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Mention appearance at journalism dinner - check
Gushing quote from CNN's Jeff Greenfield - check
Brian as "kid blogging from dorm room" - check
Brian as "concerned about accuracy" - check
Two lines struck me from this piece.
Bosman writes "In April Mr. Stelter attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner as a guest of MSNBC."
Help me out here. Did Brian mention this on his blog? I don't recall seeing it. Maybe he did. What I do recall is Brian bristling at the suggestion that he has a mouthpiece for MSNBC. Now, where would we EVER get THAT idea? Just in case you are still not sure check out the follow up quotes in the piece:
"He was quite a celebrity," said Jeremy Gaines, a spokesman for MSNBC. "Literally two tables over was George Clooney, and at our table was TVNewser, and people were waiting in line to see him."
"The biggest TV executives, the men and women who run the top networks, look at this kid's Web site all the time," said Joe Scarborough, the host of the talk show "Scarborough Country" on MSNBC. "And the genius of it is that everybody thinks they own him. Everybody says: 'Oh, I've got a great relationship with Brian. Let me leak it to him.'"
My next favorite is this line:
He finally got to meet Mr. Williams last year when he came to New York to attend a memorial service for Mr. Jennings. Mr. Williams invited him to sit in on his broadcast's 2:30 p.m. editorial meeting, and the two talked privately for a half-hour.
"I've always regarded him as the De Niro character in 'The King of Comedy,'" Mr. Williams said, invoking the 1983 film whose lead character, Rupert Pupkin, is a talentless comic who stalks his talk-show idol. "He has kind of a Rupert Pupkinesque double life."
I can't tell what I like better. The idea that Brian took advantage of the death of Peter Jennings to do some networking or that the object of his affection, Brian Williams, likened him to Rupert Pupkin or that Bosman (correctly) explained that, by analogy, Williams was describing Stelter as a "talentless stalker"
Finally we get this "While he said he hasn't received any firm job offers in the industry, several television executives have urged him to call when he starts job hunting."
Again, can anyone say "conflict of interest"?
As if to confirm the point, TVN publishes, without comment, Dan Abrams memos extolling the "success" of MSNBC.
Just a couple days later, Johnny Dollar catches TVNewser passing off more MSNBC propaganda as "news" when Stelter publishes a misleading set of images served up by his pals in the MSNBC PR department.
All of which prompted a debate on TVN's home site - Media Bistro - asking TVNewser Biased? where the questioner asks "In almost every post he [Stelter] makes and the in topics he suggests, there is an overt liberal bias and extremely pro-NBC/MSNBC point of view." The same person cites Olbermann Watch:
Stelter has been accused of being a liberal activist by many right-wing sites, which he has categorically denied on TVNewser. Then, a site called OlbermannWatch.com produced his actual profile on FaceBook.com, which proved he is a member of several left-wing groups on the site (Don't Blame Me, I Voted For Kerry, etc.). He also marched in a rally to protest Sinclair Broadcasting electing not to televise a Nightline special that showed the faces of all soldiers killed in Iraq.
There are countless of examples of this pattern by Stelter, and I only cite the right-wing OlbermannWatch.com because it's the only site that's consistently monitored Stelter's online behavior. The site has also done some interesting research about ratings data and subsequently accused Stelter of intentionally skewing ratings data in MSNBC's favor and emphasizing a particular "demo" at the behest of MSNBC executives.