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As noted by a loyal OW Reader, Keith will appear this Sunday on Reliable Sources with Horward Kurtz. Some readers have questioned Kurtz inviting Keith on the show. The fact is they go WAY back; Kurtz was written about Keith's disdain for Olbermann Watch, quoted OlbyWatch in another article, all of which led Keith to attack Olbermann Watch and your humble editor by name in a radio interview with Kurtz and Bob Kur. Links follow:
The Anti-Bush Anchor (April 3, 2006)
KO Slams Cox, OlbermannWatch as "Mockers" on DC Radio Show (April 5, 2006)
Howard Kurtz Takes Pity on Keith over OlbermannWatch Persecution(March 19, 2005)
I've written Howard Kurtz an Open Letter calling on him to hold Keith accountable for his pretense to be a journalist in the mold of Edward R. Murrow while engaging in the most deplorable, biased and infantile behavior. I have proposed several questions we here at Olbermann Watch would like answered. I would ask that our CLEAR-THINKING READERS propose additional questions. I will be forwarding a link to Mr. Kurtz and asking that he check back for your suggestions.
Dear Mr. Kurtz
Readers at Olbermann Watch are hoping Keith's appearance on your show will be more than just the usual "happy talk" that comes from the decidedly liberal perspective of most members of the TV Critics Association. We have a few questions we would like to see asked:
QUESTION: Is it appropriate for you to act as co-anchor MSNBC's election coverage while actively contributing to a highly partisan, far-left blog (Daily Kos)?
QUESTION: Do you believe a journalist can fulfill their obligation to "speak truth to power" when they begin an interview with arguably the most potent political figure of the time (Bill Clinton), a man actively engaged in a Presidential campaign by starting the interview by giving the interview subject a check? And just out of curiosity how large was that check? (and please don't let Keith get away with saying he is too modest to say since he gave the check ON-AIR)
QUESTION: You recently made numerous false statements about Major Garrett, formerly of NBC News and now a campaign reporter for Fox News Channel, yet failed to issue a correction when he was called on it. When you were similarly challenged by Daily Kos readers about your biased coverage of the Clinton-Obama race in Iowa you issued a mea culpa. Can you explain the difference between the two? (http://www.olbermannwatch.com/archives/2008/01/caught_on_tape.php)
QUESTION: You have regularly invited comparisons between yourself and Edward R. Murrow, including using his sign-off to end your show each night. Your fans often refer to you as the "Edward R. Murrow of our generation". Murrow is an iconic broadcaster. He is a man who played a large role in defining standards of television broadcasting and often placed himself at professional and even physical risk to report the news. At what point do your constant references to Murrow go from "homage" to being an insult to the legacy of one of the great newsmen of the past 100 years and will you stop doing it when it reaches that point?
QUESTION: During the ratings growth you experienced in 2006 much was made by you and MSNBC of the importance of the 25-54 "demo" where you were seen as more competitive. You peaked in November 2006. The data now shows that your audience in the demo has declined 14% off the highs despite a dramatic increase in political coverage during primary season. What does this suggest about your ability to sustain audience interest in your show?
Countdown: P2+/ (25-54)
Nov 2005: 462 (163)
Nov 2006: 713 (287)
Nov 2007: 793 (248)
"So bad, it's good" - Keith Olbermann 1/18/08 (Daily Kos)