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Olbermann Talks Office Politics, Other Politics

olbermann_1-9.jpgIf MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann were to write a book about Office Politics 101, he’d call it “Do As I Write, Not As I Did for 20 Years.” Olbermann discusses office politics and other issues in the February issue of Men’s Journal magazine, out yesterday.

In the interview with Paul Tullis, one focus is Olbermann’s habit of, “trashing people publicly, even his employers.”

But he seems to be doing well for himself in the office now. Tullis cites a senior executive at MSNBC, who says, “Keith runs MSNBC. It’s been an amazing turnaround, because two years ago they were going to cancel him. Because of his success, he’s in charge. Chris Matthews is infuriated by it.”

The article also touches on Olbermann’s goals, in the context of his main competition, Fox News Channel. “I’d like it to be the accurate counterweight to Fox. My attitude is not to counterbalance them because they’re conservatives; it’s counterbalancing because some of their stuff is outlandishly in violation of every tenet of responsible broadcasting,” he says.

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