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Keith Olbermann

Never underestimate the power of talent and friends that are media savvy. After Al Gore with Keith Olbermann held a phone conference call with reporters on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 to announce the coup of getting Olbermann signed on the dotted line; the war of words began with ratings being thrown around on Wednesday February 9, 2011 in the ongoing fracas.

It appears that Comcast in their take over of that other “network” thought they had Keith Olbermann boxed in with a no-compete FOREVER provision of Olbermann’s termination package including a stipulation that NBC Universal had thought that Olbermann was down and out. The no-compete permanent clause is reported to state; “That agreement also stipulates that Olbermann cannot work for any network considered a competitor.” Current TV was not thought of a competitor and was not included. It appears that the former network thought they had confined Olbermann’s talent to just internet or radio in the future. This is a prime example of never understate real talent and that is what Olbermann has “real talent”.

NBC Universal is also giving Current TV and Olbermann better advertising then money can buy with the war of words that Al Gore seems to be basking in shooting shots back and forth between Gore and MSNBC management.

It is rumored that Olbermann will get stock in the company founded by Gore and other friends as well as “TOTAL CONTROL OF HIS OWN CONTENT”, that will not bode well for MSNBC I predict. It is not much to ask for control of one’s own content when being a news or opinion commentator in television or print media. As far back as Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw both insisted on that in contracts. In fact it appears that Brokaw is still having control of the content of NBC Universal and he might have just led his employer down a slippery slope since he began to gun for Olbermann and worked behind the scenes to push Olbermann out.

You know I hated Current TV when it premiered on DirecTV because it replaced the only international news channel that DirecTV had on air. I am feeling all warm and fuzzy about them today as I am sure many of you do as well.

Per the Hollywood Reporter it is reported that “In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Olbermann described the show as an improved, amplified and stronger version of the show that I just did at my previous network… …Olbermann said yesterday that he would address his time there at some point in the future. MSNBC had no comment.”

Current TV network has seen the real talent that Olbermann can bring personally but also as the new chief of news officer Olbermann will finally get the control to turn a network around as Tim Russert did for the cable part of NBC News during his life time. Current TV has already set up a production team to work with Olbermann before he premiers in late May on the network.

Al Gore

The Hollywood Reporter went on to report that Al Gore stated that “Among his many talents, he has an eye for what works, what doesn’t ,who would be good on his show and potentially doing other shows. We’re going to let that evolve. He’s always done that. He was more responsible than anyone else by far in making the brand of the network he most recently worked at and. before that he was more responsible than anyone else for Sports Center, the heart of heart of ESPN. So he knows how to do this.”

Al Gore and Current TV did not miss the part of Olbermann being the center tent poll for an MSNBC tent as it appears those programs in prime time begins to dwindle in audience; well all but Rachel Maddow who was mentored by Olbermann. Current Media CEO Mark Rosenthal for Current TV sees an opportunity in what he described as the white space between “scripted reality” found on networks including History and Bravo and the hard news networks including CNN, MSNBC and Fox New Channel.

The L. A. Times has reported that the war of words continue today with Al Gore ruffling the peacock feathers by saying; Current TV, which has about 60 million subscribers in the U.S per Gore who said; “We have more subscribers today than MSNBC had when Keith Olbermann began working for them in 2003”. MSNBC, whose management had clashed repeatedly with Olbermann prior to his exit, cried foul, with a spokesman citing Nielsen Co. data that shows MSNBC had 78.4 million subscribers in 2003. Alerted to the network’s claim, an Olbermann rep fired back by pointing to “The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network & Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present,” a commonly used reference book, which says that only 74% of those subscribers were in the U.S., which could conceivably give Current a slight edge. I don’t know what he’s talking about,” the MSNBC spokesman replied.” DO WHAT??? MSNBC does not know how to read the ratings directories?

I would imagine some top meetings are going on in the penthouse offices of the new Comcast control mega media presence of basically WTF and how did this happen. If Olbermann brings “only” the 300,000 people who supported him with the petition that got him back on MSNBC in 48 hours after they had tried to push him out in November 2010 it will hit MSNBC hard not to mention once the million viewers that Olbermann had find him on Current TV. Remember it was a no no for Olbermann to contribute to political campaigns but the darling of MSNBC management Joe Scarborough had a full backing for donating to Republican campaigns even though Scarborough had given more money and over a longer period of time. Al Gore addressed that during the news announcement saying he believed it was Olbermann’s right to contribute to those candidates he wanted to as long as there is full disclosure Gore stated in his opinion it was a first amendment right
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I am having visions of Ted Turner dancing in my head like Christmas here and when the news network in the past said his cable news dream would never make it… Ah that would be CNN today.

I have weaned off of MSNBC and count on Anderson Cooper and his 360 program nightly for my news. I must admit I do still watch Maddow on late night repeats because I like what she says but by doing it this way MSNBC does not get to count the viewer ship as it is not in prime time.

We will be following this carefully with as much attention as we can give to Olbermann and Gore as I predict other blogs will do. Olbermann is not only the voice of progressives but those of us moderate independents that just want to learn and then make up our own minds. Then add that to the free clinics and the real death panels that Olbermann became the voice for and this is going to be fun folks. Gore and Olbermann, wow the 2012 political campaigns seem to be a shining new beacon for the election coverage in our home.

In other updates about Rose Speaks.com, we are changing some of the site to make it more friendly to search for downloads of paperwork on high profile trials we cover and that will be implemented this weekend we hope. However for now you can find the downloads in our Download Section. We have also updated the Michael Jackson downloads yesterday and those can be found on the Jackson page of the site.

I have been sick the last couple of weeks and I so appreciate you all reaching out personally to ask how I was doing, I am always touched that people who will never meet me still care about any turn in my health. As I was sick I watched a lot of television and have been mesmerized by the Egypt youth movement of a revolution and doing it without force but in peaceful means. I will be doing articles of my journey watching this from half a world away in a series called; “Remember my name. If I die here tonight, you will tell our story.”

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February 9, 2011
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I was working on the computer, probably on my family tree Friday, January 21, 2011, and had MSNBC on in the background waiting for Keith Olbermann and Friday night with James Thurber, which Ken loved.

When “Count Down” with Keith Olbermann came on I watched but continued at the computer, turning to watch certain segments. Then the world of broadcast changed with Olbermann saying something like “Next this will be the last night of Countdown, more about that when I return”, cut to commercial break. I was stunned, was he changing the name of his show, what?? I never in a million years expected to hear what he said when he came back. I was stunned, looking at Ken and saying WTF???

Well we have found out some of that over the last two days as well as a lot of hype of being fired, quitting, Tom Brokaw, being a lefty, having problems with the powers to be, believing he was all omnipotent, wanted to go back to sports, wanted to be a comedy writer a lot of things spinning out there, but here are a few “truths” .

MSNBC was a third place cable news network never getting traction, we would watch for a few minutes and then always go back to CNN, love Anderson Cooper and 360 there and got my two hours of news a night from his format. Then in 2006, I had MSNBC on for some reason perhaps it was destiny and I listened to Olbermann’s first Special Comment and I cried. Here was a guy talking truth to power, and like Valerie Plame and her husband Ambassador Joe Wilson. I feared Olbermann would be silenced by the Bush regime, or as his nickname in Texas goes “shrub” .

Why was this important?? Because like other greats before him, Walter Conkrite, who I idolized and he truly was the most trusted man in America and then Tom Brokaw of which I watched every night with some “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert. What made all of these newsman great to me was that each controlled their own content. Cronkite broke what the Viet Nam War was really about and with that courage of Cronkite the war ended. As Nixon said; “If Cronkite says it is over, then it is over”. I don’t remember Brokaw doing much of that Bryan Williams did more with his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and taking up for those in the Super Dome that he had spent the night with as other media began to slam them as “just the pour and the unruly”. Russert had control of the whole news department in both NBC and MSNBC as Browkaw had with NBC and Cronkite had with CBS. These titans knew that success depended on being able to speak the truth when you felt strongly about something. “Control of content”, something every successful commentator has had. That is what made Olbermann climbed and taking MSNBC with him, he controlled the content of his special comments and wow did they deliver a punch.

We have often said we are moderate independents, that silent majority here in politics, no real voice out there and not aligning with anyone, but when Olbermann took on the Regime we were govern — all of us knew this was special, this could be career ending for Olbermann, but it needed to be said. He pulled MSNBC out of third place and propelled them into 2nd place leaving CNN behind in the dust so to say. There was finally a voice not just for progressives or bleeding heart liberals, but to all of us who wanted our country back, and believed that could happen.

Tom Brokaw needs to retire and go to Wyoming or Montana like he promised he would, but no, he is still powerful, thought all cable news as unneeded and refused to appear on MSNBC, he was a dinosaur and wanted to hang on to that era; although never doubt he had total control of his content and still does it appears as well as others content. We have learned that Brokaw is more powerful in retirement then what any of us knew, it was not the regime in power we needed to worry about taking a new and clear voice as Olbernmann down, it would be someone we all trusted at one time, Browkaw and his lingering power

It was Tim Russert who saw the vision of cable news for NBC via the vehicle of MSNBC and he began to appear and encouraged others from the NBC side of News to appear, eventually even Brokaw appeared on election nights. Dan Abrams totally saw the future and reformatted MSNBC before he was canned.

At the end of Olbermann’s nightly commentary of events that he found of interest that day; Olbermann said “Goodnight and Good Luck”, from Edward R. Murrow. There are many prestigious awards worth more on the mantle of accolades and there are multiple Murrow awards given out every year, too many to even list or remember. Olbermann prized his Edward R, Murrow award though more than any other award he might have been given. Murrow spoke truth to power and it cost him his whole career. He unmasked the witch hunt of the 50’s under McCarthy and lifted a veil of fear that had gripped this country after WWII. Murrow spoke truth to power and McCarthy lost his power, was unmasked for what he was and ended that regime. Murrow paid with his whole career being taken off news and put on some Sunday night Live interview show and then faded out into what those in power in the media hoped would be oblivion.

Walter Cronkite worked after his retirement on leveling the campaign field seeing cable news as a vehicle to help reform political campaign financing. He felt with 24 hours of cable that each candidate could be assured of equal time and by that would get the powerful corporations and lobbyists out of our politics which would give it back to the voter, and prevent a Corpocracy as even Thomas Jefferson used to warn the country to beware of and not to allow that to happen. I didn’t know that about Cronkite until his death but that made him even more the most trusted man in America in my eyes. Russert saw potential in cable news and supported the then fledgling MSNBC and believed in Olbermann. Russert understood “control of one’s content” and the power that gave a voice. Hell even Fox “News” gives O’Reilly control of content., but that is for another day.

Brokaw and Comcast won and we lost a valuable voice on Friday night and the cable network will bow to the gods that be and my respect for Brokaw has been taken forever, leaving only a bad taste in my mouth. Something I thought could never happened until the last two months cumulating in this past 3 days.

Take Action has asked those of us who put 350,000 signatures in less than 48 hours, to sign a Thank you to Olbermann On a petition to bring Olbermann back in November which was successful and with that the people speaking we put into motion both good and bad. Good in that we have a voice and the internet has leveled the playing field a bit, but also unknowingly we set into motion the eventual take down of Oblermann by Browkaw and his lords in the main offices. When you take risks, you make powerful enemies and those with Brokaw at the helm was determine to silence the “silent majority” and the progressives who loved Olbermann. Brokaw needs to fade away and perhaps as MSNBC goes down in the flames of ratings and those few advertising dollars that all networks and shows fight for diminish, it will be Brokaw who fades into obscurity.

Keith Olbermann or KO as he is called will be back, it is rumored he cannot come back on air for many months because of the non-competition clause of most contracts which are bought out and have as a condition for several months if not for the whole two years left on Olbermann’s contract. 15 million dollars in a buyout gives a lot of credence to the no compete clause. Olbermann it appears can be heard as a sportscaster or on radio or he can become an internet powerhouse, I hope the latter happens fast and during the time he has to remain off of the air. I can see something equal to the Huffington Post, say Olbermann’s View, with Olbermann giving those who work at some endeavor like that, control of their content, and if he does those who want to participate will line up to sign on, and Olbermann will make a ton of money along the way.

I will not be watching MSNBC again, even though I wish Rachel Maddow only the best, because at the end of day the little guys like us citizens can only control the media in ratings which equals advertising dollars and the money advertisers pay and that my friends gives us POWER.. That POWER we must each claim right now if we believe in freedom of speech, freedom of the press and those eloquent enough to make it in the media should have control of “their content and editorial opinions”. The ACLU says it best when they go head to head to protect that right for someone that makes me ill, because if we do not protect that person’s right then it will end for all of us. We can see that now in the censorship of American news and opinion shows and the difference in the U. K. media and Canadian media. How ironic that which our founding fathers fought so hard for to keep us free, is given more in the motherland of the U. K. then in America.

I encourage each of you to sign the thank you that is up on line at Bold Progressive site and watch David Shuster’s video from this morning’s CNN “Reliable Sources” He sums it up great.

I close with two additional things:

1. What I wrote on the thank you petition : “To Keith, Edward R Murrow spoke truth to power, you knew that and you knew what that cost him and yet you followed him and spoke truth to power, on both sides of the spectrum.

The internet has a way of making the stage more even today. I know you will be back and a million of us will be waiting for you. Advertising dollars are tight these days, and in that is power.

Last night as you said goodbye I was shocked and then when you said “Goodnight and Good Luck” I saw a class act. I will not be watching MSNBC again, looks like CNN is going to attack a lot of us until we learn where you will again appear.”

2. However much more importantly is what Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter as the press of his day slammed him unmercifully: “If it were left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Join with us and the growing outcry and boycott MSNBC, in numbers, “We the people” still have a lot of power if we use that power wisely. Remember viewership equals advertising dollars, a simple rule that has a lot of power.

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January 23, 2011
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Dr. Conrad Murray and Michael Jackson

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor is overseeing the Preliminary hearing on Dr. Conrad Murray. When assigned the case Judge Pastor made the disclosure he was friends with then California Attorney General Jerry Brown, stating that Brown had placed him on the bench twenty seven years ago. Abiding by ethics requirements, Judge Pastor also disclosed he had written a recommendation for Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, the prosecutor in the case who has applied for a judgeship. Pastor said they are not personal friends, and he would not have a conflict in trying the case. Neither side filed within the ten days to recuse the judge.

Sources have told the media the preliminary hearing will last about two to three weeks and they will be twenty-five to thirty witnesses. Earlier in the week the D. A. shot down the gossip that Micheal Jackson’s oldest son would be called as a witness at this time. However producer/director, Kenny Ortega, of Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It,’ is expected to be one of the state’s top witnesses. sources told media that Ortega will testify at Dr. Conrad Murray’s preliminary hearing on manslaughter charges today and that he will make it clear that he thinks Murray is responsible for Jackson’s death.

Katherine Jackson and two of Micheal Jackson’s siblings entered the court this morning and Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, is expected to be there daily for the hearings. The Jackson family maintains that Murray is the fall guy in a larger conspiracy to harm Jackson, perhaps because of the insurance the promoter took out on Jackson’s life. Brian Oxman, Joe Jackson’s attorney maintains that a conspiracy did occur. Oxmann acknowledged that Micheal Jackson was an addict which made what Murray and others gave Jackson criminal neglect.

Thomas Mesereau went on MSNBC yesterday to make as statement saying on national television, [that]“The defense lawyers have to do something and what they’re gonna try and do is reflect attention away from their client and onto Michael Jackson. The reality is Michael Jackson was not suicidal, he was not self-destructive in the way they’re trying to say, and hopefully their defense will not succeed. I’m sorry that the defense is going to have to bash Michael Jackson to try and divert attention from their guilty client”

The prosecution team is led by Deputy District Attorney David Walgren. Murray’s team consists of defense lawyers, Michael Flanagan of Glendale, and Ed Chernoff of Houston, Texas. There have been hints that Murray’s defense team will put on witnesses during the preliminary hearing which could be began to show the defense they intend to pursue. The defense is not obligated to put on witnesses at this stage so that is interesting

It is generally considered extremely difficult to win criminal negligence cases against doctors, whose professional judgments juries tend not to second-guess – in fact, it’s by no means a foregone conclusion that Judge Pastor will order the case to trial.

That said remember that the bar for going to trial is very low for the prosecution to reach, in most state you can almost get a ham and cheese sandwich held over for trial.

Dr. Conrad Murray is only charged with involuntary manslaughter, for some reason giving a known addict dangerous drugs were not charged against Murray or any other doctors who treated Jackson over the years. On June 25th, 2009, Jackson died of a overdose of propofol, a prescription anesthesia drug normally used in hospitals during surgery.

Our friend, Spocket reported today on her blog that the Court’s PIO has recognized her as a member of the media. Sproket has covered other trial before Judge Pastor. Sproket stated that there would be no video or media transmitting from inside the courtroom. Computers and blackberries can only be used for note taking. All media reporting must be done from outside the courtroom. This rule also applies for the media overflow room. There is a lottery for the media to get seats in the courtroom as well as the overflow room, Sproket will have an update on her site about 1:30 PM PST today which is 3:30 PM CST. Be sure to keep up with Sproket’s detailed coverage on her blog, “Trials and Tribulations.

In other news about Murray, a Las Vegas federal prosecutor announced that U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden issued a statement that Dr. Conrad Murray has agreed to pay the federal government $1.25 million after prosecutors say he inflated health care claims for surgeries and supplies. There are also civil proceedings in Harris County Texas by Murray’s malpractice insurance company disputing that they do not have to cover Murray’s criminal defense only malpractice suits.

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January 4, 2011
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Keith Olbermann

Subtitle: Or is it an Excuse as Comcast gets Ready to Come on Board?

Late Friday afternoon, November 5 2010, CNN broke the news that Keith Olbermann had been suspended indefinitely without pay for making three political contributions without the “approval” of MSNBC president Phil Griffin. However by today, November 7, 2010 that is not holding water and the backlash is something Comcast, GE, and MSNBC probably never imagined.

If you want a story to die, you release it on Friday afternoon when no one will notice and then it dies over the weekend. Politicians do this all of the time, but this time the Keith Olbermann dispute is gaining steam and putting Griffin in a no-win situation, or as much of that kind of situation you can put a rich dude with a title in.

I watched Rachael Maddow on Friday night to hear the “most” that MSNBC is going to allow to be said on their network… “Allowed”??? Yes they have the final say in what will be on their network, like it or hit the door.

As Thomas Jefferson once said; “[A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of news writers who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true.” Jefferson also had confidence which today rests with our computers and Google of saying; “I am persuaded that the good sense of the people will always be found to be the best army. They may be led astray for a moment, but will soon correct themselves. The people are the only censors of their governors, and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution.”

After that what did I do? I went to my favorite of “let Google be your friend” and began to hunt for my truth. What I found out there is amazing, confusing and should scare all of us. First Olbermann was suspended for giving political contributions without permissions from his overlords. By today it is because he would not apologize on the air, not that any of us would know why he was doing that, nor would we care. Griffin might be changing to this because over the weekend it is getting more difficult for Griffin to find employees that have not given as in no host to take over for Keith on Monday, so the story has again changed to the apology angle.

Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe” with nutso co-host, Mika Brzezinski, (I say nutso because she is), and pundit Pat Buchanan, who guarantees a channel change in our home when he begins to spew his hate on air. Besides what Buchanan has given while being on MSNBC it was found that WAY back in 2006, Scarborough had given the maximum $4,200 contribution to the Oregon congressional race of close friend Derrick Kitts. On Friday MNSBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines put out a statement that said; “That contribution was made in accordance with (network) policy. Joe sought permission in advance. Since 2007 we have recommitted ourselves to following these important standards.”

That lasted about four hours before it was uncovered by POLITICO, the same organization that reported the Olbermann donations; found that statement was also FALSE. Scarborough made a $5,000 contribution in April 2010 to Alabama state legislative candidate John Merrill, who said the two have been close friends since they attended the University of Alabama together. Merrill had no real Democratic opponent.” So of course he needed Joe’s contribution, Joe tell us it anit’ so? That caused nutso Mika Brzezinski to give an interview to POLITICO, not something anyone is doing that works for MSNBC on behalf of Olbermann by the way. Mika basically said, Joe this is MY JOB, throw you long time friend under the bus, tell them he LIED. Her exact quote was in part; “That contribution should have been in the name of Scarborough’s wife, Susan Scarborough. The Scarboroughs expect John Merrill will amend his campaign report to accurately reflect that reality. If he does not, I will recommend they file an ethics complaint against him.” Brzezinski also challenged Merrill’s recollection of having brought Scarborough to Tuscaloosa for an August 2009 fundraiser for the county Republican Party, which Merrill said “was unbelievably successful. We raised a ton of money that we used to help local candidates.” Mika jumped on that to spin it as; “That event was billed as a tribute to Gov. Bob Riley on his retirement from politics, any suggestion that Joe Scarborough went to the University event to raise money for a political party is false. Sadly, many politicians try to elevate their standing by exaggerating their connection to Joe. This is one of those cases.” Yea Mika like unknown pundits wannabes like you elevate yourself in all of this.

That said it appears that Mika has the power to make a politician change his “story”, go figure Contrary to a VERY different interview with POLITICO earlier on Friday, I suggest you read that interview at POLITICO. Mika (cough cough seems to think she has the power she has claimed) cause on Friday evening, Merrill issued a chastened statement to POLITICO asserting that the $5,000 donation — his biggest individual donation of the campaign — was “from Susan Scarborough … I am very appreciative of her support.”

Mika shut up and sit down. We know your ratings are in the crapper but frankly I liked you better when you showed up at work, with curlers in your hair, very little make-up and chomping your breakfast on camera. I still turned you off though and even if by accident you and Morning Joe are on my television in the early morning hours by accident, WELL let’s just say thank God for quick remote controls. That said I would be doing this of you so think before you are fast to throw someone else under the bus, you might need support one day.

There is a much bigger story here that is probably closer to the truth, when POLITICO wrote that the decision was made by Steve Burke, a Bush fundraiser, who will be placed at the helm of MSNBC and other NBC companies after the buy-out of NBC Universal. Burke has not made any secret it appears of not liking Olbermann, and in previous interviews when asked about Olbermann’s style of reporting said to ask him again in six to twelve months. Perhaps this is a preview?

POLITICO corrected that error with the following: “UPDATED: We have been notified that Comcast has not yet officially taken over MSNBC/NBC Universal. Although Comcast has tentatively finalized a deal to purchase a majority stake in NBC, Comcast awaits final approval of the takeover from the Justice Department and from the Federal Communications Commission. A statement from Comcast reads: “The joint venture between Comcast and GE has not yet received regulatory approval. Comcast is not in any way involved with decisions made currently by NBC News.” However, once Comcast gains final approval from federal regulators to move forward, Comcast COO Steve Burke, a Bush fundraiser, will be placed at the helm of MSNBC and other NBC companies. Our original post inaccurately asserted that Comcast’s Burke was involved in the decision to fire Olbermann. We apologize for the error”.

All of this said and done what causes me the most alarm and this fiasco has I hope brought to the forefront for a lot of us is that Comcast has a pending deal with NBC Universal to buy them for $80 billion, that is right BILLION, dollars and has been moving on getting permission to do that with the Justice Department and the FCC. The why they need permission is what shocked me. With the purchase of NBC Universal Comcast will control 25% of what all of us see on TV. Let that sink in they will control ONE-QUARTER of what is available for every watcher of television. Now their deal is a sure thing to go through because they bought the votes with $32 million dollars in contributions to the best politicians for sale out there.

Twenty, [20], public interest, industry and consumer groups have announced a coalition to oppose the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, citing its potential harm on competition and consumer choice. “As the nation’s largest cable company, the largest Internet service provider, the NBC broadcast networks, owner of the local NBC and Telemundo stations in some of the nation’s largest media markets, owner of dozens of national, regional and local news, entertainment and sports cable networks, and owner or part-owner of some of the most heavily visited Web sites on the Internet, the merged entity will exert a degree of power unknown in our nation’s media history,” the coalition’s letter said. “That degree of concentrated power is fundamentally threatening to the public interest. Before allowing such a sea-change to take place, these impacts must be fully studied and understood – and the threats must be mitigated through energetic applications of the government’s regulatory authority.”

As a side note but one to pay attention to is Comcast is anti net neutrality as in they want you to pay to find sites like ours or block small sites altogether and to slow down both the ability to get to sites. , savetheinternet.com explains that companies like Comcast want “to be Internet gatekeepers, deciding which Web sites go fast or slow and which won’t load at all. They want to tax content providers to guarantee speedy delivery of their data. — while slowing down or blocking services offered by their competitors. These companies have a new vision for the Internet. Instead of a level playing field, they want to reserve express lanes for their own content and services — or those of big corporations that can afford the steep tolls — and leave the rest of us on a winding dirt road.”

In closing I want to quote two more great insights to all of this:

Russell Simmons’ op-ed at the Huffington Post.com in saying not only will he pay those pesky three contributions made by Keith but says what many of us feel. “Keith Olbermann has given voice to the voiceless, sanity to the madness, truth where lies are now a daily part of our political discourse. … If he goes we lose the Edward Murrow of our generation, the voice that spits truth to power and vested interests.”

Secondly another quote by Jefferson; “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter…”

I also want to say that Olbermann puts his money and time in what he believes. When he saw Free Clinics in action in poor areas he took notice. He raised all of our awareness and promoted and help fund much larger Free Clinics to those in need. So for what everyone else is doing he is now punished and perhaps will not return to Count Down, if he does then whether on the right or left we all lose.

So with this being Rose Speaks.com first ever political or save anyone editorial here are the places you can go to make sure whether you love or hate Keith Olbrmann that his voice not be silenced for if he is silenced for MSNBC to become a baby “Fox” then who is next and when it is us who will be left to speak up?

http://act.boldprogressives.org/sign/petition_olbermann Act Bold Progressives Petition to get Keith back on the air.

Contact NBC directly at 1-212-664-4444, you can also email Phil Griffin at phil.griffin@nbcuni.com Phil Griffin’s boss: jeremy.gaines@msnbc.com

Face Book of Keep Keith Olbermann on the Air http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Keith-Olbermann-On-msnbc/13888170949682 and Face Book Reinstate Keith Olbermann http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1019830063#!/pages/Reinstate-Keith-Olbermann/163923706964416

Yes I have joined all of the efforts and in disclosure I gave to Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign a very small amount, but sometimes those small amounts or the lone voice can get traction and help.

Here is a sample you can send when signing the Petition and is what I added to my signature: “Friday, November 05, 2010 This is the last night for me to watch MSNBC until Keith is back. Only watched tonight to hear what Rachel Maddow had to say. GOOD BYE Mmmmmmmm where will your advertisers go, perhaps CNN where your viewers will go?”

Yes I love Rachel and think I would like Lawrence O’Donnald but sometimes you just have to watch reruns so MSNBC is hurt in the only way that matters, viewers which equal advertising dollars. Keep the heat of MSNBC and say, “you can’t hide something this unfair by saying it late on Friday afternoon, we are smarter than that”.

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This video is in Mike native tongue of Armenian. I was sent the translation but I believe it needs none. The music and images speak volumes to our hearts. This song was written by one of Mike’s relatives, the number one song composer in Armenia.

Mike changed lives, he gave so much in his nineteen years and he continues to change lives daily. I can’t help but stop to think how much more Mike had to give all of us if he had lived. The world is a better place for Mike being here but it could have been so much more if Mike had not been murdered.

In my communications and talks with Mike’s family, today they still speak of Mike in the current tense. “Rose you know my boy will be twenty this Friday”, “My wife everyday sees something she wants to buy for Mike knowing he will love it”. The current tense and the frozen in time is what caused tears to flow freely as I listened to his parents. We pledge to continue to remember Mike and to support his loved ones in their quest for justice.

The investigation and charging the people who killed him over a text message has stalled. It is easy to say, “hey just one more of many murders here in L. A. county, we just don’t have the funds or the man hours to hunt these people down or build the case it would need to convict them”. If anyone deserves that extra time, care, funds to solve this and bring those to justice who did this, it is Gombert, Mike, Yepremya.

I hope each of you will contact the media in your home town to ask why? If not for Mike then who in our country is deserving of justice? Contact the national media, Keith Olbermann at Countdown@msnbc.com, Rachael Maddow at Rachel@msnbc.com and Lawrence O’Donnell at thelastword@msnbc.com of MSNBC, their email address, blogs and twitter accounts can be found on the MSNBC pages. Contact Anderson Cooper of CNN or Dr. Santa Gupta and ask if not Mike then who deserves justice. For once I say contact Fox News if you have a favorite person you watch on their news. Contact Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento California, and the D. A. for Los Angeles County. It takes but just a minute to say that Mike gave so much too so many and if not for Mike then who is deserving of justice in our country?

When you think life is overcoming you, or you are angry at someone, put it in the larger picture and realize what most of us face everyday is nothing compare to what Mike’s parents and loved ones face daily.

I leave you with this picture of Mike and his parents in such a happy time, and a list of how Mike continues to impact all of our lives and that his maturity at nineteen will impact our lives for the better forever. Be an organ donor.

Gombert, Mike, Hombert Yepremyan with his family

Each of these people listed as recipients of Mike’s gift as a donor was near death and hanging on praying for a miracle. Each was at the top of the organ donor list because of their heath deterioration and the need for an organ or tissue to literally give them the gift of life.

Gombert’s [Mike] left kidney was transplanted into a 47 year old woman in southern California. She has four children and several grandchildren. With her gift of life, she no long needs dialysis.

A 51 year old woman in southern California is the recipient of Gombert’s right kidney. She is married and the mother of seven children. This woman started dialysis in 2001 and she is now free from dialysis.

Gombert’s liver was transplanted into a 63 year old woman in southern California who is the mother of seven children. We are told that she is now doing well and can look forward to a return to health.

Gombert’s heart was transplanted into a 44 year old southern California man. We are told that he has a degree in computer science and that following his transplant, he is now doing well.

In addition Gombert’s tissue in the form of bone, skin and veins is a gift of immeasurable value as there are many thousands of people waiting for a tissue transplant that will enable them to return to a normal life. The bone tissue can restore quality of life to those that may have suffered traumatic injuries, cancerous tumors or degenerative disease. Gombert’s skin tissue can be used to fill soft tissue loss from cancer or trauma, restore bladder control in the treatment of incontinence and in periodontal surgery to correct gingival defects. His veins can help patients suffering from peripheral vascular disease. Many of these patients are at risk for amputation and this is the only remaining alternative.

A Letter From one of the recipients of Mike’s gift of life:

“I am now able to walk again and I am no longer on dialysis. I have improved so much. My seven children, twenty-five grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren are all organ donors today and all give blood the gift of life often. With this experience, we have learned a lot. My family and I have learned that we should help others. The gift of life you have given to us has changed our lives and has made us realize each of us owe so much to others, we must all be organ donors.”

On New Year’s Day on the Donate Life’s float, themed “Seize the day”, in the Rose Parade Mike will be honored for the gift of life he so unselfishly gave to others in his death. There will be a single rose and a heart felt message from his family to the world.

From a Friend of Mike’s a Beautiful poem:

I wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again: .
Thought of you today, but that is nothing new.:
I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.:
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.:
All I have are memories and pictures in frames.:
Your memory is a keepsake,…from which I’ll never part….:
God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart.:

Stop for just a moment today to think and pray for Mike’s family.

Mr. and Mrs. Yepremyan, Thank you for your son who cared about others, you have changed our lives forever.

If not Mike, then who deserves justice in our country?

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October 29, 2010
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Tiger Woods and Thirteen Agonizing minutes

The stock market stopped for a tad over thirteen (13) minutes as did the world compliments of the U. S. 24/7 as I love to describe them, “Infotainment News” and on Friday even what most of us consider “Real News”; with thousands of people watching just to hang on every word of Tiger Woods on Friday, February 19, 2010. One that had been advertised, and yes I do mean advertised, as in the advertising community paid a lot of money for plugs a head of this speech and for spots after this speech. It is no accident that Nike bought the advertising spot directly after the speech with “The Jungle Song” being played.

I was looking through CNN and MSNBC on Friday morning to just get my daily dose of what is going on in the world. I had missed the “original” thirteen minutes agonizing speech by Tiger Woods, however I did NOT miss the hour by hour analysis of body language experts, twelve steps experts in fact I half expected Woods to apologize to the Hollywood Madam whose newest claim to fame is getting trash shows and rags to continue to quote her about Tiger Woods and ALL of the money she has made. Have her “handlers” a/k/a federal prosecutors and probation officers told her that for the six months while writing her tell all book and doing a tad of house arrest with that cute little ankle bracelet that she might want to keep a LOW profile; but then my take is that would be impossible for her.

However, I regress, what do I know about Tiger Woods let me count the things since I am not a golfer or golf fan, the game to me looks like a slow drip of molasses with about that much excitement so I am perhaps skewed in my take on this.

1. Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer EVER.

2. Because of this he is the richest golfer EVER.

3. Because of this he has a Godzilla amount of Endorsements.

4. Because of those paid endorsements he makes even More Money.

That is about all I knew and all I needed to know about Tiger Woods until the replay and dissection of his thirteen minutes “I have sinned” speech, (flash back to Jimmy Swaggart’s crying confession of having sex with prostitutes. Of course he was neither rich nor talented except to take little old ladies money for his evangelism. DISCLAIMER: I BELIEVE IN GOD SO DON’T GO THERE, I DON’T BELIEVE IN USING THAT FAITH TO CASH IN.) Swaggart’s motivation was trying to right himself in time to not lose too much money. However, it was that repeat performance with pictures to show there was no change that did him in and no amount of crocodile tears could save him. (I could add thank God here but won’t)

So flipping through a twelve step program of things to do I see Woods is up to a combination of eight (8) and nine (9). Eight being: “Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.” With nine (9) being; “Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.”

Now did Tiger Wood’s lust to spend money and lavish himself with things considered taboo to a clean cut all American, trust your children to follow me, harm me? Nope his wife, his children, his mother, a few friends, the boy scouts and his sponsors, probably. Did it harm me that he went on international television to say he had amends to make and he had harmed people. That was a personal choice, in my opinion, that neither helped nor hurt him, however the “24/7 infotainment news world” got their pound of flesh to dissect for a whole news cycle so he sold advertisements for them, but did I need to hear that, nope.

Look he could have said what he needed to say, if he in fact needed to say anything as follows, in my opinion:

1. I am the best golfer to ever play the game.

2. I made millions in endorsements and money from championships.

3. With money comes, greedy people that want part of that money and will cater to all of your fantasies.

4. I gave into those fantasies and all that does is make me one more imperfect person and perhaps one headed to divorce court.

5. I am no hero, haven’t any of you learned yet to put an imaginary “icon” on a pedestal is going to cause that icon to show they have clay feet? Now he probably should have been saying that to parents and children all along during his career. History has taught us when you put the rich, famous, talented people on pedestals, gravity is always going to win and they will fall off.

6. Leave my wife, my kids and my mother alone, geesh people isn’t there better ways to spend your time then dissecting and stalking my family? (he did say that)

7. I am not going to address the gossip of the extent of my indiscretions that is between my family and me and perhaps my sponsors. (At least he did say that).

If he wanted to throw in that there was no domestic violence and his wife had not chased him with a nine iron down his home driveway, which frankly I kind of liked the idea of a beautiful woman chasing a cheating husband down the drive, that was his choice. So if that did not happen then Tiger Woods should have told us he was drunk, mad, sped away from a fight with his wife and crashed. Got it? That is all we needed to know, in fact we were not “entitled” to even that.

He could have done that in less than five minutes, yet we were all subjected to watching a very private person, who had lied along the way in making all that money, agonized over making amends and admitting his sins. Then we spent the rest of the day having pundits, professional psychologists, twelve step advisers and even body language experts tell us what part was real, what was not and what is next for the Woods’ brand.

Which by the way isn’t there more serious news to cover in the world then Tiger Woods?

We now know he is paying a LOT of money to a sex rehabilitation clinic and was going back to spend a LOT more money there. The Google alerts today say this sex clinic has had to put up a temporary privacy fence. I wonder if that fee was added to Tiger’s bill? I am willing to bet the people who run that inpatient clinic and get a LOT of money from Tiger Woods, high five Woods on his return with WOW man did you do good! You only have (fill in the number of weeks here they say he needs) while of course making a LOT more money from Tiger Woods. It is kind of like hookers charge but for now in a different direction for the rich and famous. I kind of hope Woods went to bed on Saturday night back at the rehab center with a thought of F-U, I feel worse not better and ya’ll made me do a super advanced advertising thirteen minute “I have Sinned” bullshit speech. But hey if it will keep my sponsors then it was a good business decision.

Tiger, let that be the only pound of flesh you hand the world of “24/7 infotainment news”. Their only purpose is to destroy people in search of those advertising dollars. Do what you have to do to rehabilitate your image so the money keeps coming in. However if I was you, one day remind all of these people you can do two things that almost none of them can do: 1. Be the greatest golfer of all time and 2. Make more money then most of them can dream about on Christmas Eve when lollipops of greed dance through their heads.

So have we had enough of Tiger Woods and the guy can get on with his life NOPE, there is just too much money to make in following this imperfect human being. It appears to me his main sin was demanding to keep his personal life very private. I hope he has learned that in doing that, which he was entitled to do, but with an imperfect life he opened the flood gates of man eating “24/7 infotainment”. Learn and move on with money and fame comes that occasional pound of flesh the public via “Infotainment 24/7 news cycles demands”. It is just the way of life these days. I do have to say I like how Tiger’s wife Elvin has handled this. Back to the sex clinic for Tiger but Elin will be taking the credit cards to go shopping and in a very public way. You got to love the way betrayed wives get to decide how much money it is going to cost those wayward husband to get out of the proverbial dog house.

YES THIS IS AN EDITORIAL NOT BASED ON FACTUAL INFORMATION BUT MY OWN THOUGHTS ON THE FIASCO THAT IS SURROUNDING TIGER WOODS.

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February 21, 2010
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iger Woods fodder for infotainment

Welcome to the 24/7 of infotainment passed off as news Tiger Woods. Have any of you done a google search of Tiger Woods today, what about a family privacy is now up for grabs? I could not believe the main stream media covering this with questions, and then you get to infotainment and last out and out horrid jokes sites, even a new “Spirit Airs” commercial based on Woods.

In a statement released on his website in part Tiger Woods said; “Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.”

Tiger Woods is a great athlete, and now is surrounded by “tabloid scrutiny” and sadly main stream news like MSNBC and CNN, however wait until the television 24/7 infotainment hits Mr. Wood and his family.

It appears in media when asked L. Lin Wood is giving Tiger Wood some free advice like on November 30, in Dallas News Wood said; ““It’s a vicious cycle to find yourself in,” said L. Lin Wood, a nationally known trial attorney and First Amendment expert.

“When a media frenzy descends upon you, it’s difficult sometimes to make the right decision.”

Wood’s clients have included John and Patsy Ramsey, former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit and Richard Jewell, the security guard wrongly implicated in the Atlanta Olympic bombing.

In attorney Wood’s opinion, golfer Woods doesn’t owe the public any more than what little he has said so far. “

On December 1, Mr. L. Lin Wood in the NHBR said” But the same forces that ignite the story might also cause it to burn out quickly, said L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta attorney who has counseled high-profile clients.

Barring any new allegations, Wood sees coverage of the Woods story dying down in a few weeks, perhaps flaring briefly the next time Woods appears in public, then fading away. The attorney disagrees with marketers who say Woods needs to face reporters.

“To me, it would be undignified for someone like Tiger Woods,” he said. “And if you start to feed the media frenzy, it’s just going to get bigger and probably last longer.”

As the infotainment passed off as news continue to swallow up Tiger Woods and is depriving him of the privacy he is begging for while for now actually appearing he is becoming a recluse in his own home with media trucks lining the streets. Today in USA Today Lin Wood again offered Tiger Wood some advice; “ L. Lin Wood understands that full extent, [of Tiger Woods statement on the Tigerwoods.com site],. He is a lawyer in Atlanta who has extensive experience representing clients caught in media maelstroms.

“You’ve got two choices, as a practical matter” in cases like this, Wood said. “You go public and answer all the questions — in other words, tell all. Or you make the choice to treat it as a private matter and refuse to discuss publicly the issues involving his relationship with his wife and obviously these new accusations of infidelity or sexual misconduct.

“I think he has made the right decision. I do not think the issues that are now part of the media firestorm are issues that merit public discussion. … And I think going forward, Tiger should be Tiger (and not discuss) issues that do not relate to his public status or his professional endeavors.”

However on TV and in statements to the media most PR firms are saying basically “Tiger Woods should hire us and let us handle the ever growing media storm by releasing the information to the public infotainment feeding frenzy”.

So in your opining if Tiger Woods finds himself needing some help in the next days or weeks, would it be better to hire a media expert to release those “facts for you” or someone like L. Lin Wood to guarantee Woods and his family privacy is reinforced?

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December 3, 2009
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