Politico's Calderone: Olbermann Crashes SNL Set

Olbermann1008Busybody Keith Olbermann couldn't wait to see how Saturday Night Live was going to portray him. So, says Politico.com's Michael Calderone, he apparently breached the show's (I thought) tight security to find out.

And of course, when contacted, the MSNBC host took yet another cheap shot at his personal obsession, Sarah Palin. It was just a few weeks ago on NBC's Sunday Night Football that Olbermann made a Palin Derangement Syndrome-betraying allusion when describing the mental condition of a just-injured NFL quarterback.

Here is most of Calderone's brief item:

Ben Affleck, who’s hosting “Saturday Night Live” this week, was rehearsing a skit this afternoon mocking Keith Olbermann when Olbermann himself got past security to watch, according to a source with knowledge of the incident.

A source described the skit as “savage,” in portraying Olbermann as a deranged person living at home with his mother. Affleck, said a source, became uneasy with Olbermann in attendance at the 3 p.m., closed-set rehearsal.

But Olbermann, through a spokesman, was complimentary on his first time being mocked on "SNL" — a position his MSNBC colleague Chris Matthews has been in over the years.

“I’m not Sarah Palin,” Olbermann said. “I know how valuable it is to me. And it’s funny."

Gee, I wonder if the show would have been so deferential to a rehearsal-crashing conservative radio talker or TV host?

Unless I'm missing something, Olbermann's dig doesn't even make sense, because Palin got rave reviews for her performance and her demeanor from both friend and foe during her SNL appearance.

Exit question: Is anyone else besides me concerned about an ambush of John McCain during his SNL appearance tomorrow night?


Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.