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Lunatic Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC

  1. Lunatic Keith Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Indefinitely Without Pay

    MSNBC has suspended star anchor Keith Olbermann following the news that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.

    "I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay," MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement.

    Politico reported Friday that Olbermann had donated $2,400 each to Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and to Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway. While NBC News policy does not prohibit employees from donating to political candidates, it requires them to obtain prior approval from NBC News executives before doing so.

    In a statement earlier Friday, Olbermann defended his donation, saying, "I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level."

    Griffin's statement underscores that it was Olbermann's failure to obtain approval, and not the actual political donations, that prompted the suspension.

    The move is significant in that it represents a major development in the relationship between Griffin and Olbermann, who once told the New Yorker, "Phil thinks he's my boss."

    "Keith doesn't run the show," Griffin told New York Magazine recently. "I do a lot of things he doesn't like. I do a lot of things he does.
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  2. Hmm, the timing is interesting after the idiotic performance
    he put in on election night.

    Either way, he's a complete jackass .
  3. Agreed. I wouldnt be surprised to hear he is looking for a job after this. He is the most obnoxious person i have ever seen, his entire show is him acting condescending and angry towards people, there is a reason why they are the lowest rated channel in cable news, Keith Olbermann being the main reason

    The only guy who compares to olbermann in terms of stupidity is glenn beck, followed closely by hannity.
  4. You know, I think they wanted to get rid of him for a long time and this presented the perfect opportunity. His ratings are atrocious. Bill O'Reilly beats him like 10 to 1 in that time slot every night. I think they were looking for an excuse to put someone a little less controversial in there. You can't just throw away your 8pm Eastern time slot like that. It kills the ratings for the follow up shows as well, not that Rachel Maddow needs any help getting low ratings.
  5. Damn it! I was really hoping for the Olberman/Grayson news hour. They could have advertised it, You thought we were nut's yesterday...:D
  6. Maybe grayson will be his replacement. Here is the new msnbc opening theme song. :D

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  7. What organization would hire him? MSNBC long ago sold their soul to the left making them so extreme that NBC News wants to disassociate themselves from the lot and force a name change on their brethren.

    He's running short on job opportunities. Remember, they just canned his ass from SNF too.

    Maybe they will give him a weekly political commentary show on HBO like Maher.
  8. Grayson might still get the slot.
  9. I actually managed to never watch Olbermann once, not even for a minute.
  10. Other than a few youtube clips posted here I've never watched him either.

    But then I don't watch soap operas either.
  11. The pieces are starting to fall into place.

    Wald wanted someone unusual, and he got it. For one thing, Olbermann almost certainly was the only television sportscaster in Los Angeles who didn’t drive. Olbermann, who is six feet three and a half, once bumped his head while leaping into a subway car; it permanently upset his equilibrium, which makes driving a trial. (He says he loses depth perception at speeds greater than fifteen miles per hour.) He also hates flying, and that made it difficult to follow the local teams, but it was just as well; Olbermann firmly resisted the chumminess that often develops between sports journalists and their subjects. Wald says that the only argument he had with Olbermann came when Olbermann refused an assignment to cover spring training. “He thought that was going to compromise his objectivity and reporting,” Wald recalls. “I didn’t know at the time that he didn’t like to fly, but I think that he was probably right in his reasons.”..........

    In 1992, Olbermann joined ESPN, where his erudite, wise-guy style flowered into an artful, full-blown satire of the cliché-ridden form: “That’s a six-four-three double play if you’re scoring at home. Or if you’re by yourself.” ...........

    Olbermann’s tenure at ESPN was characteristically contentious. One of his co-anchors, Suzy Kolber, has said that Olbermann was sometimes so overbearing that she would lock herself in the bathroom and cry. Another colleague, Mike Soltys, has said that when Olbermann left the network, in 1997, “he didn’t burn bridges here—he napalmed them.”......

    “The Big Show,” was Phil Griffin, who was delighted to be working with Olbermann again. But in 1998, when the news cycle was hijacked by the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Olbermann found himself the anchor of a nightly newscast called “White House in Crisis.” He grew so weary of the story that getting him on the air every day became a battle. “Keith just didn’t want to go there,” Griffin recalls. “He didn’t want to do the story, and it evolved into the hottest story of the time. It made my life miserable. It was bad. And it did not end pretty.”..........

    Once again, Olbermann left a job unhappily, returning to sportscasting at Fox Sports. He was subsequently fired, and the remainder of his contract was paid off. (“I fired him,” Rupert Murdoch said recently. “He’s crazy.”)..............

    “Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.” Olbermann went on to lecture Rumsfeld about the workings of a democracy and the nature of fascism, and concluded by quoting from Edward R. Murrow’s 1954 denunciation of Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism. He says that he didn’t know how the commentary would play, with the NBC brass or with the audience. “I really did think, Well, if this is the end of my career, I will have gone down for a good cause.” His bosses loved it. “I think we’re onto something,” the president of NBC News, Steve Capus, told me.

  12. :p :p :p
  13. Be pretty funny if FOX hired Olbermann to go on O'Reilly three days a week to do some type of point/counterpoint segment. That'd be a hoot!
  14. same here.
  15. It looks like this guy's suspension is over. He'll be back on the air Tuesday night. Just a 2 day suspension.


    "Liberal groups had taken on Olbermann’s suspension as a cause. An online petition calling for his reinstatement, run by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, had exceeded 300,000 signatures Sunday, and Michael Moore had tweeted his support. The committee’s Adam Green said Griffin was repeatedly e-mailed updates on the petition drives."

    “Progressives proved that when one of our own are targeted, we will have their backs,” he said."
  16. Gotta try something to improve them ratings.
  17. Whew! That was a close one. Where else you going to find comedy like Olberman delivers? Now if they can just land Grayson to complete the team.