Accuracy in Media

ABC late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel took a few jabs at former MSNBC and Current TV anchor Keith Olbermann at last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, which didn’t please the thin-skinned Olbermann.

Kimmel: I’d like everyone to look under your seats. Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume. Is Keith here tonight? Limo wouldn’t pick him up? The thing about Keith Olbermann is, he’s so likable. Al Gore launched Current TV in 2005 and it took off like a North Korean rocket. But to be honest, I didn’t even know Current TV was still on the air, but then I don’t get ‘Channel a Million.’ Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the arsonist of Madison County. He has more pink slips than Marcus Bachmann. Too soon?

Olbermann wasn’t the only target of Kimmel — the President, Jay Carney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, George Clooney, and others, all were on the receiving end of Kimmel’s barbs and they appeared to take it in stride.

But not Olbermann, who wasn’t present and was offended enough to take to Twitter to answer Kimmel.

 “Funny that Jimmy Kimmel ripped me after his people desperately wanted me to fly to LA to be on his show this past Wednesday.”

Then, a few minutes later, he issued another tweet.

“I’m not complaining about the Kimmel jokes — I’m fair game. I’m complaining about the revenge element. It reminds me of O’Reilly.”

At least he was half right. He is fair game and his departure from both MSNBC and Current TV are laughable. But by reacting to Kimmel’s jokes, he shines more light on a part of his life that he really should try to forget — and hope that others do the same.

Poor Keith had his feelings hurt, but that’s what happens when you can’t take a joke.

UPDATE: Kimmel responds.

Kimmel was asked about Olbermann’s reactions by Entertainment Weekly:

“’I didn’t even know they asked him to be on the show,’ Kimmel says. ‘The way I look at it, he’s a major political figure in broadcasting over the past year and jokes had to be made about him. I guess he took it the wrong way. I’ll call over or something and clear it up.’”

I hope Kimmel thinks twice about calling Olbermann and stroking his massive ego.

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