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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    April 5, 2010
    Olbermann's Triumphal Return Loses Lawrence O'Donnell's Viewers!

    A funny thing happened to Edward R Olbermann when he made his Big Return to Countdown last week. Well, maybe not funny to Olby, but we can't imagine that Larry O'Donnell wasn't smiling at least a little bit. O'Donnell hosted The Hour of Spin for four days the previous week, and we compared his ratings with the same four days of the following week hosted by the infamous, deplorable Keith Olbermann. The numbers tell the story:

    Bathtub Boy

    Ouch! Do you suppose MSNBC's bosses at Comcast are looking at numbers like these? Could they be wondering why they should pay an exorbitant salary to Krazy Keith, with all his high maintenance idiosyncracies, when they can attract more viewers for much less cost with their new best friend Larry?

    Of course neither of them comes anywhere near the eeevil Mr Bill, but when it comes to bang for the buck, will MSNBC continue to pour money down the Olbermann rat-hole? Discuss, resolve, and recap! Comments are open!


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    Olbermahn's an overpaid hack
    The viewers want O'Donnell back
    The Nielsen's don't lie
    Comcast would be high
    To pay Keith for ratings that slack

    Will they continue to pour money down the Olbermann rat-hole? You'd better believe it. :'(

    I didn't know you all became Lawrence O'Donnell fans

    Katy Tur dumps Keith. ESPN's Erin Andrews is being harassed by a stalker. Keith has a history of stalking ESPN women (Lisa Lobo). Just sayin...

    Don't look for Robin to fill in for Bath Tub Boy anytime soon:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/04/05/david-shuster-seriously-hot-water-msnbc

    ""I didn't know you all became Lawrence O'Donnell fans""-MK


    It's not that. It's just that Keith brags about his ratings, brags about how much money he makes for MSNBC...and his fill in does as well, if not better, than he could have.

    So MSNBC doesn't need him, at all. And given that they have to pay him quite a bit of money, when his contract his up, he's gone.

    WPITW Abstract for Monday:

    Great! Now Russia will build nukes, our enemies will be embolden and we'll have our hands tied for two and a half frakkin' years! THANKS LIBERALS!!! When I go up in a mushroom cloud, I'll be thinkin' of you guys. At least we'll all burn in hell together!!!!!! And kiss Tel Avia goodbye! Cause America will not lift one finger to help Israel!


    Now for the honors.

    Bronze: John Avlon- for calilng out code pink and the whaky christian militia. And no wingnuts on the left. LOOK IN A MIRROR LATELY, BITCH?

    Silver: Rush for telling the truth about no new jobs.

    GOLD: BECK-O! comparing what Rosa Parks did to what he does. Then New Murrow insults both Rosa Parks and Bert Parks (god rest their souls).

    Another Shinning Moment to no ratings!

    That news would be pretty good if Lawrence "of Arabia" O'Donnell wasn't such an intense ass clown himself.

    Oddball: A Sky Sports soccer announcer was lampooned. Sky Sports is owned by News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation. Perhaps that's why Merkle went after them.
    #1: Tiger. Kelly Tilghman?!!! Kelly Tilghman?! Are you kidding me?! Career suicide. Too bad. Who's next? Steve Sands? Charlie Rymer? Tim Rosaforte? Rich Lerner? Mike Ritz? Give me a break! Why, Kelly? Why? Are you insane? The nerve of you! I will now go after her voice: she sounds like Rachel Maddow. Apt.

    That and watching part of WPitW ruined my night. I'm serious. You go on "Countdown," you lose credibility in my eyes. You want it back? Go on FNC or FBN. Traitor.
    I understand that the Kossacks, HuffPoers, and MMers would have the same reaction if a progressive went on FNC or FBN, or even became a contributor. So, frustration over someone you like or are okay with appearing on a network or show you don't like cuts both ways.

    More often than not, if you appear on "Countdown," you leave the impression to people me that you *agree with King Olbermahn politically.* In other words, Kelly Tilghman may have unintentionally outed herself as a progressive. Or am I overreacting?

    "More often than not, if you appear on "Countdown," you leave the impression to people me that you *agree with King Olbermahn politically.* In other words, Kelly Tilghman may have unintentionally outed herself as a progressive. Or am I overreacting?"

    And then you accuse KO of only having people who agree with him on the show on.

    So if you show up, you agree with him, and therefore, everyone on the show agrees with him. Insta-100% probability

    ""And then you accuse KO of only having people who agree with him on the show on."" MKDAWUSS

    That accusation is true. Olbermann doesn't have anyone on his show that disagrees with him.


    I think Mike C. was talking about non-political guests though. For example, a woman talking about golf. They aren't talking about politics, and the guests political allegiances aren't known, but showing up on Countdown gives Mike C. the impression that they lean left. At least, that's what I got out of what he was saying.

    MKDAWUSS, If Olbermann NEVER has anyone on who disagrees with him (which cannot be denied) to talk politics, why should anyone believe he would bring someone on who disagrees with him to talk about a non-political issue? Suppose they suddenly wanted to challenge him on a political issue?

    Besides, I think if anyone who grants that lying, hypocritical scumbag an interview must be just as morally bankrupt or at least WOEFULLY ignorant or DESPARATE for attention.....Unless of course you can prove that he is honorable, which you have proven time and time again that you CANNOT.

    And your theory (not that I agree with it) should read:

    Everyone on the show agrees with him; therefore, if you show up, you agree with him.

    Yeah, that's what I was saying, Bobby. Jay Leno actually appeared on "Countdown" via phone last year, the day he signed up for "The Jay Leno Show," but it's not the same. He was an NBC guy going on an NBC show. He was probably told "Okay, you're doing Olbermann's show at 8:55." I have no problem with that. Therefore, I'm a hypocrite [Ding!], right?
    By the way, I guess I'm hated by Newshounds *and* Kos now.

    First of all, the callousness of your title is staggering. Triumphal? Olbermann didn't come back from a triumph-he was first absent because his father was dying, and continued to be absent because his father died. Triumphal? You clearly won't be confused with a compassionate conservative anytime soon. I'm not saying you need to start liking Olbermann, but mocking the manner/reason for his absence and return makes me wonder if your hated of Olbermann has stripped you of any sense of basic human decency.

    As to your substance, I'm sure the ratings dropped after Olbermann returned, but not based on who is hosting. Lawrence O'Donnell was hosting during timeperiod right before, and then during, the passage of healthcare reform. Olbermann returned to the air after it was a done deal, signed, sealed, delivered. There's going to be more viewers while it's still in process!

    Who said he returned from a triumph?

    Apparently someone doesn't understand the difference between "triumphal return" and triumphal departure".

    In other words dartmouth, the title to the article above does not imply that Olbermann left his show for a "triumphal" or positive reason, it is saying he returned to his show as a "triumph" over his grief to once again don the mantle as the voice for truth, justice and all that stuff (just like the new Superman).

    Ergo, you are a true Olbermann fan, you see something you don't understand, you get angry because you are ignorant and then you attack without the facts.

    Wasn't there a ratings dip when Olbermann came back just for that one day after the bill had passed?

    Triumphal return doesn't imply that he was coming back from a triumph.

    It refers to the coming back part. For example. Jon Lester had cancer a few years ago, but beat it, and eventually returned to pitch for the Red Sox.

    The headline in the Los Angeles Times was: "Triumphant return for Red Sox's Lester"

    Sheesh. I've never seen someone misunderstand something so simple before.

    Sheesh. I've never seen someone misunderstand something so simple before...bobbytomale

    Go over to the Daily Kos sometime...make sure you take a valium first though...and you'll see that Dartmouth5's reasoning is actually a step UP from all the whiners and nutjob's that frequent that rag.

    And, it never fails to amaze me to how quickly the babies from the left jump to conclusions when it comes to the "callousness" of conservatives with regards to their chief ape's father, but at the same time glorifying any illness connected to anyone from the right was considered justified.

    When Rush or Chaney was ill, the outright hate filled rants wishing the worst for these two from the left was deemed acceptable, but even the slightest dig at the ape ruler in regards to his father's illness, and the cries of "horrible, uncompassionate monsters" jumped off the blogs. Give me a f..king break.


    Hypocrisy at its best.

    Did little Katy Tur finally dump Olby for another wallet? Maybe she found amore during her dazzling Olympic coverage for The Weather Channel.

    Jon Lester's return was indeed coming back from a triumph-he beat cancer and came back to the major leagues. Not exactly the same as returning to work after the death of one's father.

    Triumphal, pewp_head:
    (1) "relating to or celebrating a triumph; "a triumphal procession"; "a triumphal arch""
    (2) "exultant: joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success; "rejoicing crowds filled the streets on VJ Day"; "a triumphal success"; "a triumphant shout"

    Hopefully you aren't one of the conservatives that believes in English-only education.

    And Bobby, triumphal return does indeed mean coming back from a triumph. If it just referred to the coming back part, you wouldn't need the word triumphal, you could just call it a return!

    ""And Bobby, triumphal return does indeed mean coming back from a triumph.""

    No it does not. It refers to the return.


    ""If it just referred to the coming back part, you wouldn't need the word triumphal, you could just call it a return!""

    lol. So if there's an adjective in front of "return" it refers to the absence and not the return? lmao.

    In this sense, the "triumph" is sarcastic since Olbermann returned to low ratings. It is not a reference to the death of Olbermann's father.

    And you could even say that Keith Olbermann triumphed over the pain of losing his father, to return to hosting his show, and it's not offensive or "callous".

    Basically. You have no point. You chose to feign outrage over something to try and make everyone here seem like monsters. There have been some people who have said some screwed up things towards Olbermann and his father, but that is not what that headline is about.

    And I actually think your focus on that inconsequential point, made your larger point get missed. You made a good point about the ratings being a reflection of what was being covered vs. who was covering it.


    But even still. When discussing ratings, Olbermann isn't going to come out looking good often. The only hope is to make some sort of excuse (even if it's legit) as to why he gets beat by a fill-in.

    But even if it were a reference to the death of Olbermann's father, it's not callous to say that he triumphed over the pain of losing his father to return to hosting his show.

    Sorry for the double post. My browser got screwed up.

    Triumphal, pewp_head:
    (1) "relating to or celebrating a triumph; "a triumphal procession"; "a triumphal arch""
    (2) "exultant: joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success; "rejoicing crowds filled the streets on VJ Day"; "a triumphal success"; "a triumphant shout"

    Hopefully you aren't one of the conservatives that believes in English-only education.


    As I said, the triumph is Olbemrann overcoming his grief to return to work. Perhaps English is not your primary language? If it is, you sir are a moron.

    apparently html alludes me. Just meant this part to be bold:

    relating to or celebrating a triumph

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