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  •  I don't even understand (none)
    why Olbermann's inclusion of personal information might be inappropriate. Because it graphically described his mouth cancer?? Or because Olbermann had already suggested it and Kaplan or a superior had previously vetoed it? Can someone care to explain what might have set Kaplan off?
    •  Because he risked pissing off tobacco industry (none)
      GE no like. Bad Keith, they say.  Money more important than peasants with cancers.

      I voted for John Kerry and all I got was this lousy sticker...

      by diplomatic on Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 12:11:16 PM PDT

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    •  scent of truth (none)
      i don't know the truth here, but your second suggestion - that KO had suggested, and the staff vetted, his editorial, and told him that he'd broadcast something else - seems stronger than "merely plausible" ... may have pre-empted something else that MSNBC wanted broadcast badly (perhaps an extended teaser for Cosby's new show) ... that's the kind of thing that draws rage and comments of "out of control" from management types ...

      I'd love to know the truth too ...

      •  They probably wanted an upbeat, gossipy (none)
        story to lead into Rita's crapfest...to make the transition less jarring.

        You know, like you don't have filet mignon (KO) and then have a twinkie (Rita) for dessert.
        Better to have a Big Mac and THEN the twinkie. They pair together better. :)

        Howard Dean speaks for me, bitch.

        by HighSticking on Wed Aug 10, 2005 at 12:51:16 PM PDT

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