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Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further

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01/22/2011 by Juan Cole Informed Comment

People are blaming the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC on that company’s merger with Comcast and Olbermann’s loss of the protection and patronage of Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC programming. MSNBC says that the issue has nothing to do with Comcast.

It seems Olbermann is too extreme for US television. But Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, now they are mainstream. What universe could that proposition be true in? That of cranky old white billionaires. And television news is owned by them. Not by you.

Whether Comcast is the villain of the piece directly, things like the Comcast merger with MSNBC are responsible for there being very few voices on American television (and despite the proliferation of channels) like Olbermann’s. And for there being relatively little news on the “news” programs. Time Warner, General Electric and Comcast (partners in NBC), Viacom, Disney, and Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp own almost all television news. In other words, six big corporations determine what you will hear about the world if you get your news from television. There are fewer and fewer t.v. news outlets that do not belong to one of these six, a process called media consolidation.

For reasons of profit-seeking, when Disney acquired ABC, it looted the company’s news divisions. Profits are not to be had in hard news, but rather in tabloid news. It used to be that human interest stories would be ‘dessert,’ but they have become the main meal.

Ironically,former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw was one of Olbermann’s biggest critics, afraid that the latter’s flamboyant and polarizing style would tarnish the reputation of regular NBC newsmen for objectivity.

What Brokaw seems not to have noticed is that NBC and MSNBC did, like most television news, a miserable job of covering the Iraq issue in 2002-2003–mainly buying White House propaganda. The powerful bias toward the point of view of the rich and powerful and well-connected in Washington demonstrated by all the major tv news outlets in 2002-2003 makes Olbermann look like a staid centrist.

Senator Al Franken, a former NBC employee, fulminated against the Comcast/ MSNBC merger:

But the FCC has passed it.

We’ll miss Keith. But it isn’t about him. It is about the ever-narrowing character of public comment in the US, about the few having most of everything. It is about media consolidation.

See also:

Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read


Why I’m glad Keith Olbermann is gone

By Niall Stanage:    “The smugness, the narcissism, the never-ending parade of yes-man guests: Goodnight and good riddance!”


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January 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

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  1. Note: I have deleted six comments- all evidently from the same source tho using different yahoo names.


    January 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

  2. Is it supposed to mean a lot if Al says it? Does the {commiedian} (no pun intended)lightweight words really carry weight with the American voters?

    Have you ever listened to this guy try to burp-up a complete sentence? The voters in his state, actually elected him is my first question?
    Gee’s,..No wonder this country is in such trouble. And that, is my opinion.

    By the way, the rumor persists that Keith was fired..the SUPPORT FINANCIALLY to some lefty Politicians, might be MORE INVOLVED than first revealed,..perhaps? Or is that just RUMOR? Who Knows? I understand Keith has been effectually MUZZLED, that is,..if he wants his severance by contract…are these ALL,…just RUMORS? I think not, but if you know the truth, I’d like to hear it.

    itsame isdatu

    January 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  3. As Keith Hums (If I can ONLY Make it On My Own,..) MOST DO BELIEVE, was FIRED for sending cash to his best-ist buddies of the far-out political left,..So,..What happens?
    WHEN EXPOSED,..NBC suddenly has an URGE to merge with Comcast? Ever wonder WHY? So,..WHY?

    Perhaps because Like AIR AMERICA, MSNBC lost market share, that’s viewers to you,..THAT LOSS affects revenue because of that VERY loss of viewers,..that is ACTUAL,..REALITY FOLKS,..

    It is what happens,..WHEN,..viewers STOP watching, or FINDING channels they like better. You know as IN BUILD a better Mousetrap and all, you know?

    Anyway,..So,..WHY would Viewers just stop watching you might ask? THINK NOW,.TRY TO STAY WITHIN THE BOUNDS of REALITY with your own answer,….

    Why DO YOU,..THINK it is,..that THE FAR OUT LEFTY PROGRESSIVES could not make a GO of {AIR AMERICA TALK RADIO)??????????

    I mean,..even WITH the MASSIVE FUNDING OUTLAYS of the Progressives Party’s Best-ists FINANCING Friend,..George Sora$$ and other $billionaires?

    ONE ANSWER I CAN THINK OF,…because those Gomba’s were by the hour,..OFFERING MOSTLY at times ONLY their sides TALKING POINTS about news of the week or day,..yep,..NEWS from only ONE side, is not much NEWS you can use, SO,..Viewers get fed up and MOVE ON,..not to the dot org one either,..NEWS slanted to only one side kinda made the common man, YEP,.ordinary listeners,..Well,…nauseous after awhile, and Keith,.WELL,..truth is,..he offered up much more of the very same PC nonsense,..No wonder Al loved Keith so much,.they are alot alike,..Keith was angry while shouting out,…MORE of the same,..at times screaming, you could almost see, a rabid foaming from his leftist spouts, usually blaming everyone but the lefts failings or rejected agenda.

    Ya ever hear of the MID-TERM Elections, GOOGLE the Results of November 3rd. 2010,..Just saying,..EXCUSES in the aftermath of that election,..did not float viewers boats, know what I mean?

    TRUTH is, the voters KNOW what was UP, THEY KNOW WHY they REJECTED the Obama Agenda,..IT WAS, IS still today,..The Obama REDISTRIBUTIVE AGENDA. THAT AGENDA should have taken the blame for the Progressives ELECTION NIGHT FAILURES,.. Yep,..failures,.Google REDISTRICTING,..LOST GOVERNORSHIPS,.THE LOSS of the HOUSE,..etc,…..Just saying, THESE WERE THE ABSOLUTE DIRECT RESULTS OF THE FAILURES DUE TOO,..the Obama REDISTRIBUTIVE Agendas, THAT INCLUDES the REDISTRIBUTIVE REGULATIONS & TAXES of the OBAMA CARE PLANS,..YET,..Keith usually blamed these failures on others,..and fact is,..AT THIS TIME,..the Progressive base seems rather angry,..or is it,..mad,.. because Obama is seemingly MOVING toward the center?

    WELL don’t be so worried,..You have NO worries, You see I believe,..the Obama Political center is somewhere to the Left of A Hugo Chavez. That is my VIEW!..Just saying, that is my opinion

    itsame isdatu

    January 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    • Obama is a Corporate Democrat- that means his center is cozily alligned with other corporate state (fascist) leaders before him. Nothing “left” at all happening.

      Both parties collaborate with multinational corporations’ aim to create a global feudal state, and it’s important to realize current “presidents” are just shills for a faceless elite. They’re the facade, and we- the designated serfs- are the fodder.


      January 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

  4. I think Keith just took the money and ran. But that’s just me.


    January 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

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