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Mad Dog Finally Put Down

Well, it finally happened. MSNBC finally canned Keith Olbermann. And it was not likely because of ratings, 'cuz as crappy as they were, they were still the best the network had. So whether it was a condition of Comcast buying out the network or MSNBC finally realizing that Olbermann was simply too big a pain in the ass to keep around (he's infamously an asshole to his staff), it's done.

So, what's next?

Last November, when Keith had his little time-out in the corner for flouting MSNBC's "ethics" rules, I had a suggestion that I still think has merit: Fox News should dump Geraldo and offer the time slot to Keith, with a few strings.

There is one small hitch, though: as part of his separation, Olbermann has a non-compete clause that says he can't work for another network "for an extended period of time."

But this is business. Everything's negotiable. My hunch is that the clause was put there mainly as a sop to Keith's ego, to make him think he is that important, that popular, that powerful. (MSNBC would have seen it as a way to flatter him and make him more amenable to the agreement.) I suspect that if Fox really wanted to bring on Keith (for the reasons I outlined prior), they could probably pay MSNBC to make that go away. Hell, I'll kick in the five bucks myself.

Finally, I leave you once again with Keith's most profound, most insightful, most intelligent special comment ever, as captured for all eternity by IMAO's FrankJ:



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Comments (35)

Picking up Olbermann as a c... (Below threshold)
James H:

Picking up Olbermann as a contributor (not an anchor) might actually be a good thing for Fox News. Gives them another token liberal among its commentariat.

Yeah - "The Shep and Keefum... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Yeah - "The Shep and Keefums Hour. Has a nice ring to it.

Maybe Keef can get a gig with Dan Rather.

Hey Jay, I just stumbled up... (Below threshold)
Jambo86:

Hey Jay, I just stumbled upon this blog. It will be the last time I visit here. Just want to let you know that you do not seem to have a wit of intelligence or humor. But hey, what can anyone say to someone that seems to be so stupid that will actually get through? Absolutely nothin!!

Jmabo86 wrote:<block... (Below threshold)
Brett :

Jmabo86 wrote:

Hey Jay, I just stumbled upon this blog. It will be the last time I visit here. Just want to let you know that you do not seem to have a wit of intelligence or humor. But hey, what can anyone say to someone that seems to be so stupid that will actually get through? Absolutely nothin!!

Now Keefums, there's no need to use an alias. I am sure I can speak for all of the regular posters here that we would greatly appreciate you inciteful commentary. Most of the other leftist imbeciles got spanked and left, but we know you will just keep going regardless of how wrong you might be. It's a part of your pathology.

I'd be willing to bet that ... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

I'd be willing to bet that the terms of their separation agreement are that MSNBC will continue to pay Olbermann's full salary just as the price they have to pay to take him off the air. The "extended period of time" is the remaining length of his contract.

3. Posted by Jambo86 | Janu... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

3. Posted by Jambo86 | January 22, 2011 11:45 AM

Translation:
"I was dispatched over here from the lefty, nutroot ,collective Borg of Huffing-glue, Kos, etc., to harass conservative blogs out of frustrated bitterness following the well deserved dismissal of notorious ,venomous cable jock K.O."

The left will never acknowl... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

The left will never acknowledge that Fox News has lefties on it unless Fox has at least 90% of them.

Screw Olberman. Fox would be foolish to give him an hour.

Jambo86-Well, just s... (Below threshold)
David Spence:

Jambo86-
Well, just stumble the hell out of here-WGAS.

You know who else thinks Ol... (Below threshold)
James H:

You know who else thinks Olbermann is a mad dog? Hitler.

Paraphrasing Glenn Reynolds... (Below threshold)
Roy:

Paraphrasing Glenn Reynolds - this always happens when useful idiots are no longer useful.

The left will never ackn... (Below threshold)
Woop:

The left will never acknowledge that Fox News has lefties on it unless Fox has at least 90% of them.

True, because that's bullshit.

The left will ... (Below threshold)
Brett :
The left will never acknowledge that Fox News has lefties on it unless Fox has at least 90% of them.

True, because that's bullshit.

Have to hold out for a clean sweep, right, Doop?

Well, it finally happene... (Below threshold)
john:

Well, it finally happened. MSNBC finally canned Keith Olbermann.

Do you know something that no one else does? Because it seems that the entire industry is wondering whether he was fired or quit. Interestingly, MSNBC ran network promotions during his show that featured him, so it seems odd that they would do so knowing he wouldn't be around anymore. Check your sources.

The tears of lefties taste ... (Below threshold)
howcome:

The tears of lefties taste soooo good. They are all lashing out in a collective hissy fit. MMMM good.

"Hey Jay, I just stumbled u... (Below threshold)
914:

"Hey Jay, I just stumbled upon this blog"


Ha ha ha ha ha. Nice try Hyper.

re:15Rates right u... (Below threshold)
epador:

re:15

Rates right up there with:

the check is in the mail

I will respect you in the morning

...the most ethical Congress evah!

It was a good decision by M... (Below threshold)
dom youngross:

It was a good decision by MSNBC to jettison Olbermann. He was the 'best' they had but was also a dead-end. Continuing with Olbermann as lead puke would have turned MSNBC into Air America, had they not blown him out the hatch.

There's a declining market for what Olbermann, Schultz, and Maddow mouth-peddle as evidenced by the Nov. 2010 midterms. Secondly, who isn't weary with the three-fingers-pointing-back hypocrisy of the leftists, particularly given their over-the-top projectile vomiting and crap flinging toward Palin over the Tuscon tragedy? It was the same Palin they previously wanted 'gang-raped by big black brothers' should she venture to Manhattan.

Then there's 'pro-choice' Reid, who won't allow the House resolution to repeal Obamacare come to the Senate floor.

And there's the additional selective-amnesia hypocrisy of the leftists, given all the weasels who ripped Bush II over Iraq but then patted Obama on the back in 2008 for promising to go more-Bush-than-Bush in Af-Pak. Olbermann seemed to be king weasel on that one.

Let's see what Olbermann has to say this fall when that mythical July '11 drawdown date for US troops in Af-Pak is exposed as a myth. Karzai's term runs to 2014.

"Do you know something that... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

"Do you know something that no one else does? Because it seems that the entire industry is wondering whether he was fired or quit. Interestingly, MSNBC ran network promotions during his show that featured him, so it seems odd that they would do so knowing he wouldn't be around anymore. Check your sources." john

Believe what ever you wish. But if you were to sally on over to TMZ (I'm sure that's a source YOU trust) you'd find they've got a post on this subject.

Olbermann represented enter... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Olbermann represented entertainment as news, much like O'Reilly and Limbaugh do. All are terrifically biased, and none are a good source for serious or objective news or facts. They're simply entertainers, with their old time insult comic inspired shtick routines.

Maybe the gods at MSNBC suddenly decided they wanted serious news rather than entertainment passed off as news?

Another Lib/Leftist ... (Below threshold)
macofromoc:


Another Lib/Leftist trying to maximize his bank account at the expense of the little guy how atypical. Useful Idiots and Natural Born Idiots affected most.

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.

So, the NotoriousRambo is c... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

So, the NotoriousRambo is cutting and pasting the same statement in multiple blog posts here (and I'll bet elsewhere). A spamming troll. Jay, how about breaking out Thor's Hammer and putting it out of our misery.

That really stings, 914. I'... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

That really stings, 914. I'm a lot better at insulting people than whoever that asshole is.

ah James ...since ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

ah James ...

since FOX has more than 2 current liberals on staff I think you can drop the token liberal nonsense ... a token is singular ... i.e. one ... uno ...

nice try to jab FOX though ...

"Maybe the gods at MSNBC su... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Maybe the gods at MSNBC suddenly decided they wanted serious news rather than entertainment passed off as news?"

Hahahahaha!!!! Gasp! Wheeze!

So when are they going to get rid of O'Donnell, Maddow, Shultz, and Matthews?

I am not so quick to celebr... (Below threshold)
Pam:

I am not so quick to celebrate this; I don't want this to used as a precedent for going after Beck et al.

Believe what ever you wi... (Below threshold)
john:

Believe what ever you wish. But if you were to sally on over to TMZ (I'm sure that's a source YOU trust) you'd find they've got a post on this subject.

Thanks for the pointer. TMZ reports that "Keith Olbermann saw the handwriting on the wall with the new owner of NBC and cut a deal for his exit". So that seems to confirm that Jay was off base with his "MSNBC canned Olbermann" assumption.

"I don't want this to used ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"I don't want this to used as a precedent for going after Beck et al."

NEWS FLASH! They already have. Remember the 'boycotts'? Calling show sponsors?

John,Resigning is ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

John,

Resigning is announcing you're leaving... "giving notice".

Resigning because YOU think you're about to be fired gives you a fig leaf of cover... you weren't fired or even told you were going to be fired.

"Seeing the handwriting on the wall" is more along the lines of being given the chance to resign (now) rather than having them actually fire you. I wonder if having to make that decision effects you... like stomach flu or eating bad oysters does?

"Keith Olbermann saw the ha... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Keith Olbermann saw the handwriting on the wall with the new owner of NBC and cut a deal for his exit".

Translation: Zucker and Immelt wouldn't be there to protect him.

Keefums wanted to leave? He was under contract. If he left on his own, he'd get NOTHING. He's leaving with MONEY. MSNBC got rid of him. WHY? Did Comcast want him gone before they got there? Or did Keefums want even more money? Figuring he'd screw MSNBC into saying "okay" just before they left, leaving Comcast holding the bag?

In the end the media and it... (Below threshold)

In the end the media and its pundits will continue their game, beef up their cheering squad team and come up with the occasional human interest story while a comatose America sits home and wonders to itself why the country is going to the dogs and there is no one left to offer a subjective discussion, irrespective of idealogical dogma of what is actually going on in this nation, what it means and how we arrived at that moment.

Instead we will all be resigned to pointing fingers, applauding Hollywood stars who resemble action heroes with perfect haircuts and jawlines and the commiserating the continued liberties of this nation and those brave enough to inspire and engender said discussions. What a bloody shame.

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/01/the-lynching-of-american-media-and-keith-olbermann/

Obama's New Civility Czar</... (Below threshold)
Louis:

Obama's New Civility Czar

"Seeing the han... (Below threshold)
Ak4mc Author Profile Page:
"Seeing the handwriting on the wall"
Otherwise known in employment law as "constructive dismissal."
Wish we could cancel Barry'... (Below threshold)
914:

Wish we could cancel Barry's contract this easy.

Murdoch fired Olbermann fro... (Below threshold)
KeithK:

Murdoch fired Olbermann from Fox Sports five years ago, saying that Keith was "crazy". I think that pretty much rules out a job offer at Fox News. (As if Olbermann would even consider it.)




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