Saturday, January 22, 2011

Don't Let The Door Hit You Where The Good Lord Split You

Olbermann Announces Departure from MSNBC

NEW YORK – MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced Friday that he is leaving the network and has taped his last "Countdown" show.

MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with the controversial host, with no further explanation. Olbermann hosted the network's most popular show, but his combative liberal opinions often made him a target of critics.

Olbermann did not explain why he was leaving.

This dude was fired.

There is no other explanation. He came on the show Friday and announced out of the blue that he was leaving, that night. Further, they ended his contract - two years into a four year contract.

Could there be some small shred of common sense at MSNBC?

The problem now though is that Maddow, O'Donnell, Schultz, and Matthews are going to have to spread MSNBC's message of lunacy while attracting far fewer people. This really is unfair to them.

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Brooke said...

Olbermann is toxic and MSNBC, with ratings in the gutter, knows it.

Funny thing is, though, that I bet they would let him go on air and say ANYTHING, really... I bet this firing came down to his campaign contributions.

I'm shocked that he hasn't made bitter potshots at the network over being fired. I'm sure that will come once he thinks he won't be sued.

Mustang said...

It's time MSNBC took out the trash. It's too bad they didn't take it all out.

I read he's stuck on himself, which has resulted in numerous contentious relationships with employers over the years. So, I guess it's true: he really is an asshole. I'm guessing MSNBC paid him off, though ...

Ticker said...

Is Maddcow next?

Could it be that the media is waking up to the fact that they were sold a bill of goods by the leftist(Obama) and now they are unloading it like worthless stock?
Do they smell a bloody good news story upcoming on the Birth Certificate and can't report it as long as they are perceived to be in bed with Obama?

Stay tuned, it's getting interesting.

Z said...

DING DONG THE JERK IS GONE....hallelujiah. I think he was fired too...and I'm delighted.

Mustang's probably right...I'd hate to EVER know how much money he got to leave. dayum.

Ticker..maddow? From your lips to God's ears.
I was thinking about the pursed lips of Ronnie Reagan as he's been interviewed slamming his father's mental state...pursed little lips of surety and conceit; Olbermann ALWAYS pursed his lips like that...they're so SAD, these liberals ..
you watch Hannity, O'Reilly, they're OUT THERE, they're big, smiling, they're not pursing lips, sad little eyebrows up in the middle, so know?

Chuck, Off Topic, I did ask my German adult stepkids if they'd heard about the Christian omission in the EU calendar and they had not... but had the good sense to be outraged and were going to find out if friends knew about it.
Imagine the EU saying it was an accident? LEAVING OUT CHRISTMAS?

Ticker said...

Z, libtards get pursed lips from sucking up.

LASunsett said...

I cannot be as ecstatic, as many are right now.

As I often have said before, Olberrmann is an idiot and a hypocrite. But in the process of this assessment, I also find it important to state with the utmost surety that no one is ever completely worthless. At the very least, they can serve as a bad example.

Olberrmann WAS that bad example and to THIS effect, a very valuable teaching tool.

In addition to this observation, I do not want anyone taken off of the air for speaking their opinions, no matter how ignorant, stupid, or offensive they may sound in the process.

Despite the fact that Olby is the epitome of wrong thinking, his firing can be used as an excuse to silence others someday--others who could be right in their observations but deemed to be offensive by others.

It is possibly a very dangerous slippery slope and definitely a a double edged sword. It can come back can to bite us in the end.

Chuck said...

Brooke, I think he became an embarrassment

Mustang, more to go

Ticker, it is interesting in that he had the highest ratings at MSNBC

Z, I'm not surprised the EU media is ignoring it, they're the same as the US

LA, I genuinely agree with your sentiment and no - no one should be fired for airing their opinions (see Juan Williams). I think there is a distinction here in that his views were not only wrong but often intentionally wrong. He was a liar.

I think disagreement and opposing viewpoints are not only good but vital, dishonesty is not and Olbermann was often dishonest.

LASunsett said...

//He was a liar.//

No argument from me, there. But this is where he is the bad example, this is where we get to use our right to speak out... to call him on it and prove him a liar. It makes discrediting him and others like him so easy.

There are many more liars just like him on TV and on the internet (See: Kos, MyDD, MoveOn, Media Matters, etc.). Some are subtle and others no so much. We cannot shut them all down, and I am not sure it is wise to do so. But we can give them the opportunity to voice their lies... and then, win the narrative with the truth.

They lie, we counter with the truth. Truth will win, they will lose. The market will decide and right now it is doing just that.

Chuck said...

LA, maybe this is an instance of the truth winning? I'm not suggesting a change of heart by MSNBC but maybe he finally became too toxic even for them. It is possible this is what victory will look like, thinning these guys out.

Understand, I am not disagreeing with you, the true test of tolerance or freedom of speech is allowing guys like Olbermann to rant. The flip side of that though is the freedom to attempt to run them out of town. I am speaking figuratively here, not literally. Maybe we have the right to protest until people like this are tossed. This is not censorship, it's both sides exercising their rights and one side being heard.

Bit of splitting hairs here but...

Always On Watch said...

If he was fired, I do want to hear that explanation. I'm not expecting such an explanation to be forthcoming, however.

LASunsett said...

//I'm not suggesting a change of heart by MSNBC but maybe he finally became too toxic even for them.//

I read last night that it was over money:

As for the market approach, I think he's had his ass handed to him consistently for years now. Billy O usually beats him out approx 3:1. Yet, Olby was still pulling in more viewers in than the others at MSNBC. Sgt Schultz, Mr. Tingle are not even pulling in a million and they aren't being canned.

I originally had thought that the new owners, Comcast, had something to do with it. But I they haven't assumed any of the decision making yet.

Chuck said...

AOW, we will never know the truth and quite frankly, it very well be none of our business ultimately.

LA, I'm not buying the money bit. It doesn't quite fit. I do wonder if maybe Comcast already has a little more control than they are saying.

Karen Howes said...

Apparently Hitler is pretty upset about this!

MK said...

I was wondering when they'd toss out what the cat dragged in. So long keith, can't say you'll be missed, don't call us, we'll call you, please forget to write, maybe you can move to italy or spain and take fat al and michael moore with you.

cube said...

I don't know the story of Olbermann's departure from MSMBC, but to think it had NOTHING to do with the Comcast buyout is just plain naive.

Olbermann is mentally ill and he needs therapy.

I think Comcast is looking for higher ratings... that doesn't bode well with Mr. Ed and Rachel Maddow, but I think Lawrence O'Donnell will survive. Just my opinion.