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Tucker Carlson Admits to Sending Emails as “Keith Olbermann”

A Philadelphia news web site, Phawker, released a set of emails supposedly from MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. The emails contained harsh criticism and insults about Olbermann’s boss, MSNBC President Phil Griffin.

In one email, “Olbermann” says that Griffin is “not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be…I’ll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he’s actually qualified, perhaps on QVC.”

In another, “Olbermann” writes that “I could have Phil Griffin fired tomorrow if I felt like it, trust me. And if he keeps yapping about me in public, I may. For the moment, however, keeping Phil around is like having a drunk chimp in the office — more amusing than threatening.”

The truth is that it was actually Fox News’ Tucker Carlson who sent the emails, posing as  Keith Olbermann.

Straight from the horse’s mouth…

On Tuesday night, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone reached Carlson by phone. Carlson confirmed that he had, in fact, sent the emails posing as Olbermann.

“Could you resist?” Carlson said. “It was just too funny. The flesh is weak.”

Apparently, the emails were sent from keith@keitholbermann.com – Tucker Carlson stated that he purchased the domain “keitholbermann.com” in July and that people could email him at that address.

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Maddow on Olbermann Suspension & Fox News

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MSNBC Suspends Olbermann Without Pay Over Donations

You’re probably wondering two things: 1) why is there a post on FoxNewsBoycott.com about Keith Olbermann, and 2) don’t Fox News personalities frequently support conservative candidates? Answering the second question first, absolutely, which answers the first question.

Apparently MSNBC has decided to suspend political commentator (read not journalist) Keith Olbermann indefinitely, without pay. Olbermann donated the maximum amount to three candidates during the midterm election and someone higher up (MSNBC President Phil Griffin) got their panties in a bunch. Granted, journalists should be unbiased, but as with Fox News personalities like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, he’s a commentator known for voicing his opinion. The difference, of course, is that his opinion is, typically, far more liberal than the others mentioned and/or Fox News does not have a similar policy covering this issue.

The following statement was released to Politico:

OLBERMANN: One week ago, on the night of Thursday October 28 2010, after a discussion with a friend about the state of politics in Arizona, I donated $2,400 each to the re-election campaigns of Democratic Representatives Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. I also donated the same amount to the campaign of Democratic Senatorial candidate Jack Conway in Kentucky…I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.

So, what about Fox News?

Over 30 people on Fox News’ payroll have shown their support of the GOP over 600 times during the midterm elections. Here’s who they are, should Fox News decide to hold their employees up to the same standard that MSNBC did:

Check out Fox News’ GOP Connections here.

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Keith Olbermann Dares Bill O’Reilly & Glenn Beck to Sue for Defamation

Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are upset about a character on the fictional TV show Law & Order mentioning their spreading of hate and ignorance, so Keith Olbermann calls them out and dares them to sue. Of course, if they take this to the U.S. courts, and not the court of public opinion of like-minded viewers, their spreading of hate and ignorance will be used against them. They would rather play the victim and whine about it on TV where nobody can debate them. Here is Keith Olbermann’s response:

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ColorOfChange.org’s Efforts Against Glenn Beck Sponsors on Countdown

Keith Olbermann addressed the several companies who pulled their ads from Glenn Beck‘s show on Fox News, thanks to the efforts by ColorOfChange.org. Thank you to the people at ColorOfChange.org for the great work!

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Glenn Beck Makes Unsubstantiated Claims About Keith Olbermann

It’s easy to find direct quotes of Bill O’Reilly’s violent rhetoric. It’s not so easy for Glenn Beck to make similar claims about Keith Olbermann or Frank Rich. Beck has been trying to refocus the negative attention from Fox News somewhere else and fails miserably.

BECK: Keith Olbermann has railed against recruiters. Keith Olbermann has railed against the baby killers that our U.S. soldiers are.

So far, nobody can provide evidence that neither Olbermann, nor Rich, have made offensive comments about U.S. soldiers, or recruiters, similar to those said by Bill O’Reilly about Dr. George Tiller.

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Olbermann Retires O’Reilly Schtick, Quarantines Fox News

If you’re not aware of who Dr. George Tiller is, he’s the doctor who was recently murdered, allegedly, because he performed late-term abortions and was therefore dubbed “Tiller the Baby Killer” by Bill O’Reilly and his ilk. Of course, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t see any fault of his own, but instead blames the liberals for using Dr. Tiller’s death against Fox News.

This is a must watch, a must forward and a must talk about piece from Keith Olbermann. Regardless of your views of how biased you think his show is, he does a great job covering Bill O’Reilly’s involvement in essentially making Dr. George Tiller a target. Olbermann finishes the segment stating that he will no longer focus so much of his time and effort on O’Reilly. He also calls for Fox News to be “quarantined,” meaning to not support any business that supports or airs Fox News, something that FoxNewsBoycott.com has been suggesting since the site’s launch.

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Keith Olbermann Donates $10k to Charity in Mancow’s Name, not Sean Hannity’s

It made big news yesterday when Erich “Mancow” Muller was waterboarded live on his radio show. It happened to be on the one month anniversary of Sean Hannity‘s offer to do the same to support the troops. Of course, Hannity has not followed through on his word. Keith Olbermann, showing what charity and support looks like, withdrew his offer to donate $1,000 per second to charity in Sean Hannity’s name, calling him “unnecessary.” Instead he decided to give $10,000 to charity in Mancow’s name, even though Mancow only lasted around six seconds.

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Book: Bill O’Reilly Versus the Truth

The central thesis of Bill O’Reilly Versus The Truth is that Bill O’Reilly misleads the public by representing himself as a non-partisan, when in fact he is a right-wing political partisan who supports the Republican Party and does everything within his power to vilify Democrats and discredit the Democratic Party.pThe book analyses quotes, statistics, and arguments taken from O’Reilly’s television shows, his books, and his articles, and systematically details the inherent bias that is built into most of O’Reilly’s presentations. It covers a wide range of subjects and issues, ranging from domestic politics, to religion, to international affairs.pBill O’Reilly Versus The Truth is NOT a personal attack on Bill O’Reilly; it is a very substantive thesis on the journalistic work of Bill O’Reilly, and a comprehensive analysis of his methods and techniques. It is informative, as well as entertaining.

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Olbermann Raises the Bar for Hannity’s Waterboarding

I don’t really agree with this since nobody should be subjected to waterboarding, but since Hannity has offered to do it, by all means… Now Keith Olbermann has called him out and is offering $1000 for every second that Hannity can last. Of course, this money will go to charity.

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This is Fair and Balanced

Fox News purports itself as being a network that is “fair and balanced.” They spew that load of crap every chance they get and point the finger at the so-called “liberal media” like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow as being shills for the Obama Administration. Below is a recent quote from Olbermann regarding Obama – tell me you would ever see O’Reilly or Hannity say anything remotely similar as this about the Bush Administration…

“Mr. President, you are wrong. What you describe would be not “spent energy” but catharsis. Not “blame laid,” but responsibility ascribed… Mr. President, you have now been handed the beginning of that future. Use it to protect our children and our distant descendants from anything like this ever happening again — by showing them that those who did this, were neither unfairly scapegoated nor absolved. It is good to say “we won’t do it again.” It is not, however…enough.”

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UPS Claims They Did Not Boycott O’Reilly’s Show

Keith Olbermann reported that UPS has backed out as an advertiser of the BGill O’Reilly’s Fox News show, O’Reilly Factor in response to the harassment of Amanda Terkel of ThinkProgress.org. UPS has issued a statement that it has not, but has stated that they do not have any pending advertising plans with O’Reilly’s show.

“We are writing to clarify our statement of last Friday because it appears to have been misinterpreted. UPS has not ‘pulled’ any advertising from Fox News nor has the company taken a position on the ‘ThinkProgress’ campaign. Our intent on Friday simply was to note that UPS does not have any pending advertising plans with the O’Reilly show.”

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