Richard Wolffe, the former Newsweek White House Correspondent turned PR executive appeared on Countdown With Keith Olbermann last night.
Wolffe appeared on the program to speak about Sarah Palin’s new book. In the interview, Olbermann asked Wolffe, “Do we expect a book tour, and if there is a book tour, wouldn’t she have to agree to a few non-cooked interviews to promote her book?” Wolffe responded, “There is that danger. I suspect that the real risk of a book tour, having done one myself is that they’re grueling, exhausting and Sarah Palin may just find that best way she can do a book tour and support the troops is to stay at home.”
In early August, MSNBC addressed concerns pertaining to Wolffe still appearing as a guest and fill in host for the show, months after he had joined Public Strategies, Inc., a corporate communications firm run by former Bush White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett. MSNBC had not originally disclosed Wolffe’s new job on air, which drew ire from the media, beginning with Salon’s Glenn Greenwald. On August 4th, Olbermann wrote on his Daily Kos blog: “I am confident his commentary to this point has not been compromised – he has been an insightful analyst and a great friend to this show – but until we can clarify what else he is doing, he will not be appearing with us.”
An MSNBC spokesperson told TVNewser yesterday, “NBC News management has had extensive conversations with Richard and has fully reviewed both his work on our air and for Public Strategies. Based on this review, Richard will continue to be a valued contributor to ‘Countdown’ and MSNBC.”