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!”


Election Results – Okay – But the Commentary Doesn’t Make Any Sense

binx101-1282.jpgWhat are they talking about ?? I’m actually still sitting watching some of the primary results from our comfortable home in Northern California, yet I’m whisked away into a rabbit hole as I listen to the commentary. Chris Matthews: “It seems that the debates impact the trend lines ?” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is spinning in his grave as if on a rotisserie, rebuking his creation Sherlock Holmes, as the cosmos is filled with the myth shattering frankness of Matthews’ observation. And this is only an hors d’eouvre. The main course is a work of fiction without a plot. Only two voices in the entire broadcast speak with some meaningful observation – Rachel Maddow and Tom Brokaw. The only two that don’t seem as though they are auditioning for an announcer spot at the Kentucky Derby. The only two that spoke about strategy and weren’t interested in the polling numbers versus the actual primary results or projected winners. The only two that didn’t look like they were measuring each word based on stage directions.

Then there’s ‘apparent projected winner’ – versus – ‘projected winner.’ This, obviously drummed up by the legal team at Rockefeller Center. Wait there’s more. Matthews: “Senator McCaskill, what does it mean to you that Senator Obama is the ‘Projected,’ sorry, ‘Apparent Projected Winner’ in Missouri. <uncomfortable pause> McCaskill: “Er … ah … it means that Senator Obama is doing as we expected <uncomfortable shifting on heels>. Keith Olbermann: “Senator, is their any apparent reason, any question, any concern that Senator Obama is ready for the job of President of the United States on day one?” Clinton campaign associate director also sharing the interview jumps in and says “Hillary is ready day one. ” I’m checking to make sure that I haven’t nodded off and dreamed some of this dialog. No such luck. McCaskill works hard to not scratch her head and responds with anything that would prevent her from looking at the camera while shaking her head in amazement.

I’m not sure what they are talking about. Super-duper-Tuesday, now a television event seems to be the only driving force.

Hold it, Chuck Todd, NBC political director actually shows a little math and rationale about the delegate count. Now at least this is a little bit encouraging, since this is all about the Super Delegates if the race is split in the manner it seems on the Democratic side. Never mind – Howard Fineman is now on the screen speculating and it’s having the effect of a sedative. Just more silly words like the one’s I’m writing now. What happened to Todd, he was making sense.
From the looks of things, Matthews’ has been exorcised by the NBC brass and isn’t spitting all over the microphone, but he does seem to be playing Lou Costello to Olbermann’s Bud Abbott.

I don’t know – Third Base.

Hold the phone – CNN – they are actually showing the results and what it means in terms of delegates and what it could mean at the convention. Uh-oh, Larry King is chiming in … that’s okay … they have Larry, we have crazy Uncle Nunzio. At least Larry wears pants.

Fox – well … now at least they sound like fiction. It’s apparent they’re just talking. The clue was using the term – ‘McCain’s surge’. That’s just wrong for so many reasons. I need to go to bed. Apologies tomorrow.