November 5th, 2010
08:33 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden sought Olbermann's advice on anger

(CNN) - MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, suspended indefinitely Friday for donating to Democratic candidates for office, said in an interview two days before his suspension that Vice President Joe Biden once sought his advice.

“I once had a conversation with the man who is now the vice president when he was still in the Senate, who asked me for advice about how to turn anger into righteous inspiration,” Olbermann said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine.

Olbermann added, “He [Biden] said, ‘I just come across like I’m angry and out of control, and you seem to focus it and make it look useful and expressive.’’’

Also noteworthy, Olbermann expressed surprise with Jon Stewart’s criticism of him during the Rally for Sanity.

“I saw that. I was sitting at home, with my notebooks for the election, in that Saturday haze that anybody who does five shows [a week] is still in until the middle of the afternoon on Saturday," Olbermann said in the interview. "I was thinking: That’s odd. I wouldn’t think of myself in those terms. Why is my videotape there?”

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  1. Lousy Biased Coverage

    Olbermaann was not suspended for donating to candidates but for donating to candidates without telling his employer first. Apparently he broke the rules of his contract. It is hilarious listening and reading comments from liberals who were the very ones who applauded Juan Williams being fired and not standing up for his rights because they didn't like the fact that he appeared on Fox. If Olbermann was supposed to inform others before donating and he did not do so, then he did not uphold his contract and has earned the reprimiand and suspension. For democrats to cry otherwise is hypocritical and shows they want rules followed by others but they don't want to follow rules when it applies to them.

    November 5, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    Biden seeking advice from a nut job like Olbermann. If there were any doubts before there shouldn't be any now....Biden is a real looney tune.

    November 5, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Bill

    Joe has so many issues.... but then so does Kieth!

    November 5, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Carol Sancarlos

    I am very upset about Keith Obermann's suspension from HIS MSNBC program, COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OBERMANN!I watched half the show tonight until a tepid s tatement from whoever the "guest" host was.I also compiled a list of advertisers, whom I shall write to in reference to their ads programed –WITH NO KEITH OBERMANN.For those who do not appreciate Mr. Obermann's intellect, wit , candor and compassion–Go watch Faux News!

    November 5, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. james

    neither are worth commentary. However, it is worth noting Stewart had Cat Stevens as guess at the rally. The man is an Islamic terrorist supporter. Cat Syevens said he thought Salmon Rushdie should be killed. The real dangerius individuals are the leftist wolves...Jon Stewart, Olbermann, Behar..Etc...they seduce p[eople with comedy and actually the comedians are serious about their lefist views and attack actula logical reasoning called conservatism...the only rational thought that has helped man strive and adopt moral behavior.Liberalisn has no conquers itself with idealogical utopian destruction and immorality.Thta is what makes those chracters dangerous.

    November 5, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Why would anyone concern himself with whose advice Vice President Biden sought about anything?
    The Vice President presents himself as a badly advised person, especially when he speaks.

    November 5, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  7. The reality is...

    No, Biden doesn't just come across as angry and out of control; he comes across as an arrogant fool.

    November 5, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Marco

    Olbermann is one of the most angry people I have seen on tv and is blinded by it. Hence, he's found a new seat at home. Biden looks to interesting people!

    November 5, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. jules sand-perkins

    Get ready for the Lib comments that "Faux" News is biased in its reporting.

    November 5, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. Mesha Chambers

    Put Olbermann back on the air.

    November 5, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. Anthony Sacco

    They finally found a way to get rid of that guy. He is such a coward.

    November 5, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. valwayne

    MSNBC has no sense of ethics. That's been clear for a long time. Olberman will be back before you know it!

    November 5, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This is the most ridiculous issue this year! Keith obberman is not unbiased in his reporting- he takes on the Republican party constantly. Whu then, is private citizen, Keith Obberman, being punished for what he did openly and legally?
    Is thhis the face of the "new America" ? Getting suspended for private political actions is not part of the Constitution I live under.

    November 5, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. bob

    Hope the suspension isn't too long. Probably shouldn't have done that. Even though your mediocre donations paled in the amount Murdoch and his curmundrons (?) at FOX gave. And you don't see them getting reprimanded. I still believe you have free speech behind you. good luck and hurry back.

    November 5, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. Phoenix86

    Biden went to him for advice? No wonder Biden is an idiot.

    November 6, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  16. Talking point

    Watch out for this VP. He is hypercrite. talk the talk but he never walk the talk.

    November 6, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  17. J.V.Hodgson

    I think it is shameful and unconstitutional for any media company to suspend a person for contributing money where he wishes politically (within the federal law of course), even though I know his employment contract bars that as do a lot of other media company's place similar and other restrictions on employees.
    These are all in my opinion what In many countries would be considerd Illegal " Contracts in restraint of trade" which apply to unfair conditions imposed on an individuals ability to work. The point is analogous to an employer who tries to prevent and employee working for a competitor for more that 12 months after leaving.. illegal, in some places it's 6 months!

    November 6, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. urnokennedy

    Olbermann is delusional

    November 6, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  19. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    One looney tune giving another looney tune looney advice. But one of the looney tunes is the VP! Just when you thought Crazy Joe couldn't be any crazier. He never fails to disappoint.

    November 6, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  20. megan

    Mr. Olberman I admire you so much . you have touch so many people life. You was there for people when they did"t know if theywould ever see a Dr. You "re one awesome guy.Keith god has many blessing for you.

    November 6, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  21. jeremiah

    HAHAHAHA it is so funny one by one you liberals are going down....Your policies are not welcome in this country, we proved that on tuesday just 2 more years and your all done lol i think its halarious you all thought you won in 08 instead you all made it worse haha tuesday was the biggest wipeout on either side since the 40"s people dont want this kind of government you are the underdogs in this country you will never win. Kieth Oberman is the same way....look at Rick Sanchez no matter what you sell it wil never work in this country you are all outnumbered and consertive people and consertative way of life will always prosper...You liberals will never win haha you are outnumbered....Thats why no one can keep up with the ratings of conservative tv or radio shows....cause really think about it???? what can liberals sell???? Highers taxes....more government....oh i got it another stimulas haha like the first one bout abortion make it illegall to kill an eagle egg but lets kill babies all day people make me sick 2012 you all are done say goodbye to obama hes gone..the worst 1 term president!!!! hey obama president carter called and he wants hids approval rating back....

    November 6, 2010 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  22. Kathrynblair

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    November 6, 2010 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  23. ss26mar

    maybe if you had performed your job as a protray of the news without basis even your crics would jump to your side to defend you - ala juan williams. its okay to be liberal and be in the news but acknowledge it and do not delude yourself that you are biased. its okay to present the liberal side just don't use personal attacks, lies and mis information to do it. when the facts and truth point to one direction acknowledge it don't deny or ignore it. use this as a learning experience and come back better for it - have more integrity just ask tiger woods the pain he had to endure to learn duty, honor and integrity are not false ideals

    November 6, 2010 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  24. Bob of Lompoc

    Well, there he goes again, pretending to be Bill O'Reilly. You don't get anywhere palying copy cat to the world champion political jerk of our decade.

    To thine own self be true
    and it must follow
    as the night the day
    thou canst not then be false
    to any man SHAKESPEARE

    November 6, 2010 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  25. NameDon D

    I write this on cnn news cause I can trust them but this is to Phil Griffin of Msnbc you may make the rules, but I guess your rules also decide what a man(keith) can do or not do with it after all you must of forgot he earn it. People like you given power and control forget that this a country of freedom...just remember this Phil...The end of days are coming...The first shall be last and last shall be first.

    November 6, 2010 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
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