Monday, September 8, 2008

KO, Tweety, Fired by MSNBC as Election Coverage Anchors

Seems that NBC has bowed to the Republican Party yet again. While Fox "News" continues to spew GOP talking points with complete impunity while its parent network Fox dispassionately looks on, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews of MSNBC have been demoted to analyst duties during the rest of the network's election coverage.

The exclusion of Olbermann, who recently condemned the RNC's 9/11 "tribute" (read: Fearmongering) during its convention in St. Paul, doesn't surprise me as much as Tweety's exclusion. Matthews, an old running buddy of Colin Powell, apparently is guilty by association after he and Olbermann had anchored the conventions.

NBC decided it had had enough with its upstart liberal offspring. The hostility between the network and the Republican Party reached an apex when Sarah Palin pissed and moaned about media bias and the sock puppets in the crowd yelled out "NBC! NBC!"

It's a relationship that's so antagonistic and toxic that the RNC even denied to the network that Sarah Palin was McCain's choice of a running mate.

It's obvious that the GOP fears Olbermann as much as it did Edward R. Murrow over 50 years ago. But it's hilarious that Matthews, who time and again allows Republicans to spew their lies unchalleneged on national TV, who fellated Tom DeLay over and over and once marveled at "the greatness" of John Boehner and would swoon at the thought of sniffing Fred Thompson's Aqua Velva, would get caught in the backlash.

Ah, Tweety, but the Republican Party is a harsh mistress. Or rather, a VD-riddled 5 buck-a-pop crack whore about to circle the drain who lashes out at those who still, against all earthly reason, love them.


At September 8, 2008 at 10:15 AM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yup. talking points rule.

corporate bucks, in the form of advertising will always win on TV.

PBS. that's where i'm hanging lately.

At September 8, 2008 at 10:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, the GOP ordered MSNBC to get them off, and MSNBC dutifully complied.

At September 8, 2008 at 12:19 PM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

actually, i think it was a little more nuanced than that.

the GOP, to pressure a network, would only be able to do it through advertisers. granted there are plenty of CEOs who control corporate pursestrings in the GOP, but that's the only way.

the thing is, whether or not you're an asshole like Imus, or an asshole like olberman, if you're an asshole that brings in ad revenue you're a wonderful fucking asshole, you're their asshole.

when the money goes, you're just an asshole. usually an asshole that's long gone.

in TV, it's always about the money.


At September 8, 2008 at 5:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew. I thought we'd lost you! Glad to see you're back, JP. Just found you by accident while trying to find out why you shut down the last blog.

At September 8, 2008 at 8:49 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

PBS. that's where i'm hanging lately. Minstrel Boy

Me? NESN- The New England Sports Network, home of the Boston Red Sox.


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