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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Olbermann’s firing long overdue for MSNBC


MSNBC loudmouth Keith Olbermann Friday night walked off the set of his “Countdown” show, out of the studio, off the job and out of having to work to earn the unpaid portion of the remaining two years of his four-year $30 million a year  contract.

Saying he was told that Friday’s show was the last of his eight-year run at MSNBC–in other words the network fired his megalomaniac ass — Olbermann is apparently NBC”’s latest Conan O’Brien, the former Tonight Show host dumped by the peacock network exactly one-year ago.

There are, of course, differences, in the O”Brien-Olbermann saga:  O’Brien has a talent — comedy – While Olberman’s primary shtick — a monumental ego overrun by a hopeless desire  to be taken seriously as a political pontificate r — was an impossible dream.

Olberman never was — anything more than a second-tier sportscaster with delusions of political expertise that never existed.  Olbermann hyped liberal causes without shame, carried on a vicious personal war with high-profile right-wingers like Bill O’Reilly and twisted his falling rating numbers with a propaganda campaign that would make Dick Cheney proud.

When champagne-sipping   partygers at NBC passed the word at Rockefeller Center Friday, the mood was more celebratory than sorrow. Olbermann may have been MNSNC’s big money maker, but his diva approach to his job outnumbered incoming from ad dollars.  Olbermann’s monumental ego, legendary temper-tantrums and diva-style demands destroyed morale at the network. Word of his departure sent cheers through the  hallways of NBC.

And while the departure seemed abrupt — it was in fact weeks in the making. Parities for both sides began working on on severance contracts before the Thanksgiving holiday. After right years, Olbermann had long ago worn out the welcome mat at MNSBC.  His ego, demands for special treatment, tirades against other staff — often in front of others — and superior attitude outweighed the ratings success he had brought to MNBC.

The current tour was Olbermann’s second round at the network. His first, spawned during the BIll Clinton-Monica Lewisnky crisis ended badly when Olbermann openly questions his employer’s questioning of his left-wing hero.

A follow-up gig at ESNPN ended messily when Olberln again couldn’t keep his mouth shut about what he saw as his bosses’ shortcomings.

MSNBC almost gave Olbermann the boot in November amid revelations he had contributed to Democratic candidates, including Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Congresswoman seriously wounded when a deranged man opened fire at a Tuscon shopping mall, killing six — including a nine-year-old girl and a federal judge.

The network suspended Olbermann, who apologized to readers but not to the network for the lapse in journalistic ethics. This angered some executives who decided it was time for Olbermann to go.

Olderman’s departure comes as the relatively-conservative Comcast network prepares to take over the network from its more liberal current owner General Electric.  Concast executives claim they had nothing to do with Olbermann’s firing and note that the process was undwerway before they they started the NBC takeover but that don’t stop the left-wing conspiracy crowd from claiming the whole thing was a  set up.

Such claims overlook an important fact. Despite all his bragging, Olberman’s ratings never came close to Fox’s Number #1 anchor. Bill-O,as Olbermann liked to call jo,e, beat Olbermann’s numbers nightly.  They weren’t even close.

Olbermann, who loved to call O’Reilly a liar from the first, was in fact a liar himself and got what liars deserve — fired.

(WRITER’S NOTE: The original draft of this article contained way too many typographical errors and should never have been published in that condition. Several excuses have been offered here by readers — a severe back condition by me as one — but nothing can excuse the number of typos in the article.  My apologies to readers.)

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42 thoughts on “Olbermann’s firing long overdue for MSNBC”

  1. I’m not going to take issue with Doug’s typos.
    It is obvious he’s having serious issues, because it’s very rare to see even one misspelled word or any grammatical errors in any of his columns or any of his posts.

    I only take issue with his point of view.
    KO was probably a wee bit too liberal for me, at times.
    There were talking points, there were assertions, there were opinion pieces, there were campaigns (and contributions) there was the “worst person in the world” and there was this: Keith’s Incredible Bouts of Hysteria, which at times resembled a fire claxon in playback at half speed.

    But I didn’t mind Keith’s excesses because I was genuinely entertained more often than not, and I could always do what drives my wife nuts, talk back to the television set!

    I like Howard Stern too, been a longtime listener since the days of DC101 in the nation’s capital. But Howstern has started to almost morph into Howmus* in the last few years (*a portmanteau of Howard and his enemy, Don Imus)
    and the truly funny and entertaining moments have gotten a little thin, the jokes weaker, the complaining spread thick like cream cheese on a schmaltz sandwich.

    But he still has his moments and one other Stern talent has sprung up in the last few years, his skill as a plain old interviewer. Yes of course he loves to sprinkle a few lame sexual inuendos in there once in a while but Stern has managed to interview some of the greats in film and music, and has done so better than almost anyone on the planet.

    His interview with Francis Ford Coppola was worth the price of an entire year’s Sirius subscription.

    And he does still have some genuinely funny moments…so I keep listening, just maybe not as regularly as I used to.

    Same with KO…I used to tune in religiously, for the first year or two, then I started cutting back. He annoyed me at times but again, I don’t mind being annoyed all that much. There was enough good stuff that I could deal with being annoyed, and I could always switch the channel and come back the next night hoping for better.

    And as far as his diva-like behavior, his demands, his abusive personality, his morale wrecking attitude? Know what? I don’t work at MSNBC, so it doesn’t affect me. And if I did work there, say perhaps as a camera op or a director, I think I could somehow manage to comfort myself with my high six-figure NABET union salary. Yeah, it pays that good, I have an in law who works out of NBC New York on the Today Show, so I know what the crew makes.
    I’ll let anyone piss me off if I can pull down anywhere from $100 to 200 thousand a year doing what I love doing for a living. Keith’s a pain in the ass? Tough beans, quit that job and let me apply!

    Sorry to see you go Keith. Find a new home, light a candle, and maybe we’ll find you once again.

    • Thanks Jeffery Haas for your both entertaining and informational post. Your condolences to our site host kicked it up a notch too. : )

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. As clever as your faux news? My…can I use that one! Talk about pathetic. You can beat the drum for both of them as they represent the new generation of glossed over reporting. In depth? LMAO! Sound bits only. Maybe faux sports? They are the “E” of sports for a sports junkie like me.

  3. bogofree:
    Yawn, another teleprompter cheap-shot. Frankly, tired insults like that ceased being funny approximately 10 seconds after they started, and that was two years ago. Dan seems to be able to pick his own jobs in the sports industry, and only Keith’s also having a political commentary career kept him from doing the same, as it caused the problem with him on Sunday Night Football. If Keith were to end his career as a political commenator today to concentrate on sports only, the line would be long by tomorrow of those looking to hire him. And as I said before, many others have followed the model that Dan and Keith set.

    You are correct that I am new to commenting on the site. I have been directed here a couple of times in the past to look at article here and there, mostly as the results of a Google search as it was this time, but I’ve never commented. Looking now at some of the other articles that Doug has written on this site, I have softened my stance ever so slightly, but only somewhat, especially due to the content of his article “Judge us now to see if we have learned from the past”. That was only two articles and three weeks ago, but it appears that Doug is repeating the error of a quick rush to get an article out and failed miserably. This time, instead of delivering an article filled with lies from bogus sources as in the past, he delivered what was essentially a content-free rant rife with misspellings and other errors. So I am doing as he said, judging him now to see if he has learned from the past. If he is looking to avoid damaging his reputation, this article is not the best way to go about it, to say the least.

  4. LMAO! Dan Patrick and KO! So much for your credibility on making any type of assessment regarding broadcasting talent as all they were on SC was a comedy team – but what do you expect from ESPN since it is Entertainment and Sports Network. Develop a few catch phases such as “el fuego” and have not a clue on the intricacies of the sports you are discussing except a superficial knowledge. This – IMO – they both have clearly displayed both on “their” show and Sirius especially about baseball. Patrick I will give some props on basketball since it is his strong suit but KO? A venomous loudmouth who treats people like shyte.

    As for Doug I agree with his take on the failed sports broadcaster. As for his rambling? I think he got his word processor crossed up with President WOW’s (Walk On Water) teleprompter.

  5. Yo SD,

    Some of what you say has merit, but to me you are an insensitive, rude, boorish troll.

    I have a steeltrap memory and don’t recall you frequenting this site in recent times.

    So you come onboard and attack the site host. His material isn’t always of this caliber and for some reason he dropped the ball bigtime not only with numerous spelling errors, but with his editorial analysis too.

    CHB has been around since the mid-90′s and Doug has been through both hell and high water in that time, so for you to indict him publicly in such a vicious manner is more an indicator or your core persona than his…no? / : |

    Maybe I’m a martinet at heart, but if this were my “thought vessel” you’d be getting the ol’ seaboot launch over the stern into hopefully shark infested waters. Based on what you’ve written you’ll probably give them indigestion.

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. Congrats again, Doug!
    Your corrections got the error count under thirty!
    Hey, it’s just barely under thirty, but it’s a start!
    Someday, you may be able to write an article that would pass a middle school English teacher’s desk without being flooded with red ink!

    According to you, the original article wasn’t good enough due to the errors, but since the first two sentences are now OK, it’s good enough to pass your test, huh?

    How about we make the third time the charm?
    Here’s another list of errors, most which weren’t corrected after the first time I mentioned them, and others that either I didn’t catch the first time or that are new. Where does the blame go this time? Again, there may even be more beyond this, but I’m helping you strive for competence, not perfection. Then again, for you, competence may be one of the impossible dreams you mentioned.

    Paragraph 3 – Olberman (twice), pontificate r (space)
    Paragraph 4 – Olberman, Olberann
    Paragraph 5 – partygers, MNSNC
    Paragraph 6 – Parities (should be Parties), “right years” (should be “eight years”), MNSBC, MNBC
    Paragraph 7 – BIll (no capital I), Lewisnky
    Paragraph 8 – ESNPN, Olberln
    Paragraph 9 – Olbernn, Revelations (still not the Bible, not even close), Tuscon (see my first comment)
    Paragraph 10 – Odberman
    Paragraph 11 – Olderman’s, Comast, theNBC (not one word), undwerway, “that don’t stop”, lef-wing
    Paragraph 12 – Olberman’s, O’Reiilly
    Paragraph 13 – “who man who”

    Oh, and Jon, you said: “Part of the fun of having journalists is to be able to read well-written and well-argued yet conflicting opinions.”

    This is neither well-written (which is obvious) nor well-argued. It is a basic run-through of Keith’s career interspersed with various name-calling and insults. While claims about his ego and attitude may have some merit, other claims are either baseless or can be said equally of many others who have chosen either of his professions. (Second-tier sportscaster? He, along with Dan Patrick, set the model for sportscasting that many, if not most others have since followed. Liar? Give examples that outnumber, or for that matter come even close to those of Beck, O’Reilly and the like, and you’ll have something that at least resembles substance.) Correcting the errors will just make it a properly spelled, grammatically correct, but otherwise nearly completely worthless diatribe, and to give Mr. Thompson the title of journalist is an insult to those who have legitimate claim to it.

      • If that question is directed towards me, reading either of my posts again should make it obvious. But to sum it up, the rant above is both the most error filled piece of work I have ever seen online, even in it’s “corrected” form, and even if it was perfect in that way, it is otherwise completely full of name-calling and insults that either have little or no foundation or could be applied equally to others on the other side of the fence, and is devoid of any real content other than a basic career recap. At least I’m giving examples (and examples, and examples) to back up my claims that this is a poor example of journalism. Where are Doug’s examples to back up his insults, and are they as numerous as those against the commentators on the right I mentioned? While it may be true that Olbermann has a big ego and a thin skin, the second-rate sportscaster and liar comments are either completely baseless or have no merit without proof, which Doug did not even attempt to give.

        And by the way, you read an article chock-full of venom spewing, and it’s fine, but you are then outraged by my post which is downright tame comparatively? What is YOUR problem?

        • You made your point… nothing new to see here… move on.

          Redundancy is not required.

          This is an opinion piece, as are your retorts, so who’s on first?

  7. Gee, I try to post a comment around 9 or so hours ago about the 30+ misspellings and grammatical errors I found, and now that I’m viewing the page from home I see that it’s either still waiting for a mod to approve or it’s been modded out of existence. Not only that, but the errors remain. Awesome job, mods!

    BTW, senegold, Doug didn’t KO anyone but himself with this rant.

  8. As a journalist who has gone down the rabbit hole and come back out the other side with a bit of understanding, I think Mr. Thompson is correct. Keith Olbermann was a ranting demagogue.

    But that’s what journalists do. Recall “The Rant” – It’s an opinion page, and clearly labeled as such.

    Part of the fun of having journalists is to be able to read well-written and well-argued yet conflicting opinions.

    I quote, “While Olbermann’s primary shtick — a monumental ego overrun by a hopeless desire to be taken seriously as a political pontificater — was an impossible dream” and wonder – Aren’t all such dreams impossible? He’s certainly not alone in trying, but…

    Moreover, just because they’re impossible doesn’t mean they should not be striven for. The USA is not, was never, and shall never be the “Shining City On The Hill” many dream of, but is it so bad to dream? Is it so bad to work to get closer to that ideal? It’s impossible to ever get there, but if it’s better to get closer than stay here, why not work in that direction?

    Is it so bad to dream, then work, in your own way, towards that unobtainable dream?


  9. You know many years ago I was in severe pain and was prescribed codeine based painkillers. I soon discovered that when the effects of the painkillers wore off I became irritable, as such had to make a conscious attempt to monitor (and modify) my moods, and the manner in which I related to loved ones. The observer and the observed so to speak.

    Fortunately my pain was short lived and I was able to free myself from the side effects of a nasty painkiller.

    So what – Doug KO’d KO, that was Doug’s choice (for whatever his reason) to voice his opinion – some agree some don’t, that’s life.

    Spelling and grammer?

    In that case allow me to pre-emptively apologise for my split infinities, but please note that when I split me infinities they stay split.

    After all:


  10. Doug, I’d still love to be your proofreader. Would still love being a columnist or blogger as well. 😈

    Heck, type ’em up in Word and email me and we can use the “track changes” function. Then you can copy and paste changes right into WordPress after you have accepted them. I wouldn’t even need access to the site done that way. I catch errors on the AP and Reuters all the time. Makes them look very unprofessional.

  11. I don’t know if many of you ever go to Doug’s Blue Ridge Muse site, but if so you’d know the guy has been through hell concerning his back and the associated pain. He’s had a couple of serious medical procedures to hopefully fix his long term back trauma and no doubt is still on some fairly heavy prescriptions in terms of them affecting one’s lucidity etc.

    He’s our gracious site host and puts up with a lot of our collective crap over time. This is our watering hole for shared thoughts, so maybe we shouldn’t poison the waters by attacking the guy who owns the ‘water rights” so to speak.

    As far as I’m concerned he gets the ‘King’s X’ concerning occasional spelling, typo and syntax errors. We all screw up concerning these issues from time to time.

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Sorry Carl. No soap. I’ve had four back surgeries, including a final spinal fusion and have been on long term pain management (pain meds) for eight years. I will have pain for the rest of my life and spend most of my day at work sitting on a heating pad or wearing a Tens unit. I understand pain better than just about anyone here.

      After sitting in a chair at work for 45 minutes, it takes me almost three minutes to stand and straighten up completely, just to be able to walk across the room to retrieve a document from the printer. You cannot imagine how long three minutes is when all you have to do is stand up. Try it some day. Time yourself. It’s agonizingly long. And I’m only 51.

      I’m sorry Doug is having back issues. But a newsman should be a newsman.

      • Hi Siannan,

        Sorry to hear about your back travails. I have problems too, but not of that magnitude. I purchased a used Teeter inversion table that I found on Craig’s list.

        I know the feeling of having sat in a chair for some time then it taking a bit of time to straighten up completely. So I finally had a bellyful after my last major back flareup. Anyway you might look into a table. It really helps decompress the spinal vertebrae and you notice marked improvement over time. I have no vested interest in the company. Doug might consider acquiring one too in time.


        As far as Doug’s spelling problems etc. you are entitled to your opinion whereas I decided to give the guy a pass. Now if it persists over a period of time, then it will surely ruin his site’s image and then I would tend to agree. Woody has offered to help him out doing a final proofreading etc.

        Thanks for your opinion.

        Carl Nemo **==

  12. Nearly four hours and my comment is still “awaiting moderation”?
    You guys should be thankful I pointed out all the typos and grammatical errors so you could correct them!

  13. Neon, ditto that. I am also taken aback with the vitriol and what I view as pettiness regardingd Olbermann.

  14. Olberman’s an idiot, I’m glad he’s gone, too, and my politics actually hew pretty close to his. But the guy’s an overbearing, bloviating idiot.

    Having said that, neondog has a point with the spellcheck. Jeeez! Never been on this site before but see that according to your FAQ, that you’ve been around forever. Reread your copy before you post it! Tons of typos! I don’t think the letters spelling “MSNBC” appeared in the same order twice!

  15. His leaving was long overdue. Hopefully CNN doesn’t hire him, I think that is the only network he has not been fired from.

  16. wow, how awful, what ever happened to fair and balance, did he sleep with your wife and didn’t pay up !!! come down ! one may think you are really jealous of him

    • Yo hey!

      I try to read all the posts to this site and just came upon your short, terse reply with personal overtones.

      “did he sleep with your wife and didn’t pay up !!!”

      I want you to think, just think if that’s possible as to what you alluded to with your vile writing.

      You must live in Camden, New Jersey…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  17. I like watching Keith’s show it is very informative and is very straight forward unlike Fox News which many of you foolishly watch even though you know you are being lied to makes me think of the war in Iraq a war started basically on lies and was proven so yet we continue to fight there JUST DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.

    I respect Keith’s journalism so much that I got hooked onto his show i was flipping through the channels a year and a half ago seeing what all the major news networks are talking about off course Fox news just made me switch the channel right away then same thing happened with CNN but not as swift as fox I then turned to MSNBC watched the whole episode of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” and was immediately hooked not only can I see the true sense of journalism from this guy I can also see what he was bringing to the show was the Truth something foxnews is the opposite of.

    I am very disappointed with Keith’s decision cause hes one of the last few real journalists around that will tell it like it is much less so with Jon Stewart who although chooses the satirical route with his show yet he tell you the news without covering up the truth like foxnews yes foxnews. One thing that comes to mind that may be the reason for his sudden unfortunate departure might be the Gabrielle Gifford’s shooting and the not surprising post response from our very patriotic politicians. I couldn’t be more disgusted when Sarah Palin and the likes thereof acted like they had no accountability for what happened even though she proudly used terms like RELOAD! I can see why Keith might not want to be any part of such a corrupt and atrocious system of government where blame is passed onto each other instead of claiming accountability like Keith did and surprisingly John McCain. Although they are not directly responsible for the Arizona shooting they stood up and said something out of their hearts instead of their behinds like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, & Rush Limbaugh have been doing.

    I wish Keith all the best kind of like how i did the same with Dan Rather who was also a journalist I had huge respects for its a shame how we just keep sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss where the truth is very hard to come by its all up to Jon Stewart Now.

    • Thanks Notorious Rambo for sharing your heartfelt thoughts about Keith Olbermann. His delivery was intense with a staccato paced meter. I enjoyed his sportscaster style narrative although not always agreeing with the message. : )

      Carl Nemo **==

    • Journalist? Hahahahaha.

      Yeah, we continue to fight in Iraq, and yet Keith-O doesn’t take Obama to task for its continuance. Hardly fair and balanced. He is as duplicitously partisan as the other side, only he’s on your side, so he’s some how better, more journalistic. Ha.

      Gotta love drive-bys.

      • The reason I complimented N. Rambo is the fact that I detected genuine adulation on his part concerning Olbermann and that I did like Keith’s style of reporting. I’m so old I remember Walter Winchell reporting the news. Is there anyone alive today that knows of whom I’m referencing? : ))

        As I’ve stated I didn’t take Keith’s drift on a number of issues, but I thought his style of delivery was invigorating when compared to others in the field.

        Remember that all we have are opinions and that includes Keith’s too.

        In the end we are all dead…! / : |

        Carl Nemo **==

  18. I quit coming here over two years ago because I though you were losing your mind. I see now that you’ve completely lost it, and I’m out of here for good. Not that your type of irrational self-righteous ass would care.

  19. Doug, you might want to invest in a spell check program before posting one of your more bitter and spittle filled rants. Then poney up some of that faux self rightous indignation against the hate mongering media that actually advocates violence.

    • Congratulations, Doug! In your thirteen paragraph, twenty-six sentence diatribe, you managed to make at least 35 spelling and/or grammatical errors that I noticed, and you managed to not go a single paragraph without an error of some kind, a perfect 13 for 13! Very impressive! There are likely more errors, but I only saw these on a single run-through. Here are the errors if you should wish to correct them, but I think that your venting should stand on it’s own “merits”.

      Paragraph 1 – Olberman (It’s Olbermann, and you might want to correct that at least, both here and in the two spots where it is misspelled on the home page)
      Paragraph 2 – O’Brein (It’s O’Brien, but at least you spelled megalomaniac right)
      Paragraph 3 – O’Brein (twice)
      Paragraph 4 – Olberann
      Paragraph 5 – partygers, MNSNC, prim a donna (not 3 words), appproach
      Paragraph 6 – abrubt, Parities (should be Parties), “working on on”, right (should be eight), MNSBC, othters, MNBC
      Paragraph 7 – Olerman’s, Capital I in BIll, Lewisnky, questions (tense)
      Paragraph 8 – ESNPN, Olberlmm, couudn’t (3 in a one-sentence paragraph! Congrats again!)
      Paragraph 9 – Olberamnn, Revelations (no caps, it’s not from the Bible), Tuscon (I’d let that one go normally since half the press has made the same mistake, but not here when it’s just par for the course)
      Paragraph 10 – Odbermann
      Paragraph 11 – Oldermann, Comast, theNBC (not one word), “that don’t stop”, “lef-wing spiracy” (come on, are you just inventing words now?)
      Paragraph 12 – impotant, O’Reiilly
      Paragraph 13 – “who man who”

      If you expect to be taken seriously at all and not laughed at repeatedly after discovering a new misspelling or grammatical error in every paragraph, if not every sentence, you might want to redirect your energy into something more worthwhile instead of something that makes you look far dumber than the person you are crying out against.

  20. Please use a human to proofread these articles before posting. The number of errors in this article is unacceptable.

  21. Olbermann may have been a bit shrill, but he was a dearly needed counterpoint to the vast and vastly well funded right wing fear, smear and hate machine. And I’ve never seen any real evidence that he either lied or fabricated – unlike his opposition.

    Have you checked your own ego lately?

    Regards, Mark

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