View Poll Results: Have Olbermann's rights to free speech been infringed?

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Thread: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    Except he wasn't fired. He reached the end of his contract and it wasn't renewed. That isn't the same as firing.
    I don't believe he was fired. He had 2 years left on his contract for which he negotiated a settlement which was reached shortly before his show on Friday. I think he saw the handwriting on the wall and decided to leave. Word is that MSNBC wanted to approve his "special comments" and he was unwilling to allow that to happen.

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I don't believe he was fired. He had 2 years left on his contract for which he negotiated a settlement which was reached shortly before his show on Friday. I think he saw the handwriting on the wall and decided to leave. Word is that MSNBC wanted to approve his "special comments" and he was unwilling to allow that to happen.
    Interesting... word is, if you GOOGLE 'olbermann fired' you get over 2 million hits... while 'olbermann negotiates dea'l gets 353,000.

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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I don't believe he was fired. He had 2 years left on his contract for which he negotiated a settlement which was reached shortly before his show on Friday. I think he saw the handwriting on the wall and decided to leave. Word is that MSNBC wanted to approve his "special comments" and he was unwilling to allow that to happen.
    IIRC, I read that his contract was up and MSNBC had decided not to renew it. I very well could be wrong.
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    I don't think it has been established that he was fired. Even if he was, they didn't take away any of his free speech rights. He is still free to speak as much as he pleases, he just can't use MSNBC's equipment to do it.

    Some have implied that since a clause in the contract exists to prevents him from going to another TV network for a specified amount of time, somehow this is restricting his rights. Again simply untrue. These clauses have a monetary amount attached to them, so he is being paid for that no compete clause. Also he signed the contract with that clause in it.

    At their very core our rights a a guarantee of freedom from the government's interference. It is extremely hard for individuals (or companies) to infringe on a person's speech freedoms.

    The general lack of understanding of our rights in this country disturbs me.
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    Re: Have Keith Olbermann's rights been infringed upon by his firing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    Interesting... word is, if you GOOGLE 'olbermann fired' you get over 2 million hits... while 'olbermann negotiates dea'l gets 353,000.
    That is really interesting... when I Google 'whovian stupid' I get 79,700 hits... When I Google 'whovian smart' I get only 41,500 hits.

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