Friday, April 6th, 2012

The Highly Enjoyable Keith Olbermann Lawsuit

I finally read the Olbermann filing against his former employer, Current TV, because it's Friday and I needed a laugh. (PDF.) It's pretty dramatic and overly aggrieved and not that damning, but then all he's claiming is that contracts were breached; it's not like anyone punched him. On the plus side, at least Olbermann is represented by real lawyers—Patricia Glaser (who did well for Conan!) and litigator Jill Basinger. Among Olbermann's complaints: Olbermann was treated as if he was hired to be a puppet! Not literally, I guess, or this would be a much better read.

Also, let's translate this:

"Olbermann's boss said that he was sick of going through Olbermann's staff of managers, lawyers and agents to, like, get anything done at work." Ah, gotcha.

Why bother suing anyone? I'm sure everybody's somewhat right in this one! It sucked, everyone hated each other, everyone was a real dick about everything: we've all had that job! (Or that employee!) Just walk away. Get a life. Take your millions, whatever. Buy a new car.

I also particularly enjoyed the section of Olbermann's filing where he trashed this Daily Beast Newsweek story. He called it fiction, basically. The Daily Beast should definitely sue him for disparagement!

And this just in: Current sues back. Enjoy!

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Cord_Jefferson (#2,111)

How progressive of everyone involved! Hooray, liberalism!

deepomega (#1,720)

I bet all those people who named their cats after Olbermann are REAL PROUD.

tomme (#4,473)

@deepomega I call all cats "Olbermanns." They all think they're so damn superior.

jfruh (#713)

Choire, if you've been following this hilarity you'd know that KO doesn't drive, which is why Current was constantly hiring car services for him to replace the previous car services he spurned when the drivers insisted on talking to him and/or smelling bad. So what's he going to do with a new car, you insensitive brute?

(As a fellow non-driver, it makes me cringe to hear about someone being a dick in a way related to his being a non-driver. I was not aware until I started reading about this that it was such a button to press for me, but there it is!)

sigerson (#179)

Olbermann's lawsuit has obvious merit. His problem is that Current has no money to pay him a dime. Time Warner already has a right to drop the network due to low ratings. I'd be shocked if Current is still on TV this time next year

Calton@twitter (#231,579)

I'm glad you highly enjoyed reading the lawsuit documents, really I am, but perhaps you might have shared some of that amusing stuff with your readers? Coming to the is post, a reader learns pretty much bupkis.

No, that's not strictly true: I learned that Choire Sicha is a pretty lazy writer. And Jim Romenesko needs better filters.

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@Calton@twitter Thank goodness for the is comment, composed by a non-lazy writer.

Scum (#1,847)

I always thought Olbermaan deserved more ridicule for his face. The fact that it looks like that on purpose negates the traditional arguments about attacking people for their looks imo.

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