MSNBC Pimping Olbermann – Breaking News and Ties

Last night Keith Olbermann was the Head-liner for ‘Breaking News’ about the NYT report about John McCain about an alleged relationship with a lobbyist about eight years ago. Breaking news ??

The NYT placed the story in the front of the Politics section. Okay … all those professional newsies spoke about knowing the story was brewing. But Jonathan Alter looked as though he was hanging out on the air out of duress – and he’s not generally reserved in his commentary. Olbermann, sakes almighty, stop licking your chops like a starving wolverine!! You may want to save one of those ‘Worst-Persons-in-the-World’ slots for yourself after out-fixing Fox News. Shame on you !! Breaking News – and allegation that is eight years old about a denied private matter. At least the NYT couched it in the terms of ethics – and McCain deserves that – but what you did was absurd, shameful and by all means – NOT Breaking News.

Excellent and Brave commentaries on the White House, notwithstanding, you’re becoming one of those that you hate so much. Let me be clear about this – I don’t like John McCain. Not the things he says – not the policies that he’s so openly waffled or his demeanor. His respected POW status went out the window the moment he used it to gain political favor. My personal position is that I wouldn’t vote for him for President. Frankly, I wouldn’t vote for him for anything. I also reserve the right to amend my opinion at any time.

Why though, would you break into a broadcast – under the banner of Breaking News? News maybe but …. Breaking News? Why because the story just hit the newsstands and many veteran journalists have known about this for a long time. Breaking News??

Certainly it has great interest. Clearly theres plenty of opportunity for people to postulate – but not under the banner of Breaking News. This is a violation of trust – my remote control is telling me that there may be less and less reason to tune into MSNBC. Why not leave the baffoonery to Matthews. The Hedda Hopper of Political Discourse was his Rapid and Moist Repartee. Let Team FOX with their own B.O’. stun the masses with illogic and fiction and control that part of the game.

Last week you joined the angry crowd and delivered an apology on behalf of – well I’m not sure – about David Shuster’s alleged improper remarks. It was enough to make me turn you off then. How dare you not stand up for the guy when he got attacked and you knew that his choice of words was euphemistic but you and testicularly challenged lunatics at MSNBC caved to Clinton’s Fox emboldened charges. Shuster deserved better and we deserve better.

Your impassioned special comments are going to be the only thing left to remember you by if you continue down this road of Scoopination. How can you champion truth and justice and then pile on the bandwagon of the tabloid mentality. Chuck Todd with useful and strategy comments of primaries, results and campaigns /detangling the delegates – Rachel Maddow a commentator who offers rich analysis on politics and people and a host of other worthwhile contributors – then you, just short of snotting yourself over this tid-bit of possible value – BREAKING NEWS. Did they make you do it? Please, tell me they made you do it.

Again, the objection isn’t that the story isn’t worth hearing or investigating – its just not Breaking News !!!! Time for a tune-up. Your going to have to lose that “Good night and Good Luck” tag-line if you think that this indefensible Breaking News stunt would have gotten the thumbs up from a distinguished and dedicated journalist like Edward R. Murrow.

I’m hoping this is just a slump.

Special Comment: “I’m not sure how one phonetically describes the sound of spitting lint off the tip of one’s tongue – but that sound would cover my special comment.” or “FEH!”

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2 Responses

  1. Oh Binxy!

    I do so want to give Keith a pass on this one.

    I’ll concede your right to object to the use of the term, Breaking News.

    Let’s blame the news director, the producers, and all the suits over at MSNBC for trying to feed the ratings- driven kitty that is most often the waste land that is cable news. Some are better at it than others, is all.

    Breaking News ? No. An important story ? Perhaps. It being the lead on tonight’s PBS’s Newshour is telling me that there is some importance here.

    The suits at MSNBC were successful in reporting it first and, through Keith, established the news cycle – even though I would much rather hear about tonight’s debate or the burning og the embassy in Belgrade.

    Don’t get so crazy, Binxy.

    Even Edward R. Murrow had to do Person To Person to keep his suits, and the advertisers, happy.

  2. Not crazy – that is my normal state of agitation.

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