Monday, January 26, 2015

I Smell Conspiracy

Was Olbermann fired to hire Rendell?

I Smell Conspiracy

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: GRRR! I smell a conspiracy.

BE: You mean like black helicopters and the New World Order?

JB: Did you see that big piece in the Washington Post on Saturday about liberal MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann leaving the network?

BE: That story's been everywhere. What of it?

JB: Well, look closely at the details, the dominoes of who's falling into various time slots when you take Olbermann out of the picture.

BE: I'll play. Tell me.

JB: Well, Lawrence O'Donnell, who was on at 10, takes over Keith's 8 o'clock spot and Ed Shultz's "Ed Show" (paying attention? ED SHOW) moves from 6 to 10. And then somebody named Cenk Uygur, who hosted a radio/Web show called "The Young Turks," moves to 6.

BE: OK, so what?

JB: Connect the dots. Cenk Uygur is a Penn grad. Who teaches at Penn?

BE: Um. Lots of people?

JB: ED RENDELL! Now, connect more dots. Who owns MSNBC now? COMCAST! Who works for Comcast? ED RENDELL! Who's best buddy ever runs Comcast? ED RENDELL'S! Who's looking for a TV show? ED RENDELL!

BE: So you're saying?

JB: I'm saying the whole Olbermann-out thing is a set-up to get Ed Rendell into that 6 o'clock "Ed Show" spot, by having a Penn grad hold it briefly while they work out a contract with Eddie.

BE: Boy that really seems like a stretch.

JB: Yeah, well, that's what they said about the Kennedy assassination being a conspiracy. That's what they said about the moon shot being faked. That's what they said about there being no aliens at Roswell, New Mexico.

BE: That's what they said about the black helicopters. Maybe you should take a few days off.

JB: Good idea. That'll give me time to track down the proof. GRRR.


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