Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further

January 22, 2011

Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further

Posted on 01/22/2011 by Juan

People are blaming the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC on that company’s merger with Comcast and Olbermann’s loss of the protection and patronage of Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC programming. MSNBC says that the issue has nothing to do with Comcast.

It seems Olbermann is too extreme for US television. But Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, now they are mainstream. What universe could that proposition be true in? That of cranky old white billionaires. And television news is owned by them. Not by you.

Tim Wu’s book Master Switch suggests the power of te theme of concentrtion in media. Internet as a whole is the target.

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