We now hear it was former executive Jeff Zucker protecting Olbermann at MSNBC. Zucker left in the immediate wake of the approval of the Comcast/NBC merger, with Olberman the next domino to fall.
Olbermann is a bit pompous for some, but has a lot of support as the first to get on network TV, look into the camera and declare the Bush administration guilty of war crimes, torture, etc.
This was well explored yesterday, with over thirty thousand comments on one HuffPo article and petitions circulating. What we are NOT discussing is the very basis of network TV puppetry that "allowed" Olbermann into the mainstream "news free" breech and is now scooting him out with Ed, Rachel and Lawrence left behind.
Yes, all of these major network hosts sign an iron clad NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT that prevents them from divulging anything that went on behind the scenes. If it's the standard industry contract, they have to keep mum for 50 years and can be arbitrarily over-ruled in picking guests and what they can and cannot cover.
This is why MSNBC's liberal hosts have stopped well short of exposing the stories we see scrubbed other network in the US. It points to a unitary hand puppeteering all mainstream media to whitewash, bury or downplay stories like the Downing Street memos, the 2004 election theft allegations, the vanishing of Cheney's DC Madam story and tamping down mentions of the Iran-Contra scandal, the October Surprise, arming Saddam with banned WMDs, installing and assassinating figureheads in Pakistan and Iran and all of the first hand accounts by whistleblowers like Lt. Wilkerson, Sibel Edmonds, John Perkins and Russell Tice.
These are not the conspiracy theories we see debated endlessly online, these are specific allegations of criminal wrongdoing with in-hand evidence, named crimes and defendants that have not been refuted, just suppressed, thanks to the state secrets privilege and compliant media execs.
In fighting for the truth MSNBC is permitted to broadcast, we must all remember, the network is only on the air but for the good graces of Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and the other giant cable companies that enjoy monopoly status in selling you access to TV. As we speak, they are look to install paywalls between you and your internet "free speech".
So speak out often in support of Maddow, O'Donnell and Schultz being able to cover more reality-based news and respond quickly when you see MSNBC whitewashing a story and call out executive censorship when it is evident!