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Olbermann's Next Move --

Getting Social with Sorkin?

1/23/2011 12:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Write what you know, the old saying goes -- and Keith Olbermann might be about to do just that ... with the help of the most famous Hollywood writer around.

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Now that he's out of work, the former "Countdown" host could contribute to a show "Social Network" scribe Aaron Sorkin has in the works ... this according to EW.

The mag says Sorkin has a pilot script in the works about a cable news show and Olbermann might contribute in the form of his signature rants.

Sorkin was famously panned by critics because the comedy sketches in his failed show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" weren't very funny. Having Olbermann write your political rants would certainly nip that problem in the bud.

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Hugh Jass    


mebbe Ubermann could portray a third-rate ex sports news caster, it'd be a natural for the big jerk.

O, snap! looks like I'm FIRST!

1277 days ago
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Mike    

Keith shut-up. Nobody cares. Take your million dollars and go away, lingering is annoying.

1277 days ago
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Mike    

I love how all Olbermann's haters go on about how full of hate and vitriol he is (granted, most probably can't spell vitriol, but notwithstanding...) but they pretend that Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, et al are all paragon's of reasoned discourse. Olbermann had one thing on his side that these wingnuts from the right never will - the truth.

I understand why the right is always crying about how the left is trying to shut them up. It's quite logical, they fear this because it is a page right out of their playbook. Hell, it's the only page in their playbook. Shut the left down by any and all means necessary. And then cry out that you are the victim because because most of the public is stupid enough to believe something if it is repeated enough (think "Obama not an American citizen", "The bailout has resulted in billions of dollars lost", "Obama is a socialist", "Hate-filled rhetoric doesn't spark violence", "Tax cuts for the rich help everyone", "Repealing DADT will destroy the military", "Obamacare includes death-panels (really, you need to go to Arizona to see those)...I could go on).

I hope you all enjoy living in Beck-land.

1277 days ago
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bob    

A partnership of a couple rehabbed ex-druggies. That should work out well!

1277 days ago
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rini6    

Olbermann was a refreshing anecdote to the mean spirited lies of Fox news and will be missed. Thank god we still have Rachel. She has more wit, knowledge and intelligence in her pinky finger than all of the right wing opportunists combined.

Also, why isn't there a feature on this site to flag spam (see post number 3)?? I hate spam.

1277 days ago
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acorn    

This is not a half-bad idea. Keith's style, whether you love him or hate him, is very theatrical and lends itself to writing, script, and drama. What's wrong with him segueing him from nightly commentary to inserting his brand of humor--yes, even vitriol--into a Hollywood production? After all, pretty much all modern commentators are performing theatre more than enhancing the national political conversation in any serious way. This is a novel, fine idea. I'd see the results. Good way to evolve, Keith.

1277 days ago
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Mike    

Olbermann was a refreshing anecdote to the mean spirited lies of Fox news and will be missed. Thank god we still have Rachel. She has more wit, knowledge and intelligence in her pinky finger than all of the right wing opportunists combined.

Also, why isn't there a feature on this site to flag spam (see post number 3)?? I hate spam.

Posted at 8:26 AM on Jan 23, 2011 by rini6


Your kind made the rainmaker dance and sing, he also got drunk and raped the milk maid when you were asleep.
News should be news not a morality lesson. If everyone in this country needs a news broadcaster to help them decide the difference between right and wrong then we should incenerate the entirety of the continent. Ten years later we are still destroying ourselves and our country at an irreversible pace, he is a fraud that enjoyed being entertained by.

1277 days ago
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Fred Farkel    

I sincerely hope that FOXNEWS makes him an offer.

I can't see high 8 figures, but you have to admit... it would be interesting.

1277 days ago
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Andrew    

"Sorkin was famously panned by critics because the comedy sketches in his failed show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" weren't very funny. Having Olbermann write your political rants would certainly nip that problem in the bud."

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!

1277 days ago
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Mike    

"Your kind made the rainmaker dance and sing, he also got drunk and raped the milk maid when you were asleep.
News should be news not a morality lesson. If everyone in this country needs a news broadcaster to help them decide the difference between right and wrong then we should incenerate the entirety of the continent. Ten years later we are still destroying ourselves and our country at an irreversible pace, he is a fraud that enjoyed being entertained by."

Do you also denounce FauxNews as the right-wing noise machine? I am curious.

1277 days ago
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Jane Curtiss    

Keith was my moment of sanity 5 days a week. I will miss him so much. And who will take up the causes of the Free Clinics, for which his viewers raised 2 million, and the patients denied transplants in AZ, for whom his viewers also raised money?

1277 days ago
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Sammie    

TMZ, why do you think we care about this man? He's a stupid talking head and is no celebrity. Stick to the real celebrities and their idiotic antics. If you want to be something else - political or otherwise - start a new page, will ya?

1277 days ago
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Andrew    

"I love how all Olbermann's haters go on about how full of hate and vitriol he is (granted, most probably can't spell vitriol, but notwithstanding...) but they pretend that Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, et al are all paragon's of reasoned discourse. Olbermann had one thing on his side that these wingnuts from the right never will - the truth."

The truth! LOL! ROTFL!! LMAO!!!

Yeah how's that "truth" about the right and the tea party being responsible for the AZ shooting working out for you lefties?

1277 days ago
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fletcher    

Keith, your bed is ready here at the Betty Ford Clinic. I"ll be in charge of your meds. You sir, simply slip your hands into these handy wrist restraints and I'll secure them sir. Now, is that nice and tight? Good Keith, you and I will get along famously.

1277 days ago
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Mike    

""I love how all Olbermann's haters go on about how full of hate and vitriol he is (granted, most probably can't spell vitriol, but notwithstanding...) but they pretend that Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, et al are all paragon's of reasoned discourse. Olbermann had one thing on his side that these wingnuts from the right never will - the truth."

The truth! LOL! ROTFL!! LMAO!!!

Yeah how's that "truth" about the right and the tea party being responsible for the AZ shooting working out for you lefties?"

You, sir, are an idiot. You right-wingers are so quick to scream that violent videogames are promoting violent actions, but when someone like Beck talks about poisoning Pelosi, or beating Wrangle to death with a shovel, or having to shoot all of his opponents in the head, you are like "connection? What connection??" Remember the guy who shot up that church because he couldn't get to the people in Goldberg's book? Or the idiot that wanted to gun down everyone at the Tides Foundation after Beck had been exposing them as enemies of the state? Or the guy in Pennsylvania who shot those cops because the right kept saying the police where coming after all of your guns? Or have you conveniently forgotten those?

I notice you didn't address any of the lies I mentioned that the right-wing mis-leaders have been spewing. How about everybody's taxes having gone up? That's another good one, too.

The right has to lie because if people actually knew the truth about what the right wing wants to do, there would probably be a revolution...against the right. Hope you all enjoy fascism...

1277 days ago
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