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Spud is laying down the law at ICN on What is appropriate and what is not. The comment is apparently somehow being related to Olbermann Watch which is (again) being tied to the allegations made on the "For This Relief" blog. Apparently there is not a big premium placed on getting facts straight over there but, for the record, we have nothing to do with that blog or that blogger.
I cannot tell exactly what it is that prompted the new ICN policy because Spud has deleted the offending comments but I can explain ICN's policy.
1) The private life of a news anchor or host is off-limits if the subject does not make print.
2) If something private does make print it is still off-limits the only exception being that if it (a) made print for good reason and (b) it relates directly to the broadcast of the show.
3) If an ICN reader attempts to put any such information on the site, those comments will be deleted.
At what is an apparent slap at Olbermann Watch (among others), spud goes on to say "Other sites and news outlets have their own set of standards about what they feel should get print and I won't judge their reasons for doing so. But this is how I feel ICN should be run. And I expect my readers to take that into account and react accordingly."
It's great that ICN is embracing this high standard for journalistic exellence. Now, if Spud will get down off his high horse for just a moment perhaps he will reconcile his policy with his numerous posts regarding unsubstantiated, unproven allegations made by Andrea Mackris with regard to Bill O'Reilly. For example...
March 20, 2006: Analyzing O'Reilly in which spud calls Columbia J. School Dean Nick Lemann's hit piece on Bill O'Reilly in The New Yorker a "must read", an article which goes to great lengths to weave in unsubstantiated claims about O'Reilly and his private conduct are in no way directly relate to what goes is broadcast at FNC.
June 17, 2006: Question of the Weekend in which Spud asks "Is there a double standard at work here with how Olbermann was treated and how O'Reilly is treated?" and then invites readers to compare media coverage of Andrea Mackris' allegations and the KO emails reported by Lloyd Grove (and provided unexpurgated on Olbermann Watch). Not to defend KO but the KO emails were intended to be private communications and in no way directly relate to what goes is broadcast at MSNBC.
June 29, 2006: Olbermann gives advice to Bill in which Spud "forgets" to delete the comment referencing Andrea Mackris.
March 27: EW's Feud Of The Week in which Spud "forgets" to delete the comment calling O'Reilly "perverted" and, again, refrencing Andrea Mackris.
January 31, 2006: Opinion: O'Reilly threatens NBC in which spud "forgets" to remove a comment calling Olbermann a "perverted old man" and suggests "comeone needs to dig a little deeper into his personal life" and the tit-for-tat O'Reilly response which again references Andrea Mackris.
November 18, 2005: Bill O'Reilly (hearts) Lis Whiel? in which Spud links the other NYDN gossip column, Rush and Molloy who, write "It's the sort of language that former Oâ€™Reilly producer Andrea Mackris might have cited in that lawsuit she filed against him last year".
February 24, 2006: Still more petition stuff in which Spud publishes two more references to Mackris.
March 10, 2006: O'Reilly Afraid of Olbermann's Name? Part 2 in which Spud "forgets" to delete another mention of Mackris in the comments.
March 9, 2006: O'Reilly afraid of Olbermann's name? in which Spud "forgets" to delete another mention of Mackris in the comments.
I could go on by mentioning all the gossip driven posts about Olbermann, O'Reilly and various other cable news personalities - none of which meet ICN's standard for journalist integrity but why bother. ICN is just showing it's true colors as a liberal media shill trying to pass himself off as a psuedo-objective "journalist". Sorry, spud...you're going to have to sell your story walking.