Support Keith Olbermann

Give Comcast/NBC-Universal hell and let Keith know how much his voice is needed.

Here’s the petition.

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10 thoughts on “Support Keith Olbermann

  1. I already wrote the FCC and my senators two weeks ago and implored them not to allow the Comcast / NBC merger. Lot of good that did. This is reminiscent of way back when I asked my government to stop the banking mergers all over the place. That worked out just fine. This will too. Of that I am very certain. Our government keeps handing over power to the corps. For money. What a mistake. It’ll be bloody hell taking it all back some day.

  2. I just noticed >21000 comments about this at HuffPo. The wording from Keith indicates he was handed his pink slip. Which is what I thought.

    This was probably part of the behind the scenes merger talks at the very highest level where it was informally agreed that Keith is gone.

    This is so like everything else where our politicos and the media spinmeisters say there is no connection even though it’s obvious as hell there is. Like there was no connection between the toxic political rhetoric and the Tucson shootings. They just keep injecting these toxins into our social fabric without a care they’re poisoning the country.

  3. A voice in the wilderness for years.

    I will still stick with Rachel and Lawrence and Ed and Matthews (Chris is much better lately, I think because of Keith)

    Oh, and I signed the petition.

    1. A wilderness of corruption, no doubt.

      I got a canned reply from the FCC yesterday in response to my complaint about the unfolding net neutrality rules arguments being put forth by Verizon. What it comes dwon to is the wireless carriers want to be able to whatever they please in the wireless space in all ways. No regulations or consumer protections at all. This is crazy. It stands in denial of the fact that the entire scheme of the ways people communicate is bing altered by technology and any regulations that applied in the prior scheme aren’t applicable in this one. The carriers want to own the deck and be allowed to deal themselves all aces. The very same that has been going on for decades in all areas of commerce.

    2. Barth

      and Richard—I will take your word for it re Chris but I still won’t watch him. Ed is a bit clownish for my taste, but he’s okay. Lawrence wrote many episodes of The West Wing so I am willing to listen to anything he has to say (Not in his character as President Bartlet’s very nasty father, though….)

      And Rachel. She’s probably about twenty years younger than me, and in a committed relationship with someone named Susan. This, and her apparent sexual preference, makes it easier for me to not spend my days and weeks lamenting about why I can not be with her morning, noon and night, but that still seems like a good idea. She is Keith’s gift to us, in a way, and one which I hope will continue to pour light into these dark days for years and years to come.

  4. Barth

    I am not signing the petition. I will miss Keith, but he agreed to whatever he agreed to, and I have no interest in sticking my nose into his business or theirs. To the extent MSNBC (and/or Comcast, if they were, despite their claims, involved) caused Keith to leave, they have made a mistake. We will keep watching, because there is no hope anywhere else, but losing Keith will not help them.

    1. I don’t believe that protesting or petitioning Comcast/NBC for the return of Keith Olbermann is in any way “sticking my nose into his business or theirs.” Programming delivered by satellite is no less a use of public “airwaves” than other transmissions affecting the public interest. The concentrated hegemony of right-wing programming is a dangerous consolidation of political power, and as such, directly affects public policy. I have no choice as a citizen but to “interfere” in the silencing of liberal voices—especially one as strong and articulate as Keith Olbermann’s.

  5. Barth

    I agree on the consolidation issue, but the FCC and DOJ apparently do not. That has little to do with the specific issue here. Keith worked for NBC. They paid him lots of money. Now they have paid him lots of money to go away and he has agreed to it.

    In leaving he said something to the effect of the things surrounding the program, and never the program itself, becoming increasingly difficult and he strongly suggested that while he was inclined to leave when he was suspended, our pleas for his return could not go unheeded.

    I believe he reached the end of his rope. He has given enough for the cause for now. Let him take some time to figure out what’s next. We’ll be okay.

    1. Keith may have agreed to go, but only in the way any of us “agree” when we are handed a pink slip and a severance check. I’m glad you agree about the dangers of media consolidation, because Olbermann’s forced departure from the air is a stunning example of precisely why it is dangerous.

  6. Barth

    When your severance check has as many zeroes following it as Keith’s did, and the alternative is just more yelling and screaming about every word you utter on air, agreeing to go can seem very attractive and he said as much in his little farewell speech.

    He does not want to be on MSNBC. That seems clear. I believe his desire to go has much less to do with his big P political views that many believe.

    The more significant issue you raise is one which has concerned many of us for many years. My own two posts on this subject are at http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/2007/08/rupert-murdoch-and-wall-street-journal.html and http://edsbarth.blogspot.com/2007/04/imus-in-morning-april-13.html based in part on the lifting of the old FCC rules against “cross-ownership” and limiting the number of stations (radio, tv and both) that one company could own in one market. The ostensible reason for this was to try to help failing newspapers but that didn’t work. (e.g., Boston Herald and the original WHDH-TV, New York Daily News and WPIX-TV, New York Post and WNYW-TV in New York).

    Today, one company, Clear Channel owns about 750 radio stations and the company alternately called “Infinity” or “CBS Radio” or a smaller compnay called Entercom seem to own all the others. In New York City, not an insignificant market, CBS owns (not just “affiliates”) six stations, including, incredibly, both all news stations and Clear Channel own five.

    In 1940, the FCC got nervous about media consolidation and ordered that NBC divest itself of one of its two networks. They did so, kicking and screaming, but stalled the whole thing until the former Blue network became ABC in late 1943 (although they did not take that name until 1944).

    We have taken a giant step backwards and it is a very scary thing. The internet has made newspapering very difficult and the result have been very few outlets. Homogenization is good for milk and little else. Yes, it is a terrible development and I see little chance that it will change.

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