Boycott MSNBC! Keith Olbermann Fired from MSNBC, UPDATED 1/21/2011

by the Left Coast Rebel

Updated 1/21/2011: Welcome new readers! I removed the old post below and will be updating this post due to the traffic coming in today (2,000 visitors in the last 1/2 hour) on the news of Keith Olbermann's firing/resignation, or whatever the heck you want to call it.

Keith Olbermann is out, today was his last show. Here is what he told viewers earlier tonight, I haven't had time to watch it myself:

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Updated 1: Statement from NBC tonight:
MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
I watched Olbermann's show tonight and he certainly did not tip his hand as to why the show ended. Who here thinks that Keith Olbermann was fired for implicating Sarah Palin in the Tuscon shooting?

Updated 2: Head over to Jammie Wearing Fool for more.

Updated 3: Legal Insurrection has more video and analysis.

Updated 4: The Other McCain has the obligatory Hitler finds out that Keith Olbermann has been fired video. Go here to watch it.

66 comments:

  1. oh! this is too much to take! the crashing of the lame stream.... dare I ask "what's next"?!

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  2. John - I know, is it Christmas and morning in America?

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  3. I am in fact disheartened by this. Yes, he was a total toad, often unprofessional and very divisive. Fire him for those offenses, or his ratings. But to make some excuse about political donations? I am with Bill Kristol on this. It is much like the firing of Juan Williams from NPR, the stated reason does not match the real reason. Both firings were lame. Kristol is right, and I add that if we wish to be consistent, we should support Olbermann.

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  4. I wonder if anymore of the morons at MSNBO donated. Perhaps Matthews and Maddow could also be eliminated. I am wondering how long "indefinitely" is in NBC-speak.

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  5. Oh boy this has been a good week!

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  6. Alas, I find myself in the unusual position of siding with Olbermann on this issue. He, like any other American should be entirely free to contribute as much as he wants - up to the legal limit of course - to any candidate of his choice. I really believe that MSNBC should have waived its policy on this. Plainly Uberdope is a HARD LEFTY; he makes no bones about it. His show is an undisputed angry anti-right rant and - unlike other lefty shows - doesn't pretend to be otherwise. In that sense its more honest than almost any other show in the left's media constellation. Nobody, nobody at all, thinks that he's objective nor could any reasonable person perceive a genuine conflict of interest in money contributions to a guest on his show who he obviously supports with his over-the-top rhetoric.

    What's it really about? Personality conflicts perhaps? Maybe MSNBC wants to walk back from the precipice of ratings oblivion? I don't know.

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  7. Olbermann is an embarrassment and this was just a convenient excuse to dump him.

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  8. I just read another article that said he was just suspended... either way, great!
    @B-Daddy... who cares?! you want to be fair at a time like this? I say take the gift and run with it!

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  9. Wow! I'm torn up. Excited that KO is gone, but outraged that he is gone. I don't know what to do with myself.

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  10. so much for blaming other people for what you do yourself! Now the only comedians left are Stewart and Colbert.

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  11. Hm... mixed opinions on this one. On the one hand, when you work for a company, you have to follow their rules, otherwise they are well within their rights to stop employing you. On the other hand, KO hosts a left-wing opinion show on one of the most left-wing media outlets in the country; pretending he's not hugely and obviously biased is like pretending the Pope isn't religious. At the end of the day it's an appropriate action by the company in response to an employee violating policies related to ethics and corruption, but maybe they need to take a hard look at their policies; if you want to be employing hardcore left-wing pundits, perhaps you should not be too concerned about ethical violations... just sayin.

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  12. If Keith don't come back I will no longer support msnbc.

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  13. Look at the bright side.

    He's still got his literary career.

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  14. If Huffington Post regulars boycott MSNBC, what are they gonna watch while Elmo is on PBS....

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  15. Olbermann is an idiot and MSNBC finally found a reason to stop the insannity. Matthews and Maddow should be on high allert and examined as well. Then, and only then will MSNBC have a chance for survival. Maybe they should air Mr. Ed in his old time slot! Both are talking horses arses.

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  16. I love the comments about how bad Olbermann is, yet the fact that so many commenter's fail to mention that is basically the polar opposite of billy O and glen beck, they are all extreme in their stated views, The one thing I do notice about KO and the msnbc crowd is they dont constantly pretend to ge fair and balanced and unbias.

    this is sad, KO was one of the few things balancing out the Billy o's and becks of this world.

    both sides suck, and in reality, once in office all politicians do the same thing, they screw the rest of us to make the lobbists happy so they can line their pockets.....screw the public who voted for you, whats important is that the riaa/mpaa/exct will pay you well to screw everybody else over.

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  17. @John, I hope to be fair, always.

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  18. MSNBC is simply another left wing propaganda machine and Olberman is simply another left wing extremist. He got what he deserved and its long overdue. Actually I suspect this may be a move by MSNBC to improve their ratings by dumping these extreme ideologues. Good Riddance

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  19. I AM JUST PLAIN OUTRAGED & AM NOT ONLY BOYCOTTING MSNBC WHICH WAS A PRIMARY MEDIA SOURCE FOR ME, INCLUDING "MORNING JOE" BUT ALWAYS COUNTDOWN, IAM GIVING COMCAST...I WAS SICK OF THE BILLING TRICK-FRIGS ANYWAY!

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  20. No more watching MSNBC for me! I'm outta here!

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  21. Who here thinks that Keith Olbermann was fired for implicating Sarah Palin in the Tuscon shooting?.
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    Let us not speculate as to what happened. for all we know it could have been the suspension back in November when it became known he donated money to political campaigns which was a violation of company policy. between then and now the tension got so back on both sides that the only thing that could happen was this.

    who knows. but until someone comes out and says it was this or that, lets not speculate

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  22. You have got to be kidding. Over-rated, under - informed from even his LA sportscaster days guess you can fool enough people all the time. Why would any knowledgeable liberal be upset with this move.

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  23. Shame on you MSNBC.
    Keith was both a reasonable and passonate
    voice; we enjoyed listening to his views.
    Do we get to hear just Right Wing, misleading nonsense now?

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  24. I actually saw this coming.MSMBC is the only left leaning news market and now that COMCAST bought them,they will probably try to go to the right and give Fox a run for their money.I've notice that all MSMBC shows don't say "new" under the heading for each show,so I think they might have let everyone go.Either way,I stay with the REAL news and watch FREE SPEECH TV on Channel 9145 Dish Network.I sure will miss Keith.I'm sure he'll work someplace else.FreeSpeechTV is viewer supported and that's why they can report the REAL NEWS!!!!!!!

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  25. Olberman was fired because unlike GE, Comcast knows how to rum a business like NBC/ MSNBC. People in the business of television know that what NBC has been doing for several years is quite simply bad television news production and that a once successful news operation has been driven to ruin by naive programming policies. Comcast's Roberts is the real deal who has a remarkable TV/ Cable/broadcasting track record and he most surely will rid NBC/MSNBC of the bias that has rendered it unwatchable. I wonder when Maddow's, Ed's and possibly Matthews contracts will be terminated. Having been in the business for 34 years, all I can say is thank goodness!!

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  26. This is awful--I love this show and Keith Olbermann is wonderful!

    I have to wonder if MSNBC's relation to GE, and Obama's recent tapping of GE's Immelt have something to do with this?

    In other words, Keith Olbermann no longer had any freedom of speech on MSNBC--which gives meaning to his "Network" reference tonight? See 2 posts below for some history of silencing of Olbermann by Immelt and MSNBC previously.

    Obama taps GE chief Immelt for jobs role, continuing outreach to ...
    20 minutes ago

    By naming General Electric chief executive Jeffrey Immelt to lead a new White House panel, Obama sent another signal that he wants to work more closely with ...
    Washington Post - 1509 related articles

    la.indymedia.org/news/2003/04/47530.php - Cached - Similar
    GE's silencing of Olbermann and MSNBC's sleazy use of Richard ...

    Aug 1, 2009 ... Two new major MSNBC scandals reveal much about how corporate journalism functions.
    www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2009/08/01/ge - Cached

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  27. Personally,I think that America is SCREWED with all these crazy right wing media outlets.They don't tell us the truth.I cannot understand why the SOUTH keeps electing these right wing idiots.With the Republicans having the purse strings,guts are coming everywhere,except for the"MILTARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX".

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  28. He was not fired, he quit for medical reasons. See over New Years, Keith Olberland got pregnant. Keith is usually very careful about his numerous and daily male lovers, but that night, there was a failure of one of the Magnum condoms his lover, Curtis Loe, guitar player, was using during a rather rough anal punishment session. While Keith felt the rubber break he could not stop his partner before he spunked in his colon because of the red rubber ball gag he was wearing. As we all know, Keith plays 'catcher' only as his genitals were removed at birth. Over the decades of being a faggot, he has aborted countless ass-children, not this time. He's finally going to be a mommy!

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  29. Well, I guess I will have to watch MSNBC one more time so I can identify their advertisers to tell them I will no longer be using any of their products.

    Countdown was a great show ONLY because of Olbermann. I wonder what will happen to Rachel...

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  30. Too bad MSNBC, you end your contract with Keith, I end my relations with you. Sorry, Rachel, I'll miss you, but hope to see you somewhere else in the future. I bet that pretty soon MSNBC/Comcast will be running "Lockup" all day long.
    I also end my contract with Comcast. Wanted to do it for some time, but this gave me the final push.
    I like bigjake's idea about advertisers, will do the same.

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  31. @ B-Daddy
    Fair?! Do you think Olbermann's assertions were fair?
    What goes around, comes around...

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  32. I am mad as hell at MSNBC right now. Quite a few people blamed Palin. I am so sick of people losing jobs b/c of that sick, twisted, dumb B with no class.

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  33. Right wing media outlets??? From which planet do you come? Over 75% of the media are liberal lefties. FOX, usually one radio station per market and an occasional newpaper, always the one with the lowest circulation and that is it. Just so happens that MSNBC gets pathetic ratings because its target audience, like you Mark and people like you, are in a small minority, probably under 20% of the viewing public who are emotional, ignorant, and who are yet to have an original thought. Looking forward to Obama moving closer to the middle and Comcast cleaning house of the rest of the worst crew of hosts ever assembled in television history.

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  34. I am greatly saddened by the loss of Keith Olbermann. He had the courage to speak his mind and to call others on their distortions and lies. I don't always agree with him but at times he has been right on and one of the few who was. I will miss his commentatries and his entertaining "Countdown".

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  35. Absolutely no doubt in my mind - this is all Comcast's doing. When their green light for merger came, so did the previous arrangement for NBC (MSNBC) to fire Olbermann.

    It was was only a few months after Countdown premiered eight years ago on MSNBC, that our local Comcast yanked MSNBC off their channel 43 and the basic package. Channel 43 was the only blank channel for at least five years - it wasn't like they were making room for something else.

    Locals at Comcast refused to discuss the matter in public, but in private circles it was well known that there was a major clash of cultures - they weren't having them liberals on the basic channels - "you're going to pay extra for that stuff" - only available in their highest priced package.

    When the rumors about Comcast buying NBC surfaced last year, I told everyone it was the end of Olbermann, and if Ed, Rachael, and Lawrence don't tow the line and kiss serious corporate butt they will be history, too, real soon. Money talks and it's saying keep the masses uninformed, misinformed, and uninterested in the making of the Washington sausage.

    Countdown was one of the few things that provided an outlet for my total outrage directed at the dictates of the corporate right, and kept a lid on potential dangerous action that would leave me in prison, tortured, dead, or all the above. With little hope for otherwise, I fear for all our futures.

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  36. Well, I guess I will have to watch MSNBC one more time so I can identify their advertisers to tell them I will no longer be using any of their products. I hope ED, Rachel & Chris will all move to a different network along with Keith!!

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  37. Albiwan:
    "Right wing media outlets??? From which planet do you come? Over 75% of the media are liberal lefties."

    So much BS. Just like the republicans, you think if you repeat a mantra enough times, every one will believe it. MSNBC has the only progressive TV lineup available to me. And even they are trying to Out-Fox Fox with Morning Joe. My paper is about as conservative as they come. And the only liberal radio available to me is NPR (from whom the Republicans want to strip meager government funding), while Rush and the Rush wannabes are inundating about 12 stations I know of. I guess Albiwan must live in one of the last liberal bastions. I wish I could live there. As other commenters have said, I guess MSNBC will become yet another conservative station. Just what we need.

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  38. @Philip Morrison
    You want to live in a "liberal bastion"? I'll trade places with you here in Germany! You really have no idea how good it is to live in the USA...

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  39. Couldn't have happened to better turd.

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  40. It appears from the blogs that KO was either loved or hated. I personally respect the guy for having the guts to bring to light the stupidity of many (on both sides) - and the honor to apologize and retract words said in haste.

    Our country was founded on the idea of free speech. Give the guy a break - he was doing what all the obnoxious conservatives do on multiple tv channels. I will miss his show terribly for it was one of the few that linked humor with FACTS.

    I'm very bummed and am VERY disappointed that he was released - for whatever reason!

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  41. No coincidence that Olbermann was fired just after Comcast acquired NBC...corporations don't like the spotlight that Countdown often shone on them. Sad day.

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  42. Phillip M., Simply do the math. Name one National TV station, cable or broadcast, besides FOX, that is conservative. There isn't a second, period. There are about ten thousand radio stations in the US. most are programmed by licensing syndicated shows, logically, the most popular get cleared in over 90% of the markets. Liberal radio product is scarce because the liberal audience is only about 20% of the national audience. You are a member of a very small club. The print media is and has been liberal for the history of our republic.
    For the record, I have been independent for all of my voting years, which number 45. I don't have a bias except against poorly conceived and poorly executed product, whether it was on TV, radio, or in print. Coincidentally, my 34 year career was in the media, some print, some radio, but most with TV stations and a Hollywood studio, all of which were owned or operated by liberals. Coincidence? No. It's just the reality of the media, not Rush, Hannity, O'reilly, or any other conservative blow hard's opinion. The media are liberals and always will be.
    As this relates to Olbermann, I don't hate him at all; I just believe he does bad television and I can live without his anger. In his world thinking is under-rated...it is about crafting theory with emotion, akin to shock jocking. At some point it flames out, which was Keith's fate. At least he got his $30million. Not bad for a man who fought the establishment and over paid corporare "big wigs."

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  43. Now that we know it was over not getting more money the hypocrisy is perfect. Here's a guy who has made MSNBC a laughing stock. He bashes greedy rich folks then throws a tantrum and quits when he can't get a raise for his multi-million 2 hour/day "job". Just incredible.

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  44. personally,while the freedom of speech side of me says he should have been allowed to stay on,the part of me that was annoyed by his obnoxious bias and his attempts to pass himself off as a journalist is glad i dont have to see him on tv anymore(not that i,or the rest of america watch msnbc anyway,but sometimes theres nothing better on tv late at night).

    but at the end of the day,the way i see it is this. i started watching fox sometime around 2003,and while they had their moments,they really werent that biased of a network.

    in my eyes they really started going downhill when colmes left,and they gave sean hannity his own show,and then brought in beck,instead of trying to replace him with another left wing voice.

    i can only hope that this is a move to the middle,not to the right,but to the middle,because i have moments when i cant even watch fox anymore because its gotten so bad.

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  45. This is so symptomatic and typical of the falure of western civilization.
    Take the most articulate and intelligent pundit (no extra n's Sarah) and shove him off the cliff.. There are no clear voices left!! Just those sold out "professionals" that will twist and sell the same old sad line where the powerful keep the masses in their place.

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  46. Hmmmm James,
    Dosest Ye rant upon thine own Fox??

    What a concept...I gotta agree about the Fox Noise lineup.
    It would be quite refreshing to have such a prominent news channel be able to filter out the extremes and present unbiased news.

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  47. "If you want to picture the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--for ever." Geoge Orwell.
    Neither the left or right should try to stifle the speech of the other. If you didn't like what Keith had to say, why watch him? I don't like what Fox commentators have to say because I find they are all cut from the same cloth and so never watch them. It really is that simple.

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  48. If Keith Olbermann wanted to keep his job...he should have done something more substantial to prove his worth like ranting and raving on a regular basis on his show against Dr. George Tiller,(a legally performing abortion doctor)openly and repeatedly calling him a "BABY KILLER" and inciting Zealot baby saving Whack-O's who ultimately blew his head off similar to the the one who just shot Gabbi Giffords because of Sarah Palin's cute little innocent cross Hairs map targeting her.


    That's how you keep your job !!

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  49. Rumor has it that aside from right wing managed Comcast's takeover at MSNBC, there is another reason for Olbermanns abrupt departure. Seems he was given the alternative of apologizing on air for implicating Sarah Palin and her kill the Democrats rhetoric for the Gifford shootings, or announce that it would be his last show.

    Obviously Keith choose the latter option. In hindsight, perhaps we on the left HAVE been a little too quick to blame Glenn Beck, Palin and their ilk for fanning their followers to violence.

    I post this in the hope that our overlords will read this and have a change of heart, and perhaps give Keith his job back if we all start heeling like good little puppies.

    That in mind, I'll go first.

    I apologize, Sarah, for calling you a corporate peter puffing bimbo whackjob illiterate. Sincerely.

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  50. I am starting a Comcast boycott. Send ideas and ways to support at comcastboycott@usa.com!

    Thanks!

    - Tim

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  51. Keith Olberman was a threat to the GOP. After Tucson, the country has been looking at the connections to hate speech and politically motivated assinations and murders. Americans know that Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, etc were not "directly" the reason Laughner pulled the trigger 31 times, but since the tea party was born with all it's hate rhetoric and bogus "taxation driven" cause, we have never before seen such vicious attacks on our politicians. The suggestions of "taking out", "bullseyes", "targets", "tyrannical", "Nazi", "taking back our government", and on, and on These speeches are MEANT to incite. They are MEANT to provoke some kind of action and outcome to benefit those who say those words. Shock jock politicians are dominating the GOP. Don't try and pull the old "both sides" bullshit on this one. These words embolden the weaker minded among us to believe that these speakers are ASKING them to act and "do the job" that needs to be done. I think the flaw in this whole thing is the shooter was supposed to put a bullet in Obama, not Gabby Giffords. It backfired. Now the GOP is being equated with this violence. After all, it WAS a Democrat who was shot. Trying to call Loughner a liberal is pathetic. He clearly followed conservative belief. Olbermann made a clear argument that we needed to stop the poison talk. But in doing so, he exposed the Right as bearing 98% of the problem compared to the Left's maybe 2%. This has not gone unnoticed. This bodes badly for the GOP next year. So....Olbermann had to go. He likely would not allow that discussion to be forgotten. Comcast's GOP friends know that. Sad day for actual "free" speech. No liberal voice or opinion allowed in this twisted Republican/conservative/pretend-Christian country. OK, Left Coast. Go ahead and show me if you dare let this be read.

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  52. http://petitions.tigweb.org/boycottmsnbc

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  53. The poisoned river's current apparently runs in both directions.

    If anything the "madman" was left leaning given the literature he read.

    The reality was he was crazy, pure and simple. A person that had no respect let alone reverence for human life.

    Blaming the GOP, the Tea Party, conservatives, whatever jeanette is a cop out and nothing more than humming, and or singing the progressive or liberal line of BS.

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  54. Olbermann has a very angry and hateful man.
    Perhaps he can get a job with FOX again.. scrubbing toilets.

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  55. Let's face it, the goal of media is to get people to watch. That is what Keith O did. Making a lot of hay out of common life of DC. He just went to far in statements that had no support in reality. I am not surprised by this, listening to him, I always thought that he was living in own world and out of touch with reality. So, I really did not enjoy listening to him on Morning Joe. I know I must not be the only one.
    S

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  56. I am a conservative who could never stand Keith Olbermann. That said, from a business perspective, this was a really stupid decision by MSNBC. Completely irrational.

    http://reflectionsofarationalrepublican.com/2011/01/24/parting-with-olbermann-not-partisan-just-stone-stupid/

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  57. To Budro: Keith... Hateful? RIDICULOUS. Angry? ABSOLUTELY. Same as O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh. One big difference. Olbermann relied on truth and facts instead of lies & distortions.

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  58. To Jeanette: While I agree that the GOP desperately wanted Olbermann gone, don't discount the White House either. Keith was doing a lot of reporting about how this whole "clean house" thing President Obama ordered is detrimental to the country. He suppposedly wants to get rid of "regulations" that interfere with business. Well, think "BP" when you think about regulations. First off, many regulations took YEARS of struggle by concerned NGO's to get into effect to PROTECT us from abuse by corporations. Now, he wants to let govt employees start cutting out regulations that don't help business? Keith was very critical... that surely didn't sit well with the White House. First Obama appoints Bill Daley... lawyer and Chase Bank board member (how much did he profit from the bailout?). Then he appoints GE man who sent jobs overseas to the committee to figure out how to increase jobs. The WH is bending over backwards to kiss the elephant's rear. We elected a Democrat for a democratic platform. What we're getting is a pseudo-Democrat handing us a moderate Republican platform with appointments of corporate politicians (like Rahm Emmanuel). Rahm's strategy was to do whatever the most watered down approach was to keep the corporations happy so you get re-elected. If he goes any farther to the right, the president might as well run for re-election as a Republican. That's how he's acting. I defended President Obama for so long... thinking there were strategic moves in there somewhere. My husband's right... it's all about positioning himself for re-election. He should have been listening more to "real people" instead of the Rahm Emmanuel's and Bill Daley's who are VERY out of touch. I still try to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, but he keeps making it hard. I heard on TV that the WH house attitude is "what option do we (the progressives/liberals) have?"... in other words, they can do what they want whether we like it or not because what alternative do we have? I'd like to see a REAL Democrat run against him in the primary. It's hard to beat an incumbent, but, I think there are millions of dis-satisfied progressives like me and my husband who would like an alternative.

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  59. Good Bye KO - So much hate...the week before his departure he was STILL bloviating about Bush - Whats that? The new civility?? In the TV business ratings count and I'm sure that ultimatly his very poor ratings (viewership) is what caused his demise. Fired because of his own actions - "and that's the news"

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  60. Good news for all the Olbermann fans! He has a new job!!!
    http://www.moonbattery.com/OlbermannAtFoxNews.jpg

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  61. Rachael Maddow looks like PeeweeHerman.
    Ed Schults reminds me of SpongeBob Squarepants
    and Olderbum looks lile Mr Emptypants

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  62. BOYCOTT MSNBC for Brian Williams's rank failure to ask DOCTOR RON PAUL about Health Care

    PASS IT ON EVERYWHERE

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