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Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Over Campaign Contributions

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Posted on Nov 5, 2010
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Keith Olbermann’s off the air, for the time being at least, at MSNBC.

MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann joked after the midterms, responding to taunts from certain Fox News types, that he was still around despite the lashing Dems took at the polls. But as it turns out, he might have committed career suicide, or something close to it, on his own.

Perhaps Olbermann wasn’t up on the company rules about campaign contributions, or perhaps he thought that somehow his might go unnoticed, but regardless, Politico followed his money trail and the network’s top brass lowered the boom Friday.  —KA

Politico:

MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been suspended indefinitely without pay after POLITICO reported that he made three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement Friday: “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

Olbermann made campaign contributions to two Arizona members of Congress and failed Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway ahead of Tuesday’s election.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm Link to this comment

OK.  Since I can’t have dessert, can I have Maker’s Mark on ice instead?

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By rico, suave, November 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

GRYM and ITW:

Ok. I warned you. I’m turning the car around and there will be no dessert for either of you.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

ITW,

Using an hard copy dictionary is not cheating.  I use mine frequently.  It’s part of my job.

Nonetheless you know yourself that what you have written here is incorrect.  There are no “stripes” involved.  Changing or otherwise.

Bigotry is an intolerance of others.

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By rico, suave, November 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm Link to this comment

Well, MSNBC came to their senses and put KO back on. Somebody over there has cojones.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

Notice GRYM, I didn’t take you up on that wager either. In fact I said they’d do some token wrist-slapping and then he’d be back—their biggest drawing card.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

GRYM:

You didn’t find it because I “cheated”: I used my on-SHELF dictionary…the one with a binding and printed paper pages, not an on-line one.

Unfortunately, on-line dictionaries, unless they are an expensive subscription service (like the ones lawyers use), tend to be less reliable and subject to inaccuracies.  That’s a non-political assessment of them.

I tell my teenager all the time: Wikipedia is not an authority—it is a source that may be able to direct you to authoritative works.  It’s generally OK if you want to find out when Paul Newman was born and what movies he was in, or who the 21st President was, or the population of South Dakota, or how to spell the name of the current leader of Botswana, but that’s really the level Wikipedia’s good for, other than the bibliographical information it gives you to steer you to the more definitive sources.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 8, 2010 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

You should have taken me up on my wager, Mo-Mo.  I see Olbermann will return to his regular programing. 

Your life can now return to “normal”. wink

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By Go Right Young Man, November 8, 2010 at 7:16 am Link to this comment

Ouch!  You got me, ITW.  I didn’t come across the one out of six On-line definitions of bigot that suite your particular need.

My shame is almost unbearable and I beg your forgiveness.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 8, 2010 at 12:00 am Link to this comment

I must address this with open frankness.
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You don’t know the meaning of the phrase.

I gave you the MERRIAM-WEBSTER definition of “Bigot” verbatim and you STILL pretend it doesn’t include the word “prejudice”.

Here it is again, VERBATIM, for the illiterate by choice. I didn’t make this shit up, or paraphrase it.

Directly from Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate:

bigot \‘bi-g<shwa>t\ n [F, hypocrite, bigot] (1660): a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; esp: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
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Your ability to stand under a cloudless sky and vehemently insist it’s raining is, to say the least, remarkable.  To say the most, inane.

Yet again, it’s Chico Marx time: “Who you gonna believe: Me or your own eyes?”

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By PatrickHenry, November 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

I like Keith and think him far better infotainment than most of the others.

Apparently alot of others think the same way too.

One poll worth taking.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/poll/2010/nov/06/us-television-ustelevision?CMP=twt_gu

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By politicky, November 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment

Whether he knew or not whether he had to get an OK with his
bosses to give money in this campaign season is not really an
issue with the 250,000 people so far who have signed a petition
to get him back on the air.

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By reynolds, November 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

he’s a grandstanding blowhard as are so many of his
detractors, and not a few of his supporters.
the longest-winded definition of a bigot here is the
fool who will not let it go. shame on anyone who
indulges the wretch.
surely, i am not the only person who would prefer that
people did not goad or encourage the most caustic,
noxious, obtrusive entities which pervade this site.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm Link to this comment

ITW,

I must address this with open frankness.

You can’t even come to grips with the definition of what a bigot is no matter how many times you’ve been shown.  How do you expect anyone to take your intolerant opinions serious? 

Seriously.  The definitions of “bigot” are right before your face.  And yet you still can’t seem to comprehend its meaning.

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I’m willing to bet you’ll not return to post on this thread.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm Link to this comment

ITW,

I love giving you more rope.  Intolerant is not my definition, Goose-Stepper.  Allow me to explain this to you, s-l-o-w-l-y. wink

Bigot: One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.

Want to mentally dance around another, Meat?

Bigot: a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race

Want yet another?

Bigot: a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

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Note how the word “prejudice” is missing yet the word INTOLERANT is always present.

How about that bet now, Meat?

*Dictionary.com
*Freedictionary.com
*Wikipedia
*Websters

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By Inherit The Wind, November 7, 2010 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

Really?

So…if I’m intolerant of child molesters, by the GRYMey definition, I’m a “bigot”.

Yeah, that’s right. Let’s go there…I’m intolerant of corrupt Republicans and Democrats…I guess I’m a “bigot”.

I’m intolerant of the KKK and the American Nazi Party.  I guess I’m a “bigot”.

This is what happens when you make up your own definitions to justify your position in a very limited context: You get hoist on your own petard.

The key word in the definition of “bigot” isn’t intolerance, it’s PREJUDICE…P-R-E-J-U-D-I-C-E!

Yet again, you show your hypocrisy by pretending a bigot is someone “intolerant”, like of your positions.

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By thebeerdoctor, November 7, 2010 at 3:45 am Link to this comment

Thanks to Fat Freddy for the link.

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By elgordo, November 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment
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a truly intolerate mean spirited person

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

ITW, “A bigot is not a person with a strong opinion”

ABSOLUTELY CORRECT! Precisely why I would never make such an outlandish claim.  As you well know the bigotry is in the intolerance.  Not in having any one or several strong opinions.

I-N-T-O-L-E-R-A-N-C-E.  Mo-Mo.  wink

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How about that bet, Meat?

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By Inherit The Wind, November 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment

I do know better.  And so do you. And so does anyone who can read the English Language and pick up Merriam-Webster.

I find your methods of argument despicable, with every intention of, Orwell-like, destroying the meaning of language to create confusion and doubt of what is right and what is wrong.

A bigot is not a person with a strong opinion, as much as you try to push that bullshit down our throats.  The bad part is: You know it, too!

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Bigot: “intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance:”

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I did not highlight the word “especially”.  Websters Did. - Indicating this is not to the exclusion of other opinions and prejudices.

(as a racial or ethnic group) is given as exceptional EXAMPLES of bigotry. Not the definition itself, Dingleberry wink

You should know better.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm Link to this comment

There you go again, GRYMe, bending and obfuscating the truth to suit yourself.  The Russians have a saying:
“Half a loaf of bread is half a loaf of bread. But half of the truth is a lie.”

Directly from Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate:

bigot \‘bi-g<shwa>t\ n [F, hypocrite, bigot] (1660): a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; esp: one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
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Since you have left out the sections on prejudice and other groups, you are clearly LYING in your definition of “bigot”. But that’s usual for you—classic reductionism.  I added the italic&bold; emphases to point out what you deliberately omitted, because it totally contradicts your argument, as usual.

When KO calls someone “stupid” he’s not being bigoted, he’s being RUDE.  I suggest you look up THAT term and this time, read the WHOLE definition.

Is KO rude? Frequently.  Is that bigotry? No!

However, your insistence on sticking to your PREJUDICES is what’s forcing me more and more to consider whether you are a bigot.

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By ohiolibgal, November 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

There are early talks going on about a possible new TV home for people like Keith, Nothing for sure at this point but….just maybe Faux resident psycho Glenn Beck’s often voiced nightmares about his rich boogeyman Soros might come to pass.

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By Dallas Watch, November 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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This is NOT the same thing as FOX “News” – KO is not a network and he didn’t give $1 million to a political organization, he’s never raised money on his broadcast nor suggested his viewers give money to a political party or candidate. I don’t see why journalists are not allowed to make personal donations. They are not robots. They only things I would object to would be shilling for personal monetary gain, such as Glenn Beck selling gold coins, or shilling for the Dem party coffers, as the Fox guys do for the GOP, neither of which are the case.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

ITW,

My source is Websters Dictionary.  Simple, straight-forward, unpretentious.  Then there’s your long winded definition of a bigot. wink

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People like Olbermann, Hannity, and Robinson are intolerant of whole groups of people.  They each allow that “bigoted” intolerance to color and flavor their opinions.  They cease to listen.  Listening is replaced with perceptions and supposition.

In Olbermann’s case; he’s famous for looking directly at the camera and stating very clearly that, if you’re not seeing things his way, you’re an “Idiot”. - You praise his behavior.  I do not.

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Keith Olbermann has a long history of strained relations with previous employers.  In the last six years NBC had several times warned Mr. Olbermann that his “Special Comments”, being over-the-line in decency and objectivity, were not appropriate behavior.  I do not believe he was taken off air for his donations to any cause(s). 

Whatever the reasons I remain unmoved.  I believe Olbermann had every right to contribute part of his wealth to anything he wished.  His program was not “journalism”.  Nonetheless, good riddance to the bigot.

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Hypocrisy: 

Olbermann has never once taken the time and effort to vote.  Not when he was 18, 23, or 30 years old. Yet he voiced extremely strong opinions on everything politics five days a week since 2003. 

He also claims that others, such as FOX News, are wrong in contributing to political campaigns yet, he does that very thing while likening himself to Edward R. Murrow?

Would you like to bet a steak dinner Mr. Olbermann will not be returning to his previous post and your life will not be, as you put it, “back to normal”?

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By Inherit The Wind, November 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

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Bigotry against bigots, now there’s a slant.
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Yup. Only to a GRYME could being opinionated against bigots be defined as “bigotry”.

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By PatrickHenry, November 6, 2010 at 4:50 pm Link to this comment

Bigotry against bigots, now there’s a slant.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

No GRYME, A bigot is NOT some one who is simply obstinate on his opinion.  Yet again you are re-writing the dictionary to suit yourself—and define a bigot as anyone who disagrees with you.

This won’t sink in…but I’ll try.  There’s nothing wrong with being stubborn about an opinion.  I don’t recognize rhetoric, insults, obfuscation, badgering, repeating questions that have been answered, or any of your other tricks in forming or altering my opinions. I ONLY recognize facts and logic, something you rarely can provide.

Being stubborn in ones opinions, even beyond reason, which is something I personally try to avoid, while a sign of pig-headedness, is not usually described as “bigotry”. In fact, the ONLY person I know who describes it as such, is YOU! And only to describe people with liberal POVs.

Calling KO a bigot is the height of hypocrisy.  I’ve said this already but, in your Falwell-esque manner you simply ignore statements and facts you don’t want to hear.

Actually, there are many bigots here.  That was one of the few pejoratives I wasn’t applying to you, but I am forced by your continuing behavior, to re-assess that judgment.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment

ITW, - “a bigot is, by definition against a race, religion, creed or any group that cannot change its “stripes”.

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Wrong again.  Bigotry has nothing to do with “stripes”.  Changing or otherwise.

Bigot: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, e.g. Keith Olbermann.

You still have not answered my question.  You claimed I was being hypocritical on this issue.  I will ask you, now for the third time, to explain my hypocrisy.

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By purplewolf, November 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

CNBC which airs Hannity, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and various others who donate and solicit monies for the Republicans/T.P.er’s are considered okay by the PTB. MSNBC which is across the street from their other branch of the NBC is not allowed this same right without permission for the same PTB? Why, because the monies there didn’t benefit the repugs and other parties instead? If Keith had given his money to the repugs-t.p.ers would he still be working, could be.

Wasn’t this country supposed to be a free country? And that you should have the right to donate to any party you wanted to without the loss of employment? 

The repugs and mega corps want to dictate every aspect of a persons existence-I choose not to use the word “life” here, as it is coming down to that you have none anymore, that that you merely exist for the benefit and pleasure of those who impose their ideas, rules and regulations upon the masses.

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By purplewolf, November 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

CNBC which airs Hannity, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee and various others who donate and solicit monies for the Republicans/T.P.er’s are considered okay by the PTB. MSNBC which is across the street from their other branch of the NBC is not allowed this same right without permission for the same PTB? Why, because the monies there didn’t benefit the repugs and other parties instead? If Keith had given his money to the repugs-t.p.ers would he still be working, could be.

Wasn’t this country supposed to be a free country? And that you should have the right to donate to any party you wanted to without the loss of employment? 

The repugs and mega corps want to dictate every aspect of a persons existence-I choose not to use the word “life” here, as it is coming down to that you have none anymore, that that you merely exist for the benefit and pleasure of those who impose their ideas, rules and regulations upon the masses.

For those who think we a

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By frankel1205, November 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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If only he had incorporated.  He would be sitting pretty right now.  Incorporation for all!

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By reynolds, November 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

grime; a person might divine hypocrisy in your
ardent, repeated denials of your manifest racism
whereby you employ the most heavily freighted,
incendiary tag words in the racist canon. in
whatever words, the credibility of one’s claim is
diminished by ceaseless repetition.
there is a presence here which delights in being de
trop, or, as one outrider put it with customary
finesse, excreta amidst the refreshments. why does
one insert oneself into what they perceive to be
alien terrain, there to goad the locals? whatever
the motive, it is utterly common.
it’s oysgeshpilt. here’s your hat.

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By rico, suave, November 6, 2010 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

MSNBC showed the same level of cowardice as NPR. By bending over to show how “fair” they are, they demonstrate that they adhere to no principles whatsoever.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 6, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

GRYM:

Having a different opinion or POV from you has ALWAYS been your definition of “bigotry”.  It also defines your hypocrisy.

KO may be opinionated, but a bigot? Against who?

BTW, a bigot is, by definition against a race, religion, creed or any group that cannot change its “stripes”.  It is not bigotry to be offended by right wing phony “conservatism”....like yours.

Making up your own definitions for words, then using them without telling others how YOUR definition differs from the standard ones (eg, Merriam-Webster’s) is another BIG indicator of hypocrisy.

You pretend to debate, but change the rules in the middle of the game, don’t tell your opponent, then yell “CHEATER!”

Yeah, it’s hard to find ALL the examples of your hypocrisy.  There are just too many.

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By Jim Yell, November 6, 2010 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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Keith Olbermann was removed because the right is determined to bully anyone with a different opinion, much like the way the church took over the Roman Empire. If you don’t agree you can’t make a living, so most people surrender as they watch the ones who don’t disappear.

Keith Olbermann should sue the corporation. But, for the rest of us, it is a depressing event not to have a few voices being contrary to our corporate mobsters.

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By Charlie, November 6, 2010 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
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What’s the big deal. FOX not only donates to their
political organizaiton, they promote their candidates
as well as false propaganda on their “news network”.
Keith Olberman has donated to lots of worthy charities.
I love the one where he donated to the Special Olympics
every time Sarah Palin would say or do something that
was typical of her, he ended up donating a lot of money
thanks to her.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

ITW, GOOD RIDDANCE TO THAT NASTY BIGOT!
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Proof of hypocrisy—right in this thread.

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I sincerely fear this event has you falling apart.  You’re making no sense.

You’ll have to step up and do better, my friend.  How does Olbermann’s clear and unrepentant bigotry and Hannity’s political contributions prove hypocrisy on my part?

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GOOD RIDDANCE TO THAT NASTY BIGOT!
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Proof of hypocrisy—right in this thread.

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By Paul McGuire, November 6, 2010 at 9:22 am Link to this comment
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Why does anyone bother watching any of them? Perfectly
good time wasted, that’s what it is.

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By Fat Freddy, November 6, 2010 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

Kanamachi,

Since corporations are people and Olberman is a person, how is it that one
person can restrict the rights of another person?
Contracts of this sort are unconstitutional.

Interesting point. It seems the law is not consistent on this issue. A person can waive his right to freedom of speech, but he can not waive his right to a minimum wage. But then, there’s nothing in the Constitution guaranteeing a right to a minimum wage.

Let’s look at it when dealing with a government agency. A person has a right to waive their right to remain silent when being questioned, but a convicted sex offender can not agree to castration as part of a condition of his release from prison.

I think what it comes down to is coercion. It is assumed that anyone willing to waive a minimum wage, or a surgically altering procedure to secure a release from prison, is somehow being coerced. The same with the sale of one’s organs.

Was Keith Olberman coerced into accepting this in his contract?

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

ITW, Profound effect?  “KO getting suspended does not.”

Uh huh.  O.K…..And I am a hypocrite how/why?

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By rico, suave, November 6, 2010 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Um, Golady. You can’t say, “Keith Olbermann was not the liberal version of Bill O’Reilly,” and “Good Lord! Progressives will have no voice to hear” in the same breath. That’s called an oxymoron.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 6, 2010 at 8:19 am Link to this comment

“Profound effect”?

GRYM, step away from the crack pipe!  You are now deluding yourself that you are my analyst. ROFL!

Losing a family member has a profound effect on me.  KO getting suspended does not.  It’s just something to post about.

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By Fat Freddy, November 6, 2010 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

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Monsanto + Bill Gates + Blackwater = we’re all fucked.

What happens when you combine the two largest monopolies with the largest private army? I do not know, but we are going to find out.

http://blacklistednews.com/Machines-of-War:-Blackwater,-Monsanto,-and-Bill-Gates/11026/0/3/3/Y/M.html

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By Go Right Young Man, November 6, 2010 at 7:59 am Link to this comment

ITW, - “You are so hypocritical.  I guess you missed the part about Sean Hannity donating thousands to Republican candidates.”

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I’m a hypocrite for opining that Olbermann should be able to donate to any campaign he wishes?  Just as Hannity reportedly has? 

This turn of events regarding Olbermann really has had an profound effect on you.

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By thebeerdoctor, November 6, 2010 at 3:43 am Link to this comment

Microsoft+General Electric= MSNBC

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By SteveL, November 5, 2010 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

NBC Universal always has been and continues to be a batch of a-holes.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 5, 2010 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment

GRYM:

You are so hypocritical.  I guess you missed the part about Sean Hannity donating thousands to Republican candidates.

There’s one difference between Bill’O and Keith.  Bill lies like a dog on a rug..constantly.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment

ITW, - “So they’ll suspend him, he’ll apologize, then they’ll reinstate him and things will be back to normal.”

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This news has had quite an effect on you.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 5, 2010 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment

ITW, - “Olbermann is in one way just like O’Reilly.  Neither is a journalist.  Both are social critics, and, more importantly, both are ENTERTAINMENT!”

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Precisely as you’ve seen me write here multiples of dozens of times.  Did I not write on this thread that what Olbermann does is not journalism?  That he should be exempt from NBC rules on political contributions?  I have been very clear in the past that O’Reilly too does not do journalism on FOX.

Interestingly enough, whenever I’ve written precisely what you opine here today you’ve taken the position that Olbermann is nothing akin to O’Reilly.  Why the sea change of opinion?  Is this sudden or has this change evolved over time?

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By ohiolibgal, November 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment

This is an outrage in light of the Citizens United” ruling by OMG, one of those activist courts the wingnuts complain about. Millions can come in from overseas but this is so bad?

Huge, enormous kudos to Chris Hayes for refusing to sub host tonight. One brave step at a time we have to figure out how to take our country back. A nice 2nd step would be for our supposedly smart president to finally join the rest of us in knowing that the right is not going to work with him.

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By Inherit The Wind, November 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment

GRYM as usual has an opinion on everything and understands nothing.

Olbermann is in one way just like O’Reilly.  Neither is a journalist.  Both are social critics, and, more importantly, both are ENTERTAINMENT!

Firing KO would be like Fox firing Bill’O and Sean at the same time…corporate suicide.  KO and Rachel are what put MSNBC on the map.

So they’ll suspend him, he’ll apologize, then they’ll reinstate him and things will be back to normal.

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By SoTexGuy, November 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment

Keith invested a lot in the Democrats.. a few hundred bucks would be the least of it..

His advocacy of the Dems became more and more strident and partisan over the last year or so.. his ego seemed also to inflate.. The Dems lost big time anyway.. what does Olbermann have to say now except to complain or whine? ..perhaps he should take a time out.

A similar thing happened with Dobbs.. he had opinions, but they didn’t intrude on the show too much.. then came his personal stardom.. even hints of high public office! After that it became awful.. and down he went.

I don’t mean to say I have any bad feelings for KO.. he made many good points, brought many things to air that otherwise many would never see.. and some of his ‘Specials’ are classics worth owning! But he made the transition from pundit to personality and it didn’t go well..

Hopefully he’ll come back.. and for sure what he may have done with his personal money in no way compares with the focused advocacy of many media types on the ‘Right’

Adios.

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By Kanamachi, November 5, 2010 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

Since corporations are people and Olberman is a person, how is it that one
person can restrict the rights of another person?
Contracts of this sort are unconstitutional. Of course the Supreams who cooked
this ruling up for their right-wing looney friends haven’t thought that far down
the road.
Those who compare the bigot, hate monger O’Reilly with Olberman do not know
what they are talking about.
In past times people who did not know what they were talking about knew it and
kept their mouths shut. Not today in this anything-goes world where corporations
are fast becoming more important than individuals.

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By Traci King, November 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm Link to this comment
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I think that Olbermann will probably be picked up the white house.

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By Kath Cantarella, November 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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The other possibility is that Olbermann and MSNBC planned this to be able to draw a sharp distinction between their channel and Fox.

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By Kath Cantarella, November 5, 2010 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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You’re kidding me? MSNBC thinks viewers need to see Olbermann’s campaign donations to figure out that he is partisan? The guy is the TV equivalent of an opinion column, so why is he being held to stringent journalistic standards that people who claim to be impartial journalists often aren’t? Hosting election coverage doesn’t count. Two thoughts immediately came to mind when I read about this:

Who the hell is trying to buy MSNBC right now? Why are they pushing MSNBC to punish Olbermann for being a powerful liberal opinion-broker? Everyone knows he’s liberal, so what?

Yeats was right: the centre cannot hold if you do this sort of thing.

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By morongobill, November 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

If he had told a caller, he hoped they’d get a disease and die, and in fact the disease in question was of major concern to one of the largest shareholders, he would be suspended and brought back.

Since he didn’t do that, the commenters are right, he may not be back.

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By Fat Freddy, November 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Allan Krueger

suspending him for making three (personal) campaign contributions is a laughable!

Not really. He agreed to it when he signed his contract. What is laughable, is that MSNBC included that in the contract.

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By Legallashes, November 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment
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I sure hope that MSNBC President Phil Griffin is smart enough to realize that his >rather premature
decision< is not in the best interest of MSNBC- Period.
Based on what is out there,including MSNBC,to cover and provide >some balanced political Objectives< Keith Olbermann has always given his >brave voice< toward what is >the obvious,undeniable Truth< fair and square.
It would be a crying,bloody shame to silence this exemplifying man for something that silly !

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By mitchum22, November 5, 2010 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

Good riddance.

Cenk Uygur!

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By Allan Krueger, November 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Regardless of your opinion of Olbermann, suspending him for making three (personal) campaign contributions is a laughable!

Why, he should have thrown in that Arabs make him nervous at the airports and Fox would have hired him!

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By Beltwaylaid, November 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment
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There is no doubt in my mind now that Politico is a
right wing hack job.  I want Keith back!  He provides
fairness and balance to FOX’s ‘fair and balanced’.

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By Golady, November 5, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment
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No, Keith Olbermann was not the liberal version of Bill O’Reilly.  He will be missed!  Sometimes he was a little corny, but he debated and debunked using factual information….something no one at FOX is capbable of doing.  Good Lord! Progressives will have no voice to hear, screaming or otherwise, on the corporate media landscape or on any airwaves anywhere.
Undoubtly Robespierre never listened to Keith.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

From the Politico article…...

“On Oct. 7, Olbermann had House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on his show to discuss the donations. At one point, he asked Clyburn: “Is there a legislative response to the idea that there is a national cable-news outlet that goes beyond having a point of view and actually starts to shill for partisan causes and actually starts to donate to partisan groups of one party?”

“Olbermann’s contributions came amid a brutal campaign season for Democrats.”

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Note Olbermann’s desire to have the GOVERMENT get involved with a “legislative response” to FOX News shilling to groups of one party.  .....LOL…..Did Olbermann believe he was not an overt shill for the democrat party?  Just as FOX News is for the republicans?  Naaaah….it’s not possible the man is that small of faculties or myopic in critical thinking, is it?

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, November 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

Since Mr. O is wealthy, I think he will be okay.  Losing his job will not be the personal disaster that it is for most Americans.  I also suspect he’ll get interesting offers from other quarters.

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By Fat Freddy, November 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

...I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.

I guess he isn’t in a union.

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By felicity, November 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm Link to this comment

Oh, no.  It’s Friday.  I’m going to miss my weekly
‘Thurber’ hit - which righties won’t miss at all
because they have absolutely no sense of humor. In
fact, they are possessed with the haunting fear that
someone somewhere may be happy and especially the
someone somewhere who may be happy because he’s getting
social insurance.

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By Go Right Young Man, November 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

GOOD RIDDANCE TO THAT NASTY BIGOT! - Although I can’t support, nor do I believe, the reason for his suspension.  He should be allowed his right to contribute to any campaign or cause.

What Olbermann does on Countdown is not journalism.  This alone should exempt him from the NBC News policy.

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I do find it interesting that someone who admits to never having voted in his life was putting up his hard fought and significant wealth in support of political campaigns.

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By driving bear, November 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

Also don’t forget that MSNBC is a business just like any other and his rating are down. rumors were that her was going to fired anyway this just gave MSNBC a good excuse.

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By Robespierre115, November 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

Olbermann was always the liberal version of O’Reilly, a TV blowhard. He won’t be very missed because he was just one more screaming voice in the corporate media landscape.

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By sukhbir, November 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment
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Olbermann has not done anything wrong or unethical. No corporation has the right to restrain employees from exercising their democratic rights. Obviously, MSNBC is trying to enforce such a rule, and Olbermann should challenge them in court.

Corporatism in the US has run amok. While corporations gain rights and freedoms in the political process, individuals are losing theirs.

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