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The latest in our ongoing series of the Whitewash by the Mainstream Media of the blatant biases in Keith Olbermann's little cable tv program, Countdown, comes to us from Variety, the "bible" of the show-biz industry. Variety tells us that such biases are good! Just so long as you know, it's from the left. Fox Bad, Keith Good, Part 999.
It took no less than 3 writers to complete the latest fawning Olbermann tribute (Cynthia Littleton, Michael Learmonth and William Triplett) which ought to tell you something about how fast and furious the spin was for the Olbymeister. At least Variety got this bit right:
. . .during the AFL-CIO-sponsored Democratic Presidential Forum, which MSNBC carried live on Aug. 7. . .everything about the event -- the setting, the audience of union members and their families, the star moderator and the tenor of the candidates' campaign shoutin' -- seemed tailor-made to appeal to the average reader of the Huffington Post.
And we know what the Huff Post is: a left-wing echo chamber.
Variety also provided a context for what journalism should be and what it is in today:
In the old days, TV news, like most mainstream journalism orgs, took pride in maintaining a non-partisan stance. Now, that attitude seems antiquated amid competitive pressures and a growing sentiment among the public that most media coverage of politics is heavily biased anyway.The rise of strident partisan voices on all-news cablers isa longtime trend that has gone into overdrive during thiselongated presidential election cycle. The polarization of the TV dial is being driven by a confluence of forces within the television industry and the body politic.
It's the "Hey everybody is doing it so we should too" argument, followed closely by the "Keith is a ratings success!" lie:
In the past year, MSNBC has embraced the left, at least for one hour a night, with its irreverent but clearly liberal-leaning 8 p.m. news roundup program "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." "Countdown" has been on MSNBC since April 2003, but its viewership has spiked during the past year, ever since its host began offering a semi-regular, often-fiery commentary segment in which he has inveighed against the GOP's agenda and called for the resignations of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. For the month of July, viewership of "Countdown" rose 88% year-to-year to a nightly average of 721,000 viewers, still well behind Fox News' 8 p.m. anchor "The O'Reilly Factor," which averaged 2 million viewers.
Well at least they do acknowledge his show clearly has a leftist agenda. But once again, selective use of the ratings system and the real truth about Olbermann's ratings go unprinted. And this is the "Bible" of the entertainment industry?
But the highlight of the article is this astonishing claim by Olbermann pal and MSNBC/NBC executive Phil Griffin:
"You're not going to survive in cable doing a straight news-of-record broadcast," says Phil Griffin, senior veep of NBC News and the exec in charge at MSNBC. "You've got to give (more) information and analysis. ... By 8 at night, most people who tune in have a basic understanding of the news of the day."
More information? Analysis? Is he kidding? Olbermann's show provides neither. This is a man who ignored the stock market peaks and high points but as soon as the market began a correction, suddenly took a keen interest in the stock market decline because he could blame it on Bush! And Analysis? From whom? The usual suspects like convicted felon John Dean? Then again, Griffin is the same genius who thought it would be a good idea to fire Don Imus who was a cash cow for the network and bring in Joe Scarborough whose viewership on some mornings is so low it doesn't even rate on the Nielsen scale!
"Opinions (in the news media) can be helpful," says Al Tompkins of the Florida-based journo think tank Poynter Institute, "but only if the people giving the opinions know what they're talking about."
And as we all know here at Olbermannwatch, Keith Olbermann doesn't have a clue of the bigger picture because unless he can lift something from Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo or Media Matters he doesn't know it exists! Talk about partisan broadcasting. No wonder then that:
according to a survey released this month by the Pew Research Center . . found that 55% of respondents believe the news media (broadly categorized as local and network TV and newspapers) are politically biased, up from 45% in 1985, while 36% of respondents believe that news organizations "hurt democracy," up from 23% in 1985.
The Pew study went on to find that
More than two-thirds, or 70%, of respondents who identified themselves as Republicans said they felt the news media was politically biased in its reporting, compared with 39% of Democrats. (The perception gap between the two sides was much smaller when the survey was first conducted in 1985, when 49% of GOP-ers smelled bias, compared with 43% of Dems.) Some 63% of Republicans surveyed said they felt stories and reports by the news media are "often inaccurate," compared with 43% of Democratic respondents
And why would that be exactly? Because the liberals are happy because they know the MSM is liberally-biased just like their Hero, Keith Olbermann!
But wait--the Olbyloons don't think that Keith is biased! Here are some reactions to the article from one of the nuttier Keith Olbermann fansites. Opines one Olbyloon
Great article..but I still don't think Keith's a liberal, I just think he's got it right when it comes to most issues. No bs, there are not two sets of facts, right?
Agreed. It's getting a little annoying hearing about Keith's liberalism. I don't see why telling it like it is is considered liberal.
There is so much wrong with those two statements that I don't even know where to begin. But just another example of the lunatics who follow Keith Olbermann's every word and don't believe there's a hint of bias in his program!