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Even though Keith Olbermann is a current non-entity, he still gets some attention from the blogosphere. Apparently, old Keith had his Modus Operandi mapped out in High School. Doug Ross (no relation) has the evidence…
In case you missed it, his quotation reads, “Journalists say a thing they know isn’t true, in the hope that if they say it long enough it will be true.”
That was the guiding principal throughout his entire career.
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Our lefty friends are having a rough month. The “war on women” meme fell flat. The economy continues to stagnate, and gas prices continue to creep upward. And like a tired fighter, the administration keeps trying to throw clumsy hay-makers, and most often miss their opposition. One of the recent piles of fail involves Keith Olberamnn and Current TV. Olbermann was fired by the network for refusing to play nice, and I guess the smelly, talkative limo drivers were just too much for poor Keith to bear. But, that’s not the end of the woes for Current TV, because, even though ubermoron drew some viewers, the audience dropped quickly, and without ubermoron, they’ll drop even more.
(Reuters) – Al Gore’s Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann – namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.
According to three sources with knowledge of the situation, Time Warner Cable Inc’s carriage agreement with Current TV stipulates that, if the left-leaning political news network fails to meet a minimum threshold for overall viewers in a given quarter, financial penalties such as Current TV being required to increase marketing and promotion spending on the cable operator’s systems are triggered.
If Current TV misses the audience benchmark in two consecutive quarters, another clause is triggered that would allow Time Warner Cable to drop the channel. The condition was built into the most recent distribution pact between the two parties, which was signed in 2010.
“Time Warner Cable has been flirting with the idea of pulling Current off its systems for some time now,” said one of the sources, who all spoke on condition of anonymity.
So, here we go again. Air America was well funded, with a ton of regressive talking heads to spew the party line. The whole idea was to get the regressive message out to the masses. However, they failed to realize that people don’t want to be told that their stupid, and must submit to the nanny state, so Air America failed. Now, we have Current TV. Partially owned by the Goracle, it has been showered with money, as well as washed up regressive talent that had been fired by other unsuccessful networks. Current TV bills itself as a regressive network, and like Air America, will more than likely fail in the end. Not because of us evil right-wingers, or some corporate conspiracy to silence them, but because people simple refuse to watch and listen to lies and condescension 24-7.
“I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions,” Olbermann said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “They know it and we know it. Telling half the story is wrong.”
There is no I in teamwork, but there is one in Special Comment.
Here’s the memo sent to the Countdown staff by an executive:
To the Countdown Staff….I wanted to clarify tonight’s programming, as I gather there may be some misunderstanding about what is on when.
As we assumed Keith had communicated to you, Keith was asked to be the sole anchor and executive producer of our primary and caucus coverage. He declined.
We then made other plans to have our 4 hours of prime time election coverage tonight hosted by Al Gore, Jennifer Granholm, and The Young Turks. We tried several times to have Keith participate in our coverage, including being the lead anchor for the 8p hour tonight, incorporated with our election group in the Los Angeles studio and produced in the LA control room. We have a special election graphic package, live remotes, caucus feeds, etc.
There will be NO stand-alone Countdown tonight. For those of you at work who might be preparing a program, I apologize your managers did not communicate this to you. See you back on the air tomorrow night.
I don’t know if this was an internal communication snafu, of Olbermann was having one of his fits of ego. But, he was hired to be Current TV’s star talent, and was conspicuous in his absence from their Iowa Caucuses coverage. So, it have to question if he is about to crash and burn, yet again.
Rosie O’Donnell’s OWN talk show is hardly helping Oprah Winfrey’s new network overcome itsratings woes. “The Rosie Show” quickly dropped 49 percent after its debut in October, and given the network’s overall lousy performance it doesn’t seem to be having a positive impact on the rest of the lineup.
Two “stars” of the left, being paid gobs of money, are not doing well. I wonder if they’ll ever figure out that it is their own fault?
After debuting to promising ratings on the Current cable network in late June, Olbermann’s political commentary show posted its lowest numbers yet the week of Sept 5-11.
Nielsen figures provided by industry sources also show that, based on weekly averages of the program’s performance on Current, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” has never done better than its debut week on Al Gore‘s hard-to-find cable network. (It did come close on Aug. 30, racking up 310,000 total viewers; 102,000 of them adults 25-54.)
For the week of Sept. 5-11, “Countdown” attracted an average 142,000 total viewers and an average 46,000 adults aged 25-54 – the demographic category that advertisers consult when buying time on cable network news programs.
Those figures are less than half of the ratings “Countdown” posted in its debut week on Current. The show averaged 319,000 total viewers that first week; 114,000 in the key 25-54 demographic.
The NY Daily News Article also reports that Ubermoron makes $10,000,000. That certainly makes Ubermoron an anchor, not in a news sense, but the kind that is tied the neck of Current TV, and the water is awfully deep out there.
So, Olbermann, in his normal delusional fashion, said goodbye to his vastly shrunken audience, on a failing network. A voice, one that on a nightly basis, displayed the complete reality disconnect of the left, is no more. I have to be honest in that I really don’t care. I watched on occasion, if for no other reason to observe and study the unwarranted self importance that seems to infest the lefty pundits. If nothing else, having him on the air allowed people a vehicle by which to see how unhinged our “progressives” really are. Of course, over the last several years, his audience has been in free fall, along with that of MSNBC. The lies, distortions, the omissions, and the cheer leading for the left, all had a role, and Olbermann swung for the fences at every turn.
Farewell, Mr. Olbermann. As long as the MSM exists in its present form, there will be venues for a failed propagandist. So, I’m sure you’ll find some other venue for your superfluous “progressive” verbiage.
As I remarked last night on Twitter, if Glenn Beck had ever gone after Obama this hard, he would have been denounced for committing a hate-crime. (To be exact, with only 140 characters to work with, what I actually said was, “@KeithOlbermann‘s contempt for President Obama in ‘Special Comment’ would have gotten @GlennBeck on DHS watchlist.”)
Given Olbermann’s contempt for “the insatiable maw of capitalism,” I’m going to engage in an act of social justice by expropriating the entire 2,192-word transcript of his hectoring, self-important, anti-economic rant:
Now, you can go over to The Other McCain to see the entire pompous transcript, as it’s the interpretation that is the most insightful.
Understand that Keith Olbermann speaks for the vast majority of people who reliably vote Democrat.
They really think this way.
They really think of the rich as “idle” people who contribute nothing useful to the economy. They really think that unemployment payments create economic growth. They really think of economic liberty as a “three-card monte game.” They really think of Republicans as “treacherous and ultimately traitorous.”
Elsewhere, I’ve described this resentful class-warfare mentality — the politics of envy – as “Murthanomics.” It is the exact opposite of sound economics, and is the sentiment that elects to office demagogues.
Finish it off over at The Other McCain. It’s an excellent take on the left, and their general moonbattery.
How does one cope with losing 44% of one’s audience in one year? Rant and rave like a cross between a spoiled child and a raging jihadi, or act like Keith Olbermann? Come to think of it, is there a difference?
Well, that seems to be the approach that old Keith is taking, and it seems to be less than successful. As King of the Moonbats at the ultra-unbiased MSNBC (thanks for that pearl of wisdom, Anita Dunn), he leads the brigade of regressive useful idiots that have completely wasted any credibility they had by blindly supporting Obama. Of course, it didn’t help to repeatedly insult, and completely alienate millions of Americans that actually might have watched his show, or the network.
He was the one-time must-see anti-Bush ranter who helped rescue MSNBC (yes, it’s still on at night) from even worse oblivion years ago.
Well, quietly last month while no one was looking, hardly anyone was watching Keith Olbermann anymore.
The guy, who’s even apparently tried to get some Sarah Palin-like eyeglasses, is now forced to leap over-the-top on ex-state senators like Scott Brown and Tuesday’s worst person, Fox News’ Glenn Beck. Beck is the successful talker with the perfect haircut for radio. Like most Americans, he wasn’t watching Keith.
It’s as if he thinks talking LOUDER will keep his low cell battery from dying.
Worst, Olbermann’s network president, Phil Griffin, is publicly praising him, always an ominous sign in television. While referring to his host almost in the past tense. “Keith has been our tentpole,” Griffin says, adding later, “I’m pleased with where we are.”
Unfortunately, Mr. Griffin, Keith is now using that tent pole in a most inappropriate way.
In the most desirable TV demographic of 25-54, which Keith will soon outgrow himself, “Countdown” lost 44% of its audience from the beginning of President Obama‘s term until this year. It could have been worse — say, 45%.
Olbermann averaged 268,000 viewers last month in that sector. That’s just several thousand sets of those eyes more than Campbell Brown over on CNN. According to one count, Keith even finished in that time slow behind Nancy Grace. Nancy Grace!
On the bright side, which everyone knows KO is fond of spotting, his MSNBC audience was only 696,000 viewers 24-54 behind O’Reilly, whose audience has grown 55%, according to Bercovici. Of course, it might be worse this month.
In the immortal words of Edward J. Smith, captain of the Titanic, “What iceberg?”
I think it’s hilarious when the left steadfastly denies what we have been saying, then slips and admits it. Keith Olbermann slipped quite a bit recently, and exposed some things that have previously been hush-hush. Of course, Newsbusters wasn’t going to let it pass, so here is their coverage.
KEITH OLBERMANN: Health care reform that benefits the industry at the cost of the people is intolerable and there are no moral constructs in which it can be supported. And if still the bill, and this heinous mandate become law, there is yet further reaction required. I call on all those whose conscience urges them to fight to use the only weapon that will left to us if this bill as currently constituted becomes law. We must not buy federally-mandated insurance, if this cheesy counterfeit of reform is all we can buy. No single payer? No sale. No public option? No sale. No Medicare buy-in? No sale.
I am one of the self-insured, albeit by choice. And I hereby pledge that I will not buy this perversion of health-care reform. Pass this at your peril, senators. And sign it at yours, Mr. President. I will not buy this insurance. Brand me a law-breaker if you choose. Fine me if you will. Jail me if you must.
Whoa there Keith! Now you know darn well that single payer is MOST ABSOLUTELY NOT PART OF HEATH CARE REFORM!! I mean, even though Obama, Rep. Jan Schakowski, Barney Frank, and others have all said that it’s the goal of the plan, it’s all really TEABAGGER PROPAGANDA!! You were just kidding Keith…weren’t you????
“Jail me is you must?” Keith, why are reporting more of the insurance company/GOP/Bush/teabagger/racist/terrorist/astroturf/redneck/hick propaganda again? We all know that people won’t go to jail for not buying the insurance. The MSM told us so…right???
After all, not agreeing with this administration makes you a racist/homophobe/terrorist/redneck/teabagger/scum/nazi/fascist, right? At least, that’s what you and your cohorts on MSNBC have been saying all this time. Is it now OK to dissent? Have you given it your personal approval? Or, is it your unwarranted self-importance, you arrogant hypocrite?