This story has been buzzing around the internet and other media circles for a few days now and rightfully so. Keth Olbermann the host of Countdown on MSNBC has been fired from his 8:00 pm time slot show. Despite all the public statements by MSNBC and Comcast, this incident is the result of of the merger between the two. It is also a frightening turn further rightward turn for the US media.
The facts as they stand right now is that MSNBC has decided not to renew Olbermann’s contract. His contract that just expired was signed in 2008 and was for four years paying out $30 million dollars. He was the highest rated program on MSNC, and at one time had higher ratings than O’Reilly, whom he had a major feud with in 2009.
In my and many others opinion, Oblermann was removed because of the merger between MSNBC and Comcast. Congress just recently approved the merger of the two media giants creating another serious threat to freedom of speech in America. Olbermann was a well known critic of Bush era policy, particularly the torture, illegal wars, undeclared boarders and illegal detentions.
If you’ll remember a video I made previously, Olbermann was suspended over a petty matter. Olbermann had donated $2,400 dollars to three Democrats running for congress. One of these candidates was Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who as you know, was shot by right wing hateful individualist violence.
I would not be surprised if Comcast was behind this suspension as well. To those who would not believe me, I must remind you that mergers are often being discussed by CEO’s months if not a year in advance. It seems very likely that this superfluous suspension was an attempt to discredit Olbermann. What better way to discredit him than to make a “conflict of interest” claim against him. (As if this conflict did not precondition Fox News’ existence.)
I believe that Comcast did have Olbermann fired (refused to renew his contract) because it is a major supporter of the Republican Party. Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast has contributed large amounts of money to the Republican party. Not just him, but the executives have given generous amounts as well.
Right now due to contractual obligations Keith Olbermann is not allowed to discuss the reason for his dismissal. If you’ll remember he was under this same gag order when he left Fox News years earlier. Hopefully Olbermann will give his side of the story once all the legal fascism has reached the end of its time limit.
This whole incident certainly indicates a dramatic rightward shift in the media. If one side of the phony debate in popular political discourse is being shut down then there is clear indication that one is going to be made the only opinion. The world saw this with the development of Nazi Germany and we should be prepared for it to happen again.