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Media Double Standard Dept: Can you imagine what the reaction would be...
The Cable Game
Welcome to the world of double standards: MSNBC uses Keith Olbermann in last Thursday night's debate, and the MSM doesn't so much as notice. That left Rudy Giuliani to complain about Olbermann's role at the Reagan Library debate as reported by the AP's David Bauder.
Brit Hume is a "journalist"; Keith Olbermann is "partisan"
On Friday, the Associated Press -- in the course of reporting that the Giuliani campaign complained to NBC News that Keith Olbermann was assigned to cover the GOP presidential debate -- made certain statements which brightly reveal the current state of our political press. Think Progress has highlighted several misleading aspects of the AP story, and Joan Walsh today dissects several other glaring flaws with the story. I want to focus on what this episode so potently demonstrates about modern "journalism."
Olbermann's Anti-Bush Debate Coverage, Republicans 'Belligerent' Toward Iran
During Thursday's Republican presidential debate, which was dominated by questions that sounded like they were made up by liberal bloggers, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, known for his many anti-conservative and anti-Bush rants, got to anchor the cable network's debate coverage.
Did AP Stretch Traditional Notions Of Objectivity When It Repeated Giuliani Talking Points?
This line in an AP news article is, in itself, stretching traditional notions of journalistic objectivity past the breaking report. This sentence is an opinion, namely, the opinion of the Giuliani campaign repeated as a fact by an AP news report. It also misspells the word ideologue. Can the Associated Press, after this egregious breach of journalistic ethics, continue to cover the Giuliani Presidential campaign? Of course it can. It screwed up. It should admit its error and move on. Keith Olberman, by the way, did not screw up. He labelled his Special Comment um, a special comment, not news. AP did not label its editorializing as opinion. The AP needs a lesson in journalism it seems to me.
Time Magazine's List of Entertainers Who Shape Our World
I Am a TV Junkie
Surprisingly also not on the list, probably because MSNBC has a partnership deal with Newsweek, is Keith Olbermann. Also not listed, neither Colbert nor Stewart.