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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:30 PM
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Wow. The 13 top threads on the Greatest page
are all Olberman stories.

Shiny!

Meanwhile the wars continue, SocSec is being prepped for surgery, and Jeff Immelt, having sent thousands of GE jobs to China, goes to Washington to prove that what's good for GE is good for America.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:31 PM
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1. and there's poverty, war, and starvation.
So what's your point?
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:33 PM
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2. These are very very bizarre times. More than ever KO is needed to untangle the web of
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 06:34 PM by RKP5637
lies, misinformation, disinformation and deception that now abound all over.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:34 PM
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:51 PM
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16. What is a "blue link"?
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:34 PM
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4. This place loves its heroes.
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 06:36 PM by Brickbat
Even if they're TV personalities.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:41 PM
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7. I remember getting blasted a few yrs ago when I didn't know who "KO" was
How COULD I claim to be a Liberal when I OBVIOUSLY wasn't?

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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:41 PM
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11. Bwaaa! It amazes me, how many threads are dedicated to the talking heads.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:54 PM
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17. Really? We had not one voice in TV media and then we got one.
And you think that's too insignificant to mention? And now we are losing it because of a merger that is entirely against the interests of the American people? And you think that's too insignificant to mention?

Really?

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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:21 PM
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21. Please don't put words in my mouth.
Thanks.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:29 PM
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23. Here's one that's not.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:35 PM
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25. I saw that one.
Love John Prine. :thumbsup:
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 10:39 AM
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32. Ultimately, it's something like that that inspired this thread.
I'm a country-dwelling, gardening non-TV-watching old fart who doesn't probably recognize the significance of KO since the only time I see him is when someone posts a Utube segment.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:39 PM
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5. At least it draws attention to media consolidation and mega-mergers
In the end, we'll likely have just two 'news' channels on TV (good cop/bad cop; right/left; democrat/republican; Frick/Frack, et al.)

Then we'll have Endless War.



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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:41 PM
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10. I think you mean
Bad cop/worse cop
Neocon/Paleocon
O'Reilly/Beck

etc.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:04 PM
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18. Yeah, that's more like it.
After learning the hard way, I have little hope left.

The rest of America better wake the fuck up, and prepare for hard times (folks in places like Detroit know what I'm talking about).



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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 08:02 PM
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29. Yep, Swampy! I'm no fan of corporation-dictated propaganda, either.
And I believe the freshness of Keith's dismissal warrants heavy discussion, considering the timing & the unfair legal limitations put on Keith: MSNBC/Comcast can talk about their spin reasons for Keith's departure, but Keith is prohibited from talking about it. What are they afraid of?

This isn't an important issue? :eyes:
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:39 PM
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6. It's part of the master plan.
Yea right.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:41 PM
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8. And that bothers you, why? DUers want to talk about it, and that's
why we come here. Nobody has forgotten for a second about the wars, the fragile Social Security status, nor the questionable choice Obama made about his appointment of Immelt. If people are upset and angry, this is the place to come for support.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:41 PM
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9. Well you can't accuse DU of not having their priorities in order.
Besides, it could be worse. The threads could be about the #1 DU person to obsess about: she who which will not be named.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:42 PM
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12. That was last week.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:20 PM
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20. Yes, but it can pop back up at a moment's notice here. n/t
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:43 PM
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13. maybe we were counting on Olberman
to spread the word about the wars, to defend social security, and to tell more of the country about Immelt, and why his selection is bad.


What's good for Olberman is good for America.
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:08 PM
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19. A bit over a million people watch KO on a good night.
There are over 300 million people in the US. We tend to overestimate the importance of cable news people around here.
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Tunkamerica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:44 PM
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14. and here's another one
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 06:50 PM
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15. What's good for General Electric is good for the USA.
Think he'll bring even one GE job back home? My best guess is that his goal is to make American workers accept 7 cents an hour or as close as he can come.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:26 PM
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22. Hey!! Have you heard that Keith Olbermann is no longer on MSNBC?!?
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 07:31 PM by Fly by night
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x241491

Thanks, Jackpine, for this thread. We definitely are into batting the latest shiny ball around here (or rather, beating it to death with OP repetition).
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Poboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:30 PM
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24. And KO is one of the only people who would report/present these type stories.
Edited on Sat Jan-22-11 07:32 PM by Poboy
What the hell kind of post is this? We have lost a key FIGHTER on these issues and you whine about us expressing our loss?
Whatever dude.
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:48 PM
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26. The San Diego Chicken syndrome
I've got nothing against Olbermann. In fact, I'm somewhat of a fan (especially since, like me, he's a huge Bob and Ray fan).
But our celebrity culture, this obsession with TV personalities who talk politics over the people who actually make things happen (or not) can be a great big (and often pointless) distraction.
Kind of like the people who cheer wildly for the San Diego Chicken but don't pay much attention to the actual game.
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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 07:55 PM
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27. it'll pass. n/t
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 08:01 PM
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28. Having strong voices in the media IS that important. n/t
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 08:04 PM
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30. Because corporate totalitarian media control is so unimportant.
Maybe some people here think that free speech is an important issue? :shrug:
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-22-11 09:27 PM
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31. I'm sorry to have to Un-rec
But this is NOT a "shiny." We don't have many voices like KO's, annd the fact that he got canned means that not only do we have 1 fewer, others will be afraid to speak the truth or get canned in ways that don't involve severance pay.

The larger issue is this- the fewer mainstream voices we have, the more underground we all go, and the further the lie goes that this is a "conservative" nation.

This is NOT a conservative nation- it's a nation that is spoonfed the agenda of a few power players and told that we all have to do it for the "good" of the country.

I never once believed that Democratic Underground would be truly driven underground again during a Democratic Administration...but that just shows that I did not grasp the seriousness of the situation.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 11:43 AM
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33. I'm sorry to disagree with you, this is not a "shiny".
KO was one of the last media voices to actually speak on our behalf about the wars, SocSec, etc. :(
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 11:53 AM
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36. Never be sorry to disagree with me.
Half the time I disagree with myself.

In this case, though, I gather that Olbermann was reaching maybe 0.5% of the voting population.
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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 11:47 AM
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34. Ugh... not really "shiny" since the reason we're lamenting
Edited on Sun Jan-23-11 11:48 AM by Kalyke
Keith Olbermann's departure is because there will be one less person to explain to us that the wars continue, SocSec is being prepped for surgery, and Jeff Immelt, having sent thousands of GE jobs to China, goes to Washington to prove that what's good for GE is good for America.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 11:47 AM
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35. This will endear me to very few, but . . . . .
. . . . some say Olbermann is the left wing version of Limbaugh. Some of the behavior I've seen since Friday night indicate that, for far too many, this is true. You should see some of my e-mail.
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