UPDATE: PAC Claims 280,000-Plus Signatures to Reinstate Olbermann
PCCC online petition drive gains traction
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/5/2010 4:34:59 PM
The Progressive Campaign Change Committee, which pushes progressive causes and candidates, has launched an online petition drive to try and get Keith Olbermann reinstated and, as of Sunday morning (Nov. 7) was boasting over 280,000 signatures.
In an e-mail late Friday, the group asked web surfers to sign an "emergency petition" to get Olbermann back on the air after he was suspended indefinitely without pay for making donations to three Democratic candidates.
"The Democratic Party sadly saw this week what happens when you alienate your base," said PCCC. "Tell MSNBC that if they want to keep their viewers, they must put Keith back on the air NOW!"
AP was reporting, and an MSNBC source confirmed, that one of the contributions to a candidate came the same say that candidate appeared on Olbermann's "Countdown" program.
PCCC pointed out that Olbermann had donated to two candidates endorsed by the PAC, adding "Good for Keith."
We live in a democracy! It is sad that a famous newscaster has been punished in such a severe way. There is no one as powerful as him to lead MSNBC in the way that he did, to champion for gay rights and health care, and to hold brainwashing conservatives accountable. Last time I checked he did not have an issue with ratings. Get a grip and get him back on!
Bonnie Stewart - 11/8/2010 10:47:37 PM EST
I think the the decision to suspend Keith Olbermann is not just out right wrong and heavy-handed but is a double-standard (considering what fox news is doing) and only helps to serve the interest of the ultra right wing Tea Partyers! Keith not only highlighted the daily struggles of the voiceless majority whose rights are being trampled by the corporations but was a champion in helping advance the work of the Free Clinics here in the US. If Keith is not restored it would be a blow to freedom of expression and a total blockade to the issues of the powerless!
Bobby Jawo - 11/6/2010 11:36:38 PM EDT
marion miranda keane - 11/6/2010 7:29:44 PM EDT
I am TOTALLY OUTRAGED!!!!!!!
We need Keith Olbermann's voice. I have been watching him since the beginning. He has done so much good with the Free Clinics. We need him.
Is comcast cutting a deal with MSMBC to become conservative. Something sure looks fishy.
Wouldn't a warning have been enough? What needs changing is the executives!!!!
No more watching MSNBC for me until Keith is back!!!!!
Donna Wallace - 11/6/2010 6:36:17 PM EDT
What you at MSNBC have done is not only unconscionable, but downright stupid. The "policy" that you used to get rid of Keith was wrong for the following reasons,you're acting like the parent of a teenager who wants to micromanage the behavior of that teenager, by telling them what they cannot spend their money on, now while I would be the first to admit that I personally believe that parents should in fact micromanage teenagers to a certain degree, there is one huge difference here, Keith Olbermann is an adult, and just because he works for you you are not his parents, so stay the fo#k out of his business,stop trying to micromanage human thought, character and independence to death, your policies and attitude are very draconian.
Steve Cobb - 11/6/2010 6:27:07 PM EDT
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