CBS Praised For Its Handling Of Pregame Show Steelers-Ravens Draws Combined 13.7 Overnight NFL Week 1 Sees Mixed Results With Ratings NHL, HBO Part Ways On "24/7" Reality Series WNBA Finals Viewers Up Through Two Games Final Ratings: U.S. Open, NASCAR Rice Scandal In Spotlight As "TNF" Kicks Off 49ers, Pac-12 Nets Ban Announcer For Rice Comments ESPN To Celebrate 35th Anniversary Only Internally Media Notes
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/November 8, 2013/Media
Olbermann Continues Battle Against WFAN Hosts, Drawing Francesa Into The Fray
Published November 8, 2013
WHAT GOT KEITH RILED UP: Francesa on his show Thursday said he was mentioned by Olbermann in a rant towards fellow WFAN hosts Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason in which Olbermann noted neither show does well with ratings. Francesa said, "He didn't take shots at me, I don’t think. ... Why would Olbermann, as dumb as he is, ever say that I don’t have ratings?" He added, "I don’t have an opinion about Keith Olbermann. I do, I think he’s just kind of lost, myself. What is this, his eighth job in his last five years? So I’m not really worried about Olbermann." More Francesa: "All I can tell you is that when we went head-to-head or I went head-to-head against Olbermann, it was ugly. The ratings were ugly and they did radio shows against us and it was ugly. ... Olbermann is just a jerk. Patrick was a good guy and he is a good guy and he's a good radio guy too … but we used to bury those guys in the ratings" ("Francesa," WFAN-AM, 11/7).
DISHING IT OUT: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick weighs in on the battle and writes Olbermann is a "transient big-shot" who "continues to regard himself as far above the fray." But he is "right down there in the slop." He is "another sucker-shot, insult artist who can’t take the slightest poke in return. A bully." Olbermann "never misses a word written or spoken about him, then makes his public judgments on people based only on what they said or wrote about him." It is "the mark of the megalomaniac" (N.Y. POST, 11/8).