Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Olbermann on Dr. King

If you haven't heard, Keith Olbermann is back on ESPN2 with his show Olbermann that airs at 11:00 p.m.

Last week, for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's landmark "I Have A Dream" speech, the Golf Channel tweeted out an insensitive but well-intentioned tweet asking golfers to tweet them their golf dreams.  Obviously realizing how much it trivialized a great moment in American history, the Golf Channel rightly deleted the tweet and then apologized for sending it.

Piers Morgan, the CNN host, defended the Golf Channel by saying on Twitter.

Yeah, he went there.

Because he did, Olbermann named both Morgan and the Golf Channel the Worst Persons in the Sports World...the Golf Channel for their ridiculous tweet, and Morgan for not realizing that his assertion about Tiger Woods was the EXACT OPPOSITE of what Dr. King's dream was.  Dr. King's dream was, of course, for someone to be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.  Olbermann also pointed out that Dr. King's dream wasn't about sports, anyway.

Then, Olbermann did this.  It was one of his "moments" on television, a riveting tribute to another sometimes-forgotten sports hero and how Dr. King changed Olbermann's own father's viewpoints about race relations in America.  It's a wonderful and beautifully-told story.

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