Keith Olbermann/Anderson Cooper

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Pairing: Keith Olbermann/Anderson Cooper
Alternative name(s):
Gender category: Slash (M/M)
Fandom: Pundit RPF
Prevalence: Real News OTP
Archives: Keith/Anderson at Fake News Fanfic Keith/Anderson at Archive of Our Own
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Keith Olbermann/Anderson Cooper is the most popular real news pairing in Pundit RPF fandom.[1] It pairs CNN primetime host Anderson Cooper, perhaps best known for his objectivity, with Keith Olbermann, then MSNBC primetime host, who is notable for his impassioned arguments in support of liberal causes. The rerun of Countdown with Keith Olbermann at that time aired opposite the live broadcast of Anderson Cooper 360°. As of 2016, Olbermann's "The Closer" and "The Resistance" video editorials can be found at the Gentlemen's Quarterly channel on Youtube.

The pairing predates the Pundit Round Table, with discussion at LiveJournal community TDS RPS dating back to February 2005, and fanfiction at the Punditslash community dating to April 2005.[2]


The two hosts had limited onscreen interaction during Olbermann's brief stint at CNN in the early 2000s, and fans have preserved these clips on YouTube. More recently, the combination of their shared time slot and contrasting approaches to journalism has occasionally resulted in Olbermann and Cooper snarking at or about each other. Due to the nature of these interactions and references, it is common for fic writers to portray their relationship as somewhat antagonistic.

CNN Appearances

Other Mentions

Notable Fanworks

  • The 28th Amendment by bessemerprocess - a hardline right-wing president assumes command and outlaws free speech, homosexuality and all religions excepting a few Christian denominations, making his laws recursive so that those who "broke" them before he took office can still be charged with a crime. Suspenseful novella in which we see Keith Olbermann, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Stephen Colbert and other progressive voices doing what they can to protect themselves and continue to get the word out.


  1. ^ sarken. Pie (charts)!, published on 22 January 2010. (Accessed 4 September 2010.)
  2. ^ sarken. Fandom History, published on 11 February 2010. (Accessed 4 September 2010.)