A few months ago, Tucker Carlson's pranky Daily Caller website purchased KeithOlbermann.com, and Carlson assumed the "keith@" email address. So one reporter who recently emailed that address for comment about Olbermann's MSNBC suspension has been getting some interesting, fake responses.
The website Phawker.com originally posted Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's email exchange with "firstname.lastname@example.org" under the headline "Keith Olbermann vs. Stu Bykofsky." It was a major scoop — the arrogant Keith Olbermann characteristically trashing his place of work! But then Phawker and Bykofsky discovered that this was probably just Tucker Carlson or another member of his ragtag start-up website team fucking around. Here's a snippet of the exchange:
Subject: [SPAM] From the Philadelphia Daily News
From: "Bykofsky, Stu"
Date: Fri, November 05, 2010 1:44 pm
I'd like an opportunity to speak to you about your current situation.
I am doing a column for publication Monday. I will be here until 6 p.m., but won't finish until 1 p.m. tomorrow.
If you would rather respond via email, what I want to know, essentially, is the following:
Do you think you were treated fairly by MSNBC?
Do you consider yourself a journalist or a commentator?
If a journalist, is it proper for you to give your opinions?
If a commentator, should you be anchoring a newscast, such as Tuesday night's election program?
Do you regret chastising others (Rupert Murdoch) for making political donations?
Is there a difference between what he did and what you did?
Philadelphia Daily News
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 2:46 PM
To: Bykofsky, Stu
Subject: RE: [SPAM] From the Philadelphia Daily News
Unfortunately your column (which I just saw) had already run before I read this email. What a shame. I assume you saw the irony in attacking someone for betraying journalism, while you, a self-described journalist, failed to get a single quote from the person you were attacking. Pathetic. Indeed, beneath contempt. How dare you pose as the heir to Murrow.
You didn't wait for the facts before writing your screed, but for what it's worth I, unlike you, am a journalist, not a hack. Was I treated fairly by MSNBC? It's hard to imagine a dumber question, as I don't work for MSNBC, but for NBC News. As I've said publicly before, Phil Griffin is not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be. Phil pretends otherwise in public. I'm not his shrink, but I assume it makes him feel better. The remarkable thing is that fools like you believe his fantasies. That pleases Phil, but only exposes your ignorance. The proof? I'll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he's actually qualified, perhaps on QVC.
I hope that clears up your misconceptions.
Oh that Tucker Carlson!
[via New York Observer]