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The obligatory Keith Olbermann post–quit or canned?

Actually who cares?  But it is an interesting question – perhaps the most interesting thing about the whole situation.  That Olbermann is off the air, at least temporarily, bothers me not one whit.  But we all know he’ll end up resurfacing somewhere.  Maybe CNN who he helped into third place by getting MSNBC to “lean forward”.  Heh …

So to the question at hand, you can find commentary which claims both – he quit, he was fired.  Howard Kurtz says he quit

Many are pointing to these words as an indication that he was fired:

Olbermann said he had been “told that this is the last edition of your show” and thanked his audience, saying: “My gratitude to you is boundless.”

Eh, not necessarily.  He had gotten a 4 year extension on his contract in 2008 and reports say he reached an agreement with management over the remaining part of that deal.  So it is possible he told them he was quitting and as soon as the agreement was reached, he was told, “we’re done – tonight’s the night”.

But it does point to something that was pretty well known – he was a pain in the ass employee who was constantly at war with management.  No matter how good you are, when you’re a PITA, you aren’t as untouchable as you think.  Olbermann may have found that out.

Anyway more of the story will come out over the next few weeks.  Suffice it say, much of the right won’t miss him at all, but the lefty blogs are pretty bummed by the whole deal.  I forget which one praised him as “an unapologetic liberal” who finally – FINALLY—brought the liberal perspective to air and showed it would pay (i.e. make money).

A little bit of opinion on that – what he did was provide good theater.  He was an angry guy spouting angry stuff and pushing the envelope in that regard.  There were many on the right who watched him specifically because he was outrageous and entertaining – a guilty pleasure.  Selling his nonsense?  Eh, not so much.  The echo chamber on the left nodded their head and those on the right who watched loved to lambast his talking points.  And interestingly, becoming the “Worst Person in the World” became a badge of honor and a competition on the right.  But was he persuasive?  Probably not.

Ah well, like I said, he’ll pop up again somewhere.  Dan Rather says there’s an opening at HD Net? 


Of course Iowahawk has heard that he was contacted by the North Korean News Agency about a little work there – apparently they’re looking for a personality that would help them tone-down their rhetoric.

Heh …



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33 Responses to The obligatory Keith Olbermann post–quit or canned?

  • So will he reappear at ESPN or CNN ?
    Olbermann did such a great job of covering Monica Lewinsky at CNN.  (NOT  …  He hated it)

    • From what I’ve read, his time at ESPN was a dry run for his tenure at MSNBC.  Arrogant, obnoxious, difficult to work with and with a sense of self worth that can’t be adequately described with the word “inflated.”  I felt that he and Dan Patrick were brilliant while doing the day’s recap.  But he burned his bridges at ESPN.  I’m not sure that CNN wants someone as partisan as Olbermann, I think they want to sell themselves as a more moderate alternative that sits between MSNBC and FOX.
      Someone was pitching the idea of Olbermann at FOX as some sort of fantasy scenario which would send liberals into apoplectic fits, but while I can imagine FOX tossing him a lowball offer, I can’t imagine him wanting to work there for anything less than mega-dollars (and possibly not even that).  He’ll turn up on the web in the short term is my guess, and try to build his own brand in the meantime.

  • Ewww…
    Canned Olbermann…????
    Double nasty…!!!!

    • Maybe this will explain it …

      (Reuters) – South Carolina unions filed suit on Thursday against new Republican Governor Nikki Haley and her administration, saying hostility toward unions and workers joining unions is unconstitutional.

      So hostility is now unconstitutional.

      • Seems I have a paper here from the Sheila Jackson-Lee Center For Constitutional Creativity on that very subject…  I think it cites to the “blatant mopery” clause…

    • It would probably worst than thisömming

      • When I was in Sweden, they just called it “Sweet Herring” … and laughed.

        Funny how stuff remains the same…  Romans thought the whole world of this stuff, which is really closely related to fish sauce and Worchester sauce.  Natural MSG…

      • They did tell me a story of a Swedish company who got their US marketing team on a boat, then opened up a can of “sweet herring”.   They were all hanging off the edge of the boat gasping for clean air.

  • I had a boss who like to use the term, “lean forward”, to describe a marketing ploy of “selling what you don’t have yet.”
    Once you get them to “by in”, they then become “co-conspirators” heralding the good stuff and hiding the bad stuff, because who wants to admit that they “choose badly.”
    MSNBC choice of this term “lean forward” always seemed “spot on” given this definition.

  • Maybe the left is about to go ‘all in’ on this civility thing and in that terms Olbermann becomes an easy example of hypocrisy and therefore a liability.

  • With Olbermann, MSNBC didn’t “Lean Forward,” it became “The Two Minutes Hate, 24/7.”

    The damage is done. They’ve moved O’Donnell (a lunatic) into the 8:00 p.m. spot and Schultz (a thug) into the 10:00 p.m. and some low-browed imbecile whose name I can’t remember into Schultz’s spot at 6:00 p.m.

    That whole lineup could be gone pretty soon if Comcast puts an adult in charge. But who knows. Matthews, who is the lowest rated of them all, could be next.

  • Canned.  Obermann was fired because the MSMBC staff, his coworkers and his bosses can’t stand him.  With Zuckerman out of the way Maddow could do the right thing and get rid of him.  If you really want to piss Obermann off, here’s what Ann Coulter does.  She announces that Obermann really didn’t graduate from Cornell in Ithaca.  He went to the Cornell Ag school in Geneva NY.

  • The original Howard Beale was much more entertaining. Woe is us!

  • From TMZ (a source about as reliable as Pravda but more fun) …

    Here’s how it went down. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Olbermann’s agent recently went to NBC complaining that Keith — who has the most popular show on MSNBC — was underpaid at $7 million per year. NBC execs told Olbermann’s agent they would not cough up anymore money. Network execs were well aware that Comcast wanted Keith gone because he was “a loose cannon that could not be controlled.” It became clear to both sides that Olbermann’s days were numbered and they began negotiating an exit. We’re told the exit deal wasn’t completed until just before airtime Friday night. Under the deal, sources say Olbermann will get money but cannot appear on television for a certain period time — we don’t know how long. Our sources say Olbermann will, however, reappear soon with a presence on the Internet.

    … this sort of puts the cabasha on the whole “moral outrage” angle (if there ever was one).
    But hey, “cannot appear on television” .. OMG, there is a God

    • TMZ is about 99 & 44/100th percent about celebrity nonsense but  this TMZ theory as posted by NEO would seem to make sense,  Comcast  was in all likelyhood gonna poop can olbermann , publically or privately ,
      the fact that he was appearently bought off  I find a morale outrage,   as a matter of fact everything about
      hitler olbermann I find a outrage.
      the creep is nothing more than a political criminal and should be in a gulag somewhere as a terrorist.
      olbermann not being completely mindless knew his days were numbered ,  would someone who really needed
      the job do what he did with the notorious campaign contribution to the democrat in AZ there ,
      NO,  they’d be very careful.

      As for some future internet deal , who cares about the internet,  the lefties only had msnbc , the hardest core
      lefties and cnn to some extent,  and theyhave the internet.
      But you actually have to know the names of those lefty blogger sites and most of them are obscure.
      The truth they , just like olbermann did on msnbc, only preach to those also on the left.
      msnbc has no audience and no ratings and no ad revenue and comcast won’t let that scenario go on forever.

    • Huh … pretty much as I figured.

  • Auf Weidersein, mein fuhrer!

    • If you have to use ugly language, please do it correctly. The correct spelling is “Auf Wiedersehen, mein Führer!”. Either way, it is a pretty idiotic comment as far as I am concerned.

  • Dear Keith-

    I recommend suicide.



  • Suicide is too good for him!

  • Can hate be merchandised ? Of course …

    With two years left on his $7 million a year contract, Olbermann was seeking a full exit package but he really has his eye on creating his own media empire in the style of Huffington Post, according to the individual. That way, Olbermann would control his own brand and, in his view, potentially earn far more as an owner.

    Hey, I’d be happy if he just stuck to an internet presence … that I could block.

  • So, let me see if I have this right:

    Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Olbermann’s agent recently went to NBC complaining that Keith — who has the most popular show on MSNBC — was underpaid at $7 million per year.

    Olbermann, a total lefty who spent hours of air time calling people “The Worst Person in the World” for – among various other sins – making too much money, complains that he was underpaid while earning $7 million?  For getting on TV every night and screaming about people that he doesn’t like???

    I thought that The Dear Golfer made the liberal position on this quite clear: sometimes, you’ve made enough money.

    As a personal matter, it doesn’t bother me that Olbermann makes money from his schtick any more than it bothers me that Rush or James Patterson or Peyton Manning or Kim Kardashian or even Slick Willie make money from what they do: it’s a free country.  What I find objectionable is the liberal elitist attitude that it’s perfect OK to for THEM to make scads of money (and “forget” to pay all their taxes) while lambasting everybody else for doing the same thing.  And when I think of how much (little) firemen and police officers – who actually have IMPORTANT and respectable jobs – get paid…


    Goodbye, Keith, and if I never see your face or hear your name again, it’ll be a billion years too soon.