Olbermann’s Unhinged Call For Tapper Resignation Draws Widespread Rebuke
Keith Olbermann, known for his brazenly biased far-left views and hot-take rhetoric, has come under bipartisan fire this week. The former MSNBC host has been critiqued by a broad spectrum of media personalities for demanding the resignation of CNN’s Jake Tapper, a call sparked by Tapper’s admission that the recent Durham report was “devastating to the FBI.”
The Durham report, shedding light on the baseless nature of the 2016 FBI investigation into the Trump campaign, has further tarnished the already dubious reputation of the Bureau. Tapper candidly admitted this on his show, even suggesting it exonerates former President Trump to a degree, triggering Olbermann’s Twitter tirade.
Olbermann, well-known for peddling ungrounded narratives on his now-defunct GQ show, “The Resistance with Keith Olbermann,” took to the platform to attack progressive media figure Tapper. Dismissing the Durham report as partisan and filled with “conclusions,” Olbermann failed to acknowledge its significant implications. Instead, he seemed to channel his wrath toward Tapper and CNN CEO Chris Licht.
Yet, in a rare show of unity, the Twittersphere rallied around Tapper. Users from diverse backgrounds and political inclinations united in their rebuke of Olbermann. Investigative reporter Matt Taibbi even joined the fray, pointing out the report’s consequences for the FBI and media figures who spread unverified stories from the Bureau.
The report by Special Counsel John Durham detailed how the FBI “failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law,” using “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence” in the Trump campaign probe. As a result, the investigation into the alleged Trump-Russia collusion, which dogged the former president throughout his first term, was built on faulty evidence.
Durham’s conclusions highlight the divisive narratives fueled by unconfirmed reports during Trump’s presidency. Notably, the FBI could not substantiate the infamous Steele dossier of unverified allegations against Trump.
In his condemnation of Tapper, Olbermann turned a blind eye to these revelations. His unwavering belief in the Trump-Russia collusion narrative became evident as he dismissed Durham’s findings. His dogmatic stance is more about personal belief than journalistic integrity, further tainting his reputation.
While Olbermann may be content to dwell in his self-created reality, it’s heartening to see journalists like Tapper openly discussing the damaging effects of the Durham report on the FBI’s credibility. However, in the face of such evidence, the journalistic community must confront its role in perpetuating unverified narratives. Only then can we hope for an impartial media environment where truth and integrity prevail.