First and foremost, if Twitter didn’t at least temporarily suspend Keith Olbermann for his tweet (and we haven’t seen any signs that they did) on the grounds of targeted harassment, then the words have no meaning. As Twitchy reported, Olbermann decided to tell his one million followers to make the rest of a hunter’s life “a living hell” and urge the “nitwit clown” who wrote the piece to be fired.
First off, no one’s getting fired.
.@KeithOlbermann says @BrianBroom should be fired for writing this story. What was I thinking? I guess I should have fired our outdoors writer for writing about a hunter killing an unusual turkey during turkey hunting season. https://t.co/3lhrtlwlQO
— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) March 26, 2019
Keith Olbermann‘s tweet was recklessly irresponsible. Someone with his following needs to understand the possible impact of his words. Telling over 1 million people to make someone’s life a living hell could have seriously dangerous consequences.
— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) March 27, 2019
In our newsroom, that would be a fireable offense, not writing a story about a hunter bagging a turkey.
— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) March 27, 2019
Well said. And here’s Olbermann’s unreserved apology that we’re sure ESPN didn’t force him to post:
I am an opponent of trophy hunting and remain so, but nobody should feel threatened. This was anything but my intent, so I unreservedly apologize to Mr. Waltman for this tweet.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 27, 2019
Then delete the tweet, you pea-brained scumbag.
— Rogue Penguin (@Rogue_40) March 28, 2019
I love that you didn’t delete the original Tweet. Peak KO.
— Greggers ? (@Greggers__) March 28, 2019
You are a bully and a liar. We read what you posted. It is unambiguous.
— Bill McBride (@gilescorey) March 28, 2019
But he just said it wasn’t his intention to make anyone feel threatened.
Seems like that was exactly your intent, but okay. pic.twitter.com/4XXmlizH7q
— Casey Lawson (@the_real_cl) March 28, 2019
@KeithOlbermann funny you say how now one should feel threatened when you literally threatened him. You should realize what kind of insane people live in this world who would act on what you said.
— Michael (@spicynacho88) March 28, 2019
So what exactly was your intent by saying, “we should do our best to make sure the rest of his life is a living hell” but a threat? Your command of English is far too good to say this is “unreserved.” #sorrynotsorry
— Rick Morton (@rick_morton) March 28, 2019
"…we should do our best to make sure the rest of his life is a living hell" What *exactly* did you mean by this, Keith?
— Chris Sotak (@ChrisSotak) March 28, 2019
That's great to hear.
Now please explain what your intent was when you said "we should do our best to make sure the rest of his life is a living hell. "
— Ben (@BenIsBoredToo) March 28, 2019
It was 100% a threat, especially the “we should make sure the rest of his life a living hell part” and dropping his name publically, weak move.
— Mark Christensen (@wnyhuskermc) March 28, 2019
You called for others to do your dirty work and make this guy’s life a living hell because he legally shot a turkey during turkey season. Perhaps you aren’t emotionally mature enough for social media, Keith.
— Ryan Bratcher (@BratchAttack) March 28, 2019
You’re a clown and if you had a conscience you’d be ashamed. But you don’t so you’re not. Threatening is exactly what you intended. But hey, at least ESPN has “spoken to him…”
— Mark Little (@parrothead104) March 28, 2019
and please ESPN don't fire me…..again
— Mike MacCudden (@MikeMac66) March 28, 2019
Somebody had to visit the principals office! ??
— Chris Johnson (Big J) (@bigj2696) March 28, 2019
It wasn’t your intent? Jesus Christ man you were pretty blunt about trying to ruin his life. I hope he sues your ass.
— Steve (@steveo_moose) March 28, 2019
Wondering when the lawsuit will be filed.
— lala (@lacoolio1) March 28, 2019
So says my legal counsel.
— Mike Novak (@manovark) March 28, 2019
This is the apology of a man about to get SUED!
— Mark Willoughby (@MericaMark69) March 28, 2019
Cc: @Barnes_Law you may have a new client and a slam dunk lawsuit
— Jeff Smith (@816ix_) March 28, 2019
You need help. Get it .
— CabMan (@TheBlueMoonLou1) March 28, 2019
— Cyberh?kie (Bill Lester) (@cyberhokie) March 28, 2019
You don't do social media Olbermann, social media does you. You should delete your account and use the next couple of years to get your sanity back.
— HaggisHatesU (@haggis_u) March 28, 2019
PS, if you are going to eat it, it’s not trophy hunting.
— Katiedid shedid shedidnt (@KShedidnt) March 28, 2019
We’re sure that white turkey was going to die peacefully of old age out in the woods, all camouflaged like that.
People eat turkey. That's not trophy hunting.
Saying you want to "make sure the rest of this man's life a living hell" is absolutely threatening and you know it….and what sort of intent are you claiming when using such a phrase?
— Mrs. Murdersmith (@Murdersmith) March 28, 2019
Hunting a turkey, during turkey season, is not "trophy hunting." It's more like, eat what you kill. Plus, it's legal. Encouraging others to harass a person and make their life hell, I think may not be so legal…
— Derek Myers (@xDMyersx) March 28, 2019
Hell, I even eat the trophy ones….sip my beer!
— Trophy_Hunter (@BopBop2245) March 28, 2019
Do these people really think everyone just pulls over, blasts the animal, lops off the head, and leaves the rest?
— Abe Froman (@Abe_Froman_34) March 28, 2019
2. So you will gladly shove your face with a chicken sandwich & be ignorant to how it got into your mouth but go after a hunter. Then taunt the hunter? Who is legally & lawfully earning the right to eat that animal stick to baseball & I’m not sure you are even good on ESPN
— Andrew Axelson (@andy_axelson) March 28, 2019
Hey @Twitter @jack this kind of action asking for your followers to make someone else’s life a living hell should be considered for banning this account. Or do those rules only apply to people who don’t lean to the far left?
— Chad In Lincoln (@Chad_In_Lincoln) March 28, 2019
It’s not like he tweeted the words “Learn to code.”
Does Twitter care that Keith Olbermann's trying to threaten a hunter with targeted harassment? https://t.co/68gAjCekyx
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 27, 2019