622. Olbermann Departs, as Media Consolidate Further

From Juan Cole

Posted on 01/22/2011 by Juan

People are blaming the abrupt departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC on that company’s merger with Comcast and Olbermann’s loss of the protection and patronage of Jeff Zucker, the former head of NBC programming. MSNBC says that the issue has nothing to do with Comcast.

It seems Olbermann is too extreme for US television. But Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, now they are mainstream. What universe could that proposition be true in? That of cranky old white billionaires. And television news is owned by them. Not by you.

 
[THE MASTER SWITCH]The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires By Wu, Tim(Author)Hardcover On 02 Nov 2010)

Tim Wu’s book Master Switch suggests the power of te theme of concentrtion in media. Internet as a whole is the target.

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