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Monday, September 8, 2008

Liberal Media Watch

posted by on September 8 at 7:53 AM

Dems complain about a conservative bias at FOX News, FOX News says fuck you. Republicans complain about liberal bias at MSNBC, and heads roll.

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.

Politically incendiary hosts are only permissible when they’re right-wingers. Please make a note of it.

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SLOG inundates every user with ads, raising capital for you, yet you can't find it in your budget to improve servers and/or software

It's been getting old for a LONG time for those of us who give you about 100 hits a day, Dan.

Posted by Non | September 8, 2008 9:41 AM

It would appear that you are still having blogging software problems... :-)

Posted by DanFan | September 8, 2008 9:42 AM

I watched some of that MSNBC programming on the web, and it was not just biased -- it was like watching the DemocratTV channel.

Nothing wrong with that but it was not labeled as such...just a really smug show with lots of nodding and winking ("oh that John McCain he's so old").

Posted by John Bailo | September 8, 2008 9:42 AM

First post of the new week, and already a triple.

How about rolling some heads in your website department? These past few days have made you look like an utter joke.

Posted by Stern | September 8, 2008 9:44 AM

On the other hand, it also suggests that only right-wingers find themselves able to sleep at night after biasing the anchor position. Apparently we can't stomach lefties doing the same, and I find it hard not to see that as really good news.

Posted by tomasyalba | September 8, 2008 9:49 AM

Gee 9:38 am and Slog can't find the time to report a ten point difference in the survey usa/gallup or the 4 points diff in gallup daily tracking or the fact that after Slog reported the 8 point Obama lead in gallup daily tracking he lost TWELVE POINTS in a few days.

So repeat: there is no bias here. Only the other side is biased. There is no bias here. Only the other side is biased....

Oh let's just continue with photoshop attacks on Palin, calling her a Nazi etc. it's working like a charm.

From CNN:
"Sen. Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton will share a private lunch together on Thursday, September 11...Clinton issued the invite to Obama. . . .Hillary Clinton is set to campaign for Obama in Florida Monday, and the former president has said he will campaign on Obama’s behalf but does not have any campaign events scheduled yet."

Obama hasn't asked Bill Clinton to campaign yet? Obama hasn't planned out a schedule for Billdawg yet?

What. The. Fuck.???

You have a former pres. who is popular in swing vote constituencies, in the swing states, you're dropping like a stone, you have trouble articulating that economic message, and you don't ask Bill Clinton to talk to you every fucking day?

ITE,S and no one can boil it down better than Billdawg.

Let's hope Sen. Obama gets over it fast and gets all the help he can, from any quarter.

Certainly all the left wing bloggers are doing nothing to help Obama recently, what with the ridiculous attacks on Palin totally backfiring.

MSNBC today had Axelrod complining Palin took earmarks as mayor....then the McCain dude said Obama took one million in earmarks including one for his wirfe's hospital.

Um, this attacking Palin isn't working, is it. Can we agree with this reality staring us in the face?

Need to get on the positve economic message, sharply hone it, and repeat it every day by Obama, Michele, Biden, HRC, Billdawg and every other surrogate, every day, for the next 57 days.

Clinton had to call Obama. Incredibly arrogant of our good Illinois senator, no? He ought to schedule Billdawg and appear with him through the rustbelt and NH and NV and SW Virginia and go get those swing voters.

Posted by PC | September 8, 2008 9:51 AM

I just wish we could get back news coverage without the retarded talking heads and commentators at all. Something like the original CNN Headline News from the 80s.

And no, Fox "News" has nothing to do with cable news.

Posted by Just Sayin' | September 8, 2008 9:56 AM

But I'm kind of glad only righties can sleep at night politicizing the anchor position. That lefties can't stomach doing the same is pretty good news.

Posted by tomasyalba | September 8, 2008 9:58 AM

"heads roll" means someone got canned. i read the article. people were reassigned, nobody was fired. did i miss something?

Posted by ellarosa | September 8, 2008 10:17 AM

@6 - Give it a rest, PC.

If there is one person that would benefit from Obama losing, it is Hillary Clinton. If Obama wins, than Hillary's aspirations for higher office are over.

Obama will campaign with the Clintons because he must, but he should watch his back and keep them at a distance.

Posted by Mahtli69 | September 8, 2008 10:49 AM

Fox News doesn't bow to pressure about their bias because bias is what they're there for. If they changed that, they wouldn't have a network any more.

Posted by Greg | September 8, 2008 10:53 AM

I wonder if Olbermann's comments on the 9/11 video at the RNC were what finally did it. I thought it was great that somebody said, uncategorically, that that video was shameless, but I'm sure MSNBC got alot of complaints.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 8, 2008 10:56 AM


Posted by Mike in MO | September 8, 2008 11:00 AM

Someone needs to remind the right wing that they were the ones who campaigned so hard for the elimination of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine. You get what you pay for.

Posted by Toe Tag | September 8, 2008 11:04 AM

@12: That was it, alright. But Dan's point stands.

The parallels between the US and early-1930's Germany are chilling. And increasing.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | September 8, 2008 12:35 PM

That's okay, we still have NPR.

Posted by gillsans | September 8, 2008 12:42 PM

6. Slog's been in various stages of broken all morning. They probably weren't able to post it at all until then.

Posted by Gomez | September 8, 2008 1:07 PM

@15, I made that claim a year ago on Slog that we were falling right in line with the early stages of the Third Reich and people on Slog said I was full of shit etc.

You may want to read the two books on the Third Reich by Richard Evans. ("The Coming of the Third Reich" and "The Third Reich in Power") Both will scare the shit out of you when you compare how Hitler gained power with how the Republicans have done it so far. And Palin, well we should all be scared, very scared....

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | September 8, 2008 1:10 PM

OT- This article is begging for a Dan Savage comment and analysis.

I would have sent it to the slog tip link, but you have to sign up for a shitty MSN account. I'm not doing that, that sucks.

Posted by What? | September 8, 2008 1:57 PM

>> And Palin, well we should all be scared, very scared....

I am, especially since the 'common man' is indeed, common enough, to actually LIKE her.

Posted by Ayden/VA | September 8, 2008 2:01 PM

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