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Keith Olbermann will be missed

I’m sure he isn’t going anywhere. I’m sure MSNBC will bring him back soon. They can’t handle their rating going down any lower than they already are. So really, Keith has nothing to worry about. Hell Fox might give him a new deal just to piss everyone at MSNBC off, though I doubt they’d want anyone like Olby around.

Olbermann is of course a very partisan Democrat. Anyone with two ears clearly can recognize that. MSNBC isn’t a non-partisan news organization. They are decidedly Left. There is nothing wrong with it. I don’t understand people who think news organization are objective. Objectivity in journalism is such a ridiculous idea that only people with bloated egos and sense of self-worth would think there is such a thing. Naturally the Left holds those ideas close to their chest, as can be seen with any mention of Fox News to any Liberal.

The one and only criticism that the Left has against Fox is that its partisan Right. Well no shit! The one valid criticism against Fox is that they represent themselves as fair and balanced, which they are not obviously. Yet it’s funny that they try harder than most other new organizations for some semblance of balance. They have non Republicans on their shows all the time and for the most part try to be civil. It doesn’t always work. To MSNBCs credit they have Joe Scarborough in the mornings. Either of those doesn’t change the fact that they both have partisan leanings with their new coverage.

All that isn’t new. But what is new, is that now of all time, MSNBC is trying to make a stand? I mean why now? Why wait until 2010, when Olbermann’s partisanship has been on world display for years? MSNBC says it because of politician donations they just found out about…hogwash! Olbermann and Mathews have been doing far more with their nightly tirades against Republicans. I don’t know how much MSNBC charges for a 30 sec ad spot in the 8pm time slot, but if you were to add up time that Olbermann and Mathews use their shows for partisan purposes, it would be far greater than what Olbermann donated.

Olbermann says it’s not a First Amendment speech issue. For that I give him credit, at least he is trying to be consistent in respects to the Citizens United ruling. indeed, if it’s in his contract that he isn’t to donate, then he did breech his contract with MSNBC, so they are well within their rights to do what they want with him.

I say Oblermann will be missed because, unlike some, I welcome partisanship. I am fully aware of the bias in all forms of journalism. Being aware make me cautious as to what I believe. I do my due diligence based on my notions of which organizations have which bias.

The sacking of Olbermann only makes the bias harder to fully appreciate. MSNBC, by making this stand, makes it easier for people to forget that they still will be biased Left. They aren’t changing their line ups, they still have the Leftists Maddown, Mathews and “We as one nation, must stand together, must fight the forces of evil – the conservatives in this country” Ed Schultz, are they? Who in their right mind would think that is a non-partisan lineup anyway, well except for Liberals, which judging by MSNBC’s ratings, don’t watch much news anyway. They must just already know right?

People like Olbermann, Mathews, Krugman, Goldberg, O’Reilly and Hannity provide us with valuable signals as to what bias a news organization has. Without those points, we can’t properly calibrate our BullShip detectors. Sacking Olbermann only makes matters worse for the people who fall victim to the fallacy of non-partisan news organizations.

  1. yttik
    November 9, 2010 at 10:53

    LOL, how cam we miss him if he just won’t go away??

  2. Woodhull
    November 11, 2010 at 07:52

    ZH: Off topic, but wanted to ask: What do you think of Bjorn Lomborg. Just saw a teaser for his new movie “Cool It.” I don’t know a thing about him, but thought you probably would.

    P.S. I don’t watch MSNBC, so no KO for me. What I know about him is that he looks and sounds like a some sort of old fashioned circus freak MSNBC uses to gin up ratings when nothing else is bringing people to their channel. Beats me. There’s some kind of grotesque fascination to him, Maddow and Mathews, I guess.

    • November 11, 2010 at 20:11

      He’s got better sense than most of the AGW crowd. He at least will question the science even though I disagree with his conclusions, he isn’t a raving lunatic like most.

  3. yttik
    November 11, 2010 at 08:52

    Also off topic, but if you get a chance, watch Sarah Palin’s Alaska on TLC, starting this Sunday. Forget politics, just enjoy this feel-good travel show full of spectacular scenery and great adventures.

    • November 11, 2010 at 20:12

      we wont have dish set up by then so no dvr…I’ll probably still end up seeing it

  4. November 12, 2010 at 22:08

    Maybe, just maybe, after the Juan Williams incident at NPR lit up the blogosphere and ratings, this was simply a poor attempt at publicity and a ratings boost.

    Leave it to a liberal to get the formula wrong. Nobody cares that he donated to Democrats. They would have got much more play if they suspended him for saying something that sounded conservative.

    Isn’t he back now.

    From what little I’ve seen of Olbermann by accident, it would seem that picking up dog poop is a much more valuable activity.

    And just to show how open-minded I am, I’ll give Maddow credit. From what little I’ve seen of her, I’ve been impressed with her ability to at least string together a reasonable sounding argument. But, I haven’t seen much of her, so don’t judge me on that. Could have been a bad sample.

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