Yep, this deranged buffoon really said that. Via Tim Graham at Newsbusters:
On the cover of the latest Esquire magazine is this quote from ESPN host Keith Olbermann: "I’ve never fought the word genius when people have said that about me." In a "What I’ve Learned" interview, Olbermann added, "But what it is is instinct and a set of skills that are working so fast you don’t know they’re working."
Keith also declared "I have a leafy brain, according to the theory of the leafy brain. I associate things that many people never put together." This sounds like someone’s brain on leaves…and a lighter.
He is always the adult in the room, and there is no one dumber than television executives, who have just never figured out how the word genius applies to him: "Don’t assume that anybody above you actually knows what they’re doing. And if you find somebody who does, stick to them like glue. Because the further you go into your career, the more you will discover to your absolute horror that you are the adult."
I need a drink. Speaking of which, I bet this guy would be loads of fun at a college bar. Or pretty much any shindig in Colorado these days where his leafy brain would undoubtedly make him the life of the party.