Keith Olbermann says MSNBC tried airing a Michael Savage commentary on his old Countdown show in 2003.
“It was slowly trying to build him into the host of a weeknight show,” Olbermann said of MSNBC’s decision to bring Savage on the air.
“Savage was a homophobe plus an equal opportunity bigot, “Olbermann continued. “His real name was Michael Weiner and all you need to know about him is that he was a wiener who pretended to be a savage.”
“On radio, Savage sounded kind of threatening, I guess. A kind of red-meat Fascist. But on TV taking calls from viewers in a tiny little cramped-looking studio somewhere in the Bay Area, he looked small and whiny and kvetchy and he was wearing a bad toupee and a suit that was far worse than that,” said Olbermann.
“When I was negotiating my return to MSNBC in 2003 I got the executive in charge of primetime to put in my contract that Michael Savage would never appear on my newscast in any form unless it was an obituary,” Olbermann added.
“But then on Friday, April 25, 2003, I came into work. We were about a month into the show. And there on the computer rundown of my newscast was a pre-recorded Michael Savage commentary, “Olbermann continued. “As soon as he saw I was in the office, the executive producer [MSNBC] hired from Fox pushed his way into my office and said, ‘We have to run a Michael Savage commentary. There’s also a mandatory Matt Drudge soundbite. This is per [former MSNBC executive] Phil Griffin.’”
Olbermann says he threatened to quit and sue MSNBC for breach of contract. Savage’s MSNBC program was canceled in 2003 after four months.
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Report: More Than a Third of Twitter’s Top 100 Advertisers Have Exited
CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post that more than a third of the top 100 Twitter advertisers have abandoned the platform.
One of Elon Musk’s most significant challenges, as he now owns Twitter, lies on the financial side as the Tesla CEO attempts to make the social media stay afloat or at least somewhat profitable.
However, CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter that more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have abandoned the platform.
With advertisers exiting, the lack of ad revenue is one of the most significant dangers to Twitter since it accounted for approximately 90 percent of its income last year.
The reporting also reveals that the pausing of ad campaigns is getting under Musk’s skin. The new Twitter owner lashed out at brands again Tuesday for “starving” the company of revenue.
Musk also strongly suggested he never really created a “content moderation council” due to advertisers who “broke the deal” they allegedly had with him when they began exiting the platform after he “agreed to this condition.”
Elon Musk: Ownership of Twitter Isn’t ‘Right-Wing Takeover’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”
Last week saw Twitter have another mass exodus of staffers and Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”
Furthermore, Musk stated that he doesn’t plan on moving the platform to Texas despite many suggesting he do so since, for him, it would send a wrong message.
“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” Musk said (h/t The Verge). “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.”
However, Musk is open to the idea of having dual headquarters, one in San Francisco and another in Texas, but for now, his objective appears to be stabilizing the company after a rocky transition.
Musk indicated he might be done with slashing employees, telling employees to refer potential staffers for engineering and sales positions.
Blaze TV Hosts React To Controversy With Elon Musk, Twitter
Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter as the company has seen mass layoffs under Elon Musk.
Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter. Last week, CBS News said it was halting its activity on the platform amid layoffs and resignations at the company.
Jeff Fisher joined Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere aka Stu, on the “Glenn Beck Show ” Monday to discuss some of the latest developments involving Twitter including owner Elion Musk banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Burguiere said it’s strange to see how left-leaning pundits have demonized Elon Musk following his acquisition of Twitter.
“This guy should be a liberal icon,” stated Burguiere. “We lose sight of this because he says things about free speech that I guess is exclusively a right-wing issue.”
Burguiere said that Musk should be able to do anything that he wants with Twitter considering the amount of money he invested to purchase the company.
“This whole thing that he’s the icon of free speech, I don’t know if that’s true,” added Burguiere.
Musk announced recently that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones received a permanent ban on Twitter for his involvement in denying that the Sandy Hook massacre took place.
“He (Musk) has been a hard no on Alex no matter what,” said Fisher.
“He has apologized for it,” Burguiere said. “He’s also been sued for billions of dollars over it.”
“The thing about Alex Jones is that some of us don’t like what he said,” Gray remarked. “But, who cares, that’s what you call free speech.”
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