Quotes of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on January 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

“On Thursday, NBC’s news division staged an elaborate presentation for advertisers, seeking to sell commercial time in NBC’s news programs over the next year. All the members of MSNBC’s prime-time lineup spoke at the lunch with one exception: Keith Olbermann, the network’s biggest star.

For the last several weeks, Mr. Olbermann and the network have been in negotiations to end his successful run on MSNBC, according to executives involved in the talks who requested anonymity because the talks were confidential. The deal was completed on Friday, and Mr. Olbermann made the announcement on his final ‘Countdown’ hours later…

“One executive, who asked not to be identified because Comcast had instructed employees not speak about the situation, said the company dreaded the prospect of being blamed if Mr. Olbermann were to quit soon after the takeover.”

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“Keith Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC appeared abrupt to viewers of his show, but the talk-show host and his network were involved ‘in a relationship that’s been failing for a long time,’ an NBC Universal executive said Saturday…

“But the NBC Universal executive characterized it as a mutual parting of the ways, with Olbermann taking the first step. The executive spoke on condition of anonymity because settlement talks were kept confidential…

“While he disagreed with most everything Olbermann said, ‘he had probably the best-produced show on television,’ Bozell said. That’s the danger for MSNBC and liberals — Olbermann may be replaced by someone who has the same viewpoints, but not necessarily with a show people are as eager to watch.”

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“Here’s how it went down. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Olbermann’s agent recently went to NBC complaining that Keith — who has the most popular show on MSNBC — was underpaid at $7 million per year. NBC execs told Olbermann’s agent they would not cough up anymore money.

“Network execs were well aware that Comcast wanted Keith gone because he was ‘a loose cannon that could not be controlled.’ It became clear to both sides that Olbermann’s days were numbered and they began negotiating an exit…

“Our sources say Olbermann will, however, reappear soon with a presence on the Internet.”

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“The gadfly commentator first told the network last April that he wanted to leave and began negotiating his exit then, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation…

“With two years left on his $7 million a year contract, Olbermann was seeking a full exit package but he really has his eye on creating his own media empire in the style of Huffington Post, according to the individual. That way, Olbermann would control his own brand and, in his view, potentially earn far more as an owner.”

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“Go to Fox News: Yes, it sounds insane (for both sides). But think about it. Every other lightweight ‘liberal’ that Fox tries to toss on the air to make things ‘fair and balanced’ has no real gravitas. Olbermann? When it comes to television, he is the voice of the left. There’s your balance (screw fair – nobody with a brain that hasn’t been pickled by Kool-Aid believes that nonsense). Can you image what kind of ratings Death Star would be created if he joined Fox News? It would turn MSNBC to dust and leave CNN so much further behind in the ratings that it would be battling BET for numbers. It would also allow Roger Ailes to lord it over every liberal in this country and he might swallow whatever pride he has about Olbermann to have that kind of club at his disposal.

“And – wait for it – it would be the most audacious reach across the aisle in television history. The left would have to actually tune their television to Fox News to find Olbermann. And the right would have to suffer through all those promos for his show – like sizzle reel Kryptonite – before settling in on Bill O’Reilly. A nation heals.

“And, seriously, who wouldn’t want to watch O’Reilly and Olbermann toss to each other every night? It would be a sneer and snark fest for the ages.”

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“OlbermannWatch’s work may be done but Olbermann comes out on top…

“Today, for the first time since 2003, Keith Olbermann no longer has a TV show. He is no longer considered a News Anchor at NBC. For NBC News, however, it is too late. The reputation of the news division is left in tatters. MSNBC is nothing but a far-left outpost for the lunatic fringe. The broadcast news operation a fading shadow on a fourth place network — fifth if you consider the nights when Fox News beats NBC News coverage of special events like the State of the Union Address or the national political conventions.

“And in that sense, Keith won. He wanted to turn NBC News into liberal alternative to Fox News. He succeeded.


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Gosnell’s abbatoir/house of horrors and the Grand Jury report kept me up half the night with nightmares. How many poor, innocent babies died painful and horrific deaths at his bloody hands?

OmahaConservative on January 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM

OmahaConservative:I do hope,he gets the Death Penalty!:)

canopfor on January 23, 2011 at 7:07 AM

a presence on the internet

Gosh right alongside “How to save after-death expenses by doing your own autopsy.” and other such vital nonsense. More leeches will leave the Daily Kos now, I suppose.

Don L on January 23, 2011 at 7:09 AM

OT: Breaking News!!
I have GMA on for the church closings acrolling at the bottom of the screen, and they are reporting that Oprah is to reveal a huge family secret on her show tomorrow.
*Must. See. TV.*
/

OmahaConservative on January 23, 2011 at 7:23 AM

…reappear soon with a presence on the Internet.

Where he will sink or swim without the benefit of the status conferred by association with an NBC, and where he can be more thoroughly ignored by certain rightish web sites. Hopefully.

curved space on January 23, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Wait until the Kooky Left turns its attention from KO to Palinizing the GOP contenders!!

They can’t focus on Olby for more than a couple of days.

They’ve got Mitt and Pence and Huckleberry (spawns of Satan) to destroy.

Move along Lefties.

PappyD61 on January 23, 2011 at 7:42 AM

I am struck by the descriptions of Olberdouche as being “liberal” and “left”. They are trying to make him seem more liberal and mainstream when he is in fact a Progressive traitor to this country and seeks it’s destruction in favor of a communist system.

Olberdouche is not a regular lefty or liberal. He is a radical Marxist.

csdeven on January 23, 2011 at 7:46 AM

I am thinking of starting a rumor that Olby will be showing up as a guest judge on American Idol this season, just to see how many people are dumb enough to believe it!

pilamaye on January 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM

The left would have to actually tune their television to Fox News to find Olbermann. And the right would have to suffer through all those promos for his show

Or we could just stop watching Fox News altogether, which would be my choice if they actually hired Olbermann.

AZCoyote on January 23, 2011 at 8:17 AM

pilamaye on January 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM

I double-dog dare you!

oldleprechaun on January 23, 2011 at 8:35 AM

$7 million a year not enough?! Olbermann is one greedy a$$hole.

WannabeAnglican on January 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM

“And in that sense, Keith won. He wanted to turn NBC News into liberal alternative to Fox News. He succeeded.“

I wouldn’t give Olbermann too much credit. After Fox News successfully established its dominance by targeting one end of the political spectrum, it was inevitable that another network would try to corner the remaining market by applying the same playbook to a different audience segment. MSNBC had the least to lose given its abysmal ratings when Keith came on board, so its repositioning comes as no real surprise. It was the market, not Olbermann, that transformed MSNBC.

bayam on January 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Posers never prosper

tomas on January 23, 2011 at 8:43 AM

ALLAHPUNDIT – Thanks for our shared viewpoints and insight. For instance, Olbermann (Ogerman)can be replaced by someone with the same viewpoints, but nobody can have the personality and mouth to match that draws persons to watch – just for the opportunity to hear what the opposition thinks and shows how the left is out of touch with reality.

I agree (Ogerman) succeeded in turnning NBC News into a liberal alternative to Fox News. I only hope FOX does not give him the opportunity to join them. Because his enemies list is composed of many FOX viewers whose hatred runs so deep there would be a drastic loss of viewers.

MSGTAS on January 23, 2011 at 9:13 AM

If FOX wants to add KO to their balance, who are they cutting to make room for him and be able to pay him the salary he so richly deserves? Shemp, Greta, maybe a partner for Sean? BOR’s head is too big to allow for someone else on screen.

Kissmygrits on January 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Fox could put Beck and Queef on a new show, and call it Swan Lake.

OldEnglish on January 23, 2011 at 9:35 AM

$7 million a year not enough?! Olbermann is one greedy a$$hole.

WannabeAnglican on January 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM

my thoughts as well….

cmsinaz on January 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Can hate be merchandised ? Of course …

With two years left on his $7 million a year contract, Olbermann was seeking a full exit package but he really has his eye on creating his own media empire in the style of Huffington Post, according to the individual. That way, Olbermann would control his own brand and, in his view, potentially earn far more as an owner.

Hey, I’d be happy if he just stuck to an internet presence … that I could block.

J_Crater on January 23, 2011 at 9:57 AM

I hope Ubermouth doesn’t disappear completely. I was hoping I could live to see him broken and humiliated, blubbering and cowering pathetically from just the lightest bitch-slapping from Todd or Track Palin, to be topped off by Michelle Malkin putting one of her stilettos into his atrophied, microscopic manhood.

And the final glory would be Michelle saying “Who’s the mashed up bag of meat now, pig?”

Just one of my many fantasies. Most of them are a bit more pleasant. Not that this one isn’t mind you, but you know what I mean.

OlympicLeprechaun on January 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM

It’s no surprise that he’s a fan of James “The War Between Men and Women” Thurber, a legendary misogynist and probably the most personally hateful American humorist of the 20th century.

ebrown2 on January 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM

“For the last several weeks, Mr. Olbermann and the network have been in negotiations to end his successful run on MSNBC, according to executives involved in the talks who requested anonymity because the talks were confidential. The deal was completed on Friday, and Mr. Olbermann made the announcement on his final ‘Countdown’ hours later…”

AP, are you serious when you write this? No wonder NBC is a basket case. How about they tell him, “We don’t like the way you’re running your show; you’re fired!

The War Planner on January 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

with a show people are as eager to watch.”

Really!! Eager to watch? Here I thought MSNBC was failing. In the case of Olberman, I dislike the man, I hope MSNBC replaces him with someone ten times more popular and I hope Olberman ends up on some bread line. How’s that for petty and un-civil!

jeanie on January 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

How’s that for petty and un-civil!

jeanie on January 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Sorry, jeanie, not even close to the level of Palin-haters and Bush-bashers on the left. Those pukes are professional sewer-swimmers.

Extrafishy on January 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM

OlbermannWatch’s work may be done

No!!!

I hope they stick around, at least until Olbermann crawls out from under his rock again. Then Olbermannwatch can begin anew!

Vyce on January 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Mr. Olbermann and the network have been in negotiations to end his successful run on MSNBC,

Wow. Wonder what constitutes a total flop to MSNBC?

In the case of Olberman, I dislike the man, I hope MSNBC replaces him with someone ten times more popular

jeanie on January 23, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Someone ten times more popular? That would make what, someone with twenty fans?

Squiggy on January 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Winners

If he’s a winner, it’s a Pyrrhic victory.

smellthecoffee on January 24, 2011 at 12:47 AM

OT. Finally found this quote, which I’ve been looking for for days. While off topic, I think an intellectual connection could be between it and 90% of the threads on this blog.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. – C. S. Lewis

Keith Olbermann–would-be omnipotent moral busybody tormenting us–thankfully–NOT without end.

smellthecoffee on January 24, 2011 at 12:51 AM

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