MSNBC has fired Keith Olbermann — that rabidly leftwing, overpaid “newsman” who doesn’t even feign a pretense at objectivity. Just two years ago, the cable network had signed him to a 4-year contract, reportedly for $30 million.
Paul Farhi of the Washington Post reports today (Jan 22, 2011):
Keith Olbermann, the combative left-leaning anchor of MSNBC’s most popular program, “Countdown,” surprised viewers Friday night by announcing that the show would be his last. Olbermann said he had been told by MSNBC that the cable network was ending his contract.
Neither the network nor Olbermann publicly cited a reason for his abrupt departure, but that hasn’t stopped Washington Post’s reporter, the fawning Farhi, from engaging in some fanciful speculation — that it was because Olbermann made campaign contributions to three political candidates, in violation of an NBC News policy that prohibits political contributions by its employees without prior approval. Olbermann was suspended for two days, then returned to the air publicly unapologetic about his behavior, expressing his disdain for MSNBC’s decision.
Then Farhi further speculated that Olbermann’s dismissal may have something to do with the pending takeover of MSNBC’s parent company, NBC Universal, by Comcast, the cable and Internet giant.
Blah, blah, blah….
What the fawning Farhi omits to inform Washington Post readers is this: Olbermann pulls in fewer viewers than any of the news personalities on FoxNews. Here’s Drudge Report on the cable news stats for Thursday, January 20, 2011:
THURS. JAN. 20, 2011
FOXNEWS O’REILLY 2,918,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,940,000
OXNEWS SHEP 1,786,000
FOXNEWS BECK 1,780,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,460,000
MSNBC OLBERMANN 1,106,000
CNN PIERS 1,025,000
MSNBC MADDOW 976,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 855,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 760,000
CNN COOPER 740,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 700,000
Well done, MSNBC! Thank you for doing America a favor by sacking Olbermann. Now, please do the same to Ed Schultz, Anderson Cooper, and the man with the lowest rating of all — Chris “I feel a thrill up my leg” Matthews!
H/t Fellowship co-founder Steve.