Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann, liberal commentator

Keith Olbermann is a far-left commentator, activist, liberal propagandist, [1] high-profile Democratic donor[2] and host of Countdown formerly on MSNBC and Current TV. Both stations have fired him, citing excessive absences and lack of support of the network in the case of Current TV. New York Times media critic David Carr has referred to Olbermann as "one of the most rabidly partisan figures in national news."[3] Olbermann's show is known for an extreme liberal distortion of the issues, with conservatives rarely being invited to discuss news events. Collegues such as former NBC News anchor Tom Brokow have complained Olbermann has badly damaged MSNBC’s reputation for independence[4] while the Media Research Center has characterized Olbermann's views as "beyond partisan....radically extreme and hateful."[5] His nightly segment, The Worst Person in the World regularly demonizes any point of view at variance with Olbermann.[6] It is a classic example of the role of propaganda in modern American discourse and has contributed to the coarsening of political debate in America. Olbermann was also a co-host of NBC's Football Night in America. After being fired as a political commentator on both MSNBC and Current TV, Olbermann rejoined ESPN hosting a sports commentary show titled Olbermann.

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Olbermann sees conspiracies

In a broadcast after the FBI made an arrest of four terror suspects for plot to attack JFK International Airport and plant explosives to blow up major jet-fuel supply tanks and pipelines,[7] Olbermann charged the Bush adminstration with conspiracy. JFK handles, on average, over 1,000 flights daily. The plotters were assisted by an international network of Muslim extremists from the United States, Guyana, and Caribbean, including senior leadership of Jamaat Al Muslimeen ("JAM"), which was responsible for a deadly coup attempt in Trinidad in 1990. In Olbermann's mind:


the so-called plot happens to be revealed the day before the second Democratic presidential debate and, as the scandal continues to unfold over the firings of U.S. attorneys and their replacements by political hacks. The so-called plot is announced by the Bush-appointed U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, and by the police chief of New York City, the father of a correspondent for Fox News Channel." Olbermann further theorized that President Bush was "fomenting yet another war...a new Cold War with Russia, possibly to obscure the unending nightmare in Iraq. [8]

Matthew Felling of CBS News noted in the same piece, "Hammering away at things that aren’t there – or barely there – is a surefire way to dilute your message."

Nazi salute controversy

In July of 2006, the Anti-Defamation League filed a complaint to MSNBC because of Olbermann's repeated use of the Nazi salute while attacking popular commentator Bill O'Reilly on his television show and in public.[9]

24 controversy

In January of 2007, Olbermann attacked the popular FOX television series 24 with rather bizarre claims.

On the January 16, 2007 edition of Olbermann's show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, he accused the widely acclaimed 24 of "fearmongering" and being "propaganda designed to keep people thinking about domestic terrorism to keep us scared," asking, "is it a program-length commercial for one political party?" Olbermann also asked the rhetorical question, "if the irrational right can claim that the news is fixed to try to alter people's minds or that networks should be boycotted for nudity or for immorality, shouldn't those same groups be saying 24 should be taken off of TV because it's naked brainwashing?"

This was in response to the January 15 broadcast of 24 in which a low-grade nuclear weapon is detonated in the Valencia community of Los Angeles by a terrorist group. Fox Commentator Cal Thomas had written an editorial in which he advised, "Watch the TV drama 24 for what could be our prophetic and imminent future, with a nuclear device exploding in major cities."

On the February 2, 2007 edition of Countdown, Olbermann gave the show the "bronze" in his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment.

Suspension

On 5 November 2010, Olbermann was temporarilly suspended from MSNBC for ethical violations of the company's policy on campaign contributions [10] and reinstated three days later.

Fired From MSNBC

Less than a week after Comcast was approved to purchase MSNBC, Keith Olbermann was fired January 21, 2011. Official word states Comcast has nothing to do with the firing. He was their top-rated host so the statement is likely false. Glenn Beck predicted his firing months before it happened, which led Olbermann to mock Beck as not knowing anything about television and made him his worst person in the world. [11] Stephen Colbert made laughs at Keith's expense. A clip of Olbermann saying this is the last edition of Countdown for which Colbert replies "Well we finally know what they were counting down to." [12]

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References

  1. Keith Olbermann ... is notorious for anti-Bush, anti-conservative rants. [1]
  2. http://abcnews.go.com/WN/keith-olbermann-suspended-msnbc-political-contributions/story?id=12074305
  3. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/business/media/08carr.html?_r=1
  4. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-14/keith-olbermanns-civil-war-with-nbc-executives-over-campaign-donations/?cid=hp:mainpromo3
  5. http://www.mrc.org/press/2006/press20061102.asp
  6. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/05/05/2010-05-05_starting_in_left_field_keith_olbermann_hes_embraced_by_mlb_and_the_nfl_while_lim.html
  7. Four Individuals Charged in Plot to Bomb John F. Kennedy International Airport, FBI Press Release New York Field Office, June 2 2007.
  8. Olbermann Overstates?, Matthew Felling, CBS News, June 5, 2007.
  9. Anti-Defamation League Letter to MSNBC, July 28, 2006.
  10. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/05/olbermann-donated-to-three-dems-in-apparent-violation-of-nbc-policy/
  11. Glenn Beck: “Keith Olbermann Is The Biggest Pain In The A** In The World”, Mediaite, January 24, 2011
  12. Colbert channels ‘Keith Olbermug’, KeithOlbermann.com, January 25, 2011

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