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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    December 5, 2006
    MSM KO Bandwagon #247: Nation Swallows KO Hook, Line and Sinker

    It may be a stretch to call a communist rag a part of the MSM but not much of one so after consulting with leading experts have decided to call The Nation magazine an MSM publicaiton.

    Daphne Eviatar provide the usual fawning over Keith Olbermann but works in the Laugher of the Week:

    Olbermann, who denies any partisan leanings and whose background doesn't suggest any, insists his job is to report on what's really going on--even if the public is loath to believe it.

    Keith goes on to analogize, "In sports, if a center-fielder drops the fly ball, you can't pretend he didn't," he says. "There's also an awareness of patterns, a relationship between what has gone before and what is to come that is so strong in sports coverage that doesn't seem to be there in news reporting."

    Think about that statement for a moment. According to Keith, his special insights into current events are due to his unique ability to understand history and detect "patterns" - a skill that otherwise doesn't exist in journalism today. In other words, Keith is the only true journalist reporting today.

    And don't miss that bit about how a sportscaster develops a special objectivity because either a fielder catches a ball or does not. This is the same guy who made his name as a broadcaster at ESPN doing a show that offered non-stop opinion, on a network that spends hours each day opinining about player personnel moves, team mangement decisions, coaching strategies, in-game analysis, personal motivations of players, coaches and owners. Has Keith ever listened to the Dan Patrick show on ESPN Radio or WFAN? Does he really believe that sports media outlets confine themselves to simply reporting whether a player hit the ball or made the catch?


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    How can any writer pen- "whose background doesn't suggest any"? In one statement, the writer proved the baselessness of the whole article. How can Daffney be considered a reputable reporter? She's just another left leaning blogger who loves to blow wind up Keitho's skirt, regardless of the facts. She'll be working for Al Jazeera in a month.

    "And certain fifteen-minute segments on Olbermann's show have edged out his nemesis, Bill O'Reilly."

    And a certian game show, Grace and Zahn have edged out Olbermann's show for a whole night.

    If it hadn't been posted that this was from the Nation, I would have guessed it was from the Onion.

    My goodness...what passes for newswriting today is shameful.

    At the bottom of each article at "The Nation", they have a link to TAKE ACTION NOW. http://capwiz.com/thenation/home/

    Here's what The Nation suggests for you if you want to TAKE ACTION NOW:

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    To Do List for Democrats

    Give Your Democratic Representative a Wish List Click Here.
    Starve the Iraq War Beast

    To prohibit the use of funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq. Click Here.
    Put the Brakes on Presidential Signing Statements

    Presidents should not be granted the powers of dictators Click Here.
    Paper Ballots, Please

    Tell your elected officials to make paper ballots an option in your state. Click Here.
    Should Bush Be Impeached?

    Ask your Congressman to sponsor House Resolution 635 Click Here.
    --------------------------------------------------

    It looks like they're right, The Nation is officially part of the MSM.

    She failed to mention that by Olbermann's own admission those 15-minute segments were the tabloid, gossip segments of his show.

    The Nation is far from a " commie rag ".. you folks are so out of touch, and maybe you would be helped if you did not insist on buying your magazines at the check-out of the grocery store.

    My personal favorite passage of the article was the following:

    "Unlike O'Reilly, Olbermann doesn't shout over his guests, condescend to his opponents or deliver empty diatribes. Instead, his show--which attracts guests ranging from Frank Rich to John Ashcroft--features in-depth interviews with prominent academics, public officials and journalists on serious, often overlooked events of the day."


    Wow...I don't even know where to begin to refute this one...

    For starters, why would you ever shout over any guest, when every single one you have on your show parrots your own beliefs and views?

    Secondly, the "guests ranging from Frank Rich to John Ashcroft" is one of the most factually accurate yet misleading statements I have ever read. To draw an analogy that only a man of Mr. Merkle's baseball knowledge would appreciate, that would be like saying "Former major league baseball player Tuffy Rhodes was a fearsome power hitter...he hit as many as THREE home runs in a single game!!!" Yes, he "factually" did hit three home runs in a game, yet all would agree that that was the proverbial "blind squirrel finding an acorn". Having one guest in the last year on your show (and, I apologize if there happens to be a 2nd or 3rd that I have forgotten) that leans right doesn't mean you can realistically portray that guest as one end of the normal spectrum of guests.

    Lastly, the author's statement of "in-depth interviews" with prominent academics (all leaning left), public officials (all leaning left, with the exception of Senatorial candidate Kean, who was only on for the purposes of calling for Rumsfeld's resignation), and journalists (Wolffe Man, Milbank, Ricks, Rich, etc...see if you can figure out what idiology they all share) is so blantantly misleading that it bears no rebuttal. On the other hand, when the President held a Journalistic summit a couple months ago, which only was attended by right-leaning journalists, what do you think the odds are that The Nation referred to that summit as being attended by "noted national radio and television personalities"? I am going to go out on a big limb and guess that they made substantial mention of the idiology of those attendees.

    You have to love evenhanded journalism.

    For years, scientists have, without success.... Attempted to prove...A parallel universe, a......5th dimension exist beyond the boundries of what has become known as reality.

    Daphne Eviatar proves beyond a shadow of a doubt. That, there is a parallel universe. And that Daphne Eviatar has taken.......That......ONE STEP BEYOND!!!!!!