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Excerpt: "There is no doubt that Keith Olbermann had many pols and powercrats gunning for him for his outspoken commentaries and political impact. He is a partisan, yes, but also a commentator who takes whacks at his own party."

File photo, Keith Olbermann in his MSNBC office, 11/10/08. (photo: Chester Higgins Jr./NYT)
File photo, Keith Olbermann in his MSNBC office, 11/10/08. (photo: Chester Higgins Jr./NYT) your social media marketing partner


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+3 # Rafael MartĂ­nez Aleq 2010-11-14 13:14
Amazing piece on Olberman. I watch, Countdown every night. I also publish my own blog—

I just won a federal suit against Blommberg as mayor, for denial of NYPD prss credential. Under the agreedment with the city bloggers will be issue Press Credentia as 21 century journalist.
+3 # Regina 2010-11-14 15:26
Thanks a lot for the KO bio. Countdown is the "anchor" of my evening TV choices.
+1 # genierae 2010-11-14 17:07
Mr. Schechter, thanks so much for the glowing report on Keith Olbermann. He is a class act and those who value the truth are very fortunate that he speaks for us. We will not desert him, should he ever need us.
+2 # LeeB 2010-11-14 17:26
A couple of updates are in order here. Both in a written statement and when he returned to the air, Keith made a several things very clear; his contract was silent on this issue, the congress member he interviewed on Countdown was interviewed several hours before Keith made his donation to that person's campaign, after MSNBC management learned of the donation and asked him about it, he volunteered there were three (the other two were not interviewees, apparently) and his representative was assured that suspension was not being contemplated. He learned of it the way we all did - by a media report. Further, MSNBC has never apparently said a peep about Scarborough's and Buchanan's donations to - and campaigning for - Republican candidates, which validates his claim that the 'rules' are selectively applied. As we have seen before, IOKIYAR.

Last, you may conclude I trust Keith's account far more than I do MSNBC's management. That speaks to his credibility, which is a HUGE reason he has such a loyal - and growing - following. Nobody in MSNBC's competing networks can command THAT. They (and Comcast, should the merger go through) would do well to take note.
+1 # Jaycie Ingersoll 2010-11-14 22:13
I am driven crazy by supposedly knowledgable commentators (Horward Kurtz, and Charlie Rose, for two)constantly comparing FOX "News" - All Lies All The Time - with MSNBC, especially Keith, Rachel and now Laurence O'Donnell too. I guess critical analysis is now in such short supply that commentators can't tell the diference: FOX routinely tells LIES (Death Panels! He's A Muslim! He Wasn't Born Here! He Hates White People! 200 Mil per day for his Asian trip! and on and on and on) and Keith, Rachel and Laurence don't. Surveys of voters who get their news from FOX have shown that they are entirely misinformed and this is affecting our elections negatively. Our democracy cannot, will not survive the misinformation campaigns of the Rabid Republican Right if this is not stopped and unfortunately we cannot rely on weak, spineless Democrats to do the job, for the most part. The truth, actual facts, must prevail or we're finiished.
0 # Foxtrottango 2010-11-16 09:48
The truth is, Keith, Rachel, Laurence and the Ed Show is MSNBC! Without them, MSNBC wouldn't even rate as a informative news media. The fact is, the four individuals above did more for grass-roots democrats than the entire "weak, spinelss" rank and file members, who can't even come to terms with themselves, let alone deal with the high confidence, hope and trust the American people gave them during the 2008 elections. And they blew it big time, just like they always do in the end.

Who did these rank and file thought they were, infallible? President Obama at the start show signs of weakness simply by announcing his failed terminolgy, "partisan" support when even the village idiot would have told him "partisan" is not an option with the GOP and Republicans when it come to politics!

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