You can either celebrate or cry, but here’s the word:
In an angry post on his blog, conservative commentator Buchanan took his critics to task, writing, “After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.”
Buchanan says the calls for his firing began with the publication in October of his book “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” about America’s decline, which critics have called racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.
Upon his suspension, Buchanan quotes MSNBC President Phil Griffin as telling the press regarding his new book, “I don’t think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC.”
On his website, Buchanan called his ouster “an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.”
Frankly, I’m just as glad to see him go, although he didn’t really bother me. I saw him as more of a clown. He’ll turn up on the McLaughlin Group and on Fox… don’t worry about it.
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“I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”
Griffin’s statement underscores that it was Olbermann’s failure to obtain approval, and not the actual political donations, that prompted the suspension.
The move is doubly significant in that it represents a major development in the relationship between Griffin and Olbermann, who once told the New Yorker, “Phil thinks he’s my boss.”
“Keith doesn’t run the show,” Griffin told New York Magazine recently. “I do a lot of things he doesn’t like. I do a lot of things he does.”
This from Variety:
Progressive bloggers almost immediate pounced on the suspension, noting not only the campaign contributions of Fox News personalities Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto, but of other MSNBC and CNBC employees as well.
Joe Scarborough contributed $4,200 to Derrik Kitts, an Oregon Republican running for Congress, in March, 2006, even listing his occupation as “MSNBC host” in FEC records. At the time, Scarborough hosted “Scarborough Country,” a predecessor to “Morning Joe.” Pat Buchanan, a frequent contributor, also made numerous contributions to candidates in recent years.
Politico pointed out that Olbermann’s contribution to Grijalva was made the same day that the Arizona congressman was a guest on his show, and that he failed to disclose it. But bloggers note that Kitts was a guest on Scarborough’s show a month after the contribution was made.
Jed Lewison wrote on DailyKos, “The bottom-line here that both Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough both host opinion shows. They both made personal contributions to political candidates. But Olbermann supports Democrats, and Scarborough supports Republicans, so even though Olbermann is the network’s top-rated host, and even though Scarborough hides his ratings sheet in a little box in the basement, it’s Olbermann that gets silenced.”
Filmmaker Michael Moore, a frequent guest on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” circulated a petition calling on MSNBC to reinstate him.
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