Olbermann Suspended

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Danny Schecter has interviewed K.O. and did a profile before this mash up. K.O's numbers depend on who is reporting what numbers, and when. Some of Fox shows are free, cost nothing to make, and the ad time cheap because of the ratings. Product placement gets more air time than a 30 second spot, so actually gets more exposure. The viewers switch during a commercial, but stay tuned during the show using the sponsor's product.

Alex Gibney's new film “CLIENT # 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" shows how the former Governor's indictments and criticisms of many Wall Street firm's led to counterattacks and pushback from powerful people.

It shows how he became targeted, and it exposes the role of the FBI, the Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney, rich players on Wall Street, corrupt politicians in Albany, a professional former Nixon-boosting political provocateur/hit-man and Rupert Murdoch's New York Post. They all went after him with a vengeance.

He was, in fact, outed by the dirty tricksters.

In the end, though, Spitzer blamed himself for his own arrogance and hubris. He says he brought himself down.

There is no doubt that Keith Olbermann had many pols and powercrats gunning for him for his outspoken commentaries and political impact. He is a partisan, yes, but also a commentator who takes whacks at his own party.

He pointed to the deep biases and superficiality in TV News. But then, he violated a firm rule governing TV journalists barring political donations to people they are covering. He apparently flouted his own contract although I am sure there is ambiguity there

One other thing about the numbers. Olberman's are probably higher in the group that spends money. The Tea Party group was old, spends less, and just put a bunch of people in to take even more of their fixed income away, so they will probably be spending less, since they won't have it. Two years in a row no COLA [cost of living adjustment] Does Beck have a cat food sponsor?

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Bias vs truth in news is reflected in the leak of W's story of "his mom showing him the fetus she saved in a jar."

That statement is factually true, but context does matter. She hadn't saved it in a jar in the fridge like mayonnaise, but you wouldn't know that until you get the rest of the story.

Fox fans like the juicy assumptions, context is elitist.

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Al Gore called for Single Payer - Where was the Media?

Al Gore - a former Senator, Vice President, and popular vote winner of the 2000 presidential election - said last week that it's time for single-payer healthcare.

So why did the media ignore him?

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