Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Keith Olbermann: 'Protecting Themselves From Assassination Threats'

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM

In this week's Rolling Stone, Keith Olbermann talks about leaving MSNBC and giving money to Arizona Democrats Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords. You can read the entire interview here.

Why did you give money to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two other Democrats when you knew there was a rule against it?
People say, "Why did you think you could get away with donating to Democrats?" Nobody ever asks me why I donated to those three Democrats. I discovered from a friend of mine who knows Arizona politics really well that all three had spent a lot of money, and I mean a lot of money, protecting themselves from assassination threats. To me, as a small-d democrat, as a member of a democracy, it pissed me off. I thought, "I'm going to help defray their expenses." That's all it was.

Does it bother you that your departure from MSNBC came the same month as the shooting in Tucson? It seemed like the network felt they needed to tone things down.
Number one, I was the first guy to go on the air and say we should all tone things down. If the network felt that pressure, they were feeling it from me. Number two, I had begun to remove things from my office, the valuable stuff, and take them home in October.

Really? Were you worried they were going to lock you out?
No. There are just some things you don't want to have misplaced. They throw out a box by mistake, and suddenly a photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson at the 1919 World Series taken by a fan is gone forever. So I'd pick it up and put it in my bag and take it home. Members of my staff would go, "What happened to Shoeless Joe?" I'd say, "I'm just using him at home now."

So that far back...
Right, 2008 was the first time I thought, "Maybe I should take some of this stuff home."

Tags: , , , ,

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Mari Herreras

Today | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon
Burlesque Fitness

Burlesque Fitness @ Floor Polish

Mondays, Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. The Three Best Ways To Have Fun in Tucson Today (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Farrah Needs a Home (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. Assistance League's Volunteers are looking out for the Tucson Community (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation