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Keith Olbermann’s Final ‘Countdown’ at MSNBC Has the Stench of Comcast All Over It

Last night, Friday, January 21, in what I know must have been a surprise to much of his audience, Keith Olbermann announced this was the last “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” thanked his viewers and those who had helped put the show on the air over the years, and then calmly read a James Thurber story named “The Scotty Who Knew Too Much,” the moral of which was: “It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers.” It was an odd, unsettling moment in the context of Keith’s departure, and it’s still not clear if Olbermann quit or MSNBC fired him; the only official announcement from MSNBC being an exercise in bland Corpospeak opacity:

“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.”

Richard Adams, writing in The Guardian (UK), apparently believes Olbermann was fired:

“Keith Olbermann, the liberal, outspoken anchor of MSNBC’s Countdown show, had his contract dramatically terminated by the US cable news network’s parent company NBC on Friday night.

“Olbermann had two years of a four year contract remaining, worth an estimated $30m, and was the network’s highest-rated personality, responsible in large part for MSNBC’s orientation as a liberal, Democratic-leaning channel.”

Although Comcast ferociously denies they had anything to do with this – and it is barely possible Keith simply refused to work for them and ended his contract by mutual agreement with MSNBC — the juxtaposition of FCC approval to take over NBC/Universal and Olbermann’s blink-quick departure reek with the stench of conservative mega-corporation Comcast sending a chilling message to the cable news network’s employees – especially air personalities Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell – that if they go too ‘progressive’ in their shows, if they pull back the curtain on corporate malfeasance and corruption with too much zeal and fact, they could find their contracts suddenly cancelled as well.

(The new prime-time MSNBC line-up, BTW, is O’Donnell in Keith’s slot at 8:00ET, with Ed Schultz moving into O’Donnell’s current 10:00ET berth. Rachel will stay in her current time slot.)

Thankfully, Keith is still owed $14 million on his contract, so he will have a chance to take a breather, review his options, and make a comeback elsewhere, perhaps even at the struggling third-place CNN. As Rob Soto at Etidbits.com speculates:

“As for our opinion on what’s next for the liberal anchor, don’t be surprised if Olbermann ends up on CNN sooner than later. Their ratings are in the tank, their new Parker/Spitzer series is a disaster (with Kathleen Parker reportedly not very happy being there) and is a poor lead-in to the new Piers Morgan Show. The entire evening lineup needs a makeover, and fast. Olbermann reportedly still has two years on his contract and will get paid his annual salary of about $7 million. However, what is not known at this point if he has a non-compete clause in his contract that would prohibit him from appearing on a rival station until his two-year contract is over.”

VIDEO: Olbermann signs off on final Countdown

I’ve been a regular viewer and fan of Keith Olbermann’s since he first started Countdown eight years ago and I hope he shows up on the TV machine again soon; to paraphrase his sign-off, and mix in some Dylan Thomas, I wish him good luck, and I know he won’t go gently into that good night.

© 2011 RS Janes. LTSaloon.org.

Glenn Beck Thinks He’s Just Like Martin Luther King?

Here’s the Big Lie technique in action, from the same ‘nonviolent’ idiot who fantasizes on-air about killing or harming Michael Moore, Charles Rangel, Nancy Pelosi and numerous generic ‘progressives.’


cartoon copyright John Sherffius

“On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Glenn Beck posted copies of King’s Pledge of Nonviolence and his own nonviolence pledge — issued in the wake of the shooting in Arizona — on his website and urged people to ‘read both’ and ‘see the similarities.’

“As Media Matters has previously noted, Beck’s pledge is steeped in politics and contains a very thinly-veiled attack on President Obama. Moreover, Beck has a long history of violent rhetoric with which potential pledge-signers may not want to associate.”
— From “On MLK Day, Beck Compares His Nonviolence Pledge to King’s,” Media Matters, Jan. 17, 2011.

“First, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Pledge of Nonviolence

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Today’s Quotes: Fox News – ‘Disarming’ You With ‘Mistakes’

Sure, who cares if you ‘eh’ screw up the news headlines, as long as you have the ‘ability to do stuff’ of which Uncle Rupert approves.

“Here you have an ability to do stuff, and then they can always rein you in,” [Brian] Kilmeade told the Los Angeles Times in October 2008. “But I know I’m not going to get reprimanded.”

“When we make a mistake reading the news headlines, whereas at a [broadcast] network you’d probably get fired, instead, we’re like, ‘Eh, we screwed up,’ ” Fox & Friends’ Gretchen Carlson similarly told the Times. “And I think that’s disarming.”
— Eric Hananoki, Media Matters, Oct. 22, 2010.

Somehow, Fox & Friends never seem to make a ‘mistake’ contrary to Fox News owner Murdoch’s conservative agenda.

‘Non-Political’ Fox News Messiah Glenn Beck and His ‘Black Robe Regiment’ Represent the Views of 180 Million Americans

… well, according to Glenn Beck anyway.

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201008280018

Beck Introduces the New Black Robe Regiment

That’s right, 240 preachers show up at Beck’s ‘Gull on the Mall’ party — his ‘Black Robe Regiment’ — and, somehow, they represent what 180 million Americans think? This must be the miracle Beck was promoting!

Our New Messiah Glenn Beck’s Message From God: ‘Just Do It’

“This is the beginning of the great awakening of America … We must give voice to what God says we must do My message to you tonight is stand where He wants you to stand and trust in the Lord. If He tells you to do it, do it. If you can’t figure it out, He will. Just do it.”
— Glenn Beck yesterday on his ‘Restoring Honor’ rally message, as quoted by NBC news services, Aug. 28, 2010.

Is Glenn Beck listening to God or Nike’s advertising agency?

“All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.”
— John Arbuthnot

So do ‘non-political’ tea parties and jumped-up bipolar Shock Jocks who pretend to be religious figures.

Three Defamation Experts Say Sherrod Suit Against Breitbart Has Merit

Legal Experts: Sherrod Lawsuit Against Breitbart Has Merit

July 29, 2010 4:51 pm ET
by Joe Strupp
Media Matters.org

Now that Shirley Sherrod has said she plans to sue blogger Andrew Breitbart for posting an edited video of her comments that he claimed indicated racism, the question arises as to whether she has a case.

At least three attorneys experienced in defamation and libel tell Media Matters for America that she could well win.

“Most certainly she does have a case,” said Attorney Deborah Drooz of Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck in Los Angeles, which has handled such cases for Martha Stewart and Aretha Franklin. “What Mr. Breitbart did was to create the false appearance that Ms. Sherrod was a racist. He used that to further his conservative agenda. He deprived the viewer of the ability to decide for himself what Ms. Sherrod said.”

Drooz added, “If he knew that this was only an excerpt, he published it with the knowledge that there was something else. To publish something that created the impression without investigating further, that is acting with reckless disregard for the truth.”

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