BREAKING: Keith Olbermann out at MSNBC, last broadcast tonight

  • metta

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    Jan 22, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    BREAKING: Keith Olbermann out at MSNBC, last broadcast tonight

    http://crooksandliars.com/breaking-news/breaking-keith-olbermann-out-msnbc-l


    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/aei/2011/01/21/olbermann-out-at-msnbc/


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    Jan 22, 2011 2:54 AM GMT
    I just saw this on Twitter. Bad news for MSNBC as Keith was the linchpin of the entire evening lineup.
  • metta

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    Jan 22, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    there is a rumor that there was talk about this while Comcast was bargaining to takeover MSNBC
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:10 AM GMT
    I guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    OtterJoq saidI guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.


    I agree that he could be pompous, but there are so few progressive (hell, even truthful!) voices out there, so losing one sucks.
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    OtterJoq saidI guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.


    I agree that he could be pompous, but there are so few progressive (hell, even truthful!) voices out there, so losing one sucks.


    You believe he will disappear into the night so to speak? That he is leaving or was fired is I think more a reflection of the declining viewership and audience that those like Olbermann had. The Internet is remarkably democratizing. Through a blog you can reach the world - but that doesn't mean anyone has to listen. Is this what you're more upset about?
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    OtterJoq saidI guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.


    Yes, Rachel says the same things but uses honey instead of vinegar, or honey laced with vinegar. icon_wink.gif

    Me love our Rachel.
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    Jan 22, 2011 3:47 AM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    OtterJoq saidI guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.


    I agree that he could be pompous, but there are so few progressive (hell, even truthful!) voices out there, so losing one sucks.


    You believe he will disappear into the night so to speak? That he is leaving or was fired is I think more a reflection of the declining viewership and audience that those like Olbermann had. The Internet is remarkably democratizing. Through a blog you can reach the world - but that doesn't mean anyone has to listen. Is this what you're more upset about?


    No. But his contract will keep him off television for two years. Maybe he'll do radio. I'm sure you think his "declining ratings" (which still had him at #2 after Fox News every night) are to blame but the rumors are that Comcast (a conservative company) wanted him gone. And I'm upset that media consolidation is destroying our democracy and making our citizenry stupid. But you don't care about that because your lipservice to "democratizing" effects of the internet are just a cover for your belief that (financial) might makes right - no matter who or how many suffer as a result. (Talk about pompous icon_rolleyes.gif )
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    Jan 22, 2011 5:22 AM GMT
    More than likely this was over Comcast taking over, if our major media continues to get narrowed down to just a few big operations, like Christian says the dumbed down American people will be getting an ever increasing amount of dissinformation, propaganda and anything but the truth.

    Its bad enough now !!!! Look at all the examples of dissinformation that the major media's sold the public over the last two elections, Fema camps from Bachman, Death panels from Palin, continually telling the lie about weapons of mass distruction for Lieberman, Obama's not an American, given credence by republican congressional silence, Obama is a racist by Beck, Limpballs has been in on too many to mention, its almost endless.

    This has been happening for several decades slow but sure, anyone that thinks these big corporations having such control over information is a good thing, isn't thinking of his own self interests. Where was this administration when this was under consideration ?
  • metta

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    Jan 22, 2011 5:54 AM GMT

    Anderson Cooper



    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/21/video-msnbcs-keith-olbermann-signs-off/
  • Mepark

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    Jan 22, 2011 5:54 AM GMT
    About time.
  • rioriz

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    Jan 22, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    OtterJoq saidI guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.


    Yay! I agree!
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    Jan 22, 2011 7:12 AM GMT
    Christian73 said
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 said
    OtterJoq saidI guess I'm not really too sorry; KO was a little too Limbaugh-esque in his pomposity.

    Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, makes me want to be a lesbian.


    I agree that he could be pompous, but there are so few progressive (hell, even truthful!) voices out there, so losing one sucks.





    I do give him credit for "toning down the rhetoric" as he stated a few weeks ago.
    He came through , hes gone. :icon_surprised.gif
    He is joining the obscurity of liberal blog land or back to his bathtub.

    Truely weird and ironic is that he is leaving in the middle of Obama's presidency.

    Im sure Democracy now or Young Turks will let him fill in for them.
    or
    Obama can just say the word as he did in Michael Vic's case, I am sure he would be back in some annoying way.

  • metta

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    Jan 22, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
  • Webster666

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    Jan 22, 2011 11:13 AM GMT
    I was shocked and very sad to hear Keith Olbermann's announcement on Friday night's broadcast.
    His was a voice of honesty and compassion.
    He was the one who called the Republicans and the Teabaggers on their endless litany of fear, hatred, and lies.
    It's a rotten shame that his voice has been silenced.
    I only hope that some cable network will be smart enough to give him a home.

    This is what you get when the United States Supreme Court allows corporations to run the country.

    Freedom of speech has been silenced.
  • 1974Warrior

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    Jan 22, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    Thank God
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jan 22, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    Correct.....Freedom of Speech has not been silenced, but one of our heroes that tells the TRUTH about the other side is walking away....How sad for us.......

    The merger with Comcast has nothing to do with this either as that deal has not been formally signed, therefore, the new entity cannot change the programming.

    And...Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow ROCK.
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    Olbermann is more or less the liberal version of Rush Limbaugh.

    Glad to see him go, though I suspect with his money and connections he'll be back.
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    alphatrigger saidOlbermann is more or less the liberal version of Rush Limbaugh.

    Glad to see him go, though I suspect with his money and connections he'll be back.


    Olbermann is notthe liberal equivalent of Rush. Olbermann doesn't play to racists, or misogynists, or white power movements. He also does lie, perpetuate lies, and on the rare occasion where he gets a fact wrong, he offers a correction. Let's stop the false equivalencies. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
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    Christian73 said
    alphatrigger saidOlbermann is more or less the liberal version of Rush Limbaugh.

    Glad to see him go, though I suspect with his money and connections he'll be back.


    Olbermann is notthe liberal equivalent of Rush....


    ... because Limbaugh has an audience of tens of millions and Olbermann barely reached a million.

    Anyway, Olbermann probably wanted more money or complete control over the show or something mundane like that.


    Way to dodge the actual issue. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • crazikat

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    Jan 22, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    icon_confused.gif DAMN!!...what's going 2 happen 2 the MSNBC evening lineup now??? R they going 2 can Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Maddow too??? That would DEFINITELY b a dark day 4 us all...
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    I suspect that now that large corporate interests (larger / i.e. Comcast) have control of NBC, we'll see NBC veering off to the right over the next few months.

    Folks will continue to get more news from internet sources, some, of course, which is reliable and some that isn't but without the censorship of right wing organizations.

    On a side note: just today Mariott Hotels announced all their new hotels will NOT have adult video on demand. They're no longer making money on it. I.e., The Internet has so much free porn that few people are no longer willing to pay what corporate interests demand for porn.
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    alphatrigger saidOlbermann is more or less the liberal version of Rush Limbaugh.

    Glad to see him go, though I suspect with his money and connections he'll be back.


    Olbermann is notthe liberal equivalent of Rush....


    ... because Limbaugh has an audience of tens of millions and Olbermann barely reached a million.

    Anyway, Olbermann probably wanted more money or complete control over the show or something mundane like that.


    Way to dodge the actual issue. icon_rolleyes.gif


    What issue? Olbermann quit his job - what issue????


    He didn't quit. He was forced out. Maybe you should read some reporting on it before you go bullshitting on here.
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    Jan 23, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
    alphatrigger saidOlbermann is more or less the liberal version of Rush Limbaugh.

    Glad to see him go, though I suspect with his money and connections he'll be back.


    Olbermann is notthe liberal equivalent of Rush....


    ... because Limbaugh has an audience of tens of millions and Olbermann barely reached a million.

    Anyway, Olbermann probably wanted more money or complete control over the show or something mundane like that.


    Way to dodge the actual issue. icon_rolleyes.gif


    What issue? Olbermann quit his job - what issue????





    He didn't quit. He was forced out. Maybe you should read some reporting on it before you go bullshitting on here.


    What happened to the new "era of civil debate?"

    Eh hem:

    "This was all Keith's choice. He has several times over the years said that he wants out of his contract. He never meant it until this year. He started lawyers negotiating twice this year. He stopped them in the spring. Then, about a month ago with the guidance of his new ICM team and a new LA manager (who were making zero $ on his current deal), he once again said he wanted to leave and this time they negotiated the full package.

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/nbcu-statement-msnbc-and-keith-olberman-have-ended-their-contract-last-show-tonight/


    If you believe that, I'm Maria of Romania.

    Companies don't pay out full contracts for two years if someone resigns. icon_rolleyes.gif

    And what was "uncivil" in my post?
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    Jan 23, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Christian73 said
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    "This was all Keith's choice. He has several times over the years said that he wants out of his contract. He never meant it until this year. He started lawyers negotiating twice this year. He stopped them in the spring. Then, about a month ago with the guidance of his new ICM team and a new LA manager (who were making zero $ on his current deal), he once again said he wanted to leave and this time they negotiated the full package.

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/01/nbcu-statement-msnbc-and-keith-olberman-have-ended-their-contract-last-show-tonight/


    If you believe that, I'm Maria of Romania.

    Companies don't pay out full contracts for two years if someone resigns. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Of course they do - especially entertainment industry companies - though whether or not it's at "full" salary is unknown in Mr. O's case. Depends on how good a job his people at ICM did.

    You're out of your league here... just move on and stop with the rhetoric of calling me a liar and/or uninformed and please heed our President's call for "civil debate."



    SB - You refuse to believe CBO reports but you think an anonymous "insider" at MSNBC? icon_lol.gif

    And you're frequently and willfully misinformed, though I don't think you consciously lie. Civility does not mean that I won't call you out when you do so, it simply means I won't make fun of your appearance of threaten you or whatever the right wing is doing these days.