Tucker Carlson’s trying to laugh this off (and, of course, will probably succeed). But this was an act of fraud, maliciously intended, as it was clearly meant to worsen Olbermann’s problems with MSNBC management, and make him look bad in the court of public opinion.
It was, in short, a dirty trick. Since Carlson works for a rightist Website (in partnership with a former Cheney aide), he isn’t likely to be punished for it there; and it will be interesting to see if any news outlet beyond the blogosphere goes big with it, or mentions it at all.
Tucker Carlson Sent Emails Posing As Keith Olbermann
by Jack Mirkinson
UPDATE: The text and headlines of this article have been changed to reflect Tucker Carlson’s admission that he sent emails posing as Keith Olbermann.
Conservative pundit and Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson perpetrated a hoax last weekend by posing as Keith Olbermann in a series of emails to a Philadelphia columnist.
On Tuesday afternoon, aset of emails surfaced on the Philadelphia news site Phawker. Phawker said that the emails showed the “100% for real” correspondence between Olbermann and Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky over the weekend. In the emails, “Olbermann” talks about his boss, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, in hyperbolic, insulting terms.
In one email, “Olbermann” says that Griffin is “not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be…I’ll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he’s actually qualified, perhaps on QVC.”