Tucker Carlson—Buyer of KeithOlbermann.com —on Former Colleague Keith: ‘He’s despised at MSNBC. He’s the most disliked person in the building’

Though Tucker Carlson claims no personal ill-will toward Keith Olbermann, he sure is reveling in the cyber-battle he picked with the MSNBC anchor—by nailing down the rights to KeithOlbermann.com.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio’s Mediaite, the conservative icon explains why he made such an acquisition, and what his site, The Daily Caller—which launched in January as a right-wing answer to The Huffington Post—plans to do with it.

That's not amusing?" Tucker (above) says of doling out KeithOlbermann.com email addresses to his readers. "Of course it is!"

That's not amusing?" Tucker (above) says of doling out to his readers KeithOlbermann.com email addresses. "Of course it is!"

“It evolved over the last six months. We started reviewing Countdown [with Keith Olbermann] every Friday,” Tucker, who formerly worked for MSNBC and CNN—and is now a paid contributor for Fox News Channel—tells host Steve Krakauer of the impetus for buying the domain.

“A writer, called Ruth Graham, in New York, has been tasked with watching every minute of every show of Countdown. She now has a facial twitch, actually, from it. And on the basis of that, writes a Friday column.

“We started running fluffy pieces on Keith Olbermann—crying on the air or whatever; pieces of interest to Keith Olbermann watchers—and we decided, Why not become the definitive site for KO news and information; the KO supestore, the Walmart of KO-nalia?

“So the opportunity to acquire KO.com arose and we felt there was a market niche we could enter and dominate, and that it would be a public service, so we did.

“Plus, it’s amusing as hell!” Tucker continues.

When Steve inquires about the cost of the domain, Tucker says:

“We prefer not to divulge methods and sources. We think of The Daily Call as the shadow—it appears. Sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s not. Is it watching you while you sleep? You don’t know. It’s omnipresent. It’s like the Viet Cong. Short skirmishes, then melt away into the twilight only to reappear 50 miles away marching all the way in truck-tire sandles, subsisting on bowls of rice, sleeping in trees. It’s a light army… We are the Viet Cong.”

As for Tucker’s plans for KeithOlbermann.com, he says:

“My new address, my main email address, is Keith@KeithOlbermann.com. And I just got back to the office…and I came back to a 171 new emails, and I’m thrilled.

“It’s a great way for me to get in touch with some of our readers, and it dawned on me that I bet a lot of people would like to have KeithOlbermann.com email addresses. So were going to be giving those away to our readers. We have a couple KO-related essay contests coming up. We’re trying to raise money for a scholarship at Cornell College, where I believe Keith went, in Iowa.

"I hope whoever sold it to them got cash," Keith (above) quipped upon learning of his former colleague's purchase of KeithOlbermann.com.

"I hope whoever sold it to them got cash," Keith (above) quipped upon learning of his former colleague's purchase of KeithOlbermann.com.

“We’re going to be doing a lot of KO events around the launch of KO.com, but again I’m pretty sure a lot of our readers might like to have a KO.com email address. Wouldn’t you?”

Later still, Tucker explains his rationale—and supposed legal grounds—for the new site.

“My domain name, TuckerCarlson.com, was being held by a squatter, who’s intent and purpose was to raise money from me and extort money from me-to shake me down-in order to sell my address back to me,” he says.

“That’s not a noble purpose. It’s not protected by the First Amendment. And he lost and I got it back. It now redirects to The Daily Caller.

“KO.com is a news and information site. We’re not squatting it, we’re not trying to extort money from Keith. I wouldn’t accept money. It’s worth more than money.

“In order to get it back, Keith is in effect saying, I don’t think you ought to have the right to say what you’re saying. Keith is attempting to quash political speech, and we’re going to defend ourselves vigorously on First Amendment grounds.

“A lot of people may step back as Mr. O empties his bladder on the First Amendment—indeed on The Bill of Rights itself—but not us. We’re not going to stand back, it’s too important.”

Finally, Tucker shares her personal feeling about Keith.

“I’ve always had a soft spot for Keith, because of his phobias—he won’t drive a car. He’s obviously a sad guy in elastic-band jeans.

“So I’ve never hated him or anything. But a lot of people [at MSNBC] really do hate KO because he’s cruel to people who work for him.

“A lot of those people have emailed me with joy, jubulation, in their voices, in their emails. Just letters of congratulations, just thank you for doing this finally.

“It’s funny, I emailed a friend of mine at NBC using my keith@keitholberman.com address and he said it came into his email box and he shivered to see ‘Keith Olberman’ in his inbox. and he thought, Why is Keith bothering me?

“He’s despised at MSNBC as you know. Ask anybody that works there… I would say he’s the most disliked person in the building by a factor of 10.”

To hear Tucker’s full interview, click here.

To check out The Daily Caller, click here.

To check out Mediaite, click here

4 thoughts on “Tucker Carlson—Buyer of KeithOlbermann.com —on Former Colleague Keith: ‘He’s despised at MSNBC. He’s the most disliked person in the building’

  1. Suzy!Q

    This is ridiculous. I don’t think Tucker could possibly be a great deal of concern to someone with as bit a platform as Keith Olberman of MSNBC.

    Tucker, you are a puny man if you are behind such drivel.

    Get on with your new wonderful crazy world with Fox News. What a joke.

    Grow up, Tucker. When you point one finger, three are pointing back 2 U.

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  2. Suzy!Q

    This is ridiculous. I don’t think Tucker could possibly be a great deal of concern to someone with as big a platform as Keith Olberman of MSNBC.

    Tucker, you are a puny man if you are behind such drivel.

    Get on with your new wonderful crazy world with Fox News. What a joke.

    Grow up, Tucker. When you point one finger, three are pointing back 2 U.

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  3. Ruthie DiTucci

    Just goes to show you that you can get away with anything as long as you have the right connections and enough money to back up what you’re doing (be it right or wrong). In 1999, I was falsely accused of trademark infringement by the U.S. Department of Commerce for using the word “internic” in 6 of my domain names.

    At the time, and still today, there were 6,000+ registrars and domain hosting and registration websites also using the word “internic.” My company http://www.DomainAvenue.com was the only one targeted. All the other companies are still online using the word internic.

    In my response to the DOC, I cited the reality that my company was built with sweat equity and my own investment (no loans – no debt) and I was basically being singled out on a practice (using the word internic) that was widespread and well accepted, while Monica Lewinsky was simultaneously being rewarded with the blessing of the Federal Government, with a million dollar book deal for servicing Bill Clinton on the Presidential Seal.

    Long story short – my company is now happily thriving in Hong Kong, China. I have continued building Internet companies but I only build them for China. I don’t build anything for the U.S. anymore.

    The experience left me and Monica both with a bad taste in our mouths (for entirely different reasons of course).

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  4. Michael McCann

    I wondered how long Keith Obermann could get away with his outspoken style, sometimes slanderous. Although I usually agreed with his stands, his methods of poking hostile critiques at his opponents were bound to finally get him fired. I am conflicted, however, because he is courageous, and stands up for very ethical issues, and is a real breath of fresh air at times. Too bad we have to lose him, especially when folks like Rush L get away with spewing vile partisan opinions all the time, often worse. Life is unfair. Good luck Keith

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