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OK. The Boston Phoenix is a liberal alternative paper and Jeff Cohen is a noted liberal activist-cum-media critic so it's not exactly the REAL MSM but you get the idea. For those who have not read the book (I have, Eric Deggans gave me a copy a couple weeks ago), Cohen was on Crossfire back in the good old bad days, then on Fox Newswatch. He left to produce Phil Donahue's MSNBC show before the network took it off their air in the run up to the Iraq War.
Dan Kennedy interviews Cohen about his new book Cable News Confidential and we get this gem of an exchange:
Q. GE still owns MSNBC, but its new golden boy seems to be Keith Olbermann, a liberal. Doesn't this suggest that TV executives will go with whatever works?
A. I wish. Do I wish. I'd still be there. I'd be rich and powerful. And famous. I like Keith. I liked him years and years ago. I've never met the guy. I like his persona. Obviously others do, too. I like his smarts, I like his whimsy, and lately, obviously, he's pandering to my political sensibilities as well as the next guy's.
Got that? He "likes Keith" but ""He's never met Keith". That seems to be common theme - people who "like" Keith have never met him. If I had to guess, Cohen is EXACTLY the kind of guest KO will jump to book and sucking up to KO is as good a way as any to get the John Dean treatment as any.