Keith Olbermann on the “MasterCard Olympics of 2014” and the “Master Race Olympics” of 1936

Keith Olbermann, as always, did a great job summing up the problem facing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this coming February, as Russia continues it growing crackdown on its gay and trans citizens.

Olbermann also quoted me, which was nice – specifically he quoted the headline of yesterday’s post: “Sochi Olympics to IOC: Make the mean gays stop!”


Of course, Olbermann quoted me as “a blogger.”  So I guess I should have made this post about “a sportscaster” :)

Seriously, though, Keith really does a great job summarizing the problem the world, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and especially the Olympics corporate sponsors face with the upcoming Sochi Olympics.  It’s too bad we don’t see more of the political Keith Olbermann on TV any more – his commentaries really cannot be equaled.

As Olbermann notes, the IOC and the sponsors are now apparently very worried that their little gravy train – what he calls the “MasterCard Olympics” – might be in danger because of the mean gays comparing them to the “Master Race Olympics.”

And they should be.

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34 Responses to “Keith Olbermann on the “MasterCard Olympics of 2014” and the “Master Race Olympics” of 1936”

  1. Great News!

  2. runfastandwin says:

    Olbermann is so great, I hate it that MSNBC kicked him off. He should be doing so much more.

  3. karmanot says:

    Hayes is a corp tool like Maddow.

  4. karmanot says:


  5. karmanot says:

    That little dwerp is skating on thin ice.

  6. theatworkaddy says:

    New restrictive laws against one group of people .. hmm.. kind of like every republican law attacking women’s reproductive tracks and my ability to choose to reproduce or not.

  7. ArthurH says:

    Perhaps Keith should have recycled an ad from Coca-Cola’s ill-fated “Coke Is It” campaign. Only for its intent to go ahead with its sponsorship deal for the Sochi, we could use the ad in protest with the slogan altered to “Coke Is… (you’re already ahead of me in which rhyming word I’m referring to).

  8. FLL says:

    Agreed. If Olbermann is going to stay on ESPN2, he has every opportunity to make a stand for equality in sports, both during the 2014 Winter Olympics (wherever they are held) and well into the future. Bravo, Olbermann!

  9. leliorisen says:

    Having Keith sharing this with a sports-centric audience actually has more value (potential to change hearts and minds) than if he had shared it with a gay-friendly MSNBC audience, who generally seem to get it.

    I could not think of an upside to Olbermann’s decision to no longer do a political advocacy show….until now!

    Great job, Keith!

  10. leliorisen says:

    Activism at its best. Thanks Thom.

  11. leliorisen says:

    I noticed that, but it looked like a recycling ad to me. It was strange, though.

  12. Thom Allen says:

    Weir is a despicable lickspittle. His quote about the Russians supporting ” . . .Me, My Career, My LIVELIHOOD . . .” (emphasis mine, craven stupidity his) is disgusting. He cares nothing for the gays already injured, killed or arrested. Nothing about repression in Russia. Nothing about justice. He’s not enraged at the hypocrisy of the IOC, USOC, Russian government, Olympic sponsors. He’s a PoS with an overinflated ego. Perhaps when he’s in Russia he’ll get his ass arrested and that ego will explode thereby taking out half of Moscow.

    And, I’m really sorry that the athletes might not be able to compete in the Russian Repression Olympics, truly I am. But, their disappointment pales in comparison to the facts of what is going on in Russia. Children about to be separated from their parents? Beatings by police and vigilante groups? Preventing free speech? Discrimination? Ostracism? Censorship? But the athletes still MUST compete. What would it take before they realize that there are things more important than the Russian Repression Olympics? Machine gunning LGBTQs in the streets? Killing their children? No, even then, the Weirs of the world would still say that the Games must go on.

    The IOC still has time to move the Olympics. So if there is a boycott the IOC and the Russian government share in the responsibility.

  13. Thom Allen says:

    Did anyone else notice the sign behind Keith that kept flashing the Coca-Cola ad all during his report? Coke got free advertising while he was nailing the IOC and the American sponsors, without naming Coke as one.

  14. Thom Allen says:

    Right it’s word play but it’s damaging to MasterCard which isn’t involved in the Olympics. Keith could have had a lost of Olympic sponsors rolled over like credits (or in this case, debits) to let people know who they are.

  15. doug105 says:

    Just word play but ya wrong card.

  16. Ninong says:

    Johnny Weir is desperate for attention. I wonder if he will dress over-the-top like he usually does? Or will he try to restrain himself in an attempt to influence the judges?

    If he thinks he has a chance at a medal, he will behave. If he loses out, he may flame out and get himself arrested or kicked out of the country to make himself a martyr.

  17. Madcap123 says:

    Gawd I miss Keith on MSNBC

  18. BeccaM says:

    True that. Visa is a sponsor; MasterCard isn’t. At least not yet.

    Actually, they’re listed prominently as a “worldwide partner.”

  19. CA_2013 says:

    Link below to an excellent statement by Human Rights Watch on how the IOC and its new president, Bach, need to make human rights a chief mission for the IOC and not “do nothing” as to abuses by host countries like Russia.

  20. lynchie says:

    They don’t like Keith they want to keep him muzzled

  21. lynchie says:

    Commentary was great. Not so great was the interview with Johnny Weir who showed up in a Russian Army uniform and was totally against any boycott or demonstrations. It is all about Johnny and he flew the old canard about “the athletes” and how they have sweated and strained.

    He was despicable and I saw no reason to wear the uniform but to try and influence the potential judges at the skating events.

    Here is what he had to say in July in and interview. He considers himself a Russophile. One hopes he loses.

  22. chris10858 says:

    To MSNBC: I like Chris Hayes but if you wanted to up your ratings, move him to another time and replace him with Keith. He is a great progressive journalist/advocate and I sure do miss him each night on MSNBC.

  23. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Love the guy but he’s pretty much widely known as being very tough to work with. I think he left ESPN on good terms but each job since then has had something of a rocky end.

  24. Thom Allen says:

    If you want to put your two cents in with the Sochi sponsors, this link will give you a list of the major corporate sponsors with links to THEIR websites. You can use their contact info to e-mail them.

  25. Thom Allen says:

    Not MasterCard/Master Race but maybe “Visa/no visa for you gays” Olympics.

  26. perljammer says:

    MasterCard Olympics? Time to re-check the list of sponsors, Keith. I understand it’s catchy (MasterCard Olympics, Master Race Olympics, chortle chortle), but it’s a cheap shot at a non-participant.

  27. Drew2u says:

    Don’t forget Dylan Ratigan and his last campaign of getting money out of politics.
    MSNBC used to have a decent mid-morning to afternoon programming, now it’s all essentially the same show only now with more round-tables!

  28. karmanot says:

    Comcast pretty mopped the floor with it’s old progressives: Jenk, Keith, Ed ( who was sent to the elephant’s graveyard), time-wise and now axing old Tweety into oblivion.

  29. karmanot says:

    “—-might be in danger because of the mean gays comparing them to the “Master Race Olympics.” Great line!

  30. heimaey says:

    I will always adore him.

  31. Ninong says:

    I believe it was known in advance that he would not be kept once Comcast took over. That’s how he negotiated such a sweet goodbye package. He came out smelling like a rose. The Comcast people hated him with a passion.

  32. Badgerite says:

    Love the Keithster. He can say more with one look than most pundits can in entire articles. His look after ‘making the mean gays stop’ was priceless.

  33. I think he had some clashes with the network, same thing at Current – I think. We never did get the full story. He really is an amazing voice.

  34. heimaey says:

    I still don’t understand why he got kicked off of MSNBC. What a great political voice.

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