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It's one thing for journalist Cal Thomas on MSNBC's competing network to remind us that no one watches Countdown with Keith Olbermann. But it must have stung for Keith to have heard it said this morning from one of his own colleagues at MSNBC.
At about 6:38 AM EST during his MSNBC morning program, Imus expressed disdain for Olbermann's comedy bit on Monday's Countdown comparing the Pope's blessing to Ashlee Simpson lip-sync debacle on SNL (mentioned in Johnny Dollar's Olby Guide Monday, with transcripts likely available by Tuesday afternoon) .
Imus described Keith's bit and how the in-studio sycophants chuckled. He thought the whole deal was in poor taste and a disrespectful excercise to get laughs at the expense of the head of the Catholic religion, who had almost died recently. Imus lashed back at KO, saying that "fortunately" (perhaps for Christians and MSNBC execs alike), no one watches Keith's show.
When the king of bad taste humor reprimands you for gratuitously bad taste, then you have an idea just how low you went. This is the second time in recent weeks in which Imus razzed Olbermann on the latter's modest viewership. He made similar comments just prior to his move to MSNBC's Secaucus studio.