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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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MSNBC Cancelled Jesse Ventura For His Opposition To War In Iraq

Steve Watson for InfoWars:

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has revealed that he was effectively silenced for three years by MSNBC when the network cancelled his show in 2003 after learning that Ventura opposed the war in Iraq.

Ventura began the MSNBC show, Jesse Ventura’s America, in October 2003.

The show was originally planned to run five nights a week, but MSNBC executives suddenly changed their minds and it was only broadcast once a week, on Saturdays, before being ditched altogether.

The ex-Navy SEAL has now told the LA Times that he was forced out of the network and prevented from appearing on any other cable TV or news shows.

“It was awful. I was basically silenced.” Ventura comments in the interview.

“When I came out of office, I was the hottest commodity out there. There was a bidding war between CNN, Fox and MSNBC to get my services. MSNBC ultimately won.

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Palin Fan Responds to O’Donnell Interview

Posted by Michael Calderone at politico.com

MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell has taken heat from conservatives for her interview of a Sarah Palin supporter waiting in line at a Barnes & Noble yesterday.

While speaking with people in the line, O’Donnell pointed out the inconsistency of Jackie, a Palin supporter, wearing a shirt against the bailout, which Palin actually supported during the campaign.

Several conservative hosts and bloggers quickly took issue with O’Donnell’s questions for the young woman…

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