Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann (born 1959-01-27 in New York City, New York) is an American journalist and former sportscaster. He currently hosts Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, an hour-long nightly newscast that counts down the top news stories of the day.


  • It's such a simple thing, really. It's an awareness that the other people in the world are other people, and that you are one of them. That every time you have a chance to help somebody out, to do what's right instead of what you think you're supposed to do, you should do it.
  • I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. If you're in a public media setting and you're not expressing something of yourself, turn it over to someone who will. Just get out. Just go away and put somebody on who has a point of view, because the most dangerous thing about TV is its equalizing factor, its lowest common denominator factor. And that's what I fight against all the time.
  • This is the exact definition of my ego. When Fox had my head 40 feet high at Shea Stadium they said to me, "We're going to give out 100,000 temporary tattoos of your face at the Super Bowl." And I just swallowed and said, "No. God. Don't. You're not going to, you can't possibly — what do you mean, temporary?"
  • If you make a decision in your life, even one as eminently logical and self-improving as "Why'd you start washing your hair every day?" and you start getting questioned hourly about it, you're going to start second-guessing yourself.
  • I just think if you're 44 years old and you're not smarter than you were when you were 35 years old or 25 years old, just stay in your room.
  • Most of us have learned to simply accept the fact that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. exists in the world, just as we've come to accept that there are terrorists among us, as well as people who scam grandmothers out of their savings.
  • Without humor, a sports fan is a religious fanatic. Without humor, a newscast is a terrible, depressing, unpalatable thing.
  • Since Homeland Security got up to speed in the spring of 2002, it as warned of al Qaeda using or targeting amusement parks, apartment building, banks, beer coolers, boats, cargo planes, cell phone, churches, crop dusters, farmer's almanacs, hijacked oil trucks, inner-city train, malls, nightclubs, reservoirs, scuba divers, sports stadiums, and subways. Add limousines to the list and helicopters.
  • At some point, some of these people are going to wake up to find that the great secular assault they see on their children was, in fact, a bogeyman created to hide their own bad parenting. If they can't convince their own kids of the appropriateness of their religion and values, then the religion, the values, or the convincing, must not have been very good.
  • The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you're not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don't take it personally when they say 'no' — they may not be smart enough to say "yes."
  • This is the Law and Order and Terror government. It promised protection — or at least amelioration — against all threats: conventional, radiological, or biological. It has just proved that it cannot save its citizens from a biological weapon called standing water.
  • Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to the entire 'Fog of Fear' which continues to envelop this nation — he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies, have - inadvertently or intentionally — profited and benefited, both personally and politically. And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emperor’s New Clothes. In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused the United States of America?
  • These things you have done, Mr. Bush, they would be "the beginning of the end of America."
  • You’ve seen those video tapes of Walter Kronkite the night the men landed on the moon for the first time; when Neil Armstrong stepped out, and he could just barely get out mono-syllables. Politically, that's what this is. This is man-on-the-moon. Not just American man-on-the-moon, although it happens to be our guy, but it's man-on-the-moon, in terms of what... how we inter-relate, and what also, as a smaller subset of that story, this political story is. This, if not perfect storm forming for several years in country coming a fulmination in this election. These two things – one in giant letters to be written, and one in slightly smaller letters, but still very important ones – coming together in one night. It's two separate tracks of history, almost, obviously interconnected, but two... either one of them by themselves would be huge, monumental, earth-shattering history.
    • Live coverage of the 2008 Presidential election on MSNBC (2008-11-04)


  • Bristol, Connecticut! (When asked by Craig Kilborn "What is the most godforsaken place on the east coast?")
    • Interview on The Daily Show, ca. 1995. (Bristol is the headquarters of ESPN.)
  • I'm very flattered, and, c'mon -- a guy whose face is on half the unmoving objects in the country making fun of same -- is that not consistently countercultural enough for you?
  • Seriously, I'm very flattered. Go looking for Bill Hicks stuff if you want some REAL thinking, though. -8/12/99
  • 'You can't stop Mike Peca- you can only hope to hold him'. From ESPN , c 1996.
  • 'She's a fricken man! Have you even seen her adam's apple?!" - On Ann Coulter.
  • NBC's continuing coverage continues - that's why we use that word - just after this. - While covering Democratic primaries (2008-06-03
  • Honestly,if you were "Ann Coulter"'s lawyer at a sanity hearing,where would You start?
  • (On "Ann Coulter")Imagine trying to defend her soul on Judgement day.Or finding it for that matter.


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