As you know, Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely.
Twitter has gone completely ballistic, and many of us are petitioning, e-mailing, and calling on behalf of Keith. I just got off the phone with Phil Griffin’s assistant.
Let me begin by saying I am VERY friendly when I make calls like this. That keeps the other party on the phone longer and more receptive.
The first thing I told her was that I bet she’s getting a whole lot of calls, and she said, yes she was. I told her immediately why I was calling, and that I would be a friendlier voice. She seemed relieved. I said, “You must be getting some angry callers.” She said, yes, and that I was by far one of the nicest. Then I went on to say that I’d been trying to remain a voice of reason on Twitter, that I realized there are two sides to every story, that nobody out here knows all of the details of Keith’s contract, but that MSNBC should be aware of the number of angry people out there.
I also expressed my opinion, that I believe the suspension was overkill, despite not knowing all the details.
While others had reported that they got a chilly response, I have to say, the woman I spoke to was very calm and sweet.
I thanked her, wished her luck, and she assured me she’d pass on my comments.
I made sure the call was short and to the point.
I truly hope our efforts will make a difference. I do know that calm, reason, being armed with as many facts as possible, patience, and kindness go a long way.
We are up against a corporate monster here. We have to use our voices wisely, often, and loudly.