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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:26 PM
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If not Comcast, then who else could have factored into KO's premature termination?
Edited on Fri Jan-21-11 10:29 PM by Arrowhead2k1
I'm thinking Jon Stewart. Ever since the past fall, I've noticed that Olbermann has been on a bit of the defensive after Jon Stewart began making a false equivalency between KO and the extreme right-wing rhetoric. Olbermann dropped his Worst Persons segment in responce to Jon and even pushed back at his acusations of equivalency, but eventually brought it back under a new name to underscore that the segment is to simply be taken light-heartedly, not literally. Yet Jon Stewart persists. Even last night when I was watching him interview those anti-Iranian Iranians, I noticed he mentioned KO and that "infamous" segment as some kind of comparison to right-wing rhetoric.

Anyways, these are just my thoughts and obvservations alone. Who knows what really goes on behind the scenes at NBC. Perhaps time will tell.

I was already getting sick of Jon Stewart bashing our guys just for the heck of it, and now tonight we get this horrible news. :mad: What do you guys think?
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barbiegeek Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:28 PM
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1. I'm so mad about Keith I could yell at John Stewart now
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:28 PM
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2. DU rules forbid a completely full and accurate response.
So I will simply say I disagree.
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Arrowhead2k1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:29 PM
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4. Nonsense. I want to hear everybody's thoughts.
These are just my thoughts and mine alone.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:29 PM
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3. Comcast also gets comedy central
through Universal...

As they say... there are no coincidences.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:31 PM
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5. Holy shit, I didn't make that connection
This could all get very interesting, very quickly.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:37 PM
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8. Here, Viacom is a division of Universal
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high density Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:44 PM
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12. Comedy Central is Viacom and Viacom is not a part of NBC Universal.
Edited on Fri Jan-21-11 10:46 PM by high density
How are you getting that out of those two articles? In the CNET article there happens to be two CEOs of separate companies talking together about an issue that concerns both of them. In the other article it's clear there is Viacom and then NBC Universal as two of the six big media conglomerates.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:57 PM
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13. Actually they are
and they have control of it through HULU as well.

COMCAST is the largest media company RIGHT NOW
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 12:48 AM
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14. My mistake
I confused two of the monsters... we are still down to five. Soon it will be four...
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KatyBR Donating Member (10 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:32 PM
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6. Comcast fired him - well known strident advocates of R Party
Comcast just received approval for its buyout of NBC....they did not even wait for the ink to dry to slice out the one guy who was exposign the Republcan lies...Looks like they gave KO maybe two hours notice.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:34 PM
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7. No.
I do not think Jon Stewart had a damned thing to do with this.

My guess is it was a combination of Comcast/Jeff Zucker's Exit/Keith's displeasure with his job
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:41 PM
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9. As the media is throttled more and more for those that do not abide by the propagandistic agenda
Edited on Fri Jan-21-11 10:44 PM by RKP5637
this will have seemed like liberal media times. Keith was not dumbing people down and I'm sure that did not fit well with the Comcast culture. Keith saw the handwriting on the wall I bet and this was the opportune time for him to shift gears. My bet is Keith knows exactly what he's doing and the timing for this was perfect for him.



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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:41 PM
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10. I'm guessing KO.
He left ESPN at the top, and left MSNBC once before, in the late 90's.

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TheWebHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-21-11 10:42 PM
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11. there's multiple possbilities
the blowup over the suspension and the idea among execs at NBC Uni that whether GE or Comcast was in control, one person not in their control was Keith. He's this sort of bull in the china shop that could say or do anything at any moment, by far the most difficult person on the MSNBC lineup to keep in check.

msnbc may feel they can get similar performance w/ a lower profile host at a cheaper price

keith hasn't saved all his criticism for republicans and to the extent those in power among democrats think he was pivotal in pushing them perhaps too far to the left where the party appeared to be damaged in November, they'd want to point the finger at keith and get him out.

keith has a history of burning out wherever he's employed and perhaps was taking measures to ensure that msnbc would want to can him with his actions off and/or on camera.

and immelt could have made this move w/ his new boss obama's blessing as part of a move to the center
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