Olbermann Out - Tonight (Friday)

Keith Olbermann announced tonight, at the end of the show, that he was leaving (pushed no doubt). Most likely is that the Comcast meger with NBC had lot to do with it. He was still very highly rated. Will other commentators, Maddow, Scholz and O'Donnell last much longer--Comcast is a right wing organization as I remember.

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Keith will be replaced by...

this schedule according to the NYT:

http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/olbermann-hosts-last-countdown-on-msnbc/?hp

MSNBC announced that “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” would replace “Countdown” at 8 p.m., with “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz taking Mr. O’Donnell’s slot at 10 p.m. Mr. Olbermann did not discuss any future plans, but NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time.

NBC executives said the move had nothing to do with the impending takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast.

Although Anderson Cooper was saying the opposite over on CNN, that he was fired, likely due to the merger.

I also though this user comment on a TPM story was particularly apt. I hesitate to repost anything in full, but since its a user comment perhaps it is okay (I worry as more comments come in it'll get bumped back pages so that a link alone might not be fully useful):

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/01/keith-olbermann-out-at-msnbc-video.php?ref=fpa

Kaneblues:

Rachel Maddow does five hours a week on camera. Keith Olbermann did the same. Combined they provided ten hours of news, progressive commentary and sane conversation for an entire week. For this, MSNBC is deemed a liberal news outlet and we are often reminded by outside sources that MSNBC represents the liberal point of view and that they are "left leaning".

And yet, the conservative MorningJoe provides fifteen hours a week. Self-professed conservative Dylan Ratigan does five hours a week as does Andrea Mitchell. Republican commentators Pat Buchanan, Peggy Noonan, Ron Christie, Mike Murphy and a long list of other GOP loyalists are paraded in throughout the day while stories are often presented with republican narratives. In addition, roughly 48 hours of the week or more are devoted to the neverending Doc Block series of sensationalist and titillating aspects of prison life, teen runaways, and punking sexual predators.

The notion that MSNBC is a liberal news outlet is nothing more than a fabrication designed to convince liberals that they are provided an alternative. MSNBC is not a liberal alternative, rather it a corporate news source that up until now provided a mere few hours of the week to a progressive viewpoint.

Damn liberal media

Great comment, Jake. To say that today's media have a liberal slant is like saying Art Pope is a champion of democracy. Both statements are grand illusions designed to further the corporate oligarchy.