-> "Olbermann (Keith - Quit/Fired From MSNBC)"
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"Olbermann (Keith - Quit/Fired From MSNBC)"
Olbermann, Keith Olbermann
We all cheer to see him goin'
On TV, B. S., he's throwin'
Viewpoint: Leftist one
And so, left Olbermann
Olbermann, oh, Olbermann
With the big shots, always clashing 
Truth? You botch: news canon, thrashing
Pack up and run
Main-stream? Not Olbermann 
I still see him plugging for Obama 
Stand: unfair: MS-NBC 
E'en while debating Hillar-y 
Hear him preach till the campaign's done
Olbermann, Keith Olbermann
Awful glad to see you flying
Abhor, decry: the years of lying
No more, this blotch; Each spree: turds plying with his tongue
'Bye, Olbermann ... Scram, Olbermann
[Olbermann fades to oblivion, or bolivia, or ... anywhere, just *fade* already!]
 From the linked article:
"Clashes with NBC/ MSNBC brass: It's never easy to manage someone who doesn't seem to care if they get fired. Olbermann already left MSNBC once before, in 1998, and stormed out of other networks before. One former ESPN colleague told the New Yorker that when Olbermann left the sports network in 1997, "he didn't burn bridges here—he napalmed them." And Olbermann was never shy about asserting that he—and not MSNBC Phil Griffin—called the shots on his 8 p.m. show. "Phil thinks he's my boss," Olbermann said in the same 2008 New Yorker profile."
"NBC/ MSNBC tension: For years, some NBC executives and stars have questioned whether Olbermann's strident views tarnish the NBC News brand. Veterans like Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell have privately expressed concerns about Olbermann's partisan views, while MSNBC's coverage of major news events—such as the 2008 convention and 2010 midterms—raised questions about having opinionated hosts like Olbermann in the anchor chair. In October, the New York Times reported that top executives were even considering changing the name of MSNBC.com—the network's highly trafficked, non-partisan news site—because of a perceived connection to the cable network's liberal talkers."
Yes, we're aware that "certain other" cable news channels also have a definite editorial stance. Everyone does. The issue here is that anchoring or reporting *news* was once (when TT took a Journalism class at the age of twelve) considered separate and distinct from editorializing, analysis, or punditry. If NBC was embarrassed by KO, who are we to argue?
Most-egregious, speaks-for-itself: He and others at MSNBC actually wearing Obama campaign buttons while "covering' the 2008 POTUS race, interviewing the people-in-the-street, etc. (Res ipsa loquitur, as lawyers would say.)
"Fallout from the suspension: MSNBC cracked down on Olbermann in November after it was revealed that he gave donations to three Democratic candidates running in 2010, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Of course, Olbermann's political views are well known. But MSNBC said that Olbermann needed to ask permission first before making political contributions and, therefore, violated network policy."
.... Hey, it's their policy, not ours. If other stations - or his - want to hire potential future candidates as correspondents, that s their right, and everyone knows that they're politicos, not journalists. That is *not* the same thing as *anchoring news*. (Have we mentioned that yet?) KO knew the rules, agreed to play by them when he signed the contract, and broke them.
Olbermann probably wasn't solely responsible for the tone of his network's "debates" between Senators Obama and Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic Primary campaign, which were so ludicrously biased that even ultra-liberal "Saturday Night Live" satirized them. (Host asks HC a question; she answers; host says, "No, the correct answer is xxx , *then asks Obama the same question". LOL, but not much of an exaggeration.) But he set the tone for the entire network, apparently.
THIS JUST IN:
"UPDATE: While the direct cause of Olbermann's exit from MSNBC remains unknown, according to the New York Times the two parties had been negotiating the terms of a separation for weeks. The final terms both prohibit Olbermann from discussing the deal publicly and limit his ability to work on television in the near future."
.... Greatly improving television. ;-D
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