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or is he a "dagger at the heart of genuine journalism."
It must be a good article because I can't decide if I love it or hate it.
I love that THIS quote made it into the piece:
Far from being the Edward R. Murrow he likes to present himself as, he's the Walter Winchell of journalism.
I take issue with the line below - and not because it spawned just such a blog:
The problem is that no one yet has started a watchingcoxwatcholbermann.com to sift the wheat of his truth from the chaff of his opinion.
I had pointed Lisheron to several posts including my reply to Keith's 9/11 Rant from Ground Zero which contains links to Countdown transcripts and documentation backing up the points made in my post. Beyond that, OlbyWatch has a VERY active comments section where Olbermann fans regularly debate our posts and provide CONSTANT fact-checking.
This next line is not only wrong but the opposite of what I told Lisheron:
Olbermann has chosen to ignore Cox directly, but told the New York Observer that his critics are "belligerently uninformative.
I told him how Olbermann attacked me personally...by name...on the Bob Kur Show in a joint appearance with Howie Kurtz last spring on the WTOP. He also told the Hartford Courant that he was being "persecuted" by Olbermann Watch. We were also indirectly awarded a "bronze" for Worst Person in the World when Keith gave the award to Steve Spruiell of NRO's Media Blog for words that Steve had excerpted from OlbyWatch. Olbermann has also lifted copy from my posts and aired audio copied from OlbyWatch. Keith also made some vague threats about suing me over a commenter who posted an email exchange he had with Keith into Olbermann Watch (a story that also ties back to TVNewser's Brian Stelter).
And speaking of Brian, the anti-Stelter faction over at Media Bistro has been having a field day with the AJR piece.
What to make of the line
Stelter suspects that, based on Olbermann's name recognition, many more viewers are going uncounted by Nielsen.
As a typical OlbyLoon, Stelter sees a conspiracy to undercount Olbermann's audience where a real television reporter and journalist, Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald sees cold, hard reality saying "Olbermann is a media cause cÃ©lÃ¨bre and a popular flop". People have heard about Olbermann because his friends at the Television Critics Association blast his name from the pages of one major newspaper after another. His ratings do not reflect the hype because except for a handful of far-left OlbyLoons, Countdown is unwatchable.
Speaking of conspiracy theories, Stelter goes on to say"
I'm excited that there's someone out there not following the cues from the government the media usually follows." Whoa. That's deep dude.
Perhaps the funniest part of the whole piece is Mark's observation that Olbermann would not speak to him and Griffin's rationalization as to why:
Although I interviewed him for a previous AJR piece, Olbermann would not speak to this turn for himself, or about anything else, in spite of repeated requests for an interview for this article. Griffin says that maybe he doesn't want to jinx the tremendous roll he's on. Olbermann is famous for being funny that way, Griffin says.
It could be that or it could be that the last piece Lisheron wrote for AJR contained lines like this:
Because of roadblocks Olbermann builds, which sometimes only he can see, it can be difficult for others to discern where creative restlessness leaves off and petulance takes root
ESPN staffers grew tired of the "soap opera" that was Olbermann's relationship with the network
In addition to the bluster around the studio and the sometimes withering humor, there were what some staffers considered affectations, like pipe smoking
You don't have to be a psychotherapist to know that KO knows how to hold a grudge.