“Countdown” host Keith Olbermann made a sudden permanent departure from MSNBC on Friday night, leaving his fans with a short farewell statement. So far his colleague Rachel Maddow alluded on Bill Maher’s show that the move was a mutual agreement of sorts. Yet, CNN’s Anderson Cooper twice used the term (Ketih Olbermann was) “fired” on twitter, then seemingly tried to maneuver around it, without retraction, in a follow up tweet.
Update: Second CNN twitter message added
andersoncooper Comcast deal is approved. Jeff Zucker leaves. #keitholbermann gets fired. Coincidence? Find out #ac360 at 10p
andersoncooper Breaking news at 10p on #ac360#keitholbermann fired by #msnbc…full details tonite
andersoncooper Was #keitholbermann fired? I used that word in an earlier tweet, but #msnbc isn’t using that word. We’ll try to find out at 10p on #ac360
Twitter – 37 minutes ago
Whether the CNN news host is jumping the gun, knows if Olbermann was indeed fired from MSNBC, promoting with disregard to facts, or is up too late on twitter, regular tweeters might relegate this to #CNNFail.
Otherwise, rumor mill mag TMZ also maintains that the former ESPN anchor was fired.
Most of mainstream media has erred on the side of caution and have avoided claims as to terms of his unemployment.
Olbermann gave an unexpected farewell message to his fans on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 and his current plans remain unclear.
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This story is developing.
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