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September 07, 2008

Drudge: MSNBC Relieves Olbermann and Matthews of Anchor Duties for Debates and Election
Update: Coworkers Say Olbermann Stayed out of St. Paul Because He Was A-Scared

I said "Drudge." What, you want a link?


You know the Godfather post I put up today?

Right. That.

Not a huge deal, as they really can't influence the vote on election night (well, I suppose a little). They've boosted Obama as much as they can.

Still, it's a nice little slapping down and a nice black eye for MSNBC. Chrissy and Bathtub Boy don't get to sit in the Big Boy Chairs anymore. Back to the kiddie table.

They covered things straight and down the middle? Riiiiiight. That's why Olbermann had to be taken of off convention duty, and both men have now been stripped of anchor duties.

Did I Say "Strippped"? Olbermann, polluting Football Night in America, made a "joke" that made no sense today. Narrating a pass interference call in the end zone, he said, "Pass interference? It was like he stripped his pants off... Stripped? I'm sorry, that's a poor word choice."

Quite frankly, it having made no sense at all but having been delivered with that knowing "This is code for my DKos peeps" tone of his, I wondered if there was some "SARAH PALIN WAS A STRIPPER!!!111!!11!" story on Kos he was alluding to (I don't see one on the front page).

Now I wonder if this is some kind of idiotic joke only he gets about being stripped of his role. Like he got into a fight over this, and said "You're stripping me of the anchor duties?," and management said "Stripping is the wrong word."

I know you think I'm crazy, but if you saw it, Olbermann's "joke" made no sense on its own and strongly smelled of a missing backstory.

Duh, I'm a Moron: MattM. slaps me with the moron-bat. The play involved Adam "Pacman" Jones. It was merely a reference to his having been arrested at a strip club. God, if I didn't already know I was such a fucking moron, I'd be feeling pretty stupid right about now.

Is This the Reason? Claim: MSNBC Rigged Questions at Supposedly Random Town-Hall Style Q&A.

Thanks to CJ. Darn, I wanted to link that for two days.

More: at Texas Rainmaker.

Brave Sir Bathtub Boy: Some small stuff here, like Brokaw finding it "increasingly difficult" to defend MSNBC from charges of unbridled partisanship.

But this should most dent Keef Murrow-Olbermann's self-created image as Hero of the Fightin' Netroots:

Some staff members said the tension led to the network’s decision to keep Mr. Olbermann in New York for the Republican convention, after he ran the desk in Denver during the Democratic convention. MSNBC said that he stayed in New York to anchor coverage of Hurricane Gustav. But some workers say there were other reasons — namely, that Mr. Olbermann was concerned about his safety in St. Paul, given the loud crowds at MSNBC’s set in Denver.

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