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Olbermann Denies He Wants Russert's Job

Monday, 23 Jun 2008 05:02 PM

By Jim Meyers

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann has denied a published report that he is seeking to land the late Tim Russert’s “Meet the Press” job on NBC.

The report appeared in the New York Post’s Page Six column on Friday, and quoted an insider as saying Olbermann is “threatening to quit if he isn’t installed as Russert’s replacement. I know it sounds ludicrous, but then, Keith Olbermann is ludicrous.”

The Post cited another source who maintained that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews also has his eye on the plum position.

On Friday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” he named a New York Post reporter as the day’s "Worst Person in the World."

Olbermann charged that the reporter had “made up a story about Chris Matthews and me seeking to succeed our friend, the late Tim Russert. Even as a work of fiction, it was pretty damn weak. They had Chris lobbying for the job at the reception after Tim’s memorial service, which not only isn’t true, but which only somebody working for Rupert Murdoch would be classless and self-destructive enough to do.

“Her hallucination had me threatening to quit if I didn’t get the job, which not only isn’t true but . . . does not account for the fact that I am not qualified for Tim Russert’s job.”

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