I often wonder what kind of misanthropes and misfits -- I say that with love and admiration -- read this blog. And now I know: the kind like Keith Olbermann! On MSNBC Monday night, overstocked with venom and apparently having exhausted his customary targets among Republicans, television hosts more successful than himself and other MSNBC staffers, Olbermann launched into a random tirade against me, calling me "for years the hands-down winner in any poll of newspaper TV writers or TV people as the TV critic the most in Fox's pocket, the farthest down the lunatic fringe rabbit hole." (I'm amazed that NBC, having just paid all that money to Conan O'Brien and his staff, still has money to commission polls on which TV critic is is furthest down the lunatic fringe rabbit hole. Is that NBC's new demographic target or something?) "Here," Olbermann continued, "we read Glenn Garvin in hopes of seeing something shrill and reactionary to affirm that we're on the money!"
Well, Keith, I can't say I'm surprised -- I thought I recognized your razor intellect in some of the reader comments about fluoridated water, the Trilateral Commission and George Bush's whereabouts on the day of the Kennedy assassination. But let me give you a belated public welcome to the blog. Hey, are we gonna be friends on Facebook, too?
For those of you wondering about Olbermann's claim that I'm "in Fox's pocket" -- well, he's still a mite cranky that I disclosed he was wearing a Bill O'Reilly mask and giving Nazi salutes during an appearance at TV critic's gathering in California in 2006. And that when he went on the Tonight Show to deny it, I called him a liar. But heck, that's all water over the dam now, isn't it, buddy? Hey, be sure to click on some of the ads on this page, Keith. That's how we keep the shrill and reactionary stuff coming.