NBC, Olbermann at war?

posted at 8:48 am on November 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Have Keith Olbermann’s colleagues had enough of the circus at MSNBC?  Eight insiders have vented to Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast about the anchor’s “totally narcissistic response” to the controversy over his political donations, and claim that Olbermann almost triggered his own termination by threatening to complain about his suspension in an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America.  According to these sources, NBC News stars including Tom Brokaw have told management that, er, Olbermann makes it hard for them to argue for MSNBC’s independence:

From the moment Olbermann was found to have donated money to three Democratic candidates, there has been a deepening sense of anger and frustration among his colleagues, according to interviews with eight knowledgeable sources. These sources, who declined to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the situation, say that several of NBC’s front-line stars, including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence.  (NBC and MSNBC executives declined to comment, and Olbermann declined to be interviewed.)

Network staffers use phrases like “scorched-earth policy” and “totally narcissistic response” to describe how Olbermann has dealt with criticism of his political donations. A recurring theme is that he has made it impossible for MSNBC to argue that it is journalistically different from Fox News, which has no prohibition against political donations by such commentators and talk-show hosts as Sean Hannity and Karl Rove. The word hypocrisy has frequently been aimed at Olbermann.

This “war,” as Griffin apparently declared to Olbermann’s new management team at ICM, didn’t start with the political donations.  In September, NBC brass met with his managers and told them that Olbermann had gotten out of control.  The staff complaints about high-handed treatment — according to Kurtz’ sources, they aren’t allowed to talk with Olbermann but have to leave notes outside his office to communicate — had them alarmed.  The angry, Peter Finch shtick had grown tired.  The donations hit in the middle of this, and it has NBC desperate enough to believe this:

It is entirely possible that the anger will subside and the former sportscaster will reclaim his cleanup spot, as the leader of a liberal lineup. But NBC executives say that the cable channel is far better positioned to withstand an Olbermann departure than it might have been a year ago. Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

First, if NBC has had enough of Olbermann’s angry-man routine, they’re not going to like Larry O’Donnell’s red-faced shouting rants any better, and neither will Comcast when it has to take over this mess.  Matthews has been around for years, and “energized” is hardly the word for his work; Hardball has become Softball For Democrats.  Schultz is a one-note joke with the same Peter Finch Syndrome as O’Donnell and Olbermann.  Maddow does have broadcast chops, but she can’t carry four hours of prime time.  In fact, as their ratings show, none of them can.  They’ve managed to pass CNN only by allowing the first all-news network to stumble behind them.

Be sure to read it all, and have plenty of popcorn handy for passing.


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I am more interested to see what ComCast does to NBC News versus MSNBC. If they change arrogantly left NBC will be more interesting than hysterically left MSNBC.

barnone on November 15, 2010 at 8:56 AM

MadCow is just so very handsome.
Much better looking than bathtub-boy.

OmahaConservative on November 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Quagmire

trubble on November 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Fascinating. Speaking of left-wing “journalists” I never watch, how is Bill Moyers doing?

Drained Brain on November 15, 2010 at 8:59 AM

These sources, who declined to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the situation, say that several of NBC’s front-line stars, including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence. (NBC and MSNBC executives declined to comment, and Olbermann declined to be interviewed.)

Translation — They’re not angry that Olby’s a liberal, just that he’s lost his plausible deniability about being one, when it comes to trying to have Keith clear the hurdle of being described as a “journalist”.

If he had just kept a ‘lower’ profile like Maddow, Matthews, Ed, Dylan and Larry O-D, Brokaw and others could have kept doing Clintonesque word parcing and claiming that Olbermann was merely stating his opinion with no stake in either political party. The donations were the smoking gun that makes their normal defense non-viable, and rather than totally abandoning that rationale and admitting that MSNBC (and NBC News in general) leans left, they want to have the network ditch Keith, so they can go back to their normal talking points.

jon1979 on November 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The problem with Uberdouche is not his one hour of hate and misogyny every night in primetime(well, two hours if you count the repeat). As offensive as that is, it’s an opinion show and everyone knows where Queef is coming from ideologically.

Where NBC and MSDNC screwed up was in allowing this a-hole to anchor election coverage along with his left-wing cohorts, Fat Bastard, Madcow, and O’Donnell. They effectively made him the face of NBC News which is not exactly the best way to attract viewers, especially those of a political persuasion not left of Castro. And letting him do commentary on their NFL broadcasts only added insult to injury.

I don’t see any other recourse than his outright firing at this point. The problem is they had a perfect opportunity to do so a couple weeks ago and they chickened out. I don’t blame Uberdouche for thinking he’s got NBC management by the b@lls.

Doughboy on November 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Maybe in the near future Olbey will have some free time to split a platter of oysters at the Atlantic Grill with David Shuster…

mjbrooks3 on November 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

If it wasn’t for Hot Air would anyone ever watch one of these insane clips?

hip shot on November 15, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Ed Schultz is gaining momentum??????? Don’t you mean weight?

50sGuy on November 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Yawn.

There have been stories about this guy’s firing for a long time now. Wake me up when it happens.

bekarlss on November 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Even those who admired Olbermann’s broadcasting skills felt that his behavior, such as making his staff leave notes outside his door rather than speaking to him, had gone too far.

Leaving notes outside his door? Bwahahaha!

petefrt on November 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

NBC deserves these cretins and with any luck they’ll both accompany this putrid network on their journey down the sewer.

rplat on November 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

I just wonder how long Comcast will allow their News Division to bleed money. Per Gallup 54 % of Americans are Conservative, 27 % of Americans are Moderate, and 18 % are Liberal. It is up to Comcast whether they want have a Broadcast news Division, or to continue narrowcasting. Election night was a disgrace.

kingsjester on November 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I’m fascinated at how MSNBC keeps pretending their anchors are impartial in comparison to Fox’s analysts and commentators.

Quisp on November 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

What’s the difference?
What’s his name made a dollar donation to a campaign, everyone else gives free broadcast time, and messaging support and calls it ‘news’. So what’s the difference?

Skandia Recluse on November 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I used to teach journalism and had, in the past, had students meticulously go through news broadcasts noting placement of stories, tone of reporting, pictures used, every objective item. The results often surprised them and always made them, conservatives as well as liberals, realize the tilt of the MSM was decidedly left of center. If I had done the same with MSNBC’s coverage of election night, it simply would have been off the charts in its left tilt. Tilt, actually, is the wrong word: it was teeter-totter with a fat kid on the left side and no one on the right.
.
Their coverage on election night was truly a travesty of journalism.

MaxMBJ on November 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

I do believe that the Progressives in charge of NBC and the Democrat Party have realized that Olby and other talking heads pushing the Progressive agenda are harming their cause rather than helping. Americans are angry at these types and for good reason. There simply is nothing to like about Olby and his type; they are very ugly humans from the inside out, and this is the face of the Democrat Party right now. If these people are to regain power, they must put forward a much nicer face and hope people have short memories.

Keemo on November 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

What planet are these people living on?

JammieWearingFool on November 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

The staff complaints about high-handed treatment — according to Kurtz’ sources, they aren’t allowed to talk with Olbermann but have to leave notes outside his office to communicate — had them alarmed.

That’s beyond haughty. That’s mental illness level narcissism.

rbj on November 15, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Getting rid Of Olbermann will just let crazy of the other far left host shine brighter. It won’t do ANYTHING to make it less “impossible for MSNBC to argue that it is journalistically different from Fox News.” It’s not his politics that they want to get rid of. It’s his personality.

Ampersand on November 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

And in related flights of fantasy, pigs can fly, the moon is made of green cheese and Elvis is indeed alive and well and working the drive thru window at a Burger King just outside of Minneapolis!

pilamaye on November 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM

NBC, Olbermann at war?

What can we, as fifth columnists in this war, do to help ensure that neither side wins?

Or, better yet, what can we do to ensure that both sides lose by annihilating one another?

Like Nutzy Pelosi, I welcome input from conservatives in answering this question. And, like President Obuzzoff, I am prepared to listen.

FlameWarrior on November 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

The urinalysis of PMSNBC’s talentless lineup was almost funny, it was so stupid. Madcow’s single demonstrable skill is performing her lib-kook schtick without popping a vein like the rest of them.

She is bereft of logic or objectivity, like all of them. They are cartoonishly partisan and liberal. That anyone in broadcasting finds any of their blather tolerable only indicts the entire industry.

Jaibones on November 15, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Ed Schultz is gaining momentum…

Yeah, like a Dunkin’ donut rollin’ down hill.

Gang-of-One on November 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM

You must be smoking AND inhaling, if you don’t think the execs at Comcast are looking to cut their losses with the albatross Olbermann.

Angry Dumbo on November 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Their coverage on election night was truly a travesty of journalism.

MaxMBJ on November 15, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Prof, does it still exist?

publiuspen on November 15, 2010 at 9:21 AM

“These sources, who declined to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the situation, say that several of NBC’s front-line stars, including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence.”

MSNBC’s reputation for independence; hmmmm. I really don’t think Tom Brokaw needs to worry his pretty little head about Olbermann. It’s difficult to inflict damage on something that doesn’t even exist.

Eichendorff on November 15, 2010 at 9:24 AM

If the Muslims and the socialists started a war with each other, would I care? Perhaps, but only if I had the money to fund both sides.

Kafir on November 15, 2010 at 9:24 AM

But NBC executives say that the cable channel is far better positioned to withstand an Olbermann departure than it might have been a year ago. Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star,

In a related article:

NBC executives were rushed to the proctologist after jabbing needles into what they thought was a hole in the ground.

TugboatPhil on November 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

The can’t get rid of Olbermann. The repercussions of his firing would mean years of blogs posted from his bathtub. Is NBC brass ready for that?

Nethicus on November 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Isn’t this like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? If Comcast takes over and keeps MSNBC I’m going to demand that they lower my bill or prove that it makes money. Those rating do not qualify as “too big to fail”.

Cindy Munford on November 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM

MadCow is just so very handsome.

It’s funny, ‘cuz she has short hair and wears suits!

YYZ on November 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Are we sure that all of this ongoing discussion isn’t a ploy to boost ratings? Like a soap opera, tune in tomorrow.

Cindy Munford on November 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

What planet are these people living on?

JammieWearingFool on November 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I thought the same thing. Schultz now has five viewers rather than four? And, frankly, Maddow and Hannity, who square off at the same time, are probably two sides of the same partisan coin. Heck, their haircuts are almost identical.

In the end, I think this political contributions outrage is an excuse for the evidence that’s been accumulating against Olbermann for a while and that was increased dramatically with the election night coverage. Keef set the tone for that coverage, but all the rest are implicated as well as a black columnist for the Washington Post–Eugene Robinson. I think the powers there realized that they needed to spin away from that night without drawing any attention to it. That coverage was such an unprofessional clusterf*ck that even NBC/MSNBC concluded something had to be done.

BuckeyeSam on November 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

The funny thing is that if there is anything that is going to end up sinking Keith Olbermann, it looks like it will be Keith Olbermann. That and his over-the-top overbloated “it’s-all-about-MEEEEEEEEE!” ego of his that has truly made him the Legend-In-His-Own-MInd that he is.

pilamaye on November 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Ed Schultz is gaining momentum??????? Don’t you mean weight?

50sGuy on November 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Well, p=m*v;:
where p=momentum;
m=mass;
and v=velocity.

So, given a standard low velocity (which I think Ed’s ratings bear out sufficiently), his growing (m)ass does in fact equal a gain in momentum.

QED

JohnGalt23 on November 15, 2010 at 9:30 AM

If these people are to regain power, they must put forward a much nicer face and hope people have short memories.

Keemo on November 15, 2010 at 9:09 AM

While I agree with my friend here, for the most part, (as a flooring contractor), it doesn’t matter how many coats of finish you put on a poorly prepped or flawed product. It’s still ugly.

Rovin on November 15, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I still think this is coming from Comcast….

I think they want him out before they take over. IF they take over and fire him, then suddenly the libs will move to CNN, and MSNBC has about 50 viewers per night. This would make buying MSNBC a giant money pit.

jeffn21 on November 15, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Let the libs waste their money. Once you’re broke you’re teachable.

Mojave Mark on November 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I HAVE THE SOLUTION!!!!!

LET’S SIGN OLBY UP TO THE ASTRONAUT PROGRAM!

HAVE I GOT A FIRST MISSION FOR HIM!!!!!

pilamaye on November 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM

NBC executives were rushed to the proctologist after jabbing needles into what they thought was a hole in the ground.

TugboatPhil on November 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Umm, those weren’t needles…

Lanceman on November 15, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Every circus has their clown(s), MSNBC would be nothing without their troupe of clowns.
It may be a small group, but the far left is loyal to them, so they at least can get some advertising, they have no choice but to keep their cast and scrape out a living…a pretty good living.

right2bright on November 15, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show

And they think Olby is the only nutcase out of that lineup?

BacaDog on November 15, 2010 at 9:52 AM

A STATEMENT TO THE VIEWERS OF COUNTDOWN by Keith O. No. No NO! Sarah Palin’s hand. A meatbag with lipstick. Fart! I want to NO! sincerely thank you for Worst Person in the World! — the honor of your extraordinary and ground-spattering support. Your efforts have been instrumental to the remedying of Sarah Palin, and the results should remind us of the power of individuals spontaneously acting together to correct injustices great or small. I would like to acknowledge with respect President Barack Obama and the many commentators and reporters, including those with whom my politics fart, for their support. I also wish to apologize to you viewers for having obfuscated incessantly. You should know that I never deliberately violated a stupid rule that pertains to the process by which such political contributions are approved by Fox News. Certainly this merited a public rebuke, which I am now giving — my former boss, who is now a janitor, is the Worst Person of the Year! An on-air discussion about the merits of limitations on such campaign contributions would have allowed me to bloviate at length about how the Republican Party, whose recent temporary victories in the mid term elections by no means illustrate the power of individuals spontaneously acting together to correct injustices great and small, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fox News by virtue of their contributions, just as the Democratic Party is now a wholly owned subsidiary of me. Indeed, after my dueling second was assured that no suspension was contemplated, I was suspended without a hearing, and learned of that suspension through the media of which I claim I am not a part, and whose rules should not apply to me. You should also know that I did not attempt to keep any of these political contributions secret; I knew they would be known to you and the rest of the public in the fullness of time — hopefully several years after the elections. I made these contributions through relatives, friends, corporations, PACs, and many other organizations which do not publish their donors until months after the elections. When a website contacted NBC about one of the donations, I immediately volunteered that there were in fact three thousand of them, each done with different credit cards from different foreign countries, in the tradition of all the Democrats who have donated before me; and contrary to much of the subsequent reporting, I immediately volunteered to explain all this, on-air and off, in the fashion MSNBC probably didn’t desire. That’s what I’m doing now. I genuinely look forward to rejoining you on Countdown on Tuesday, to begin the repayment of your latest display of support and loyalty – support and loyalty that is truly — oh oh oh — that felt good. –K.O.

unclesmrgol on November 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

JohnGalt23 on November 15, 2010 at 9:30 AM

This is why I love Hot Air. I always learn so much. Thank you John!

50sGuy on November 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

“NBC News stars including Tom Brokaw have told management that, er, Olbermann makes it hard for them to argue for MSNBC’s independence…”

“Argue for MSNBC’s independence”?

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

In your dreams, Brokaw! In your dreams!

I think there are several dynamics at work here, and beginning to reinforce each other.

1) Olbermann is a jerk and nobody likes him or having to work with him. He is poison in the shop.

2) The political winds are swinging sharply to the right, and it looks like the new “center” will be decidedly to the right of where it once was. Their natural audience is shrinking, and KO is alienating more viewers than ever.

3) Comcast wants to make money, and MSNBC is waaaaay too far left to be appealing outside the left-wing moonbat demographic. What could be more symbolic of moving to the center than getting rid of the spittle-flecked Moonbat-in-Chief himself?

KO is history at Moonbat Central Television. He will be working side-by-side with Dan Rather shortly.

novaculus on November 15, 2010 at 10:05 AM

It’s hilarious that NBC and MSNBC are “worried” that KO’s tiny contributions are important, when the big picture is that MSNBC and NBC give a couple of hundred million dollars (at least!) in free advertising to the left.

I wish this point was driven home more often.

Aardvark on November 15, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Ummmmm….Would this be the same Tom Brokaw who recently voiced his “concern” that ‘too many people were now receiving unfiltered news from the Internet’?

alwyr on November 15, 2010 at 10:06 AM

According to these sources, NBC News stars including Tom Brokaw have told management that, er, Olbermann makes it hard for them to argue for MSNBC’s independence

Everybody knows by now that Bathtub Boy is a sick idiot, but Tom I believe your replacement Brian Crooked Face transparently went for his own Cronkite moment on Iraq before the surge.

Your network’s steaming pile of alleged “journalism” was discredited long before this latest food fight.

The only thing remotely interesting about NBC NEWS’ future is whether Comcast handles the clean up with pooper scoopers or comes in with a toxic waste response crew.

There is zero self awareness at 30 Rock. Any cable news operation with Olberman as it’s star can never be much more than an embarrassing curiosity.

ontherocks on November 15, 2010 at 10:13 AM

When “Special” Ed Shultz is gaining momentum on you, you’re in some seriously deep sh!t.

tpitman on November 15, 2010 at 10:22 AM

The staff complaints about high-handed treatment — according to Kurtz’ sources, they aren’t allowed to talk with Olbermann but have to leave notes outside his office to communicate — had them alarmed.

Ha! This could be why the Worst Person in the World Segment was put to bed. It sounds like Olbermann was about to made the WPitW by his own staff.

Buy Danish on November 15, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Maddow probably is the best talent they have on MSNBC, and she stumbles. Remember her claim that Republican Congress people, had been told about the OKC bombing ahead of time? Trying to tie Tea Party movement to White Separatist.

Dr Evil on November 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence

Hahahahahaha! What the hell are they smoking?

GarandFan on November 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM

So, they worry that a line has been blurred, because Fox has no policy preventing its anchors from making donations.

And yet, what Fox personalities have made donations to campaigns? Cavuto has, but who else?

hawksruleva on November 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM

I dont care if MSNBC fires Olberman, I never watch him. I never watch Madcow either, the one time I tried I found her to be so smarmy and obnoxious that I lasted about a minute. The rest of that lineup is crazy. I can find what news to watch on FOX or FBN. There is a guy on opposite BOR on Fox Business, Eric on Money Rocks, who is pretty good. He doesn’t have the same old tired retreads that BOR has (Goldberg, Miller, Krauthammer, Tokyo Rove, LaMont Hill). Money Rocks is pretty good.

CCRWM on November 15, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Ed Schultz is gaining momentum…

Yeah, like a 55-gallon drum of Dunkin’ donut deep-fry lard rollin’ down hill.

FIFY.

drunyan8315 on November 15, 2010 at 10:38 AM

His career, circling the drain.

Ward Cleaver on November 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Please correct me if I am wrong …

I find it interesting that conservative news star never seem to cause any trouble with management. Rush, Hannity, Beck they all seem to quietly negotiate contracts and work without ever causing any of this interpersonal drama. Also there is never any behind the scenes gossip of how difficulty they are work with.

Didn’t Beck work for MSNBC before Fox. I recall him being publicly very gracious to MSNBC when he left.

peterargus on November 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Seriously, those people are just now realizing that Olby has tainted their reputation with his far left views? Where have they been, under a bridge on another planet? It’s too late now, the damage is done and there’s little or nothing they can do to undo the image aside from throwing the whole lot of their “journalists” out and start over with reputable ones. Every one of them did everything they could to sway the presidential election and no one at MSNBC did anything to stop it so to argue about it now is pretty lame.

scalleywag on November 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

…several of NBC’s front-line stars,including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence.

Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

And lemme tell ya’, if ever there was a line-up that screamed “independence”, it’s Maddow, Matthews, and O’Donnell. And be sure to tune in next Sunday morning for “Meet the Press”, with guest host Josef Stalin.

Dopenstrange on November 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

be sure to read it all

ugh, I got bored halfway through.

disa on November 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

I don’t know how anyone can actually sit at home and watch any of those people. Just the clips I’ve seen here on HA raise my blood pressure. I watch TV to hear the news or be entertained, not to get all ticked off.

scalleywag on November 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Tom Brokaw, most over rated journalist in America. Definition of nothing.I don’t feel sorry for them at all. They let some crazed sports reporter take over their news operation.

Hummer53 on November 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM

And lemme tell ya’, if ever there was a line-up that screamed “independence”, it’s Maddow, Matthews, and O’Donnell. And be sure to tune in next Sunday morning for “Meet the Press”, with guest host Josef Stalin.

Dopenstrange on November 15, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Hahahahahaha. Maybe the brass has been under a bridge on another planet with blinders and ear plugs on. These clowns have been running their own liberal shows for years, too late for the bosses to object.

scalleywag on November 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

BTW, Lou Dobbs has signed with Fox Business Network. I haven’t heard if he is to anchor a show or what. I’m hoping Fox puts him on opposite Shemp at 7pm so I don’t have to put up with that jerk.

slickwillie2001 on November 15, 2010 at 10:51 AM

peterargus on November 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

I will explain that for you. THOSE people, Hannity, Beck, et al are opinion journalists and are represented as such by the networks. Overbite is represented as a hard news journalist/anchor, which he obviously is not.
Remember, HE fancies himself as Edward R. Murrow.

Lanceman on November 15, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Leaving notes outside his door? Bwahahaha!

petefrt on November 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

I once worked for a guy, whose office was an open cube, who required everyone to communicate with him by memos. At that time they had to be typewritten by the office secretary. He soon became the big joke at Gamble-Skogmo, Inc.

Mirimichi on November 15, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The truth is that no one would know MSNBC exists if it wasn’t for sites like conservative sites like Hot Air and The Blaze. Schultz is gaining momentum? If you’re at zero, one is momentum, right?

volsense on November 15, 2010 at 11:19 AM

On the question if Beck worked at MSNBC, the answer is no. He and Lou Dobbs both worked at the CNN conglomerate. Both are now with FOX.

volsense on November 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Quagmire

trubble on November 15, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Beautiful! I cannot stop laughing at the near perfect symmetry and utter simplicity of your one word comment!

That’s it!

Trochilus on November 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Seriously, those people are just now realizing that Olby has tainted their reputation with his far left views? Where have they been, under a bridge on another planet? It’s too late now, the damage is done and there’s little or nothing they can do to undo the image aside from throwing the whole lot of their “journalists” out and start over with reputable ones. Every one of them did everything they could to sway the presidential election and no one at MSNBC did anything to stop it so to argue about it now is pretty lame.

scalleywag on November 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Agree. But I don’t think Brokaw and the NBC bigs are that ignorant or stupid.

The risk of allowing MSNBC become a cauldron of left-wing hate mongering was one that was taken by management, not Olbermann.

Now they think the problem they created can somehow be resolved by singling out Keith?

I think this whole NBC reaction is really an attempt to save the mother ship . . . NBC is what they are really afraid of losing!

If enough of the public concludes that a partisan media transfection has occurred, i.e., that MSNBC has polluted the entire place, then the bigger brand is what is at risk.

Comcast has to be in an absolute panic that they may have bought themselves a pig in a poke! And so Brokaw’s name is trotted out to Kurtz try to contain the damage to MSNBC in general, and to Keith Olberman in particular.

The “positive” references to the remainder of the lineup of the larboard-leaning hosts is utterly risible.

But NBC executives say that the cable channel is far better positioned to withstand an Olbermann departure than it might have been a year ago. Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

No sane person could possibly believe such crap!

I think this is a containment exercise . . . and for the moment, Keith looks like the “odd man” out! The problem is that they are all odd! Every last one of ‘em!

Trochilus on November 15, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Just a stunt to get more viewers. Move along, nothing here.

Guest1.1 on November 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Getting rid Of Olbermann will just let crazy of the other far left host shine brighter. It won’t do ANYTHING to make it less “impossible for MSNBC to argue that it is journalistically different from Fox News.” It’s not his politics that they want to get rid of. It’s his personality.

Ampersand on November 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Exactly. We focus on personalities and so do they. But the real problem is point of view. It is anti-American and pro-socialist. It has been for a long time.

And of course Maddow is a “star” she has the comedy central stamp of approval.

If Maddow came to fox, she could become a star, maybe even famous(sarcasm), as it is she will be known in small circles of closed minded idiots.

They play on a very small field over there at NBC.

petunia on November 15, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Rachel Maddow has emerged as a genuine star, Ed Schultz is gaining momentum, Chris Matthews has been energized by the midterm campaign, and Lawrence O’Donnell has successfully launched a new show in the 10 p.m. hour previously reserved for Countdown reruns.

This, plus Olbie…what a line-up of the ridiculous. Go under soon!

Schadenfreude on November 15, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Maddow does have broadcast chops,…

Madcow is a freak show. Period. The entire network looks like puppet therapy—crazy people pretending to be crazy people—at an insane asylum. However …

SAVE KEITH OLBERMANN!!! You’ll miss him when he’s gone. No one else provides such a vivid glimpse into surreal Leftist mind.

HelenW on November 15, 2010 at 2:54 PM

These sources, who declined to be quoted by name because of the sensitivity of the situation, say that several of NBC’s front-line stars, including Tom Brokaw, have expressed concern to management that Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence.

No comment necessary.

hillbillyjim on November 15, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Well, p=m*v;:
where p=momentum;
m=mass;
and v=velocity.
So, given a standard low velocity (which I think Ed’s ratings bear out sufficiently), his growing (m)ass does in fact equal a gain in momentum.
QED
JohnGalt23 on November 15, 2010 at 9:30 AM

True, however stopping power only counts if ya hit the target.

DSchoen on November 15, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Sheesh. Would somebody just put a couple of windmills in front of Schultzy and Olby already.

Bet you could power a small city or something.

dissent555 on November 15, 2010 at 7:47 PM

… has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence

Now that is the funniest thing I have heard in a while.

dissent555 on November 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM