Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I Tried to Tell Him...

I tried to give Keith Olbermann some career-saving advice. (SEE: http://workingclassconservative.blogspot.com/2007/03/red-bell-bottoms-or-what-in-hell.html

Either he didn’t take it, or maybe he didn’t get it...but in either case, I blame myself.

But recent developments point to a massive Olby-train wreck!

In a recent piece, Taylor Marsh said “Keith Olbermann is why I dropped any interest in supporting the Fox boycott. Because Fox's Bill O'Reilly had the ratings and the reach out, so when Hillary needed to get both and draw attention to her primary fight, they were there and fair. Yes, I realize the larger Fox network anchors never miss a chance to hit Democrats, almost always unfairly and below the belt, but O'Reilly treated Clinton with respect, something she could never get on "Countdown" or "Hardball," two of the top rated shows on MSNBC...

Beyond THAT, this week, after the MSNBC debacle during the coverage of the two Conventions, Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews have been demoted from Anchors to analysts.

As Brian Stelter of the NY Times reported, “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. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.

“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 and a co-founder of the reputation management firm DolceGoldin.

“Executives at the channel’s parent company, NBC Universal, had high hopes for MSNBC’s coverage of the political conventions. Instead, the coverage frequently descended into on-air squabbles between the anchors, embarrassing some workers at NBC’s news division, and quite possibly alienating viewers. Although MSNBC nearly doubled its total audience compared with the 2004 conventions, its competitive position did not improve, as it remained in last place among the broadcast and cable news networks.”

I told you to put away those red bell bottoms Keith!
Another thing I don't get...you gave up ESPN for MSNBC?


Rachel said...

And to think, I remember Olberman when he was just cranky, not BDS affected

JMK said...

Hey, I remember him when he and Dan Patrick were the "best thing on Sports Center."

Sadly, Keith just took his sports schtick to MSNBC and lamely tried to apply it to politics, including his countdown of top plays and his worst plays of the day.

I told him that those red bell-bottoms don't look good on many people.

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