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Silent treatment: Olbermann wouldn’t even talk to boss
NY Post ^ | 4/3/12 | MARC BERMAN

Posted on 04/03/2012 3:34:16 AM PDT by jimbo123

No one tells the great Keith Olbermann what to do — not even his boss!

The liberal gasbag demanded that he answer to no one at Current TV — whose founders eventually fired him — to the point that the president of the network couldn’t get even “one word” in with Olbermann, insiders told The Post.

Instead, Current TV President David Bohrman had to go through the star’s manager, Michael Price — who said Olbermann should be referred to as a “ ‘performer,’ not a news anchor or reporter,” a network insider said.

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Al Jazeera might have an opening for an unhinged lunatic who hates America.
1 posted on 04/03/2012 3:34:19 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

His fans are the same useful idiots who want to shut Rush down. Last I heard Rush’s ratings were higher than ever, while Olberman got canned from a network that competes with test patterns for basement ratings.


2 posted on 04/03/2012 3:38:21 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: jimbo123

I sure his boss was thankful for his silence.


3 posted on 04/03/2012 3:38:28 AM PDT by bmwcyle (I am ready to serve Jesus on Earth because the GOP failed again)
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To: jimbo123
Instead, Current TV President David Bohrman had to go through the star’s manager, Michael Price — a network insider said.

He sure got that one right. Let's face it folks, most of what we call "the media" today is nothing more than entertainment. It's not something that's confined to the left, either. Over the years I've run across some notable conservative media folks whose names everyone on this site would recognize, and I'm still amazed at how mediocre they were intellectually.

4 posted on 04/03/2012 3:44:34 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: YankeeReb

Hey, test patterns are better than the vast majority of crap they have on t.v. now adays.


5 posted on 04/03/2012 3:51:59 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: YankeeReb
“...while Olberman got canned from a network that competes with test patterns for basement ratings.”

You have a way with words. I love it!

6 posted on 04/03/2012 3:54:30 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: jimbo123

What a putrid little man Olberman sounds like. His whole personality reeks of a nasty, mean spirited, wanker!


7 posted on 04/03/2012 3:57:54 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Over the years I've run across some notable conservative media folks whose names everyone on this site would recognize, and I'm still amazed at how mediocre they were intellectually.

So how about listing the names of these intellectually mediocre, notable, conservative media folks?

I'll await your response.

8 posted on 04/03/2012 4:36:10 AM PDT by JohnG45
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To: jimbo123

Looks like pride done gone a’fore the fall...agin!;-)


9 posted on 04/03/2012 4:50:40 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: jimbo123

What a loser!


10 posted on 04/03/2012 4:51:09 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: sirchtruth

“His whole personality reeks of a nasty, mean spirited, wanker!”

Wanker? Odorman is one of Peggy’s cousins? From Wanker County?


11 posted on 04/03/2012 4:57:51 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: JohnG45
I won't snipe here on FR because they were all genuinely nice people, but I'll give you a hint:

I once worked in the same building as a major radio company in a large U.S. market, and shared many an elevator ride with their most notable "conservative" on-air personalities. I even got to know a couple of them well enough that I could call the radio station at the end of a show and speak with them off the air.

Sit down and figure it out. Freep-mail me with any further questions.

12 posted on 04/03/2012 5:05:31 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: JohnG45; Alberta's Child
Over the years I've run across some notable conservative media folks whose names everyone on this site would recognize, and I'm still amazed at how mediocre they were intellectually.

So how about listing the names of these intellectually mediocre, notable, conservative media folks?

I'll await your response.

You know JG45, I understand your desire to defend conservatives in the media, but I have to say that I don't doubt Alberta's Child in this. With just a few exceptions, I think that the people in the media are a very un-exceptional lot, except perhaps for their ability to play the big media's internal political games. The only one - on the conservative side - I can think of offhand that is actually exceptional by any objective measure is Rush Limbaugh. Most of the rest are either blowhards, wannabees, or borderline psychos. Limbaugh is the only one who really has something to say, at least sometimes (no one can be brilliant every day).

Of course, the liberal media figures are hopeless. Not a single one has a thing to say that's interesting, even on their best day. In fact, the only ones I ever heard in my life that were worth even a moment's time were Lynn Samuels of WABC and Andy Rooney, who's best days were over 25 years before he passed away. Those two were, on good days, capable of intellectual honesty as well as a (very occasional) worthwhile insight.

I'm inclined to allow Albert's Child to protect confidences to which he/she may be a party and take his/her words at face value.

13 posted on 04/03/2012 5:09:28 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: YankeeReb

Meanwhile in India, there is a satellite cable tv chanel with 500 million viewers


14 posted on 04/03/2012 5:15:25 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: jimbo123

One night when the idiots at NBC had him on NFL Sunday Night he was wasted on something, he just sat there glassy eyed staring at the screen. Not long after that he was removed.


15 posted on 04/03/2012 5:21:29 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: JohnG45

Mike Gallagher comes immediately to mind, followed by Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Mediocre intellect does not necessarily prohibit one from being successful.

“No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” - H. L. Mencken


16 posted on 04/03/2012 5:26:47 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jimbo123

Stupidity + Pride + Arrogance = FAIL.


17 posted on 04/03/2012 5:30:11 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: jimbo123; mickie
Keith Ubermann appears to have delusions of grandeur with fascist tendencies.

Very much like his cult leader, Uberbama, who has the same affliction......as evidenced yesterday by the president's unilateral declaration of war against the Supreme Court.

Leni

18 posted on 04/03/2012 5:38:01 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: jimbo123

A real man of the people.

He just hated to talk or be talked to by normal people.

lol.


19 posted on 04/03/2012 5:56:58 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: jimbo123

FiOS carries CCTV4 from commie China.... but they might not be liberal enough for him


20 posted on 04/03/2012 6:00:04 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: jimbo123

LOL When you work with a viper, you’re gonna get bit. Why the surprise about one of the master haters?


21 posted on 04/03/2012 6:28:51 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: jimbo123

“Current TV President David Bohrman had to go through the star’s manager, Michael Price — who said Olbermann should be referred to as a “ ‘performer,’ not a news anchor or reporter,” a network insider said.”

In fairness to KO, a “performer” is all he ever was. He certain didn’t have the professional chops to be a genuine news anchor or reporter. If I were in either of those professions, I’d be deeply embarrassed to have KO as a purported member of my tribe etc.


22 posted on 04/03/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT by DrC
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To: jimbo123

heck, when even other libs realize Olberman is a certified lunatic, the guy must be the looniest loon in the bin.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 6:43:50 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: jimbo123

Olbermann tells his boss no one talks to him directly.
24 posted on 04/03/2012 8:52:41 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: jimbo123
well performer is about right... kinda like a monkey on a string, he never did anything of substance in his life
25 posted on 04/03/2012 3:11:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Steely Tom; JohnG45
Thanks, Steely Tom.

Your points are all well taken, especially your insight about Rush Limbaugh. The truth is that he was -- and always will be -- one of a kind. The airwaves are filled with people who are poor imitations of the original. He's one of those people who isn't terribly "book smart" based on any academic credentials (he dropped out of college after one year), but he's very sharp and may have one of the best "radio minds" in the business.

The entire industry recognizes this, by the way. I heard a radio broadcast of the induction ceremonies for the National Radio Hall of Fame a few years ago, and almost every inductee (including radio hosts from all across the political spectrum) mentioned him in their acceptance remarks. It's generally understood in the radio business that his brilliant idea of syndicated talk radio saved the AM dial from extinction, after all the top music stations moved over to the FM band in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Some TV and radio hosts may be good "entertainers," in the sense that they attract a lot of listeners, without being terribly smart by any objective measure. There are some hosts who I don't find interesting enough to listen to them for several hours at a time, but they are extremely smart and would (in my opinion) be perfect as guest hosts on specific topics that are right up their alley. I'd count Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham among these. Levin may be the sharpest legal mind on constitutional matters that I've ever heard on the air, and Ingraham's credentials speak for themselves (Dartmouth graduate, lawyer, clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, etc.). I just don't think either one of them is cut out to mass-produce 3-4 hours of material on the air at a time.

Lynn Samuels was a real blast from the past. She passed not long ago. I don't know how smart she was, but she was certainly genuine and a real New York personality.

At any rate, I stand by my comment about the industry being dominated by intellectual mediocrities. For the most part, these hosts are no different than Hollywood entertainers. Their success has little or nothing to do with how smart they are, and there sure are a lot of double-digit IQs among them.

26 posted on 04/03/2012 4:25:17 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: GSWarrior

27 posted on 04/03/2012 4:29:00 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: jjotto

Gotta agree on Hannity and O’Reilly. Don’t know enough about Gallagher.


28 posted on 04/03/2012 4:34:47 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Alberta's Child

There is something about your comments that smells to high heavens. There is a pervasive arrogance and sense of self- importance that I find repulsive.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 6:04:25 PM PDT by JohnG45
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To: JohnG45
If that's how you really feel, then too bad.

I don't see anything wrong with anyone having a sense of "arrogance" and "self-importance" when dealing with media personalities. You are their listeners/viewers, so you basically pay their bills. I consider myself a pretty serious fan of talk radio (I could post on a thread about talk radio for hours on end), so I think I have a pretty good perspective on the business.

And yes, it IS a business ... so let's not elevate it and turn it into something it's not.

30 posted on 04/03/2012 6:47:57 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Alberta's Child
I consider myself a pretty serious fan of talk radio (I could post on a thread about talk radio for hours on end), so I think I have a pretty good perspective on the business.

I, I, I, I. Four of 'em in one sentence. Your home must be filled with mirrors.

31 posted on 04/03/2012 9:10:02 PM PDT by JohnG45
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To: JohnG45
Here's one last "I" for you ...

I ain't wasting any more time with you.

32 posted on 04/04/2012 2:19:34 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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