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    Default Keith Olbermann suspended by MSNBC indefinitely without pay for campaign donations

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plu...suspended.html

    What do you guys think? Fair or foul?
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    I think that they have seen and heard what people think of their election coverage and are trying to get their legitimacy back. The Matthews, Bachmann interview was an embarrassment that has been shown across the web and tv. Their ratings that night were horrible because they were so biased and childlike. I think this is an attempt to make it look like the network didn't endorse the behavior. He made the contributions weeks ago and are just now suspending him. IMO, it has to be because of the fallout of their election coverage. But, who knows, maybe he said or did something else behind closed doors that we don't know about.

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    I loved him on ESPN but think he is a political Douche B@g...
    good riddance...

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    I am torn. I dont see Olbermann as a journalist, to me he is a commentator a cheerleader for the dems. We know he want the dems to win so is contribution didn't change anything. You cant jeopardize journalistic integrity when you dont have any. IMO it is equivalent to FOX suspending Hannity for contributing to the conservatives.

    If NBC or Olbermann believe that he is a journalist they have bigger problems to deal with, like a lack of realistic perspective.

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    Could this could be more about power-struggling at NBC than anything else... the boss putting the talent in his place for breaking rules maybe.

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    Think of this from a marketing standpoint.

    The country is 40% Conservative, 40% Moderate and 20% Liberal. Fox is clearly marketing directly to the Conservative 40% and hoping to pick up a share of the Moderates and to hell with the Liberals. CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC are marketing directly to the Moderates and to the Liberals and pays lip service to the conservatives and are splitting those viewers four ways.

    MSNBC is marketing directly to that Liberal 20%, ignores the Moderates and says F**K YOU! to the Conservatives. And it shows in their ratings.

    I suspect the contribution thing was just a convenient excuse to fire Olbermann and Ed Schultz will be next. After that it will be Maddow and O'Donnell and eventually it will be Matthews. All will be replaced by more moderate, more professional and more polite talking heads, and then it will be a 5 way fight for the Moderates and Liberals. But they STILL wont figure out (or bring themselves to acknowledge) that there's a huge market with only one competitor over on the right.
    Last edited by Tight-Waist; 11-06-2010 at 04:15 PM.

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    The bottom line is that Olbermann signed a contract that prohibited contributions. Hannity did not. Yet, Fox was wise enough not to have Hannity cover breaking news. Once you cross that line, you become a reporter instead of an opinion based talk show host.

    But, what I will find interesting, is if they bring him back. He clearly breached his contract, Juan Williams breached no contract. Juan, who is black, was fired. If Olbermann is not fired, will it be racism? Will Jesse and Al jump to Juan's aid? I'm betting that they won't because they think of Juan as a sell out for being on Fox in the first place. I can't wait to see how it plays out, though.

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    Anti-racism is not about race.

    It is about using race to attack conservatism and promote liberalism. That is why Robert Byrd gets a pass for being a Klansman, Clarence Thomas can be vilified and why Jesse, Al and the rest will say nothing as Juan is tossed under the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tight-Waist View Post
    Anti-racism is not about race.

    It is about using race to attack conservatism and promote liberalism. That is why Robert Byrd gets a pass for being a Klansman, Clarence Thomas can be vilified and why Jesse, Al and the rest will say nothing as Juan is tossed under the bus.
    I couldn't agree more. But Robert Byrd is never discussed by the liberals who claim tea partiers are racist. The double standard is ridiculous and they are they only ones who can't see it. That is why I will be interested to see if it is even brought up once Olbermann gets his job back.

    Those of us not racist can see that the race card is only used if it can get some sort of "one-upmanship" against an evil white rich man. Isn't it ironic that the company that not only didn't fire him, but gave Juan a raise, was Fox. Hmmmm....who is racist?

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