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AdLib On January - 22 - 2011

Below is a petition addressed to Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC who in all likelihood spearheaded the cancellation of Keith Olbermann’s show on MSNBC. If you agree with what’s written in the petition below and would like to add your name, please do so. You will then receive an email asking you to confirm your signature (a safeguard to make sure no one has signed your name and email without permission).

Please be sure to check the box that says, “Do not display name on website” unless you would like it to appear. At the end of the week, we will email, mail and fax a copy to Phil Griffin.

With the checkbox below selected, none of the personal information you provide will be displayed or shared aside from appearing on the petition that will be sent to Phil Griffin by PlanetPOV. If you prefer, you may provide your screen name instead of your actual name but real names of real people will have a greater impact.


A Boycott of MSNBC For Cancelling Keith Olbermann


Categories: Take Action!, The Media, TV

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

31 Responses so far.

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  1. KQ says:

    A moot point for me since I stopped watching television media already.

  2. escribacat says:


  3. boomer1949 says:


  4. Khirad says:

    Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further


  5. bito says:

    Here are a few sites that one can email this post. Just click the the email link above and insert these addresses.
    Here is a “tinyurl” that you can use:

    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    bit url: http://bit.ly/dImAeZ

  6. choicelady says:

    Done, AdLib. Sorry this nation and its media have come to this, but we must send this message. Thank you!

  7. Chernynkaya says:

    Done AdLib. Thanks!

  8. Kalima says:

    Does blogging for 4 years, watching him on my iTunes Podcasts or reading the feelings of members here and throughout the Left who have lost a voice count as a good reason to sign it with all of you here?

    Oh and I don’t have a state, I’m stateless, something which often dismisses me from signing many petitions online. How about “Citizen of the World?”

    I remember someone here last year saying that those not born in the U.S. had no right to an opinion about what goes on in your country, yet manage to say degrading things about their own host country whenever possible. Strange I thought.

  9. Marion says:

    MSNBC did not cancel Olbermann. New York Magazine and TMZ are now finding out details behind this. If you doubt either of these entities, remember TMZ reported Michael Jackson’s death.

    Olbermann had been negotiating a pay rise for the past five months. He felt that, at $7 million per annum, he was underpaid. MSNBC did not agree to a payrise. Keith went to war. There followed the campaign donations, which he knew would result in a plethora of petitions from his fans if he were suspended. He was right. They did. MSNBC cut short the suspension and the bartering began again for a payrise which MSNBC did not want to give. When they wouldn’t budge, Olbermann said that he wanted to go, and they’ve spent the last six weeks hammering out a severance deal.

    He gets $30 million in hand and agrees, like Conan O’Brien, not to appear on television or work for another network for a specified period of time. There is speculation that he will have an internet channel in the interim.

    This was all about the money, as most things are. I am being utterly serious in saying that I would not be at all surprised if Fox did not pick him up after the moratorium. Murdoch knows a winner and Fox wants a liberal voice in the evening line-up -- something they’ve not had since Alan Colmes retired. If they felt Olbermann’s devoted following would watch him on Fox, thus, bringing a whole new demographic of viewer, they’d jump at this -- and think of the coup over MSNBC!

    You watch.

    • KQ says:

      This push to ban MSNBC is white hat/black hat theater at best.

      KO’s on our side and “one of us” so he would never take the money and run.

      This tribalism annoys me equally when it’s based on the right or left.

      I appreciate the people that actually devote their lives to public service more and more, especially when they are the ones caught in the crossfire of the white hats and black hats trying to kill one another over the highest ratings and annual salary.

    • AdLib says:

      BTW, you mentioned TMZ as a reliable source, this is a headline at TMZ:

      Keith Olbermann — Fired By MSNBC

      1/21/2011 8:45 PM PST by TMZ Staff

      Keith Olbermann was fired by MSNBC sources tell TMZ, and we’re told it had everything to do with Comcast’s acquisition of NBC.


      And here’s their latest story:

      Keith Olbermann’s Exit — Secret Deal

      1/22/2011 10:00 AM PST by TMZ Staff

      Keith Olbermann saw the handwriting on the wall with the new owner of NBC and cut a deal for his exit that will give him money and options — sources tell TMZ.

      Here’s how it went down. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Olbermann’s agent recently went to NBC complaining that Keith — who has the most popular show on MSNBC — was underpaid at $7 million per year. NBC execs told Olbermann’s agent they would not cough up anymore money.

      Network execs were well aware that Comcast wanted Keith gone because he was “a loose cannon that could not be controlled.” It became clear to both sides that Olbermann’s days were numbered and they began negotiating an exit.

      We’re told the exit deal wasn’t completed until just before airtime Friday night.

      Under the deal, sources say Olbermann will get money but cannot appear on television for a certain period time — we don’t know how long.

      Our sources say Olbermann will, however, reappear soon with a presence on the Internet.


    • AdLib says:

      Perhaps it’s true but I can’t say that this scenario sounds very sensible. He made campaign contributions because he knew he’d be suspended even though Morning Joe did and wasn’t?

      And he knew that after his suspension, fans would deluge MSNBC and that would force them to pay him more?

      Sounds very convoluted and portrays KO as some Machiavellian character who could predict the future.

      Also, who’s to say that MSNBC didn’t use this situation to attack and undermine Olbermann, seeing this as an opportunity to get rid of him?

      If you’ve ever been involved in a business conflict with a substantial party, let alone an entity in the media business, you’ll know that when such an entity leaks out information, it is often derogatory and prejudicial.

      Right now, the only sources being heard from are from MSNBC and this would be the most favorable spin for them. I’m not saying that it’s untrue but let’s see what info leaks from KO’s side as well before figuring out where the truth really lies.

      I still think you’re missing the whole concept of Olbermann’s support and popularity. It is BECAUSE he took on Fox for the fraud they are that he is respected. If Olbermann went to work at Fox, he would lose all credibility and support, he would fail miserably because THEN he would be the unprincipled, greedy opportunist you describe.

    • bito says:

      Links to the articles, please, Marion.
      Some here like to read the sources behind the opinions, we are a funny lot that way. “Unnamed sources say….”

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