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MSNBC Cans Keith Olbermann

MSNBC has cancelled it's highest rated show, Countdown With Keith Olbermann. According to The Wall Street Journal:

MSNBC and Mr. Olbermann have been discussing parting ways for some time, according to a person familiar with the matter. That person said they ultimately came to a financial agreement to end his contract two years early. The host signed a four-year deal worth $30 million in 2008.

Neither side offered an explanation for their split.

Olbermann made no mention of what he will do next. You can watch his final sign-off below.


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Na na na na, na na na na, h... (Below threshold)
Capitalist Chick:

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey GOODBYE!!!!!

I like watching Keith's sho... (Below threshold)
NotoriousRambo:

I like watching Keith's show it is very informative and is very straight forward unlike Fox News which many of you foolishly watch even though you know you are being lied to makes me think of the war in Iraq a war started basically on lies and was proven so yet we continue to fight there JUST DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE.

I respect Keith's journalism so much that I got hooked onto his show i was flipping through the channels a year and a half ago seeing what all the major news networks are talking about off course Fox news just made me switch the channel right away then same thing happened with CNN but not as swift as fox I then turned to MSNBC watched the whole episode of "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" and was immediately hooked not only can I see the true sense of journalism from this guy I can also see what he was bringing to the show was the Truth something foxnews is the opposite of.

I am very disappointed with Keith's decision cause hes one of the last few real journalists around that will tell it like it is much less so with Jon Stewart who although chooses the satirical route with his show yet he tell you the news without covering up the truth like foxnews yes foxnews. One thing that comes to mind that may be the reason for his sudden unfortunate departure might be the Gabrielle Gifford's shooting and the not surprising post response from our very patriotic politicians. I couldn't be more disgusted when Sarah Palin and the likes thereof acted like they had no accountability for what happened even though she proudly used terms like RELOAD! I can see why Keith might not want to be any part of such a corrupt and atrocious system of government where blame is passed onto each other instead of claiming accountability like Keith did and surprisingly John McCain. Although they are not directly responsible for the Arizona shooting they stood up and said something out of their hearts instead of their behinds like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, & Rush Limbaugh have been doing.

I wish Keith all the best kind of like how i did the same with Dan Rather who was also a journalist I had huge respects for its a shame how we just keep sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss where the truth is very hard to come by its all up to Jon Stewart Now.

Why would I want to watch t... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Why would I want to watch that turd go down the toilet bowl for the last time? I haven't watched that ID10T unless it was a YouTube clip and even those were painful.

Seriously, stupid on your magnitude should be fatal NR.

It says something significa... (Below threshold)
jim m:

It says something significant about the person that MSNBC is willing to sack him when he is their highest rated show. That something is not good.

It says something about a n... (Below threshold)
st1d:

It says something about a network, when a schmuck like Olbermann produces their highest rated show...and that something isn't good.

I like watching Keith's ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

I like watching Keith's show it is very informative

Oh. So you're the one.

The scuttlebutt - going bac... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

The scuttlebutt - going back to his ESPN days - has always been that he is an arrogant jerk who treats everyone badly and is universally disliked. It certainly explains the high concentration of jerks among his fans.

I'm hearing he got a buy-out on condition he not take an on-air position on any other network until the original contract period expires in 2012. He will probably try to do something on the internet, or perhaps satellite radio if it isn't covered by the severance agreement.

Um, NotoriousRambo-<p... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

Um, NotoriousRambo-

You do know that Bush is no longer President? Hasn't been for two years?

Something to chew on here. ... (Below threshold)
Stan:

Something to chew on here. It could be that as a part of the Comcrap deal, MSNBC had to fire Olbermann or Comcrap would not finalize the deal. We all know what an ass Olbie was, especially his notorious asshole of the week segment. He was rehired after after getting fired right after the election, because pressure was brought to bear. Now that Jeff Imelt does not own MSNBC,anymore, there was no protection for Olbie.

I would almost guarantee th... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I would almost guarantee that Comcast demanded that he be gone before they completed the deal.

Fox News which many of y... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Fox News which many of you foolishly watch even though you know you are being lied to makes me think of the war in Iraq a war started basically on lies

Perhaps. But at least they're consistent. I've noticed that Olbermann doesn't seem to talk about war all that much since Obama started taking up space in the Oval Office. In fact, Keith suddenly stopped talking about all of those topics that had him fired up in the past. You know which topics I'm talking about: Gitmo, Afghanistan, The Patriot Act, corporate cronyism, 'enhanced' torture, etc. Why doesn't he talk about them now? Because it's his president that's completing Dubya's third term, and so he's suddenly okay with those policies. Because he's a political hypocrite.

Just like you.

I will miss Keith Olberman ... (Below threshold)
Howie:

I will miss Keith Olberman too. Where else am I going to find another idiot to laugh at? Never mind, I can still watch CSPAN for clips of Barbara Boxer.

"Why doesn't he talk about ... (Below threshold)
SpideyTerry:

"Why doesn't he talk about them now?"

Hey, let's be fair. At least he's talking about increased political rhetoric. He and every non-FOX outlet weren't talking about that during Dubya's terms - ya know when anti-war protestors were waving around posters of Bush's severed head and other such violent material.

I will miss watching Keith.... (Below threshold)
Jackie Thornton:

I will miss watching Keith. He is fantastic in sharing so much and gave so much of himself. He identifies with PEOPLE, He KNOWS PEOPLE, and he LOVES PEOPLE.

He does so much for so many. I pray he finds a special place to continue his work.

Dear Mr. Olbermann I first ... (Below threshold)
Tiara Leon:

Dear Mr. Olbermann I first started watching your show one day as you were raking Ex- Pres Bush over the coals...I've been a loyal fan ever since. I was watching the day you gave Ms. Hillary what for when she all but said anything could happen to then Senator Obama, like it did to Sen. Kennedy
( assasination ) I loved you for that! You've been a big part of my day for the past 4 years. A part i looked forward to each day. You will be missed by me, Keith. You always said out loud what a lot of us were thinking. You were our voice. I'm sad to see you go. Tiara Leon

I always got a laugh out of... (Below threshold)
GFR:

I always got a laugh out of watching olberdork claim that he went to Cornell.

Saying he was the top rated talent on msnbc is a bit like calling someone the prettiest girl at MIT - damning with faint praise.

The writing is on the wall libtards - even msnbc has to make money some time. Maybe olbermann can get a bailout from obama?

Maybe msnbc will hire Juan Williams - he was a liberal nitwit but at least he had some vague connection to sanity.

It shouldn't be long before that guy Ray gets the heave ho too.

ha ha ha

To paraphrase James Thurber: [Keith Olbermann is].. a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.

What Clay said.... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

What Clay said.

I see the usual authoritari... (Below threshold)

I see the usual authoritarian personalities are out in force trumpeting their hatred for any commentator not in agreement with them. They also show their level of maturity with the name-calling. I promise you that Comcast made no demand for cancelling the highest rated broadcast on MSNBC. Olbermann's show was never demagoguery, as O'Reilly's and the entire Fox line-up are. What he did so beautifully was expose the deception and hypocrisy on Fox and other rightwing sources. If you love to wallow in deception and hypocrisy, you would applaud his exit. If you love incisive commentary and diverse viewpoints, you would be very sorry to see him go.

This comes at a very bad ti... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

This comes at a very bad time. Unemployment is still very high. The DC has a continuing feature Olbermann Watch: we watch because we're paid to. What becomes of those writers now?

What they need is for Keith to be re-employed right now. How about establishing him as spokesman for the CRU at the University of East Anglia? They could drop a sandwich-board sign over his shoulders (something simple, in keeping with Keith: You Didn't Believe Me, Now Die) and put him in front of the BBC cameras every evening from 9-10. Side benefits would be that the relocation to the UK would feed his I'm-the-second-coming-of-Edward R delusion and we'd be rid of him.

Not to get excited. There's... (Below threshold)
Don L:

Not to get excited. There's another million rattlers ready and waiting to take over the den and spew his venom. It's not (only) the man- it's the philosphy that's evil. The same applies to the Whitehouse, if Obama were to resign tommorrow, his replacement (whichever lib takes over) would be just as evil.

@14 - I am sure he will, bu... (Below threshold)
Olsoljer:

@14 - I am sure he will, but I'm betting he won't like the temperature

This is the first developme... (Below threshold)
Bob:

This is the first development I've seen since the Tucson shooting that may lessen the so-called "climate of hate." I've never heard anyone spew as much hate at Mr. Olbermann. Good riddance.

Talk about your classic add... (Below threshold)

Talk about your classic addition by subtraction. Get rid of Matthews and watch the ratings spike, MSNBC!

Keefums cover in the front ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Keefums cover in the front office was leaving with the ownership going to Comcast. Given the "love" he generated while at MSNBC - it was either leave or start wearing kevlar every day.

NotoriousRambo: "...Dan ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

NotoriousRambo: "...Dan Rather who was also a journalist I had huge respects for its a shame how we just keep sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss where the truth is very hard to come by..."

"the truth is very hard to come by", which explains why Olbermutt and Rather just made it up! Much easier!!

Olbermutt is a mean spirited, unprincipled lout...with ZERO actual talent. But he was the screeching mouth of the petulent Left, so naturally they will miss him. Someone else will have to tell them what to think now.

I wonder who they will get ... (Below threshold)
Stan:

I wonder who they will get to replace him? Alan Colmes at Fox News would be a perfect candidate. He is the exact type of person that would fit right into the way things are run over there. Colmes is not a very happy camper, since Hannity gave him the boot.

Colmes 'problem' is that he... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Colmes 'problem' is that he's a DNC talking points echo chamber.

Looks like Eddie Shultz will take up where Keefums left off. Given the egos there, will the knives now be out for Shultz? Maddow and O'Donnell have to be pissed, given their higher numbers.

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,918,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,940,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 1,786,000
FOXNEWS BECK 1,780,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,460,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,106,000
CNN PIERS 1,025,000
MSNBC MADDOW 976,000
MSNBC O'DONNELL 855,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 760,000
CNN COOPER 740,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 700,000

KO sockpuppets Unite!... (Below threshold)
epador:

KO sockpuppets Unite!

Maybe Keefums can get a gig... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Maybe Keefums can get a gig with Dan Rather. I'm sure Soros would could afford to set up his own satellite radio.

Olbermann's show w... (Below threshold)
Olbermann's show was never demagoguery

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

"Where else am I going t... (Below threshold)
John S:

"Where else am I going to find another idiot to laugh at?"

There’s still the ugly dyke Rachel Maddow. She’s twice the man Olberman ever was.

John S, you're a piece of s... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

John S, you're a piece of shit. Human garbage. Don't have kids.

"John S, you're a piece of ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"John S, you're a piece of shit. Human garbage. Don't have kids."

What's the matter, hype, no fiber in your breakfast this morning? Must be the panties all bunched up over the loss of Keefums.

Right?

I don't watch television, G... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

I don't watch television, GF. It makes people stupid.

I also hope the two people who +1'd John S do not have kids, for they are also human garbage.

Hey HB. Rare form this morn... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Hey HB. Rare form this morning, buddy.

Thanks Clay. It just really... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Thanks Clay. It just really irks me that people use words like dyke and faggot. They presumably understand why it's not alright to call someone a kike or a nigger. Such incredibly stupid people.

"I also hope the two people... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I also hope the two people who +1'd John S do not have kids, for they are also human garbage."

And here I thought liberals weren't "judgmental".

Well, I have to admit that ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Well, I have to admit that I get confused myself sometimes. I have lesbian friends who call other women (not necessarily other lesbians) dykes, butches, princesses, and bulls. Perhaps it's only within the context of intimate conversation and that makes it okay. But even then, isn't that a breach of PC protocol? Since I enjoy a certain amount of anonymity here, I'll venture to say that I usually laugh when they go on their tirades. Maybe I shouldn't. Are we just taking this too far? Is the rule that it's okay for lesbians to poke fun at lesbians à la Margaret Choi, but not okay for pedestrian discussion? Anyway, I sincerely do get confused sometimes. I'm also aware that I can be an insensitive lout (So I've been told).

But, back to the topic. We are in agreement in our skepticism of television. I rarely watch it these days, but do drop in on the likes of Kieth Olbermann on occasion. And I have noticed a drastic change in his show since Obama took office. Don't you find it interesting in the least that subjects in which he heatedly discussed prior to Obama's ascendancy (The Patriot Act, for instance) have magically disappeared from his post-November 2008 lexicon? You see, I think that things like The Patriot Act should be discussed regardless of the occupancy at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. And if the Patriot Act was pernicious under Bush (and I believe it was and still is), it should warrant the same amount of attention under Obama. Don't you agree? So, I actually find myself in agreement with ideas on the left and many positions on the right, but both seem to be inconsistent. Shouldn't we be consistent in our stances? So, either Olbermann is schizophrenic or he is dishonest. Maybe a vacation will do him good.

But, what about regular Joe Democrat? Take a look at this Notorious Rambo guy up above. Don't you suppose he was fired up about The Patriot Act under 43? And shouldn't he be holding Obama and media divas like Olbermann accountable? Yet, Notorious Rambo has this seeming blind allegiance to Olbermann and, one would assume, President Obama. This shouldn't be and American politics will never recover until we all, regardless of political affiliation, begin to hold elected officials and talking heads accountable.

Conversely, I hold much of what I see on Fox at arm's length as well. I suspect they also have an agenda. But, I will give them credit in that their message hasn't changed and at least they are consistent. Therefore, at least from an integrity perspective, they receive a better rating from me. However, the bar has been set so low these days that it doesn't much matter. I agree with John Prine: "Blow up the TV".

Well, it's Sunday morning here. And you know what that means. I'll see you at church, buddy!

Good points Clay. So far, ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Good points Clay. So far, the only 'consistency' on the left has been hypocrisy.

hyper dislikes name calling. Where's the leftest indignation when the likes of Shakedown Jackson uses the term "Kikes"? How about Looney Farrakhan and Wright with "Whitey"? More recently, Gloria Hernandez and "gringos"? The "turn the other cheek" crowd would never say that to a Black or Hispanic addressed in derogatory racial terms. But everyone else is?

Hernandez got called on the term, but blithely came back with the 'fact' that the term - as noted in a Spanish dictionary located in the Royal Library in Madrid did not indicate the term was derogatory. She did not respond when I mentioned that I volunteer at a local kennel that raises/trains dogs for the handicapped. At the kennel, the term "bitch" is not considered derogatory. Therefore Ms Hernandez should have no problems in future contacts, when the salutation begins with Yo Bitch!.
Somehow, I think otherwise.

I'll be looking forward to when the "outrage" is more than a One-Way Street.

Given the tone of the posti... (Below threshold)
iDoGiveaFlip:

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There’s still the ugly d... (Below threshold)
Howie:

There’s still the ugly dyke Rachel Maddow. She’s twice the man Olberman ever was.

Ouch. LMAO

When a redneck bigot refers... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

When a redneck bigot refers to a lesbian as a dyke, it's not okay. When a lesbian uses it, it's normally in the sense of having 'reclaimed' the word. So, rapper saying 'niggaz': not offensive. White scum saying 'niggers': grounds for a serious beating. Gay dude calling another gay dude a 'flaming homo': obnoxious but usually pretty funny. Heteronormative homophobe calling a gay person a 'faggot': grounds for a serious beating. Anyone who is bothered by that is just mad that they don't get to hurl epithets at minorities with impunity, like in the good ol' days. White people are privileged and it's just hilarious that some of them are annoyed that minorities get away with saying things that they don't get to say without repercussions.

From what I know about Olbermann, he was a boorish partisan hack and I'm glad he's not on television anymore. However, the anti-semitic ass-clown named Glenn Beck is much, much, much worse than Olbermann, and the fact that millions of people take that sonofabitch seriously makes me weep for the future of humanity. He endorses books and authors who are explicitly xenophobic and cries fake tears and people take him seriously. Utter, utter morons.

Think I slept through church, Clay. I'll catch you there next week. ;)

GF, what makes you think I give a shit about what Louis Farrakhan has to say about anything? Do I care what you think about David Duke? Actually, I think it goes without saying that you probably don't find his views very reasonable. Seriously guy, is everyone who doesn't share your political disposition guilty of endorsing every awful person who falls roughly on their side of the ideological spectrum? If Louis Farrakhan posted on this blog, I would call him a racist asshole, because he is a racist asshole. I like to think I'm pretty consistent.

Keith Olbermann is brillian... (Below threshold)
Chris Taus:

Keith Olbermann is brilliant and brave. He stood up to all the lies from the right wing. He was a celebration every night that we saw and heard this amazing man. He will be so missed until he appears again. Maybe with the press for the current President Obama?




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