Friday was a sad, sad day in the world of cable news as Keith Olbermann was fired from MSNBC and the network’s popular show Countdown came to an end. Not only did MSNBC lose one of their flagship program and one of their most popular hosts, but also Glenn lost some easy competition.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Keith Olbermann has left the building,” Glenn announced on radio this morning.
Glenn predicted Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC back in Novemeber.
“You are going to hear the liberals come out and start to throw MSNBC under the bus and throw them under the bus hard. And here's why. MSNBC is marked for death. If it is sold to Comcast, Comcast will run it like a business. If it remains liberal, it will just be a good liberal station. It will just run things that will actually get ratings. If it is ‑‑ if it's not, it will most likely just be a news channel or ‑‑ I mean, I don't know what they're going to do with it. But it won't feature Keith Olbermann,” Glenn said.
“So now we know [Beck] doesn't know anything about television, either,” Olbermann said at the time in response to Glenn’s prediction.
Glenn wished Keith the best, but pointed out that Olbermann has a history of clashing with bosses. “From every indication, Keith Olbermann is the biggest pain in the ass in the world. And nobody liked working with him. And he was impossible to work with.”
Glenn told a story of the time he was leaving CNN and remembered that he thought that network should embrace their liberal viewpoint in commentary the same way that Fox News had embraced their opinion commentators.
“You know, when I was over at CNN, I said you guys are going to be left in the dust. You'll be left in the dust. Because Fox, while the news department doesn't have any opinion, Sean Hannity has an opinion,” Glenn said.
“But everybody thinks you [at CNN] have an opinion. So why not just embrace your opinion or what they think. Let your news be your news. But stop with this nonsense that ‘We're objective.’”
“Because somebody's going to pick a side and they're going to steamroll you. And exactly that happened with MSNBC. And MSNBC chose a side, which left CNN in this middle ground. Because they think they have this credibility that they don't. They don't have that credibility.”
“I'd much rather have a person talking to me and being honest about where they are coming from and then I can decipher that from that position. I can see what you are and then I can see what you're saying and then decipher for myself,” Stu added.