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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Of course they have said that. So what? For you that is enough? I have no doubt that Comcast has made their feelings about KO known to NBC for months now while the merger was awaiting approval and details finalized. I suspect that these talks between KO and the network were as a direct result of BOTH PARTIES realizing that a very big change was coming as soon as Comcast officially took over. I have no doubt that both NBC knew what was in store for KO and I also have no doubt that KO knew what was in store for himself. And all was because of the impending takeover by Comcast - a far more conservative company with owners with strong ties to the Republican Party. So both parties sat down over the past weeks or months trying to do something about it before Comcast officially had their name etched on the windows.

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    You have such a way with over the top hyperbole. I am saying that I suspect KO could see the writing on the wall with the changes coming in the Comcast takeover, NBC saw the writing on the wall with the changes coming in the Comcast takeover, and talks were initiated so that this entire matter was resolved by the time Comcast took over. Comcast did not want the publicity that would come with an outright firing of KO once they had taken over. I am sure that they were afraid of a boycott or other things such as charges of muzzling progressive pundits. I have no doubt that Comcast may indeed have made this entire scenario a behind the scenes proviso that they insisted be done before their takeover. So this was done now to mitigate such fallout.

    Consider that KO will be paid the balance of $15 million dollars due to him for the two years remaining on his contract. He loses nothing in money. MSNBC loses their number one draw on the nighttime five day a week block. MSNBC loses their only star who generates a million viewers. They clearly lose while KO clearly has won.

    Comcast, with their denials and refusals to be part of this, can go in with what they claim are clean hands and KO is out of their hair. And it only cost them $15 mil over two years. A small price to pay for getting rid of the most aggressive progressive on the airwaves who is a constant pain in the ass to their Republican Party friends. It also eliminates the one figure who would most likely take to the airwaves and make a very public mess of any later Comcast effort to turn the station more to the center or right.
    Translation: The facts do not fit with my opinion, so I will alter the facts.

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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    The rest of my opinion ... is .. well .. its just my opinion shaped by my own ideology which is intended to attempt to clear KO because I love his politics.

    Corrected.

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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Why Hooray?
    I never watched his show but I don't see the joy in someone leaving their program for whatever reason.

    I've seen enough 'I want to end my opponent's voice-time' crap over the years that I don't support any of it ending - so in the least I'm not thrilled that, for whatever reason, he was given the axe - or chose to take the high road.
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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    Translation: The facts do not fit with my opinion, so I will alter the facts.
    And you are the inside man who has the "facts' on this?

    Eagerly waiting to hear them from the horses mouth.

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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Why Hooray?
    I never watched his show but I don't see the joy in someone leaving their program for whatever reason.

    I've seen enough 'I want to end my opponent's voice-time' crap over the years that I don't support any of it ending - so in the least I'm not thrilled that, for whatever reason, he was given the axe - or chose to take the high road.
    Olbermann left of his own ego fueled reasons.
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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Olbermann left of his own ego fueled reasons.
    We are all awaiting the inside scoop that you apparently have. Please, lets hear the facts from inside the MSNBC boardroom.
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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    The power of right wing corporatism strikes again.
    LOL!

    Deadline is shedding some new light on the details behind Keith Olbermann’s departure from MSNBC. According to their report, Olbermann wanted out, and it was his choice to leave. An MSNBC insider claims the Comcast had no impact on the deal, and that this was all between Keith Olbermann and Phil Griffin.

    An MSNBC insider told Deadline, “This was all Keith’s choice. He has several times over the years said that he wants out of his contract. He never meant it until this year. He started lawyers negotiating twice this year. He stopped them in the spring. Then, about a month ago with the guidance of his new ICM team and a new LA manager (who were making zero $ on his current deal), he once again said he wanted to leave and this time they negotiated the full package.”

    According to the Deadline update this was all about Keith Olbermann and Phil Griffin. Comcast had nothing to do with the decision. “Comcast has had no impact at all on MSNBC [yet]. Phil Griffin has complete authority. He makes deals without having to consult with anyone…MSNBC is Phil Griffin’s network and no one at NBC thinks they have a better idea than Phil about what to do next.” If anyone helped to push Olbermann out the door, it was Phil Griffin, not Comcast.
    Keith Olbermann Wanted Out of MSNBC

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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by The Prof View Post
    ummm - I posted that same speculation yesterday. We will see in time as all is revealed. If Olbermann did want out I would bet he could read the writing on the wall and I would also bet that overtures were made to him. Remember, it was not that long ago that he was suspended.
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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Keith who??

    Wait! Is that that guy on MSNBC that had the lowest rated talk show on cable?
    As opposed to O'Reily, who has the highest rated and least educated audience.
    People like Oprah, people like bad television (which really is most tv)
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    Re: Keith Olbermann announces tonight's Countdown as his last show!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean_H View Post
    As opposed to O'Reily, who has the highest rated and least educated audience.
    People like Oprah, people like bad television (which really is most tv)
    the least educated people don't watch any political shows. Most people who are educated don't limit themselves to one show.



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