Much of the blogospheric discussion has centered around Olbermann's response to the furor, post-NYT article, which has been ridiculous and implausible. But it's also worth spending a little time thinking about Olbermann's initial response -- to the order from on high. As I see it, at that moment in time, Olbermann had four clear choices:Yep. #4 It was. Because I mean, come on, let's look at the options here. #1: Resign. They pay The Ego $7.5 Mil a year. That was a non-starter from Day 1. The Ego has two (count 'em: two) Park Avenue Apartments. Then there's Katy. Hell, The Ego needs the $7.5 mil a year just to support her and her little hobbies--you know, getting jobs at The Weather Channel, WNBC, etc. Then of course there is The Ego's baseball collection. Do you have any idea how expensive it can be to buy a 1932 baseball card from some player no one has ever heard of? Okay so #2: Risk firing? Yeah, see The Ego's reasons for #1. #3? Publicly disclose that the Ego loves money more than integrity and journalistic ethics and blah blah blah blah? It doesn't look good for the Ego. So naturally that left once choice and one choice only: lie! And as the Ego has explained: lying is easy once you learn how to fake sincerity.
1. Resign his position in protest.
2. Refuse to go along with the edict, and risk his firing.
3. Publicly disclose what he had been told to do.
4. Lie to his viewers.
What he clearly decided to do was #4.
Take a look at the comments on HuffPost. Those people love the Ego's ass. As they should. If The Ego told them to go jump off the Golden Gate Bridge they'd do it because The Ego told them to. The Ego figured out a long time ago that the best way to develop a rabid (and oh boy do some of them need their shots--I mean a few of them scare me) audience was to wrap myself up in the liberal cause. Thus, anyone criticizing me would be branded a GOP operative. Anyone who dares point out anything bad The Ego says or does would also be branded a GOP operative. In short, it is every Liberal's duty to protect and defend
Olbermann's perplexing reaction to the controversy, which has been to blow hot snot all over New York Times reporter Brian Stelter's reporting, while simultaneously "honoring" and praising the accuracy of Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald's response, which was based entirely on Stelter's reporting. One cannot decry one report, one minute, and then "honor" the same conclusions the next. On Monday's broadcast he called Brian Stelter one of history's greatest monsters for a day. But then he declared in a statement that Glenn Greenwald's account, which deviated not one iota from the facts Stelter presented, contained "nothing materially factually inaccurate." This is what is known as "total B.S."Yes but it's Keith Olbermann's bullshit and let me tell you, if it's one thing that The Ego has learned this week is that people also love Keith Olbermann's bullshit. And nothing anyone ever says or does will matter because Keith Olbermann's Ego is well, Keith Olbermann's Ego. As it should be.