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MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat

Original post made by Samuel, Stanford, on Sep 7, 2008

NYT Web Link

"MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election.

That experiment appears to be over.

After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night.

The change — which comes in the home stretch of the long election cycle — is a direct result of tensions associated with the channel’s perceived shift to the political left.

“The most disappointing shift is to see the partisan attitude move from prime time into what’s supposed to be straight news programming,” said Davidson Goldin, formerly the editorial director of MSNBC.

Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, the past and present anchors of “NBC Nightly News,” have told friends and colleagues that they are finding it tougher and tougher to defend the cable arm of the news division".

Finally some adult supervision, I hope this is repeated at the Atlantic etc
Blogs are one thing, but when established media companies go into the gutter they destroy their brand, investors must be furious.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 7, 2008 at 7:42 pm

There has been a huge backlash to biased reporting by the mainstream media.


"In the new poll, taken Friday through Sunday, McCain leads Obama by 54%-44% among those seen as most likely to vote. The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/— 3 points for both samples"Web Link.

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm

These are fascinating developments, has the Obama Potemkin Village Web Link been revealed?

""Potemkin village" has also frequently been used to describe the attempts of the Soviet government to fool foreign visitors. The government would take such visitors, who were often already sympathetic to socialism or communism, to select villages, factories, schools, stores, or neighborhoods and present them as if they were typical, rather than exceptional. Given the strict limitations on the movement of foreigners in the USSR, it was often impossible for these visitors to see any other examples."

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Posted by Samuel
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 7, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Hilary is bailing on Obama, positioning herself for 2012.

Clinton turns down hatchet job

HILLARY Clinton may be the most obvious choice to throw into the ring against the new darling of American politics, Sarah Palin, but the failed Democratic presidential candidate is refusing the job.

"We're not going to be anybody's attack dog against Sarah Palin," a Clinton insider said yesterday.

It's an extraordinary act of hubris from a woman whose success in exposing Barack Obama's weakness in working-class Democratic states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana may have been the reason that John McCain chose a gun-toting, God-loving mother of five as his running mate.

Although she is 60 and unlikely to have another shot at the White House, Clinton is apparently concerned that she would appear ungenerous to the Republicans' first female vice-presidential candidate if she were to go after her.

It is a rationale that will fuel the belief - lingering among Democrats since Al Gore's failed 2000 presidential run - that the Clintons always put themselves before their party. Web Link

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 7, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Keith Olberman is a very strange duck. I wonder why MSNBC would stand by him? Maybe Sarah Palin dusted him off? Who knows?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2008 at 8:33 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I long for editorials to return to the editorial page, and for general news reporters to take pride in their impartial coverage. Kay Boyle has a lot to atone for.

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