Television personality Keith Olbermann began his career as a sportscaster, before pivoting to political punditry during the days of George W. Bush. By 2017, he was hosting an MSNBC program literally called The Resistance with Keith Olbermann.
Now, Olbermann has left TV. He’s been hosting a podcast, maintaining a YouTube channel, and — more recently — calling on a large corporation to push a medium-sized city into another state.
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On Twitter Olbermann was discussing the feud between the Walt Disney Company and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The MSNBC veteran offered a solution.
“This isn’t difficult. Move all the irreplaceable items out of the current DisneyWorld. Rebuild in the Carolinas or Puerto Rico. Then invite
@RonDeSantisFLto Disney’s Orlando facility and burn the place down while he watches,” Olbermann tweeted.
Way to cut the baby in half, Keith!
Take a look —
This isn't difficult. Move all the irreplaceable items out of the current DisneyWorld. Rebuild in the Carolinas or Puerto Rico.
Then invite @RonDeSantisFL to Disney's Orlando facility and burn the place down while he watches. https://t.co/MxrJ3B67wp
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 1, 2023
Some critics pointed out that Disneyworld covers about as much land as San Francisco.
“Saying Disney should just pick it up and move it to some other state or country makes about as much sense as suggesting we should rebuild San Francisco in Utah,” a libertarian commentator said.
“If we knew CA would fall into the sea, we might try to relocate some buildings, or develop parallel facilities somewhere safer. But that’s the scale of disaster it would take, not ‘The city had a tiff with state authorities over tax policy’ … The question answers itself; it’s only worth doing if the Florida legislature makes your life truly intolerable/unprofitable, which I don’t think they have.”
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Some liberals were trying to defend Olbermann’s plan. “I think that he has a point that Disney ahould consider expanding operations either in Mexico or the Caribbean,” one person said.
However, more liberals seemed to take this tweet as a sign of Olbermann’s declining relevance.
“When I was like 15 and angsty about living in a deeply conservative place during the Bush years, Olbermann felt like appointment television,” one Twitter user said. “These days I can’t see half the things he posts a without feeling a tinge of cringe about how much of a fan I used to be.”
One media professional said, “I feel like he had his ‘network’ moment, and its all been downhill since.”
Maybe Keith should have stuck with sportscasting.
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