Seems the folks at MSNBC are following through on the current concern on the left for raising the level of political discourse: Keith Olbermann abruptly fired by NBC.
UPDATE: Allahpundit offers some thoughts:
Unhappiness with Olby among MSNBC employees has been rumored for ages, and somespeculated last year that Comcast might want to “rein in” MSNBC, but as I say, this is all just theorizing at the moment. In fact, even Mediaite, which should have access to insiders at MSNBC via Dan Abrams, only has the company’s vague official statement at the moment
UP-UPDATE: At the NYT’s Media Decoder, Bill Carter reports:
Keith Olbermann, the highest-rated host on MSNBC, announced abruptly on the air Friday night that he is leaving “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” immediately. . . .
In a closing statement on his show, Mr. Olbermann said simply that it would be the last edition of the program. He offered no explanation other than on occasion, the show had become too much for him.
Highest rated on MSNBC indeed, but with ratings far behind any show in FoxNews’s prime time line-up.