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As part of CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNINGâ€™s ongoing â€œCable Guyâ€ series, 48 HOURS Correspondent Susan Spencer sits down with MSNBCâ€™s Keith Olbermann to hear his thoughts on everything from the media to reflections on his life and career. The revealing profile will be broadcast Sunday, Feb. 25 (9:00-10:30 AM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Olbermann is surprisingly self-deprecating towards his style and admits to Spencer that he didnâ€™t expect his ardent political views to be widely received.
Spencer baits Olbermann humorously, â€œI remember seeing your first commentary. And my reaction was, you know, watch it now, because you're not going to see it tomorrow.â€
â€œFunny, funny things happen sometimes. The wages of sin are sometimes not what you expect,â€ Olbermann replies.
From a career that started in local sports and took him to ESPN, Olbermann confides to Spencer that he did not truly arrive emotionally in the news business until the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 when he got a call in his New York City apartment and was asked to report live for a Los Angeles radio station. After 40 straight days of covering the terrorist attacks for local L.A. radio, his broadcasting career had taken a massive turn - and it had a major impact on him.
â€œFor 40 days, I was their street reporter, the best kind of therapy that you could get, as you know,â€ Olbermann said.
About newscasts, Olbermann tells Spencer, â€œYou need to make a newscast that looks like life: very serious, very angry, very stupid.â€ Olbermann laughs and goes on to say that newscasts actually need to be, â€œVery silly, very snarky, very much about pop cultureâ€¦â€