Just weeks after MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended for a few days because of giving funds to Democratic candidates, Olbermann surprised many by announcing that he is leaving as long-time host to MSNBC’s ‘Countdown’. It all began with Keith’s surprise suspension because he contributed to the campaigns of three Democrats in the 2010 election cycle. The suspension didn’t go over to well with his viewers. Angry letters, emails, text and calls flooded MSNBC over the ridiculous suspension. However, to be clear, the outrage and backlash did not come within the same solar system as that of the firing of Juan Williams from NPR. I suspect the same will be for this latest Olbermann ousting.
Three days after the announcement of the Comcast buyout of NBC, Keith Olbermann has been let go and his very popular nightly show “Countdown” has ended as of January 21st, 2011. MSNBC posted the following message this evening: MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
Of course, this will give some much to be joyful for, but the more sane and thoughtful will reflect on the fact that Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Rielly and Rush will all be allowed to continue to threaten, make racist remarks and flat out lie over the airwaves five days a week with impunity.