concedes, he, too got it wrong, along with The Cable Gamer, about Keith Olbermann--KO is coming back Tuesday night.
So is everything hunky-dory at MSNBC? The Cable Gamer doesn't buy that happy scenario for a second.
Here's what TCG thinks happened: Phil Griffin and the suits at MSNBC/NBC wanted Olbermann out, and were happy to use the campaign-contributions incident as an excuse. But the blowback from lefty politicians, lefty celebrities, the media/blogosphere, and even on-air MSNBC talent was so intense that once again, Griffin--surely the weakest network exec in the biz today--and his fellow suits once again backed down. Griffin is such a wuss.
But we'll see for how long. Bad blood has become worse blood, and that will continue to poison the relationship between Olby and his supposed bosses. Wait for Olbermann's show Tuesday night: He will take a swing at MSNBC management.
Comcast, meanwhile, watching all this from the wings--the merger is likely to be complete by January--will then have to step in to do with the Olbermann Situation. And the Griffin Situation.
General Electric might have washed its hands of MSNBC a long time ago, leaving the inmates to run the asylum, but it's hard to see how Comcast can be satisfied with Griffin's performance, to say nothing of Olbermann.
But everybody knows that Olbermann is crazy. Management is supposed to be not crazy--steady and rational. Either you run MSNBC with a strong hand, or you let the lefties run free. But to do half of one and half of the other--that's just pathetic.
MSNBC's new slogan might be "Lean Forward," and some of have suggested, instead, that it be "Lean Leftward," but in reality, MSNBC's slogan, should be "Lean Whichever Way the Wind Blows." Right now, that's good news for Olbermann, but as we all know, winds can change quickly.
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