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78 Responses to “Why hasn’t Keith Olbermann been fired?”
“IS KEITH BIAS? YES.” Of course he is, but so are most TV journalists. That’s not the problem!
“DOES HE MAKE MISTAKES?YES”. Of couse, but he refuses to ackowledge them, instead repeats them.
“IS HE TOO INTENSE?MAYBE.” Who cares. It’s his schtick.
“DOES HE SPEAK THE TRUTH?YES!” Occasionally, but mostly due to default. He’s bound to get it right sometimes. The issue is he knows when he is being untruthful yet will continue to repeat the lies hoping to overcome facts with blather. And there lies (pun intended) the problem with TV journalism. It’s not about truth it’s about ratings. Olbermann isn’t the only untruthful one, just the most arrogant, blatant example of what is wrong with cable news shows.
“AND THAT IS WHAT COUNTS.” Only if you’re sheep, willing to believe anything you hear as long as it matches your opinion.
Keith Bitterman and Chris Matthews are a disgrace to the news media. They are supposed to be neutral. You can see the hate in their faces, especially towards Hillary Clinton. I have never seen such favoritism in a primary as I have this year. Get them off the air. Chris Matthews can’t even speak to anyone without showering them with spit. He’s gross. They are both women haters. No wonder olbermann isn’t married. He’s probably gay or with chris matthews.
It’s bad that i have to watch comedy central and the weather channel to get “real news” instead of Fixed corporate Fox news. CNBC is doing the right thing keeping Keith on. They are geting me to watch their program for that short snip when he is on. Bill O’reilly has got his points when talking about stuff that my old man will get my old man heated about; i.e. illegal immigration. Other than that, PAID programming with “fixed news” is a slap in the face to be determined as our #1 news source for disected “reality” news. Wake up America and quit getting pissed when one man tells you the real truth about whats really going on. In your own backyard.
Bill O’Reilly is a moron and warps news to fit his own twisted sense of they he thinks the world is. He needs to be canned. He embarrases himself constantly and thereby, the network he works for. I think it’s safe to say the people keeping him on staff are even bigger morons.
In thinking about the recent passings of Tim Russert & Tony Snow, class acts and true media journalists each, one begins to truly understand the nature and motivation of the journalistic hacks that is Olbermann, Mathews, Rivera, and to some extent O’Reilly. These are people that appear to share the same agenda: make themselves look important. They are not about truth or integrity, they are about ratings & money. They are the television equivalent of prostitutes, screwing the masses for money. And the really sad thing is there are people who take whatever they say as gospel.
He’s great and he reports the news accurately (but these days, the truth is considered “unpatriotic.”), and that is why he hasn’t been fired. Bush is almost out of office anyway, so it’s a moot point for Bush and his bullies to oust a good reporter.
Mel, why didn’t “Bush and his bullies” “oust” him earlier, then? Does the election season not matter? Whom have “Bush and his bullies” actually ever “ousted”? How did they do this? — RDC
That’s why you can’t just fire people who disagree with you ! Have you heard about free speech ? Are you afraid about different opinions ?
“Man is the only bird who carries his own cage”
Wow, how much ignorance can you pack into one comment?
Democracy has nothing to with people being fired from their private industry jobs. Perhaps you mean because there is a right to free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? That also has nothing to do with people being fired from their industry jobs, 99% of the time — including, for example, when Don Imus, Jimmy the Greek or Rush Limbaugh have been discharged from entertainment programs for saying “the wrong thing.”
That’s what the point of Bob Cox’s article was, Joël, and that’s how “me country” actually works. — RDC
look how dumbed down and controled most of americans are….the “left” thinks “9-11 truthers” are “right wing nut jobs” and the “right” thinks they are “left wing moonbats”….lol der de der der.
The people who are controled by the divide and conquer mentality of the puppet politicians and its whore media outlets should be put into big gladiator like death matches and then the rest of us thinking americans can go about figuring out a real way to fix and improve this country.
lol the left thinks the media is right winged, lol the right thinks its left leaning, you boththink the other side is full of idiots…guess what, YOU ARE BOTH CORRECT!
Today is September 10th and I just finished watching the end of “Count Down” and Keith Obermann’s latest rant about the 9/11 tribute during the GOP convention, the same type of rant that got him dumped from the MSNBC political desk. For the longest time I have felt that Olbermann was just a typical cable news commentator, trying to effect politics by using lies and inuendo to make his dubious points. Now, I have to question whether he’s mentally ill. Even after most of the Palin Rumors have been denounced by every other network he continues to report them as truthful. Maybe he thinks if he says it enough people will actually believe him.
He attacks the GOP and claims that they have “hijacked 9/11” but he forgets that at a time where his career was in shambles he used 9/11 shamelessly to get rehired at MSNBC. He attacks the GOP when they use misinformation but never calls the Democrats for the same thing. And make no bones about it, both parties are opposite sides of the same coin.
This was a person who I watched back at KTLA in Los Angeles in the mid-1980’s when he was the week-end sports guy, and when he went to ESPN. I enjoyed his wit and his ability to not take himself or sports too seriously. But somewhere along the way something happened. He’s become an angry, bitter person and it shows. No wonder MSNBC was rated dead last during the conventions, behind CNN, Fox, and, I suppose, the cartoon network. No wonder O’Reily’s interview with Obama trounced Olbermann’s that aired the same night. No wonder the mainstream media, even the left-leaning ones, don’t take him seriously.
I have no idea why MSNBC keeps him, except to preach to the far-left liberals. You know, the ones that even mainstream Democrats try to keep a distance from. But it is seriously time for someone over at NBC to take a long look at him and realize he is the newscasting equivilent to professional wrestling. All show but when you look deeper you realize none of it is real.
I agree with that gentleman, Archie 110%. I just happened to flip to MSNBC looking for weather channels, and there it was I saw a very angry man. My wife who happened to pass by asked me what’s going on & who was that mad man. “Is it real?”
I like to hear commentaries, whether for the left or for the right. It could just be an opinion of one person, and somehow I get to learn something. And going to another commenators also sometimes balances things out. But K.O. is not worth listening – he has an awfully filthy mouth & no dignity at all as a TV media man. Why are the sponsors staying?
I’m not quite sure as to what has become of the former sportscaster Keith Olbermann over the last decade or so. I have diagnosed some serious cases of Bipolarism, Turrets Syndrome, as well as various cases of Psychological Disorders, and it would appear just from what I have witnessed of his show, that Mr. Olbermann may well be suffering from any of these mental diseases. Perhap those that employ him and or his family should seek to have him committed to a respectable mental establishment, where he can get the badly needed help he so needs, before he possibly hurts himself or someone else. The classic behavioral patterns that Mr. Olbermann exibits, are signs of his mental illness becomming more and more acute. Why he has not already been brought in for the good of his own mental health is beyond me, but I would assert that he will only get worse as time goes on without immediate psychiatric therapy. Here’s wishing him, good mental help and good mental health.
Let me tell you all this. I am a bipolar person and have been on medication for 12 yrs. Keith
shows all the signs of one who is not taking their meds. I see it by his body language and his
explosive nature. Enough of that,what I want to say to all of you who think Fox news is one sided is,look at all the other networks,cable or your basic abc,cbs nbc crap and you put fox in the mix. Im hearing the word fixed? Hell,they have to be even though they are not otherwise we would all just sit there watching the idot box and not assuming there might be another side to the story. So run with that one for a while. Blog away!!!
Oh about Obermann,the clock is ticking and get him some Depakote.
Keith is the best. I am addicted to his program. He is truthful and that is what frightens many of you. Countown, Rachael Maddow and Hardball are excellent news shows, check them out. You might learn something.
“Keith is the best. I am addicted to his program. He is truthful and that is what frightens many of you. Countown, Rachael Maddow and Hardball are excellent news shows, check them out. You might learn something.”
Catherine: I have checked them out. Unlike you apparently, I don’t get my information from one station. All three people you referenced (Olbermann, Maddow, and Mathews) are extreme left-leaning liberal media types. Their constant point is everything liberal is right, everything conservative is wrong. They are the TV equivilent of Air America Radio. Or, for that matter, Rush Limbaugh. All one sided info, all the time.
I’m not a big fan of O’Reilly on Fox News either but at least I’ve seen him attack conservatives on points he disagrees with. Lou Dobbs has no problem attacking either side with vigor to the point of almost being offensive. I have NEVER seen Olbermann say anything negative against the left. That alone tells you he’s just pushing an agenda and couldn’t care less what is true and what isn’t.
Keith Olbermann is a leftist lapdog stooge. Try to E-mail this clown or his producers. Now E-mail any news or opinion guy at fox news, goes right to thier in-box. There is a reason for this, because in a free exchange of thoughts and ideas, they lose. When your position is so weak that you must use half-truths, faulty logic, sarcasm and deception to get your point accross, your position is crap. Why hasn’t Keith Olbermann been fired? It’s because his marxist leaning handlers at MSNBC, and the leftist board of directors at its parent company G.E., must continue to sway public opinion with thier socialist/marxist ideas and present them as a viable option for our this great country of ours. It is unfortunate that in order to preserve our democracy we must put up with these lunatics. and thier hate America first agenda. Now go out and hit these idiots where it hurts, in the corprate wallet!