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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 03:53 PM
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"Welcome to the Club, Keith" - from One of Many Other KAPLAN Targets
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http://poynter.org/forum/?id=letters

8/10/2005 1:56:05 PM

From RANDY LILLESTON: Rick Kaplan doesn't know me from his car-waxer, but that didn't stop him from going all postal on me at the Republican National Convention in 2000. I was working for CNN.com at the time, and Kaplan came stomping into my work space and started a loud and obscenity-laced tirade because I had not published a web graphic plugging CNN's TV coverage.

I'd never met or even seen a photo of the man -- I was relatively new at CNN and worked in D.C., while Kaplan worked in Atlanta -- and I had no idea why some guy in a nice dark suit was getting in my face. I then made one of my greatest life mistakes: I yelled back, just a little, at this stranger.

Kaplan responded by ascending to a new plane of volcanic profanity, one that I did not know could exist. He dressed me down so thoroughly and so spectacularly that a part of me watched in awe even as the rest of me was utterly humiliated in front of my colleagues. My boss suddenly showed up and carefully talked Kaplan down --and only then did I learn of his identity, thus providing one final punch to the gut.

There was an upside: thanks to that experience, I gained dozens of new friends at CNN. It turned out there was a large a club of co-workers who had been Kaplan-bombed. Over the next few days, they came by and shared their initiation experiences. I'm sure there are similar societies in the other newsrooms that have been graced by his presence.

So to Keith Olbermann, I say: Welcome to the club.

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montanacowboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 04:08 PM
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1. Is he a relaltive of John Bolton?
sounds like they were separated at birth
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:05 PM
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2. Who? Huh? n/t
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Liberal_Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:16 PM
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3. It Wouldn't Surprise Me
Kaplan also sounds like a wack job.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:18 PM
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4. Stand by for a Google on "Rick KAPLAN" N/T
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:28 PM
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5. So What Would YOU Do If This Jerk Yelled at You on the Job?


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http://www.usatoday.com/life/columnist/mediamix/2004-02...

.... Kaplan replaces six-year veteran Erik Sorenson, who was never able to make MSNBC's ratings move upward. Two of his much-touted hires Phil Donahue and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura flamed out, and their shows were cancelled within months. Sorenson heads to NBC News to work on special projects with NBC News president Neal Shapiro.

Shapiro, who once served as a senior producer under Kaplan at ABC's Primetime, hired him from ABC News. For the past year, Kaplan has been an ABC News senior executive, but he spent nearly 20 years there before being tapped to run CNN in 1997. ....

Under Kaplan, CNN's ratings dropped 23%. And his signature nightly newsmagazine, NewsStand, failed to draw audiences after a disastrous start: CNN apologized and later retracted after the premiere edition charged that the United States had used nerve gas during Vietnam ....

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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:43 PM
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6. Hit him with a keyboard.
I'm not THAT damn hungry that I'd let some limp-dick loudmouth steal my balls.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:54 PM
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7. That's What I Like about You n/t
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GreatCaesarsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 09:55 PM
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8. did imus humiliate this guy at a dinner
where he said something about somebody screwing kaplan's wife.

it was the dinner where imus wore an ill-fitting tux and looked like he had returned from the dead and imus insulted the clintons, who were at the dinner, too. bill was still president.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-11-05 08:40 AM
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9. Here's the Link to the sL-IMUS Routine
where he attacked a lot of people. I had thought he had only gone after the CLINTONs. I don't want to look through it again to see whether KAPLAN was a target, but JENNINGS for sure was and KAPLAN and JENNINGS were tight for many years. The other day sL-IMUS said that KAPLAN "saved" him after his attack job on JENNINGS.

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http://imonthe.net/imus/ispeech.htm
The following is the text of radio personality Don Imus' speech at the Radio/TV Correspondents Association Annual Dinner, Thursday, March 21, 1996.

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