MRC-Radio: Bozell Discusses Media’s Anti-Tea Party Bias, Olbermann on ‘Morning in America’

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

"Think of a caged rat, a cornered rat. What does a cornered rat do? It instinctively goes for the jugular. That's where the media are going right now," following the November 2 elections, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Ernest Istook in a radio interview.

The  Media Research Center founder appeared by telephone on the November 11 edition of Bill Bennett's Morning in America, where Istook was substitute hosting.

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Michael Moore Tells Olbermann Bush ‘Trashes’ Him In His Book, Olbermann Calls Book ‘Toilet Paper’

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Keith Olbermann's return to MSNBC Tuesday night was "graced" by radical filmmaker Michael Moore, who expressed his belief that Obama is so far a hopeless capitalist tool and that NBC is a pro-Bush network by letting the former president have so much air time to sell his memoir (even as Matt Lauer tossed hardballs.) Naturally, Moore wasn't asked by Olbermann to consider the hours of free air time NBC-Universal offered Barack Obama this fall (with no Matt Lauer hardballs) in an attempt to save Democrat seats. Moore brought the sarcasm before the viciousness:

OLBERMANN: All right. Finally, later on we're going to through what's been — what's been missed in the Bush autobiography. But you're in it. Do you want a chance to respond to what your — what he's got you in there — this craziness?

MOORE: Yes. Well, first of all, great to see President Bush back. You know, it's the short attention span. We missed — we actually needed him a couple weeks ago to remind ourselves who was responsible for these two wars, who was responsible for this crash on Wall Street, who created this mess that our grandchildren will be cleaning up. Nice to see him back.

I wish that NBC itself had a little more balance and a little more — I mean, I just — I mean, I'm just not that I'm taking this personally, but I — he trashes me in his book, and he makes a reference between Osama bin Laden and myself. I mean, that shows how insane and crazy these Republicans are and have gotten.

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Daily Commentary – Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 – Keith Olbermann is Back on the Air

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 
  • MSNBC folded to pressure to bring Olbermann back on the air after suspending him last week.
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Tucker Carlson Sent Insulting E-mails To Philadelphia Columnist While Posing As Keith Olbermann

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

After MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was briefly suspended for making campaign donations to three Democrats, Philadelphia Daily News Stu Bykofsky columnist wrote a piece about the controversy. Bykofsky sought comment from Olbermann, e-mailing the address [email protected] Shortly after publishing his column, he receieved a reply. The e-mail, claming to be from Olbermann, insulted Bykofsky, calling him “pathetic” and “beneath contempt.” It went on to insult MSNBC chief Phil Griffin, saying that he isn’t “intellectually qualified” to be Olbermann’s boss. Here is the reply in its entirety:

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 2:46 PM
To: Bykofsky, Stu
Subject: RE: [SPAM] From the Philadelphia Daily News

Mr. Bykofsky:

Unfortunately your column (which I just saw) had already run before I read this email. What a shame. I assume you saw the irony in attacking someone for betraying journalism, while you, a self-described journalist, failed to get a single quote from the person you were attacking. Pathetic. Indeed, beneath contempt. How dare you pose as the heir to Murrow.

You didn’t wait for the facts before writing your screed, but for what it’s worth I, unlike you, am a journalist, not a hack. Was I treated fairly by MSNBC? It’s hard to imagine a dumber question, as I don’t work for MSNBC, but for NBC News. As I’ve said publicly before, Phil Griffin is not my boss (thank god), nor is he intellectually qualified to be. Phil pretends otherwise in public. I’m not his shrink, but I assume it makes him feel better. The remarkable thing is that fools like you believe his fantasies. That pleases Phil, but only exposes your ignorance. The proof? I’ll be anchoring on election night 2012, long after Phil Griffin has moved on to a job for which he’s actually qualified, perhaps on QVC.

I hope that clears up your misconceptions.

KO

Bykofsky and “KO” continued to e-mail each other back and forth, and their conversation became more and more hostile. One e-mail supposedly coming from Olbermann told Bykofsky he has the “attention span of an ant,” prompting the Philadelphia columnist to respond that Olbermann must have an “anger-management problem.” The blog Phawker published the e-mails in their entirety, believing that the e-mails coming from Olbermann were authentic.

Yet Yahoo News soon discovered that the e-mails were not from Olbermann at all. In a statement given to the site, MSNBC confirmed that the e-mails were not from their host. “Mr. Bykofsky has been, I would suggest, hoist on his own petard,” Olbermann told Yahoo News.

So who was replying from the address [email protected]? Yahoo News’s Michael Calderone reported this past summer that Tucker Carlson, the editor-in-chief of the conservative blog The Daily Caller, purchased the address. “We want to be the Keith Olbermann superstore,” Carlson said at the time. “We want to be your first and last stop for Keith Olbermann analysis.” In a phone interview with Carlson Tuesday night, Yahoo News confirmed with Carlson that he was behind the emails. “Could you resist?” Carlson told them. “It was just too funny. The flesh is weak.”

Carlson’s juvenile attacks do not reflect well on The Daily Caller. At the time of the Caller’s launch, Carlson wrote that it is “primarily a news site. We see our core job as straightforward: Find out what’s happening and tell you about it. We plan to be accurate, both in the facts we assert and in the conclusions we imply. If we’re not, tell us. We’ll fix it immediately.” One has to wonder how Carlson plans to fix his latest act of deception.

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Keith Olbermann Returns… With Thank Yous?

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Olbermann is back with two clips courtesy of Mediaite. Olbermann vies for the self-effacing guffawing “aw shucks you really love me” but it’s odd to see him not snarling about Fox for more than a minute.

In one of the clips he thanks Jonah Goldberg, Bill Kristol, and yours truly, which was a bit of a surprise as just two weeks ago he called me a “b*llsh*t mouthbreather” and blocked me on Twitter, but I guess things have changed. I never thought the donations were a big deal, the only thing was MSNBC’s own policy and how employees, if they like earning money, should listen to their employer or at least approach them about it before breaking it.

It did strike me as odd that he admitted we probably treated him better than he would have treated us. He would have been unnecessarily harsh simply because of ideological differences? Principle is principle and frankly, I could care less about the cosmetic stuff surrounding it. I hope at some point Olbermann cares less about that, too.

Previously on Big Journalism:
NY Times: Olbermann Apologizes to Viewers, But Not to MSNBC

Indefinite = Tuesday Return: Olbermann Set to Come Back After 2-Day Suspension

Phil Griffin, MSNBC Prez, Should Bring Back Olbermann

Rachel Maddow Defends MSNBC’s Imaginary Credibility

Keith Olbermann, A Memorial Tribute

Saturday Open Thread: Is Olbermann Story Insubordination or MSNBC/Comcast Cop-Out?

Olbermann Suspended from MSNBC Indefinitely


Big Journalism

Keith Olbermann Suspended

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Unbelievable! In a bone head move, MSNBC president Phil Griffin suspended Keith for three political contributions. Are you freaking kidding me. What a gift Griffin has given the FOX mindless wonders.Obviously Griffin is the water boy for NBC’s parent company GE. WHo by the way did not object when Scarborough gave to republican campaigns. Although it is said that Scarborough asked first, I want proof. It is very clear that thisis

H/T Huffington Post

  • MSNBC has suspended star anchor Keith Olbermann following the news that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.
  • “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement.
  • In a statement earlier Friday, Olbermann defended his donation, saying, “I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”

According to GAWKER

“The standards department has told us that MSNBC doesn’t answer to NBC News standards,” the insider said. “They don’t have coverage over MSNBC. They used to, back before MSNBC went political, but at some point it became too hard and MSNBC was taken out of their portfolio. As far as I know, there are no ethical standards at MSNBC. And if NBC says MSNBC is supposed to be living up to the NBC News standards, that’s a preposterous lie.”

For me I will be boycotting MSNBC until Keith is back

Keith Olbermann SUSPENDED From MSNBC Indefinitely Without Pay

First Posted: 11- 5-10 01:42 PM   |   Updated: 11- 5-10 04:55 PM

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MSNBC has suspended star anchor Keith Olbermann following the news that he had donated to three Democratic candidates this election cycle.

“I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement.

Politico reported Friday that Olbermann had donated $ 2,400 each to Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, and to Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway. While NBC News policy does not prohibit employees from donating to political candidates, it requires them to obtain prior approval from NBC News executives before doing so.

In a statement earlier Friday, Olbermann defended his donation, saying, “I did not privately or publicly encourage anyone else to donate to these campaigns nor to any others in this election or any previous ones, nor have I previously donated to any political campaign at any level.”

Griffin’s statement underscores that it was Olbermann’s failure to obtain approval, and not the actual political donations, that prompted the suspension.

The move is doubly significant in that it represents a major development in the relationship between Griffin and Olbermann, who once told the New Yorker, “Phil thinks he’s my boss.”

“Keith doesn’t run the show,” Griffin told New York Magazine recently. “I do a lot of things he doesn’t like. I do a lot of things he does.”

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In recent months, Griffin has taken several bold steps to declare his authority over the network and its sometimes unruly talent: he sent a stern memo warning hosts to not publicly fight with each other, he suspended David Shuster indefinitely for filming a CNN pilot, suspended Donny Deutsch, banned Markos Moulitsas from the network, and reprimanded Ed Schultz for threatening to “torch” the network.

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Olbermann says sorry to viewers, but not NBC

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) - At the end of a two-business day suspension for contributing to three Democratic candidates last month, Keith Olbermann is apologizing - but not to his bosses.

Back on the air Tuesday night, the liberal talk show host said in a statement released Monday evening that he was sorry to his fans “for having precipitated such anxiety and unnecessary drama.”

But the MSNBC host sounded clearly frustrated with the way his network has implemented its policy of banning employees from donating to political campaigns and the insinuation he was attempting to hide his actions.

“You should also know that I did not attempt to keep any of these political contributions secret; I knew they would be known to you and the rest of the public. I did not make them through a relative, friend, corporation, PAC, or any other intermediary, and I did not blame them on some kind of convenient ‘mistake’ by their recipients,” he said.

“When a website contacted NBC about one of the donations, I immediately volunteered that there were in fact three of them; and contrary to much of the subsequent reporting, I immediately volunteered to explain all this, on-air and off, in the fashion MSNBC desired,” Olbermann also said in the statement

In the statement, Olbermann went on to accuse NBC of “inconsistently” applying its policy and suspending him without first hearing his side of the story.

I was suspended without a hearing and learned of that suspension through the media.

Olbermann was suspended Friday after Politico reported that he had donated to three Democrats seeking federal office.

Olbermann gave $ 2,400 - the maximum individual amount allowed - to each of the campaigns of Kentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway, and Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords.

Conway lost his bid, while Grijalva and Giffords eked out wins.


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November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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Keith Olbermann Issues Egotistic Statement To His Viewers

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Keith Olbermann on Monday issued a brief written statement to his viewers concerning his recent two-day suspension for violating NBC's policy regarding political contributions.

As NewsBusters readers likely suspect, the man with the largest ego on television is playing this episode for all it's worth (h/t Hot Air):

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Keith Olbermann Issues Egotistic Statement To His Viewers

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Keith Olbermann on Monday issued a brief written statement to his viewers concerning his recent two-day suspension for violating NBC's policy regarding political contributions.

As NewsBusters readers likely suspect, the man with the largest ego on television is playing this episode for all it's worth (h/t Hot Air):

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