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    Olbermann Watch, "persecuting" Keith since 2004


    May 9, 2007
    MSM KO Bandwagon #327: Editor and Publisher

    It's been all of a week or so since the latest mainstream media lie regarding Olbermann's ratings. Enter Editor and Publisher which was more than happy to copy and paste a press release from a far-left group who is presenting Olbermann with an award today.

    NEW YORK MSNBC's Keith Olbermann will receive the first Molly Ivins Award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies later today, according to AAN officials. "I'm utterly honored," Olbermann said in a statement, "largely because I'd still like to be Molly Ivins when I grow up."

    But it's good to see that Olbermann is at least admitting he's immature and hasn't quite grown up yet even though he's pushing 50.

    The organization, which represents 125 alternative publications, created the award to "honor those who practice the same bold, fearless journalism for which Ivins was renowned during her years as co-editor of AAN member The Texas Observer and as a syndicated columnist." Describing her own style of writing, Molly Ivins once wrote, 'Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.' That's the sort of journalism we recognize today, that which holds those in power accountable in the court of public opinion," said AAN President and Memphis Flyer Publisher Kenneth Neill. "Keith Olbermann speaks truth to power with wit and style, just as Molly did."

    Apparently this radical leftist group hasn't really examined transcripts of Olbermann's program. Regular Olbermannwatch readers of course, known that his broadcasts are filled with errors, omissions, and flat-out lies.

    Olbermann will receive the honor during a lunchtime event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, where the annual Newspaper Association of America convention is being held this week.

    I'm sure Olbermann will fill right at home in a hotel setting. Hmm. Wonder if he's meeting any fans for a nooner?

    Olbermann, a former ESPN broadcaster, hosts the nightly "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," which has gained ratings strength in the past two years. Ivins, the longtime columnist, died Jan. 31 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. AAN officials stated in a release that Olbermann's show "is notable for its literate writing, fast-paced delivery, historical and pop-culture references and the host's signature wit, all of which make 'Countdown' one of the most vital and colorful newscasts on the air."

    Don't exactly see them praising him for his accuracy or integrity as a journalist though do you? And while it's true that Olbermann's ratings have increased, he's still stuck firmly in second place both in overall ratings and of course, the all important "key demo". Another ratings lie floated by a publication you'd think would know better than to photocopy a press release but when the ratings of Keith Olbermann are concerned, as we well know, the Mainstream Media can't be bothered to fact-check.


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    I have to admit, I love(d) Molly Ivins, I was sad when she died. Congrats Keith.

    "Newscast", "newspaper", "journalism", "newsweeklies"... what does this have to do with Keith Olbermahn?

    A few weeks ago I spoke on a panel hosted by the Medill Journalism School on the future of alternative newsweeklies. One of my fellow panelists was the guy who runs this association so I have a sense of what their objectives are with this award. This is all about promoting their organization and this new award (which is, in turn, designed to promote their organization). They figure they can get the most PR mileage in the lefty blogs and elsewhere by connecting this award to Keith. Nothing wrong with that - pretty smart actually. Of course, it is odd to give an award from print publications, named for a print journalist to a "news" anchor but what the heck.

    What next? An award from Granma?

    I was a Molly Ivins fan, and you, Mr. Olbermann, are no Molly Ivins. Plus, would someone please call a moratorium to the lame phrase "speaking truth to power." You would think someone who is a newspaper publisher could think up something more original instead of falling back on trite language.

    And Bob, I buy your public relations theory. Who knows, maybe his publicist had a hand in this award. That person has been awfully busy lately.

    Did he bring a bottle of merlot and two glasses?

    Bob,

    Take a look at this! Proof once and for all that Stelter is a shill for Olbermann.

    http://www.mediabistro.com/bbs/cache/t32649_1.asp

    TVNewser caught fudging numbers for Olbermann again:

    http://www.mediabistro.com/bbs/cache/t32703_1.asp

    TVNewser fudges the ratings every day. He uses the "live plus" data which records the number of live viewrers plus the number of DVR recordings made of a particular show. The research is clear that with many sporting events and news shows that a high percentage of viewers never go back and actually watch the programs and it's a known fact that advertisers don't use them to place advertising buys as they consider the data unreliable. But that doesnt' stop Olbermann and the PR department at MSNBC and little Brian from using them to pimp up Olbermann's ratings, which by the way, weren't good last week (real ratings can be found at Inside Cable News). I expect another "Special Komment" any day now.

    More for the Bush/Republican resume :

    The massive federally funded program for rebuilding Louisiana homes is short nearly $3 billion, administrators told a state legislative panel here today, leaving uncertain for now how the owners of roughly 100,000 flood-wrecked houses here will be compensated.

    The report represented the latest crisis for the aid effort initially created to distribute $6.9 billion in federal money to the owners of homes destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Katrina who lacked enough insurance money to rebuild.

    More than 20 months after the Katrina catastrophe, tens of thousands of houses remain vacant, in part because of administrative delays in the aid program, the largest single source of direct federal help for homeowners. To date, only 16,000 of 130,000 applicants have received money.

    Who cares about New Orleans?

    The Bush Administration is too busy screwing up Baghdad !

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