It’s clear enough that COMCAST pulled the trigger on Keith.
If you want to believe otherwise, Start with the fact that MSNBC is on record saying they informed Comcast that Keith would be leaving.
So Comcast gets this message and says,
“Gee, Olberrmann’s your top earner! Whaddya know! And we’re buying your company in a few days! But anyway, we have this high principle that we don’t weigh in on these things. It’s not in our contract with you that we can’t weigh in, so we’re not barred or anything. And if we stand idly buy while you do this, we are going to lose a lot of money, with the top earner gone. And this termination is why? A fit of pique, did you say? How much money do we make off of the touchy guy who can’t manage Olbermann’s ego?
No matter. We just feel very strongly that you need independence during the last days before we take over. Independence to make personality-based decisions that will hurt us for many years. So we’ll stand mute, while we just take that big, big hit. Thanks!”
Seem believable? That’s what you’d need to swallow.
“When Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts was asked last May what he would do if Olbermann began attacking any Republican member of Congress after the takeover, he replied, according to the New York Post, ‘Let’s have that conversation in 12 months, when we’re playing with live ammo.’”
It sounds more like a Charles Bronson revenge massacre movie than the L’il Bo Beep double-talk they were selling on Friday. Except this is real. They’re all Republicans over at Comcast, as you can tell from the breathtaking quote.
Rachael, they made their move on Keith just 3 days after they bullied their merger past the feckless regulators. As Roberts made clear above, it’s about politics, and “live ammo” awaits you if you “attack” a Republican.
You are a marked woman. The others as well. So sorry to say it. Thank you so much for everything!!! — O.T.