On last night’s Countdown, Keith Olbermann named two of my colleagues, Colby Hall and Robert Quigley, in his Worst Persons segment. The reason for his bestowal of this honor (which, on the heels of a Bill O’Reilly shout-out, ought to have conservatives clamoring for cool Mediaite gear) was this piece of commentary by Quigley, and this followup. I’ll let Keith explain it to you:
Now, I’m sure Colby and Quig will have their own response to this, but I just wanted to point a few things out. First of all, Olbermann ends the segment by smugly waiting for an explanation as to how he could have put the kibosh on the ad, since he only heard about this unauthorized ad from that same Mediaite story. You know what Mediaite’s response should be? “You’re welcome, Keith!” Whether you liked Quigley’s commentary or not, he scooped Olbermann about his-own-self fair and square. (So did the Rachel Maddow Show, apparently.)
Secondly, remember that rule Keith cited about reaching out for comment before you write? Does he mean like this, when he accused Dan Cooper of conspiring with Fox News to set up a fraudulent Twitter account in Olbermann’s name? A Twitter account that turned out to be a legit one run by MSNBC? Olbermann didn’t seek out fact one in this case, an example I bring up only because of my familiarity with it.
So, how did Olbermann set the record straight, several weeks after I, among others, advised his producers of the error? By issuing the following non-apology pseudo-correction, which was stricken from MSNBC’s archived version of the segment:
Finally, I would point out that none of this changes the substance of what Keith Olbermann was saying in that Special Comment. It was a fine piece of commentary that I praised when I first saw it. My question, sir, then, is this, sir: If that Special Comment was worth the paper it was printed on, why on Earth would you deny Change Congress permission to use it?
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