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Did Keith Olbermann Get What He Deserved... At Last?

Anthony W. Leone 2010/11/06 00:00:00
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It’s like Christmas came early for conservatives and Republicans: Liberal giant Keith Olbermann has been fired!

Well, what really happened is that he was “suspended" indefinitely without his precious paycheck, according to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, as reported by SodaHead News and The Huffington Post.

Yes, Olbermann was wrong for not getting permission from his boss to donate $2,400 each to Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and to Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway, which are all Democrats. Duh!

Now my brain is too over-stimulated to tell the difference between getting fired and being suspended indefinitely without pay. But the result is the same: Olbermann ain’t working in the near future.

However, while many feel like stripping down to their underwear, covering themselves with chocolate syrup and doing the dance of joy, I’m the first one to admit that Olbermann got hosed by Griffin.

A stern talking to would seem to be in order, but not this. This is only the icing to the cake Republicans have been enjoying ever since they got their own “Super Tuesday” during the midterm elections.

Besides, Olbermann has done far worse things that should have led to a suspension, such as accusing former President Bush of war crimes and calling him a liar and a fascist or using the slang term of an immature teenager by describing Tea Party members as “teabaggers” or using a similar phrase when talking about the group.

No, those incidents didn’t even give Olbermann a slap on the wrist, but apparently not telling his boss of his donations were enough to warrant a near firing.

But Griffin must already be regretting firing, err, suspending Olbermann, because the liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in less than three hours, has gotten 50,000 signatures to get Olbermann back on the air, saying that he made MSNBC a success, reported The Huffington Post.

And while I would rather admit that George W. Bush doesn’t look good in a Speedo compared to President Obama, this group does have a point. Liberals had a home at MSNBC and Olbermann was their Tea Party-hating, crazed leader with the Jay Leno haircut.

So while Olbermann will probably return, it would have been more fitting and satisfying if he got suspended for something more atrocious.

Anthony Leone is a political columnist who has an extensive background in journalism, from newspapers to magazines to news sites and blogs.


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  • Red Ruffansore 2010/11/07 04:51:13
    Yes!
    Red Ruffansore
    +13
    Poor Uberdouche, he joins the ranks of the unemployed. Another victim of hope-N-change. Perhaps he could try to blame it on Bush, it's worked so well for the moonbats before. I'm sure this all came as an awful shock to this failed sports dork turned left wing septic tank that he was in fact not above the rules. IF it's any consolation though, Rush, Hannity, Beck, Ingraham and Levin all still have their jobs. Remember moonbats, if you can't laugh at yourselves, at least let us laugh at you.

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  • gandydancer22 2011/06/21 21:23:10
    Yes!
    gandydancer22
    Yes I believe Keith got what was coming to him, a job that pays him much more then MSNBC. Even at that Mr.Olbermann is not being paid enough. I fell that he is doing a wonderful service to the Nation at large by exposing these liars cheats and run of the mill cut throat republican. All who have the morals of a gutter rat. They want to put an end to medicare and Social Security to line the pockets of Big Insurance Co. let the fat cats on Wall Street run amok thanks to georgie bushwhacker and the little guy pays for it all. I try to look at the bright side of things like some town in texas that was missing their Village idiot can now have a drone coming.
    I would like to say one last thing before I depart. Hey georgie bush somewhere out there someone has a warrant for you, something about war crimes. Maybe you will find the courage to finally stand up and be a man. Though I think not.
  • Jack 2010/11/12 21:35:16
  • atmer 2010/11/10 05:58:53
    No!
    atmer
    +1
    As usual, the RWAHs get all hot and bothered without knowing the FACTS. Keith is something that the RWAHs just can NOT handle... a person on the TV machine with a BRAIN! They are used to the lineup on Faux... because they can IDENTIFY with them so easily. They want to hire people who are just as STUPID as they are. Keith is a BRILLIANT commentator... and came back to his show TONIGHT!

    Sorry to burst your little bathtub BUBBLES of HATRED... but that's the way it is.
  • Papillon atmer 2010/11/11 21:58:45
  • atmer Papillon 2010/11/11 23:40:47
    atmer
    That is obvious by the existence of the tea baggers. If you listened to Keith Olbermann's comments you... well, maybe not YOU... would KNOW that he deals in FACTS. THAT must be why all you conservatards HATE him so much... YOU don't RECOGNIZE TRUTH and HONESTY!!!

    You NEVER see those traits coming from the RWAHs
  • Papillon atmer 2010/11/12 13:08:33
  • atmer Papillon 2010/11/13 05:14:04
  • SaltySodahead7 2010/11/09 13:36:15
    Undecided
    SaltySodahead7
    +1
    They did this so they could PRETEND that they are not an un-official arm of the government. They Mainstream Media takes money from the gov everyday and their news "coverage" is more than proof of that. This is nothing more than a charade used to appease those who are too brainwashed by them to realize that both parties serve the global banking/ruling class.
  • Scott 2010/11/08 16:30:30
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    Scott
    +1
    He GOT A SLAP ON THE WRIST ! He will be back very soon . They only suspended him as a TOKEN ! Liberals will cheer as he returns .
  • NYC Firedog 2010/11/08 16:03:58
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    NYC Firedog
    +2
    I want Kieth Olberman just where is was, spewing his hatred and revealing the toxic souls of the left for all to see. WITHOUT FEAR OR CENSORING.

    I am really surprised at conservatives and Libertarians who sound like whiney wimps who can't take his poison.

    And I only said undecided because I think Kieth Olberboy deserves every humiliation he has coming to him, but NOT from us. NOT by shutting his ugly mouth up. But by the beautiful wheels of karma.

    Do you really want to curb his speech as the left would love to do to us? Are YOU being politically incorrect to the other side of the same coin as the leftist haters?

    Come on guys. Get a pair.
  • Scott NYC Fir... 2010/11/08 16:32:17
    Scott
    He is going NOWHERE ! This was a TOKEN MOVE and he will return VERY SOON !
  • NYC Fir... Scott 2010/11/08 16:39:44
    NYC Firedog
    +2
    But the points and the principles we are discussing remain regardless.
  • Scott NYC Fir... 2010/11/08 17:03:35
    Scott
    +1
    TRUE !
  • atmer NYC Fir... 2010/11/10 06:00:46
    atmer
    +1
    Hahaha!

  • Papillon NYC Fir... 2010/11/11 22:01:21
  • NYC Fir... Papillon 2010/11/12 14:31:50
    NYC Firedog
    If I were a young buck coming up now, And I was watching Oberboy and then switched to Hannity or Beck, I know who I would come away respecting opinion wise. Just his temperment alone would discredit him. He looks like the punk you'd want to bitch slap; growing up.
  • Papillon NYC Fir... 2010/11/12 15:13:49
  • Kiosk Kid 2010/11/08 16:01:44 (edited)
    Yes!
    Kiosk Kid
    +3
    I think it’s amazing he got fifty thousand Liberals signatures saying he made MSNBC a success? Obermann only has 395 thousand viewers a night and O’Reilly has 1.2 million at the 8PM slot and another 752 thousand at the 11PM slot.
    http://www.mediabistro.com/tv...

    If MSNBC is a success, what is Fox?
  • Scott Kiosk Kid 2010/11/08 16:35:40
    Scott
    +2
    FOX is #1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MSNBC is like one of those " cry baby stations for the FAR-LEFT " . The station to watch for a good LAUGH !
  • NYC Fir... Kiosk Kid 2010/11/08 17:43:54
    NYC Firedog
    +2
    A lot of them are probably ACORN, and illegals with mucho names, many times.
  • auxarc 2010/11/08 16:00:22
    Yes!
    auxarc
    When Dan Rather got into a controversy with questionable proof of George W. Bush's no-show for Air Texas National Guard Service, he was fired.

    When Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman co-chaired the Democratic Convention coverage and couldn't shut off political commentary, just to report, that was their last such assignment by NBC.

    When Keith Olberman was found to have contributed to political campaigns, he was fired.

    Though the sub-network of MSNBC is a very blatant and partisan channel, the parent, NBC, still likes to honor the tradition of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley with some minimal semblance of objective TV reporting.

    On the other hand, when Glenn Beck organizes the first Tea Party demonstration on April 15, 2008 or the "Restore Honor Rally" at the Lincoln Memorial on August 29, 2010, does Rupert Murdoch even think about objective journalism? He thinks about how these events will prop up Fox News ratings even more.

    When Bill O'Reilly ends his 8:00 show for weeks with chants of "Tiller, Tiller, the Baby Killer" which inspires Dr. George Tiller's assassination in the Reformist Lutheran Church of Witchita, Kansas on May 31, 2009, Rupert Murdoch and Fox did nothing. . .

    Political bias is a fault of both sides of the political spectrum in cable news reporting. Decency and minimal objectivity, on the other hand, seems to be lacking in the right-wing corner. . .
  • NYC Fir... auxarc 2010/11/08 16:08:49
    NYC Firedog
    +2
    Kieth Olberboy and Glenn Beck are NOT journalists. They ARE opinonators. They are commentators.

    And Glenn Beck's rally was NOT political, but a celebration of everything sacred about America and her principles. NOT POLITICS.

    Although to the left, saying anything about the sanctity of our nation is hate speech. And political.
  • auxarc NYC Fir... 2010/11/08 16:17:41
    auxarc
    NTC Fir,
    You are right about the first sentence.
    You are wrong about the second sentence.
    Thank God for "the Left" who has protected "the sanctity of our nation" in WWI, WWII, Korea, VIetnam, Kosovo, and now Afghanistan. It is "the Right" who pulls us out of Korea, out of Vietnam, lowers our CSG guard so 3,000 Americans die on US soil on 911, delegates the hunt for our enemy to Afghan warlords but invades al Qaeda's enemy with 150,000 troops. It is the "right" who cannot DO anything for the "sanctity of our nation". . .
  • NYC Fir... auxarc 2010/11/08 16:34:32
  • auxarc NYC Fir... 2010/11/08 18:08:20
  • rtaylor... auxarc 2010/11/10 14:50:19
    rtaylortitle
    As long as we "trade" with other nations, we are obviously NOT isolationists.
    But, that's ALL we should do. Remember G. Wasington (you know, the 1st Prez and our Commander of the patriots)...he was famous for his statement of being wary of foreign entanglements. Ike was very, very wary of the military/industrial complex. FDR manuevered this nation into WWII and JFK authorized a CIA trained group to invade Cuba then changed his mind (causing the death and imprisonment of many).
    As far as Lodge, good for him for trying.
  • auxarc rtaylor... 2010/11/10 20:34:54
    auxarc
    rtaylor,
    Actually, Dwight Eisenhower authorized a CIA trained group to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. The invasion ocurred only weeks after Kennedy took office. I have no problem with Ike's plan. . . John Kennedy withheld air support for the invasion troops which led to the failure of the Bay of Pigs. This is the entire basis for the conspiracy theories involving a New Orleans based plot to assassinate John Kennedy in 1963. . . JIm Garrison's trials and the basis of Oliver Stone's "JFK". . .

    You are right that FDR was manuevering us into WWII with his lend/lease support of Britain and the USSR. However, there were opponets to FDR like Robert Taft from the Republican Party, and his own ambassador to the UK, Joseph Kennedy. After Pearl Harbor there were no opponets to WWII.

    I applaud "conservative philosophy" of being wary of "foreign entanglements". This is what Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. preached while Woodrow Wilson went to war in 1917. Ron Paul is about the only "real conservative" I hear preaching these days. "Neoconservatism" (Leo Strauss' polictical philosophy) advocates "foreign entanglements" to advance "American values" like democracy. This was the whole basis for Bush going into Iraq and pushing "The War on Terror" into that country, from Afghanistan, where our invad...





    rtaylor,
    Actually, Dwight Eisenhower authorized a CIA trained group to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. The invasion ocurred only weeks after Kennedy took office. I have no problem with Ike's plan. . . John Kennedy withheld air support for the invasion troops which led to the failure of the Bay of Pigs. This is the entire basis for the conspiracy theories involving a New Orleans based plot to assassinate John Kennedy in 1963. . . JIm Garrison's trials and the basis of Oliver Stone's "JFK". . .

    You are right that FDR was manuevering us into WWII with his lend/lease support of Britain and the USSR. However, there were opponets to FDR like Robert Taft from the Republican Party, and his own ambassador to the UK, Joseph Kennedy. After Pearl Harbor there were no opponets to WWII.

    I applaud "conservative philosophy" of being wary of "foreign entanglements". This is what Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. preached while Woodrow Wilson went to war in 1917. Ron Paul is about the only "real conservative" I hear preaching these days. "Neoconservatism" (Leo Strauss' polictical philosophy) advocates "foreign entanglements" to advance "American values" like democracy. This was the whole basis for Bush going into Iraq and pushing "The War on Terror" into that country, from Afghanistan, where our invaders had been harbored. . .

    The "isolationist" philosophy of Henry Cabor Lodge Sr. that dominated the presidential terms of Harding, Coolige and Hoover, resulted in the "Smoot Hawley Tariff Act" by Hoover in March 1930. It was counter-productive to the country's health, already 5 months into the Great Depression.

    America's economy could act fairly independant of international trade as long as we had the Great American continent to fill up with our "Manifest Destiny". But when continued economic growth demanded international trade "isolatonism" was outdated. We had 30 years of plenty, being factory of the world after WWII, fairly exclusively, until Japan, Germany and western Europe had rebuilt their economies after the war by the 1970's. Since competition has come back (1975 was our last trade surplus year), we have been living off of credit and consuming any savings that America used to have. And ASEAN economies and BRIC economies have taken the export markets from Europe and Japan. All the "developed economies" are having their living standard (i.e. the American Dream) being assailed by foreign labor pools or raw materials, don't we?

    You articulate a refreshing return to "conservative" philosophy (ala George Washington, Ron Paul or Henry Cabor Lodge Sr.). Though I may disagree with "isolationism" concerning conflicts in the world, yours is a proper counter philosophy. Neoconservatism, on the other hand, has demonstrated it cannot keep America safe, and it adovcates the wrong "entanglements". . .
    (more)
  • Scott auxarc 2010/11/08 16:40:13
  • NYC Fir... Scott 2010/11/08 17:44:43
    NYC Firedog
    +1
    Great retort. You must have been captain of your debating team.
  • auxarc Scott 2010/11/08 18:41:26
    auxarc
    Elaborate.
  • Papillon auxarc 2010/11/08 21:02:11
  • auxarc Papillon 2010/11/08 22:49:51
  • Papillon auxarc 2010/11/09 17:25:07 (edited)
  • auxarc Papillon 2010/11/10 20:37:25
    auxarc
    Congratulations on admiring "Chicken Hawks". They avoid military service (or at least active duty). They can't protect America from threats. They love to send other people's children to wars in the wrong countries. . .
  • Papillon auxarc 2010/11/11 12:40:38
  • auxarc Papillon 2010/11/11 15:50:31
  • Papillon auxarc 2010/11/08 17:02:56
  • auxarc Papillon 2010/11/08 18:49:05
    auxarc
    Peter,
    Are you as gutless as NYCFir or Scott? Or are you just as ignorant? Wade in on anything I have claimed and reply. I await your "enlightenment". . .
  • Papillon auxarc 2010/11/08 20:51:21
  • auxarc Papillon 2010/11/08 22:51:27
    auxarc
    Who the hell is one of New York's bravest?

    You shut your trap and respect your more informed.

    Where do you people get your education and current events from?
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