Olbermann wears Guy Fawkes mask to report on foreclosure mill

By David Edwards
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:11 EDT
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Keith Olbermann in Guy Fawkes mask
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Current TV’s Keith Olbermann got into the Halloween spirit Monday by donning a Guy Fawkes to report on a foreclosure mill that encouraged employees to dress up as homeless people.

A former employee of foreclosure firm Steven J. Baum provided The New York Times with photos of employees at a company Halloween party dressed up as foreclosure victims.

Olbermann announced Monday that for its insensitivity, the firm had won his nightly Worst Person in the World award.

“Steven J. Baum of Buffalo, NY is the state’s largest foreclosure mill,” Olbermann noted. “It represents banks and mortgage servicers in their efforts to foreclose on homeowners and throw them out. It has been accused of trickery to try to evict people with steady incomes who were up to date on their mortgages. So naturally for Halloween, Steven J. Baum encouraged its employees — all of whom, I assume live in terror of becoming the next victims of their scumbag bosses — to dress up for homeless people, carrying bottles of booze, wearing signs that mock the excuse of those that have been unfairly evicted.”

“So this is what they dress up as for Halloween? We’re going to play that game, are we?” Olbermann asked as the camera revealed him a Guy Fawkes mask.

Fawkes is a historical figure that has been adopted as a symbol of the hacker activist group “Anonymous.” The mask has recently been a favorite of protesters across the world.

And just like Anonymous might do, Olbermann disclosed the physical addresses of Steven J. Baum offices in Amherst and Long Island.

“It’s a long game, Steven J. Baum, and there are many costumes to be worn,” Olbermann declared. “Being a foreclosure mill law firm is bad enough, adding visual abuse of your victims on Halloween, poor choice.”

Watch this video from Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, broadcast Oct. 31, 2011.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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