Countdown Has Had it's Final Countdown!

mountainside By mountainside, 23rd Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Countdown had been on the airwaves for a long time, now Keith Olbermann's voice is silenced for a while, at least on MSNBC.

Countdown Has Been Counted Down!

Countdown, the nightly news, opinion, and wit filled weeknight show with Keith Olbermann has been taken off the MSNBC cable station. As of this Friday night the Countdown evening show has been taken off the television airwaves. For eight years Mr. Olbermann would report the top five stories that the show deemed the most important of the day. Giving the news related events with a bit of sarcasm at times with a left leaning edge was Mr. Olbermann's forte.

Olbermann's recent on air good-by to Senator Joe Lieberman who announced that he would not be running when his term ended showed that edge. Olbermann basically stated that Mr. Lieberman would more than likely not be missed by many on the left side of the aisle. During the 2008 presidential campaign, least anyone forget, Mr. Lieberman threw his support behind and openly campaigned with his friend from the GOP ranks Senator John McCain, instead of his party's choice Senator Barack Obama. Mr. Lieberman made no apologies for his choice, Mr. Obama never asked for one. Lieberman ran as an Independent after losing the Conneticut primary and won his seat again. Old memories never died with Keith it seemed. One of his favorite parts of the show was "Worst Persons in the World", which he modified with a note "Not Really" added to the spot.

When the shooting occurred in Tucson, Arizona, Mr. Olbermann came in on that Saturday and gave a special comment about the language used by those in the media and those around the country who spoke using inciteful words and phrases which could stir up anger. He apologized for his own use of certain words and stated that he would not be doing that ever again. It was unnecessary, he asked others to do the same.

No reason was given as to why the show had been scrapped but there are reports that there had been failings between Mr. Olbermann and his network superiors for a long time. Recently Comcast had received regulatory approval to purchase NBC Universal, the parent company of MSNBC. It was reportedly a mutual parting of the ways between Mr. Olbermann and NBC with Mr. Olbermann reportedly taking the first step.

The Cornell graduate got his start on ESPN's "Sports Center" where reports were that he was very talented but difficult to work with. David Brock the CEO of Media Matters stated that this quiets the most dominate liberal voice in a cable television world, where opinionated talk has been the most lucrative trend for several years. He also said that Keith Olbermann lead the way in correcting the imbalance towards conservative talk shows, now we are back to the same imbalance, according to Mr. Brock.

Mr. Brock also stated in essence that Olbermann did more than anybody to establish
true credibility of progressive views. Mr. Olbermann is said to have renewed a four year contract two years ago, and there may well be a none-compete clause included. The eight o'clock slot will be taken over by Lawrence O'Donnell, the Rachel Maddow show stays at nine o'clock with Ed Schultz moving to the ten o'clock hour which was Mr. O'Donnell's time slot.

Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell got their shows on MSNBC after reportedly successfully subbing for Mr. Olbermann. There were said to be twenty thousand hits on the MSNBC website wanting to know where Mr. Olbermann would be headed in the future after the show ended on Friday. There were no answers, as Mr. Olbermann himself probably has no idea. For sure Countdown and Keith Olbermann's special comments will be sorely missed by many followers, this one included.

Source: AP

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I am an artist, I paint abstract pictures and draw. I like to write, read and watch game shows. I like nice people and love to learn about diffeent cultures. Keeping an open mind is important to me.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Good reporting

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author avatar mountainside
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Hey, Thanks for stopping by Jer. Take care.

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author avatar Stable
24th Jan 2011 (#)

I wrote an article about Keith Olbermann recently. I very much enjoyed yours

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author avatar mountainside
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Stable, I was very disappointed when he made the announcement on Friday that it was the last show. I will be suffering empty nest syndrome tonight. Thanks so much. Take care.

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author avatar Artur Victoria
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Media business is quite tricky because they give the message to wide audience.

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author avatar mountainside
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Artur, Quite right. Keith was very opinionated and as I understand it kind of difficullt to work with but very talanted. Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your work.

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