ComcastGEMSNBC and Olbermann broke up

About 20 minutes after Comcast bought NBC or NBC bought Comcast or GE bought everything in the entire frackin’ world, Keith Olbermann stepped down from his rich throne at MSNBC. After he branded their network (giving liberals a place to go when Bush made their teeth hurt) they said ‘ahh, just get outta here.’

People who know him (and suddenly everyone in media knows Keith very very well) say it was probably him as much as the network – Olbermann does things his way and famously does not suffer fools. Which would make him a bad fit with corporate overlords.

A surprise for sure. Perhaps time. We’ll see. The guy was often over the top, but his voice resonated.

15 responses to “ComcastGEMSNBC and Olbermann broke up

  1. or GE bought everything in the entire frackin’ world

    GE owned NBC, right?

    And GE is owned by the government, right?

    The guy was often over the top, but his voice resonated.

    The guy was a caricature. Good riddance. Though, to be stricty fair, while I do watch Maddow, I don’t watch him.


    • GE owned NBC, but we don’t own GE. You thinkin’ of GM?


      • You thinkin’ of GM?

        At least with GM we got shares in the company. When we gave money away to GE, we just gave it away.

        But no, I mean this:

        President Obama says his job in the next two years is to put the economy into overdrive. To help in that task, he’s called on the CEO of General Electric to lead a new business advisory board.

        Jeffrey Immelt’s assignment is to look for ways to encourage private employers to hire more workers.

        Immelt has already been working closely with the White House. He served on an earlier advisory board, and late last year, Immelt joined the president on a trade mission to Mumbai, India, where the GE chief executive expressed great interest in that country’s fast-growing demand for electric generators.


  2. Think he’ll show up on Oprah’s new network?


  3. pino,

    GE and GM are the only corporations that Liberals do not hate. They are so good and green. GM with the Obama Edsel Chevy Volt. GE because they owned MSNBC and produce all of this green technology that depends on Government handouts. I hope the Republicans will hold Congressional hearings into how GE used loop holes in banking laws to get themselves declared a bank and get their share of TARP. If not for that, the losses at GE Capital threatened the survival of the company . Oh and then there is that jet engine that GE makes which the Pentagon doesn’t want and even President Obama is trying to kill. The engine is a second one for the joint strike fighter. But GE’s good friends in Congress keep it alive.

    Ms. Holland,
    ” Olbermann does things his way and famously does not suffer fools. ”

    That is really funny.

    ” Which would make him a bad fit with corporate overlords. ”

    The man has self destructed everywhere he has worked. I’m betting if he makes it back onto television it will be at CNN. When they broke the story of his firing they were overly kind to him, and they are probably desperate enough to hire him.


    • Alan – a quickie re GE. It’s the largest maker of war weapons in the world. It is definitely not loved by liberals.

      Re Olbermann, I stopped being a fan long ago. But I think you misread it. You may call him self destruction if you want. I’d call him bull headed – he’s famously independent. But he always pops up again as one of the guests said on CNN last night . What’s interesting to me is that he’s an innovator – he was the first and very successful face of ESPN; he was hugely instrumental in shaping the identity of that network. Somewhere, sometime he worked for Murdoch and really pissed him off. Then at MSNBC, he created their ‘brand’ as a liberal net, the anti-FOX. Prior to that they were flailing around looking for an identity. For this, they paid him something like $40million a year, up in Rush territory. I wish I could self-destruct like that.


    • [GE and GM are the only corporations that Liberals do not hate. They are so good and green]

      The top 20 ‘green’ corporations in the US are listed here. Neither GE nor GM even make the list.

      It’s here:

      As for GE and its good friends in Congress I absolutely agree – they got that well established during WWII and it’s continued ever since. Of course,those years we had Dem presidents, so I guess it really is a liberal lovin’ thing.


    • Also – love how you took my GE bashing post and decided liberals love GE.


  4. Ms. Holland,

    Remember how you described Sarah Palin to me. You called her a grifter. Well my opinion of Mr. Olbermann is much lower. I have researched many of his opinions because mostly he attacks people I like. I get into the details of what people say. It is very hard to find truth in his rambling self important musings.

    I believe that those who like the man, just enjoy who he attacks. They never bother to find out whether he is accurate about anything. Since I am a history buff I particularly enjoy how he mangles historical events to make his points.


    • Alan – I hate being in a position of defending Olbermann, because I found his faux outrage to be tiring and stopped watching a long time ago. But I always found him to extremely intelligent and very knowlegable. (Of course , because he’s of ‘my tribe’.)

      So tell me how he’s mangled historial events. Links would be nice.


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  6. I don’t think liberals hate:Google, orApple, and may be Honda among others.


  7. Ms. Holland,

    ” So tell me how he’s mangled historial events. Links would be nice. ”

    I thought I would give you examples first of more current events that Keith Olbermann has mangled.

    On this rant Keith blames Jesse Kelley, Sarah Palin, Allen West, Sharon Angle, Glen Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and the Tea Party for causing the Arizona shooting.

    Next he blames the deaths of 3,000 people on 911 on Bush’s failure to prioritize the war on terror.

    Now for the blatant misinterpretation of history.

    This is long and confusing like everything Mr. Olbermann says, so I will get to the relevant point.
    ” That government was England’s, in the 1930’s.
    It knew Hitler posed no true threat to Europe, let alone to
    ” The English government of Neville Chamberlain already knew
    the truth.
    Most relevant of all – it “knew” that its staunchest critics
    needed to be marginalized and isolated. In fact, it portrayed the foremost
    of them as a blood-thirsty war-monger who was, if not truly senile – at
    best morally or intellectually confused.
    That critic’s name… was Winston Churchill.”
    Sadly, we have no Winston Churchills evident among us this
    evening. We have only Donald Rumsfelds, demonizing disagreement, the way Neville Chamberlain demonized Winston Churchill.”

    Olbermann has switched the lessons and personalities of the 1930s. Winston Churchill called for early intervention in Nazi Germany. He tried to do to Germany what President Bush did to Iraq.

    Olbermann’s reinvention of history is obviously false to anyone who has studied the period.


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