From Buzzflash Editor’s Blog in the USA:
GE Puts the Lid on Olbermann’s Scathing Attacks on O’Reilly
Sat, 08/01/2009 – 1:01pm.
By Mark Karlin
For nearly 10 years, BuzzFlash has asked its readers for financial support because it doesn’t accept advertising.
Now Keith Olbermann knows why.
In a deal between the head of GE (the owner of MSNBC) and Murdoch‘s FOX News reported in the New York Times, it was agreed that Olbermann would back off his chronic lacerating caricatures of Bill O’Reilly (although it can still be expected that he will go after O’Reilly and FOX, but much less frequently).
See also here.
The Creeping Signs of GE Intervention in MSNBC’s Progressive Programming: The Party May be Over: here. And here.
Dave Lindorff, This Can’t Be Happening: “What are we to make of the actual announcement, that the president has named Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE Corp., to chair the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness? Immelt heads a company that has for years topped the list of transnational corporations as ranked by the size of their foreign asset holdings. More significantly, GE is a company that for years has also received more of its revenues and its profits from abroad than from its US operations…. What this means is that in very real terms, GE is not an American company. It is a foreign company that happens to be headquartered in the US, and that happens to have a chairman/CEO who was born in the US, and holds a US passport”: here.
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If you don’t think Keith Olbermann was fired from MSNBC due to Comcast’s impending takeover – whatever cover story comes from NBC Universal – I have an igloo I want to sell you in the Mojave desert.
Comcast is a right-leaning, big media entertainment corporation that is about to control content, television, telephone and Internet service, all through one giant portal. Its interests are in dictating what consumers pay, see and hear by owning the delivery system and what it delivers.
Its acquisition of NBC Universal will accelerate an already-monopolized big media presence on television to include content control that extends even to the Internet.
Anybody who thinks that a company that is the epitome of Pac-Man corporate growth is going to tolerate liberal programming on MSNBC that is critical of corporate governance – well, you’re floating down the river of “de-Nile.”
When Olbermann was suspended for a couple of personal political donations, even though it is hardly an uncommon practice among millionaire broadcasters -especially on FOX – there was a lot of Internet chatter about the role of Philip Anschutz, a billionaire Christian financier of fundamentalist causes, who is allegedly a big shareholder of Comcast.
But whether or not Anschutz is a big shareholder, his Anschutz Entertainment Group (and other large holdings) could be considered, like Comcast, a kindred spirit to the Koch brothers brand of tilting America to the right.
Just as a small example of what we are in store for has to do with a Comcast subsidiary in its home base of Philadelphia: Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, as well as other sports properties.
According to James Wolcott of Vanity Fair the chairman of Comcast Spectacor, Ed Snider, is funding a right-wing cable channel/Internet site called “RightNetwork.” Wolcott sniffs at “RightNetwork” as a “pseudo-populist operation” starring an array of right-wing freaks.
Ominously, Wolcott notes “that it was Snider who invited Sarah Palin to drop the hockey puck at the Flyers’ season opener in 2008, and Palin’s been dropping pucks ever since.”
There’s little reason to doubt that Olbermann’s abrupt exit from MSNBC was the first puck to drop as Comcast slap shots MSNBC away from being a progressive beachhead.
Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout
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