Hey Hey Hey, Good-bye!

Last night, one could not help but feel a subtle vibration as the Earth jolted from the collective jumping with  glee by conservatives around the country.  Keith Olbermann is shutting down Countdown.

Of course, we at TheLobbyist celebrated a little as well.

It sounds to me that the problem was working with Olbermann.  His ratings, while trailing behind nearly every Fox News program, were better than any “news” program at either MSNBC or CNN according to Drudge:

NEWS RACE
THURS. JAN. 20, 2011

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 2,918,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,079,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 1,940,000
FOXNEWS 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

TMZ reports, “Sources connected with the network tell us … Comcast honchos did not like Keith’s defiance and the way he played in the sandbox.”  Sounds to me like he was just as painful to work with as he was to watch.

In the end, at least we know who we can blame for the era of Olbermann… damn you Pat Sajak!

-rj

Comments

2 Responses to “Hey Hey Hey, Good-bye!”
  1. TK says:

    Sounds like he was just as painful to work with? If he wasn’t willing to toe the line with comcast, isn’t that a good thing? TMZ didn’t report that he was a tremendous asshole or had a habit of harassing employees. Pretty disingenuous argument you’re offering up.

    • rj caster says:

      TK,

      My understanding is that Comcast and MSNBC both state that Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal still does not give them the ability to make decisions for NBC or MSNBC. Olbermann has been undergoing a two-year long spat with his people at MSNBC. I never said he was harassing employees, nor do I think that was implied. I think he was a difficult man to work with;whether it was from the higher-ups or whomever.

      Also, I’ll be updating, as it turns out some sources are claiming he wanted more money..