I had a very long day yesterday and decided I needed to be away for the net and what happens? BOOM!
That’s from Hot Air. Before we get to just about every other bloggers comment in the world here is what I think is driving this:
I have Comcast, A lot of cities have Comcast, Comcast is buying NBC. That means that every conservative who is giving money to Comcast was paying for Olbermann’s show. Can you say Verizon FIOS? O’Donnell and Maddow and Matthews and Schultz all have their moments but none of them have the reputation for outrageousness that Olbermann did. This is in my opinion a preemptive move because the next time Olbermann said something really stupid and insulting the people who would be sending angry e-mails would be in a position to vote with their wallets and Verizon would happily help them along.
The very act of removing Olbermann creates a (albeit temporary) split between the far left and MSNBC. Since MSNBC is part of the democratic spin machine (and lets not pretend it is not, the public certainly knows it) the removal of Olbermann is a signal of a more “moderate” tone. Democrats need not actually do anything different. The simple tone that will be quoted on blogs and papers changes at once. Additionally it allows democrats to differentiate themselves between “the Keith Olbermanns of the left” and their own calm moderate selves (HA). I suspect (as I have read NO BLOG on this as I type) the reaction of the Far left will be hyper enough to provide the separation that Democrats desire.
That being said how to replace him? After all one needs to compete with O’Reilly on FOX and you don’t want there to be a mass exodus to Parker and Spitzer on CNN (of course the quality of Parker and Spitzer being what it is helps to lighten that fear). I need to find a person just as partisan, and just as socialist as Olbermann who is pragmatic enough to tailor his message to aid the white house and democrats over the next two years. If I am a democrat worrying about 2012 who is the person I want in that chair ….
#3 Selling the democratic message
…to sell my bill of goods? I want Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell is a true believer, admitting on air that he is a socialist. Don’t think for one moment that Lawrence O’Donnell isn’t the Obama/DNC Choice for the MSNBC 8 p.m. slot. O’Donnell for all his PITAness is one of the most politically astute people on the left. He is a hyper-partisan but is pragmatic enough to give blunt advice to democrats when it comes to political reality. Think of him as Olbermann with self control, insider political experience and brains. He can be on Morning Joe and can sound reasonable. Look at this video again:
here is the money quote:
I Glenn (Greenwald) unlike you, am not a progressive, I am not a liberal, who is so afraid of the word that I have to change my name to “progressive”. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left of your mere liberals, OK? But I know this about my country: Liberals are 20% of the electorate, conservatives are 41% of the electorate OK. So I don’t pretend that my views which would ban all guns in America make medicare available to all in American, have any chance of happening in the Federal Government. Ok you can sit there and pretend that liberals should run more liberal in conservative districts, the reason, you love the loss of the blue dogs, ..the only way you have a Chairman Barney Frank, there is only one way, that’s by electing Blue Dogs! It’s the only way you have a Speaker Pelosi. all emphasis mine
As Rush Limbaugh has said over and over again, liberals can only win if they hide who they are. O’Donnell gets it. His goal is to help the democratic party seem moderate so that he can get a Chairman Barney Frank and a Speaker Pelosi and advance the agenda that he and the Democratic party shares.
He is MUCH more dangerous to the right than Olbermann, and when the far left understands that they will come back and embrace him.
This may be a feel good moment on the right but O’Donnell will hurt us more on MSNBC that Olbermann ever did. He will not just speak to the true believers, he will put a moderate face on and persuade people ( who want to be persuaded ) that the democratic agenda is something it is not. For democrats this is all about 2012.
Now over to the reaction:
The Cable Gamer can’t help but think that two big events in the news: The FCC’s approval of Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, and Jeff Immelt’s ascension as the Obama administration’s favorite corporate stooge, have something to do with this.
Michelle Malkin (via Doug Powers): MSNBC Leans Forward, Pushes Olbermann Out the Door
If Olbermann was too much for the suits at Comcast, they’re not going to want Little Miss Lesbian anchoring their 8 p.m. hour. Bet $20 it’s O’Donnell.
He won that bet fast.
Howard Kurtz quotes a knowledgeable official:
A knowledgeable official said the move had nothing to do with Comcast taking control of NBC next week
Said official then offered to sell Mr. Kurtz a bridge.
Nope don’t think so.
Daily Kos has a suggestion:
CNN should snap up Olbermann.
This would actually be a really smart move in an economic sense. It would grab the far left who would migrate out of spite giving them the chance to shift the 8 p.m. audience numbers. But in the sense of helping elect democrats in 2012, it would be a bad move so it will not happen.
Weasel Zippers Olbermann Out At MSNBC . . . Update: Fired For Being a Pompous Gasbag
The details aren’t clear, but it appears that Olbermann is so obnoxious that not even MSNBC could stand him anymore.
Considering his sins during the primary season of 2008, including his blatant sexism and over the top critiques of Hillary Clinton, with no actions except to be banned from some broadcasts and replaced by David Gregory, I can’t imagine what grievous sin he committed that caused it to happen now.
Taylor Taylor Taylor those actions helped The One. Now his actions hurt The One. Get with the program.
That sound you just heard was millions of Americans saying “WHAT?!?”
Comments from left field: Good night and good luck.
Oh, and “NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time,” the Times’ Bill Carter adds.
So much for Kos’ plan.
Countdown to Zero. Don’t let the door hit cha in the ace, Keefy.
I was wondering who would finally use that metaphor.
I have told you this before: I am reliably informed that he is an OK guy in person, and the TV person is an act. He sure as hell acts different when he fills in for Warren Olney on the “Which Way L.A.?” radio show.
Remember Danny DeVito in Taxi? He made a good living pretending to be a pain.
Glenn Reynolds as you might guess gets it exactly right:
He was a useful idiot for a while. Now he’s no longer useful. Expect to see more of this kind of thing.
Update: I’ll add more reactions and I find them
Fisherville Mike: Has some fun film featuring Gordie Howe
Camp of the Saints asks the question: