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    February 26, 2010
    Claim: MSNBC Looking for a Reason to Dump Keith Olbermann?

    That's the word from JedEckert.com:

    ...His bosses have long suspected that he was playing the bereaved son card. They could even tolerate the sick father excuse to a point (apparently even when that said father was not be seen at the many Yankee games Keith was attending - one notable game was the October 9 play-off against the Twins!) But now things have really gotten creepy. In his special comment on Wednesday, in what can only be a cry for help or sign of impending mental breakdown, Keith talked about killing his father...

    And more:

    ...Word is that the folks at NBC are now looking for a way out. Very informed sources tell us that they realize all his relationships with employers end badly. It is just a matter of degree. Add to that - his embarrassingly dismal ratings no longer appear to warrant his inflated salary...

    The article seems to be a mix of anonymous sources and speculation, so read the whole thing and make your own decision as to its validity.

    Olbermann will again be off tonight, reportedly due to his father's illness. We extend our best wishes and prayers.


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    February 24, 2010
    Olbermann Attacks Dan Abrams as a Bitter, Fired Failure!

    Edward R Olbermann has found someone new to hate. Tonight he accused Dan Abrams of using Mediaite.com to attack the Great and Powerful Olb. Because, well, it must be because Abrams was "fired" by MSNBC, and is so "embittered" by his "failure" that he's taking it out on Queeg Olbermann. No we're not making this up. See for yourself:

    Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

    This is fresh off Herr Olbermahn comparing Dan Abrams's father, attorney Floyd Abrams, to a Nazi! Is Dan Abrams still the Chief Legal Analyst for MSNBC? If so, does that mean that it's OK for Keith to attack a fellow MSNBC employee, while Joe Scarborough gets slapped down for criticizing Olby on twitter? Let us remember the words of the man who purports to be Keith Olbermann's boss:

    We have many strong personalities with differing, passionate opinions, but it is important to remember that we are all on the same team. I want to reiterate my long-standing policy: We do not publicly criticize our colleagues. This kind of behavior is unprofessional and will not be tolerated. Let me be clear: I encourage you to keep doing what you do best. Give the viewers your perspective and a vigorous debate on the issues they care about. But do not turn substantive differences into personal ones.

    The ball's in your court, Mr Griffin.

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    Red Eye Robot Theatre Takes on Rosie, Garafalo, and of course Keith Olbermann


    Discuss, resolve, and recap. Comments are open!


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    February 23, 2010
    Must-See Video: CountBrown with Keith Olbermann

    Great thanks again to Broliath for another devastating take-down of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann, aka Mr Diversity:


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    February 22, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. THere is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: Iraq reference count does not include Oralmann's ritual closing mantra.

    Get ready to recap another dismal five days of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!


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    Checking In. Looking for Feedback on Hyper-Local Story on "Gangster Mentality" Among Cops in New Rochelle, NY

    Checking in...

    Just a little update for long-time readers of Olbermann Watch. I am still actively blogging but these days spending most of my blog-time working on a hyper-local web site where I live in New Rochelle, NY. Our City is the 7th largest in New York State but does not have any MSM beat reporters assigned full-time to the City and we are in the shadow of New York City so are largely ignored by the big NYC papers media outlets.

    Cops in New Rochelle are upset with me for running this story: New Rochelle Commissioner Turns Blind-Eye to "Gangster Mentality" in Police Department's High-Stakes Fantasy Football

    Generally, Talk of the Sound supports the cops as a whole and the rank and file against the brass but this vulgar web site set up by NRPD officers struck as indefensible. Curious as to how folks outside New Rochelle would look at this story so if you get a chance click the link and leave a comment. You can also email me at newrochelletalk AT me DOT com.

    Bob Cox
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    February 19, 2010
    Gibson Rips Olbermann, Explains Origin of 'Bathtub Boy' to Clueless Caller

    Listen and enjoy as Gibby explains to his clueless caller the empty idiocy of Keith Olbermann, and how he came to be known as 'Bathtub Boy'. Then recap the week's last Hour of Spin. Comments are open!


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    February 17, 2010
    Liz Cheney Responds to Olbermann and John Dean!

    Tuesday night, the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann once again revived a favorite meme: put Cheney on trial for war crimes! And of course, for "expert" commentary Olby turned to his favorite felon, disbarred lawyer John Dean. Needless to say, Liz Cheney wasn't exactly impressed and you can hear her tell John Gibson what she really thinks of Olby and the felon:

    Discuss, resolve, then recap Wednesday's and Thursday's Hours of Spin. Comments are open!


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    Video: The Many Black Faces of Olbermann and MSNBC

    Great thanks to broliath for bringing this to our attention:

    Comments are open!


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    February 16, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    Another week of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann means another analysis of five days worth of OlbyTranscripts, direct from MSNBC's official page. Would it surprise you to learn that there was someone who got more coverage on OlbyPlanet than even President Obama? Here are the results of our keyword searches:

    Bathtub Boy

    Clearly Herr Olbermahn has a new Olbsession, and she's from Alaska. Well he's got to do something, with his audience dwindling and his career circling the drain. The most recent ratings show him losing overwhelmingly to Mr Bill, as is customary. Even more embarrassing, Olby regularly slips out of his poor second place and falls into third. Note how that powerhouse of journalism, Nancy Grace, yet again defeats Krazy Keith in the critical, all-important, nothing-else-matters, crucial, much-beloved "key demo". It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

    Prepare to recap tonight's Hour of Spin. Comments are open!


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    February 15, 2010
    Olbermann Devastated: He's Just Not That Into Me!

    Props to IMAO for this delightful little creation:

    Note: MSNBC has not posted Friday's transcript yet so our 'Countdown By the Numbers' post will be delayed until tomorrow. Ergo, use this thread to recap tonight's miserable Hour of Spin. Comments are open!


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    February 13, 2010
    Red Eye Rips on Ag-School Graduate Olbermann!

    The discussion went from The Grateful Dead, to Cornell, to Olbermann's overcompensating diploma envy. Watch and enjoy, watch and enjoyers:


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    February 12, 2010
    Olbermann and Maddow: MSNBC's $1 Billion Dollar Money Machine?!?

    As Keith Olbermann slips deeper and deeper into irrational dementia, his claims become increasingly divorced from reality. Anyone who reads Olbermann Watch knows how he regularly lies with impunity, often in an embarrassing attempt to puff up his own importance. All of this gets magnified when he saunters into his personal echo chamber of adulation at his blog of choice, The Daily Kos.

    The latest example finds Edward R Olbermann boasting of the money that flows into A-Mess-NBC from just two programs: Countdown and Rachel Maddow. But it's not enough to claim that his show is profitable. Olby has to kick it up a notch, and tells the credulous Kossacks that, between him and Maddow, they are responsible for nothing less than a billion dollars in profits!

    Those of you who've posted about Comcast meaning the end of my show or Rachel's can, I think, relieve yourselves of such concerns....Whatever else you think of these guys, they are not in the habit of saying "a billion in profit over the next five years? Who needs it! Cancel the shows that generate it! (Oh, and let's keep paying both of their salaries, too)."

    Now maybe Keith has a point there. Because his show, and Maddow's, are such powerhouses in the ratings that they are just setting the world on fire. The advertising revenues must be huge because their names are on everybody's lips. But don't take our word for it. Check out the latest CBS/NY Times poll:

    Bathtub Boy

    Discuss, resolve, and recap the week's last Hour of Spin. Comments are open!


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    February 10, 2010
    Keith Olbermann Blasts Steve Capus, Says He Should Be Fired?!

    photo courtesy chickaboomer.com

    The infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann made a remarkable statement last week, as he assailed Roger Ailes yet again as "worst person":

    But our winner, Roger Ailes of Fixed News, announcement tonight, his boy, Sean Hannity, will deliver the keynote address at the National Republican Congressional--excuse me, the National Republican Congressional Committee fund-raising dinner next month. This is not a job for anybody on a news channel.... No actual news organization would permit its people, even its commentators, to assume such purely partisan political fund-raising roles. This organization, rightly, would not even let me address an ordinary non-fund-raising gathering of some Democratic senators. Those are the news rules. And if Mr. Ailes does no honor them nor obey them, as he never has, he should be relieved of any news responsibilities, or his employer should admit that he is purely a political operative. Roger Ailes of Fox, quote, "news," unquote, today's worst person in the world.

    Yawn. Another Olbermann attack on the news channel that beats him like a rug night after night. But what does this have to do with Steve Capus? Follow...

    Herr Olbermann insists that no news organization would permit its commentators to indulge in such vulgar political activity, even if they are clearly opinionizers. But wait. Wasn't that Harold Ford Jr, MSNBC commentator, speaking at a political fundraiser last year? And more than once?! Hmm, that doesn't make MSNBC News honcho Steve Capus look very good in Olbermann's eyes.

    And didn't Joe Scarborough, MSNBC program host, also get involved in partisan political campaigning? Why yes, he did. And what's more, MSNBC signed off on it, stating:

    Joe Scarborough hosts an opinion show and is not a news anchor.

    Wait, isn't that exactly the same situation as Sean Hannity's? And isn't MSNBC taking the exact same position as Roger Ailes? It doesn't seem like that position has changed any over the years, since just a few months ago Joe was out speaking at another fundraiser. Apparently Steve Capus is violating Olbermann's "news rules"!

    But wait, there's more. Edward R Olbermann claims MSNBC won't let its commentators get involved in partisan activities (despite the evidence of Harold Ford, Joe Scarborough, and who knows how many others). And yet, Keith is a regular blogger at Daily Kos, a website whose stated partisan purpose is to elect Democrats and defeat Republicans. And as for fundraising, Olby's been there, done that too.

    So let's apply Krazy Keith's standards to the actions of his own boss. Steve Capus, who purports to run MSNBC (we know who really calls the shots), is permitting commentators to assume "partisan political fundraising roles", adopting the same position as Roger Ailes--something that "no actual news organization" would ever do. What's more, Capus is ignoring the Edward R Olbermann "rules of news", which means he should be "relieved of any news responsibilities".

    The conclusion is inescapable. By the standards Keith Olbermann himself enunciated, MSNBC is not an "actual news organization", and Steve Capus should be fired. Yesterday, if possible.

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap. Comments are open!


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    February 9, 2010
    Great Moments in Broadcast Journalism #678

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    February 8, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division poured through the MSNBC online transcripts yet again to see how much attention was paid to various stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    As the chart makes clear, Edward R Olbermann is a serious newsman, who doesn't fritter away his precious broadcast minutes on irrelevancies, petty attacks, or side-issues that distract from the important news of the day. Except when he does. Get ready to recap tonight's Hour of Spin...comments are open!


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    February 5, 2010
    Olbermann Sinks to New Low with Repellent, Vulgar Cheap Shot

    Just when you think the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann has scraped the bottom of the barrel, he goes and proves you wrong. Well he did want Hillary Clinton beaten to death. And he did take on the aspect of a cheering section for women abusers by chortling as he called one woman a mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick. Those were pretty bad. Maybe this doesn't quite sink to that level of personal vitriol, but it certainly plumbs new depths of crass vulgarity.

    Behold the ever-evolving ethical standards of (MS)NBC News. In reporting on a poll from the impartial Daily Kos, Edward R Olbermann put up a graphic purporting to represent the findings. Look and be amazed at what passes NBC standards and practices these days (screengrab via johnny dollar's place):

    Bathtub Boy

    Now before the apologists rush to insist that this was merely a typo, a mistake that someone overlooked, consider the following facts:

    • ITEM: Keith Olbermann blogs at the Daily Kos. MSNBC provided him with a blog at msnbc.msn.com but Olbermann insisted that he blog at Daily Kos and subsequently the MSNBC blog was abandoned.
    • ITEM: Daily Kos is a site whose stated purpose is to elect Democrats and defeat Republicans.
    • ITEM: The poll in question was commissioned and published by Daily Kos.
    • ITEM: Daily Kos himself, Markos Moulitsas, appeared on Countdown in this very segment.
    • ITEM: The term 'Repubican' is a common (though incredibly juvenile) insult that is regularly used at Daily Kos. There are literally hundreds of examples.
    Now it's possible that all the above are just mere coincidences. Olby just happens to blog at a site run by the guest he's talking to who did the poll where the graphic just happens to use a vulgar insult term that's a favorite of that very website. Yeah, uh-huh. And perhaps you'd like to invest in a perpetual motion machine.

    Is this a new low for the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann? Or just a typo combined with an incredible string of coincidences? Discuss, resolve, and then recap the last Hour of Spin of the week. Comments are open!


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    February 3, 2010
    John Gibson Predicts New Owners Will Fire Keith Olbermann!

    We're not sure about that, but you won't want to miss Gibson's devastating take-down of Olbermann and Alter's crotch-bomber analysis, and we have the audio for your listening pleasure:

    Discuss, resolve, and recap! Recap Thursday's Hour of Spin here too. Comments are open!


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    February 2, 2010
    January Chart Proves Keith Olbermann: Still a Liar!

    We noted the words of the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann before. At his blog of choice, The Daily Kos (no conflict of interest there for the "nonpartisan" Olby!), his writings still resound as preposterously absurd:

    I read with astonishment here and elsewhere that I am guilty of never presenting conflicting viewpoints. Do you know what the easiest form of "good tv" is? Put two guys on who disagree with each other and let them yell at each other.

    How many times is Edward R Olbermann going to prop up this flimsy straw-man defense of his one-sided reportage? You don't have to put two guys on to yell. You can put two guys who won't scream at each other. Hell Keith, you could just put one guy on who doesn't parrot your talking points. No yelling, no screaming, just a point of view other than the prevailing dogma of OlbyPlanet. But for some reason you won't do that.

    I am pleased to be able to say that I've never put something on Countdown to toe a party line.

    Yikes!

    I'd rather devote the time to personally rebutting something else that has been let loose into the ether without rebuttal...

    Hey Keithy, letting stuff loose into the ether without rebuttal...that's exactly what you do on your Hour of Spin. Five nights a week, 52 weeks a year (minus Bathtub breaks). And today's proof comes to us via the January guest list. We poured through the MSNBC online transcripts and tallied the data. Note that we generously regarded numerous appearances by the likes of Richard Wolffe-Man and Howard Fineman as neutral, despite their habit of bending over backwards to agree with Herr Olbermahn. But even with these tendentious "journalists" out of the mix, the results are still stunning:

    Bathtub Boy

    Olbermann doesn't toe any party line, does he? None of that putting stuff out without rebuttal for him! Why can't he tell the truth? There's more rebuttal on Radio North Korea than on Countdown!

    Discuss, resolve, and then recap the latest Hour of Spin. Comments are open!


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    David Shuster Responds to Red Eye, Robot Replies to Shuster!

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    February 1, 2010
    The Olbermann Week That Was: By the Numbers

    The Olbermann Watch Research Division has again poured through the MSNBC online transcripts to see how much attention was paid to notable stories and issues over the past week. Here is what our keyword searches found:

    Bathtub Boy

    Notes: Friday not included as Countdown did not air.

    Does it surprise anyone that the most important story on OlbyPlanet was James O'Keefe? More important than President Obama, health care, or Haiti! It's more of that trademark Edward R Olbermann news judgment. Get ready to recap another repellent five days of The Hour of Spin...comments are open!


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