We’ve probably beat the Keith Olbermann thing to death here, but it is worth noting that
he has his fans have apparently set up a page called “Bring Keith Olbermann Back” (to MSNBC). I don’t know what this means, exactly. We report, you decide.
I’m a crazy, paranoid, unserious person so don’t listen to me, but here’s how I see things going with MSNBC under Comcast: they stick with the left-center stuff for a while but with hosts/promotions that (they know) won’t work well, so that in a few years they can say “people just don’t want to watch this stuff”, then they fill the network with “Morning Joe” type shows or worse. I just can’t see Comcast keeping a “liberal network” around, not with Ed Snider as chairman. Everything that happens will be a coincidence of course, just like it is when currency nuts shoot Democratic members of Congress.
Does anyone here seriously think MSNBC will have a lot of shows with liberals hosts in five years? I sure don’t.
When people say things like “well, they want to make money, don’t they”, I’m not convinced. I don’t think something small like MSNBC will ever make or lose much money anyway. But it has enough viewers that is has some kind of propaganda value, probably one that is larger than its value as a conventional business.
Update. I have my Comcast corporate structure wrong, per the comments.