Posted by | November 10, 2010 15:34 | Filed under: Top Stories

How do you refer to someone as a “bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller” without being at least one of those things yourself? Pat Sajak, well-known for hosting “Wheel of Fortune” but less known for his far-right-wing politics, sounds as though he thinks he created a monster. Sajak put Olbermann on his ill-fated late-night CBS talk show in 1989-90. Sajak wrote a mea culpa:

Keith tended to wear out his welcome at stations and networks, and he bounced around to several places before he found his niche at MSNBC. When he first went on the air there, he was actually quite entertaining. He was wry and amusing, and he looked at the news at a kind of cockeyed angle that I enjoyed.

I’m not sure how he morphed into the bitter-sounding, hate-mongering name-caller he’s become, but I’m sorry he did. I liked the guy, and he was always a good guest. Maybe it’s just show business and trying to find a place in it and building an audience, but I don’t know. We were never friends away from the show, so I can’t even guess what drives him.

I do know that to whatever extent the political well has been poisoned, Keith has dumped more than his share of venom into the water. I’d like to think he knows that and maybe even regrets it. I liked the Keith Olbermann of 1989. This tape reminded me that I miss him.

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