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Okay, this isn't actually another one of the typical rah-rah, fawning, kiss-butt media profiles of Keith Olbermann. It's actually yet another article by someone who correctly gets it about what's wrong with Olbermann. IBD correctly points out for all the liberal whining about the bias they perceive as epidemic and characteristic of Fox News, none of them seem to find anything wrong with the liberal bias at MSNBC!
How desperate are the radical leftists? So desperate that they want to bring back the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" to television and radio airwaves. Among the proponents for revial of the fairness doctrine include the usual suspects, Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and John Kerry of Massachusetts.
IBD correctly points out that the liberals already have their own 24/7 mouthpiece, MS-DNC.
Media Bias: MSNBC would be fairer and more balanced with Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on the air instead of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Where is its "Fairness Doctrine"?
Hmmm. Anyone remember the last time Olbermann had on an opposing viewpoint on his little liberal-love fest? Anyone? Anyone? Nah, me either. You gotta believe that Keith wouldn't be too happy with the idea of the fairness doctrine returning either, it might actually mean he'd have to have someone on who didn't ape and parrot his "I love the DNC" routine.
Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's "Countdown," gained fame first as a baseball card collector, then a sportscaster, but is now apparently qualified to "report" on politics. On Monday, this is how Olbermann began his "news" on Scooter Libby's clemency:
"Good evening. A president who lied us into a war and, in so doing, needlessly killed 3,584 of our family and friends and neighbors . . . has tonight freed from the prospect of prison the only man ever to come to trial for one of the component felonies in what may be the greatest crime of this young century." Olbermann then called on President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to resign before, as always, parroting Edward R. Murrow's sign off, "Good night, and good luck." Unlike talk radio, Olbermann's program presents itself as a straight newscast, featuring reports from NBC correspondents like Andrea Mitchell.
Can you imagine the hue and cry of the liberal loonies if Fox News began one of their newscasts with a tirade like that if it were aimed towards a Democratic administration? Fox News is the network that people love to hate, although the ratings clearly indicate that someone out there likes it. It simply galls the radical left extremists that a network like Fox exists and that their liberal ideals are questioned by conservative hosts. But the point they seem to forget is that these programs are OPINION shows. Yet no one seems to question the propriety of Olbermann's NEWS program opening up with a clearly slanted, biased bit of propaganda like the one he spewed above. MSNBC insists that he has a news show and that he's a journalst. Countless articles in the mainstream media have praised him as a "news anchor" right down to annointing him the "Edward R. Murrow" of his generation. Too few have questioned how it is that it's okay for him to push a liberal viewpoint on a news program yet so wrong for anyone on Fox News to have an opinion contrary to that of the DNC on a clearly-labeled opinion show. But then again, hypocrisy and Democrats seem to go together like. . .bread and butter don't they? And it's clear that Olbermann's bread and butter is in running a slanted, biased opinion-fest disgused as a "news" program.
Another of MSNBC's ranters is Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball." The highly partisan Matthews was a senior aide to the late Speaker Tip O'Neill, the Massachusetts Democrat, and the author of President Carter's infamous "malaise" speech. On Tuesday, Matthews interviewed former ambassador Joseph Wilson â€” who wrote the infamous New York Times op-ed in 2003 claiming that Bush lied about Saddam Hussein seeking yellowcake uranium in Niger â€” about the Libby controversy. It was Wilson who always claimed that his wife â€” then-CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose cover was allegedly blown by the Bush White House, sparking the probe that eventually netted Scooter Libby â€” never recommended him to go to Niger and investigate. But in 2004, a Senate Intelligence Committee report found that "interviews and documents provided to the committee indicate (Plame) suggested his name for the trip" â€” including a memo from Plame to the CIA. The Senate also found that Wilson's own report said the Niger government had confirmed that Iraq tried to buy uranium. But instead of grilling Wilson on any of this, Matthews treated him as a paragon of integrity, throwing the softest of softballs, like: "Do you believe that they (the Bush administration) went after you because you were a war critic?"
Wow, imagine that. Chris Matthews throwing softballs to someone the Liberal Loons hold in as high a regard as they do Olbermann? Olbermann, Plame, and Wilson are pretty much the Holy Trinity of the Radical Left. Thrown in Cindy Sheehan and Rosie O'Donnell and you have the starting line-up for the for the Democratic All-Star Team. But nothing is wrong with such bias just so long as it's left-wing bias, right?
Democratic presidential candidates get away with refusing to let Fox News sponsor a debate, while their Republican counterparts let MSNBC lead them like lambs to the slaughter courtesy of Matthews' loaded questions and sound bites and Olbermann's crazed tirades. A "Fairness Doctrine" manufacturing Olbermann and Matthews clones is the last thing America needs.
While IBD takes a dim view of the "Fairness Doctrine", I'm at least rather hopeful that if Kerry & Feinstein get their way that we might actually see the rarest of all creatures known to mankind on Keith Olbermann's "news" program-an opposing view.