"

Instead, finding his comments unduly abrasive, ESPN has suspended Mr. Olbermann.

When the Phil Robertson kerfuffle was all the rage I said it was as bad a policy to have private entities censor people as much as it is a bad idea to have government entities censor people. I was excoriated for picking the wrong side of the issue and anyway private entities cannot censor people.

And I'm a hater, or something.

Well, now the unchecked corporatist power has once again reared its ugly head and now it has devoured one of our own. The turn of events was wholly predictable. In the process of trying to silence one voice we have provided the very same gag that will be used to silence our own voices and we have asked -- nay -- DEMANDED! that this power be exercised against us at the first hint of controversy.

I'm not sure how to stuff this corporatist djinni back into its bottle but it needs to be done -- and fast. I get it, Robertson et al are repugnant but the tree of Liberty must sometimes be fertilized with the droppings of BS'ers but it is the only tree that will bear the true fruit of liberalism.

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Apparently Keith Olbermann has been suspended (Original Post) Nuclear Unicorn Feb 2015 OP
Again? bigwillq Feb 2015 #1
Lesson: Don't drink and Tweet. FSogol Feb 2015 #2
"Olbermann sure seems to step in it." Nuclear Unicorn Feb 2015 #3
Except that his contract with ESPN might say otherwise. nt msanthrope Feb 2015 #6
Unless he is embarrassing the company he represents. FSogol Feb 2015 #7
tell that to Brandon Eich. AngryAmish Feb 2015 #18
That's my point. Nuclear Unicorn Feb 2015 #19
KO's twitter profile includes a link to his employer's website.... brendan120678 Feb 2015 #28
He sure did step in it. HappyMe Feb 2015 #8
No. He apparently has no internal editor. WillowTree Feb 2015 #34
I follow him on twitter and have never seen him 'step in it'. I HAVE seen him make mince meat out of sabrina 1 Feb 2015 #24
Headline: Geraldo blames selfie on tequila cui bono Feb 2015 #43
Olbermann is an ass, and deserved what he got. (eom) brendan120678 Feb 2015 #4
LOL, ok, I assume Keith made you mad at some point. nt Logical Feb 2015 #21
Guy really can't hold down a job, can he? BainsBane Feb 2015 #5
I think he needs something stronger GP6971 Feb 2015 #33
I have no idea what you are complaining about FLPanhandle Feb 2015 #9
someone like him shouldn't be on Twitter on the first place JI7 Feb 2015 #10
I follow him on twitter and couldn't disagree more. In fact, he should get away from Corporations sabrina 1 Feb 2015 #25
What he did was beyond stupid. dilby Feb 2015 #11
can you link to an account of what you're talking about? ND-Dem Feb 2015 #31
And particularly kids who just did something pretty great. WillowTree Feb 2015 #36
"Emerged triumphantly"? Sheldon Cooper Feb 2015 #12
Yes, how dare you Keith! ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2015 #13
Neither the event nor Olbermann's tweets involved the abuse travesty. nt Nuclear Unicorn Feb 2015 #14
"WE ARE".....Penn State....is symbolic of the arrogance they've displayed ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2015 #15
Origin of "We Are". It was about racial equality. Wheaty Feb 2015 #16
And now it's about circling the wagons and protecting a child molester and a dottering old fool n/m ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2015 #17
Message auto-removed Name removed Feb 2015 #29
Harrasing kids because they attend a school that once had a man who molested kids. dilby Feb 2015 #20
Baloney, they tweeted him and invited comment ProudToBeBlueInRhody Feb 2015 #22
IF anyone thinks KO is actually sorry about this... Lex Feb 2015 #23
when hes wrong MFM008 Feb 2015 #26
The OP isn't a critique; it's a defense of his right to speak his mind w/o corporatist controls. nt Nuclear Unicorn Feb 2015 #27
olbermann is extremly angry, he needs to chill. frankieallen Feb 2015 #30
At least Olberman didn't say he's seen nuns shot in the back of the head R B Garr Feb 2015 #32
KO should have threatened to "come at them with everything he has"; his employer bullwinkle428 Feb 2015 #35
emerged triumphant? Calista241 Feb 2015 #37
To be fair, Olberman's original rant was a legitimate criticism of the NCAA's R B Garr Feb 2015 #38
He was attacking students raising money for pancreatic cancer former9thward Feb 2015 #39
It did get out of hand. But it's also a shame about the NCAA R B Garr Feb 2015 #41
Maybe Keith is in a position Go Vols Feb 2015 #40
Just another example of a 1%er who thinks the world revolves around him... SidDithers Feb 2015 #42

FSogol

(45,717 posts)
2. Lesson: Don't drink and Tweet.
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:27 PM
Feb 2015


There is an annoying sport talk radio guy in our town that maintains that Twitter is more dangerous than a machine gun to those in the public eye.

Olbermann sure seems to step in it.

Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
3. "Olbermann sure seems to step in it."
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:30 PM
Feb 2015

Regardless, he should not be suspended for speaking his own mind on his own time.

FSogol

(45,717 posts)
7. Unless he is embarrassing the company he represents.
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:35 PM
Feb 2015

He is not some guy in accounting, he's a public face of the company. While I like Olbermann he sure is a problem employee. No one seems to wear out his welcome faster.

Nuclear Unicorn

(19,497 posts)
19. That's my point.
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:02 PM
Feb 2015

It's easy when this is someone who isn't sympathetic but this practice is going to metastasize and when it devours someone who is on the right side of an issue all those being dismissive today will be howling the loudest when its gets the good guy tomorrow.

brendan120678

(2,490 posts)
28. KO's twitter profile includes a link to his employer's website....
Wed Feb 25, 2015, 12:32 PM
Feb 2015

And he also clearly states that he has a right to use any tweets sent to him on his (ESPN's) broadcast.

I believe, therefore that ESPN is certainly within their rights to suspend him if it may reflect badly on the company.

sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)
24. I follow him on twitter and have never seen him 'step in it'. I HAVE seen him make mince meat out of
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:17 PM
Feb 2015

bullies and right wing trolls. He sure is good at that. I guess he made some idiot look bad or something. But I agree with the OP anyhow, if he wasn't tweeting on THEIR time, he was perfectly within his rights.

I hope he sues them and wins. People's freedoms are being more and more restricted in this country.

BainsBane

(53,300 posts)
5. Guy really can't hold down a job, can he?
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:35 PM
Feb 2015

It's been one thing after another. Now he's insulting college kids? He needs some anger management counselling.

FLPanhandle

(7,107 posts)
9. I have no idea what you are complaining about
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:38 PM
Feb 2015

My employer would fire me if I went off on some drunken public online rant that embarrassed them, and rightly so.

sabrina 1

(62,325 posts)
25. I follow him on twitter and couldn't disagree more. In fact, he should get away from Corporations
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:20 PM
Feb 2015

altogether and do his own thing.

His take downs of morons on Twitter is epic. Morons don't like being taken down naturally and Corporations worry more about image than anything else.

THEY knew he won't toe the line when they hired him.

Now they'r whining, he should just sue them for the rest of his contract, and free himself totally from Corporate influences.

Sheldon Cooper

(3,724 posts)
12. "Emerged triumphantly"?
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 04:52 PM
Feb 2015

Ha! Hardly. His big stupid mouth got him into a fight with some kids who were raising money for pediatric cancer research. Way to pick your fights, Keith. Asshole.

ProudToBeBlueInRhody

(16,399 posts)
13. Yes, how dare you Keith!
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:21 PM
Feb 2015

Penn State, the most protected university in the world. Their precious snowflakes can't handle the fact that there hero allowed child molestation to go on for years.

Save your replies, apologists.

ProudToBeBlueInRhody

(16,399 posts)
15. "WE ARE".....Penn State....is symbolic of the arrogance they've displayed
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 05:37 PM
Feb 2015

They want to put the Joe Paterno statue back you know....and they make no apologies for it.

Anyone who shows that much "pride" in Penn State can go fuck themselves.

Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #15)

dilby

(2,273 posts)
20. Harrasing kids because they attend a school that once had a man who molested kids.
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:03 PM
Feb 2015

Makes perfect sense, probably did to Keith too after he downed his 6th shot.

ProudToBeBlueInRhody

(16,399 posts)
22. Baloney, they tweeted him and invited comment
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:08 PM
Feb 2015

"We're Penn State, look how wonderful we are when we aren't raping kids and whining about not having football on TV"

Lex

(34,108 posts)
23. IF anyone thinks KO is actually sorry about this...
Tue Feb 24, 2015, 06:11 PM
Feb 2015

I have a bridge to sell you. He knows he's an ass ... and he doesn't care. That's why he keeps having to change jobs.
I actually like the guy.







R B Garr

(17,197 posts)
32. At least Olberman didn't say he's seen nuns shot in the back of the head
Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:33 PM
Feb 2015

Football fans are notorious creeps online. I quit posting on a football website years ago because of the viciousness and total irrationality.

Reality is that the colleges themselves feed this type of viciousness and irrationality. All of college football is basically based on region bashing. Olberman would have been lambasted by fans of other colleges if he just glossed over Penn State's past.

bullwinkle428

(20,636 posts)
35. KO should have threatened to "come at them with everything he has"; his employer
Thu Feb 26, 2015, 12:26 AM
Feb 2015

would have happily stood up for him!

Calista241

(5,593 posts)
37. emerged triumphant?
Thu Feb 26, 2015, 01:19 AM
Feb 2015

He just ridiculed a bunch of college kids for raising funds for pediatric cancer, because they also attend Penn State. Those kids worked their asses off to raise that money. And it's a great cause.

Those kids had NOTHING to do with Penn State when Jerry Sandusky was there. Paterno retired in 2011. The vast majority of these kids didn't go to Penn State when Paterno coached.

You can't hold a grudge forever.

R B Garr

(17,197 posts)
38. To be fair, Olberman's original rant was a legitimate criticism of the NCAA's
Thu Feb 26, 2015, 01:41 AM
Feb 2015

decisions relating to the reinstatement of Penn State's wins, etc.

http://deadspin.com/keith-olbermann-dropkicks-ncaa-and-penn-state-through-f-1680052607

The college "kids" Twitter war came after that, and it wasn't really that far off base if you consider where Olberman was coming from in relation to the NCAA.

former9thward

(32,634 posts)
39. He was attacking students raising money for pancreatic cancer
Thu Feb 26, 2015, 01:48 AM
Feb 2015

Don't drink and tweet. He will be fired eventually, just like everyplace else he has worked.

R B Garr

(17,197 posts)
41. It did get out of hand. But it's also a shame about the NCAA
Thu Feb 26, 2015, 01:55 AM
Feb 2015

that college students are punished for things that happened years prior when they were kids themselves and had nothing to do with the infractions.

Unfortunately, the NCAA is arbitrary with their sanctions (at least many times we've seen), and a lot of colleges would like favorable treatment, so it's gong to have some backlash if one college gets favorable treatment over another. I think that's where Keith was coming from.

I hope Keith is not fired. What I saw of his Tweets fits his personality, which is like many TV personalities, brash and...BRASH. Maybe he was drinking...could be? I hope he's not fired.

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