Last night, Keith Olbermann took back his "Countdown" seat on MSNBC and talked about his suspension for having made political contributions. He opened the show with a shot of his empty desk, then came onto the screen to say, "Oh, hi, so, uh, what's new?" After saying he'd address his "little adventure" later in the show, he added, "I read in a couple of places that this has to have been a publicity stunt. This was not a publicity stunt. If I had known that all this would happen, I would have done this years ago!"
At the end of the hour, he said the following, which includes his thanks to the 300,000 people who signed a petition to bring him back and his response to jokes by Jay Leno and Jon Stewart:
His bottom line: "I gave and you found out and you judged me for good or for ill, as you felt appropriate." What do you think? And if you say you expected Olbermann to be more humble, or less defensive and sarcastic, then you may well be thinking of someone else...
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