The suspension of Keith Olbermann by MSNBC has set up an interesting dynamic as the scramble is on to see who will be willing to replace him. If progressive voices wanted to get his back they would refuse the gig and the other MSNBC stars might all get a cold tonight and miss their shows. MSNBC could fill the air with their vast staple of voyeuristic prison and sex documentaries that make up their weekend programing.
But that ain’t gonna happen. A line of progressive voices who will fight to be Keith’s replacement is already forming and I don’t think any of his fellow hosts will risk their gig for him. Standing between Olbermann’s chair and the folks who want that seat might be the most dangerous spot in America tonight.
First out of the gate in the scab rally was Chris Hayes of the Nation. And for a little while this afternoon he had the gig, but then somebody realized that he gave $250 to a Democrat and so he was fired before he could start.
So Chris may be out, but I’m sure many others are ready to go for it. It will be interesting to see who else wants it badly enough to dance to the tune of their MSNBC management overlords*. I guess it is a small price to pay to be on the teevee.
ps. If you want to call MSNBC and give them feedback on their Lean-Forward-Off-the-Cliff-and-Into-Obscurity strategy, you could call Phil Griffin, the genius behind the plan, at 212-664-4444 or email him at: [email protected]
*It looks like tonight’s replacement is a company man, MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and the scab rally will continue over the weekend. Monday should be interesting…