Is it just me or does the timing of Keith Olbermann’s suspension from MSNBC strike anyone as odd? Two days after the election. And does it strike anyone else as odd that Joe Scarborough made donations to Republican candidates as well? Is there a Comcast cleansing going on at MSNBC?
The new Overlords are in town and they appear to have a conservative agenda. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise for a corporate behemoth like Comcast. Heaven knows they bilked me out of plenty of money on one of those bait and switch package deals before I got wise and got rid of my TV altogether.
But to punish Olbermann? Isn’t he one of the cash cows at MSNBC? I mean we’re not talking David Shuster here. Keith was just awarded the Edward R. Murrow prize for journalism. What the hell is Phil Griffin thinking? The outrage over this will actually hurt MSNBC. I need my Rachel but if Keith goes, I go.
Keith suspended his ‘Worst Person’s in the World’ segment last night in deference to the call for sanity in politics. But let me take up the mantle for a moment.Tonight’s worst person in the World: Phil Griffin of MSNBC.
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And get me George Soros on the phone. We need a new network. Again, if Keith goes, I go.
Addendum: It now appears that Keith’s suspension was a result of his refusing to apologize on air for violating MSNBC’s conflict of interest policy. This is not actually that surprising. Keith has a history of contentious run-ins with management whenever he feels it necessary to take a principled stand. It has worked to his detriment in the past. Keith says he didn’t know about the rule that prohibits MSNBC and its employees from making political contributions to particular candidates (though it wouldn’t surprise me if he did and did it anyway to provoke the current controversy in an effort to illustrate the double standard between journalism and FOX being the propaganda wing of the Republican party).
This also brings up some important first amendment issues. Why shouldn’t Keith privately be allowed to support particular candidates? I mean he essentially does that on his show by criticizing conservatives on a nightly basis. Why should FOX be allowed to dump millions into the Republican coffers while Keith gets suspended over a few thousand. Why should Joe Scarborough, and admitted conservative be allowed to make contributions while Keith is held to a different standard?
What’s really going on here?
It seems that while GE was content to allow Keith to have creative license on his show, the new owners have different motivations. Perhaps the shareholders at Comcast see this as a means to shut down liberal political opinion. I suppose Comcast has a right to do so since they now own MSNBC but should they? And particularly in light of this new ‘Lean Forward’ campaign; which I’m interpreting to be the counterpart of FOX’ ‘Fair and Balanced’ meme. I don’t think there are many people who buy into Fox being either fair or balanced. Keith’s whole show and his following evolved from exposing the hypocrisy of FOX and the Bush administration. Quite frankly, there are a lot of us out in America whole feel that Keith speaks truth to power.
So is this a liberal cleansing of MSNBC? Or is it just an internal dispute between management and Olbermann’s obstinance? Perhaps a little of both. I know that Comcast stands to alienate a lot of its constituents if they fail to bring Keith back. Given their current ratings, that doesn’t strike me as something they can afford to do unless they think they can peel off some of the FOX viewership and create a more moderate to conservative image. Best of luck with that. If that’s the case, we’ll take Rachel and Lawrence as well and go start our own competing network.