More on Olbermann…

Politico’s Mike Allen writes that Keith Olbermann was suspended for refusing to issue an on-air apology for his campaign contributions…

Network sources tell Playbook that Keith Olbermann was suspended because he refused to deliver an on-camera mea culpa, which would have allowed him to continue anchoring “Countdown.” Olbermann told his bosses he didn’t know he was barred from making campaign contributions, although he is resisting saying that publicly.

If this is accurate, everyone should reset their expectations levels that Olbermann will be back on MSNBC. If he got suspended because he wouldn’t go on the air to say he screwed up, that means that we’re not witnessing the results of a disciplinary action on account of a technical violation – not clearing giving contributions as had been widely believed – but a disciplinary action on account of insubordination and denials – a pissing match.

That is much more serious in terms of describing the state of relations between Olbermann and NBC. We may in fact be witnessing a cable news version of chicken. MSNBC will have to win this game, whether it wants to play it or not (and given Olbermann’s value to the network it definitely doesn’t want to be playing it because of the possible ramifications). And because of that the likelihood that Olbermann could walk is higher today than it was yesterday.

24 Responses to “More on Olbermann…”

  1. So, we’re acting like children, are we?

  2. If this is indeed a pissing match; and Allen’s piece does have a ring of truth to it; then it may take some time for tempers to cool and and a negotiated settlement worked out.

    I don’t think Olbermann is going to quit and leave all that money ($15 million) on the table. There is also plenty of incentive for NBC to get this behind them as well. If KO quit it would not only upset viewers but it would create an internal debate between those who supported Kieth and those who didn’t.

    My guess is saner heads (Rachael Maddow) will prevail in the end and a things will be worked out.

  3. So when Rachel bluntly said he broke the rules, she knew the reason he wasn’t on was because he bluntly refused to apologize. I stand by my story: Rachel’s screed was about MSNBC rules vs. FNC rules, without a defense of KO. “Hope to have him back soon” was possibly true, but she did NOT defend his unapproved contributions, nor his refusal to correct the matter. In fact, I think she said “these are the rules, and we all know them”, but I could be wrong about that one.

  4. Grandpa Dave Says:

    Spud – “And because of that the likelihood that Olbermann could walk is higher today than it was yesterday.”

    I’m not sure if you mean “walk” as in “walk off the job” or “walk” as in “the criminal was found innocent on a technicality and walked”.

  5. ^ And I still say bringing FNC into this was completely irrelevant, and evidence of the prevailing “us versus FOX” mentality that is priority number one at MSNBC.

    There was no reason to talk about them, beyond the desire to deflect attention.

  6. A commentator doesn’t need a “reason”. She talks about whatever she wants to talk about. Nevertheless, the difference between how FNC and MSNBC operate is a legitimate factor in this discussion.

  7. ^ Of course that was a completely irrelevant deflection. If KO worked for FNC he wouldn’t have violated their policy – and he wouldn’t have hosted the election coverage, either.

  8. ”He, he violated the policy..but at least we’re good and righteous enough to have a policy..unlike those bad people over there…look at them instead..”

  9. It’s not irrelevant. She had just done a 20-minute piece the day before about the different rules that Fox plays by. She used KO’s cockup to continue it..in my opinion throwing him under the bus for “acting like Fox” in the process. It’s fine to not agree with her. To say it was “wrong” doesn’t make sense. She gives opinions. Period.

  10. I have been thinking that Olby could leave and join CNN (since Parker/Spitzer is horrible). But if Olby is this hard to handle, I doubt CNN would want him. Maybe Olby will be back on MSNBC after all. He should be a man, apologize, and take his job back.

  11. He should be a man, apologize, and take his job back.

    I agree…that it would take a miracle..

  12. It seems Madow and others are trying to make it seem at the end of the day it was FOX that got KO canned….now if that’s not a WTF?…I don’t know what is.

    Trying to tie Hannity or Beck support for Republicans/Tea Party to what KO did is apples an oranges…Hannity is a commentator and has never been used by FOX as a straight newsman unlike KO who has been presented by MSNBC as a newsman along with Chrissy Mathews.

    As I said before I don’t think he should b canned for this but at the same time MSNBC shouldn’t try to pass KO or the others as a stright newsmen while bashing the GOP at the same time.

  13. “It seems Madow and others are trying to make it seem at the end of the day it was FOX that got KO canned….now if that’s not a WTF?…I don’t know what is.”

    WTK!!! No one, except you, thinks that.

  14. WTK should read WTF. Sorry.

  15. Mlong has a particularly active imagination..

  16. I support MSNBC’s decision to suspend Olbermann (albeit, not indefinitely), but I don’t like his attitude of not admitting he did something he wasn’t supposed to do. Just admit it, and get the damn thing over with.

    My fear is the longer the hold out continues, the more disgruntled he becomes. I, also, think with all these new rising stars at MSNBC, Keith feels he’s not the center piece anymore. I’m guessing that bothers him, and if so, he might just eventually cut and run. But, as fritz mentioned, he wouldn’t give up $15m just like that, either.

  17. KO commits the unforgivable sin: “I’m never wrong.” Wrong again, douchebag.

  18. lonestar77 Says:

    Wow, Keith Olbermann acting like a 14 year-old girl. Who’d of ever seen that coming?

  19. i feel a little sorry for the people who actually like him. He’s carrying your flag, but can’t even be bothered to make an insincere apology. Assuming that he doesn’t. This just looks like he can’t be bothered anymore.

    My thing is that if you don’t admit when you’re wrong, you look stupid. I’d rather be wrong than stupid. People like that don’t realize that they look bad either way. Or ‘wrong’ is the greater sin, and they just don’t acknowledge that others know they’re wrong, whether they admit it or not. Everyone’s wrong. Not everyone is stupid.

  20. Everyone’s wrong. Not everyone is stupid.

    That’s a great line.

  21. Everyone’s wrong. Not everyone is stupid.

    What does that say about the die hard fans of one who is both wrong and stupid?

  22. … or of Hannity & Hannity, who is often right but always stupid.

  23. Speaking of ‘stupid’, see the first half of what I just said.

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