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Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC

Alex Weprin reports via TV Newser:

Tonight is Keith Olbermann‘s last night on MSNBC.

The Countdown host and the network say that the two parties “have ended their contract.”

The network’s statement is:

“MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of Countdown with Keith Olbermann will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

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The Olbermann Affair: The Man, The Media, The Back Story

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“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141). Cassius, a nobleman, is speaking …

Alex Gibney’s new film CLIENT # 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer shows how the former Governor’s indictments and criticisms of many Wall Street firm’s led to counter attacks and pushback from powerful people. It shows how he became targeted and exposes the role of the FBI, the Bush appointed US Attorney, rich players on Wall Street, corrupt politicians in Albany, a professional former Nixon boosting political provocateur/hit-man and Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post. They all went after him with a vengeance. He was, in fact, outed by the dirty tricksters.

In the end, though, Spitzer blamed himself for his own arrogance and hubris. He says he brought himself down.

There is no doubt that Keith Olbermann had many pols and powercrats gunning for him for his outspoken commentaries and political impact.… Read the rest

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Keith Olbermann Suspended by MSNBC

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Wow — Comcast (owners of NBC) didn’t waste any time coming to terms with the United States’ political shift to the right! The leading liberal television commentator Keith Olbermann is left in the dust… From the New York Times:

Keith Olbermann, the top anchor on MSNBC, was suspended on Friday after the channel discovered that he had made campaign contributions to three Democrats.

The MSNBC president, Phil Griffin, issued a statement saying, “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

No one at NBC News would speculate about what this might mean for Mr. Olbermann’s future, though one NBC executive suggested this was not a step toward firing him.

Politico had reported Friday morning that Mr. Olbermann’s contributions were in apparent violation of MSNBC policy.

Mr. Olbermann hosts the most popular program on MSNBC, “Countdown.” He worked at MSNBC in the late 1990s and re-joined the channel in 2003.

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Keith Olbermann: The Dangers Of The Tea Bagger Candidates

In a special twenty-minute commentary, Keith Olbermann blisteringly indicts this election season's wave of "tea party candidates," entirely by quoting their own words. The picture revealed is of "a group of unqualified, unstable individuals who will do what they are told, in exchange for money and power, and march this nation as far backward as they can get." Via MSNBC:
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Keith Olbermann: ‘My Father Asked Me To Kill Him’ (Video)

Danny Shea writes on Huffington Post:
"Last Friday night, my father asked me to kill him." Keith Olbermann opened his emotional Special Comment on health care Wednesday with the story of his father's six-month-long hospitalization suffering through a colon removal, pneumonia, kidney failure, liver failure, and many infections. After a particularly difficult week, Olbermann said he went into his father's hospital room to find him "thrashing his head back and forth" and mouthing the word "Help." "It was just too much for my father," Olbermann said. "'Stop this,' he mouths. 'Stop, stop, stop.'" Olbermann said he resorted to gallows humor, asking his father, "What, you want me to smother you with a pillow?" And his father responded, mouthing, "Yes, kill me."
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Keith Olbermann: Supreme Court Ruling Makes Every Politician ‘A Prostitute’

This may be the one time I can say I don't think Olbermann is guilty of bombast. He recently abandoned the long, special comment format on his show and instead makes two nightly "quick comments" (because I think even his core audience was getting tired of the long-winded tirades) but if there's a reason to get worked up, it's this. I know disinfo.com visitors have plenty to say and I'm curious to hear your thoughts on KO's special comment "U.S. Government for Sale":
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