Tuesday, October 07, 2008
A very odd moment from Football Night in America took place on Sunday night, that until now I wasn't going to highlight. Keith Olbermann used an, "I can see Russia from here," joke during the Trent Edwards hit and apparently some people took notice. I didn't think it was a big deal at the time, but now NBC is denying that it was political charged at all. Via Watchdog....
Here is what NBC's studio wiseguy said, jokingly putting words in the mouth of the Bills' Trent Edwards, who had been knocked woozy: "He was OK otherwise, but he said, 'I can see Russia from here."'Well that's nice and all, but I'll let you all be the judge....
Some supporters of Gov. Sarah Palin took it as a barb aimed at the Republican VP candidate, knowing how Olbermann feels about her from his role as an MSNBC political commentator. (Disclosure: I might have made a joke or two at the governor's expense on my blog.)
Said an NBC spokesman: "He was making a pop culture reference, not any kind of political statement."
Seems pretty obvious to me. Again, the joke isn't that big of a deal, but I think we've learned that Politics and Sports just don't mix at this point. Spare us next time, Keith.
Did Keith tweak Palin? (Newsday)
(Thanks to MVL for the clip)