Well, why wouldn’t they? Lest we forget, GE already “toned down Keith Olbermann” once, getting him to knock off his ferocious nightly drive against Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly. (This is was back in 8/09. See Mark Karlin’s piece at http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/9125.)
Comcast is a highly partisan concern, prone to blocking content that it doesn’t like, and doing so far more aggressively and bluntly than GE. (See, e.g., David Swanson’s piece at http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0716-20.htm.) When GE dumped Phil Donohue back in February, 2003, although he had the highest-rated show on MSNBC, the top brass tried (and failed) to hide the fact that they had axed PD for purely political reasons. (They didn’t like the anti-war slant of his guests.) Comcast probably would not care quite so much about appearances.
So Olbermann must either brace himself for (further) interference from on high, or find some way to mute himself, as nearly all Big Pundits do.
Will Comcast tone down Keith Olbermann?
Will cable operator Comcast Corp. try to tone down MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, known for his on-air criticism of Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, once it gets regulatory approval to take a controlling stake in MSNBC parent NBC Universal?
The New York Times on Monday recounted how a former employee of Comcast cable network CN8 who criticized O’Reilly lost his job in 2008 and sued in protest – but lost his case last month.
It pointed out that as the largest U.S. distributor of cable programming, Comcast is in business with Fox News and its parent News Corp., and it argued in the case against Nolan that he jeopardized its business interests at a time it was in carriage renewal talks with News Corp.