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posted at 11:12 pm on June 3, 2008 by Allahpundit

“The key is his willingness to quit. And he means it. He has convinced management of that. They are convinced that he will walk. He behaves like a man who has nothing left to lose. He is not central to MSNBC, he is the center of the MSNBC ratings strategy. We hang the entire schedule on him.”

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There’s a LOT more they can “hang on him.” Like the ever downward spiral of their credibility, for one!!

Warner Todd Huston on June 3, 2008 at 11:15 PM

He is not central to MSNBC, he is the center of the MSNBC ratings strategy. We hang the entire schedule on him.

Anybody have the head to head stats on the Olby/O’Reilly matchup? I know BO wins, but by how much?

malan89 on June 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

i remember the comment re: KO’s departure from ESPN. he didn’t just burn a bridge, he attempted to burn down the entire network, studio and all.

DrW on June 3, 2008 at 11:19 PM

“He’s crazy”

-Rupert Murdoch.

VolMagic on June 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

he is the center of the MSNBC ratings strategy.

How’s that working out for them?

Valiant on June 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

A small fish in an even smaller pond.

29Victor on June 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Olbermann is the Jerry Springer of television news. NBC News has spent 50+years building their credibility, in six more months Olbermann will have destroyed a half century of brand equity.

Maybe they should dump him before it’s too late.

Gilda on June 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

i dont give a crap about msnbc, but why must we be punished with him during sunday night football?

lorien1973 on June 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

The article mentions that Matthews is “too close” to politics to be partisan? Matthews, about 20 minutes ago, caught himself delivering the “war time, soldiers dying” message almost verbatum and had to end his sentence with “even though May’s losses are the lowest they’ve been in a long while.”

Matthews is in love with Obama, and he’s not very good at hiding it. Olbermann is just a complete psychopath and idiot. He needs to go back to sports.

From way down town… bang.

cannonball on June 3, 2008 at 11:22 PM

I am going to send my cable company a Thank You card for not including MSDNC in my line up.

EJDolbow on June 3, 2008 at 11:24 PM

“There’s a very large untapped market of liberal TV viewers,” says the insider. “It’s probably smart in the short term. Fox has succeeded because there are a lot of alienated conservatives who thought no one was speaking for them. All of a sudden there are huge numbers of liberals who feel the same way.”

Go ahead.

Make the same stupid market analysis that Air America did.

Don’t you get it, yet?

Saltysam on June 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM

KO is blackmailing someone. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

HawaiiLwyr on June 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM

O’Reilly v. Olbermann

The trend shows Keith catching Bill in the next few years, but he’ll be doing cave drawings with his feces in a white padded room before then

Valiant on June 3, 2008 at 11:27 PM

malan89 on June 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

About double for O’Reilly in total viewers, quite a bit closer in the 25-54 demo.

29Victor on June 3, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Fail.

(That’s all there is to say.)

dentalque on June 3, 2008 at 11:29 PM

OT: Upon re-reading Michael J. Totten’s article linkd on Ha the other day I came upon this incredibly interesting quote:

“Yes,” he said. “100,000 Serbs still live [in Kosovo], so we have to have good relations with Albanians.” 90 percent of Kosovo’s people are ethnic Albanians. “But we’re only a minority here in Serbia.

The “Serbian” writer Totten interviews, after denouncing Serbia for several paragraphs, indirectly identifies himself with “we” the Albanians living as an ethnic minority in Serbia.

This is comparable to a NYT hit job in the scope of its dishonesty or perhaps Totten didn’t even notice?

The “Serb” then goes on to compare the Serbs to the Nazis, presumably confident that most Westerners do not know that the Serbs suffered genocide in WWII concentration camps at the behest of Croats and Albanians.

All I can say is wow.

aengus on June 3, 2008 at 11:31 PM

I cannot stand Olberdouche…but his ratings are pretty strong in the 25-54 demographic. He’s by far the strongest in MSNBC’s prime time 5-11pm, and he’s consistently second (to O’Reilly) in viewers in that particular time slot (8pm). You can check mediabistro-tv.newser to confirm.

Please don’t flame me, it pains me to report this, but I think it’s a fact that the fever swamp loves him, and the ratings bear it out. MSNBC loves Keef.

aquaviva on June 3, 2008 at 11:32 PM

he’ll be doing cave drawings with his feces in a white padded room before then

Valiant on June 3, 2008 at 11:27 PM

So you’ve seen his office, have you?

stonemeister on June 3, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Fox has succeeded because there are a lot of alienated conservatives who thought no one was speaking for them. All of a sudden there are huge numbers of liberals who feel the same way

What a bunch of delusional baloney. All other stations are in their pockets, world-wide, with very few exceptions.

Entelechy on June 3, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Valiant

Ya beat me to it.

And ya made me picture Chief Inspector Dreyfus in the padded cell writing “Kill Clouseau” on the wall with his toes. Thanks for that :).

29Victor on June 3, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Let’s now proceed with our daily routine of noting how nobody cares about a network that only people are watching, all of whom are related to Olbermann.

P.S. I actually stopped watching MSNBC when they cancelled Carlson. There was nobody else left in their prime time schedule who interested me. When they had Scarborough and Carlson in the evening, I thought they were the best network.

freevillage on June 3, 2008 at 11:34 PM

I cannot stand Olberdouche…but his ratings are pretty strong in the 25-54 demographic.

So is MILF Island. But not quite as substantive.

sulla on June 3, 2008 at 11:35 PM

Keith Olbermann, Tim Russert, and Chris Matthews = Obama’s media team.

Remember, Russert was a Democrat back in the old days. So was Matthews. Then there’s Olbermann the Daily Kos kid. Birds of a feather flock together. Olbermann, Russert, and Matthews are all the same.

indythinker on June 3, 2008 at 11:36 PM

HawaiiLwyr on June 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM

I think it’s more than that. Why does MSNBC exist? To make money. If someone is making money for the network, they are golden in the networks view.

They are selling to a market that’s buying it. The same kind of people who watched Jerry Springer, those looking for the drama over the facts. I wish someone would do a documentary of Jerry Springer guests and ask one question: Do you regret going on that show?

If Olby is getting more ratings than Russert or Matthews, then two of the 3 are expendable.

Before anyone jumps me… Olby is a tool, I don’t watch him other than what I see on HA and Olbywatch.

Hog Wild on June 3, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Hog Wild on June 3, 2008 at 11:36 PM

You’re correct. But catering to angry moonbats can only go so far. His whole schtick is vitriol toward Bush and Obama whoring. Olby’s numbers were an absolute joke before the election season started. His numbers are up right now because the bitter political mood of many lefty Americas matches his bitter rhetoric.

But constant manufactured outrage is tiring and is going to be difficult to maintain after election season is over. Olby will loose his audience but MSNBC will be left with his stain on their reputation (and, Russert and Matthews fear, so will Olby’s coworkers).

But, of course, MSNBC never had much of a reputation to begin with, so maybe they should just enjoy the ride while they have the chance.

29Victor on June 3, 2008 at 11:52 PM

“Americas” = “Americans”

PIMF

29Victor on June 3, 2008 at 11:53 PM

29Victor on June 3, 2008 at 11:52 PM

Good point….just what will Olby do after Barry gets in?

The Canadians better look out!

Limerick on June 3, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Valiant & 29V; thanks for the link.

BO must be killin’ with the Fix-o-Dent set.

I gotta admit, there’s something to Kayo’s stridence that makes me wish there was a commensurate on TV for us. I can do without his dramatic cut-aways to the other camera he likes to do.

That’s just teh ghey.

Rhinoboy on June 4, 2008 at 12:01 AM

he is the center of the MSNBC ratings strategy.

Tell you what MSNBC, you nix this retard and I will start watching you again. Deal?

Topsecretk9 on June 4, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Oh heck I take it back– PLEASE, PLEEEEEASE More OLby…your competitor will be Comedy Central soon.

Topsecretk9 on June 4, 2008 at 12:04 AM

BTW Allah, way to bring the snark tonight.

Rhinoboy on June 4, 2008 at 12:12 AM

“There’s a very large untapped market of liberal TV viewers,”

What?? Where?? “Liberal TV viewers” are their target audience for most networks, and have been for a long time.

labrat on June 4, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Me thinks Olby is a loose cannon!

Me also thinks,Olby has brought a
lot of collateral damage to MSNBC! He He.

canopfor on June 4, 2008 at 12:18 AM

“There’s a very large untapped market of liberal TV viewers,”

Uh huh. Try taxpayer funded NPR wiseguy

Topsecretk9 on June 4, 2008 at 12:37 AM

NBC has tried “Countdown” twice on Sunday nights, including once in the run-up to the start of last season’s Sunday night NFL package, with dismal results, even compared with other prime-time news shows.

So while his numbers are up in the cable universe, he’s really marginalized himself politically on the left to where he can get an adequate audience for MSNBC, but really can’t work outside that limited demographic (and his attacks on Hillary have tightened that demo even further to just the furthest left half of the Democratic Party. Since that’s also the are most likely to engage in Bush Derangement Syndrome, Hillary Derangement Syndrome and McCain Derangement Syndrome, Keith can keep them entertained with his geek show through November, but how that Howard Beale-schtick would work in 2009 if Olby actually got what he wanted — an Obama presidency with a Democratic Congress — is debatable.

(As for how Keith would handle a Hillary VP pick, that’s no problem — he’d turn on a dime and treat her as if the last five months never happened, and she’d probably go along with it, even if her supporters wouldn’t.)

jon1979 on June 4, 2008 at 1:02 AM

Never watched the guy except for the excerpts here.

Why bother?

He’s a blithered bag of irrational venom.

Anyone who would hire him deserves to fail.

profitsbeard on June 4, 2008 at 1:04 AM

Hernando Cortez burned his ships to prevent mutiny. Maybe Olberman has do the same to the powers that be at MSNBC.

SouthernGent on June 4, 2008 at 1:05 AM

And here’s the right’s chance to expose and pound this clown and his sponsors. Will they take it?

tomk59 on June 4, 2008 at 1:11 AM

Anybody else notice what a piece of sh!t company GE is. This aint the company that Jack Welch built. THAT company would outperform the market every year and beat the analysts expectations.

NOW, GE is a crappy company with horrible stock performance that underperforms the market…unlike the Jack Welch years.

Fire this dumbass Jeff Immeldt NOW!!! Get rid of NBC!! Become a real company again…not an embarrassment. SIX SIGMA MY ASS!!!!

Roger Waters on June 4, 2008 at 1:27 AM

There’s a very large untapped market of liberal TV viewers listeners.

…thus was conceived the media juggernaut which was to be called Air America.

29Victor on June 4, 2008 at 2:04 AM

SIX SIGMA MY ASS!!!!

Roger Waters on June 4, 2008 at 1:27 AM

Heretic. How dare you value results over process?

What are you, some kind of stockholder or somethin’?

Gilda on June 4, 2008 at 2:32 AM

Herr Olbermann is nothing but an obsolete gasbag! The quicker MSNBC jettisons him, the faster their ratings will rise!

byteshredder on June 4, 2008 at 2:45 AM

He behaves like a man who has nothing left to lose

Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic…
(with apologies to the much saner Capt. Queeg!)

alacrityfitzhugh on June 4, 2008 at 5:31 AM

Fire this dumbass Jeff Immeldt NOW!!! Get rid of NBC!! Become a real company again…not an embarrassment. SIX SIGMA MY ASS!!!!

Roger Waters on June 4, 2008 at 1:27 AM

I’ve been railing against GE’s new tack for years. Finally had no choice but to sell my stock. I’ve emailed them countless times telling them to jettison NBC/MSNBC and Immelt.

Now GE is into “green”, and wants to sell engines and turbines etc. taking advantage of the current hysteria. It will backfire sooner or later.

If GE is not careful, it will be bought on the cheap, or join this list.

JiangxiDad on June 4, 2008 at 6:14 AM

It is not all bad that there are KOs out there showing the world how liberals really think. It is more dangerous when they better succeed at hiding how unhinged their whole worldview is.

Halley on June 4, 2008 at 6:20 AM

It is amazing to me that he gets so much attention. Anyone who ever watched his show, and few people have, realize it is an hour worth of hate.

NBC use to be a great news network, but MSNBC, because of one or two people, has made them a disgrace.

tazmebro on June 4, 2008 at 6:35 AM

Like Trinity church, Olbie packs them in with vitriol and hate speech. Put a black face on him and put him in a pulpit.
The young kids lap that stuff up…

right2bright on June 4, 2008 at 7:04 AM

Anybody have the head to head stats on the Olby/O’Reilly matchup? I know BO wins, but by how much?

malan89 on June 3, 2008 at 11:16 PM

O’Reilly has double Olbie’s viewers, but Olbie beats O’Reilly in the 18-54 demo. Part of that is due to the fact that MSNBC has positioned itself as the next liberal news network (supplanting CNN). Another part of that is due, I think, to the fact that the Democrats boycotted Fox for the better part of a year and a half. It wasn’t until about 1.5-2 months ago that ANY prominent Democrats would appear, in any capacity, on Fox. That’s why Fox’s Democrats consisted mostly of retirees (e.g. Bob Beckel, Pat Caddell), journalists/commentators (e.g. K.P.) or various goofy “strategists” who looked like they were Hill staffers.

Outlander on June 4, 2008 at 7:21 AM

We may all hate Olbie, but that doesn’t change his ratings. What that shows is that the 18-35 liberal crowd is growing and is active.
Democrats have outpaced new recruits 2-1 over conservatives, while we wail against Olbie, they are adding numbers.

right2bright on June 4, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Anybody have the head to head stats on the Olby/O’Reilly matchup? I know BO wins, but by how much?

By precisely 16.3 Bajillion points!

seanrobins on June 4, 2008 at 7:55 AM

I thought that putting Dan Abrams in charge a while back was supposed to improve things. Ol’ Dannie Boy (is he still there, by the way) has only let things get worse and worse.

seanrobins on June 4, 2008 at 7:57 AM

Democrats have outpaced new recruits 2-1 over conservatives, while we wail against Olbie, they are adding numbers.
right2bright on June 4, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Heh, the problem is they mistake his partisan editorials for reporting. They are attracted to pretty,shiny,noisy things. Have Kristi Yamaguchi read *Bush Sucks* essays off the tele-prompter wearing a mini skirt, a low cut blouse and body glitter and she’d bury them.

Alden Pyle on June 4, 2008 at 8:03 AM

He’s a blithered bag of irrational venom.

Eloquent description.

Perfect, actually.

hillbillyjim on June 4, 2008 at 8:15 AM

What’s the center of the bottom?

drjohn on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

What’s the center of the bottom?

drjohn on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Typically I think that’s called the rectum.

SlimyBill on June 4, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Gilda on June 3, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Except that Jerry Springer has more credibility and better ratings.

jdkchem on June 4, 2008 at 8:43 AM

To he who most emotes NBC doth promote.

EJDolbow on June 4, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Johnnie Cochran in da house!!!!

SlimyBill on June 4, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Olby’s exit: One of those great big, mean defensive linemen should walk over to Olberman, bitch slap him, and then sit on him until he begins to squirm. How fitting for this loser.

Travis1 on June 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM

There’s a reason Olbermann doesn’t invite those he disagrees with on the air. If it’s not teleprompted he can’t speak publicly.

cannonball on June 4, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic…
(with apologies to the much saner Capt. Queeg!)

alacrityfitzhugh on June 4, 2008 at 5:31 AM

Brilliant!

Glynn on June 4, 2008 at 5:34 PM