MSNBC President threatened to fire Keith Olbermann

MSNBC President threatened to fire Keith Olbermann

MSNBC President Phil Griffin threatened to fire bombastic host Keith Olbermann during his suspension over donations to political candidates. Media writer Howard Kurtz reports in The Daily Beast that Griffin told Olbermann’s manager that he would fire the problem child “news” show host if Olbermann went public on rival networks with comments about his suspension. […]

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Rangel walks out on trial after delaying tactic fails

Denied his plea for a delay, Rep. Charles Rangel walked out of his ethics trial Monday, leaving the ethics committee’s top lawyer to cite Rangel’s past statements in arguing that the 20-term New York Democrat violated House rules. Chief House ethics counsel Blake Chisam, assuming the role of prosecutor at the rare public airing of […]

Let the brainwashing begin

Let the brainwashing begin

More than 100 new members of Congress arrived in Washington over the weekend to begin orientation — the process of teaching them how to become what they campaigned against. As soon as a candidate is elected, a massive propaganda machine cranks up with a single purpose: Teach each and every one of the newbies how […]

New poll pops Palin’s bubble

New poll pops Palin’s bubble

Sarah Palin, once the star of the Republican and/or Tea parties, is now just a falling star, a new Gallup Poll shows. Gallup surveyed American voters following the Nov. 2 election and found Palin’s unfavorable numbers at a new high — 52 percent — while her favorable rating stands at 40 percent — tying her […]

Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

Voters don’t expect much from a GOP Congress

The voters who turned control of the House of Representatives to Republicans say they don’t expect much from a GOP Congress. Two polls say voters show little excitement about a Republican-led Congress. In a Pew Research Center poll, only 48 percent express any happiness or excitement about Republican leadership — a sharp contrast to the […]

Olbermann saga highlights the decline of journalism

Olbermann saga highlights the decline of journalism

Keith Olbermann returned to his chair as host of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBC Tuesday night — ending his short suspension without pay for violating the rules of his employer. His suspension — such as it was — kept him off the air for Friday and Monday nights. When you make about $7 million […]

Even Republicans are fed up with Sarah Palin

Even Republicans are fed up with Sarah Palin

With the mid-term elections out of the way, establishment Republicans are now focusing their attack machine on a new target: Sarah Palin. Even former President George W. Bush is taking a potshot or two. The list of those going after the former Governor of Alaska is growing daily. Sources inside the Republican Party tell Capitol […]

Gates to Congress: Repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ before new members are seated

Gates to Congress: Repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ before new members are seated

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants a lame duck session of Congress to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military before new, more anti-gay members are sworn in. But he isn’t holding his breath waiting for that to happen. On a trip to Australia for a series of defense and diplomatic confabs, Gates […]

Obama admits ‘mid-course corrections’ needed but remains vague on details

Obama admits ‘mid-course corrections’ needed but remains vague on details

President Barack Obama may be in India but he is haunted by rejection back home and admits he must make what he calls “mid course corrections” if he wants to see a second term to his embattled Presidency. Speaking to college students in Mumbai, India, Obama said voters exercised their “right, obligation and duty” last […]

MSNBC suspends Keith Olbermann indefinitely over political contributions

MSNBC suspends Keith Olbermann indefinitely over political contributions

MSNBC Friday suspended Keith Olbermann, the volatile host of “Countdown,” indefinitely and without pay because the “news anchor” contributed to three Democratic candidates. MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he became aware of Olbermann’s contributions late Thursday and suspended the anchor because the contributions violated NBC‘s “news policy and standards.” Olbermann expressed no regret and did […]