Monday, September 08, 2008

MSNBC Deals with Olbermann

MSNBC, or the Barak Obama Channel, has apparently dropped Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews from the anchor chair for their election coverage. From the New York Times:

“MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election.

That experiment appears to be over.

After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.”
While talking head programs generally tend to be partisan and silly, MSNBC’s decline into the left-wing counter to the Fox News channel was even more apparent during recent convention coverage, with Olbermann given free reign to foam at the mouth. He was clearly too much even for Matthews’ to tolerate, and the on-air spats between the two likely didn’t help either of their standings.

Now if we could just get that moron Sean Hannity to stop commenting on the election...


Jennifer Rubin writes for Contentions on this subject:
“The Left has compared MSNBC to Fox, but the analogy has always fallen on exactly this point: Fox separated talk-show partisans (e.g. Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly) from news anchors and reporters ( e.g. Brit Hume, Chris Wallace) while MSNBC did not.”

The average Huffington Post commentator sees this as part of the vast Rightwing conspiracy to stifle democracy.


Daniel Stark said...

About time. God, it has gotten to the point where I can't watch the channel anymore. I'm actually disappointed with all of the channels (CNN,FOX,MSNBC), and had to stick to PBS during the conventions (which was far from exciting, ha!).

Roland Dodds said...

I agree Daniel. I don’t have a problem with MSNBC trying to be the leftist equivalent to Fox News: lord knows Fox has some blowhard right wing morons as commentators. But When it comes to folks who sit in an anchor chair, and are intended to moderate the debate amongst their commentators, it makes no sense to put someone like Olbermann in that spot. It would be the same if Sean Hannity were in charge of Fox’s election coverage.

The fact that our comrades at Huffington Post don’t seem to see the difference in that is not surprising however. It’s not like Olbermann has been banned from the airwaves.

Roland Dodds said...

I should also add, that while the Dems would not accept having Fox News moderate one of their debates, no one had a problem with having MSNBC moderate one for either party, even if they have a partisan slant. Just a little hypocrisy for ya.

NeoConstant said...

"Fuck Fox News!"


I'm really glad MSNBC did this, even in the face, I'm sure, of much Leftist pressure not to. Then again, we witnessed Brokaw censuring Olbermann during the DNC, so this wasn't without a lead-up...

TNC said...

Daniel, CSPAN provided excellent coverage as well. They allow you to hear the candidates without providing commentary (unlike PBS).


"our comrades at Huffington Post..."

When did you cease calling them Hufftards? ;-)

Roland Dodds said...

“When did you cease calling them Hufftards? ;-)”

I was feeling rather charitable that morning!

Daniel Stark said...

The New Centrist, I know about C-Span. Yet there were reasons why I didn't use it.

1. I was at home during the DNC convention, and C-Span comes in fuzzy.

2. I was at college during the RNC convention, and I don't have a TV, so I watched on the College's IPTV online service and they didn't have C-SPAN.

3. PBS provided the coverage in widescreen and HD, which was awesome. Also, when commentary came on, I switched to UStreamTV which also provided coverage.

So there were many reasons for tuning in to PBS. I flipped through the channels (Fox, MSNBC, CNN) during the DNC convention, and I was literally about to throw my shoe at my TV.

Yeah, I'm obsessed with politics. Haha.

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