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Keith Will Be Back, But Will He Apologize? (Update: Execs Apologizes to Olbermann?)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 7:36 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]

Update:  Patterico beat me to the news below.  But I will leave this up because I have a different angle on the story.

So this morning we find out that Keith Olbermann will be back from his suspension without pay tomorrow.  It’s interesting that conservatives are probably responsible for him coming back, given how many of them rose to defend Olbermann.  I mean, if it was just liberals rising to his defense, would he be coming back at all?  Hard to say.  But conservative defenders give the outcry a distinctive whiff of bipartisanship.

But that begs the question whether Olbermann will actually admit to having done anything wrong on his show, when he returns.  After all, the Politico* reports that his refusal to apologize was one of the reasons for the suspension.  And let’s remember that in the past Olbermann has been openly insubordinate of his boss, Phill Griffin saying once “Phil thinks he’s my boss.”  So in part this might be a power struggle between the two, and Tuesday night, we might learn who won.

And of course Legal Insurrection offers Olbermann mischievous advice.

Update (II): According to this report from PopEater, Olbermann got NBC Execs. to apologize to him?  And to change the rule that he broke?  Well, if true, you gotta give the guy props for the sheer chutzpah of it.  And as they say, there will be no living with him, now.


* Sorry Politico, but no linky for bullies.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

26 Responses to “Keith Will Be Back, But Will He Apologize? (Update: Execs Apologizes to Olbermann?)”

  1. Olbermann was off the air?



    heir2freedom (d9456e)

  2. Call me when he drops.

    Torquemada (a8a9b2)


    This is a hysterical smack down of the MSNBC MadCow nonsense.

    JD (9d14f7)

  4. What are the odds that he does not refer to Fox, directly or indirectly, in his “apology”.

    JD (9d14f7)

  5. If I were Olbermann (That thought just gave me a shiver), I would be polishing up my resume before Comcast takes over.

    Mike K (568408)

  6. Olbermann was off the air?


    That’s what 99% of democrats are saying. He’s less relevant to his own side than he is to the right. He polarizes conservatives, comforts the left’s most fringe, and nobody else cares. If he has any impact, it’s to drive people away from his side.

    If Beck and Palin and other prominent Tea Partiers acted like Keith, the Dems would have gained seats.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  7. I really enjoy seeing the opposition dig a deeper hole.

    Bar Sinister (6b6cc7)

  8. Not to be too much of a nit-picker, but this doesn’t “beg the question.”

    It “raises the question.”

    One is a logical fallacy while the other is an expression.

    Your question you raise about Olbermann , of course, remains unchallenged, and is yet to be answered.

    Pious Agnostic (291f9a)

  9. Apologize for what exactly? That he doesn’t raise money on the air for Dem candidates like Hannity et al do for Republicans on Fox?

    JEA (53fe4f)

  10. JEA is spitting out the mediamatterz and MadCow talking points.

    JD (d5e4d1)

  11. JEA – I dare you to click on the Johnny Dollar link above.

    JD (d5e4d1)

  12. Apologize for what exactly?

    For violating his contract. The very thing he bashed Juan Williams for in a much more vague and stupid example.

    For being a hypocrite. He bashes Fox for being partisan (When it has Democrats and Republicans free to support who they want openly).

    For being part of a liar-network that would pretend Keith and his friends are objective via tricks meant to hide their leanings.

    And for his angry hate speech over the years, too, if he really gets on an apology roll.

    If your defense is that Hannity supports Republicans, you show a lack of understanding of the issue. No one minds that Keith proved his support for Democrats… we already saw that many times.

    It’s the hypocrisy of attacking a much more balanced network. I watched both channels on election night, and Fox had Juan and many others freely discussing this from a democrat’s point of view. It also had Republicans discussing this from the right. It even had 2 objective presenters of straight info.

    MSNBC had nothing bunch giggling liberals practically crank calling election winners to ask if they are Joe McCarthy and trying to spin this election aggressively. That’s their right in this country, and that’s also why Fox is trustworthy and they are not.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  13. “nothing bunch giggling liberals ” should read Nothing but a bunch of giggling liberals.


    Dustin (b54cdc)

  14. “If you screech it louder that makes it truer!”

    JEA (b9124e)

  15. JEA – that seems to be Olbermann and Maddow’s slogan. Thanks for reminding us.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  16. So, JEA. Does that mean you are unwilling or unable to look at things outside of your little bubble? Or do you just like parroting lies for mediamatterz and MadCow?

    JD (109425)

  17. “Suspended Keith Olbermann Demanded MSNBC Apology, Will Return Tuesday”

    daleyrocks (940075)

  18. Apologize to me because I broke your rules or I will hold my breath !!!!!!!!!!

    JD (c8c1d2)

  19. Daley

    gmta, i had just updated with that info. but thanks for the alert.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  20. It sure looks like Keith was right that Phil isn’t really the boss, doesn’t it?

    It explains why MSNBC is such a disaster. They can barely control these kooks. The problem with spreading insane propaganda is that the people spreading it are insane.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  21. May Harry Whittington can apologize to someone here?

    imdw (bb2587)

  22. *Maybe

    imdw (bb2587)

  23. BUNNIES !!!!!!!!

    JD (c8c1d2)

  24. If they truly apologized and changed the rule, why are they waiting until Tuesday to reinstate him?

    the wolf (7cffb6)

  25. Looks like he is apologizing.

    imdw (0275b8)

  26. It explains why MSNBC is such a disaster. They can barely control these kooks. The problem with spreading insane propaganda is that the people spreading it are insane.

    And yet when one watches the Maddow/Olbermann “Lean Forward” re-branding campaign, one would think they were a serious news outfit committed to accuracy, evidence, and just the facts, m’am.

    It seems a rather schizophrenic undertaking…

    Dana (8ba2fb)

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