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Two analyses of the Supreme Court's McCain-Feingold decision. One lasts over 11 minutes. The other about two. One is a raving diatribe. The other addresses issues and facts. One is peppered with manic name-calling, personal attacks, and hyperbolic extrapolations. The other focuses on the US Constitution. Watch, compare, and then ask yourself... Which is real journalism? Which informs rather than inflames? And which is the work of a 'real news channel'? We report, you decide:
UPDATE: As they did with Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL), members of the Project 21 black leadership network are taking MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann to task for his wrong-headed and offensive behavior in equating the free speech victory in the Supreme Court case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to the infamous Dred Scott case.
Deneen Borelli: "For starters, to equate a decision that gives people more freedom of speech to a decision that denied basic rights to blacks is offensive and wrong. Then there is Olbermann's assumption that the American public today is a flock of sheep. Unlike Olbermann, the Court realizes freedom of speech is under assault, and the American people can't be bamboozled by the increased participation of a few rich individuals or companies. I think the failure of Obamacare - despite massive spending by the drug lobby and unions to promote it - is proof of that.
"It also seems as if the pot is calling the kettle black. MSNBC is currently owned by General Electric. GE Capital was bailed out by the taxpayers. GE CEO Jeff Immelt is a close advisor to President Obama, and GE would profit from Obama policies such as cap-and-trade. Olbermann has served as a cheerleader for all of this. Are Immelt and Olbermann simply afraid to allow others to possibly gain the attention and influence GE has had all along?"
R. Dozier Gray: "The idea that Obermann would connect the infamous Dred Scott decision to this new ruling is appalling, though not surprising. Olbermann's comments are, at best, hyperbolic. In my mind, the two decisions are opposites. The Dred Scott decision denied rights to an entire class of people and their descendants. The Citizens United decision recognizes both the rights of individual and entities that they can use to amplify their voice. To bring up Dred Scott is to introduce race where it simply does not belong."