August 30, 2008
MSNBC is in a meltdown. Just out: TMZ poll. Don’t miss this chance to vote for your LEAST FAVORITE MSNBC pundit. Least favorite — that’s putting it mildly. They have it worded something like the most whiny and self-absorbed. Keith Olbermann is leading the way with Chris Matthew coming in a close second.
LOS ANGELES – A mildly exasperated NBC News team Monday dismissed complaints about overcovering Barack Obama‘s Middle East trip this week as a lot of “hot air” – and also declared that MSNBC viewers don’t mind a bit if opinionated analysts like Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann anchor straight news coverage.
Neither NBC News President Steve Capus nor MSNBC commentator/anchor Keith Olbermann fully rose to the bait dangled earlier in the Television Critics Association convention by Chris Wallace of Fox News, who suggested among other things that MSNBC undercuts its own credibility by having opinion commentators anchor election night coverage.
“I don’t need to dignify” those comments with a response, said Capus. “Our audience gets it. They understand that on one night they may be playing a different role than on other nights.”
Yes, Mr. Capus, we get it all right. We get that your coverage is just a hair short of being a campaign ad for Barack Obama. You are not fooling anyone with your biased coverage. But then again maybe you are. it is not clear as to who the opinion commentators are and when they are expressing opinion or when they are acting as “serious” newscasters. At the beginning of every single program, there should be a statement declaring to the viewers that the following presentation is by an anchor who is expressing his or her opinion, and, as a matter of fact, the entire program is close to nothing but opinion.
It is almost a joke to watch as the networks crown the presumptive nominee of the democratic party as king of America before our eyes. I can’t wait until we all get a chance to vote. Thank God we do get a chance to vote and I believe with all my heart that the “Chosen One” will not be elected president.
Posted: 07.22.08 Revised Post: 08.30.08