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Report: Nate Silver Leaving New York Times

Election forecaster extraordinaire Nate Silver is packing up his FiveThirtyEight blog and taking it elsewhere, according to the Times’ own media reporter Brian Stelter.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Shame on the News: Pols Get to Edit Their Quotations

The New York Times reports that it is now commonplace for everyone from campaign advisers to the Treasury Department to edit and approve quotes before journalists allow themselves to print them. Keith Olbermann calls it “appalling,” and that’s being nice.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Keith Olbermann Axed From Current TV

After bringing his “Countdown” to Current TV from MSNBC last June, host Keith Olbermann couldn’t make it work with the network Al Gore built. On Friday, Current released a statement making it clear that the parting of the ways between the two sides wasn’t exactly friendly—and that it already has a high-profile replacement.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 READ MORE



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The Thinking Person’s Guide to Campaign 2012

Pity the poor mainstream news media, confronted with many debates, demands for instantaneous coverage, competition for website traffic and the specter of ever-multiplying super PACs.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE


Taibbi and Olbermann Talk Money and Politics

In this clip from Thursday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Rolling Stone’s provocateur du jour, Matt Taibbi, weighs in on a decision by the Montana Supreme Court that could deal a substantial blow to the notorious Citizens United SCOTUS ruling of 2010, which represents at least one issue around which some conservatives and progressives can rally for change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE


Olbermann: Why Occupy Wall Street Needs Michael Bloomberg

America has a rich and unique history of protest. In fact, says Keith Olbermann in this “Special Comment” segment of Tuesday’s “Countdown,” it’s an intrinsically American tradition. Olbermann also puts Tuesday morning’s police raid on Occupy Wall Street’s Zuccotti Park encampment in a context that ... (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


Oakland Mayoral Adviser Tells Keith Olbermann Why He Quit

Dan Siegel was a friend and legal adviser to Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, but he resigned his post the same day police cleared the Occupy Oakland encampment.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE


Taibbi’s List: Five Demands for OWS

Much has been made—including a lot of noise—about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s supposed lack of a cohesive message or handy list of bullet points to rally around, which even New York Times editors noted is somewhat beside the point. Regardless, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has come up with five action items for OWS, which ... (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


Feingold: ‘This Is Not a Time for Cautious Politics’

Here we see former Sen. Russ Feingold taking stock of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon on Monday’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” declaring that the “unholy alliance” between big business and certain political operatives on the right (although not exclusively from that side of the aisle) is being challenged. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann, John Dean Preview Rupert Murdoch Testimony

Rupert and James Murdoch will face the British Parliament on Tuesday, and John Dean (above) thinks the elder tycoon may not be used to the pressure: “I think that this is the first time that Murdoch has ever been in this kind of atmosphere where people can push him to answer ... questions he might not want to address.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Michael Moore Joins Olbermann for ‘Countdown’ 2.0

Keith Olbermann didn’t mix it up too much for the new version of his “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” show for Current TV; as the Los Angeles Times pointed out Tuesday, his bow on Current on Monday night featured some familiar segments and at least one familiar face.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE


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Cable News Takes a Hit in 2010

Apparently, neither the twilight days of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” nor the dependable histrionics of Glenn Beck—not to mention a certain Silver Fox—could save cable news from taking a dip in terms of viewership over the course of 2010 ...

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Egyptian Protesters

This week we acknowledge the thousands who have been marching against tyranny in the 30th year of President Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial rule. (Honorable mentions after the jump.)

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Keith Olbermann Leaves MSNBC

Friday evening’s edition of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” turned out to be the bombastic host’s last broadcast, as Olbermann announced on his show that he was leaving MSNBC effective that same day.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 READ MORE



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And Now for Another MSNBC Suspension

Perhaps it was in the name of being fair and balanced, but whatever the reason, MSNBC brass decided to give “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough the Keith Olbermann treatment for making campaign contributions—but in this case to Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE


Olbermann, Unsuspended

After an eventful and controversial, albeit very short, suspension for making campaign contributions to Democratic candidates before the midterm elections, MSNBC’s top blustermonger Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves Tuesday night. What did he have to say?

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Olbermann to Make His Comeback on Tuesday

Keith Olbermann’s “indefinite” hiatus from MSNBC didn’t turn out to be much of a break, as the powers that be at his network have decided that he can have his show back starting Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Olbermann Suspended From MSNBC Over Campaign Contributions

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.

Posted on Nov 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Don’t Write Off the Far Right

It’s comforting for liberals to view the conservative world through the MSNBC bubble and mitigated by the opinions of Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. But it’s not the real world.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Blizzard Triggers Meteorologist Meltdown

An excitable meteorologist by the name of Jeff Kosek, who delivers weather reports for AccuWeather.com, got a little worked up over the blizzard conditions in the nation’s Northeast. However, his unique delivery style, albeit perplexing, didn’t cost him his job, as an amused Keith Olbermann reports in this clip from Wednesday’s “Countdown.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart and His Many Pairs of Glasses Take Olbermann to Task

Let it be known that MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is not a fan of Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown. In turn, let it be known that Jon Stewart is not pleased by Olbermann’s apparent descent into “the fetid swamp of baseless name-calling”—except, that is, for his creatively crass description of Rush Limbaugh.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Feeling Burned on Health Care

Those who denounce the Senate plan imagine that Obama and fellow Democrats possess political muscle to achieve something more. They don’t.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Fox News Drags Kids Into Faux Obama Conspiracy Theories

The folks at Fox News are outraged after seeing a clip of some New Jersey school kids singing President Obama’s praises and have handily spun the story into yet another sign of the Obama administration’s relentless indoctrination of unsuspecting Americans everywhere. Problem is, there’s similar footage to be found of schoolchildren doing the same for George W. Bush.

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Olbermann Offers Hannity $1K per Second to Be Waterboarded

So, Sean Hannity told Charles Grodin on Wednesday night that he would agree to be waterboarded “for charity”—and you’d better believe that that sort of talk wasn’t lost on Keith Olbermann. On Thursday’s “Countdown,” Olbermann upped the ante for Hannity’s date with “enhanced interrogation techniques” by offering to open his own pocketbook for the cause.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Maddow on the Economy, Olbermann’s Giant Head

MSNBC’s resident smartypants, Rachel Maddow, paid a visit to “Late Night With David Letterman” on Monday to guesstimate the size of Keith Olbermann’s coconut, describe her rise to the heights of punditry and opine about how Wall Street is like a bumper-car ring.

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Bobby Jindal’s Speech Renders Rachel Maddow Speechless

If you didn’t catch it already, take a look at MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow’s reaction to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s disastrous speech Tuesday night. This is what is known as good television.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Is MSNBC the New Fox News?

As the current president and president-elect prepare for a major baton-passing on Jan. 20, cable TV is undergoing its own changing of the guard. How will Fox News handle the transition? Is MSNBC taking its place?

Posted on Dec 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Shock!: Olbermann Doesn’t Vote

MSNBC’s pugnacious pundit Keith Olbermann dropped in on “The View” on Monday, where he rattled his gaggle of lady-hosts with his announcement that he doesn’t vote as a “symbolic gesture.” Hold on to your mug there, Keith!

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


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MSNBC Slammed by Media Execs

There wasn’t a whole lot of love in the room for cable news channel MSNBC during a luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday for television executives and actors from both ends of the political spectrum.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann to McCain: Suspend Your Campaign

Keith Olbermann took time on “Countdown” Tuesday night for a “Special Comment” about the outbreak of hostility toward Barack Obama at recent McCain-Palin rallies, holding John McCain directly responsible for stirring up the crowds. “These people are speaking for you,” Olbermann insisted.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Clash of the TV Titans

When two big TV pundits with larger-than-life egos play out their personal grudge match on their shows, and their respective parent networks join in the fray, guess who loses? In the case of Keith Olbermann v. Bill O’Reilly, just about everybody loses, according to this piece from Variety.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Not Coveting Russert’s Chair, Thank You Very Much

After his rather startling Rupert-Murdoch-as-evil-pirate impression, Keith Olbermann takes a moment in this clip to fire back at a report, printed Friday in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column, that he’s angling for the late Tim Russert’s job as anchor of “Meet the Press.” Regardless of whether there’s truth behind the rumors, it’s apparent that Olbermann has a very rosy view of how entertainment agents operate.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Olbermann Calls on Bush to Resign

In another of his not-to-be-missed special comments, Keith Olbermann takes the president to task over his commutation of “Scooter” Libby’s sentence. The “Countdown” host compares Bush to Richard Nixon, who, he says, at least had the decency to resign once his abuse of power was exposed.

Posted on Jul 4, 2007 READ MORE


‘Countdown’ on Democratic Cowardice

Keith Olbermann and Newsweek’s Howard Fineman vent their disbelief and disgust over the Democrats’ war funding capitulation. Fineman likens the move to pushing piles of chips into the pot and then folding when the last card comes up.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


MSNBC Re-Signs Keith Olbermann

MSNBC has asked Keith Olbermann to stay on as the host of “Countdown” for at least four more years. The left-leaning broadcaster is the network’s golden boy, with a ratings jump of 85 percent over the last year, thanks to his unique synthesis of Edward R. Murrow-style commentary and a wicked sense of humor.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann Smacks Down Ingraham

The MSNBC host calls radio talk show host Laura Ingraham “desperate” and “stupid” for criticizing the bravery of reporters in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


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Olbermann Returns Jab in O’Reilly Grudge Match

After Bill O’Reilly threatened one of his callers with legal action for merely mentioning Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host brings on a former state prosecutor to confirm that the only person in legal jeopardy is O’Reilly himself.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


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O’Reilly Threatens Caller re Olbermann

Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann have been feuding for a while now (background story here, a video example, and another clip), and on Thursday, when a caller to O’Reilly’s show merely mentioned Olbermann’s name, Bill cut the line and said, “We have your phone number and we’re going to turn it over to Fox security, and you’re going to get a visit”—as though the caller was threatening O’Reilly—when in fact O’Reilly was threatening the caller!
UPDATE: FOX security calls back

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


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