I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Why is Keith Olbermann still on the air?

That's what Jeff Cohen asks over at the Huffington Post. In fact he says "I fear for Keith Olbermann." You can understand why he might. Keith Olbermann is an unrelenting critic of the Bush administration and Cohen was part of the primetime Donahue show which was yanked by the corporate lords at GE for being critical of Bush. So why is Keith still around? Cohen touches on some possibilities.
Olbermann's increasingly bold dissent has been occurring at a time when Bush's approval ratings are low and Bush's war is in shambles. That gives him some added security.
That is right as far as it goes but I don't think it is the entire picture. The reason Olbermann is still around is because of Bush's increasingly low approval ratings among the "establishment" which includes those same GE corporate masters that pulled the plug on Donahue.

This is related to a post we did the other day on Chris Floyd's War in Heaven: Woodward's Book and the Establishment Insurgency
Bob Woodward has long been the voice of the American Establishment – or of certain quadrants of it, at any rate. When Richard Nixon's criminal depredations and mental instability had gone too far and it was decided to rein him in, former military intelligence officer Woodward was there as a safe pair of hands to receive the damning revelations of "Deep Throat" and help bring down the Nixon presidency. When the Establishment decided it was best to throw in with the Bush Faction's aggressive militarism after 9/11 – lots of big money to be made out of war and fear, and those tax cuts were just too sweet to pass up – Woodward was there again, with a series of stories and books which, as Michiko Kakutani notes in the New York Times, "depicted the president – in terms that the White House press office itself has purveyed – as a judicious, resolute leader, blessed with the 'vision thing' his father was accused of lacking and firmly in control of the ship of state."

And now, when it is clear that George W. Bush is – to put it plainly – a self-deluding addlepate in the late Nixon mode (without any of Nixon's considerable intelligence, of course), and that the orgy of war profiteering and corporate welfare he has thrown for the elite has reached a level of such murderous frenzy that it threatens to kill the whole golden goose of American power – or at least seriously damage the bottom line for years to come – the Establishment has turned to Woodward once again. And the old trouper has delivered.
That's right, the "establishment" (read corporate giants) now think that the Bush administration and the Republican leadership have not only outgrown their usefulness but actually present a threat. The Iraq war is becoming a drag on the economy and Cheney's fixation with nuking Iran is a dangerous threat. So they let Olbermann rant and encourage Woodward to be a hit man.

It is possible this relates to "Foleygate" as well. If there is a conspiracy in the release of Foley's emails and IM's less than 5 weeks before the election it was probably not orchestrated by the Democrats but by the "American establishment".

What did I tell you:

Longtime Republican was source of e-mails
The source who in July gave news media Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) suspect e-mails to a former House page says the documents came to him from a House GOP aide.

That aide has been a registered Republican since becoming eligible to vote, said the source, who showed The Hill public records supporting his claim.

The same source, who acted as an intermediary between the aide-turned-whistleblower and several news outlets, says the person who shared the documents is no longer employed in the House.

But the whistleblower was a paid GOP staffer when the documents were first given to the media.

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