Did Tucker Carlson Break Keith Olbermann?

| July 18, 2010 | 3 Replies

Last Wednesday, Tucker Carlson, founder of The Daily Caller, bought the domain keitholbermann.com and tied it to his main site. According to the accompanying story, Carlson said that the acquisition would “make The Daily Caller the one-stop online shop for Keith Olbermann commentary”. He then unloaded on Olbermann in a blistering interview in which he said, among other things, that he is the most disliked man at MS-NBC.

None of this is particularly Earth-shattering. It’s a little surprising that someone who claims to be as new-media savvy as Olbermann didn’t lock down his own name. It’s certainly no shock that Olbermann is about as popular at MS-NBC as scabies.

Olbermann has been pretty low-key since Wednesday, which is surprising. He’s blustered a bit on Twitter about lawsuits (which would be at least a tossup so long as Carlson uses the domain for critical comment) and has said nothing I can find about Carlson’s interview. That does concern me a bit because he’s not exactly known for being an island of calm when things don’t go his way.

However, I’m worried now. Keith exited his show Friday for a two week vacation announced only by a pair of cryptic and hurried tweets. Mediaite said the vacation was not announced before those two tweets, which came almost at the end of his show.

So what’s the deal? Is Olbermann going into hiding for a couple week to figure out what to do about the nefarious King of the Bowties? Did he finally have that nervous breakdown that’s been so long in coming?

Could Tucker Carlson have done what no other conservative could do? Could Tucker Carlson be the man who finally sent Keith Olbermann over the edge?

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