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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:19 PM
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NYT: Olbermann's Exit was Weeks in the Making (Media blog)
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/22/olbermanns-msnbc-exit-was-weeks-in-the-making/?hp

"... For the last several weeks, Mr. Olbermann and the network have been in negotiations to end his successful run on MSNBC, according to executives involved in the talks who requested anonymity because the talks were confidential. The deal was completed on Friday, and Mr. Olbermann made the announcement on his final Countdown hours later. ..."
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:24 PM
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1. Perhaps... Or is this Comcast-planted damage control?
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 03:24 PM by hlthe2b
Even if true, it does not prove that Comcast has not been asserting undue and inappropriate pressure to make it happen.
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:32 PM
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2. Long-running TV shows don't normally end on on a moment's notice.
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 04:02 PM by moondust
Oprah, Larry King, Regis Philbin, and others all announced they were leaving months before actually leaving. I don't remember the timeline for Conan.

This very likely had something(?) to do with the Comcast deal going through earlier this week.
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delightfulstar Donating Member (402 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:38 PM
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3. He got shoved, IMHO.
This is purely spin to make Comcast look like the good guy. No network with half a brain would abruptly cancel their top-rated program. The only other possibility would have been that he somehow left in protest, because they threatened him somehow, but I didn't get that at all, from the tone of the show or his sign-off last night.
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PerceptionManagement Donating Member (226 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:47 PM
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5. media consolidation, net neutrality & Citizens United
Congrats TeaBaggers. Between the ongoing media consolidation, net neutrality and Citizens United, you won. Corporate take over is complete. The most successful show on MSNBC was canned because...it was leftist. Better to lose money than to have a successful leftist show. Rachel and Lawrence will be marginalized shortly.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 05:40 PM
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14. Exactly

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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:47 PM
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4. I do not believe Keith would blindside his viewers
Do not believe it.

How about some sources, NYT?

Won't believe anything from unnamed persons.
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barbiegeek Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:57 PM
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6. Is NYT owned by Comcast? I think this is BS
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wndycty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 04:32 PM
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12. Care to tell my why you think this article is BS?
:kick:
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coolhip33 Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:58 PM
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7. K&R
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jimmie Donating Member (163 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 03:59 PM
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8. It appears KO wanted out for several months....sadly
And only settled the deal hours before his last show,

and now he's under a gag agreement
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 04:18 PM
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10. source?
Sorry - but like Bill Maher last night - I call BS on that.
(not that I doubt you, but I think this is a story Comca$t and M$NBC are floating to stop the shit storm they have unleashed by kicking KO to the curb...)
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 04:12 PM
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9. Who knows .... NBC exec says the relationship was "failing for a long time."
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TV_OLBERMANN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-01-22-15-58-03

Olbermann and MSNBC: a failing relationship
DAVID BAUDER
AP Television Writer
"NEW YORK (AP) -- Keith Olbermann's exit from MSNBC appeared abrupt to viewers of his show, but the talk-show host and his network were involved "in a relationship that's been failing for a long time," an NBC Universal executive said Saturday. ..."

This wouldn't surprise me at all. Keith clearly has a very strong personality, and doesn't suffer B.S. lightly. I'm sure NBC/MSNBC has a very high B.S. quotient that Keith couldn't be contained by. Comcast is about to increase the B.S. quotient a thousand-fold.

Keith has left other jobs before when the B.S. became unbearable ... this seems like another case of the same. With the Comcast merger coming, with the suspension in November, etc., I don't find it hard to believe the relationship HAD been failing for a while.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 04:23 PM
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11. Most instructive that he wasn't at the lunch on Thursday.
I never heard anything about that. Did any blog or somebody else pick up in it? That would have been a MAJOR red flag.
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gauguin57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 04:53 PM
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13. Further info from NPR
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