Keith Olbermann is a far-left commentator, activist, liberal propagandist, high-profile Democratic donor and host of Countdown formerly on MSNBC and Current TV. Both stations have fired him, citing excessive absences and lack of support of the network in the case of Current TV. New York Times media critic David Carr has referred to Olbermann as "one of the most rabidly partisan figures in national news." Olbermann's show is known for an extreme liberal distortion of the issues, with conservatives rarely being invited to discuss news events. Colleagues such as former NBC News anchor Tom Brokow have complained Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC's reputation for independence while the Media Research Center has characterized Olbermann's views as "beyond partisan....radically extreme and hateful." His nightly segment, The Worst Person in the World regularly demonizes any point of view at variance with Olbermann. It is a classic example of the role of propaganda in modern American discourse and has contributed to the coarsening of political debate in America. Olbermann was also a co-host of NBC's Football Night in America. After being fired as a political commentator on both MSNBC and Current TV, Olbermann rejoined ESPN hosting a sports commentary show titled "Olbermann". Keith Olbermann like all race baiting liberals call everyone who is right-of-center "racist". Keith Olbermann is obsessed with race and diversity and calls the tea party "homogeneously white", and of course he never visited a Tea Party rally and never knew black tea partiers like Allen West, Mia Love, Tim Scott, Herman Cain and David Webb.
Olbermann was fired from ESPN again due to low ratings for his program, and he now hosts political commentary segments for the liberal magazine GQ's YouTube channel. These segments, thus far, have focused solely on bashing right-of-center politicians and Donald Trump.
2020 Presidential election
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"Trump can be and must be expunged. The hate he has triggered, the pandora’s box he has opened, they will not be so easily destroyed.
So, let us brace ourselves. The task is twofold: the terrorist Trump must be defeated, must be destroyed, must be devoured at the ballot box, and he and his enablers and his supporters and his collaborators and the Mike Lees and the William Barrs and the Sean Hannitys and the Mike Pences and the Rudy Giulianis and the Kyle Rittenhouses and the Amy Coney Barretts must be prosecuted and convicted and removed from our society while we try to rebuild it and to rebuild the world Trump has nearly destroyed by turning it over to a virus.
Remember it, even as we dream of a return to reality and safety and the country for which our forefathers died, that the fight is not just to win an election but to win it by enough to chase, at least for the moment, Trump and the maggots off the stage. And then try to clean up what they left.Remember it, even though to remember it means remembering that the fight does not end on November 3rd but in many ways will only begin that day."
Olbermann sees conspiracies
In a broadcast after the FBI made an arrest of four terror suspects for plot to attack JFK International Airport and plant explosives to blow up major jet-fuel supply tanks and pipelines, Olbermann charged the Bush adminstration with conspiracy. JFK handles, on average, over 1,000 flights daily. The plotters were assisted by an international network of Muslim extremists from the United States, Guyana, and Caribbean, including senior leadership of Jamaat Al Muslimeen ("JAM"), which was responsible for a deadly coup attempt in Trinidad in 1990. In Olbermann's mind:
|“||the so-called plot happens to be revealed the day before the second Democratic presidential debate and, as the scandal continues to unfold over the firings of U.S. attorneys and their replacements by political hacks. The so-called plot is announced by the Bush-appointed U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, and by the police chief of New York City, the father of a correspondent for Fox News Channel." Olbermann further theorized that President Bush was "fomenting yet another war...a new Cold War with Russia, possibly to obscure the unending nightmare in Iraq.||”|
Matthew Felling of CBS News noted in the same piece, "Hammering away at things that aren’t there – or barely there – is a surefire way to dilute your message."
Nazi salute controversy
In July 2006, the Anti-Defamation League filed a complaint to MSNBC because of Olbermann's repeated use of the Nazi salute while attacking popular commentator Bill O'Reilly on his television show and in public.
In January 2007, Olbermann attacked the popular FOX television series 24 with rather bizarre claims.
On the January 16, 2007 edition of Olbermann's show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he accused the widely acclaimed 24 of "fearmongering" and being "propaganda designed to keep people thinking about domestic terrorism to keep us scared," asking, "is it a program-length commercial for one political party?" Olbermann also asked the rhetorical question, "if the irrational right can claim that the news is fixed to try to alter people's minds or that networks should be boycotted for nudity or for immorality, shouldn't those same groups be saying 24 should be taken off of TV because it's naked brainwashing?"
This was in response to the January 15 broadcast of 24 in which a low-grade nuclear weapon is detonated in the Valencia community of Los Angeles by a terrorist group. Fox Commentator Cal Thomas had written an editorial in which he advised, "Watch the TV drama 24 for what could be our prophetic and imminent future, with a nuclear device exploding in major cities."
On the February 2, 2007 edition of Countdown, Olbermann gave the show the "bronze" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment.
On 5 November 2010, Olbermann was temporarilly suspended from MSNBC for ethical violations of the company's policy on campaign contributions  and reinstated three days later.
Fired From MSNBC
Less than a week after Comcast was approved to purchase MSNBC, Keith Olbermann was fired January 21, 2011. Official word states Comcast has nothing to do with the firing. He was their top-rated host so the statement is likely false. Glenn Beck predicted his firing months before it happened, which led Olbermann to mock Beck as not knowing anything about television and made him his worst person in the world. Stephen Colbert made laughs at Keith's expense. A clip of Olbermann saying this is the last edition of Countdown for which Colbert replies "Well we finally know what they were counting down to." 
- Keith Olbermann ... is notorious for anti-Bush, anti-conservative rants. 
- Four Individuals Charged in Plot to Bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport, FBI Press Release New York Field Office, June 2, 2007.
- Olbermann Overstates?, Matthew Felling, CBS News, June 5, 2007.
- Anti-Defamation League Letter to MSNBC, July 28, 2006.
- Glenn Beck: “Keith Olbermann Is The Biggest Pain In The A** In The World”, Mediaite, January 24, 2011
- Colbert channels ‘Keith Olbermug’, KeithOlbermann.com, January 25, 2011