August 3, 2020

The Niche

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Keith Olbermann, the Dr. Oz of Sports?

Keith Olbermann on stem cells.
Keith Olbermann, the worst person for advice on stem cells.

There was a time I used to watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann on a regular basis and for a few years, I really enjoyed it. After a while I kind of lost interest.

Today Olbermann does a sports show on ESPN and it’s just not the same. He also seems like he’s not the same old Olbermann that many of us could appreciate so much in days past.

For example he’s been gushing over a non-FDA approved stem cell “treatment” given in Mexico to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. For more background, see here and here.

This stem cell therapy, given to Howe for free by a company called Stemedica, has been portrayed as a miracle by some in the media and Olbermann seems to have bought into that hook, line, and sinker.

In fact, his portrayal of the case really has a Dr. Oz-ish feeling to it.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in miracles.

I wish Gordie all the best and I’m happy he’s feeling better, but that doesn’t prove the stem cells are safe or effective let alone a miracle.

So what’s the deal? I’m not sure.

Yesterday, I was engaging Olbermann on Twitter back and forth a bit.

When I then suggested in a very polite way (see below) that perhaps his viewers would be interested in a more in depth look at this situation, within an hour he flat out blocked me on Twitter.

Tweet to Olbermann

Olbermann Twitter

What the heck?

This is the same Olbermann who on a daily basis would eviscerate Republicans and Tea Party folks on Countdown?

The Olbermann who would name people “The Worst Person in the World” on his show? He even wrote a book called “The Worst Person in the World” and subtitled “and 202 strong contenders”. That’s harsh.

Now he can’t even handle someone on Twitter making a gentle suggestion for his ESPN show?

That’s about as logical as the Seahawks’ last play call over the weekend in the Super Bowl.

Apparently on Olbermann’s show tomorrow (Friday, February 6th) on ESPN2, rumor has it that he’s doing another Gordie Howe story and he may even go after some researchers (e.g. David Gorski and maybe even me) who have been skeptical of the case.

Stay tuned…

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