A Big Step Forward for Civil Discourse

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: Jan 21, 2011 10:32 PM
MSNBC has declined to renew Keith Olbermann's contract.   It's an ironic coda to the last two weeks of left-wing inveighing about the supposed right-wing "climate of hate," isn't it?  In any case, the linked report suggests there had been long-simmering tension between MSNBC's biggest name and those in the network who had to work with him.  The discord must have been pretty extreme for the network willingly to part with their biggest audience draw.

What's more, though the linked piece notes that those at Comcast played no role in the decision to let Olbermann go, it's also true that the deal providing Comcast with majority control of NBC is imminent -- and Comcast is likely to be much less tolerant of hijinks like Olbermann's than GE was.

Obviously, I wish Olbermann well, personally.  But it can't be denied that his disappearance from the airwaves -- along with his hysterical denunciations of various conservatives and Republicans as "the worst person in the world" and all that -- is a great leap forward for the much-ballyhooed cause of "civility."  Who would have thought that MSNBC would lead the way into the brave new "nolabel" world?