Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

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Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby MrsData » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:42 am

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

There are two words guaranteed to make MSNBC's Keith Olbermann break his longstanding personal policy against voting - Chris Matthews.

If, as expected, the "Hardball" host runs against Sen. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania in 2010, Olbermann says: "I would definitely suspend my symbolism and vote for him."

Color us skeptical. Those two Alpha-males looked like they were about to throw down at the Democratic convention.

"I like Chris," Olbermann insists. "I think he approaches his job like a public servant. He has a genuinely naïve 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' commitment to making good things happen in this country." (One difference: Matthews filibusters every day.)

Olbermann can afford to feel generous. He just signed a four-year contract extension through the next presidential election cycle, MSNBC announced Monday. Estimated value: $30 million. His previous deal was to have run through 2011.

In addition to hosting the network's crown jewel, "Countdown," Olbermann will play a major role in MSNBC's coverage of major news events and will do two "Countdown" specials a year for NBC. He'll also continue co-hosting its Sunday-night football studio show.

Olbermann and MSNBC started talking about a new contract over the summer, he says. "We essentially finalized it at the end of August. It was delayed, overdue, pushed aside for obvious political reasons" until after the election.

As for his not voting, Olbermann calls it "a stupid, symbolic sportscaster thing. 'Don't bet on a game you're covering.' I just like to distance myself. There's some place I should be neutral.

"I could conceivably not take a political stance in my work, but that's not going to happen. My commentary is much more valuable to the process than my vote. On an à la carte basis, I have fulfilled my responsibility on a civic level."

He would make an exception, he says, if he lived in a swing state. He never has.

Olbermann's position drew fire from the women of "The View" Monday. He compares the visit to "sitting in a blender for 10 minutes, and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Five people were asking me questions at the same time."

If he's invited back, "I'll sleep for 48 hours before I go."

Not that Olbermann is complaining. Barbara Walters "is just a delight," and he's known Whoopi Goldberg since 1999, when he taped five episodes of her "Hollywood Squares." In one day. His fondest memory: "We had booze with lunch."

Moving on, Olbermann says he agrees with Stephen Colbert's assessment of MSNBC's new 'It' girl, Rachel Maddow, as "the queen of cable."

"Given the lack of success of women as anchors in prime time, it may not be far from true. There are only two: Greta [van Susteren of Fox News Channel] and Rachel. (Paging Campbell Brown.)

It's been made more difficult for women, mostly through the actions of men."

Not so for Maddow, however. Olbermann has been her champion from the start.

"People automatically like her," he says. "She's very nice, aggressively nice. I'm nice when I take the time to remember to be nice. Sometimes the door opens and I throw a punch."

Speaking of punches, Olbermann says he would crush his nemesis, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, in an arm wrestling match.

"He'd never do it, because every time we're in the same place, he keeps himself 25 feet away, but I'm ready to go. I do yoga, work out three times a week. I think I could take him if it comes to that."
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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby Marie » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:42 am

Some interesting quotes in there -- but I would take every word in that article with a large grain of salt, simply because of who the author is. Gail Shister has a history of getting the details wrong.

(The $50-million deal is probably right, since it was already being reported by other industry writers yesterday.)

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby Karen'sKeithie » Tue Nov 11, 2008 5:45 pm

Congrats to Keith on his new contract and I look forward to seeing more of him. I wish him well. I am and always will be a huge fan/supporter of his.
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I know I'm repeating myself from the other thread but I have to say:
No matter what and how much you do during any given campaign, none of your actions excuse you from voting. That is just.so.wrong. I'm just amazed that he takes that attitude.
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Postby Conditional_Id » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:19 pm

I can understand his wanting to remain "thru a glass darkly" wrt voting. His position, even if he is liberally-biased, must remain effectively neutral, IMHO. Were I in his position, I am sure I would reason the same. Voting is a privilege, not a mandate. Civic duty is as well, how he chooses to exercise it should be his business.

I am impressed that he does yoga, works out three times per week, and is more than just a desk rat. These sorts of disciplines are very important in my life as well. Makes me even gladder I have chosen to spend my time watching him as opposed to others on TV. My time is the most valuable commodity I have, and I hate wasting it more than anything in the world.

As far as Billo...heck, I could bench him to North Dakota I am sure.
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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby misslindagene » Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:39 am

I have always been a bit upset that he doesn't vote...but then everyone has to do what they think is right. Think it's unfair, but I shall forgive him.

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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby jattandixon » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:31 am

I also was annoyed to find out that Mr.Olbermann does not choose to exercise his right to vote,but it is his right.I still think that he is one of the best outspoken celebrities of our time.Keep up the good work & please' don't ever stop letting them have it the way only you can.The Dems need your wit,spunk and sarcasm during this historic one & only moment in time =D> =D> =D>

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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby dramaqueen » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:33 pm

I don't see the logic in his not voting, I've yet to hear a valid argument for not voting in all my years.The very fact he made it public makes me even more skeptical.
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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby Marie » Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:35 pm

dramaqueen wrote:I don't see the logic in his not voting, I've yet to hear a valid argument for not voting in all my years.The very fact he made it public makes me even more skeptical.

Just to lessen the skepticism a little bit here: he's been saying this (about not voting) for years -- not just since he became a political lightning rod.

Before that, he was applying a similar philosophy in covering sports: Don't get chummy with the players you're covering, so you can at least maintain a modicum of objectivity in your reporting. In other words, he adopted that philosophy before he had anything to prove to anyone else, as a way to keep himself on the straight and narrow path. The logic is his personal logic.

Yes, it's everyone's right to vote, but it's up to them if they wish to abstain. Some people don't vote for religious reasons but that doesn't make them bad Americans. It seems to me that the right to abstain is also a part of being free that our soldiers have fought for.

I'll go a little farther and say, when the mechanics of voting are corrected to the point where everyone who WANTS to vote GETS to vote and all their votes get COUNTED, I'll worry about the small minority who, for reasons of their own, choose to opt out.

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You find out what someone is really like in "battle," and Olbermann is who you want to be in a foxhole with, Patrick said. "On the air, we had each others' backs," said Olbermann.
-David Goetzl: "Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick still brothers long after ESPN's 'Big Show'"; MediaPost blog, 4-6-2012


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Re: Olbermann's Deal Will Pay $30M Over Four Years

Postby dramaqueen » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:57 am

Marie wrote:The logic is his personal logic.


On that point we are in agreement :grin:
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