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Members of the Television Critics Association are required annually to perform a bit of verbal fellatio on Keith Olbermann in order to remain in good standing with the venerated organization. Matea Gold was past due on her account but was marked "paid in full" after her OlbyLovin' puff-piece in yesterday's L.A. Times.
Loyal OlbyWatch readers will recall that Gold interviewed the world's leading authority on Keith Olbermann for her previous bit of lefty propaganda posing as "journalism" all the way back in November 2006. Wow! 15 months since her last KO Profile. What will the neighbors think!
Here's a few tidbits worth noting:
830,000 viewers on average have tuned in during weekday prime time -- 46% more than last year.
You know what that means right? Keith has been DROPPING in the Demo for the past year and any growth he's shown has been in that Geritol bracket that Keith was mocking just a few shorts months ago! After years of hyping "the demo" MSNBC and their allies in the MSM have dispensed with once it no longer allowed them to calculate doubt-digit "growth" for Countdown. Of course, that might mean comparing Keith's TOTAL audience to O'Reilly where he gets trounced nightly - so Gold ignores such cross-network comparisons and confines herself to whatever good news she can mine from the Nielsen ratings.
"Our people are not in straitjackets," said Phil Griffin, NBC News' senior vice president in charge of MSNBC.
Interesting that Keith's boss would be using the term "straightjacket" when referencing Keith :-)
Tom Fiedler, the visiting Murrow lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, rejected the idea "that you can move from one side to the other and not confuse most viewers. I don't think even Fox would attempt to take Bill O'Reilly and put him in a position of being seen as a news anchor."
A nice bit of irony here. The "Murrow lecturer" at Harvard? Ripping Keith and praising Fox News? What next, a glowing tribute to Rush Limbaugh in the New York Times Sunday magazine?
The November 2006 article is no longer online at latimes.com so for those who missed here is the "exchange" I had with Keith via Matea:
Robert Cox, who runs Olbermann Watch, a critical blog that monitors the cable news host's comments, said that Olbermann employs some of the same tactics that he decries.
"I think at the end of the day he has, by and large, become that which he has criticized - a demagogue like Bill O'Reilly," said Cox, a management consultant in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Olbermann rejects the comparison.
"I'm not trying to whip up a political frenzy," he said. "If I was out there every night beating people over the head with this, I would become a Rush Limbaugh. That's not my goal. I don't make the facts up to fit the political viewpoint that happens to parallel what it is I'm trying to express."
I say Keith is a demagogue. He denies it. I leave it to the readers to judge who's right.