Keith Olbermann on Bill Moyers show
It’s not often that two of the journalism’s biggest stars discuss defense contractors, liberal bias, and the 1971 Baltimore Orioles in the same interview. But that’s just what happened on PBS’ Bill Moyer’s Journal Friday, when the host sat down with anchor Keith Olbermann for a wide-ranging interview.
Moyers was interested in Olbermann’s “Special Comments,” which the MSNBC Countdown host says “became necessary” after former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld equated war opponents with Nazi appeasers.
“I [read] this ridiculous remark and I waited to see somebody respond to it,” he said. “And no one did. I’m thinking, well, you know, somebody with a platform ought to be talking about this. Somebody with a– with an avenue to respond should be– oh, yeah, I have a platform.”
Now, Olbermann’s Special Comments have become one of the most popular segments of the show. But originally, he was nervous about the public’s reception.
“I didn’t know what their reaction was going to be. I didn’t know if I was going to be gunned down as I came out of the building or put in a black car or, you know, or lauded or whatever,” he said. “People, for the most part, were ecstatic about this. And our ratings went up immediately.”