Saturday, January 22, 2011
Was Olbermann fired just because his bosses could fire him?
Salon writer Steve Kornacki reasons that MSNBC doesn't need Keith Olbermann because he was successful in setting a new identity for the network.
Kornacki's thesis is that Olbermann brought a strong liberal voice to the network when it needed an identity. MSNBC responded by bringing abroad liberal hosts like Rachael Maddow (an Olbermann find) and creating a strong fan base.
On the other hand, the coincidence of the firing coming right before a right-leaning corporation takes over MSNBC's parent is almost too much to believe, and if Kornacki's right, then that makes it even more likely that Olbermann's firing is political in nature.
Posted by Steve Byers at 7:49 PM