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Re: KO new show 'The Closer': related info

Postby Marie » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:00 am

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: KO new show 'The Closer': related info

Postby Marie » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:18 am

Now at GQ, Keith Olbermann takes his outrage online
By RICHARD SANDOMIR
nytimes.com
10/24/2016

KEITH OLBERMANN knows the question before it is asked: How, after a career spent anchoring news and sports shows on ESPN, MSNBC, NBC and Fox, has he come to be delivering anti-Donald J. Trump commentaries on GQ magazine’s website? He was a big, talented, peripatetic TV star, who, at times, was his own worst enemy, too often clashing with management. And now he’s on a short-term assignment for GQ.com that will end with the election, with no guarantees afterward.

Still, he says he is happy, even liberated. He can say what he pleases and is performing in an evolving online environment that reminds him of being at CNN in its early days, and ESPN in its early middle period. So what if he has left behind the trappings, and production values, of prime-time TV?

“This is it,” he said, with a triumphal tone in his baritone during a recent interview. “This is where it’s going. There will be a garage-band quality to news, particularly video news, in the years to come, and I think it’ll be limitless. Maybe there will be a NewsFlix in the future, with 37 options -- with Olbermann’s commentaries and a three-minute Al Roker forecast.”

“If this looks like a downward spiral,” he continued, “I would point out that I don’t need the money. I’m doing this for charity -- for dogs groups and veterans groups. I’m doing this for the rides downtown.” He was speaking in a spacious studio on the 24th floor of 1 World Trade Center, looking like a bank executive in his Brooks Brothers ensemble, with silver hair and black-framed glasses.

The scripts to the three essays he was going to record for his series, “The Closer” -- each a fiery burst of outrage about Mr. Trump’s unfitness for the presidency -- lay on a table before him. “Were it the choice,” he said near the end of one of them, “I would sooner and happily vote for a third term of George W. Bush than five minutes of President Donald Trump.”

At a certain point, a return to political commentary in any medium looked improbable for Mr. Olbermann. He hosted “Countdown” on MSNBC through the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004 and the election of Barack Obama in 2008. But he left unhappily in 2011. He hooked up with Current TV, Al Gore’s short-lived cable venture. That relationship ended in vitriol and lawsuits, but a legal settlement reportedly left Mr. Olbermann quite wealthy. He returned to sports and ESPN in 2013 with a studio show, “Olbermann,” on ESPN2 that ultimately could not overcome various factors, including shifting time slots and modest viewership.

But the political climate that fed Mr. Trump’s rise riveted and dismayed Mr. Olbermann. His animus toward Mr. Trump since the beginning of Mr. Trump's presidential run led Mr. Olbermann to sell his condominium apartment at the Trump Palace in Manhattan this summer. (Mr. Trump responded by releasing a statement that said in part, “Keith is a failed broadcaster and the people in the building couldn’t stand him.”)

His interest piqued, Mr. Olbermann thought of a comeback, but talks that focused on returning to MSNBC and CNN (or its sibling network, HLN) ultimately went nowhere.

During the summer, a friend of Mr. Olbermann’s who writes for GQ heard that the magazine wanted to talk to him about creating online commentaries for its website, whose most popular feature explores extremely expensive luxury goods with the rapper 2 Chainz. Mr. Olbermann and the magazine came to a quick agreement in August.

“We wanted to add to our political and election coverage, and that dovetailed with Keith’s desire to get back into the game,” said Jim Nelson, editor in chief of GQ. “We felt that no one was meeting Trump at the temperature level that was needed. And I missed Keith’s rage. We miss Jon Stewart. And we only get weekly doses of Samantha Bee and John Oliver. That’s not enough.”

A decade ago, GQ lauded Mr. Olbermann in an article for producing “the most electric, intelligent and eviscerating news commentary on television,” and posed him in a raincoat as Howard Beale, the unhinged, mad-as-hell newsman from the film “Network.”

So far, Mr. Nelson is pleased that the magazine is swimming in Mr. Olbermann’s indignation. His more than 20 videos have attracted about 25 million views on GQ.com, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, and sites like Yahoo and Huffington Post, according to internal measurements. Though measuring online views is an imprecise practice -- and the definition of what actually constitutes a view varies from platform to platform -- Mr. Olbermann sees those numbers as vindication of his new embrace of the online format.

The first episode, called “176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election,” has been viewed more than 800,000 times on YouTube. “That’s from a dead stop,” he said. “No promotion. Basically me tweeting every few hours and word of mouth.”

But not all responses have been positive. A recent article in Slate called the commentaries “a context-less, free-floating slice of sound and anguish” and “the most embarrassing thing humanity has ever produced.” It said Mr. Olbermann had “the superior tone of some disappointed national dad.”

Jamie Horowitz, who produced Mr. Olbermann’s show at ESPN2 and is now president of Fox Sports national networks, looks at the commentaries on GQ.com as less of a surprising career shift than a simple change in where content is available. My belief is that content has to be platform-agnostic,” he said. “You can create quite compelling content on a variety of different platforms. That’s where we’re headed.”

Mr. Olbermann goes into GQ’s offices at least twice a week to tape “The Closer.” A small group of GQ staff members work on the series. A fashion editor, Jon Tietz, fusses over his tie and shirt collar. Geoffrey Gagnon, an articles editor, goes over the scripts. Instead of an elaborate anchor desk, Mr. Olbermann sits at a plain white table. A blue blanket is beneath his feet to muffle sound. A blue and red backdrop hangs behind him.

His commentary style is feverish, erudite and emotional -- unchanged since his “Special Comment” segments on MSNBC.

In a comment posted after Mr. Trump said at last Wednesday’s debate that he might not accept the results of next month’s election, Mr. Olbermann pointedly addressed several Republican leaders, including Paul D. Ryan, the House speaker, and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader.

“Compel him to withdraw. Now,” he said. “Litigate against him. Find enough doctors and have him declared psychiatrically incompetent. At minimum, cut off his funding completely and denounce him in the strongest possible terms. Because this nightmare, this fascist, this Trump, is now your responsibility.”

Same Mr. Olbermann. Just in a very different venue.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/24/busin ... nline.html

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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: KO new show 'The Closer': related info

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Keith's GQ essay on the World Series

Postby Marie » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:08 am

The Chicago Cubs World Series win was an imperfectly perfect game
By Keith Olbermann
GQ
11/3/2016

SO MUCH FOR managerial genius winning the World Series.

The team whose manager almost lost the whole thing by bunting with the curse-ending run at third and one out in the 8th and then sent out his closer who had just nearly blown the Series to pitch another inning with almost nothing left but hanging sliders, beat the team whose manager intentionally walked two men in the series-losing extra inning and then was stuck with nobody left to pinch-hit for the 25th man on his roster with the tying-it-again run on first base in the final at bat.

Even the off-the-field highlight, the win-one-for-the-Gipper speech that is supposed to exist deep in the soul of every coach or manager in every sport, waiting to be summoned in that final moment of tension, came not from managers Joe Maddon or Terry Francona, but from a player -- and, of all people, outfielder Jason Heyward, who spent most of the first year of a $184,000,000 contract providing almost nothing but defense and a little inspiration. It was he -- not Maddon, not the as-of-now-retired catcher David Ross, not some Billy Goat, not some ethereal Harry Caray or Ernie Banks -- who called the Cubs to a players-only meeting during the 10th inning rain delay that may have been the most fortuitous weather interruption in the history of the sport.

Immediately after, the Cubs went from the longest championship drought in the known sporting world to the shortest one, Heyward said his meeting speech was simple: “I just had to remind them who they were. I just had to remind everybody who we are.”

And inside that seeming athlete nonsense gobbledygook was unexpected truth. As much as the managers influenced some of the early games, they didn’t so much blunder in the latter ones as get swept aside by the reality that the longer a baseball series goes, the more likely it is that miracles will vanish and pure on-field talent will prevail. And the Cubs were not only the most talent-laden team in the sport all the season, but in Cleveland they met an opponent decimated by key injuries and held together through Game 5 largely by the string-and-juice-can machinations of Francona.

The veteran Cleveland manager -- who with Chicago’s President Theo Epstein had contrived more than a decade ago to break another epic eon-long World Series drought in Boston -- may take heat for the undeniable fact that Cleveland was up, three games to one, leading the potentially decisive game 1-0 as the bottom of the fourth inning began, and would not only lose that game and the next two but never as much as again hold a lead as their dreams of ending their own Series curse slowly turned into a nightmare.

If there is blame, Francona doesn’t deserve much of it. His outside-the-box use of relief pitching, especially of Andrew Miller, was largely responsible for Cleveland winning three of the first four games. He went to the ostensible late-inning buzz-killer in the seventh inning of the first game, the fifth inning of the third game, and again in the seventh of the fourth game. And the awakening of the Cubs in that fateful fourth inning of the fifth game did not afford Francona another chance to use Miller as relief talisman until Cleveland was down 4-1 in the top of the fifth of the finale. Like all the game’s great skippers he also threw out old and unusable strategy. Francona put Boston in the 2007 World Series by refusing to start a pitcher in the penultimate round on three days’ rest instead of four. This year he nearly brought Cleveland a title by doing the opposite: by starting all his pitchers on three days’ rest.

Simply, teams can suddenly revert to form, even if that’s second-best, and stagecoaches turn back into silver-medal pumpkins and that’s pretty much what happened to Cleveland. In the National League Championship Series of 1983, the Phillies stunned the Dodgers, to whom they had lost eleven of twelve regular season games, and then beat the Orioles 2-1 in the World Series opener. They went to bed that night as a team of veterans like Pete Rose and Mike Schmidt taking one final victory lap, and awoke the next day not so much veteran as just plain old. They would blow leads in the next three games, see their clubhouse consumed by dissension when manager Paul Owens benched Rose for the even more decrepit Tony Perez, then lose the series in five. All the vets save Schmidt would be scattered to the winds in the off-season. It often happens that way and that quickly. Francona and Cleveland forestalled it until the very last inning of the 2016 season.

The premise of the players, and not the very-high profile managers, deciding the World Series is a tough sell in an era of metrics and shifts and analytics. Yet it was true. Rajai Davis of Cleveland barely deserves to be called a major league outfielder, yet it was he who took Aroldis Chapman over the wall in Cleveland’s epic game-tying eighth inning, and then he who drove in the run that halved Chicago’s lead in the tenth. And while the Series Most Valuable Player award went to Ben Zobrist -- apparently for driving in the tie-breaking run in the top of the tenth -- it could just as easily have gone to a Cub who had exactly one at bat in the entire Series. In one of the smartest plays in the history of the Fall Classic -- almost on a par with Johnny Damon’s double-steal for the Yankees in 2008 or Kirk Gibson’s recall of the exact scouting report on what pitch to expect from Dennis Eckersley on a count of three-and-two for the Dodgers in 1988 -- pinch-runner Albert Almora, Jr. perfectly read Kris Bryant’s tenth inning shot to right-center. It is not much of an exaggeration to suggest that almost every other younger player in the game would have been standing at second base as Bryant’s fly landed not in the stands or on the field, but in Davis’s glove.

Instead, Almora strayed no more than ten or fifteen feet from first, in position to tag up and put the curse-ending run in scoring position. Almora’s judgment also forced Francona to walk Anthony Rizzo intentionally and set off the chain of events that got the Cubs not just a lead run, but the two runs they would actually need to escape the dry spell of all dry spells.

The Series probably also put Theo Epstein, the executive who assembled the Cubs’ champions, into the Hall of Fame. Unless you make the decision that Jackie Robinson should break the color barrier or you insist that Babe Ruth would be a better outfielder than he was a pitcher, it’s tough to assess how influential a baseball executive really is. But it is safe to say that having been the architect of the first Red Sox team to win the World Series since 1918 (85 seasons) and the architect of the first Cubs team to win the World Series since 1908 (107 seasons) is enough to get you a plaque in Cooperstown with some reference to those broken streaks and those 192 combined seasons (to say nothing of getting you a job offer in Cleveland if you ever get tired of Chicago).

The media right now is filled with stories of all the ghosts liberated by Chicago’s victory so we’ll skip most of them. I can say that it’s nice to see Steve Bartman off the hook, and to be able to admit that the foul ball he quite properly reached for in the 2003 NLCS that was blown up in a stunt for Harry Caray’s restaurant was not totally destroyed and a remnant of the yarn hangs in a small case on my wall; so clearly the Cubs’ curse was the fault of neither Bartman nor the baseball. It’s also good to see Maddon win a title after so many years of frustration in Tampa Bay, and to hear Francona say it was a privilege to manage in such a great game even in a loss. Both are friends of mine, and those friendships are privileges, too.

It is also instructive during the crushing intensity of the political season that, as noted first by Ken Rudin on Twitter last night, this was only the ninth time a seventh game of a World Series was played in a presidential year. On the five occasions an American League team won it (1924 Senators, 1952 and 1956 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1972 A’s) a Republican promptly won the presidency. On the three previous occasions a National League team won it (1940 Reds, 1960 Pirates, 1964 Cardinals) a Democrat prevailed.

But in a rare case of actual political balance, the Cubs have now played in three World Series in presidential years. They won in 1908, and so did Republican Teddy Roosevelt. They lost in 1932 and, so did Republican Herbert Hoover. So with a sample size of two: as the Cubs go in the Series, so goes the Republican presidential nominee.

Which proves only that the World Series does not decide who becomes president.

But World Series like the one that just ended do prove something, namely, that baseball alone can provide the heart-in-your-throat tension that has prevailed in the last three World Series' most decisive games. The Royals came back on the Mets last year in the ninth inning of the fifth game. Two years ago what would have been Kansas City’s tying run got to third base in the bottom of the ninth inning of another seven game on what was almost the proverbial little league home run -- and was stranded there. This year, a team that waited 108 years to celebrate a World Series victory was a third of the way to blowing the opportunity in the fifth game, struggled back, and was four outs from sealing it when they coughed up the lead. And they still won, and despite the strategic sloppiness, they and the losing side still managed to concoct one of the most improbable, most compelling, baseball games ever played.

Keith Olbermann is a GQ Special Correspondent and host of The Closer

http://www.gq.com/story/chicago-cubs-wo ... rfect-game

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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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