Achors away

Alas, after a long internal battle at MSNBC, the Keith and Chris show has departed from prime time. Who saw this coming?

Keith Olbermann may be the “voice” of MSNBC, but network executives have decided to yank the talkmeister off its political anchor desk after the cable channel finished dead last in the Nielsen rankings of all news coverage during the two weeks of political conventions.

The network announced Monday that Olbermann and Chris Matthews have both been booted as co-hosts on political night coverage in favor of David Gregory, whose White House press corps experience may make him better suited to deliver sober and less opinion-driven assessments of the news.

All summer, MSNBC executives have fought off complaints that Olbermann and Matthews, the network’s top commentators, could serve in the role of impartial newsmen. Those complaints reached a crescendo last week when Olbermann, reporting on the Republican National Convention from New York rather than St. Paul, apologized to the audience after the channel aired a Sept. 11 video tribute crafted by the RNC.

“We would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters, perhaps by the Republican Party itself, for exploiting the memories of the dead, and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you reacted to that videotape the way I did, I apologize,” Olbermann said.

No I didn’t react the way you did, Keith… and evidently a lot of other viewers didn’t either.  National security is a pivotal election issue and the Republicans have every right to bring it to the forefront. These are still insanely dangerous times. We need to be reminded of the enemy we’re up against and who is best qualified to confront them.

THAT’s the real issue that’s rubbing ol’ Keith. When we see those sobering images again we become livid, and any question about who needs to be Commander-in-Chief is instantly erased from the viewer’s mind. John’s the man, Barry’s the boy. Plain and simple.

Can’t blame MSNBC for unloading some dead weight to save a sinking ship. This move was long overdue.

Full story below:

Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews Booted From MSNBC Political Anchor Desk


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